BASKETBALL—In the second game of the NBA championship Boston defeated St. Louis 116-108, despite mighty scoring efforts by the Hawks' Cliff Hagan (40 points) and Bob Pettit (30 points). In the third game St. Louis hold on for a first-half tie, moved 10 points ahead in the third period and held off a closing rush by the Celtics to win 124-120. But in the fourth game Boston, with Bob Cousy and Prank Ramsey spearheading a third-quarter drive, again proved too strong for the Hawks, won 119-104 to take a 3-1 lead in their four-of-seven series.
New Orleans outlasted Wichita 46-42 to recapture the World's Biddy championship in Gary, Ind. Gary, defending champion, defeated Peoria, Ill., 39-29 for third place.
Highwood, Ill., finalist for the last six years, beat San Juan, P.R. 34-30 to win its first Little Guys championship in Chicago.
Wayland Baptist college of Plainview, Texas defeated Nashville Business College 39-29 to win the Women's National AAU championship in St. Joseph, Mo.
April 17, 1961
BOXING—DAVEY MOORE retained his world featherweight title with a stunning first-round KO over Danny Valdez in their scheduled 15-round title bout in Los Angeles. Moore first sent Valdez down with a right to the jaw. When Valdez, who had never been knocked off his feet in his brief career, staggered up at the count of seven, Moore quickly finished him off with another overhand right.
In the National AAU championships in Pocatello, Idaho (see page 12), 16-year-old John Howard of Portland, Ore. was picked the outstanding boxer after outpointing Johnny Cesspooch of Randlett, Utah for the 119-pound title. Rudy Davis of Philadelphia won the heavyweight title with a second-round KO over Oregon State College halfback Art Gilmore. Of the more than 100 competitors four were picked to make a State Department good-will tour of Africa next month: Leotus Martin of Toledo, 165-pound champion for the second year; Phil Baldwin of Muskegon, Mich., 147-pound repeat champion; Ralph Ungricht of Provo, Utah, 125-pound champion, and Ron Nicols of San Jose State, who lost in the 125-pound quarter-finals but was picked as best sportsman of the tournament.
GOLF—DAN JENKINS, Fort Worth Press sports editor and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED correspondent, shot a 7-over-par 79 for 18 holes to defeat. Ronald Green of the Charlotte News by three strokes and win the Golf Writers Association of America championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
GYMNASTICS—GREG WEISS of Penn State defeated fellow Olympians Fred Orlofsky of Southern Illinois University and Bob Lynn of Southern Cal, to win the All-Around title at the NCAA championships in Champaign, 111. Penn State, defending champion, beat out Southern Illinois 88½ points to 80½.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO polished off Montreal with a second 3-0 shutout to win their half of the Stanley Cup semifinals four games to two. It was the first time in a decade Montreal failed to make the finals. Buoyed up by this victory Chicago took the opening game of the cup finals 3-2 over Detroit, scoring all three goals in the first period. Detroit came back in the second game to tie the four-of-seven series with a 3-1 win (see page 62).
HORSE RACING—AMBIOPOISE ($11) became a leading eastern contender for the Triple Crown with an impressive six-length victory over Globe-master in the $58,300 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Merry Ruler was third. Ambiopoise, with Bob Ussery up, ran the mile in 1:35 4/5.
Mozart ($13) took command in the stretch to win the $29,925 Wilwyn Handicap at Laurel by¾ length over Eurasia and set a track record of 1:41 3/5 for the 1 1/16 miles over turf. The 4-year-old English-bred was ridden by Robert E. Corle.
LACROSSE—In the first week of lacrosse Johns Hopkins trampled Princeton 19-6, while Maryland ran over Virginia 14-8, and Navy, with a 63-shot barrage, sank Penn State 16-5.
MOTOR SPORTS—JIMMY CLARK, 25-year-old Scottish farmer, led from start to finish to win the slow, twisting Grand Prix de Pau in Pau, France, the first important race on the European circuit. Clark averaged 63.4 mph in a Formula I Lotus.
