BASKETBALL—SAN FRANCISCO continued to lead the Western Division of the NBA, splitting games with the Celtics and nipping the Pistons in overtime, due largely to Wilt Chamberlain's 59 points. ST. LOUIS edged half a game closer to first place with a pair of victories over the Knicks and the 76ers. Jerry West was back in form, scoring 85 points, good but not good enough to prevent third-place LOS ANGELES from losing two out of three games to the Celtics. BALTIMORE won three in a row ( 76ers once, Pistons twice), but remained lodged hopelessly in fourth, five games behind the Lakers. DETROIT lost five games to four different teams to secure its unenviable grip on last place, scoring high in every game (averaging 116) but never quite high enough. In the Eastern Division, BOSTON'S once handsome lead was getting uncomfortably short. The Celtics won three out of five games, nevertheless saw their lead shrink to two over the onrushing second-place Royals. CINCINNATI, with Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson setting the style, extended its winning streak to 11 with victories over the Pistons, 76ers and Knicks (twice). PHILADELPHIA lumbered along in third place, losing three out of four games (the victory was over Detroit), but even that record looked like a rose compared to the Knicks'. NEW YORK lost and lost and lost and so on...three more times last week, nine in a row in all. It tied the longest losing streak of the season, set by, that's right, the poor old Knicks themselves.
BOATING—Dick Dungan's SABRE won the 184-mile Miami-Nassau race, the fifth and final test in the SORC series (a sixth race, the Nassau Cup, was canceled for lack of wind), but third-place CONQUISTADOR, a 40-foot Class B sloop owned and skippered by Fuller Callaway III of San Francisco, edged Sabre for the SORC Championship, 305 to 303.5 points. Joe C. Byars' Doubloon, last year's champion, was third.
After 10 days under sail in winds ranging from light to near gale force, Ashley G. Bown's 40-foot cutter CAROUSEL won the overall title in the 1,430-mile San Diego- Acapulco ocean race. Howard Ahmanson's 83-foot sloop Sirius II, first over the finish line in the record-breaking time of 8 days 9 hours 15 minutes and 54.2 seconds, was runner-up in the corrected standings.
BOXING—In the third defense of his world lightweight title, CARLOS ORTIZ of New York defeated Junior Lightweight Champion Flash Elorde of the Philippines by a 14th round TKO in Manila, abruptly ending what had been a close fight.
World Welterweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH of New York wasted little effort knocking out Ralph Dupas of New Orleans in the third round of a scheduled 12-round nontitle fight in Sydney, Australia.
DOG SHOW—CH. COURTENAY FLEETFOOT OF PENNYWORTH, a 3-year-old fawn-and-white whippet owned by Mrs. Charles B. Newcombe of Newington, N.H., was chosen best-in-show from among 2,547 dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club competition in New York's Madison Square Garden. "I've never seen a better hound," said Judge Len Carey after choosing the first of the breed to win the 88-year-old show. "He's all whippet." Other finalists: a boxer, a pointer, a poodle, a Sealyham and a Maltese (see page 22).
GOLF—Competing against violent winds in the final round of the $30,000 Tucson Open, JACKY CUPIT shot a one-under-par 71 to win his first tournament since 1962, with a low 72-hole score of 274.
In Venezuela former Masters winner ART WALL came from behind in the final round (71) to win the Maracaibo Open with a 280 total.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL and CHICAGO each won two of three games to remain in a grim first-place tie. The Canadiens defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0 for Charlie Hodge's fifth shutout (his second in two weeks) and overpowered the Red Wings 5-2 on Jean Beliveau's hat trick, while the Black Hawks defeated the less formidable Rangers and Bruins. Inconsistent TORONTO beat the Black Hawks 4-0 ( Johnny Bower's fourth shutout) for its only victory of the week and its third win in 15 games, but two losses left the Maple Leafs just four points in front of resurgent DETROIT. The Red Wings won two games to extend their winning streak to five before losing to the Canadiens. Gordie Howe, who had scored only two goals in the Red Wings' previous 12 games, came to life with two apiece in consecutive wins over the Bruins (4-1) and the Canadiens (4-1). Hapless NEW YORK added a fifth defeat to its losing streak (longest since November) before breaking it with a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs, while hopeless BOSTON dropped its only two games and seemed in no danger of moving out of the cellar.
HORSE RACING—California-bred HILL RISE ($6.20), Don Pierce up, nosed out Wil Rad and Real Good Deal in a tight finish to win the $61,450 San Felipe Handicap for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.