BASKETBALL—The CLEVELAND PIPERS defeated the Denver Truckers 107-96 to win their first AAU national title in Denver. The New York Tuck Tapers beat the San Francisco Olympic Club 103-75 for third place. Jack Adams, tourney's most valuable player, paced the Pipers with 28 points.
BOATING—ESCAPADE, 73-foot yawl skippered by Baldwin M. Baldwin, scratch boat in the inaugural 807-mile Miami-Montego Bay, Jamaica ocean race, was first in and winner. Escapade's time: 169:08:36.
Chubasco, skippered by Arnold Haskell, won the 160-mile Tri-Island ocean race off Los Angeles in 19:27:24.
BOXING—HENRY COOPER, with a snapping left jab, retained his British and Empire heavyweight title in fight with Joe Erskine in London. Scheduled for 15 rounds, bout ended when Erskine, with one eye shut, quit after five.
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Archie Moore, weighing 201 pounds, stalked a constantly retreating Buddy Turman for 10 weary rounds to win decision in bout in Manila.
Eder Jofre of Brazil retained his bantamweight title with a 9-round TKO over Piero Rollo of Italy in Rio de Janeiro.
Florentino Fernandez of Havana KO'd France's Marcel Pigou with a smashing left hook in the second round of bout at Madison Square Garden.
Ingemar Johansson started negotiations with Sonny Liston, the No. 1 contender for Floyd Patterson's heavyweight title, for September bout in Sweden.
CURLING—U.S. held Canada and Scotland to a three-way tie for the Scotch Cup, the world championship, in Scotland. In the playoffs the U.S., participating for the first time in cup competition, lost 9-14 to Canada. Members of the U.S. team, from Seattle, were Dr. Frank Crealock (skip), John Jamieson (third), Ken Sherwood (second) and Bud McCartney (lead).
FENCING—For the second year in a row NEW YORK UNIVERSITY won all four titles in the NCAA championships at Princeton, first time this has been accomplished. NYU captured 79 of 86 bouts to take the three weapons title. The three individual titles were won by Herb Cohen (foil), Jerry Halpern (épée) and Israel Colon (saber).
GOLF—GARY PLAYER of South Africa birdied his final hole to beat Arnold Palmer by one stroke in the $25,000 Sunshine Open at Miami Beach. Player shot 273 for the 72 holes.
Jack Nicklaus of Columbus, Ohio demoralized James Billy Key of Columbus, Ga. with his distance game, won the Western Amateur championship in New Orleans 4 and 3.
HORSE RACING—NICOLAUS SILVER, at 28 to 1, won the 120th running of the Grand National, world's toughest steeplechase, at Aintree, England. After a close race with last year's winner, Merryman II, the 9-year-old gelding pulled away at the 30th and final jump to win by five lengths and become the first winning gray since 1871. Merryman II was second by a neck over O'Malley Point. Nicolaus Silver covered the four-mile 856-yard course in 9:22⅘ was ridden by Bobby Beasley, whose grandfather, Harry, won the Grand National in 1891. Out of 35 starters in the race (on which an Irish Sweepstakes is based) only 14 finished.
Conestoga ($30.60) took the $118,450 John B. Campbell Handicap at Bowie by¾ of a length over April Skies. With Roy L. Gilbert up, Conestoga ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:45[2/5].
General Arthur ($24.10), close to the pace all the way, moved to the front at the quarter pole to win the $41,895 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream by 3 lengths over Civic Guard. General Arthur equaled the track record of 2:25[4/5] for the 1½ miles over grass. Larry Gilligan up.
Pied d'Or ($10.20) moved from last place in the stretch to win the $25,800 Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct by½ length over Winonly. The Calumet colt ran the six furlongs in 1:10[4/5]. John Rotz up.
Johnny Longden, 54, rode his 5,500th winning race, an alltime record. Longden did it aboard Spring Victory, a filly that had never won before, in race at Golden Gate Fields.
HOCKEY—In the Stanley Cup semifinals DETROIT, after splitting the first two games with Toronto (2-3, 4-2), shut out the Leafs 2-0 for a 2-1 lead, while CHICAGO, after splitting its first two with Montreal (2-6, 4-3), beat the Canadiens 2-1 in overtime.
