Basketball—After 12 weeks of play, BOSTON finally lost its first game to a Western Division team—125-118 in overtime to the Lakers—and the next night lost its second—to the Lakers again, 97-95, when Dick Barnett sank two foul shots with five seconds to go. Earlier the Celtics had defeated the Warriors 111-101 for their 15th straight win over the West. CINCINNATI'S first loss (132-110 to the 76ers) in two weeks broke a four-game winning streak. The Royals took their next two, however, to make it six victories in the last seven games and 10 out of their last 12 for a two-game gain on Boston (from five to three GB). PHILADELPHIA ran up five straight wins—its longest streak of the season—before dropping a game to New York. Hal Greer, who scored 70 points in the last two victories, bruised his back and played only five minutes against the Knicks. NEW YORK came out of a three-game slump to win two out of three as Johnny Egan's basket in the last five seconds beat the Bullets 120-118 and eight players scored 10 or more points in a 142-118 romp over the 76ers. LOS ANGELES increased its Western lead to 3½ games with its back-to-back wins over the Celtics and a 132-119 victory over the second-place Hawks (Jerry West scored 26 points within six minutes in the third period). ST. LOUIS went winless for four games before beating the Warriors (111-106) and the Pistons (116-99). SAN FRANCISCO lost three out of four in spite of Wilt Chamberlain (he averaged 38 points in the three losses and scored 42 in the lone win). BALTIMORE defeated the Knicks 124-109 and then dropped three straight, while DETROIT broke a five-game losing streak by edging the Warriors 114-112 on Bob Ferry's field goal with four seconds to play. Then the Pistons lost two more in a row.
BOXING—FLOYD PATTERSON, appearing in a ring for the first time since he was kayoed by Sonny Liston last July, scored an eighth-round TKO over Sante Amonti, the Italian heavyweight champion, in Stockholm.
A pair of Puerto Rican middleweights named José, one the champion of his country, met in Madison Square Garden, and after 10 rounds of fast, closeup fighting, JOSÉ TORRES retained his title with a unanimous decision over José Gonzalez.
Junior Welterweight Champion EDDIE PERKINS of Chicago outboxed Japan's Yoshinori Takahashi for 12 rounds and knocked him out in the 13th of a scheduled 15-round title fight in Tokyo.
FOOTBALL—AFL: SAN DIEGO won its first championship by crushing Boston 51-10 (see page 8).
NFL: Bart Starr passed for three touchdowns, including a 99-yarder to Tom Moore, in the first half to lead GREEN BAY to a decisive 40-23 victory over Cleveland in Miami's Playoff Bowl game.
After 13 seasons in the league, Player-Coach ANDY ROBUSTELLI, 36, retired as a defensive end for New York (once All-League) to become a full-time assistant coach for the same team. FORREST GREGG, 30, a seven-year offensive tackle with Green Bay (four times All-League) also retired and will be offensive line coach at Tennessee next season.
COLLEGE: In the big New Year's Day games TEXAS crushed Navy 28-6 in the Cotton Bowl (see page 16), ILLINOIS overpowered Washington 17-7 in the Rose Bowl, and, in a pair of upsets, ALABAMA edged Mississippi 12-7 in the Sugar Bowl, while NEBRASKA beat Auburn 13-7 in the Orange Bowl. Ode Burrell of Mississippi State scored two touchdowns and Miami's George Mira passed for another as the SOUTH defeated the North 28-21 in the Senior Bowl game in Mobile, and OREGON defeated SMU 21-14 in El Paso's Sun Bowl. The NATIONALS turned Corpus Christi's Southwest Challenge Bowl game into a 66-14 rout over the Southwest team when George Bork of Northern Illinois completed 20 of 27 passes for 243 yards and three TDs and scored another, Matt Snell of Ohio State ran for four TDs, and Bork's college teammate, Hugh Rohrschneider, gained 207 yards with 10 pass receptions. In Honolulu's Hula Bowl game the NORTH won a 20-13 upset victory over the South as Quarterback Pete Liske of Penn Stale led his team on three long scoring drives, going over once himself for a TD.
