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HOCKEY—Two long losing streaks ended Sunday night when DETROIT (seven in a row at home) beat BOSTON while NEW YORK (five in a row) upset MONTREAL. Detroit managed its win without Gordie Howe, who was out for 10 days with a head injury.
HORSE RACING—At Santa Anita FIRST BALCONY ($31.20) left the pack as the field rounded the stretch turn, fought off a closing challenge by favored T.V. Lark and ran off with the $58,600 San Carlos Handicap by a length. The 4-year-old colt covered seven furlongs in 1:22[1/5], Manuel Ycaza up. GEECHEE LOU ($63) lay back during the first half of the $29,300 San Gabriel Handicap, then hurtled through on the inside to give Johnny Longden the fastest ride any jockey in America has ever had over a mile and a furlong on grass: 1:46[3/5].
At Tropical Park DERRICK ($47.70) began moving up from 13th place midway down the back-stretch of the $24,100 Orange Bowl Handicap, caught Noholme II just 70 yards from the wire and won the mile-and-a-sixteenth race by a nose in 1:43 under a fine ride from John Rotz.
RODEO—After 10 wild go-rounds in the finals of the world championships at Dallas, five of the six available titles were held by new champions. Biggest winner was HARRY TOMPKINS, a 32-year-old Texan, who dethroned Oklahoman Jim Shoulders to become, officially, the best all-round cowboy in the world. Besides bumps, bruises and the title, Tompkins picked up the bull-riding championship and, since last year's championship, $32,522. Only repeat winner was JACK BUSCHBOM, 32, Cassville, Wis., who for the third straight year took the bareback bronc-riding crown. Other new champions: BOB ROBINSON, 26, steer wrestling; ENOCH WALKER, 27, saddle bronc riding; and DEAN OLIVER, 30, calf roping.
SKIING—MONTANA STATE COLLEGE defeated NCAA champion Colorado and three other teams for a surprising victory in the sixth annual Wyoming Intercollegiate championships. The winner's edge over Colorado was 1,131.56 to 1,115.06. U.S. Olympian CHUCK FERRIES of Denver University spoiled the return to competition of ex-Denverite BUDDY WERNER, currently of the U. of Colorado, by flashing down a fast 37-gate course in 1:26 4/5 to win the annual Giant Snow Cup Slalom at Alta, Utah. For Werner, who finished second, it was his first major race since he broke his log just before the 1960 Winter Olympics.
SQUASH—Defending champion ROSHAN KHAN, 35-year-old professional instructor with the Pakistan navy, whipped cousin Azam Khan 15-6, 15-4, 15-8 to retain his U.S. Open Squash Racquets title at Indianapolis.
TRACK & FIELD- West Germany's Olympic 100-meter champion ARMIN HARY began a year of involuntary contemplation of his many-sided career, which has been moving just as fast off the cinders as on. Citing some outsized expense accounts and a magazine article in which Hary belittled German amateur athletics, officials thought it wiser that he not compete again until 1962.
In an all-comers' meet at Palo Alto, Stanford's ERNIE CUNLIFFE broke the world record for the 1,000-yard run with a time of 2:07.3, while New Zealand's Olympic 5,000-meter champion, MURRAY HALBERG, broke the U.S. record for the two miles, winning in 8:40.8.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: CHUCK STUDLEY, 31, as head football coach at the University of Cincinnati. Studley resigned after one season at the University of Massachusetts, where his 7-2 record was the best in the school's history.