BASKETBALL—The BOSTON CELTICS dropped three games in a row for the first time this season. In the first two games the Celtics had to play without Bob Cousy, home in bed with a strep throat, and Bill Russell, who was sidelined with a twisted knee early in the first loss to Syracuse. In the second game Detroit beat the Celtics for their second home victory over Boston in four seasons and 15 games. Both Cousy and Russell returned for the third game, a 107-129 loss to New York. The next night against the Warriors, who also lost three straight last week, Boston was back in winning form, beat Philadelphia 136-125 to maintain a 6�-game lead. The only remaining contest in the NBA is for second place between Detroit and Los Angeles in the Western Division. The Lakers closed the gap to a half game, after first dropping two behind at midweek, by defeating St. Louis while Detroit dropped two to Syracuse.
The NCAA, which startled New York's National Invitational Tournament by grabbing off choice independents St. Bonaventure and St. John's for its postseason championship, quickly added two more, Houston and Louisville. Meanwhile, the NIT, anxious to fill out its field before the pickings were too lean, announced acceptances from Memphis State, DePaul, Providence and Detroit.
In the NIBL Cleveland split two games with New York to hold on to its 6�-game lead in the Eastern Division. Denver, with a convincing 93-74 victory over Bartlesville, increased its lead in the Western Division to 4� games. In an NIBL meeting in Las Vegas the league decided to drop "industrial" from its name, will now be called the National Basketball League.
BOBSLEDDING—In the world two-man championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., steel-nerved Eugenio Monti of Italy won his fifth title, rocketing so fast in his final heat that he not only broke a world record but smashed his sled into a tree 150 yards past the end of the mile run. Monti, with his brakeman Sergio Siorpaes, did the fourth and final heat in 1:09.22, fastest official time ever for a two-man sled. Their total time of 4:42.67 was also a record. Biggest surprise of the championships, however, was Gary Sheffield, a U.S. Marine from Lake Placid, who came from fifth place after the first day's two heats to finish second. Trying to catch Monti in the final run, Sheffield, with Jerry Temant of Princeton, W.Va., whizzed down in a fast 1:10.47, for a total time of 4:45.74. Third was Italy's No. 2 team of Sergio Zardini and Romano Bonagura.
BOXING—HAROLD JOHNSON of Philadelphia floored Jesse Bowdry of St. Louis three times, won 9-round TKO and the National Boxing Association's version of the world light heavyweight chamoionship at Miami Beach (see page 16). DAVEY MOORE, world featherweight champion, easily outpointed Italian champion Raimondo Nobile in nontitle bout in Rome. It was Nobile's first loss in 25 professional fights.
FIELD TRIAL—MISTY MORN, a pointer owned by Joe Hurdle of Holly Springs, Miss., won the Derby championship of the United States Field Trial Association in Hernando, Miss. Runner-up to Misty Morn in the Derby, limited to 2-year-olds, was Riggins White Knight, owned by R. W. Riggins of Knoxville, Tenn. HOME AGAIN HATTIE, owned by Virgil E. Johnson of Zanesville, Ohio, won the All-Age title.
FIGURE SKATING—In the North American championships at Ardmore, Pa. and Philadelphia, young, vivacious U.S. champion Laurence Owen defeated Canada's equally young (16 years old) and pert Wendy Griner for the women's title, and the only U.S. victory. After the compulsory figures on the first day, Laurence had only a slim lead; in the free skating on the second day she had to turn in an outstanding series of turns, spins and jumps to beat Wendy's sparkling performance. Her final score was 931.5 and 7 ordinals to Wendy's 929.6 and 8 ordinals. The most stirring victory was won by Maria and Otto Jelinek in the pairs. In a practice session the night before the contest, they fell while doing a lift. Otto was rushed unconscious from the rink to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for concussion and a wrenched back, and given three stitches for a head wound. Maria was treated for a cut on her right thigh, a pulled muscle and a left-hip bruise. They were warned by doctors not to skate. But they did, turning in a performance that won them the title. In the men's singles Donald Jackson of Oshawa, Ont. easily defended his title against Bradley Lord of Boston, and the Toronto duo of Virginia Thompson and William McLachlin won the dance.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the final hole to tie Doug Sanders after 72 holes of the Phoenix Open. On the Monday playoff, Palmer's 3-under-par 67 beat Sanders by three strokes, gave him his second win in the six pro tourneys to date, put him second in earnings.
HOCKEY—The TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS increased their lead in the NHL to six points over the Montreal Canadiens by beating New York, Boston and Detroit. In the Boston game Toronto's Frank Mahovlich scored a goal and had four assists, thereby took a one-point lead over Montreal's Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion in the NHL scoring race. Mahovlich now has 43 goals, only seven shy of Maurice Richard's single-season record of 50, set in 1944-45.
In the WESTERN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION, Denver University's Jerry Walker, junior wing from Regina, Sask., scored four goals in the Pioneers' 8-5 victory over the Warroad ( Minn.) Lakers to tie the association's single-season record of 43 goals, set 10 years ago. In two earlier games in their three-game exhibition against the Minnesotans, Denver won 13-2 and 15-2, running their season total to 22 victories against one defeat (a 3-2 loss to Michigan Tech earlier in the season) and a tie. In other WCHA games last week Michigan Tech defeated Minnesota 3-2 in overtime, Michigan downed Colorado College 7-3 and North Dakota beat Michigan State 4-3. In league standings Denver is first, followed by Michigan (12-5-1), Michigan Tech (11-7-0), Minnesota (8-6-0), North Dakota (6-13-1), Colorado College (4-12-0) and Michigan State (3-13-0).