BASKETBALL—NBA: BALTIMORE (33-11) lost to Los Angeles, but topped San Diego twice: 108-107 on Wes Unseld's layup with three seconds remaining and 106-104 despite Elvin Hayes's 32 points and 25 rebounds. After beating Phoenix 118-107 the Bullets led the East by three games. Billy Cunningham of PHILADELPHIA (29-13) sank a jump shot with only two seconds left against Atlanta as the 76ers won 112-111; they lost two of three other games, though. BOSTON (29-13) won five straight and moved into a second-place tie with Philadelphia; the fifth game was the Celtics' fourth victory in a row over the 76ers, 111-101. NEW YORK (29-18) ended its 10-game win streak, losing to Chicago 102-101, then won three straight. CINCINNATI (24-19) lost three of four, the only-victory coming when Connie Dierking sank two baskets with 45 seconds left for a 106-104 decision over Chicago. DETROIT (16-27) lost three of five, but in beating the Royals 118-115 four players scored 22 or more points, Eddie Miles and Happy Hairston leading with 25 Last-place MILWAUKEE (13-32) won two of three. In a 116-101 victory in Cincinnati. Len Chappell scored 30 points LOS ANGELES (30-15) held a narrowing lead in the West, beating Baltimore 100-93 but then losing twice. In a 104-100 loss to Atlanta, Elgin Baylor became the No. 2 scorer in NBA history. Second-place ATLANTA (27-17)edged to within 2½ games of the Lakers. With three wins in four games, the Hawks have now taken 15 of their last 17. Rookie Tom Boerwinkle of CHICAGO (20-25) had two impressive games. His two clutch baskets in the last 37 seconds helped beat New York, and in a 119-86 victory over Seattle he set a club record of 24 rebounds. SAN DIEGO (18-25) lost twice and beat only the Warriors 113-108, Jim Barnett getting 31 points. SAN FRANCISCO (18-26) was winless in three games and dropped from third to fifth. Sixth-place SEATTLE (15-33) lost four of five, the single win coming m Cincinnati 119-110 Last-place PHOENIX (9-36) played four games but beat only Seattle 116-112; it was the first victory for the Suns in 11 games.
ABA: The top three Eastern teams had identical 3-2 records. Connie Hawkins of MINNESOTA (23-14) scored 127 points in his team's three victories as the Pipers maintained a five-game lead. Fred Lewis of second-place INDIANA (20-21) scored 16 of his 32 points in the last quarter of a 120-108 victory in New Orleans. Louie Dampier of third-place KENTUCKY (19-20) got a three-point basket with six seconds left when his team won 101-98 in Dallas; he also totaled 98 points in the Colonels' three wins. MIAMI (17-18) was in fourth place, only one percentage point behind Kentucky. The Floridians lost their week's first game but then won twice, Les Hunter getting 42 points and 27 rebounds. NEW YORK (12-23) split four games, beating Minnesota 113-101 for its first victory since Dec. 19, then beating New Orleans in three overtimes 132-127. OAKLAND (31-4) widened its Western Division lead from 7½ to 10½, games, trouncing the Rockets in one game 136-115. Second-place DENVER (21-15) slipped badly, losing all four of its games. LOS ANGELES (17-20) moved from fifth place into third as a result of four victories in five games. The Stars came from behind seven times in that fourth win, 114-110 over Houston. NEW ORLEANS (17-22) held fourth place, winning two and losing three. Steve Jones's three-point field goal with less than five minutes left beat New York 98-91. DALLAS (13-19) lost four of four, repeating its record of last week, and dropped from third to fifth. HOUSTON (10-24) was deep in last place, but the Mavericks did win two of four, Art Becker scoring 31 in a 104-89 victory over Los Angeles.
FOOTBALL—PRO: Joe Namath making good on his predictions, led the NEW YORK JETS to one of football's great upsets, a 16-7 victory over the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl (page 10).
COLLEGE: The NORTH ALL-STARS outran the South 182 yards to 87 to gain a 27-16 victory in the Senior Bowl game. Penn State's Bob Campbell led the running attack and was chosen most valuable back of the game.
January 20, 1969
GOLF—CHARLIE SIFFORD sank a short putt for a birdie 3 to win the $100,000 Los Angeles Open in a sudden-death playoff with South Africa's Harold Henning (page 16).
