BASKETBALL—EAST beat West 77-70 in the College All-Star game, with able defensive work by Bowling Green's 6-foot 11-inch Nate Thurmond and Duke's dazzling All-America, Art Heyman.
Cincinnati won the Eastern Division NBA semifinal playoffs 3-2 over Syracuse, and gained the challenge for the best-of-seven series to determine the eastern champion. The buoyant Royals opened energetically in Boston, upsetting the Celtics 135-132 by taking firm command of the rebounds and effectively screening Boston from the basket, then went home to lose 125-102, to a record—and rowdy—mob of 11,102. Back in Boston, they trounced the Celtics 121-116.
In the West the ST. LOUIS HAWKS stifled Detroit three games to one, after losing the opener, to go against the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals. The Lakers took the first game with a close 112-104, with hamstrung Jerry West returning to make 27 points.
BOATING—CHOLITA, Keith Lister's 26-year-old sloop, won her second consecutive Lipton trophy race off San Diego, beat her twin sister, Altamar, owned and skippered by John Paul Jones, by 37 seconds.
April 8, 1963
Sally Langmuir's BOLERO led Baldwin M. Baldwin's defending champion Escapade in the 844-mile Miami-Montego Bay race. Helpless in Thursday's light air, the two yawls drifted as easy prey into the northbound Gulf Stream, finally caught a breeze and, followed closely by Sumner Long's Ondine, led the fleet of eight yachts through a murky squall.
BOXING—LASZLO PAPP, Hungary's Peter Pan of the ring, successfully defended his European middleweight crown against German Champion Peter Mueller, in a fourth-round TKO. Papp, the only Iron Curtain professional athlete who admits it, collected a capitalistic $10,000
DOGS—RAMBLING REBEL DAN, a 6-year-old pointer, won the $2,000 Indiantown Gap (Pa.) Special Field Trial for all ages, with four finds and a staunch honoring of his bracemate's point.
FENCING—COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY won the NCAA title from Navy while Colorado's U.S. Air Force Academy took a third place to become the first Far West college ever to make fencing's top ten.
GOLF—JERRY BARBER, who had done no better than 30th all season, won his third Azalea Open, pitting a canny touch on the green against the long hitters' power on the fairway, birdied out of a three-way tie for a 274 and $2,80.).
GYMNASTICS—THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN won its first NCAA championship with a lean, trim Wolverine squad that took five individual titles and one first-plade tie for 129 points against a meager 73 for runner-up Southern Illinois.
HOCKEY—The semifinals for the coveted Stanley Cup opened with both home teams successful. Chicago's Black Hawks took their opener 5-4 over Detroit, helped by an injured but still plucky Bobby Hull who played a "limited" game of 27 minutes and made two crippled goals, helped win the second game 5-2 with another goal before meeting accidentally with the stick of Bruce MacGregor for 10 stitches and a broken nose. Detroit took 13 penalties, played four men to six a good part of the night.
With a possessive grip on the cup, Toronto's championship Maple Leafs took no back talk as they passed Montreal 3-1 in the opening game of their best-of-seven series. Dave Keon, elusive Maple Leaf center, broke a 2-2 tie to win the second game with a slow-motion one-handed goal.
On home ice in their third game, Montreal was ignominiously shut out 2-0. Detroit saved some face by beating the Hawks 4-2.
HORSE RACING—AYALA, 141-to-1 shot on the tote board, won the richest prize ($59,680), in the 125-year history of the Grand National, the world's most hazardous steeplechase, under a 19-year-old pickup jockey. Behind at the last obstacle, the 10-year-old chestnut, bought for $735 in 1959 by Raymond, the London hair stylist, nosed ahead to win in the last strides.
Candy Spots ($3.20), undefeated, won the $114,700 Florida Derby by 4½ lengths over Sky Wonder (see page 18). Under Veteran Willie Shoemaker, the 3-year-old prodigy scored his sixth straight win in the Run for the Orchids to become cofavorite for the Kentucky Derby.
