Skip to main content
Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—NBA: Johnny Greene, acquired earlier in the week from the Rockets, scored nine points during a fourth-period surge and 12 points in all in his first game for PHILADELPHIA (34-12) to help the 76ers beat the Bullets 133-116 and snap a two-game losing streak. Still, the 76ers, 2-2 for the week, had their lead in the East cut to three games when BOSTON (29-13) won two of three. Dave Bing of DETROIT (24-23) averaged 30 points in four games, only one of which the Pistons won. CINCINNATI (21-23) took four of five as Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas excelled. Lucas scored 34 points and grabbed 27 rebounds, and Robertson had 30 points in a 134-118 win over the 76ers. Against the Celtics, who led by 19 points in the second period, Robertson tossed in 40 points and Lucas 27 to lead the Royals to a 120-116 victory. NEW YORK (21-26) won three straight, making it six wins in a row, before losing to the Warriors 127-117. BALTIMORE (16-27) defeated the Royals 121-118 when Earl Monroe scored 37 points, then lost four times. ST. LOUIS (33-13) built its lead in the West to 2½ games with four wins as Len Wilkens and Zelmo Beaty each scored 23 or more points three times. SAN FRANCISCO (31-16) lost to the Pistons 118-102, then stopped the Knicks when four players scored in the 20s. LOS ANGELES (22-22) lost its only game, CHICAGO (17-29) split a pair and SAN DIEGO (13-34) took one of four to barely stay ahead of last-place SEATTLE (12-35), which lost twice.

ABA: PITTSBURGH (29-15) won its first three games—making it 18 of 19—and finally took over first place in the East. The Pipers then lost twice and clung to a thin half-game lead at week's end. Seventeen three-point field goals helped the Pipers to their three wins. Chico Vaughan got eight of them—three in a 109-107 win over the Mavericks, three against the Pacers in a 138-115 victory and two in a 123-120 overtime win over the Chaparrals. MINNESOTA (27-14) opened with a 109-106 win over the Pacers, closed with a 120-103 victory against the Pipers, but lost three games in between. INDIANA (24-22) split four games against the two top clubs, while NEW JERSEY (20-24) won four times as Tony Jackson had 20 or more points in each game. KENTUCKY (15-27) won three of four, with Louie Dampier getting an ABA week's high of 38 points in a 117-108 win over the Amigos. NEW ORLEANS (27-14) won once, lost once and had its margin in the West pared to 3½ games as DENVER (24-18) beat the Colonels 99-83 and the Mavericks 100-93. DALLAS (20-16) won two of three, OAKLAND (15-25) dropped three games and HOUSTON (15-27) moved out of the cellar by winning one of four. A jump shot by Willie Somerset in the final second of overtime gave the Mavericks a 122-120 win over ANAHEIM (15-29), which lost four straight.

The EAST beat the West 126-120 in the league's first All-Star Game, in Indianapolis.

BOBSLEDDING—Germany's WOLFGANG ZIMMERER and PETER UTZENSCHNEIDER, the leaders after the opening day's runs, were declared winners of the European two-man championships in St. Moritz when the last two runs were canceled because of heavy snow.

FOOTBALL—PRO: GREEN BAY beat Oakland 33-14 in the Super Bowl in Miami (page 14).

GOLF—JOHNNY POTT sank a 25-foot chip shot on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Bing Crosby invitational by a stroke over Bill Casper and Bruce Devlin (page 24).

HOCKEY—NHL: With Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita each scoring three times, Eastern leader CHICAGO (20-10-11) picked up a win and two ties and extended its unbeaten string to six games. Hull became the fourth player in NHL history to reach the 400-goal mark when he scored twice in a 4-2 victory over second-place BOSTON (21-13-6). The Bruins beat the Red Wings 5-4 but lost their other game 5-1 to MONTREAL (19-14-9). The Canadiens won four in a row, lengthened their undefeated streak to nine games and leapfrogged all the way from a tie for last place to within one point of the Bruins. Gilles Tremblay scored in the final period to beat the Red Wings 4-3 and J. C. Tremblay got a goal with 41 seconds left to edge the Penguins 4-3. TORONTO (19-14-8) split four games, stopping the Penguins 7-0 as Bob Pulford scored a hat trick and had two assists. NEW YORK (18-14-8) had two wins and a tie and moved to within two points of the Maple Leafs, whom they beat 6-2. DETROIT (17-17-7) lost three games but salvaged a 4-4 tie with the Black Hawks. PHILADELPHIA (18-15-6) maintained its five-point lead in the West, despite losing two of three games. A win and a tie enabled MINNESOTA (14-15-9) to climb to second place. LOS ANGELES (16-21-4) lost its eighth straight before tying the Blues 2-2, but dropped into a deadlock for third place with PITTSBURGH (15-20-6), which lost three of four. ST. LOUIS (14-21-5) tied twice, lost once, while last-place OAKLAND (8-25-9) battled back to earn 2-2 ties with both the Blues and the North Stars.