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (23-11-7) got two goals from Jacques Lemaire and moved into the East Division lead with a 4-2 win over Chicago. Before losing to the Bruins, the Canadiens got consecutive two-goal, one-assist games from Yvan Cournoyer, beating Minnesota 6-3 and Oakland 8-4. Two goals by John McKenzie of BOSTON (22-8-8) helped in a 6-3 win over the league leaders and moved the Bruins to within one point of first place. TORONTO (20-11-8) moved from fourth to third in passive fashion by losing and tying twice, then it finally beat Los Angeles 4-2. CHICAGO (22-15-3) beat St. Louis 3-1, but lost twice and slipped to fourth. Rod Gilbert and Ron Stewart of NEW YORK (21-17-3) scored two goals each in a 5-1 win over Minnesota, and the Rangers divided two other games. Last-place DETROIT (18-16-6) gained some ground with three victories. Gordie Howe's 18th season goal beat Pittsburgh 2-1, and Pete Stemkowski had a hat trick in a 6-2 win over the Kings. West Division teams lost eight of 11 games to their East competition, and only the division-leading Blues in the West had more season victories than losses. ST. LOUIS (19-11-10) won two of three, including Goalie Glenn Hall's 5-0 shutout over Los Angeles. Second-place OAKLAND (14-22-6) got two goals from Norm Ferguson to beat Pittsburgh 4-2. In a 0-0 deadlock with Los Angeles, Gary Smith collected his third shutout of the season. Jean-Guy Gendron of PHILADELPHIA (10-20-11) scored two goals in a 4-4 tie with Toronto. The Flyers tied another, won and lost, moving up a place to third. Fourth-place LOS ANGELES (12-19-6) lost three, and rookie Goalie Gerry Desjardins got his third shutout of the season in the deadlock with Oakland. PITTSBURGH (9-24-7) beat the North Stars 7-2. Their two losses were not as bad as four straight losses by MINNESOTA (9-25-7), which fell into a last-place tie with the Penguins.
HORSE RACING—RISING MARKET ($4.20) rallied in the stretch to nip Title Game at the finish and win the $50,000-added San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita.
SKIING—GERTRUD GABL of Austria won the slalom in Grindelwald. Switzerland and maintained her lead in 1969 World Cup points. WILTRUD DREXEL, also of Austria, won the downhill. The AUGERT cousins, JEAN-NOEL and JEAN-PIERRE, gave France a one-two finish in the men's giant slalom held in Adelboden, Switzerland. KARL SCHRANZ of Austria won the Lauberhorn, the world's longest downhill, and another Austrian, REINHARD TRITSCHER, won the slalom, both in Wengen, Switzerland. It was the fourth Lauberhorn victory for the 30-year-old Schranz, who has a commanding lead in the men's World Cup.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN CARLOS tied the world indoor record (5.9 seconds) for the 60-yard dash, beating Olympians Mel Pender and Lennox Miller at Washington DC's National Invitation meet. WILLIE DAVENPORT, a gold medalist in Mexico, tied a meet record of seven seconds in the 60-yard high hurdles, beating Olympic teammates Leon Coleman and Erv Hall. At the Knights of Columbus meet in Boston, Davenport ran the 45-yard high hurdles in 5.4, equaling the indoor record. MEL PENDER ran the 50-yard dash in 5.5 seconds, and bronze medal winner GEORGE YOUNG ran the two mile in 8:32.6, a meet record.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: JOE PATERNO, Penn State football coach whose team was 10-0, including a 15-14 win over Kansas in the Orange Bowl, major college Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
NAMED: CAROL HOFMANN and WAYNE CARROLL, Horsewoman and Horseman of the Year, respectively, by the American Horse Shows Association.
DISMISSED: MIKE HOLOVAK, from twin posts of head coach and general manager of the AFL's Boston Patriots. The Pats were 4-10 last season, 3-10-1 the year before.
DISMISSED: IVAN B. (Ivy) WILLIAMSON, athletic director at the University of Wisconsin for the last 13 years, after one of the worst periods in Wisconsin football history. The Badgers have not won a game in two seasons and have not had a winning record since 1963.
DIED: OCTAVE BLAKE, 73, who was one of four living members of the Hall of Fame of the Trotter and president of the Grand Circuit for 20 years, unexpectedly, in New York City. Blake played quarterback for Princeton and was a member of the class of 1918. He was proprietor of the Newport Stock Farm, which bred and raced Newport Dream, winner of the 1954 Hambletonian.