BASKETBALL—NBA: Hal Greer scored 14 straight points in less than three minutes of the third period for the EAST in a 144-124 win over the West in the All-Star Game in New York. Greer, who won the MVP award for his point-burst, kept right on scoring once regular-season play started up again. He tossed in 35 points for PHILADELPHIA (37-14) in a 123-108 win over the Pistons and 36 in a 123-113 victory over the Royals as the 76ers' lead in the East zoomed to three games over fading BOSTON (33-16), which lost two of three. League scoring leader Dave Bing of DETROIT (27-26) managed only eight points—his low for the season—when the Pistons, 1-2 for the week, lost to the 76ers. CINCINNATI (24-26) dropped three despite the scoring of Oscar Robertson, who averaged 30 points a game, and Connie Dierking, who averaged 26. Cazzie Russell sparked NEW YORK (24-29) to two wins in three tries. In a 115-103 victory over the Pistons he had 42 points, 35 of them in the second half, and he got 31 points in each of the Knicks' other games. BALTIMORE (20-30), with Earl Monroe totaling 99 points, won three in a row. Bolstered by Zelmo Beaty's flurry of points—he scored 129 in four straight wins—ST. LOUIS (40-14) widened its lead in the West to 7½ games over SAN FRANCISCO (32-21), which lost its only game. LOS ANGELES (27-23) won three straight but was stymied by a loss to the Pistons and by an injury to Jerry West, whose nose was broken by a stray elbow in a scramble for a rebound. The three tailenders all failed to win, with CHICAGO (18-34) losing twice, SEATTLE (14-38) once and SAN DIEGO (14-39), which fell into last place, losing three times.
ABA: PITTSBURGH (33-16) won twice and regained the lead in the East by half a game over MINNESOTA (33-17), which was 3-2 for the week. League scoring leader Levern Tart, who was acquired by NEW JERSEY (24-27) in exchange for Barry Liebowitz. continued to pour in points, but the Americans had their seven-game winning streak snapped and lost three of four. Bob Netolicky of INDIANA (25-29), who had been out for two weeks with the mumps, scored six points in overtime to beat the Muskies 115-108 and give the Pacers their only win in three tries and their first in eight games. Darrel Carrier averaged 27 points for KENTUCKY (20-30), winner of three of four. NEW ORLEANS (31-18) split four games, and its Western Division lead slipped to one game over DENVER (30-19), which won three of four. The Rockets' 101-100 loss to Kentucky snapped a seven-game winning streak. DALLAS (27-19) closed out a busy week with a 3-3 record, while OAKLAND (16-29) got 30 points from Jim Hadnot as it ended a six-game losing skid with a 120-110 win over Houston. ANAHEIM (17-34) split four games and moved up to fifth place ahead of Houston (16-34), which lost four straight.
GOLF—BILLY CASPER shot a final-round 69, withstood a late charge by Arnold Palmer, who fired a 68, and wound up with a 72-hole total of 274 to win the Los Angeles Open by three strokes.
HARNESS RACING—ROQUEPINE won the Prix d'Amérique for the third straight time, by 1½ lengths over Tony M in Paris.
February 5, 1968
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (23-14-9) climaxed a three-week surge from last place to first in the East by beating the Bruins twice. Goalie Rogatien Vachon stopped the Bruins 2-0—the first time they had been shut out in 68 games over the past two seasons—and then 5-2. The two victories ran the Canadiens' streak to nine straight wins and 13 games without a loss. Earlier BOSTON (24-17-6) broke a tie for first place with the Black Hawks by whipping them 6-0. Then the Bruins lost three games and fell into a tie for second with CHICAGO (21-14-12), which lost twice before stopping the Maple Leafs 4-1. For fourth-place TORONTO (22-16-8), it was the team's second loss in a row after blanking the Red Wings 2-0. Jean Ratelle's two goals gave NEW YORK (21-16-8) a 2-1 win over the Bruins, but the Rangers lost their other game, 4-3 to the Blues. Goalie Roger Crozier of DETROIT (19-20-8), who "retired" last November, returned to the nets, and the Red Wings started flapping once again. After their loss to the Maple Leafs, the Wings gained their first win in nine games by defeating the Black Hawks 4-2. Then, after trailing the Blues 4-1 midway through the third period, they fought back for a 4-4 tie and ended the week with a 3-2 win over the Flyers. Western leader PHILADELPHIA (21-18-7) had only a victory and a tie in four games but still held its six-point lead. Back in second place, though, was MINNESOTA (17-20-9), which advanced two notches on the strength of a 3-1 week. ST. LOUIS (17-21-8) had an exceptional week, winning two and tying two. Don McKenney scored two times in a 5-2 victory over the North Stars and Larry Keenan got two goals in a 4-3 win over the Rangers. The Blues moved into a tie for third with LOS ANGELES (19-23-4), which lost two of three games. PITTSBURGH (16-23-7) lost twice and fell from third to fifth, while last-place OAKLAND (10-28-10) won two of three.
