Publish date:

A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASKETBALL—BOSTON, which hasn't lost in nearly a month, won two more and ran its winning streak to 14 and its season record to 39-7. CINCINNATI defeated the Lakers 124-106 but lost to the Celtics for the sixth time to fall eight games out of first place in the East. PHILADELPHIA not only had to play two games without Paul Neumann and Connie Dierking, who went West in the trade for Wilt Chamberlain, but also without Chamberlain, who took a week's leave of absence before reporting. They dropped both of them, 138-126 to the Bullets and 104-95 to the Celtics. An earlier loss to the Hawks gave the 76ers a modest three-game losing streak. NEW YORK, however, was delighted with the big trade. The Knicks beat the Stiltless Warriors two nights in a row, once while Wilt watched from the balcony. ST. LOUIS, with victories over the 76ers, Bullets and the Lakers, moved into a tie for first place in the West with LOS ANGELES, which dropped three out of four. The Lakers had to play their last two games—both losses—without high-scoring Jerry West, who broke his nose. BALTIMORE split two games and bounced to within three games of the lead. DETROIT beat the Lakers 128-127 on Ray Scott's 10-foot jump shot with 18 seconds to go, but lost their next game to LA 104—100. With or without Wilt, SAN FRANCISCO continued to lose and extended its streak to 13 games after defeats by the Knicks, 89-87 and 102-89.

The Royals' Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas combined for 53 points in leading the EAST to a 124-123 victory over the West in the NBA's All-Star Game in St. Louis (page 18). It was the East's 10th win in 15 years.

BOBSLEDOING—Britain's 1964 Olympic gold medalists ROBIN DIXON and TONY NASH won the Swiss international two-man bobsled championship at St. Moritz in an aggregate time of 2:40.87 for their two runs.

BOXING—HENRY COOPER, the British Empire heavyweight champion, scored a TKO over Dick Wipperman of Buffalo in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-rounder at Albert Hall, London.

FOOTBALL—Keith Lincoln of San Diego caught a 73-yard touchdown pass from Len Dawson of Kansas City and scored again on an 80-yard run to lead the AFL WESTERN ALL-STARS to a 38-14 victory over the East in Houston.

GOLF—For the third time in five years the San Diego Open ended in a tie requiring a sudden-death playoff. WES ELLIS JR. of West Caldwell, N.J. birdied the 17th and 18th holes with 12-and 48-foot putts to tie Billy Casper, the apparent winner with a 72-hole score of 267. Then, after Casper tapped his ball in for a par 4 on the first hole of the playoff, Ellis did it again—he sank an eight-foot putt for his third straight birdie.

HOCKEY—CHICAGO held a two-point lead over the Canadiens for just two games before MONTREAL, with a 2-1-0 week, tied for first and then moved two points ahead. The Canadiens had lost their third game in a row, 5-3 to the Maple Leafs, when 35-year-old Gump Worsley was recalled from Quebec in midweek. With Worsley in the nets, Montreal defeated the Bruins 3-2 and the Black Hawks 4-2 to regain first place. Chicago faltered slightly, lost two and tied 0-0 with the Maple Leafs. TORONTO had its string of seven games without a loss snapped by the Red Wings, 4-2, when Norm Ullman scored two goals and assisted on two others. But the Maple Leafs won two other games and tied one to move within one point of second. DETROIT split two, while NEW YORK took two straight after a loss, and suddenly the Rangers were only six points behind the Red Wings. BOSTON started fast as Murray Oliver scored three goals in a 5-2 win over the Rangers. It was the Bruins' first hat trick of the season and their third straight victory on home ice. But two losses in a row followed, and everything was normal in Boston again.

HORSE RACING—George Pope's 4-year-old HILL RISE ($6.40), under Don Pierce, took the $61,550 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita by two lengths. Roman Brother came in ninth in the field of 12, a distant 11 lengths behind.

