GOLF—JOHNNY POTT of Shreveport, La. shot a sizzling 4-under-par in the final round of the $15,000 West Palm Beach ( Fla.) Open to beat Sam Snead by three strokes. Pott shot a 278 for 72 holes.
HARNESS RACING—DELMKR INSKO, 29-year-old harness driver from Beloit, Wis., became the year's winning driver with 156 victories. Second was William Gilmour of Hamburg, N.Y., with 133 wins.
The OLD GLORY HARNESS SALE, after an absence of 22 years, returned to New York's Madison Square Garden. A total of 465 trotters and pacers went under the hammer for $750,000, an average of $1,613 each. Highest price ($47,000) of the three-day auction went for Mr. Budlong, a 4-year-old pacer.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL climbed back into first place over Detroit when Boston finally ended a disastrous string of road losses (12 in a row) to beat the Red Wings 3-2, while the Canadiens thrashed Toronto 6-3. Montreal increased its lead with a second victory over Toronto, 5-2. While his team was losing to Boston, Detroit's GORDIE HOWE set hockey's alltime scoring record. Howe, playing his 15th season in the NHL, lifted his score (including regular-season and playoff games) to 1,093 points, breaking his tie with Maurice Richard, who set the old mark of 1,091 in 1959. MONTREAL first, DETROIT and TORONTO tied for second in NHL standings.
HORSE RACING—CRANBERRY SAUCE ($43.70) won the $30,050 Queens County Handicap on the last day of racing at Aqueduct by� length over Promised Land. The 3-year-old colt ran the mile in 1:36 1/5. Heliodoro Gustines up.
Sister Antoine ($9), in a four-filly photo finish, won the $17,775 Gallorette at Pimlico. The filly ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:52 4/5. Ray York up.
MOTOR SPORTS—In the Bahamas Speed Week at Nassau DAN GURNEY of Riverside, Calif, won the Nassau Trophy Race, averaging 89.544 mph in a Lotus (see page 22). Stirling Moss, who earlier won the Nassau Grand Touring car race, was forced out in the first lap. RICARDO RODRIGUEZ, 19, of Mexico, won the Governor's Cup in a three-liter Ferrari, averaging 89.341 mph. PAT MOSS, speed-loving sister of Stirling, and ANN WISDOM won the European Women's Rally championship with a total of six Coupes des Dames during the year.
TENNIS—The U.S. Davis Cup team warmed up for the Interzone finals against Italy this weekend (the winner to play Australia Dec. 26-28) with an all-Ameriean final in the Victorian championships at Melbourne. BARRY MacKAY gave a fine demonstration of his cannonball service, defeated his temperamental teammate Earl Buchholz 8-6, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3. Australia's top players, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, were eliminated before the semifinals. In the doubles, however, Italy's veteran team of NICOLA PIETRANGELI and ORLANDO SIROLA upset Fraser and Emerson 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 for the title, proof enough that the Interzone playoff between the U.S. and Italy will be as exciting, and as tough, as any Challenge Round. "If we can get by the Italians," said U.S. Captain David Freed after the match, "I am convinced we can bring home the cup. Italy has the edge in the doubles, and if Nicola Pietrangeli plays in top form, he must be considered a threat to win both his singles. It looks like a match that will go 3-2. One way or the other."
WRESTLING—TAIHO, ring name of 20-year-old Koki Noya, won Japan's huge silver Emperor's Cup, symbolic of supremacy in the ancient Japanese sport of sumo wrestling, at Fukuoka, Japan. Taiho, already a national hero after wrestling in the top division of the elaborately graded tournament for less than a year, is believed to be the youngest competitor ever to win in 2,000 years of sumo wrestling.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: E. E. DALE SHAFFER, President of the Michigan Racing Association, to one-year term as President, of the Thoroughbred Racing Association, trade organization made up of 44 U.S. and Canadian race tracks.