BADMINTON—U.S. defeated Canada in a five-out-of-nine series to clinch the North American Zone final in the Thomas Cup. In the fifth and deciding game Jim Poole of San Diego beat Bev Westcott 15-4, 15-3. The U.S. will go to Indonesia later this month for the finals.
BASKETBALL—In a double-header at Madison Square Garden Syracuse defeated Detroit and New York lost to Philadelphia, thus clinching a playoff berth for Syracuse. The race between Los Angeles and Detroit for second place in the Western Division remained close. Both lost to Syracuse, Los Angeles beat Boston and lost to Philadelphia, Detroit beat New York and lost to Boston, leaving Los Angeles a slim two and a half games ahead. In the NBL Cleveland Center Lloyd Sharrar, in game against Akron, tipped in a goal with two seconds to play and clinched the Eastern Division championship for Cleveland. Denver continued to lead in the West, only one victory away from clinching the Western title.
BOXING—RAY PATTERSON, 18-year-old brother of heavyweight champion Floyd, defeated Jim Howard to win the heavyweight title in the New York Golden Gloves at Madison Square Garden.
Cassius Clay, Olympic light heavyweight champion, won his fifth straight professional fight with a 7-round TKO over Donnie Fleeman in heavyweight bout at Miami Beach.
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Gaspar Ortega upset world welterweight champion Benny Paret with a 10-round decision in nontitle bout in Los Angeles.
Luis Rodriguez of Cuba, 2nd-ranking welterweight, scored repeatedly with fast left jabs and combinations to register a 5-round TKO over Lyle MacKin in bout in Oakland, Calif.
Dave Charnley of England retained his European lightweight title with a 15-round decision over French champion Fernand Nollet in bout in London. Charnley's victory earned him a crack at Joe Brown's world title April 18 in London.
Giulio Rinaldi of Italy, challenger for Archie Moore's world light heavyweight title, took a 10-round decision over New York's Freddie Mack in bout in Rome.
COURT TENNIS—NORTHRUP R. KNOX of East Aurora, N.Y. defeated Jimmy Bostwick of Old Westbury, N. Y., 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win the U.S. amateur title in Philadelphia.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER walked off with the $20,000 Baton Rouge (La.) Open, shot a 266 for 72 holes to beat Runner-up Wes Ellis Jr., of West Caldwell, Ia., by seven strokes.
HOCKEY—TORONTO, with a 4-2 victory over Montreal, regained sole possession of first place. By week's end Toronto was still two points ahead, but was left with only nine more games to play, to Montreal's 10.
RPI and St. Lawrence remained the two eastern collegiate teams most likely to receive bids to the NCAA tournament at Denver University, March 16-18. RPI defeated Boston University 5-2 for its 11th victory in the last 14 games, and St. Lawrence shut out Boston College 3-0. Harvard, leader in the Ivy League with an 8-0 record, withdrew its team from consideration for the NCAA tournament. Boston College scored a decisive win over archrival Boston University, 7-2. Cornell scored its first victory over Dartmouth, 5-3. Minnesota, led by Jerry Norman (3 goals), Gary Schmalzbauer and Ron Constantine (2 goals each), crushed Colorado Springs 12-2 and broke a second-place tie with Michigan in the WCHA. Michigan beat Michigan Tech 4-2, Michigan State and North Dakota split.
In their European tour the U.S. amateurs beat Czechoslovakia's B team, lost to their A team, and split two games against Poland's all-stars.
HORSE RACING—PROVE IT ($2.80), held back by Willie Shoemaker until the stretch run, moved briskly past Oink and Grey Eagle to win the $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap by 2¾ lengths. Oink also caught Grey Eagle to finish second by¾ of a length. It was the third stake success and ninth victory in less than a year for Rex Ellsworth's Prove It. His time for 1¼ miles was two minutes.
Greek Star ($8.20) fought off repeated challenges to hold the pace from start to finish in the $58,150 New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds. The victory was the fourth straight for Sidney M. Barton's 6-year-old strawberry roan. Under Ray Broussard, Greek Star beat Road House by two lengths, covering nine furlongs in 1:49 4/5.
