BASKETBALL—BOSTON, leader in NBA Eastern Division standings; ST. LOUIS, leader in Western Division.
BOXING—TOM McNEELEY JR., 4-round TKO over George Logan, heavyweights, Madison Square Garden.
Dick Tiger, British Empire middleweight champion, 10-round decision over Holly Mims, Chicago.
Kenny Lane, 3-round KO over Ray Lancaster, welterweights, Minneapolis.
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, U.S. Championship, with 8½-1½ score, for third straight year.
DOG SHOW—IMPERIAL CROWN ROYAL, owned by J. William Freidlin, Futurity Stake of American Spaniel Club, New York.
FOOTBALL—PRAIRIE VIEW over Wiley 47-10, Prairie View Bowl, Houston.
Middle Tennessee State over Presbyterian 21-12, Tangerine Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
West over East 21-14, Shrine game, San Francisco.
Major College All-Stars over Small College All-Stars 53-0, All-America Bowl, Tucson.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL first, DETROIT and TORONTO lied for second, BOSTON third in NHL standings. Last week's scores: Boston 4, New York 3; Montreal 3, Toronto 2; Toronto 4, Detroit 2; Boston 7, New York 3; Chicago 4, Detroit 4; Chicago 4, Toronto 2; Montreal 6, Boston 5; New York 8, Montreal 3; Toronto 4, Chicago 0; Detroit 4, Boston 3.
U.S. Olympic team over Army 8-0, Huntington, N.Y.
HORSE RACING—ON-AND-ON: $23,100 Orange Bowl Handicap, 1 1/16m. in 1:40 3/5, by one length over Stratmat, Tropical Park, Fla. Steve Brooks up.
OLE FOLS: $27,250 Malibu Stakes, 7 f. in 1:23, by one length over Bagdad, Santa Anita, Calif. Bill Boland up.
Willie Shoemaker, fifth National Riding title, with 347 victories. Second: Bob Ussery, with 293; third: Frank Northcutt, with 282.
SWIMMING—EAST over West 158-149 in East-West meet; MIKE TROY, Indiana University, world 110-yard butterfly record, in 1:00.2; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
TENNIS—RAMANATHAN KRISHNAN, India over Barry MacKay 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 for Men's Singles title, Asian Lawn Championships, Calcutta.
Maria Bueno over Christine Truman 6-4, 6-4; NEALE FRASER over Bob Howe 8-6, 8-6, 7-5, Western Australia championships, Perth, Australia.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: GODFREY EVANS, stalwart but carefree wicketkeeper who played for the All-England team 91 times in test matches and claimed 1,020 wickets before his retirement, a CBE (Commander of Order of British Empire) in Britain's New Year Honors List, for services to cricket.
DIED: FAUSTO COPPI, 40, champion cyclist of Italy considered by many greatest racing cyclist of all lime, of bronchial pneumonia, at Tortona, Italy. Coppi's sudden death was a tragedy to millions of Europeans who revered him as the ideal, all-round cyclist. Coppi, who had a phenomenal heart rate (30 to 40 beats a minute), was only cyclist to win both Tour de France and Giro d'Italia in the same year. He did it twice, in 1949 and 1952, was honored with title Championissimo.
DIED: MURRAY CROSSLEY GREASON, 58, assistant athletic director at Wake Forest, following automobile accident, Greensboro, N.C. Greason was one of Wake Forest's outstanding athletes. He earned 12 varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball, was Wake Forest basketball coach for 23 seasons, was voted Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 1953 after his team won the conference championship.
DIED: POLYNESIAN, 17, Preakness winner and outstanding Thoroughbred sire (Native Dancer, Barbizon, Imbros), from intestinal obstruction, at Ira Drymon's Gallaher Farm, Lexington. Polynesian won 27 races, was in the money 47 out of 58 starts, gained even greater fame as a sire. In 1956 six of his 2-year-olds were stakes winners; in 1957 he was valued at 1¼ million dollars.