AUTO RACING—JACK BRABHAM, Australia's former world champion driver, won the Vic Hudson Memorial Trophy Race in New Zealand in the Brabham Climax, a car of his own design.
BASKETBALL—NBA: Midway through the season, all was routine. Boston kept a 4�-game lead in the East, although the Celtics dropped two straight: 121-130 to Cincinnati and 123-131 to Chicago. This was the Zephyrs' first victory over Boston, thanks to a 35-point effort by Charley Hardnett. Second-place Syracuse endured a 115-146 pasting from Detroit, then turned around the next night and gave the Pistons a 148-114 whipping. In the West, Los Angeles' winning spree went unchecked. The efforts of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor overcame even Wilt Chamberlain's heroic 67-point performance in a 134-129 conquest of the Warriors, who have yet to beat L.A. St. Louis, six games behind the Lakers, charged through the week with a 3-1 record. Rookie Guard John Barnhill scored eight baskets in 61 seconds to drive the Hawks to a 110-95 win over New York, last in the East. San Francisco and Detroit scrambled for third, with Detroit the temporary claimant.
BOATING—BOLERO, a California entry in Florida's six-race SORC series, sloughed through on a drenching windward beat to win the season opener, a 71-mile run from Miami to Cat Cay. The 73-foot yawl, owned by Sally Ames Langmuir of Beverly Hills, Calif., finished three hours ahead of the rest of the 21-boat fleet.
BOWLING—Andy Marzich of Long Beach, Calif. won the Denver Open and its $5,000 first prize, beating 96 other professionals. He defeated Roy Lown in the semifinals 189-172, and then edged out J. B. Solomon with 236-226 in the finals.
BOXING—PONE KINGPETCH, 26-year-old Thai flyweight, regained the world title that he lost three months ago to Japan's Masahiko Harada. In the rematch, Kingpetch outjabbed Harada through 15 steamy rounds in Bangkok, receiving a split decision and a tumultuous ovation from 15,000 emotional countrymen.
FOOTBALL—EAST beat West 30-20 in the 13th annual National Football League All-Star game. The West literally dropped the game, making five fumbles, as East Quarterback Y. A. Tittle got assists from Big Daddy Lipscomb, who captured one Unitas fumble, and Jim Brown, who gained a record 141 yards for the East.
The West defeated the East again 21-14, in the second annual American Football League All-Star game. The East had tied the score at 14-14 in the third quarter when Frank Tripucka, Denver's quarterback, went in to throw to Lionel Taylor, the league's top receiver, for a touchdown in the final quarter.
GOLF—Arnold Palmer won the $50,000 Los Angeles Open with a last-round 66 as the pro golf tour started in L.A. Later in the week South Africa's Gary Player captured the 525,000 San Diego Open (see page 10).
HOCKEY—NHL: Chicago started the week tied with Toronto for first place, but a 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs gave top honors to the Hawks, who held on to a narrow two-point margin by defeating New York 3-1 and tying Montreal 2-2. Toronto stayed in second place with a 2-1 win over fourth-place Detroit and a disappointing tie with last-place Boston. The Red Wings' ace goal tender, Terry Sawchuk, was slashed on the hand in the Toronto game and will be sidelined for an indefinite period.
SKIING—GUY P�RILLAT, France's stylish perennial, proved he'd lost none of his prowess during the summer as he won the Lauberhorn combined title in Wengen. Switzerland. In fog-shrouded Grindelwald, Germany's Barbi Henneberger momentarily lost her way in the haze but sped through the downhill 1.2 seconds faster than Austria's pigtailed Traudl Hecher. Flawless runs in the slalom gave the 22-year-old Munich student the combined title.