Geechee Lou ($8) caught Don't Alibi in a stretch drive to win the $45,500 Washington's Birthday Handicap over grass at Santa Anita by 1½ lengths. Favored T. V. Lark was third. L. J. Krakower's Geechee Lou ran the l½ miles in 2:26. Johnny Longden up.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARVIN PANCH of Daytona Beach, Fla. won the Daytona "500" at Daytona Beach (see page 58). JIMMY THOMPSON of Monroe, N.C., scored the biggest victory of his racing career when he withstood a strong challenge by Bill Decoster of Basking Ridge, N.J., to win the Daytona 250-mile modified-sportsman race by 15 seconds. Thompson, driving a 1949 Ford with a Thunderbird engine, set a record average of 141.732 mph. FIREBALL ROBERTS of Daytona Beach, and JOE WEATHERLY of Norfolk, Va., each won an accident-marred 100-mile late-model stock-car race. Roberts won the first with an average 129.77, Weatherly the second with an average 152.77. Both drove Pontiacs.
SKIING—BUDDY WERNER of University of Colorado and Linda Meyers of Mammoth Mountain, Calif. won the men and women's combined titles in the Roch CUP races at Aspen. Werner had 6.69 FIS points, Meyers 4.20 FIS points.
Kalevi Husskonen of Sweden won the world biathlon championship in Umea, Sweden. Husskonen's time for the combined cross-country skiing and shooting event was 1:32:11. Runner-up was Russia's Alexandre Privalov in 1:35:07. Dick Taylor of Manchester, N.H., made the best U.S. showing, finished 11th, ahead of Russian ace Nikolay Pavlovsky, in 1:41:41.
SWIMMING—NEW TRIER (Winnetka, Ill.) proved its claim to be the best high school team in history by breaking six national and eight state records to win its 12th Illinois state championship since 1942. National high school marks fell to Fred Schmidt, whose time of 52.7 for the 100-yard butterfly is also faster than the NCAA record of 53.1 held by Olympic champion Mike Troy; Terry Townsend, who won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.1 and the 400 in 4:01.7; Roger Goettsche, the 100-yard backstroke in 55.1; Dale Kiefer, the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.1; and the New Trier 400-yard medley relay of Goettsche, Ed Sessions, Schmidt and Bob Lavin, in 1:42.6.
Tom Tretheway, 16-year-old Mt. Lebanon, Pa., high school junior, set an American record in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.
TENNIS—SALLY MOORE of Bakersfield, Calif., defeated England's Ann Haydon 7-9, 6-1, 8-6 in the semifinals of the St. Andrews International championship in Kingston, Jamaica, won the final by default when Christine Truman pulled a muscle.
Rod Laver defeated his fellow countryman Roy Emerson 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to take the men's singles title.
TRACK & FIELD—In their second meeting in the U.S., this one the AAU championships at Madison Square Garden, Russia's Valeri Brumel again beat Boston University's John Thomas in the high jump. Brumel cleared 7 feet 2 inches to Thomas' 7 feet. Tennessee State's Ralph Boston set a new indoor record in the broad jump with a leap of 26 feet 6¼ inches. Boston had stiff competition from Russia's Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, who leaped 26 feet. In the mile Jim Beatty, with a last-lap kick, defeated Hungary's Istvan Rozsavolgyi by 10 yards. Beatty's time was 4:09.3. Ernie Cunliffe set a world indoor mark in the 1,000-yard run in 2:08. Canada's 17-year-old Bruce Kidd won the three mile in 13:47. Frank Budd won the 60-yard dash in 6.1; Hayes Jones won the 60-yard high hurdle in seven seconds to equal the world indoor record.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: JIM POLLARD, 38, former basketball star for Stanford and the Minneapolis Lakers, as coach of Chicago's new entry in the NBA.
NAMED: TED ATKINSON, 44, who retired in 1959 after 22 years of riding, as steward of Chicago tracks, by the Illinois Racing Board.
DIED: DOUG BINGHAM, 21, University of Utah wrestler, of a heart attack suffered during a collegiate match at Powell, Wyo.
DIED: RUSTY CALLOW, 70, dean of college and Olympic rowing coaches, in Phoenix. Callow coached crew for 37 years, was most famous for his eight-oared Navy sophomore crew that won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics and went through its entire collegiate career without losing a heat or a race.