BASKETBALL—NBA: the two division leaders, Boston in the East and Los Angeles in the West, continued to widen the gaps between first and second place. The Celts were 9� games over Philadelphia, while the Lakers increased their advantage to 9 games over Cincinnati. Western clubs still have hopes of catching the Lakers, especially now that high-scorer Elgin Baylor has left for the Army. Baylor made his last game a winning one, outscoring Wilt Chamberlain 33 to 32 as L.A. beat the Warriors 114-111. For the also-rans, it was time to start worrying about a berth in the playoffs. Philadelphia was secure, but Syracuse was beginning to look back at the newly awakened Knicks. Even a brief losing streak could drop Cincinnati or Detroit out of postseason play. If St. Louis doesn't make up the 4� games separating the Hawks from the third-place Pistons, it will be the first time since the 1954-55 season that the team has failed to make the playoffs.
BOATING—ORANGE BOWL REGATTA, battered by winds of 25 mph, canceled the finals of the Grand Prix and most of the other class races. RUDY RAMOS and MIKE WALLACE drove an 18-foot boat with a 350-hp Lincoln engine to a first-place finish in the nine-hour endurance race.
BOWLING—NORM ABRAMS, a 40-year-old St. Paul plumber, rolled a perfect game in the qualifying competition of the $100,000 All-Star bowling tournament, in Miami Beach. Fla. Abrams' four-game block of 187, 300, 204 and 245 was the best of the qualifying round.
Paul Panko of Vancouver, B.C. rolled 267 games nonstop, averaged 161 pins over a period of 80 hours and 5 minutes, set a world's marathon live-pin bowling record, in Vancouver.
CHESS—MIKHAIL BOTVINNIK, the Soviet Union's world chess champion, defeated Arthur Bisguier of New York in a semifinal match and won an uncompleted game from Karl Robatsch of Austria, to clinch first place in the Christmas Congress's Premier chess tournament, in Hastings, England. With one round remaining, Botvinnik's score of 7�-� cannot be matched by any other player.
CRICKET—INDIA, to the delight of 35,000 spectators, defeated England 380 and 252 to 212 and 223, for only the second time in the history of the test series, in Calcutta. Since the first three matches ended in draws, the Indians have a 1-0 lead for the five-match series and need only a draw to win.
DOG RACING—SKY REGION, 20-month-old greyhound, won the $50,000 Flagler International Classic, in Miami.
DOG SHOWS—HOLLY TREE CERTAINLY-A-LADY, a black-and-tan cocker spaniel handled by Ted Young Jr., won the American Spaniel Club Futurity, in New York.
FOOTBALL—SOUTH rolled over the North 42-7 in the Senior Bowl game, in Mobile. In their first play-for-pay game, Ronnie Bull of Baylor and Earl Gros of LSU led the South ground offense to 301 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Bull, the co-winner of the game's most-valuable-player award along with Gros, set a bowl record with a 58-yard touchdown run.
Detroit Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-10, as Lion Quarterbacks Earl Morrall and Jim Ninowski each passed for two touchdowns, in the NFL's Pro Runner-up Bowl, in Miami.