ASIAN GAMES—JAPAN collected 78 gold medals, 53 silver and 33 bronze to easily win the fifth Asian Games at Bangkok, Thailand (page 18).
BASEBALL—In major deals completed just before the end of the interleague trading period, Cincinnati sent Pitcher JIM O'TOOLE, 29, to the White Sox for Outfielder FLOYD ROBINSON, 30, while Chicago sent JOHN ROMANO, 32, a catcher, and LEE WHITE, 19, a rookie pitcher, to St. Louis for Pitcher DON DENNIS, 24, and Rookie Outfielder WALT (No Neck) WILLIAMS, 23. San Francisco reacquired Pitcher MIKE McCORMICK, 28, from Washington in return for Pitcher BOB PRIDDY, 27, and handyman CAP PETERSON, 24. The Giants also traded Outfielder LEN GABRIELSON, 26, to the Angels for veteran NORM SIEBERN, 33. The Dodgers traded Pitcher NICK WILLHITE, 25, to the Angels for Reliever BOB LEE, 29; the Phillies purchased Relief Pitcher DICK HALL, 36, from Baltimore; and the Yankees obtained Shortstop DICK HOWSER, 29, from Cleveland in exchange for a minor league pitcher.
BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (32-3) won six games in a row, including a 116-114 victory over Western leader San Francisco, and pushed its Eastern lead to six games over BOSTON (24-7), which won three of five. The Celtics' losses were to the Hawks 116-114, on Richie Guerin's basket at the buzzer, and to the Lakers 127-125, on Gail Goodrich's two free throws with three seconds remaining. NEW YORK (15-19) dropped three of four games, while CINCINNATI (12-17) won three of four. Last-place BALTIMORE (8-26) took three in a row, to make it four of six under new Coach Gene Shue, before losing three straight. In the West, first-place SAN FRANCISCO (21-12) lost three of four games; ST. LOUIS (13-18) won two and lost four; DETROIT (14-19) dropped four of five; and LOS ANGELES (12-21) lost four of five. The new team in the league, CHICAGO (14-23), lost to the Bullets, then won five consecutive games before losing to the Pistons 103-102.
BOXING—DICK TIGER, 37, of Nigeria scored a unanimous 15-round decision over Champion Jose Torres, 30, and won the world light-heavyweight championship in New York. Tiger, who lost his middleweight title to Emile Griffith eight months earlier, became the first ex-middleweight champion to gain the light-heavyweight championship in 63 years.
FOOTBALL—NFL: DALLAS (10-3-1) actually won the Eastern Conference championship without playing, since CLEVELAND (9-5-0), with Frank Ryan throwing four touchdown passes, routed ST. LOUIS (8-5-1) 38-10 and eliminated the Cardinals the day before the final game of the regular season. The Cowboys, though, went out and beat NEW YORK (1-12-1) 17-7. BALTIMORE (9-5-0) and PHILADELPHIA (9-5-0) qualified to play in the Playoff Bowl in Miami on January 8th when the Colts beat SAN FRANCISCO (6-6-2) 30-14 on Johnny Unitas' four touchdown passes, and the Eagles, who won seven of their last nine games, scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to edge WASHINGTON (7-7) 37-28. Western Division Champion GREEN BAY (12-2) ran up an early 27-9 score on LOS ANGELES (8-6) and won easily 27-23; PITTSBURGH (5-8-1) whipped ATLANTA (3-11) 57-33 as Quarterback Bill Nelsen passed for 334 yards; and Gale Sayers rushed for 197 yards and returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to lead CHICAGO (5-7-2) past MINNESOTA (4-9-1) 41-28. Sayers succeeded the retired Jimmy Brown as the league's leading ground gainer by carrying 229 times for 1,231 yards, Bart Starr of Green Bay was the leading passer, and Charlie Taylor of Washington the leading pass receiver with 72 catches for 1,119 yards.
AFL: BUFFALO (9-4-1) won its third straight Eastern Division championship with an assist from NEW YORK (6-6-2), which upset BOSTON (8-4-2) 38-28 as Joe Namath passed for three touchdowns. The Bills, who would have been eliminated if Boston won or tied, then beat DENVER (4-10) 38-21 to clinch the title. KANSAS CITY (11-2-1), the Western champions, beat SAN DIEGO (7-6-1) 27-17 as rookie Mike Garrett rushed for 161 yards in 25 carries, while rookie Quarterback John Stofa threw for four touchdowns to lead MIAMI (3-11) to a 29-28 upset victory over HOUSTON (3-11). Boston's Jim Nance, the AFL's Most Valuable Player, was the league's top rusher with a record 1,458 yards in 299 carries. Len Dawson of Kansas City led the passers with 2,527 yards and 26 touchdowns, and Lance Alworth of San Diego topped all receivers with 73 catches for 1,383 yards.
GOLF—SANDRA HAYNIE finished behind Kathy Whitworth in official money winnings in the Ladies PGA standing, but nevertheless Miss Haynie won more money in 1966 than any woman golfer before her. Miss Haynie won four tournaments and earned $41,444.50, while Miss Whitworth won nine tournaments and earned $40,765. In official tournament earnings, Miss Whitworth won $33,517.50 and Miss Haynie won $30,157.50.
HOCKEY—NHL: Surprising NEW YORK (14-8-6), with three victories—4-1 over the Red Wings, 3-1 over the Maple Leafs and 5-1 over the Bruins—and a loss, was tied for the lead by CHICAGO (15-7-4), which won three games and tied one. Slumping TORONTO (11-9-7) slipped from a tie for second, one point out, to third place, five points behind the leaders, by losing three of four games, while MONTREAL (12-11-2) won one, tied one and lost two. BOSTON'S (7-15-5) 3-1 victory over the Canadiens snapped a 10-game winless streak, but the Bruins dropped the other three games they played. Last-place DETROIT (8-17-2) split four games, with both wins shutouts—4-0 over the Bruins and 5-0 over the Rangers—by Goalie Roger Crozier, his third and fourth of the season.
TENNIS—JOHN NEWCOMBE, 22, of Australia beat fellow Aussies Roy Emerson in the semifinals and Fred Stolle in the five-set final to win the South Australian Lawn Tennis Singles title at Adelaide.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Canada's outstanding athletes of 1966, Hockey Player BOBBY HULL, 27, and Swimmer ELAINE TANNER, 15. Hull, a repeat winner, set a National Hockey League record last year by scoring 54 goals for the Chicago Black Hawks, while Miss Tanner, a schoolgirl from Vancouver, B.C., won four gold medals for Canada at the British Empire Games.