TENNIS—CLIFF RICHEY of Dallas played havoc with the seedings for the Sugar Bowl tournament in New Orleans, upsetting Gene Scott and Ron Holm-berg, both of New York, on his way to the finals where he beat top-seeded defending champion Ham Richardson in a 3�-hour, five-set match, 6-0, 6-2, 9-11, 4-6, 8-6.
In Miami at the Orange Bowl tournament Mexico's No. 1-ranked junior MARCELO LARA rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Bill Harris of West Palm Beach in an international event for juniors. PEACHES BARTKOWICZ, the 15-year-old Wimbledon junior champion from Hamtramck, Mich., gained the girls' junior title and, with SUE LEYDEN, also took the doubles. Peaches' little sister, PLUMS, easily won the 10-and-under trophy with semifinal and final scores of 6-0, 6-0.
TRACK AND FIELD—Belgium's Olympic steeplechase champion. GASTON ROELANTS, switched to road running and won a 4�-mile race through the streets of S�o Paulo, Brazil in spite of choking once on confetti during the New Year's Eve event. A day later he won again, this time a 10,000-meter event held in a municipal stadium.
America's BUDDY EDELEN, who finished sixth in the Olympic marathon, returned to his post as English teacher at King John's School in Thundersley, England, but kept in trim by winning the Essex cross-country championship by 300 yards.
In the Orange Bowl meet GRADY SMITH ran 300 yards in 30 seconds to break Charles Paddock's 43-year-old American record for the distance. JOHN CAMIEN gained an easy victory in the scheduled 5,000-meter run, which ended up as a 4,598-meter event when an official fired the gun signaling the last lap one lap too soon.
MILEPOSTS—DEPARTING: in June 1966 from the Southeastern Conference, charter member TULANE, winner of one SEC football championship (1949) and 14 tennis titles but not much else in 31 years in the conference.
HIRED: HARRY GALLATIN, 36, as coach of the New York Knicks, just six days after he was fired by the St. Louis Hawks. Gallatin replaced Eddie Donovan (84-194 won-lost record in 3� seasons), who was named the team's general manager.
INJURED: WALTER BLUM, 30, the nation's leading rider (324 winners in 1964), in a spill at Santa Anita. Blum, who broke his back, two ribs and suffered a severe concussion, will not ride for at least six months.
KNIGHTED: STANLEY MATTHEWS, 49, Britain's most famous soccer player. In 1957 Matthews was made a Commander of the British Empire, but the British press was outraged: "They have given him a putty medal...no knighthood...an insult...class prejudice...snobbery." Sir Stanley will retire at the end of the season and rest at his seaside home in Lancashire.
NAMED: New Zealander PETER SNELL, winner of two Olympic gold medals and holder of the world's mile and 1,500-meter records, and West Indian Cricketer CLYDE WALCOTT, as recipients of the Order of the British Empire.