BASKETBALL—The BOSTON CELTICS returned to their home court after a 10-game road trip in which they won seven games, took on second-place Philadelphia, boat them in overtime on a basket by Bob Cousy. With a three-game lead over the Warriors, the Celtics then traveled to Philadelphia, found Wilt Chamberlain (44 points) too much for them, lost 116-113. In the Western Division ST. LOUIS lost to Syracuse and Philadelphia on the road but continued to dominate its division, was 10� games ahead of second-place Cincinnati.
In the NIBL, Bartlesville took a half-game lead in the Western Division when they beat New York 92-90 in overtime, while Denver, with a four-game losing streak, dropped to second place. In the Eastern Division Cleveland continued to run away, with a five-game lead over New York.
BOXING—PAUL PENDER (recognized as middleweight champion in New York, Massachusetts and Europe) successfully defended his title in Boston against earnest Terry Downes of London, won on a 7-round TKO when the referee stopped the fight because of bleeding that was impairing Downes's vision and breathing (see page 16).
Davey Moore, world featherweight champion from Springfield, Ohio, pulled himself up from the canvas in the sixth round, outpointed European titleholder Gracieux Lamperti of France in nontitle bout in Paris.
FOOTBALL—After 72 seasons the UNIVERSITY OF DENVER, member of the Skyline Conference, announced it was dropping intercollegiate football because the sport had become prohibitively expensive, producing an annual deficit of $100,000. An aroused student body, showing a concern conspicuously lacking during the football season, burned the school chancellor in effigy and crashed the stadium to rip down the goalposts. After their first year of action the eight AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE owners met in Houston, released an estimate of their losses for the season: $3.5 million. Heaviest loser was Los Angeles, with a deficit of $900,000. At the same meeting the AFL challenged the National Football League to a championship game next season. Behind the cool command of Johnny Unitas, who hit fellow Colt Lennie Moore on two long, decisive plays, the WEST beat the East 35-31 in the Pro Bowl at Los Angeles. Jim Taylor, Green Bay Packer fullback, set a Pro Bowl record by scoring three touchdowns, while Philadelphia quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, for the East, tied a record by throwing three touchdown passes.
GOLF—BOB GOALBY of Crystal River, Fla., with a 72-hole total of 275, won the $45,000 Los Angeles Open by three strokes over Eric Brown of England and Art Wall Jr. of Pocono Manor, Pa. Arnold Palmer shot a 77 on the first round, failed to qualify for the final two rounds. Last year he finished 26th.
Arnold Palmer, in a sudden-death playoff, defeated Al Balding of Canada in the $20,000 San Diego Open, after both tied with 271 for 72 holes. On the first playoff hole Palmer sank a 4� foot putt for a birdie 3, while Balding's putt, from the edge of the green 15 feet out, jumped in and out of the cup and stopped one inch away for par.
GYMNASTICS—RUSSIA'S women's team defeated a U.S. team 153.199 to 149.967 at West Chester, Pa., while the Russian men's team beat the U.S. 285.85 to 281.45 at University Park, Pa., in the only two competitive matches on Russia's scheduled U.S. tour.
HOCKEY—The MONTREAL CANADIENS, with a telling 6-2 victory, turned back a Toronto Maple Leaf bid to share first place in the NHL. Montreal continued four points ahead by shutting out the Boston Bruins, after the Maple Leafs stopped the Chicago Black Hawks' eight-game unbeaten streak with a 4-1 victory. It was Goalie Charlie Hodge's third shutout in 21 games since taking over from Jacques Plante. Meanwhile, Plante, at his own request, was shipped to Montreal's farm club, the Montreal Royals, in order to get back on the ice. "I feel like a kid starting over again," said Plante.
HORSE RACING—JIMMY KILROE, official handicapper for The Jockey Club, issued his 1961 Experimental Handicap weights for 3-year-olds. Leading his list of 128 Thoroughbreds was Patrice Jacobs' Hail to Reason, with 126 pounds. As the outstanding 2-year-old of 1960 the colt was rated first, although he has been retired with an injury. Mrs. Dodge Sloane's filly Bowl of Flowers (see page 5), at 120 pounds, rates in second place (with a five-pound sex allowance) over Carry Back and Pappa's All, both at 122 pounds. The only other horses rated at 120 pounds or more were Rex Ellsworth's Olden Times and Harbor View Farm's Garwol, both at 120.