BASKETBALL—The BOSTON CELTICS, with a 121-112 victory over the St. Louis Hawks, clinched the NBA championship four games to one (see page 13). It was the third straight title for the Celtics, fourth in the last five years.
BOATING—SAM GRIFFITH of Miami, at the wheel of a 31-foot inboard, cut across a calm Gulf Stream to win—for the fourth time—the 180-mile Miami-Nassau Ocean Power Boat Race (see page 55). His time, 4:20:45, was nearly twice as fast as his last year's record run of eight hours. Odytsey, skippered by Dick Steele of Newport Harbor, Calif., was first in and Class-A winner in the 130-mile San Clemente Island ocean run off Los Angeles, but VELA, skippered by Fred McDonald, won with a corrected time of 20:23:17. CAROUSEL, skippered by Ash Hewn of San Diego, won the Sugar Loaf Rock ocean race off San Diego with a corrected time of 10:25:38.
BOXING—EDDIE MACHEN, No. 2 contender for Floyd Patterson's heavyweight title, pummeled a slow-moving Mike DeJohn, ranked No. 6, gained a ho-hum in San Francisco.
Dick Tiger, British Empire middleweight champion from Nigeria, belted Spider Webb to the canvas once in the second, twice in the sixth, scored a TKO in New York.
April 24, 1961
DOG SHOW—CH. CONIFER'S LANCE, 4-year-old Irish setter owned by Frank and Katherine Wheatley of Allen Park, Mich. and handled by Richard Cooper, won the best-in-show at the International Kennel Club competition in Chicago. The show drew a record 2,917 dogs.
FENCING—PATERSON STATE COLLEGE of Paterson, N.J. swept all eight of its team matches to win the women's intercollegiate championship in New York. Paterson's Paulette Singelakis, a left-hander, captured the individual title with 33 victories and only two losses. Fairleigh Dickinson of Teaneck, N.J. was second in the team standings.
GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK, hitting a long ball, broke par four straight days to win the $22,500 Greater Greensboro Open by seven strokes over runner-up defending champion Sam Snead. Souchak had a 72-hole total of 276. Charlie Sifford, the first Negro to play in a major PGA-sponsored tournament in the South, faltered after leading on the first day, finished with a respectable 285 in a fourth-place tie with Stan Leonard.
Gary Player, relaxing after his Masters victory, kept in tune for his next match with Arnold Palmer (the Houston Classic) with a one-under-par 34 at a nine-hole exhibition in Dallas. Player, teamed with amateur Jim Ling, lost the match, however, to Byron Nelson and amateur Allen Humphrey, who shot a low-ball score of 33 to Player-Ling's 34.
Louise Suggs shot a 2 over par on the final day to win her third straight $10,000 Dallas Civitan Open. Louise had 291 for the 72 holes, won by three strokes over Betsy Rawls.
GYMNASTICS—JUDY KLAUSER, 20-year-old sophomore at Flint (Mich.) Junior College, scored 37.85 points, won the all-round title at the AAU junior women's championships in Kent, Ohio, Marie Walther of Lakewood, Ohio, placed second.
HARNESS RACING—SU MAC LAD ($3.30) led an international field every step of the way to take the $65,600 Gotham Trot at Yonkers Raceway by¾ of a length over Air Record. Driven by Stanley Dancer, the 7-year-old American entry covered the 1¼ miles in 2:38.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS defeated the Detroit Red Wings four games to two to win their first Stanley Cup in 23 years. In the final game the Hawks, trailing 1-0 in the second period with a player in the penalty box, stole the puck and pushed through a goal to tie the score, went on to fire in four more and win 5-1.
HORSE RACING—In tune-ups for the Kentucky Derby, ORLEANS DOGE and MR. CONSISTENCY earned their passage to Churchill Downs. At Golden Gate Fields, Mr. Consistency ($10.60), big bay son of Alibhai, upset the heavily favored Flutterby to win by a neck in the $60,100 California Derby. Robert Mundorf was up, and the time was 1:49 for the 1‚⅛ miles. With the better-regarded stablemate, Gay Landing, this gives Owner Travis M. Kerr a two-horse threat for the Derby. In the $29,200 Chesapeake Stakes at Laurel, Orleans Doge ($8.60), 3-year-old son of The Doge, surged from behind to win by 1¾ lengths over Scotch Bull. The colt, with George Hettinger up, ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:50[4/5].
