AUTO RACING—World Champion JACK BRABHAM fought off a late challenge by Bruce McLaren to win the bumpy, 150-mile New Zealand Grand Prix, for the third time.
BASEBALL—Moving from team to team almost as rapidly as the players he trades, FRANK LANE barreled into Kansas City to take over as general manager of the Athletics, quickly announced that his usual "anybody's for sale" policy would apply there just as it had in his operations in Chicago, St. Louis and Cleveland. Lane added, however, that, "The good players we'll keep in Kansas City," marking an apparent end to the A's role as a "farm club" for the New York Yankees.
BASKETBALL—When DETROIT'S George Lee socked NEW YORK's Kenny Sears, Lee was charged with a personal foul and Sears was hospitalized with a fractured jaw. It seemed the final blow for the Knicks, who had lost live in a row. Instead, the New Yorkers gave some scoring help to Willie Naulls, beat Detroit, won three straight and pulled to within 2� games of Syracuse, which lost four of six. The winning half of the East, BOSTON and PHILADELPHIA, continued the taffy pull which saw Boston stretch its lead from a game to a game and a half. ST. LOUIS split four games to maintain its easy domination of the West. In the NIBL, the CLEVELAND PIPERS scored their 10th victory in 11 games by beating Denver, 123-99, and maintain a 4�-game lead over New York in the Eastern Division. Denver's disastrous eastern swing resulted in a third straight loss when AKRON rallied for a 96-90 victory that dropped Denver into a first-place tie with Seattle in the Western Division.
BOXING—RODOLFO DIAZ, Argentine light heavyweight champion, solved the weird, weaving tactics of kittenish Clarence ( Tiger) Floyd, bored straight in at the Tiger until he curled up in a corner in the eighth round, in New York.
Sugar Ray Robinson will have another chance to regain his world middleweight championship from Gene Fullmer when the two meet, for the fourth time, on February 25. Betting on the fight could reach record heights since the big gamblers need save nothing for plane fare; the fight will be in Las Vegas.
Carmen Basilio, fighting again after a six-month layoff, scored a unanimous decision over Gaspar Ortega in New York (see page 18).
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER, William Lombardy and Raymond Weinstein, aged 17, 20 and 19, respectively, finished 1-2-3 in the U.S. championships in New York and earned the right to compete in 1961 world title play, the youngest American team ever.
FIELD TRIALS—CARSWELL CONTESSA, 6-year-old black-and-white bitch handled by Mrs. Philip Armour Jr., beat 40 rivals to win the National English Springer Spaniel championship, Weldon Springs, Mo.
FOOTBALL—NORMAN SNEAD, fresh from signing a pro contract with the Washington Redskins, threw four touchdown passes as he directed the South All-Stars to a wild 33-26 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala. The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES, wasting no time in filling the quarterback vacancy created by the retirement of all-pro Norm Van Brocklin, traded a high future draft choice to the St. Louis Cardinals for King Hill, former Rice All-America.
HANDBALL—1960's outstanding U.S. players, named in the final AAU rankings, were JIM JACOBS of Los Angeles in four-wall singles, and OSCAR OBERT of New York in one-wall singles.