BASKETBALL—The fight between Detroit and Cincinnati for third place and a spot in the Western Division playoff went down to the last game of the last day. Tied going into their final game, Detroit played New York and, early in the second quarter, took a 42-26 lead, held it to win 120-106. Cincinnati, playing Los Angeles on the Lakers' home court, found the going rough, trailed at the end of the first quarter by 23 points but fought back to take a one-point lead with 45 seconds to go. With seven seconds to go the Lakers' Jerry West drove through for a basket, and Elgin Baylor added two more on free throws to win 123-122 and drop Cincinnati to last place and out of the playoffs.
BOWLING—DAVE VOLK of Baltimore won the duckpin all-star championship in Baltimore with a Petersen point total of 163-04. Volk collected $2,500 for his first-place victory. Runner-up: Jimmy Dietsch of Baltimore with a point total of 160-04. FRANCES WILSON of Washington, D.C. won the women's title and $1,000, with a point total of 72-14.
BOXING—CARMEN BASILIO, forcing the fight, methodically belted his way to a 10-round decision over Don Jordan in middleweight bout in Syracuse, N.Y.
Jim Rosette of Jacksonville, Fla., outpointed Ray Patterson, younger brother of Floyd, in the heavyweight finals of the Eastern Golden Gloves championships at Madison Square Garden.
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Joe Brown, world lightweight, champion, smiling behind a smooth left, won a 10-round decision over Joey Parks in nontitle bout in Houston.
Sonny Liston won his 25th straight fight with a three-round KO over Howard King in heavyweight bout at Miami Beach.
Von Clay of Philadelphia knocked Britain's Light Heavyweight Champion Chic Calderwood to the floor twice before winning a 10-round decision and spoiling Calderwood's hopes for a title fight against World Champion Harold Johnson, in London. On the same card, Britain's Middleweight Champion Terry Downes won a three-round TKO over Willie Green of Warwick, R.I.
COURT TENNIS—GEORGE and JAMES BOST-WICK of Long Island defeated James Dunn and William Forbes 6-4, 6-4, 4-2 (Dunn pulled a leg muscle and was unable to finish) for the national open championship in New York.
FIELD TRIALS—SPACEMASTER, 6-year-old white-and-liver pointer owned by R. E. Daniel of Durham, N.C., won the National Bird Dog championship in Grand Junction, Tenn. Spacemaster, who had 10 bevies and three singles, pleased the judges with a big forward race and easy handling. He was handled by Paul Walker of Mocksville, N.C., who also handled last year's winner.
GOLF—TOMMY BOLT of Crystal River, Fla., won the $20,000 Pensacola, Fla. Open with a 13-under-par 72-hole total of 275. Runner-up: Gary Player of South Africa, with 277.
Mickey Wright won the $7,500 Miami Women's Open with a 54-hole total of 220. Marlene Bauer Hagge, Mary Lena Faulk and Louise Suggs tied for second with 226.
HOCKEY—With two weeks left, MONTREAL started its final push, beat New York 6-1 to tie Toronto for first place, defeated Boston 7-5 to take a one-point lead, held on to it, after Toronto shut out Boston 5-0, with a 6-2 victory over Chicago. Montreal's Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion scored his 49th goal, with three games left can still break Maurice Richard's 50-goal record set in 1944-45.
Canada narrowly won the world championships in Geneva (see page 22). Both Canada and Czechoslovakia tied with six victories and one tie; both scored 17 goals against top four opponents. Canada won the title by allowing only five goals to Czechoslovakia's eight. As a consolation prize the Czechs were crowned European champions. The U.S., defending champions, won their first game on the last day, beat Finland 5-2, wound up with one victory, one tie and five defeats.
University of Denver and Minnesota qualified to represent the West in the NCAA championships in Denver. To do so, Denver beat Michigan Tech 9-1 and 8-2 in the playoffs, while Minnesota beat Michigan 3-1 and tied 3-3 in the best total goal series. RPI and ST. LAWRENCE, both in the Tri-State League, were picked to represent the East in the championships.