MOTOR SPORTS—Englishmen VIC ELFORD and DAVID STONE teamed up to win the Monte Carlo rally, moving their Porsche up from second place during the final night's drive.
SKIING—BILLY KIDD of Stowe, Vt. scored the first U.S. win in a major Alpine race in Europe in two years, winning one of two giant slalom events in Meg√®ve, France. At the women's races in Saint-Gervais, France, the best of the Americans was Kiki Cutter of Bend, Ore., who finished third in the slalom and sixth in the combined.
SPEED SKATING—STIEN KAISER of The Netherlands retained her world championship by winning the 1,500-meter race, finishing second at both 1.000 and 3.000 meters and tying for sixth in the 500 in Helsinki. Two other Dutch girls, Ans Schut and Carry Geijssen. were second and third respectively in the overall standings. Ludmila Titova of the U.S.S.R. won the 500-and 1,000-meter races, and Miss Schut took the 3,000.
SWIMMING—South Africa's 15-year-old KAREN MUIR set new women's world records in four backstroke events—1:06.7 for 110 yards and 100 meters and 2:24.1 for 220 yards and 200 meters—at a meet in Kimberley, South Africa.
TRACK & FIELD—BOB SEAGREN of USC broke his world indoor record in the pole vault by 1¼ inches when he cleared 17'4¼" at the Millrose Games in New York (page 20). Two nights later, at the Oregon Invitational in Portland, ALTTI ALAROTU, a Finnish vaulter who attends Brigham Young, became the second man ever to reach 17' indoors when he cleared that height on his first try. SAM BAIR of Kent State ran the fastest mile of the season, a 4:01.9 at the Boston AA meet. EARL McCULLOUCH of USC won his fifth hurdles race of the season without a loss, at the Athens Invitational in Oakland, taking the 60-yard event in 6.9, but at the Albuquerque Jaycee Invitational the next night he fell near the finish line and ROY HICKS of Texas Southern won in 7.0.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: To baseball's Hall of Fame, Outfielders JOE (Ducky) MEDWICK, 56, LEON (Goose) GOSLIN, 67, and the late HAZEN (Kiki) CUYLER. Medwick, the National League's MVP and Triple Crown winner in 1937, hit .324 during his 17-year career. Goslin batted .379 in 1928 and had a .316 lifetime mark for his 18 seasons, while Cuyler. who played 18 years and hit .360 in 1929, had a career average of .321.
HIRED: As head football coach at Utah, BILL MEEK, an assistant at Army for two years and formerly the head coach at Kansas State, Houston and SMU.
HIRED: As director of athletics at Columbia beginning July 1, KEN GERMANN, 46, a wingback on the Lion football teams in the early 1940s and for the past seven years the assistant director of athletics at Rutgers. He will replace Ralph Furey, who held the job for 25 years.
SELECTED: As winner of the Sullivan Award, presented annually to the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, RANDY MATSON, the 6'6½" shotputter from Texas A&M who broke his own world record last April with a put of 71'5½".
SIDELINED: For at least six months, Jockey WILLIE SHOEMAKER, who suffered a fractured leg—the first major injury of his 19-year career—in a two-horse spill during a race at Santa Anita.
DIED: DUKE KAHANAMOKU, 77, who became one of the most popular and prominent figures in the history of competitive swimming; of a heart attack, in Honolulu. The Duke won three Olympic gold medals in 1912 and 1920 and helped revolutionize the sport by introducing the American crawl.