BASKETBALL—"It was great winning this series because everybody had counted us out as a bunch of old men," said beaming Coach Red Auerbach, 45, alter his BOSTON CELTICS won their fifth straight NBA title, 4 games to 2, downing the Los Angeles Lakers 112-109 before 15,521 partisan fans in Los Angeles (see page 53).
BOATING—Billed as "the most rugged ocean race in the world" the Miami-to-Nassau race was once again anything but (see page 22). After a 27-hour delay, Odell Lewis drove his 25-foot Bertram to victory over a 184-mile stretch of pond-smooth ocean in 3 hours 20 minutes and 21 seconds, beating Johnny Bakos' record by 22 minutes and Bakos himself by a slim 1 minute 31 seconds.
With seven triumphs and two losses, BRITAIN carried off international dinghy team racing honors in Bermuda. The four-boat American team, which finished second with a 5-4 record, handed the British their only defeats but were beaten by them once when Skippers Bud Easter, Dr. Stuart Walker and George O'Day ended up in the drink, leaving only Glen Foster upright on the water. Bermuda and defending champion Canada tied for third with 3-6 marks.
BOWLING—After 72 days the 60th American Bowling Congress Tournament came to a close with TOM HENNESSEY of St. Louis winning the classic all-events title with a 1,998 total. The CALIFORNIA BOMBERS of Los Angeles took the Classic team championship, posting a six-game 6,233 total.
May 5, 1963
BOXING—A new date, June 27, and a new place, Las Vegas, was set for the long-awaited world heavyweight championship return bout. The cast of characters remains the same.
FOOTBALL—The NFL sold its 1963 championship game to NBC for $926,000, the highest price ever paid for broadcasting rights to a one-day sports event. Meanwhile, the NCAA ejected the hapless Gotham Bowl from the list of approved postseason games and placed Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Omaha on probation, the first for two years, the second indefinitely, both for football infractions.
GOLF—In the $30.000 Texas Open in San Antonio 25-year-old PHIL RODGERS. Capitalizing on seven birdies on the last 16 holes, shot a six-under-par 65 to wind up with a 268 total and $4,300 for his first tournament win of the year.
After having had to come from behind in five matches. Defending Champion BILLY JOE PAT-TON easily defeated 38-year-old Bob Allen of Hartford, Conn, seven and six in the 36-hole finals of the North and South Men's Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.
HARNESS RACING—American horses finished one-two-three in the $60,000 United Nations Trot at Yonkers, leaving only $7,800 of the purse for export. Coming from seventh along the outside, DUKE RODNEY ($6.70), with $30,000 first money within breathing distance, surged past race leader Orbiter to win by a head. Su Mac Lad finished third, half a length farther back, and collected $7,200, with foreigners Firestar and Minarelle H. fourth and fifth respectively. Earlier, in the four-horse $25,000 United Nations Consolation Trot, American entries Great Lullwater (first) and Regal Pick (second) easily beat Russian entries Villa (third) and Zadacha.
HORSE RACING—Rehearsing for the Kentucky Derby, NEVER BEND breezed to an eight-length victory over Rex Ellsworth's Space Skates in the Stepping Stone Purse at Churchill Downs. The $4,875 purse made him the biggest money winner ($502,484) ever to start in the Derby. And at Keene-land, with Outing Class scratched from the $30,300 Blue Grass Stakes (as well as the Derby), CHATEAUGAY ($4.60) rallied after being overtaken in the stretch to win by a head over Get Around, who unlike the Darby Dan Farm winner will not be getting around to Louisville (see page 18). At Aqueduct four 1962 Derby entries met for a rerun, and only one, Prego, finished in the same position—last. In the $84,850 Grey Lag Handicap upset-minded SUNRISE COUNTY ($17.90), who came in fifth at Louisville, edged sixth-place finisher Crimson Satan to win by 1¼ lengths. Crimson Satan, yet to win on a New York track, finished 1½ lengths ahead of Derby Winner Decidedly. Greek Money, the 1962 Preakness winner, was fourth.
A crowd of about 12,000 turned out to see JAY TRUMP turn the tables on last year's winner, Mountain Dew, in the Maryland Hunt Cup at Glyndon, Md. A 6-year-old flop at half-mile flat racing. Jay Trump caught both the spirit of the thing and the favorite at the 18th fence and won by four lengths in the record time of 8:42.2 in the rugged four-mile timber race.
LACROSSE—Jerry Pfeifer of JOHNS HOPKINS slammed home a hard shot with 15 seconds remaining to topple Army from the undefeated ranks, 10-9. Navy's Midshipmen, with Pete (The Shot) Taylor pumping in four goals, swamped Maryland 17-9 for their 15th straight victory in two years.
PAN AMERICAN GAMES—At week's end in Sao Paulo, results were much as expected—the youthful U.S. team annexed 61 gold, 26 silver and 18 bronze medals, but with a week to go the treasure hunt was far from over (see page 28). On land, U.S. athletes were forging steadily ahead in almost everything but baseball and tennis. The men's and women's basketball teams moved into the final rounds, the track teams collected seven gold medals, although they suffered an embarrassing setback in the men's 100-meter dash, which was won by Cuba's Enrique Figuerola. In weight lifting, wrestling, judo, shooting and fencing the U.S. took more than its share of the gold medals. On the water the Yanks won so many events The Star-Spangled Banner became monotonous. Paced by double winner Roy Saari in the 400-and 1,500-meter freestyles, the powerful U.S. swimmers won all 16 of their events, setting records in all but one, and spent most of the time trying to beat each other in the Pacaembu pool. In diving, