BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA defeated Syracuse 110-103 and 97-82 to take two games in the best-of-five Eastern Division playoffs and needed only one more win to go against Boston in the finals. Wilt Chamberlain became the first player in league history to go over the 4,000-point mark, and his record 4,029 also gave him the individual scoring title for the third straight year. DETROIT defeated Cincinnati twice (123-122 and 118-107) and lost to the Royals once (129-107) to lead in the Western Division playoffs.
BOATING—FRED MILLER of Newport Beach, Calif, sailed his Finn dinghy to only one victory in the seven-race North American championships at Nassau, but still retained his title with two seconds and three thirds for a total of 5,629 points, way ahead of some fine competition.
DOG SHOWS—CH. EDWARD'S REDDY CAREER, an orange Pomeranian owned by Mary S. Brewster of Millerton, N.Y., took two best-in-show honors in one weekend—at the Harrisburg (Pa.) Kennel Club and the National Capital Kennel Club in Washington, D.C. It was the third ribbon this month for Anne Hone Rogers, who was the handler for the three-pound, 21-month-old Pom.
FENCING—COLUMBIA tied New York University for the three-weapon Intercollegiate Fencing Association championship in New York, each with 59 points. It was the first tie since 1930. and the first time in four years that NYU hasn't taken undisputed honors. Columbia's No. 3 saber man, Jacob Bloom, held out against Midshipman Dale Windham for a 5-3 victory in the last event on the 270-bout program, and that boosted Columbia to the tie.
March 26, 1962
FIGURE SKATING—DONALD JACKSON of Canada uncorked a triple Lutz, first ever in international competition, to steal the men's world title away from Czechoslovakia's Karol Divín, who was leading by nearly 46 points going into the free-skating part of the Prague championships. Jackson's brilliant performance, which left the judges gasping, gave him a 21.2-point victory over Divín.
Sjoukje Dijkstra, the blonde Dutch girl who won the European women's title earlier this month, put on another almost flawless routine to take her first world title and end a six-year U.S. dominance of the event. Best American, Mrs. Barbara Ann Roles Pursley of Arcadia, Calif., finished fifth. OTTO and MARIA JELINEK of Canada won the pairs title and promptly quit competitive skating.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL beat New York 2-0 to take their fifth consecutive league title, but New York and Detroit continued to battle for the fourth playoff spot. After losing to New York 3-2, Detroit moved listlessly through a game with Boston, giving the Bruins their first win (4-0) in six weeks, but then defeated Chicago 4-1 to stay one point behind the Rangers, who tied Toronto 2-2 to stay in fourth.
College: MICHIGAN TECH kept the NCAA title in the West for the eighth straight season by beating the best from the East, Clarkson Tech, 7-1 at Utica, N.Y. Earlier, Michigan Tech had defeated St. Lawrence 6-1 to put that team in fourth and last place. Michigan came in third, having lost to Clarkson 5-4.
Amateur: SWEDEN hustled by Canada 5-3 and the U.S. 2-1 to become a surprise Class A team champion at the Denver and Colorado Springs world championships. Then dethroned Canada sent the U.S. team into third place with a 6-1 defeat (but a better finish for the U.S. than last year's sixth place). In Class B, Japan swept by France, Australia, Austria, The Netherlands and finally Denmark (13-1) to emerge as the tournament's real dark-horse winner.
HORSE RACING—JAY FOX ($44.80), with Larry Gilligan up, was declared winner of the $112,800 Gulfstream Park Handicap at Hallandale, Fla. when stewards dropped first finisher, Yorky, to second on a foul. The Brae Burn Farm's four-year-old ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01 3/5 for the $72,800 purse, his biggest yet.
Daddy R. ($6.40), Ada L. Rice's Triple Crown hopeful, was 3½ lengths ahead of the field in winning the $34,800 Governor's Gold Cup at Bowie, Md. Ridden by Sammy Boulmetis, he covered the seven furlongs in 1:23, only 2/5 second off the track record.
SKIING—NI ORSI JR., 17, of Stockton, Calif. won the national junior downhill for the second year in a row, at the Big Mountain, Mont, junior championships, and Dave Engen, also 17, of McCall, Idaho (son of 1948 Olympic jumper Corey Engen) took the slalom. Cathy Nagel, 13-year-old daughter of another former Olympian, Jack Nagel, of Skykomish. Wash., was clocked in 1:26.8 over a 4,500-foot downhill course, 1.2 seconds ahead of Sandra Bower, 18, of Auburn, Me., who later won the giant slalom. Meanwhile Sandra's brother John was doing well in Norway's famed Holmenkollen meet—he placed sixth in the Nordic combined, highest ever for an American. Other junior champs: Karen Vance, 16, of Spokane. Wash., who came through the slalom a full second faster than anyone else, and Roger Buchika. 17, of Haverhill, Mass., who took the giant slalom.
