BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (37-18) scrambled to a two-game lead in the Eastern Division with three wins and two losses, while CINCINNATI (35-20), briefly in first place only a week earlier, dipped all the way to third before ending the week in second after winning one out of four. PHILADELPHIA (34-20) lost three to shatter its eight-game winning streak, and NEW YORK (19-34), of all teams, won all three games it played. LOS ANGELES (33-26) took two and lost one to move six games ahead in the West, while SAN FRANCISCO (26-31) climbed past the Bullets into second place with two out of three before settling back into third at week's end. BALTIMORE (27-32) and ST. LOUIS (25-33) each split four games, and last-place DETROIT (17-39) won one of three.
BIATHLON—JON ISTAD, a 28-year-old Norwegian carpenter, skied through heavy fog over the 20-kilometer course at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany to win the world championship in 1:38:21.8.
BOATING—JOE DUPLIN of Boston, the 1963 world Star champion, defeated James (Dink) Schoonmaker of Miami by two points (138-136), to take the Star Class Bacardi Cup on Biscayne Bay in Miami with 3-1-6-6-1 finishes. Duplin had won the first three races in last year's cup but was declared ineligible because he was sailing a yacht from France, not one from his home fleet.
Skidoo, a 36-foot sloop skippered by Walt Swindeman of Toledo, won the 105-mile St. Petersburg-to- Venice race on a corrected time of 12:45.21, but the results were nullified by a three-man jury after four skippers complained they lost time looking for a buoy marking the course. The judges upheld the protest because the Coast Guard had changed the sequence of flashes on the designated buoy.
BOWLING—LES SCHISSLER of Denver defeated Bud Horn of Los Angeles by four pins, 196-192, to take the PBA's $40,000 Hialeah- Miami championship and the $5,000 first prize.
BOXING—Italy's NINO BENVENUTI, 27, undefeated world junior middleweight champion and European middleweight titleholder, won a 12-round decision over Don Fullmer, 26, of West Jordan, Utah, at the Palazzo dello Sport in Rome (page 18).
FIGURE SKATING—Defending Champion EMMERICH DANZER of Austria defeated his countryman, teen-ager Wolfgang Schwarz, by 6.2 points to win the men's title at the European championships in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, while REGINE HEITZER, 22, also of Austria, gained the women's crown for the second year in a row. The Russian Olympic champions, LYUDMILA and OLEG PROTOPOPOV, also repeated in the pairs, and the dance competition was won by BERNARD FORD and DIANE FOWLER of England.
GOLF—DOUG SANDERS, six strokes behind and tied for 11th place at the start of the final round of the $100,000 Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, shot the last nine in six-under-par to tie Arnold Palmer for first at the end of the 90-hole tournament. Sanders then capped one of the finest finishes in tour history by defeating Palmer on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with a birdie 2.
Jack Penrose of Miami Beach and PHYLLIS PREUSS of Pompano Beach won the national mixed-foursomes title for the second straight year when they defeated Truman Connell of Lost Tree Village, Fla. and Former National Amateur Champion Barbara McIntire of Colorado Springs by three strokes at the Lost Tree Club.
HARNESS RACING—ELMA, a 6-year-old mare owned by L. B. Sheppard of Hanover. Pa., edged Apex Hanover, a Russian-owned, American-bred trotter, by one-tenth of a second, to win the 1? mile Prix de France trot in 2:55.8 in Paris. Earlier Elma had won the International Trotting Championship of Europe for 1965, but the French refused to award her the annual gold cup because she is not European owned or bred.