BASKETBALL—AAU: PHILLIPS' 66ers of Bartlesville, Okla. beat the Denver Truckers 70-59, in Denver to take their 10th AAU title and first since 1955, in a game featuring a fistfight between Denver's Harvey Salz and the 66ers' Jerry Shipp.
ALL-STAR: EAST beat the West 123-110 in the Shrine All-Star match in Kansas City although Ohio State's Jerry Lucas pulled out 23 points for the West and high-scoring honors for himself. Stu Sherard of Army made eight out of 13 field goals and was named most valuable player.
NBA: BOSTON took a 3-2 lead over Philadelphia in the best-of-seven Eastern Division playoffs, as Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain seesawed back and forth in blocking and scoring. Chamberlain held Russell to nine points, scored 42 himself, as the Warriors won the second game 113-106, but Russell tied down the 7-foot center during a crucial first half as Boston won the next 129-114. Then Philadelphia evened the series with a 110-106 win—but the following day emotions flared as players fought and fans jumped onto the Boston Garden court before the Celtics forged ahead 119-104.
Los Angeles, led by Elgin Baylor, took the first three Western Division playoff games from Detroit with apparent ease but then went down twice. The Pistons held off elimination by squeezing out a one-point victory, 118-117, in the fourth game, and a revitalized Detroit team led by Guard Willie Jones and Forward Bailey Howell came back to add a solid 132-125 win and put the series at 3-2.
April 9, 1962
BOATING—PAPER TIGER, the St. Petersburg yawl that cleaned up the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit this winter, won the St. Petersburg-Venice race in the Florida Ocean Racing Association by 30 minutes elapsed time over second-place Doubloon of Tampa. First to finish in the fleet of 16 and first in Class B, Jack Powell's 40-footer covered the 50 miles in the corrected time of 10:05:42. Doubloon was first in Class A, in 10:44:53.
BOXING—DICK TIGER, the British Empire middleweight champion from Nigeria, won a unanimous 10-round decision from Henry Hank of Detroit in New York.
Archie Moore scored a KO in the last round of a nontitle 10-round bout in Los Angeles over heavyweight Alejandro Lavorante, 25, of Argentina, who was carried, unconscious, from the ring.
FENCING—NAVY stopped New York University 76 to 74 at the NCAA finals in Columbus, Ohio, ending NYU's two-year winning streak by taking a first in the épée, second in the sabre and fourth in the foil.
GOLF—DAVE MARR, a Texan playing out of Sun City, Ariz., knocked in a three-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Jerry Steelsmith, a redhead from Glendale, Calif., to break a tie and win $2,800 top money in the $20,000 Azalea Open at Wilmington, N.C. Marr, 28, whose last major victory on the PGA circuit came in a playoff in Seattle last fall, and Steelsmith, 26, who has yet to win his first professional tournament, had locked at 281 over the 72-hole course.
GYMNASTICS—SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA took the NCAA title west of the Mississippi for the first time. USC gathered 95½ points at the Albuquerque meet, favored Southern Illinois dropped to second with 75, and defending champion Penn State to ninth with 13½. Robert Lynn gave USC its mighty boost with four gold medals: parallel and horizontal bars, free exercise and the all-around. Dale Cooper of Michigan State polished off defending champ Fred Orlofsky of Southern Illinois in still rings, and Rusty Mitchell of Southern Illinois won the tumbling.
HOCKEY—TORONTO whipped New York 4-2 and 2-1 in the first two Stanley Cup playoff games in Toronto, but the Rangers came back on home ice and, led by Johnny Wilson's two goals, subdued the Leafs 5-4. Montreal and Chicago were also 2-1 in their best-of-seven series. The Canadiens took the first two, 2-1 and 4-3, at home, but then in Chicago the Hawks revived to win 4-1 as Glenn Hall kept Montreal scoreless for 54 minutes.
HORSE RACING—RIDAN ($4.70), with Manuel Ycaza up, survived a steward's inquiry in the $125,800 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, Fla. to win the mile-and-a-furlong by a nose. Mrs. Moody Jolley's 3-year-old went ahead of Cicada, the only filly in a field of 11, in the last stride after a stretch duel. GLOBEMASTER ($3.80), heavy favorite in the $28,750 Westchester Stakes at New York's Aqueduct, won the mile race in 1:34[3/5]. Leonard P. Sasso's 4-year-old, with John Rotz up, took the lead soon after the start and won by a neck from Tartan Stable's Rideabout.