SWIMMING—PRINCETON took the first team title offered in the 22-year history of the Eastern Seaboard intercollegiate championships, at Yale's short-course (25 yards) pool at New Haven, Conn. Ten meet records were set (six by four sophomores whose times will undoubtedly make them gold medal threats in the NCAA championships at Ohio State next weekend). The eastern marks: Richard McDonough of Villanova with 2:01.2 for the 200-yard butterfly and 2:04.4 for the 220-yard freestyle: Michael Austin of Yale with 21.2 in the 50-yard freestyle (also an NCAA record) and 47.5 for the 100 yards; Jed Graef of Princeton with 2:00.9 for the 200-yard backstroke; Thompson Mann of North Carolina with 54.3 in the 100-yard backstroke trials; Peter Fogarasy of North Carolina State with 2:16.8 in the 200-yard breaststroke and 1:02.2 in the 100-yard breaststroke; and Edwin Spencer of North Carolina State with 53.0 in the 100-yard butterfly. Princeton's 400-yard-medley-relay team established the meet mark of 3:40.3. Its team scored 69 points, to runner-up Yale's 60½, took the Bob Kiphuth Trophy, given in honor of Yale's illustrious former coach.
Indiana all but drowned Michigan, 74-31, at the Big Ten dual meet at Ann Arbor, the worst defeat in 40 years for the defending national champions. The Indiana team swept six of the eight individual events and both relays.
TRACK & FIELD—PETER SNELL went from New Zealand to Japan and lowered the indoor record for 880 yards by .4 second, running the half-mile in 1:49.9 in the Japan championships in Tokyo. Snell also ran his first indoor mile, in 4:06.7. John Uelses took the pole vault with an unspectacular 15-foot 1-inch vault and Hayes Jones continued to win 60-yard high-hurdle races, with a time of 7.3. GARY GUBNER and three other touring Americans visited Britain's first indoor meet since 1939, in London's dank Wembley arena, and all carried away first-place honors in their events: Gubner in the shotput with 64 feet 1 inch. Bill Johnson of College Park, Md. in the 60-yard hurdles with 7.5, Paul Winder of New York in the 60-yard dash with 6.4 and Cary Weisiger. Pittsburgh Marine, in the 1,000-yard race with 2:13.23 and the mile with 4:13.5. Former sub-four-minute miler Derek Ibbotson of England brightened an otherwise routine meet with 13:44.8 for three miles, best ever indoors by a European, and 8:57.4 for the two miles.
Back home in Cleveland TOM O'HARA, the 19-year-old Loyola of Chicago sophomore, added another meet record to his collection, the Knights of Columbus mile in 4:02.8, fastest for a 12-lap indoor track. Bill Crothers beat George Kerr by three yards in the 1,000-yard run in 2:11.6 and Frank Budd finished his second unbeaten indoor season by winning the 50-yard dash in 5.2. Bruce Kidd of Toronto finished the two miles out of breath and in fourth place behind front-runner Bobby Mack of Yale (9:01.6).
Abilene Christian and TEXAS tied for team honors in the West Texas outdoor relays at Odessa, with 73½ points each.
WEIGHT LIFTING—WALDEMAR BASZANOWSKI of Poland set a world record for the lightweight snatch of 287.7 pounds (the old mark was 284.4) while lifting a total of 892.8 pounds in the press, snatch and jerk in the Moscow Trophy meet.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: CHUCK McKINLEY of St. Louis, peppery national indoor tennis champion and No. 2 singles player, to Wylita Baxter of Houston. Both are students at Trinity University, San Antonio.
COMMISSIONED: ROBERT J. KELLEHER, Los Angeles lawyer, as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team. Kelleher, 49, has a past record of USLTA committee work and active tennis experience, starting as a Forest Hills ball boy at age 13, and ending with the 1960 USLTA senior and mixed hard-court doubles championships.
FIRED: EVERETT (SONNY) GRANDELIUS, 31, football coach at the University of Colorado, dismissed by the Board of Regents by a vote of 5-1 because of "numerous violations of Big Eight and NCAA rules and regulations," including an alleged secret "slush fund" (see page 7).