Mail order ($20.90), Larry Adams up, shook off repeated challenges to lead all the way in the $29,400 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct. Alamode Farm's gelding beat Disperse by four lengths, did the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49[1/5].
JUDO—U.S. AIR FORCE defeated Southern California Judo Club 15-9 to win the National AAU championship in San Jose, Calif. George Harris of the Air Force won the heavyweight and grand champion titles. Other winners: Ben Campbell of San Jose Buddhists (180-pound class); Toshiyuki Seino of the U.S. Air Force (160-pound) Sumikichi Nozaki of Southern California Judo Club (140-pound).
LACROSSE—JOHNS HOPKINS, aided by Jerry Schmidt's five goals, overpowered University of Virginia 14-3 in Charlottesville, va. Navy defeated Princeton 10-5, Maryland beat Duke 15-1; Yale beat Pennsylvania 12-5, and Army edged out Rutgers 11-10.
In game against an Oxford-Cambridge team in New Haven, Yale scored five fourth-period goals, won 11-7 as the English team ended its 22-day tour with a 2-6 record.
TABLE TENNIS—CHUANG TSE-TUNG of Communist China defeated fellow teammate Li Fu-Jung 21-15, 21-15, 19-21, 21- 17 to win the World Championship in Peking. In the women's final, CHIU CHUNG-HUI of Communist China defeated Eva Koczian of Hungary 19-21, 21-19, 14-21, 21-18, 21-19. Japanese teams won the men's and mixed doubles, and Rumania took the women's doubles title. Communist China defeated Japan 5-3 for the men's team title, but Japan turned the tables, won the women's title 3-2. ERWIN KLEIN of Los Angeles defeated Mike Ralston of Sherman Oaks, Calif. 21-16, 19-21, 16-21, 21-11, 21-18 to win the U.S. Open championship in Detroit. Klein previously won the title in 1956, at the age of 17. MRS. LEAH NEUBERGER of New York defeated Sharon Acton of Wilmington, Calif. 21-10, 22-20, 22-20 for the women's singles. BERNIE BUKIET and BOB FIELDS won the doubles 21-16, 21-11, 21-18 over Emery Lippai and Danny Vegh, while SHARON ACTON and VALERIE SMITH won the women's doubles 9-21, 21-17, 21-10, 21-17 over Barbara Chaimson and Janis Adminis.
TENNIS—ROD LAYER of Australia beat his Davis Cup teammate Roy Emerson 7-5, 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 to become the first foreign entry to win the River Oaks championship in Houston, Texas.
TRACK AND FIELD—OREGON ran off a 79-51 victory over Oregon State at Corvallis, Ore., increasing its string of Pacific Northwest victories to 28. Canada's Olympic sprinter Harry Jerome paced Oregon with two wins, the 100 yards in 9.4 and the 220 in 20.9 seconds; Olympian Dyrol Burleson took the mile in 4:04.2. Oregon State's Norm Monroe set a meet record with a 46.7 quarter.
Morgan State's mile relay team of Lou Smith, Lawson Smart, Paul Winder and Lee Martin turned in 3:12.5 for a Quantico Relays record in Quantico, Va., after first setting a meet record of 3:22.1 for the sprint medley relay. Pete Close, outstanding athlete of the meet, turned in a 1:50 half and a 4:05.5 mile. Bob Brown of Perm State set another meet record with a 9.4 hundred. So did Bo Roberson of Fort Lee with a 25-foot 4 3/4-inch broad jump.
Jolanda Balas, Olympic champion from Rumania, set a women's world high jump record with a leap of 6 feet 2¼ inches in Bucharest.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: WINSTON WISER, 51, famed Tennessee Walking Horse trainer of five National Celebration champions, after being shot by his daughter Judy, 16, during family argument in which Wiser threatened his wife and daughter, in Shelbyville, Tenn. Judy, who stated she was afraid her father was about to kill her, was cleared of charges when Judge Mac Farrar ruled Wiser's death justifiable homicide.
DIED: FRED G. BRICKELL SR., 54, former major league player (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia) and father of Los Angeles Angel Shortstop Fritz Brickell, of a heart attack, in Wichita, Kan.
DIED: Three stable hands and 42 horses, in an early-morning fire that swept two stables at the Maywood Park harness racing track outside Chicago. Loss was estimated at more than $200,000.