Marv Levy, 39, who quit last month as head coach at California, signed a 1964 contract with William and Mary. "I'm glad to get back to a smaller school," he said. A few hours later RAY WILLSEY, 35, backfield coach of the Washington Redskins, was named the new head coach for California, his alma mater.
GOLF—Representative JACK WESTLAND (R.) of Washington, the 1952 national amateur champion, defeated Representative William Bates (R.) of Massachusetts 4 and 3 to win the Congressional tournament in Palm Beach, Fla.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO'S diminishing lead shrank to a low of two points (11 ahead five weeks before) when it was beaten by the Rangers 5-2 and the Maple Leafs 3-0 (fifth loss in eight games). A 5-3 victory over the Bruins, however, gave the Black Hawks a three-point edge over MONTREAL, which ran its undefeated streak to five games with a win and two ties. TORONTO, two points behind the Canadiens, took two (including Johnny Bower's shutout of the Black Hawks) before losing one. Fourth-place DETROIT'S fat eight-point lead over NEW YORK was trimmed to three when the Red Wings lost two and tied one, while the Rangers were winning three in a row for the first time since early in the season. In the victories over Chicago (5-2), Detroit (5-2 land Toronto (3-2), Jacques Plante averaged 36 saves a game. BOSTON'S five-game losing streak was relieved by a 3-3 tie with Montreal before the Bruins lost two more.
HORSE RACING—WALTER BLUM, 29, a top apprentice in 1953, rode 360 winners in 1963 to become the leading jockey for the first time. For the sixth straight year, however, WILLIE SHOEMAKER'S mounts won the most money ($2,514,203).
SKIING—At a two-day pre-Olympic meet in Oberstaufen, Germany, MARIELLE GOITSCHEL of France finished second in the special slalom twice to win the combined title. The U.S. team's Jean Saubert came in first and third to take the runner-up spot in the combined standings. At the men's meet in Hindelang, Germany, Swiss newcomer EDMUND BRUGGMANN, 20, edged Austrian star Egon Zimmermann by .01 to win the giant slalom, while America's Jimmy Heuga finished third. French veteran FRANCOIS BONLIEU, 31, took the special slalom, but America's Billy Kidd, who finished third, had the fastest time (43.6 in his first run).
SQUASH RACQUETS—MOHIBULLAH KHAN, 25, took the U.S. Open title by defeating his uncle, Defending Champion Hashim Khan, 49, in a close finals match (15-10, 18-13, 15-13) in Buffalo. "He's now too young and too good for me. Mohibullah is the best squash player in the world," said Hashim.
TRACK & FIELD—Despite a soggy track and a strong crosswind at Miami's Orange Bowl meet, BOB HAYES of Florida A&M sprinted 100 yards in 9.1 to equal his own world record. A little later Hayes, who scored 11 touchdowns for A&M's football team the past season, won the 220 in 20.1, only 1/10 second slower than Dave Sime's 1956 world mark.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Pole Vaulter JOHN PENNEL, 23, as winner of the AAU's 1963 Sullivan Award. Last August he became the first man ever to clear 17 feet when he jumped 17 feet ¾ inch in his home town of Coral Gables, Fla. Hawaiian Weight Lifter Tommy Kono was runner-up in the voting for the third year in a row.
RETIRED: LEW ANDREAS, 68, as athletic director at Syracuse, after more than 40 years with the university. He played football and baseball as an undergraduate (class of 1921) and returned in 1924 to teach physical education and coach basketball (he also coached football from 1927-1929). In 1937 he was appointed athletic director, a post he held for 27 years.
DIED: JOHN H. MINDS, 92, All-America fullback at Pennsylvania in 1897, at his home in Philadelphia. During his four years at Penn (1894-1897), his team won 55 games and lost only one, and as captain his senior year he scored 15 touchdowns, kicked 27 PATs and two field goals.