BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston clinched its sixth straight Eastern Division title with a last-minute, 110-106 win over Syracuse, as Philadelphia lost to New York and settled in second place, 9� games behind. In the West, Los Angeles was in, too, after an overtime victory over Chicago, 124-117. Cincinnati also squeaked by the Packers, 108-105, to give the Royals a five-game lead over Detroit for second.
BOATING—GEORGE O'DAY, 5.5-meter Olympic champion, brought Minotaur successfully through three races to win the Johnson Trophy in the international 5.5-meter competition in Nassau, but lost the prized Duke of Edinburgh Cup to Ernest Fay of Houston, who sailed the 1961 American class champion, Sabre, to victory.
BOBSLEDDING—GRAY SHEFFIELD, a Marine corporal from Lake Placid, N.Y., slid through a heavy snowstorm on Lake Placid's Mt. Van Hoevenberg one-mile run to take the North American two-man championship. With Jerry Tennant, another Marine corporal, riding as brake, Sheffield did the four heats in 5:12.9 to beat Larry McKillip, undefeated in 11 earlier races this season. McKillip later won the four-man bob on the only American-made sled in the field, and set a new course record of 4:36.67. With him were Mike Baumgartner, Neil Rogers and Jim Lamy, all of the Saranac Lake club.
BOWLING—SKIP VIGARS of Albany pulled through a tough semifinal round in the Professional Bowlers Association $25,200 tournament in Cleveland, then defeated Don Carter of St. Ann, Mo. 237-219 in the final. His first prize was $5,000.
BOXING—JOE BROWN, lightweight champion, came down with tonsillitis in Las Vegas, Nev., postponed his 15-round defense against Carlos Ortiz, who has waited three years for a crack at the title.
GOLF—BO WININGER of Odessa, Texas won his first PGA tournament in nearly six years with a 72-hole total of 281, in the New Orleans Open. He was two strokes ahead of Bob Rosburg.
HANDBALL—CARL OBERT of New York beat his older brother Oscar 21-20, 21-17 for the AAU national senior four-wall championship in Philadelphia. Oscar came back with another brother, Ruby, to defend the doubles title 21-15, 15-21, 21-15 against Carl and Harry Hyde.
HOCKEY—College: COLBY lost its first game in U.S. competition this year, to Boston College, 6-5, with the Eagles' Billy Hogan scoring the winning point in a three-goal final period. Clarkson beat Boston University 10-1, now has an 17-1-1 record with one game left to play. Harvard raised its Ivy record to 7-1 with a 2-1 win over Yale and edged closer to a second successive league title. MICHIGAN STATE backed into the Western Collegiate playoffs by holding on to fourth place despite two losses to Michigan, when Minnesota dropped two to North Dakota. Michigan State finished the season with a 6-9-1 record; Minnesota was 5-10-1.
NHL: With only a dozen games left in the season, Montreal held a 12-point lead over Toronto. New York moved into third place. Gump Worsley made 48 saves, and the Rangers tied Montreal 3-3 in New York. Detroit dropped three points behind the Rangers, losing the same night 8-2 to Toronto. Chicago, in third place, has clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs later this month, while Boston remained hopelessly last.
HORSE RACING—SIR GAYLORD ($4.50), the 6-to-5 favorite in a field of nine Kentucky Derby hopefuls, won the $30,950 Everglades Stakes at Hialeah, Fla. by 4� lengths. Undefeated in two previous starts this year, Sir Gaylord, with Ismael Valenzuela up, ran the 1? miles in 1:48 2/5. The next day's X rays revealed that he had an ankle injury, which means he will miss the March 3 Flamingo (see page 16).