HOCKEY—CHICAGO increased its NHL lead to nine points by crushing Detroit 5-2 and Montreal 7-3 to extend its latest winning streak to five games (averaging nearly six goals a game). In their private race TORONTO (1-1-1) slipped into second, a point ahead of MONTREAL (1-1), after dropping to third earlier in the week. NEW YORK, with two ties (rookie Gilles Villemure totaled 67 saves playing for the injured Jacques Plante), moved within two points of fourth-place DETROIT (0-1), while BOSTON slumbered in the cellar, tying one and losing one.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Richard C. duPont's KELSO was named Thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year for the fourth time in a row (no other horse has won the title more than twice) and for the second year by a unanimous vote (1961). The other champions are Hurry to Market (2-year-old colt), Tosmah (2-year-old filly), Chateaugay (3-year-old colt), Lamb Chop (3-year-old filly). Cicada (handicap mare), Mongo (grass horse) and Amber Diver (steeplechase horse).
Rokeby Stable's QUADRANGLE ($8.40), ridden by Bill Hartack, finished fast to win the $176,250 Pimlico Futurity by 10 lengths at Pimlico, Md.
HORSE SHOW—The WEST GERMAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM won the international jumping title at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto by one point over the U.S. team, which withdrew from the final two days' competition because of President Kennedy's death (the American riders had already taken the Prix des Nations international jumping event).
TENNIS—Only two American Davis Cuppers, Dennis Ralston and Marty Riessen, played in the South Australian championships in Adelaide, and both lost to Australia's JOHN NEWCOMBE (Riessen in the second round, Ralston in the final). It looked as if Ralston might take his second straight Australian tournament when he outlasted top-ranked Roy Emerson 6-4, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, 12-10 in the semifinals, but his game fell apart against Newcombe, and he was defeated 6-1, 6-3, 15-17, 6-1.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: JOEL EAVES, 49, head basketball coach for 14 years at Auburn, to succeed Wally Butts as Georgia's athletic director.
DIED: GLADYS GOODDING, 70, organist at Madison Square Garden sporting events since 1937 and at Ebbets Field for 16 years, of a heart attack in New York City.
DIED: ALFRED MASTERS, 65, who retired last August after 38 years as Stanford's athletic director, of cancer in Palo Alto, Calif.