Sam Snead settled a year-old score with the leading lady professional golfers, came from behind to win the $4,500 Royal Poinciana Invitational by five strokes over Mickey Wright (see page 35) at Palm Beach, Fla. Last year Snead was third, behind Louise Suggs and Dub Pagan. His winning score for the 72-hole tournament, played on a par-3 course, was 211. Miss Wright was second.
HARNESS RACING—MASINA, outstanding French trotter, finished some three lengths ahead of Mon Cher to win the $50,000 Prix de Paris at Vincennes racetrack, Paris. The winner trotted the 2[1/16]-mile course in 4:33.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL, pressing for a fifth straight championship, built its league lead to nine points over Toronto. With three losses and a tie in their last four games, the Maple Leafs slipped to a seven-point edge over Chicago. New York picked up a point to move two ahead of Detroit. The Rangers' Andy Bathgate led the league in scoring with 68 points. Detroit's Gordie Howe, five times NHL scoring champion, was second with 61 points. Boston, without hopes of making the playoffs, was last.
HORSE RACING—SIR GAYLORD ($11.40), with Ismael Valenzuela up, finished 1� lengths in front of Ridan to win the $30,350 Bahamas Stakes at Hialeah, Fla. (see page 51). Sir Gaylord, owned by Christopher T. Chenery, equaled the track record of 1:22 for seven furlongs.
RACQUETS—The U.S. team won two of three doubles matches and three of four singles matches to defeat the United Kingdom 5-2 in an international match at the New York Racquet and Tennis Club.
RODEO—MORRIS WALKER and ERNEST BRAMWELL, two newcomers to the professional rodeo circuit, left the old cowhands with empty pockets, won the big money at the $66,114 Fort Worth Rodeo at Fort Worth. Walker, a 20-year-old Texan, shut out four-time roping champion Dean Oliver, took over first place in the year-long calf-roping competition with $3,973 prize money. Bramwell, a 24-year-old Oklahoma A&M veterinary student, moved into second place in the steer-wrestling championship standings, won $2,739.
SKIING—JIM PAGE, 20-year-old Dartmouth captain, skied off with a seldom-seen triple, won the giant slalom in 1:17.4, the nine-mile cross-country race in 53:34 and the jump with 200.6 points at Dartmouth Winter Carnival. Hanover, N.H. Page's three victories led Dartmouth to first place in the team standings.
Marianne Jahn, 19-year-old Austrian, wove through the elongated 50-gate track on Mont Blanc in 1:41.53, to win the women's giant slalom at the FIS's world games in Chamonix, France. Erika Netzer of Austria was second. The American contingent skied well, Joan Hannah placing third, Barbara Ferries fifth and Jean Saubert sixth.
SPEED SKATING—ANDRE KOUPRIANOFF of France won both the 1,500-and 5,000-meter races to place first in the overall standing of the international speed skating meet at Hamar, Norway. Russia's Musatitt Habibolin, second in the 5,000 meters, was runner-up in the overall scoring. Paul Inok of Canada, who skated to a world record of 4:37.2 in the 3,000 meters, was third. U.S. Outdoor Champion Eddie Rudolph won the 500-meter event and placed fourth in the composite standings.
SQUASH RACQUETS—MRS. JOHN BOTTGER of Cynwyd, Pa. upset defending champion Betty Shellenberger 15-13, 12-15, 15-7, 15-9, won the U.S. senior women's squash racquets championship at the Germantown Cricket Club, Germantown, Pa. Mrs. Bottger teamed with former U.S. and Wimbledon tennis champion Mrs. William du Pont Jr. to defeat Miss Shellenberger and Mrs. Francis A.C. Vosters 11-15, 16-14, 15-10, 15-10 in the doubles finals.