BADMINTON—MRS. JUDY DEVLIN HASHMAN of Baltimore defeated Ursula Smith 11-4, 11-0 in the finals of the All-England Women's Championships in London to win the title for the sixth time in the last nine years.
BASKETBALL—College: COFFEYVILLE (KANS.) JUNIOR COLLEGE, unbeaten in 28 straight games during the regular season, whipped Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) 84-61, San Angelo (Texas) 82-69 and Trinidad (Colo.) 89-67 in the preliminaries of the 16-team National Junior College championships at Hutchinson, Kans. In the final, played before 6,000 in Hutchinson's Sports Arena, Paul Henry, later voted the tournament's most valuable player, scored 30 points as Coffeyville beat Lou Morris (Texas) 74-49 to win its first national title and stretch its winning streak to 32.
NBA: PHILADELPHIA turned Wilt Chamberlain loose on the boards and baskets, and the NBA's leading scorer responded with a playoff record 56 points and 35 rebounds to lead the stumbling Warriors to a 121-104 victory over Syracuse in the fifth and deciding game of the Eastern semifinals in Philadelphia. But in the first game of the division finals the league's most valuable player, Bill Russell, blocked and stopped Chamberlain's shots, holding him to 12 points in the first half, 21 in the second as the Celts won easily 117-89 in Boston.
Detroit brought an abrupt end to Cincinnati's playoff hopes, twice defeated the Royals by one point and won the Western semifinals three games to one. In the finals, however, the Pistons were quickly checked at Los Angeles by the Lakers, who beat them twice, 132-108 and 127-112, as Elgin Baylor, on a two-day Army pass, scored 64 points to give the Lakers a fast start in the best-of-seven series.
April 2, 1962
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH left Champion Benny Paret near death after knocking him out in the 12th round to regain the welterweight title, at Madison Square Garden, New York City (see page 12).
Laszlo Papp, Hungarian middleweight and an Iron Curtain oddity (the Communist world's only pro boxer), knocked down Ralph (Tiger) Jones of Brooklyn three times to win a 10-round decision before a sellout crowd of 16,000 in Vienna.
CURLING—CANADA went undefeated in the double round-robin championship in Edinburgh, Scotland to win the world curling title for the fourth consecutive year.
FENCING—HUNGARY went undefeated against a seven-nation field to win the Warsaw International Sabre Team Competition in Warsaw. Russia was second and the U.S. fifth.
FIELD HOCKEY—U.S. WOMEN'S TEAM swapped shutouts with two English teams, beating the South of England 1-0 at Oxford, then losing to the English Midlands 2-0 at Kidderminster, England.
FOOTBALL—WASHINGTON REDSKINS, completing their second trade since the end of the 1961 season, sent 250-pound center Jim Schrader and defensive halfback Ben Scotti to Philadelphia in exchange for hard-running halfback Bill Barnes and defensive back Bobby Freeman.
HARNESS RACING—SCOTCH ABBE ($6.70), with the owner's son Ned Galentine in the sulky, led a close five-horse finish to win the $12,450 Glen Head Pace at Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y. The winner paced the mile in 2:05⅕ edging Flying Time by a head.
HOCKEY—NEW YORK, as the season ended, beat out Detroit for fourth place and grabbed the one remaining Stanley Cup berth. Returning to cup play for the first time since 1958, the Rangers take on second-place Toronto, while the regular-season leader, Montreal, meets third-place Chicago in best-of-seven semifinals. Chicago's Bobby Hull scored his 50th goal of the season to tie the NHL record. Hull and the Rangers' Andy Bathgate deadlocked for the league's scoring honors, both with 84 points. However, the trophy goes to the Chicago wing because of more goals scored.
HORSE RACING—YORKTOWN ($12.80), an injury-plagued 5-year-old, came on strong in the stretch to finish 1¼ lengths in front of Globemaster in the $115,900 John B. Campbell Handicap at Bowie, Md. Ridden by James Nichols, Yorktown covered the 1[1/16]-mile course in 1:43[4/5].
Flying Cottage opened the Carolina-Virginia hunt season with a victory over Jamaica Boy in the Sandhills Cup at Southern Pines, N.C.