HORSE RACING—DONT ALIBI ($12.40) swept down the middle of the stretch to win the $113,100 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita in a blanket finish over Prince Blessed and Notable II. Under Willie Shoemaker the Santoro Stable's 5-year-old ran the 1¾ miles over grass in 2:48.
Idolater ($4.40) and ROAD HOUSE ($4.40), after a furious stretch duel, finished in a dead heat in the $28,000 Bowie Handicap. The winners covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 3/5. Sammy Boulmetis up on Idolater, Sandino Hernandez up on Road House.
Tudor way ($3.70), in a warmup for Saturday's $100,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap, ran away to a 10-length victory over Nickle Boy in the $17,350 Appleton Handicap at Gulfstream Park. With Bill Hartack up, the 5-year-old son of Tudor Castle covered the mile and one furlong in 1:48 2/5.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING—While hundreds watched through telescopes at the Alpine resort of Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland, four daredevil climbers made the first winter ascent ever up the mile-high north wall of Eiger Mountain, one of the most dangerous and difficult climbs in the world. The climbers, Toni Hiebeler. Toni Kinshofer, Andreas Mannhardt of Munich and Austrian Walter Almberger, took six days to complete the ascent up the highest rock wall in the Alps. They spent each night in nylon sleeping bags, standing up and secured to the rocks with steel hooks and ropes.
POLO—CORNELL routed Yale 10-4 in the finals to regain the National Intercollegiate title in New York. Cornell's Ben Baldwin scored four goals, won the outstanding-player award.
SKIING—France's ski marvel GUY PERILLAT won the combined title of the famed Arlberg Kandahar at M√ºrren, Switzerland, to continue France's domination of international skiing (SI, March 13). Austria's Josef Stiegler was second, France's Albert Gacon third. West Germany's Heidi Biebl won the women's combined over Austria's Marianne Jahn.
University of Denver won the National Collegiate championship in Middlebury, Vt. 376.19 points to Middlebury's 366.94. Colorado was third with 365.54. Buddy Werner of Colorado won the Alpine combined title, and Chris Selbeck of Denver won the jumping championship) with leaps of 199 and 204 "feet.
SQUASH RACQUETS—MARGARET VARNER of Wilmington, Del., defeated Mrs. Charles Wetzel Jr. of Philadelphia 15-11, 15-10, 15-10 to retain her national title in Greenwich, Conn.
SWIMMING—Olympians Chuck Bittick and Murray Rose tuned up for next week's NCAA championships by lowering two national records and leading USC to a decisive 183-89 swamping of runner-up Washington in the Big Five meet in Los Angeles. Bittick improved his own NCAA standard in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.2, while Rose regained the 440 freestyle mark taken from him on March 4 by Indiana's Alan Somers. Rose's new record: 4:21.0.
Although 40 schools entered the 21st annual Eastern Intercollegiate Championships at Princeton, gold medals went back to only five campuses. The host Tigers took four of the 16 events, including the 100-yeard breaststroke, won by soph Gardiner Green in 1:02.9. It was the first time since 1952 that Princeton managed even one first place in this carnival. But the meet's best performance was a superb 2:03.8 in the individual medley by Harvard's husky Bob Kaufmann.
West Chester (Pa.) State won four events and 56 points to take the Women's Eastern Intercollegiate Championships in Philadelphia. Three meet records were set: Alice Reis of Hunter College, N.Y., the 50-yard butterfly in 31.6; Barbara Chesneau of Pennsylvania, the 50-yard breast-stroke in 36.1 (she also equaled the 50-yard backstroke record of 33.7); and West Chester, the 150-yard medley relay in 1:42.9.
Southern Methodist won the Southwest championships at College Station, Texas. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Mustangs, who had 152 points to Texas' 145½.
