(PRO)—NFL, Eastern Conference: NEW YORK battled CLEVELAND to a 7-7 tie and won the conference title (see page 22). PHILADELPHIA beat DETROIT 27-24 on Bobby Walston's 10-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the game. Walston brought his 11-year scoring total to an NFL record of 833 points, with two field goals and three extra points. The second-place Eagles will meet the Lions on Jan. 6 in the NFL's runner-up bowl. The Browns were in third, followed by ST. LOUIS, which beat PITTSBURGH 20-0 to break a fourth-place tie. WASHINGTON finished last but saved face by defeating sixth-place DALLAS 34-24 for its first victory of the season.
Western Conference: GREEN BAY kept in shape for the Dec. 31 championship game with the Giants, beat LOS ANGELES 24-17. The fight for second place and a berth in the runner-up bowl was settled early when SAN FRANCISCO lost to BALTIMORE 24-27 on Saturday. The Lions, despite their defeat by the Eagles, finished second and gained the consolation bowl bid. CHICAGO beat MINNESOTA 52-35 to move into a third-place tie with the Colts. The 49ers were next, followed by the Rams. The surprising Vikings finished last but won three games.
AFL, Eastern Division: HOUSTON beat Oakland 47-16 to win its second straight division title and set up a replay of last year's championship game with SAN DIEGO. Boston, futilely chasing the Oilers since mid-season, upset the Chargers 41-0 but finished second, one game back. NEW YORK lost to Dallas 24-35 but remained third, followed by BUFFALO. Western Division: SAN DIEGO ran an 11-game winning streak into an unassailable lead, finished six games ahead of the second-place Texans. DENVER was next and the Raiders last, with a 2-12 record.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL retained an uneasy lead of one point over Toronto. NEW YORK lost six straight but held onto third place. Awakened DETROIT, unbeaten in the last six games, moved to within two points of the Rangers. Chicago was next, three points back, and BOSTON, with only one victory in the last 15 games, was in the cellar.
MOTOR SPORTS—JIM CLARK of Britain, driving a Lotus Climax, finished seconds ahead of Stirling Moss to win the Durban Grand Prix, at Durban, South Africa. Clark averaged 89.59 mph for the 89-lap course, 0.43 mph faster than Moss. On the 46th lap, Moss broke the track record with a speed of 93.37 mph.
RUGBY—CAMBRIDGE, for the second consecutive year, defeated Oxford 9-3, at Twickenham, England. Pete Dawkins, former West Point All-America halfback, wearing Oxford colors for the third and last time in this traditional game, got off several long runs in a losing cause.
SKIING—JEAN CLAUDE KILLY led six other Frenchmen to a sweep of the first seven places in the men's giant slalom of the international Crit�rium de la Premi�re Neige ski meet, at Val d'Is�re, France. Killy was timed in 2:30.95 for the event. Buddy Werner of Steamboat Springs, Colo., placed 13th, the best showing among a sizable group of Americans.
SOCCER—BULGARIA beat France 1-0 in Milan, Italy to become the last entry in the 16-team World Soccer Cup Championships, to be held in May 1962 at Santiago, Chile. Brazil, Chile, Czechoslovakia, England, Italy, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Spain, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, West Germany, Hungary and Russia had all qualified previously.
SWIMMING—STEVE CLARK and DAVE LYONS, Yale freshmen swimmers, set two National Collegiate freshman records in a meet against New Haven Hillhouse High School in New Haven. Clark, world-record holder for the 100-meter freestyle, swam that distance in 48.3 to break the record of 49.1 set last year by Mike Austin, also of Yale. Lyons swam the 220-yard freestyle in 2:03.8, beating the mark of 2:05.2 held by Murray Rose of USC. Yale won 76-10.
TRACK & FIELD—JEFF FISHBACK and CHARLIE CLARK, San Jose State long-distance runners, broke the world's record for the 10-mile, two-man relay held by Max Truex and Mal Robertson, at all-comers meet, Palo Alto, Calif. Running alternate miles, Fishback and Clark were timed in 42:9.6.