MOTOR SPORTS—JOAKIM BONNIER and LUCIEN BIANCHI, alternating at the wheel of a 12-cylinder Ferrari, drove to an easy victory in the world championship 12 Hour Endurance Race in Sebring, Fla. (see page 80).
SKIING—JIM PAGE, a Dartmouth junior, finished first in the cross-country race and made a strong enough showing in the three other events to win the NCAA championship's skimeister title in Squaw Valley, Calif. Denver University's well-stocked ski squad swept all four team events on points and its sixth national collegiate title. Colorado was second and Western State was third.
SPEED SKATING—KEN LEBEL won the North American Indoor Championships, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Karen Kaper took first place in all four races to win the women's title.
SWIMMING—TERRI STICKLES, DON SCHOLLANDER, and DONNA de VARONA, three teenagers, set five American records, at Santa Clara Open meet in Santa Clara, Calif. Miss Stickles broke two of Chris von Saltza's marks, winning the 100-yard freestyle in 54.9 and the 250 freestyle in 2:34.5. Schollander defeated Yale's Steve Clark in the 220-yard freestyle, swimming that distance in 1:59.7, .3 faster than Clark's U.S. record. Racing against the clock, the 15-year-old Schollander swam the 440 freestyle in 4:18.5, another national record. Donna de Varona finished the 400-yard individual medley in a record 4:54.4.
Ted Stickles, Indiana University's sophomore world champion, continued his record-breaking assault, this time setting an American record of 4:20.3 for the 400-yard individual medley at Indiana AAU championships in Bloomington, Ind. Stickles, who holds the world medley records for 440 yards and 400 meters, clipped 3.4 seconds off the old mark held by USC's Charles Bittick.
Robyn Johnson, pushed by second-place finisher Elaine Johnson (no kin), set a U.S. record of 1:01.4 for the 100-meter freestyle at metropolitan AAU meet, Grossinger, N.Y. Both women broke the old record of 1:04.8 held by Chris von Saltza.
TENNIS—ROD LAVER, after a bad run of luck against young U.S. players, beat fellow Australian Roy Emerson, world's No. 1-ranked player, 9-7, 6-2, 6-0 in the finals of the Altamira Tournament, Caracas, Venezuela. Maria Bueno, downing U.S. champion Darlene Hard of Montebello, Calif. 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, took the women's title for the third straight year.
TRACK & FIELD—KANSAS UNIVERSITY'S relay teams set national indoor records of 9:48.8 in the distance medley and 7:29.2 in the two-mile at the Kansas State Relays, but the school lost the university division team title by one point to Oklahoma State in Manhattan, Kans.
Garyimel, an Illinois high school senior, cleared 13 feet 4¾ inches at the Naperville (Ill.) Relays, to break the national interscholastic indoor pole-vaulting record (13 feet 4½ inches, held by Saac Jefferson).
WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA STATE retained its National Collegiate wrestling team title, tying the record total of 82 points it set in last year's championship, in Stillwater. Runner-up Oklahoma, 37 points behind, equaled State with three individual champions. Gray Simons of Lock Haven (Pa.) State College, closing out the finest collegiate career ever, beat Mark McCracken 7-2 to win his third national 115-pound title, and extend his unbeaten string to 85 matches. For the second straight year he was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: JAMES G. THOMPSON, 35-year-old British petroleum executive and hydroplaning's outstanding designer, after the death of his friend and driver, Bob Hayward. Beached permanently along with Thompson was his hydroplane Miss Supertest III, winner of three successive Harmsworth Trophies. With Hayward at the wheel, Miss Supertest III in 1959 broke the U.S.'s 39-year stranglehold on the world championship trophy. The same two men successfully defended it in 1960 and 1961.
DIED: HAL PRICE HEADLEY, 73, prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder, whose horses won more than one thousand races and earned $4,844,073 but never brought their respected owner the Kentucky Derby roses, in Lexington, Ky. Headley's Beaumont Farm did breed the dams of Derby winners Swaps and Clyde Van Dusen, as well as Menow, the sire of Capot and Tom Fool. A founder of the Keeneland Association, Headley served as the track's first president.