BASKETBALL—Crippled BOSTON (15-7), playing without Sam Jones (bad knee) all week and without Bill Russell (pulled hamstring muscle) for most of one game and all of another, lost two out of three and barely held onto first place in the East by two percentage points over the Royals. A 119-103 home loss to the 76ers in which Wilt Chamberlain outrebounded Russell 30-10 broke a five-game winning streak. CINCINNATI (17-8) took two out of three from the Lakers, lost one to the Warriors when Oscar Robertson couldn't play (flu) and defeated the Celtics 108-99. Third-place PHILADELPHIA (13-8) split two games and postponed two with the Knicks because of Co-owner Ike Richman's death, while NEW YORK (7-16) broke a five-game losing streak with a 138-119 win over the Hawks to brighten new Coach Dick McGuire's debut. But it was the same old Knicks the next night as they lost to the Bullets 139-125. The LOS ANGELES (15-11) Western Division lead slipped to 2� games when the Lakers lost two out of three, and SAN FRANCISCO (12-13) split two (page 26). ST. LOUIS (10-12), in third place, dropped two out of four, while BALTIMORE (12-16) won two, lost one and DETROIT (7-17) split two. When the Pistons beat the Bullets 130-119, a three-game Baltimore winning streak and a three-game Detroit losing streak were broken.
BOXING—Japan's MASAHIKO (Fighting) HARADA won his first title defense since he took the bantamweight championship from Eder Jofre of Brazil last May with a unanimous 15-round decision over British Empire Champion Alan Rudkin in Tokyo.
Gabriel (Flash) Elorde of the Philippines retained his world junior lightweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Suh Kang II of South Korea, the first Korean to fight for a world title. The win, in Manila, was Elorde's 71st (against 18 losses) in 15 years of boxing.
World Flyweight Champion SALVATORE BURRUNI, 32, of Italy, whose title was lifted by the World Boxing Association last month for his refusal to defend it against Hiroyuki Ebihara of Japan, defeated Australia's Rocky Gattellari, the younger of the two by eight years, with a knockout at 2:25 of the 13th round.
FOOTBALL—AFL: SAN DIEGO held its one-game lead over the Raiders in the Western Division by beating New York 38-7 as Lance Alworth (page 32) caught seven passes for 147 yards and two TDs, and John Hadl completed 13 out of 19 for 236 yards. OAKLAND'S Tom Flores threw touchdown passes that twice brought the Raiders from behind to beat Denver for the second time in a row, 24-13, and BUFFALO, with the Eastern title wrapped up, kept in shape by defeating third-place Houston 29-18. Wray Carlton carried 11 times for 148 yards and scored a touchdown on an 80-yard run, while Pete Gogolak set a club record with five field goals.
NFL: Baltimore's lead in the West was clipped to just half a game over the Packers and 1� games over the Bears when the Colts lost to CHICAGO 13-0 as rookie Gale Sayers scored his 15th TD on a 61-yard run and GREEN BAY came from behind to beat Minnesota 24-19 on Bill Anderson's 20-yard sideline run for a touchdown in the third quarter after catching a pass from Zeke Bratkowski. To make matters worse for Baltimore, Johnny Unitas tore ligaments in his right knee late in the first half and will be lost for the rest of the year. SAN FRANCISCO, in fourth place, won its fourth in a row, 17-14 over Detroit, with two last-period touchdowns. Eastern champion CLEVELAND also came from behind in the fourth period to defeat Washington 24-16 when Jimmy Brown tied Lenny Moore's NFL season TD record of 20 with a four-yard plunge and Frank Ryan threw 14 yards for another score. Rookie Tucker Frederickson scored three times within 3� minutes in NEW YORK's 35-10 victory over Pittsburgh, which gave the Giants sole possession of second place since St. Louis fell to LOS ANGELES 27-3 and into a three-way tie for third with the Redskins and the Cowboys. The Rams' victory was their second in a row since Roman Gabriel took over at quarterback. DALLAS' Jethro Pugh blocked a Philadelphia field-goal try late in the third quarter, and teammate Mike Gaechter recovered the ball on the Eagle 21. On the next play Don Meredith passed to Frank Clarke for a touchdown and a 21-19 victory.
COLLEGE: Sophomore Dewey Warren, who completed 19 of 27 passes for 274 yards and two TDs, scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard plunge with 39 seconds left in the game to lead TENNESSEE to a 37-34 victory over UCLA. OKLAHOMA STATE won its first game from Oklahoma in 20 years, 17-16, when Charlie Durkee booted a 35-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play, and PENN STATE finished its worst season (5-5) since 1938 with a 19-7 win over Maryland. Russell Jolivet passed for one TD and ran for another as MORGAN STATE crushed Florida A&M 36-7 in the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami to gain the national Negro college championship.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (13-5-1), with Bobby Hull back after missing four games, climbed into the lead, a point ahead of MONTREAL (11-14-4), by defeating the Bruins twice, 4-2 and 10-1 on Stan Mikita's hat trick, and the Rangers 6-2 on another Mikita hat trick while the Canadiens won one and tied one. Rampaging DETROIT (7-8-4) shot from the bottom of the standings to third place with two victories over the Maple Leafs, 5-3 and 5-1, and a 10-2 win over the Bruins as Norm Ullman scored three goals and assisted on three others. Floundering TORONTO (7-10-3), with a tie and two losses, slipped to fourth, a game behind the Red Wings, while fading NEW YORK (5-10-5) dipped to fifth, two games farther back, by extending its winless streak to six games. The Rangers tied the Maple Leafs 2-2 after leading 2-0 in the first period, lost to the Canadiens 4-3 after leading 3-0 in the first period and lost routinely to the Black Hawks. Hopeless BOSTON (5-11-3) had the cellar all to itself again after giving up 28 goals in three losing games and one tie.
SOCCER—Winger Carl Gentile of the ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY Billikens kicked a penalty shot for a goal and a 1-0 victory over Michigan State for the NCAA championship in St. Louis (page 22).
TENNIS—CLARK GRAEBNER, a 22-year-old Northwestern University student, defeated Australia's No. 2 player, Fred Stolle, in the semifinals of the Victorian championships in Melbourne and went on to beat Roy Emerson in the finals 8-6, 7-5, 2-6, 1-6, 6-1. It was Graebner's second victory in a row over Emerson, the world's top player.