MOTOR SPORTS—PHIL HILL of Santa Monica, Calif., and OLIVIER GENDEBIEN of Belgium won the 12-hour endurance race at Se-bring, Fla. (see page 22). Hill and Gendebien drove a V-12 front-engine Ferrari, set a record of 210 laps (1,092 miles), averaged a record 91.306 mph. Second was Richie Ginther of Los Angeles and Wolfgang von Trips of Germany, also in a Ferrari.
SHOOTING—SFC WILLIAM BLANKENSHIP of Ft. Benning, Ga., edged out teammate M/Sgt. Richard Stineman by three points for the National Midwinter Pistol championships at Tampa, Fla.
Lucille Chambliss of Winter Haven, Fla. outshot Lieut. Sallie Carroll of Ft. McClellan, Ala. by more than 100 points for the women's championship.
SKIING—JIMMY HEUGA, 17, of Tahoe City, Calif., placed third in the slalom and fourth in the downhill to win the Harriman Cup in Sun Valley, Idaho. Barbara Ferries, 16, of Aspen, Colo. won both the slalom and downhill to take the women's Harriman Cup. Billy Kidd, 17, of Stowe, Vt. won the men's slalom, while Buddy Werner of Steamboat Springs, Colo. won the downhill.
SWIMMING—MICHIGAN swept the NCAA championships in Seattle, outpointing defending champion USC 85-62. Outstanding performer was Australia's vegetarian Murray Rose, swimming for USC, who set two American records, the 1,500-meter freestyle in 17:21.8 (knocking 9.5 seconds off the American record), and the 440-yard freestyle in 4:17.9. He also set an NCAA record, the 220-yard freestyle in 2:00.6. John Kelso of Denver upset Lance Larson in the 200-yard individual medley to set an American record of 2:02.9. Larson was also beaten in his specialty, the 100-yard butterfly, by Dave Gillanders of Michigan, who set an NCAA record of 52.9. USC's Charles Bittick turned in American records of 1:57.1 in the 200-yard backstroke, and 53.9 in the 100-yard backstroke. Ohio State was third with 59 points, Harvard fourth with 26 points.
Chris Von Saltza of the Santa Clara (Calif.) SC broke her own American record for the 100-yard freestyle in 55.5, at dual meet in Santa Clara.
TENNIS—VIC SEIXAS, semi-retired ex-Davis Cupper from Philadelphia, defeated Whitney Reed of Alameda, Calif., 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 for the Caribbean championship in Kingston. Reed earlier beat both Roy Emerson and Neale Fraser.
WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA STATE defeated defending champion Oklahoma 82-63 in the NCAA championships in Corvallis, Ore. The Cowboys were strong in all 10 weight classes, clinched the title on points before the final round.
New York AC won six out of the eight weight classes to take the Eastern AAU championship in New York 87-21, over Hazel Park (Mich.) Recreation and the West Side YMCA, both tied for second.
MILEPOSTS—THREE PHYSICIANS who earlier performed an autopsy on Knud Enemark Jensen, Danish cyclist who died during an Olympic race last summer at Rome (SI, Sept. 5, 1960), reported that death resulted from heat stroke and not, as previously supposed, from the effects of a drug. At the time Jensen's coach, Oluf Jorgensen, admitted giving the Danish team Roniacol, a stimulant.
NAMED: BUD WILKINSON, 44, University of Oklahoma football coach for 14 years, as President Kennedy's special consultant on youth fitness. Wilkinson will continue as Oklahoma coach during spring practice and the fall football season.
NAMED: CLARENCE PAUTZKE, 53, deputy commissioner of Alaska's Dept. of Fish and Game, known throughout the Northwest for his efforts in developing the steelhead trout, as Commissioner of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
FIRED: ALF PIKE, coach of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers, after a 22-38-10 season. Pike will be reassigned to the Rangers' player-development program.
DIED: SIDNEY B. WOOD III, 22, Yale tennis star, son of former Wimbledon champion (1931), at Fayetteville, N.C., of injuries received in automobile accident with two fellow teammates.
DIED: C. SHERMAN HOYT, 83, famed yachtsman and member of the Enterprise afterguard and helmsman on the Rainbow, America's Cup defenders of 1930 and 1934, in New York.
DIED: HOWARD WHEELER SR., 92, builder of more than 4,000 pleasure, work and Navy boats since 1911, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.