SYRACUSE seized and reseized the lead in the seesawing battle with Boston for
command of the Eastern Division (see pane 22). Playing four games during the
week, the Nats beat the Celtics 130-120 to move ahead, defeated Detroit
122-120, lost to a recharged New York team 110-116, then turned around and beat
the Knicks 137-126. Boston, meantime, lost 95-97 to St. Louis and their three
other wins didn't help in the race with the Nats. Cincinnati and New York
trailed in that order, with the Knicks showing signs of life at last by winning
three. In the Western Division, St. Louis led as uneasily as Syracuse, with the
Los Angeles Lakers in fast pursuit. The Hawks lost one to the Celtics 106-115
and another to New York 95-103, although they beat last-place Detroit twice.
The Lakers didn't lose, sweeping aside slumping San Francisco—high-scoring Wilt
Chamberlain just isn't enough—in a 129-124 game and downing Cincinnati twice.
San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit followed the leaders in that order.
team beat the AAU All-Stars by a slim point, 83-82, in Mount Pleasant, Iowa and
by three points, 66-63, in Lubbock, Texas before the All-Stars caught on and
crushed the Soviets 85-60 in Denver, leaving the series standing at 4-3 for
Russia. The accompanying Russian girls had no trouble in taking three: an 88-38
victory over the Iowa Wesleyan Tigerettes and two decisions over the Flying
Queens of Wayland Baptist College ( Texas), 50-40 and 74-43, making it seven
wins in a row for the comradettes.
CARTER, 36-year-old St. Louis perennial, won his fifth World's Invitational
title in Chicago in a dramatic finish with rival Ray Bluth, also of St. Louis.
Results after 11 days: Carter 320.46, Bluth 320.17. Marion Ladewig, 48, of
Grand Rapids, Mich. won her third women's title.
MINA, handsome Peruvian light heavyweight, made his American debut a winning
one, but barely. For five rounds Mina cautiously back pedaled away from Henry
Hank, a hefty Detroit middleweight, while 300 Peruvians—who flew to New York
just for the fight—let droop the paper flags brought to hail a victory. But
Mina roused and delighted his entourage by banging the startled Hank through
the next five rounds to earn a split decision.
LINCOLN DEAN, blonde Palm Beach sportswoman who commands her own 42-foot,
air-conditioned yacht, boated six sailfish on a 12-pound test line to win the
annual Key Largo, Fla. tournament with 600 points, 300 more than her nearest
DETROIT impressively (26-14) defeated the Green Bay Packers who turned out to
be human after all—thanks largely to a 1,030-pound "fearsome foursome"
in the defensive line (see page 16). The loss still left Green Bay on top of
the Western Division, a game ahead of Detroit. Baltimore lost more than its
battle with Chicago for third place in a 57-0 disaster, the Colts' worst defeat
ever, as Bill Wade adroitly passed for 328 yards. Fourth-place San Francisco
grappled with a mediocre equal in St. Louis, but the Cardinals' fumbles and
their rushing ineptness helped the 49ers to a 24-17 win—John Brodie going for
two short end-run touchdowns. Minnesota avoided sharing last place with Los
Angeles by holding a surging Ram rally to a 24-24 tie. Promising Roman Gabriel,
starting as quarterback for the first time, led the Rams 78 yards in the
closing minutes for the tying touchdown. In the East, Division Leader New York
pushed an injury-hampered Washington team down to third with a 42-24 pounding.
Rookie Johnny Counts started the Giant rout by running the kickoff 90 yards for
the first score. Thereafter, the old reliables, Y. A. Tittle and Del Shofner
took over (Tittle: 256 yards and three touchdown passes). Cleveland took second
place with a 35-14 win over Pittsburgh. Improving Quarterback Frank Ryan passed
for 284 yards and three touchdowns, one to Jim Brown, who later plunged for two
more. Sonny Jurgensen threw for 342 yards to boost Philadelphia to a 28-14
victory over fifth-place Dallas. The Eagles are now joined in the cellar by St.
narrowly defeated a revived San Diego team for a precious 33-27 win to protect
its half-game lead over Boston in the Eastern Division. Before the game, the
Chargers' huge Ernie Ladd needed a special air lift to bring him a missing size
18D shoe. During the game, a rattled George Blanda, held to minus two yards for
the first quarter, sat it out until the fourth when he returned to command a
77-yard scoring drive, a two-point conversion and kick two field goals for the
Houston victory. Boston's Tom Yewcic, substituting for the injured Babe
Parilli, led the Patriots to a 21-10 win over Buffalo by throwing for 220 yards
and three touchdowns. New York, at the bottom of the East, upset Denver 46-45
in a scoring tussle that saw the Broncos' halfback, Gene Mingo, kick three
field goals to boost his season record to 25. bettering the pro mark of 23 set
by Lou Groza of Cleveland. Denver is second in the Western Division behind
runaway Dallas, which clinched first by giving the dreary Oakland Raiders a
35-7 pasting. Halfback Abner Haynes ran for two touchdowns, thus tying the pro
season mark of 18.
EMPIRE GAMES opened in Perth during the worst heat wave in 49 years. It was so
hot—the track surface temperature was an intense 147� and the air temperature
103�—that spectators at the rowing trials waded, shoes and all, right into the
river, and the stadium crowd gulped 2.000 gallons of Australian beer. Luckiest
were the swimmers. Aussie Murray Rose started things off with a lively opening
leg in the 880-yard freestyle to set the pace for a world-record clocking of
8:13.5. Dawn Fraser's brilliant anchor leg in the 440 freestyle helped set a
world record of 4:11.1. Then that 25-year-old Aussie cut .3 off her own 1
10-yard freestyle mark with a breathless 59.6 timing. England's breaststroker,
Anita Lonsbrough, set the fourth world mark, a 2:51.8 for the 220. Seeming to
ignore the heat, Canada's enduring Bruce Kidd joggled through six miles in a
fine 28:26.6, but the country's best sprinter, Harry Jerome, finished an
unexpected last in the 100, which was won by Kenya's Seraphino Antao in 9.5.
Results at the end of two days: Australia seven gold medals, England three,
Canada and New Zealand two, Kenya one.
40-year-old Oklahoma City pro who recently returned from a hunting safari in
Africa only to cut his thumb badly in a between-rounds birdhunting foray,
pressed on regardless and won the $35,000 Carling Open in Orlando, Fla. by a
stroke with a 274.
DETROIT slipped briefly into a tie for first with hard-pressing Chicago when it
lost 3-0 to Montreal while the Hawks were beating Toronto 1-0. Then, in a duel
of leaders, the two teams played to a l-l tie. The next night, however. Detroit
beat the Hawks 3-2 to go back into first. Montreal and Toronto (see page 28)
tied for third and New York held on to fourth. Boston, despite an abrupt switch
in coaches—Milt Schmidt resumed command and Phil Watson disappeared into Bruin
limbo—continued winless for three more games (16 straight) and finally, huzzah,
skated to a 5-2 victory over Toronto.