HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO blanked Boston 5-0, lost to Montreal 2-1 on a fluke goal by Ralph Backstrom, then hammered Goalie Gump Worsley—who went to the hospital with a shoulder injury—and his New York team 5-1 to move into first place, surging past Detroit, Toronto and Montreal who are all tied for second. The fifth-place Rangers shut out Detroit 5-0 and then Toronto beat the Red Wings 3-1 to knock Detroit out of the lead. Last, as always, poor Boston, which lost three.
HORSE RACING—KELSO ($2.80) collected $35,100 for Owner Mrs. Richard C. duPont in winning the $54.000 Governor's Plate at Garden State Park and thus joined Round Table. Nashua. Citation and Carry Back as the only Thoroughbreds to earn SI million racing, Ismael Valenzuela rode the three-time Horse of the Year to an easy five-length victory and a track record of 2:30[1/5] for a mile and a half.
ROLLER SKATING—KARL HEINZ LOSCH, 20-year-old German architecture student who was hindered by an injured leg, still managed to defeat 12 skaters from eight countries to win his fifth world title in Miami Beach.
Franzi Schmidt, 19-year-old Swiss secretary, showed she was better on wheels than blades (she finished 22nd in figure skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics) as she captured the women's crown.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: TERRY BAKER, 21, Oregon State's star quarterback and honor student, as winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy for the season's outstanding college football player.
ELECTED: ROBERT P. STRUB, youthful and energetic head of Santa Anita, as president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, in Phoenix.
FOLDED: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, after 60 years of operation, one of the strongest and oldest of baseball's minor leagues; with the International and Pacific Coast leagues absorbing its five remaining clubs.
FIRED: JACK CURTICE, 55, bright (B.A., M.A. and a Ph.D. candidate) but beatable head football coach at Stanford University, after five years and a 14-36 record.
RESIGNED: CLARK D. SHAUGHNESSY, 70, pioneer of the T formation and coach for nearly 50 sears, from the Chicago Bear staff.
DIED: RALPH (Red) KRESS, 55, former major league baseball player and most recently a New York Mets coach, of a heart attack, in Canoga Park, Calif.