BASKETBALL—Injuries and eggs plagued the Boston Celtics as they clung to a one-game lead in the NBA's Eastern Division. Celtic Sam Jones filled in for the injured Bill Sharman, scored 25 points, helped Boston to a 119-115 victory over second-place Philadelphia. The next night Warrior Wilt Chamberlain got 39 as Boston, with Bill Russell hampered by a sprained left wrist, lost 116-101. In St. Louis, egg-throwing fans made Celtic Coach Red Auerbach their target (see page 9), interrupted the game as Boston lost to the Hawks for the first time this season, 105-99. In New York, Boston rallied, beat the last-place Knickerbockers 120-106. Meanwhile, the Warriors split a pair of games with Cincinnati. Syracuse lost to Cincinnati, beat Los Angeles 115-113 on Johnny Kerr's long last-second push shot, lost to Detroit. In the Western Division, the first-place Hawks lost to Detroit 112-89 as Piston Bailey Howell scored 31 points, beat Los Angeles 107-99, extended lead to 9� games.
In the NIBL's Eastern Division, the CLEVELAND PIPERS beat the New York Tuck Tapers 121-105 (with John Barnhill scoring 28) and the Akron Goodyears 111-110 (despite Akron's Jim Francis, who scored 36 and took 21 rebounds), boosted their lead to four games. In the west, the first-place SEATTLE BAKERS, with Bob Simms tallying 20 points and Dick Brott taking 25 rebounds, edged the Bartlesville Oilers 92-91.
BOXING—Feature Sports, Inc. had barely made up its mind that March 13 would be the date for the FLOYD PATTERSON—INGEMAR JOHANSSON fight in Miami Beach (see page 7) when Irving Kahn, president of TelePrompTer, Inc., announced his company would again have the exclusive contract for closed-circuit TV. TelePrompTer pays a guarantee of $800,000—about $100,000 more than for last year's fight. Kahn indicated he would utilize not only the usual theater-TV network but also Madison Square Garden and the Los Angeles Coliseum.
FOOTBALL—In Philadelphia the NFL held its annual player draft. Among the top choices: MINNESOTA, Back Tommy Mason of Tulane, Back Ross Hawkins of North Carolina; WASHINGTON, Quarterback Norman Snead of Wake Forest, Tackle Joe Rutgens of Illinois; LOS ANGELES, Linebacker Marlin McKeever of Southern California, End Elbert Kimbrough of Northwestern; CHICAGO, End Mike Ditka of Pitt, Back Bill Brown of Illinois; SAN FRANCISCO, Back Jim Johnson of UCLA, Back Bernie Casey of Bowling Green, Back Bill Kilmer of UCLA, Center Roland Lakes of Wichita; BALTIMORE, Quarterback Tom Matte of Ohio State, Tackle Tom Gilburg of Syracuse; ST. LOUIS, Tackle Ken Rice of Auburn, End Fred Arbanas of Michigan State; CLEVELAND, Back Bob Crespino of Mississippi, Tackle Ed Nutting of Georgia Tech; GREEN BAY, Back Herb Adderley of Michigan State, Tackle Ron Kostelnik of Cincinnati; DALLAS, Tackle Bob Lilly of Texas Christian, Center E. J. Holub of Texas Tech; PHILADELPHIA, Back Art Baker of Syracuse, Center Charles Strange of LSU; NEW YORK, Back Bob Gaithers of New Mexico State; Guard Bruce Tarbox of Syracuse; PITTSBURGH, Linebacker Myron Pottios of Notre Dame; DETROIT, End Dan LaRose of Missouri.
The NFL Champion PHILADELPHIA EAGLES learned that each man's share ($5,116.55) from the playoff game would be subject to a city tax of $76.75. Philadelphia plans to mollify those bitten by presenting each player with a set of gold cuff links (value: $10).
George Blanda's accuracy of hand and foot accounted for all of Houston's points as OILERS beat Los Angeles 24-16 for first AFL championship. He passed for three touchdowns, kicked three extra points and field goal (see page 42).
THE BOWLS—Rose, Orange, Sugar, Cotton (see page 12). In the EAST-WEST SHRINE game at San Francisco, Jimmy Herbstreit of Ohio State ran an intercepted pass back 55 yards, and Tom Matte of Ohio State passed 10 yards for the touchdown that brought the East a 7-0 win. In the BLUE-GRAY game at Montgomery, Ala., Bernie Allen of Purdue passed for three touchdowns, and the North romped to a 35-7 victory. In the GATOR BOWL at Jacksonville, Fla., Baylor missed a two-point conversion try in the closing seconds, lost to Florida 13-12. In the SUN BOWL at El Paso, New Mexico State's Charley Johnson completed 18 of 26 passes as NMS won its 15th straight, beat Utah State 20-13. In the TANGERINE BOWL at Orlando, Fla., The Citadel rolled up 408 yards passing and rushing, smothered Tennessee Tech 27-0.
GYMNASTICS—ABE GROSSFELD of New York took his third National Clinic title with an all-round performance point total of 55.85 at Sarasota, Fla.
HANDBALL—LOUIS RUSSO, 16, of the Bronx ( N.Y.) Union YMCA won the national junior title at Aurora, Ill., defeating Ed Banck of Buffalo, N.Y. 21-10, 21-12.
HOCKEY—The New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins saw their chances of playoff berths grow slimmer. New York beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on four goals in the last period, but lost to the Detroit Red Wings by giving up three goals within 41 seconds and to Toronto 2-1 (as Maple Leaf rookie Dave Keon scored both goals). Boston lost to Toronto 4-1 (as Maple Leaf Wing Frank Mahovlich notched his 31st goal) to the Chicago Black Hawks 4-3, to the Canadiens 3-1. The results left New York 11 points out of a playoff berth, Boston 13. The standings: MONTREAL, TORONTO, DETROIT, CHICAGO, NEW YORK, BOSTON.