SWIMMING—CHRIS VON SALTZA of the Santa Clara (Calif.) SC dominated the AAU women's indoor championships in Hialeah, Fla., while the Multnomah AC of Portland, Ore. won the team title with 57½ points. Chris won four events, the 100-, 250- and 500-yard freestyles (55.8, 2:39, 5:34.5) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:19.9). Two American records were set during the three-day event. Thirteen-year-old Donna De Varona of Berkeley, Calif, swam the 200-yard individual medley in the record time of 2:19.3, while Becky Collins of Indianapolis broke the 400-yard individual medley record in 4:55.5. Becky also won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:18.4. Other winners: Susan Rogers of Ann Arbor (Mich.) SC, the 250-yard breaststroke in 3:19.7; Kathy Ellis of Indianapolis AC, the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.7; Jean Ann Dellekamp of Indianapolis AC, the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.9; Nina Harmer of the Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia, the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.2. The Multnomah AC team of Joan Matich, Noel Gabie, Nancy Kanaby and Carolyn Wood won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:51.6 time. Multnomah team of Noel, Nancy, Carolyn and Jackie Danielson also won the 400-yard medley relay in 4:20. Joel Lenzi of Southern Illinois University won both the one-and three-meter dives. Ann Arbor SC was second in team standings with 44½ points, Santa Clara SC third with 41 points.
TENNIS—UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI defeated University of Florida 7-2 in Miami to set an intercollegiate record of 84 consecutive meet victories. William and Mary held the record at 83, a streak that was broken by Miami in 1950. Miami's last loss was in 1957, after it had won 72 straight.
TRACK AND FIELD—ABILENE CHRISTIAN ran off with top honors at the Texas Relays in Austin, winning four relays, tying a world record and setting an NCAA record. AC's team of Calvin Cooley, Dennis Richardson, Bud Clanton and Olympian Earl Young tied the 880-yard relay world record in 1:22.6. In the mile relay the team of Richardson, Clanton, Pat McKennon and Young (who ran the anchor lap in 46 seconds) set an NCAA record of 3:07.9, one second better than the record the group set the week before. Abilene Christian also set a meet record in the distance medley and won the 440 relay in 40.9. Houston's four-mile relay team of Al Lawrence, John Macy, Barrie Almond and Pat Clohessy set a meet record of 17:02.8. Other winners: Rex Stucker of Kansas State, the 120-yard high hurdles in 14.1; Dennis Richardson, the 100-yard dash in 9.6; Ernie Cunliffe, the 1,500 meters in 3:47.1, for a meet record; Monroe Fordham of Emporia State, the high jump with 6 feet 6¼ inches; George Davies of Oklahoma State, the pole vault with 15 feet one inch, for a meet record.
WRESTLING—SAN FRANCISCO OLYMPIC CLUB scored 44 points to win the AAU freestyle championship in Toledo. Runner-up: New York AC, with 41 points. Mike Rodriguez of University of Michigan, winner in the 147.5-pound class, was voted outstanding wrestler of the tournament. In the Greco-Roman championships San Francisco Olympic Club beat the New York AC 71 points to 28. Olympian Dick Wilson of the University of Toledo, who won the 114.5-pound title, was voted the outstanding Greco-Roman wrestler of the meet.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: BUDGE PATTY, 37, wandering tennis player from Arkansas who won the Wimbledon championship in 1950 (singles) and 1957 (doubles) and turned down a Davis Cup berth in 1955, to Maria Marcina Sfezzo, daughter of Brazilian Industrialist Constantin Sfezzo, in Lausanne, Switzerland.
SIGNED: NEIL JOHNSTON, 32, Philadelphia Warrior coach in the NBA for the past two seasons, to a two-year contract as coach of Pittsburgh in the new American Basketball League.
RETIRED: PAUL ARIZIN, 33, former Villanova All-America and star of the Philadelphia Warriors for the past nine years, to join International Business Machines Corp. Arizin twice led the NBA in scoring (1951-52 and 1956-57), retires as third highest NBA point scorer with 14,560 points.
DIED: ROY L. GILBERT, 22-year-old jockey from London, Ky., of multiple fractures of the skull suffered in spill during race at Aqueduct. Gilbert began his riding career in 1957, won 174 races, including his first stakes victory, the Green Valley at Gulfstream, last month.
DIED: BRANCH RICKEY JR., 47, vice president in charge of minor league clubs for the Pittsburgh Pirates, after lengthy illness in Pittsburgh.