Hialeah's Royal Poinciana Handicap was won by DARK KING ($6.40), Braulio Baeza up, by one and a quarter lengths.

MOTOR SPORTS—DAN GURNEY of Costa Mesa, Calif., driving a 1965 Ford, won the third annual 500-mile, $65,000 Motor Trend road race for late-model stock cars at Riverside, Calif. for the third time. He finished the 185-lap race in 5:41.42 for an average of 87.08 mph.

SKIING—Austria's GERHARD NENNING won the Arlberg-Kandahar trophy, the unofficial world's championship this year, at St. Anton, Austria by taking a first in the slalom and a second in the downhill for the lead in the combined standings. The downhill winner was Nenning's countryman and four-time trophy-holder, KARL SCHRANZ, while Heim Messner, also of Austria, was third. The women's trophy went to MARIELLE GOITSCHEL of France for the second year in a row after she finished second in the ladies' downhill to ANNIE FAMOSE of France and second in the slalom to HEIDISCHMID-BIEBL of Germany. Mrs. Schmid-Biebl was runnerup in the combined standings, and Austria's Christl Haas third.

TENNIS—JOHN NEWCOMBE, a young Australian Davis Cup player, defeated Owen Davidson, also of Australia, in the final of the Tasmanian Tennis Championships in Hobart 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3. Australia's No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, Roy Emerson and Fred Stolle, were eliminated in early rounds but teamed to win the doubles 8-6, 9-7.

TRACK & FIELD—The eastern indoor track season opened in Boston with the Massachusetts Knights of Columbus Games but a blizzard held the attendance to a disappointing 6,794. It also prevented the appearance of Olympian Billy Mills in the mile, which was won by JOE LYNCH, a Georgetown senior, in 4:06, the fastest time of his career. RAY TUCKER, 17, of Hamilton, Ont., who is the Canadian junior champion at 1,000 yards, won that event in 2:12, and his countryman BILL CROTHERS equaled the meet record (1:10) in the 600. RALPH BOSTON won two events by a foot—the broad jump with a 24-foot 10-inch leap and the 45-yard high hurdles in 5.6 seconds. MEL PENDER of the Army held off his teammate Paul Drayton in the 50 with a time of 54.4, while PAMELA KILBORN of Australia broke the 50-yard-dash record she set a week earlier in San Francisco, with a 6.0 clocking.

Ron Clarke of Australia, who finished ninth in the Olympic 5,000-meter run, set a new world record at that distance in an interclub meet in Hobart, Tasmania. His time of 13:34.6 broke Vladimir Kuts's seven-year-old mark by .4 second.

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: TOMMY PROTHRO as head football coach at UCLA after compiling a 63-37-2 record in 10 seasons at Oregon State.

PURCHASED: For more than $7 million by the National Broadcasting Co., television rights to American Football League championship and All-Star games for the next five years. NBC earlier paid $36 million to televise the AFL's regular-season schedule.

RETIRED: After nine years with the New York Giants and five with the Los Angeles Rams, ANDY ROBUSTELLI, 38, an All-Pro defensive end on eight championship teams (two with the Rams, six with the Giants), to attend to his business interests.

TRADED: San Francisco's WILT CHAMBERLAIN, the highest-scoring, highest-paid player in the NBA, to the Philadelphia 76ers for three players and less than $50.000.

DIED: WALLY PIPP, 70, the American League home run champion in 1916 (with 12) and 1917 (with nine), after a long illness, in Grand Rapids. Pipp was the New York Yankees' regular first baseman for 10½ years, played in three World Series and had a lifetime .281 average, but he is best remembered as the man Lou Gehrig replaced. He was unable to play on June 1, 1925, and Gehrig, a rookie, took over for the day. Pipp never played again for the Yankees, while Gehrig stayed at first base for the next 2,130 games. At the end of the season Pipp was traded to the Reds, and in 1929 he retired from baseball.