BASKETBALL—In the NBA playoffs the BOSTON CELTICS went back to their smooth, fast-breaking style, won two straight games from Cincinnati. But in the sixth game of the series their balanced attack and tight defense were not enough. The Royals, magnificent in desperation, pulled it out to a three-game tie.
Apparently resting in St. Louis, LOS ANGELES LAKERS dropped two games to the Hawks out of courtesy or lethargy, tying the series at 2 all. Back home again for the fifth game, they overwhelmed the stupefied Hawks 123-96 before a record crowd that saw Elgin Baylor and Jerry West scoring almost at will.
Nashville Business College defended its Women's National AAU title with a last-quarter rally and a driving layup shot by Nera White to win 45-41 over Wayland (Texas) College. The two schools have traded the title since 1957. Nashville's Joan Crawford was named outstanding player, joins three teammates on the All-Star team.
BOATING—George Moffett's GUINEVERE won the Miami-Montego Bay race on corrected time. With a 32-hour handicap, the 41-foot fiber-glass yawl gained four hours on the early hopeful, Ondine, which had just returned from finishing first in the Sydney-Hobart race with two Australian sailors aboard. Bolero, first to finish, placed third, and rival Escapade seventh and last.
April 15, 1963
World Champion RICHARD STEARNS of Chicago won the star class spring championships at Nassau with 82 points. Skip Etchells was second, Nassau's Durward Knowles was third.
BOWLING—FRED DELELLO racked up a record 744, including 24 strikes, to lead the regular singles in the eighth week of the 60th annual 72-day ABC tournament in Buffalo. Fred attributes his first 700-plus score to a cut finger: "It hurt so much I couldn't get nervous."
In his first PBA victory LES SCHISSLER, of Denver, won $5,000 to double his earnings in a sudden-death match of the $26,000 Indianapolis "500" Open.
BOXING—CLEVELAND WILLIAMS, fourth-ranked heavyweight, scored his 46th KO in the 10th round of a vicious brawl with belligerent Young Jack Johnson. After defeat, Johnson delivered a last left hook to the victor, later threatened Williams with a chair. EDER JOFRE, of Brazil, defended his bantamweight title for the sixth time, this time against Katsutoshi Aoki in Tokyo, creating pandemonium among 10,000 Japanese fans as he came from behind in the third round to administer two sledgehammer lefts for his 14th consecutive KO and a record of 44-0-3.
Carlos Ortiz, recovered from a nervous stomach, stopped challenger Doug Vaillant in the 13th round after punishing him brutally. Ortiz decked the hapless Cuban three times, even sprayed a punch on referee and ex-heavyweight champion Jim Braddock, to retain the world lightweight title.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS, 23, shooting a two-under-par 286, became the youngest player to win the Masters golf tournament (see page 26). He withstood last-round challenges from newcomer Tony Lema (287) and three-time Masters winner (1949, 1952, 1954) Sam Snead (288).
HOCKEY—Toronto's smoothly efficient MAPLE LEAFS gave Goalie Johnny Bower his second playoff shutout with a 5-0 victory in the fifth game, knocked Montreal's proud Canadiens out of the Stanley Cup finals. Explained Montreal Coach Hector (Toe) Blake: "This is the same Toronto team we beat in four games in 1960—but they've matured." After suffering two defeats from cocky Chicago, Detroit's lively RED WINGS stormed back with four straight victories over the indecisive Black Hawks to face Toronto in the finals. Toronto Coach Punch Imlach said he would have preferred to meet Chicago: "They play our kind of hockey—rough."
HORSE RACING—DEBBYSMAN ($15.50) won the Gotham Stakes in 1:34[3/5] As favorites Crewman and Bonjour sprinted early to battle for the lead, Debbysman moved up on the outside and wore them down in the stretch.
