HOCKEY—NHL: DETROIT (24-14-8) dropped briefly out of first place but by week's end, after one victory and two ties, shared the lead with the Black Hawks and the Canadiens. In the Red Wings' one win—4-2 over the Bruins—Gordie Howe scored his 20th goal of the season, marking the 17th straight year he has reached that plateau. CHICAGO (25-16-6), with Bobby Hull scoring two goals to lift his season's total to 44, won two out of three games, while MONTREAL (25-14-6) took two and tied one. TORONTO (21-18-5), in fourth place, nine points away from the lead, lost two games but beat the Hawks 5-2. NEW YORK (11-27-8) dropped all three games it played, and last-place BOSTON (12-29-5) won a game, lost one and tied one to climb within a point of the Rangers.
HORSE RACING—GRAUSTARK ($2.60), John Galbreath's Derby candidate, won his fifth straight race when he came from behind in the stretch to beat Ogden Phipps's Impressive by four lengths in the $29,950 Bahamas at Hialeah.
Later in the week at Hialeah, Briardale Farm's CONVEX ($33.60), ridden by Ray Broussard, won the $61,400 Seminole Handicap by 4� lengths over Selari, as the favorite. Roman Brother, 1965's Horse of the Year, finished fourth.
MOTOR SPORTS—KEN MILES and LLOYD RUBY drove their Mark II Ford prototype to victory in the 24-hour Daytona Continental, averaging 108.02 mph for 678 laps (page 14).
SKIING—France's GUY PERILLAT took both prizes at the international meet in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy when he won the Duke of Aosta Cup special slalom in a combined time of 1:49.63 and the Ilio Colli Cup giant slalom in 3:29.96.
TENNIS—Wall Street securities salesman CHUCK McKINLEY defeated Frank Froehling, the 10th-ranked player in the U.S., 6-1, 6-2 to take the Richmond (Va.) Invitational.
TRACK & FIELD—TOM FARRELL of St. John's won his fifth straight race of the indoor season when he beat Ergas Leps of Toronto by a foot in the 1,000-yard run (2:08.7) at the Knights of Columbus meet in New York. Toronto's BILL CROTHERS tied the meet mark for the half mile with a 1:51.8 and later anchored the EAST YORK TRACK CLUB's winning mile-relay team. ART WALKER of the Southern California Striders, who had set a new world record for the hop, step and jump two weeks earlier, broke the meet record with a 53-foot 2-inch leap. New Zealander BILL BAILLIE won the two mile in 8:44.2, while his teammate JOHN DAVIES took the mile in 4:04.2. WILLIE DAVENPORT, a freshman from Southern University, won the 60-yard high hurdles by a yard in 7.2 for his sixth consecutive victory this season, and RICHARD ROSS, also of Baton Rouge, defeated John Thomas in the high jump with a 7-foot leap. Philadelphian JOHN UELSES won the pole vault at 15 feet 6 inches, and favorite Sam Perry of Fordham was beaten by RAYMOND POLLARD of Morgan State in the 60-yard dash.
The next night, at the Philadelphia Inquirer Games, Farrell lost his first race of the season when OLLAN CASSELL of Nutley, N.J. defeated him by a foot in the 600-yard run (1:12.8). JOHN PENNEL pole-vaulted 16 feet 6� inches to set a meet record, and Arizonan GEORGE YOUNG, running for the first time this season, beat Bill Baillie in winning the two mile (8:50). JOHN DAVIES won his second mile race in two nights with a 4:15.1, the slowest mile run at the games since 1956, and RICHARD ROSS took the high jump (6 feet 10 inches). SAM PERRY won the 50-yard dash in 5.4 and CORTLAND GRAY of the Quantico Marines, the 50-yard high hurdles in 6.1. Tennessee freshman Richmond Flowers Jr., son of the Alabama attorney general, finished second in both races.
Jeff Chase of the Santa Clara Youth Village recorded one of the best pole vaults of the season with a 16-foot 6�-inch mark at the Seattle Invitational, while PARRY O'BRIEN, now a bank vice-president in Beverly Hills, Calif., put the shot 63 feet 9 inches. JIM GRELLE of Portland, Ore. took the mile in 4:02.8, and GERRY LINDGREN of Washington State won the two-mile in 8:39.1.
MILEPOSTS—CANCELED: The world four-man bobsled championship in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, because warm weather had melted the walls of the 1,740-meter chute and made it unsafe for sledding. On the first run, ANTON PENSBERGER, a 26-year-old German driver, was killed and his three teammates badly injured when their sled jumped the chute and crashed.