Flying Cottage, 1962 champion, won the 31st Carolina Cup with a record 5:36.4 for the three-mile course of 18 timber jumps. The season's first major timber race cost the lives of two geldings. Rhythm Master and Allan Adale, who was running second when he went down on the 17th jump.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAN GURNEY hit a casual 150.501 mph as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened for practice nearly a month early. Over a broken track in "something we threw together fast" (a Lotus with an all-aluminum Ford V-8 engine, giving 360 hp for 350 pounds of weight), Gurney came within .3 mph of Parnelli Jones's track record, set last year in a perfectly tuned car, in perfect weather on a perfect surface.
SKIING—BUDDY WERNER, showing even more ability than before the 1960 Olympics, swept the first of two major meets (in Sun Valley, Idaho and Anchorage, Alaska to determine the 1964 Olympic team) by winning the Harriman Cup with victories in both the downhill and slalom. Switzerland's Jos Minsch, who recently won the combined in the Swedish nationals, placed second by .9 and 1.9 seconds. JEAN SAUBERT, 20, won with a narrow .4 second margin in the downhill over Germany's second-ranked Barbi Henneberger, but took the 55-gate slalom with a comfortable 11.2 second lead over Linda Meyers.
SWIMMING—At the WOMEN'S SENIOR NATIONAL AAU indoor championships nine American records were broken and one tied as the aging (15 to 16 now) but ever-faster swimmers played on "old" rivalries to push themselves to even better times. Donna de Varona, 15, set three individual records and, with her Santa Clara teammates, set new records in the 400-yard freestyle and medley relays, where her leadoff backstroke leg of 1:02.1 clipped .9 second oil" the 1960 record shared by Lynn Burke and Carin Cone. Sharon Finneran upset another champion, Robyn Johnson, with a 5:23.4 for the 500-yard freestyle. Cynthia Goyette, 16, of Detroit became a new name on the books when she set an American record of 1:11.7 in qualifying for the 100-yard breaststroke, equalled it in the final. Ginnie Dunkel, the freshest of the girls, set an American record of 2:14.9 for the 200-yard backstroke. Santa Clara—113½ points; runner-up Los Angeles Athletic Club—38.
Among the men, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA nosed out favored Yale for team honors at the 40th annual NCAA meet with a last-minute triumph in the 100-yard freestyle by Per Ola Lindberg, 23, who upset sprint favorite Steve Jackman and Yale stars Mike Austin and Steve Clark. That, and the walk-away victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle by John Konrads, who formerly held eight world records, gave Southern Cal the 4½-point margin.
TRACK & FIELD—Prepping for an Olympic Medal in the decathlon, VALERI BRUMEL won the U.S.S.R. sextathlon and bettered the record 744 points set by Vasili Kuznetsov. His performances: 100 meters in 10.8, 110-meter hurdles in 16.2, a 7-foot 2½-inch high jump, a 23-foot 10-inch broad jump, a 12-foot 9½-inch pole vault and a shotput of 47 feet 11 inches.
MILEPOSTS—BORN: To HAROLD and OLGA CONNOLLY in Tampere, Finland, where the former Olympic gold medalists are working as instructors: twins, a 4½-pound boy and a 7½-Pound girl. Their first-born, a 3-year-old boy, weighed a hammer-throwing 11 pounds 3 ounces at birth.
SIGNED: TERRY BAKER, All-America quarterback; with the Los Angeles Rams, who waited patiently while Baker played basketball and considered other offers. Baker chose the last-place Rams "because I like Los Angeles."
BOUGHT: a controlling interest in the CINCINNATI ROYALS and the Cincinnati Gardens; by a Buffalo concessionaire, Louis M. Jacobs, for about $500,000, just after the Royals beat Boston in the NBA playoffs.
DROPPED: ROBERT HAYES, 9.2 sprinter; from the Pan American Games roster and from all track this season, for neglect of his studies, by Florida A&M Athletic Director Jake Gaither, who explained, "He must get his education and be prepared to step out into the world."
WITHDRAWN: Recognition of PAUL PENDER as world middleweight boxing champion, by the New York State Athletic Commission, which now joins the World Boxing Association in backing Nigeria's Dick Tiger. Pender is charged with nondefense of his title for ignoring a challenge from Joey Giambra of Buffalo, N.Y.
DIED: GERALD HARRISON, 63, in Boston. A pioneer radio sportscaster in 1926. he spent a lifetime in Massachusetts and network radio.