BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (41-20) increased its Eastern Division lead to three games with tour wins and two losses and CINCINNATI (37-23), with a 2-3 record for the week, slid into third place, half a game behind the 76ers. The Celtics, with the toughest schedule of all—six games in seven days—won two of three from the Warriors, beat the Knicks 121-117 (Mel Counts scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in 16 minutes of play), edged the 76ers 85-83, then lost to the Lakers. In the three weeks since the Royals briefly held first place, they lost eight out of 12 games, while BOSTON, in the same period, won 10 out of 15. PHILADELPHIA (37-22) won three and lost two as Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 65 points (the most in the league this season) to lead the 76ers to a 132-125 victory over the Lakers, totaled 194 points. NEW YORK (22-35) started the week with a big 136-123 win over Philadelphia, marking the first time since December 1962 that the Knicks have won four in a row. They then lost to the Celtics before defeating the Pistons 122-107 and the Lakers 140-127 to make it eight victories in their last 11 games. In the West, LOS ANGELES (35-28) held its six-game lead by splitting four, while in the tense battle for second place, BALTIMORE (29-34) climbed half a game ahead of SAN FRANCISCO (28-34) by splitting four games while the Warriors lost three out of five. ST. LOUIS (26-34), a game behind in fourth, split two, and last place DETROIT (18-43) won one from the Royals 124-118, then lost four straight.
BOATING—Sumner A. Long's 57-foot yawl ONDINE, out of Larchmont, N.Y., took the overall title in the 1,430-mile San Diego to Acapulco yacht race with a corrected time of 8:06:43.50, although she finished fourth in elapsed time. Jim Kilroy's 73-foot sloop Kialoa II from Newport Beach, Calif. crossed the finish line first but placed second overall with a corrected time of 8:11:08.57.
BOWLING—MIKE LIMONGELLO, a 21-year-old Army reservist from Babylon, N.Y., defeated Dave Davis of Phoenix Ariz. 197-176 to win the $37,500 Mobile (Ala.) PBA tournament. The victory was Limongello's second on the pro tour in the last two years.
BOXING—Mexico's VICENTE SALDIVAR retained his world featherweight title when he knocked out Floyd Robertson of Ghana in two minutes 29 seconds of the second round in Mexico City.
Heavyweight CLEVELAND WILLIAMS of Houston knocked out Ben Black of Chicago in 2:43 of the first round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Houston. It was Williams' first fight since he was shot by a policeman 14 months ago.
COURT TENNIS—NORTHRUP KNOX of Buffalo successfully defended his world open title against the challenge of England's Ronald Hughes with a 7-0 sweep in the finals in New York. Knox's championship defense was his first since 1959 when he won the title from Jack Johnson, a Chicago pro.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (27-16-7) broke a three-way tie for the lead by winning two games and tying one to move two points ahead of the Red Wings and the Canadiens. The Black Hawks, however, lost Bobby Hull for about 10 days when he strained the ligaments in his left knee shortly before scoring his 45th goal of the season in a 2-2 tie with the Canadiens. DETROIT (25-16-9), 1-1-2 for the week, and MONTREAL (26-15-7), with a 1-1-1 record, both slipped from a share of first place to a tie for second, while fourth-place TORONTO (22-18-7) tied two games and defeated the Rangers 3-0 as 36-year-old Terry Sawchuk recorded his 98th shutout—most in the NHL—in his 16th season of play. BOSTON (13-30-6), which was 1-1-1, jumped briefly out of the cellar after shutting out the Canadiens 2-0 but ended the week lied with NEW YORK (12-30-8), loser of three out of four games.
HORSE RACING—George A. Pope Jr.'s HILL RISE ($11.40), ridden by Manuel Ycaza, took his first stakes race of the season when he won Santa Anita's $56,500 San Antonio Handicap by half a length over Terry's Secret. The favorite, Bold Bidder, finished third, 2½ lengths back.
Calumet Farm's KENTUCKY JUG ($7.80) came from behind in the stretch to catch North Star Ranch's LORD DATE ($27.60) at the wire for a dead heat in the $34,300 Bougainvillea turf handicap at Hialeah. Point du Jour finished third, half a length behind the winners.
SPEED SKATING—Russia's VALENTINA STENINA, 31, gained her third women's world championship by defeating Song Soon Kim of North Korea for the overall title. Mrs. Stenina placed third in the 500-meter and 1,500-meter events, finished second in the 3,000 and tied for third in the 1,000.