Kilmore, a 28-to-1 shot in the richest Grand National Steeplechase in history—$68,958, with a winner's purse of $56,666—won the 4-mile 836-yard race over a 30-hurdle course drenched with snow, sleet and hail, at Aintree, England. A 12-year-old owned by two London businessmen, Kilmore was ridden by Fred Winter and came from behind to beat two other 12-year-olds, Wyndburgh and Mr. What, second and third in the 32-horse field.
Burraidh, a 7-year-old bay gelding, splashed over a rain-softened, three-mile track and 18 fences to win the Carolina Cup hunt in Camden, S.C. Joseph Mangione of Lexington, Ky., husband of the owner, rode the winner who, at the last turn, closed off Fox Fair, owned by Richard W. Atkinson Jr. of Newton Square, Pa., to come in first by half a length.
MOTOR SPORTS—WILLY MAIRESSE of Belgium spun the only Ferrari in the Brussels Grand Prix through three 61-mile heats, averaging 81.8 mph in the last one to take two firsts and one third place and win on a low-point score of 5. Second went to Joakim Bonnier of Sweden with 10 points.
SWIMMING—NCAA coaches, meeting in Columbus, Ohio, unanimously voted 54-0 in favor of a new U.S. swim federation to replace the AAU as America's international representative in the sport and named a committee of eight to study the mechanics of forming the federation. High school coaches also passed a similar resolution.
Ohio State swam back into the big time by winning seven of 16 events in the NCAA championships at their Columbus pool (see page 24). Coach Mike Peppe's Buckeyes captured 92 points for their 11th NCAA title (they have won it more times than any other college). Southern California was second with 46 points and last year's winner, Michigan, fourth with 32 points. The Ohio State winners: one-meter and three-meter dives, Lou Vitucci; 200-yard butterfly, Artie Wolfe (1:58); 200-yard backstroke, L. B. Schaefer (1:58.8) and Schaefer in the 100-yard backstroke (53.9); 200-yard individual medley, Marty Mull (2:02.3); 400-yard medley relay with Schaefer, Tom Kovacs, Artie Wolfe and John Plain (3:37.6, a new American record). Other NCAA titles: 50-yard freestyle, Steve Jackman, Minnesota (21.1); 220-yard freestyle, Jim Spreitzer, Illinois (2:00.9); 200-yard breaststroke, Virg Luken, Minnesota (2:16.8); 400-yard freestyle relay, a tie between Michigan State (3:15.8, breaking the listed American mark), and Minnesota (3.15.9); 1,500-meter freestyle, Murray Rose of USC (17:26.7), and Rose in the 440-yard freestyle (4:20); 100-yard butterfly, Ed Spencer, North Carolina State (52.5); 100-yard freestyle, Steve Jackman, Minnesota (47.5); 100-yard breaststroke, Dick Nelson, Michigan (1:01.7).
TENNIS—GWYN THOMAS of Cleveland, nationally ranked No. 6, played an exceptionally taut baseline game to upset Maria Bueno of Brazil, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the San Juan, P. R. tournament, and Roy Emerson defeated Rod Laver 7-5, 7-5, in an all-Australian men's final.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN UELSES, 10 days after his discharge from the Marines, cleared 16 feet¾ inches again, this time outdoors, at the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Easter Relays. It was a perfect vault on a windless day, the first time 16 feet was reached in the open air.
Oregon's powerful team set one American college record and broke seven meet records as the Ducks won a fifth straight Far West Relays title at Corvallis, Ore., with 102½ points to runner-up Oregon State's 79. The distance medley team of Sig Ohlemann, Archie San Romani Jr., Vic Reeve and Dyrol Burleson won in 9:36.2, bettering the previous record of 9:40.5. Oregon's Jerry Tarr clocked the fastest time this year for the 120-yard high hurdles, 13.7.
MILEPOSTS—DIED: KING BUCK, one of the world's great retrievers, in Brighton, Ill. just one week before his 14th birthday. The black Labrador, known to millions of hunters as the dog appearing on the 1959-60 federal duck stamp, was owned by John M. Olin of Alton, Ill. and was handled by T. W. (Cotton) Pershall in seven National Championship Stakes, winning two and completing 83 series, an alltime record.