TRACK AND FIELD—Big surprise of the AAU women's indoor championship in Columbus, Ohio, was 17-year-old high school runner Helen Shipley of Newton, Mass., who set an American record in the half mile. Running for the first time in competition she opened up a 15-yard lead on the first lap, then stayed in front to finish in 2:21.6, cutting 3.2 seconds off the pending American record set by Cleveland's Rose Lovelace three weeks earlier. In a trial heat Wilma Rudolph of Tennessee State set an American 220 record with a time of 25 seconds but lost to teammate Vivian Brown in the finals. Wilma also set a record in the 100-yard dash in 10.8. Lillian Greene of Colorado State University set an American record of 1:00.4 for the 440. Mayor Daley's Youth Foundation of Chicago collected 38 points, broke Tennessee State's seven-year hold on the team title. Tennessee State had 29½ points. Ohio Track Club was third with 10½.
In a dramatic finish at the IC4-A championships at Madison Square Garden, YALE edged out Villanova 30 points to 29. Going into the final race, the mile relay, Villanova had a 29-25 lead, needed only a fourth-place finish to clinch the title. The Wildcats finished third, but were disqualified for pushing on the next to last lap. Manhattan was third with 20 points.
Baylor won the University title in the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas. The Bears collected 61½ points in their sweep over Abilene Christian, with 48 points, and defending champion Texas, with 40 points.
Texas Southern repeated as champion of the College Division with 50 2/5 points to Southern University's 45 7/10 points. Ray Cunningham of Texas ran the high hurdles in 14 seconds to break the oldest meet record, 14.3, set by Fred Wolcott of Rice in 1939.
In the Milwaukee Journal Games in Milwaukee, George Kerr of Jamaica defeated Ernie Cunliffe of Stanford in 2:08.1 for 1,000 yards to better the accepted world indoor record. Cunliffe, however, has a pending time of 2:07.9 run earlier this season. Hayes Jones equaled the world record for the 50-yard high hurdles in 05.9. Jim Grelle, former Oregon star, won the mile in 4:03.6, and Bruce Kidd, Toronto's 18-year-old high school sensation, took the two miles in 8:59.2.
WEIGHT LIFTING-In an international meet in Moscow, Tommy Kono, U.S. Olympic weight, lifter, won the light heavyweight event by lifting a total of 460 kilograms (1,014 pounds), also set a world light heavyweight record of 153 kilograms (337½ pounds). Isaac Berger of New York won the featherweight division with a total lift of 362 kilograms (799 pounds). Three Russian lifters also broke world records: Sergei Lopatin set a new lightweight record with a three-lift total of 407.5 kilograms (896.5 pounds); Anatoly Zhgun jerked 161.5 kilograms (355.3 pounds) for new lightweight record; Aleksandr Kurynov, Olympic champion, broke his middleweight mark by snatching 135 kilograms (297 pounds) later broke his world record for three lifts with a total of 440 kilograms (968 pounds).
WRESTLING—LEHIGH won the Eastern Intercollegiate championship in Bethlehem, Pa., capturing the 157-, 167- and 177-pound classes. Pittsburgh was second, Penn State third. Thad Turner, Lehigh's 167-pound champion, won the most-valuable-wrestler award.
Oklahoma State won the Big Eight championship in Norman, Okla., 94 pounts to 84 for defending champion Oklahoma.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: TONY DESPIRITO, 25, jockey who set a national record when he rode 390 winners as a 16-year-old, from Thoroughbred racing because of injuries received during nine years of riding. "I just can't go on," said DeSpirito, "but I would like to remain in the game, either as an official, trainer or patrol judge."
DIED: PETER HAY, 76, famed Scottish golf professional and a fixture at California's Del Monte and Pebble Beach since 1915. At 6 feet 7 inches and 300 pounds, and with a voice like 76 trombones, Hay cut a majestic figure, was especially the favorite of galleries at the Crosby and State golf championships, with his stentorian commands in a brogue too thick to slice.
DIED: JOHN L. HACKER, 84, naval architect famed for his hydroplane designs, in Detroit. Hacker designed El Lagaralo, only hydro to win the Gold Cup three times, and Miss Pepsi, which won the President's Cup three times and the Gold Cup once. His An Revoir, built in 1924, created a sensation when it scooted over the water at 23 mph. Hacker was the first designer to put the prop on a racing hydro amidships (Mil Sweetie), which allowed amazing maneuverability. He designed thousands of boats, including Navy and Air Force rescue boats in World War II.