SQUASH RACQUETS—VIC NIEDERHOFFER, 22, of Brooklyn, won his first U.S. singles title when he defeated Philadelphian Sam Howe III, a former champion, 11-15, 15-12, 15-13, 15-13 at the University Club in New York. Philadelphia stockbroker and former tennis star VIC SEIXAS JR. took his third consecutive veterans championship in straight sets 15-4, 15-5, 15-10 over Cal MacCracken, a four-time veterans winner from Tenafly, N.J.
TENNIS—Defending Champion CHARLES PASARELL of Puerto Rico retained his title at the Philadelphia international tournament as he beat Arthur Ashe of Richmond 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 8-6. Ashe and Pasarell then teamed in the doubles championship to defeat Juan Gisbert of Spain and Bob Lutz, the U.S. junior champion.
Dennis Ralston of Bakersfield, Calif., the nation's top-ranking player, won the Buffalo tournament for the third straight year by defeating Tom Edlefsen of Los Angeles 6-3, 8-6.
TRACK & FIELD—New Zealand's BILL BAILLIE won the two-mile in 8:37.4 at the Los Angeles Times meet while Ron Clarke of Australia finished second and Kipchoge Keino of Kenya came in fifth (page 18). JOHN PENNEL of the Southern California Striders broke the world indoor pole-vault record again (he registered 16 feet 9½ inches on Jan. 22) with a vault of 16 feet 10 inches after failing to clear 15-6 the night before in Fort Worth's Will Rogers games. DON DeNOON of the Striders set a new record (6:10.2) in the mile walk, cutting 8.1 off Ron Zinn's 1962 mark, and Tennessee State's ELEANOR MONTGOMERY broke her own American high-jump mark with a leap of 5 feet 8¾ inches. JIM GRELLE of Portland, Ore. defeated John Camien of Kansas State Teachers in a 4:03.1 mile, while the University of Tennessee's RICHMOND FLOWERS JR. took the 60-yard high hurdles in 7.3. OTIS BURRELL of Nevada won the high jump (7 feet); Tennessee State's WYOMIA TYUS, the 60-yard dash (6.7); Pasadena's PARRY O'BRIEN, the shot-put (62 feet 9½ inches) and Britain's LYNN DAVIES, the broad jump (26 feet 2 inches).
At the Mason-Dixon meet in Louisville the same night, MARTIN McGRADY, a 19-year-old sophomore from Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio, took 2/10 of a second off the world indoor 600-yard dash record—set by Wendell Mottley in 1964—when he beat Ollan Cassell of Nutley, N.J. by two feet in 1:09. SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY won the mile relay by 35 yards in 3:11.1 to equal the indoor mark, as anchor man THERON LEWIS ran a scintillating 46.1 anchor leg. Earlier in the evening Lewis took the 440 in 47.8. WILLIE DAVENPORT, also of Southern, won the 70-yard high hurdles for his seventh straight victory of the season, and a recent Southern graduate, RICHARD ROSS, took the high jump (6 feet 10 inches) for his seventh win in eight meets this season. A 26-year-old blonde from West Germany, INGE SCHELL, broke the 70-yard low-hurdle world record with an 8.8, and EDITH McGUIRE of Tennessee State placed first in the 70-yard dash (7.9). Santa Clara's JEFF CHASE, who won the pole vault at 16 feet 6 inches in Fort Worth, recorded another victory with a leap of 16 feet 5¾ inches.
Earlier in the week at the USTFF meet in Madison Square Garden TOM LARIS of the New York AC scored an upset in the two-mile when he defeated Washington State's Gerry Lindgren by eight yards. Laris time of 8:40.2 was the best of his career. Kansas freshman JIM RYUN took the mile in 4:01.6, and RICHMOND FLOWERS JR. the 60-yard high hurdles in 7.3. CHARLIE GREENE of Nebraska won the 60-yard dash (6.1), while DAVE CROOK, also of Nebraska, took the 600-yard run as St. John's Tom Farrell dropped out on the first lap because of a muscle injury in his left leg.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the National Hockey League, franchises to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles and San Francisco-Oakland, extending the league to 12 teams coast-to-coast. The new teams are expected to begin play in the 1967-68 season.
HIRED: CHARLIE WINNER, 41, assistant coach of the Baltimore Colts the past 12 seasons, as head coach of St. Louis. "My brother and I feel that this is the man for the Cardinals," said Charles Bidwill Jr., co-owner of the team with brother William.