Hula Dancer, in her 1963 debut, won the Prix Imprudence in Paris without effort on a heavy track by a regal five lengths over Porphyree and Royal Cypher. The unbeaten 3-year-old daughter of Native Dancer goes to the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket an even money favorite, while rival Noblesse becomes a doubtful starter for the first of Britain's filly classics.
Bronze Babu ($5.80), on his favorite turf at Laurel, sped to a course record of 1:41[2/5] and won the Wilwyn Handicap, after losing a four-length lead to a rapidly closing stablemate, Polarity.
MOTOR SPORTS—World Champion GRAHAM HILL, driving a Jaguar on Britain's Oulton Park course, set a record of 1:59 in practice, then won the touring-car race which included three consecutive laps at the same pace. Jags swept the first three places.
Jim Clark, world's No. 2 driver, won the Oulton Park Trophy in a Lotus-Ford. The lap record of 95.39 mph went to Innes Ireland in a Lotus-Climax, which developed engine trouble before the race was over.
Nine cars, five FERRARIS, bettered the lap record during opening trials at Le Mans. John Surtees, Ferrari, clocked 133.11 mph, only seven-tenths of a second under the projected maximum track speed.
SKIING—BUDDY WERNER won the combined title at the National Alpine Ski Championships in Alaska (see page 54), last of the Olympic tryout meets, placing second in the downhill, giant slalom and slalom. Although he was beaten by Billy Marolt, Switzerland's Jos Minsch and Chuck Ferries in individual events, his total points gave him the title. JEAN SAUBERT, of Lakeview, Ore., lost first place in the women's downhill to Germany's visiting Barbi Henneberger, who competed on borrowed skis. Jean defeated Barbi in the giant slalom and was leading in the slalom when she fell, lost her skis, the race and the combined title.
TENNIS—Taking time off from the touring pros' "World Series of Professional Tennis," Spain's ANDRES GIMENO scored upsets in both singles and doubles in Cleveland's 14th annual "World Pro Tennis Championships." Teamed with Luis Ayala, he beat the defending doubles team of Earl Buchholz and Barry MacKay in the first round, then second-seeded Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver in the finals, 6-4, 9-7. In the singles he eliminated Rosewall before losing at last, 6-3, 6-3, to the titleholder, Buchholz.
TRACK & FIELD—The talented TROJANS of USC thoroughly trounced rusty Oregon 92-53, in the Webfoots' first home loss in 15 seasons.
MILEPOSTS—BORN: The SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE; with five charter members, Arlington State, Abilene Christian, Lamar State, Trinity University (all of Texas) and Arkansas State College. It plans its first football competition in 1965.
SELECTED: PANCHO GONZALEZ, former world champion of pro tennis (1953-59, '61); as coach of the U.S. Davis Cup team.
AWARDED: DAN GURNEY; the Martini & Rossi Trophy as foremost international driver and Motor Sportsman of the Year.
SOLD: The CINCINNATI ROYALS; for the second time in three days, to Warren Hensel, former basketball player at the University of Cincinnati. Hensel will keep the team in Cincinnati, continue efforts to draft Jerry Lucas.
SUED: The DETROIT RED WINGS; for $11,500, by a female hockey fan claiming to be the victim of temperament by Howie Young. According to Mrs. Elaine Broners, Howie angrily lofted the puck into the audience, where it allegedly struck her in the face, after he suffered a fourth penalty in the March 26 Stanley Cup game against Chicago.
WITHDRAWN: From the Pan American team roster: Frank Froehling, second-ranked U.S. tennis player, and Mike Austin, freestyle swimmer, both for scholastic reasons; Al Oerter, Olympic discus champion in 1956 and 1960, and substitute Rink Babka, because they cannot spare the time; Canada's Bruce Kidd and Bill Carothers, for university examinations; Pole Vaulter Rolando Cruz of Puerto Rico and Villanova, to compete in the Penn Relays instead.
DIED: ALMA W. RICHARDS, 73, high-jump gold medalist at the 1912 Olympics (6 feet 4 inches) and AAU shotput champion of 1918.