SKIING—Defending World Cup titlist JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY of France won the giant slalom at Adelbodcn early in the week, then met with disaster at the Lauberhorn races in Wengen, Switzerland (page 20). He was 13th in the downhill and, wíth an apparent wín ín the slalom, fell just 22 yards short of the finish line.

Gertrud Gabl of Austria led in competition for the women's World Cup with a season's total of 48 points by winning the slalom and placing fourth in the giant slalom in Grindelwald, Switzerland. In second with 40 points was France's Marielle Goitschel. Defending cup titlist NANCY GREENE of Canada, who won the giant slalom but had her fifth-place finish in the slalom nullified because she missed a gate, was third with 38 points. Wendy-Allen of San Pedro, Calif. was fourth—heading a list of five U.S. girls who placed in the top 20 of the slalom—and Kiki Cutter of Bend, Ore. took a seventh in the giant slalom.

TRACK & FIELD—Few foreign stars are competing indoors this season, but two of them—Swede ULF HOEGBERG and Aussie RALPH DOUBELL—came through with impressive wins at the Knights of Columbus meet in Boston. Hoegberg broke the Boston mile record with a 4:02.3 and held off a closing rush by Villanova's Dave Patrick to win by seven yards. Doubell won the 1,000-yard run in a meet-record time of 2:07.7. GEORGE FRENN of the Pasadena (Calif.) AA broke the meet mark in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 68'11". Hurdler EARL McCULLOUCH of USC won the 45-yard event in Boston, tying the world mark of 5.4, and also won at 60 yards in 7.0 at the National Invitational in Washington. New Yorker JOHN CARLOS and California high schooler BILL GAINES swapped wins in the dashes. Carlos upset Gaines in the 60-yard event in Washington on a judges' decision in a race in which both were clocked in 6.0. Gaines won the 50-yard sprint by a yard in 5.3 in Boston the next night. Pole Vaulter BOB SEAGREN of USC won in Washington with a leap of 16'6¾", then lost to VINCE BIZZAR-RO of Villanova, who cleared 16'7¾".

MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To EWING KAUFFMAN. 51, president of Marion Laboratories, Inc. (SI, Jan. 8), the American League franchise for a baseball team to replace the Athletics, who moved to Oakland last fall, Kauffman's team will begin play in 1969.

HIRED: As head football coaches: at Columbia, FRANK NAVARRO, 37, whose teams at Williams had a 28-11-1 record during the past five seasons; and at Idaho, Y C McNEASE, 31, former assistant at Michigan.

ANNOUNCED: As basketball coach at Niagara, FRANK LAYDEN, 36, currently the coach at Adelphi Suffolk College on Long Island, who will take over the team next season, replacing JIM MALONEY, 32, who submitted his resignation, effective at the end of this, his third season.

DECIDED: By the NCAA, to permit freshmen to compete in all varsity sports except football and basketball, a rule that will be effective immediately but will not be retroactive. The NCAA also modified the controversial 1.6 scholastic ruling, which stipulates that a student-athlete must prove before entering college that he can do at least C-minus classwork in order to receive scholarship aid. A student-athlete will no longer have to maintain the 1.6 average after he enters school, provided that his college's academic standards meet NCAA requirements.

SWAPPED: A pair of utility outfielders, DICK SIMPSON, 24, who hit .259 for the Cincinnati Reds last year, in exchange for ALEX JOHNSON, 25, who batted .223 for the St. Louis Cardinals.

BANNED: From the International Lawn Tennis Federation and Davis Cup play, the BRITISH LTA, beginning April 22, when new British rules will permit pros to compete against amateurs.

DIED: BILL MASTERTON, 29, rookie center for the Minnesota North Stars; of head injuries suffered two nights before, when he fell to the ice in a game against Oakland.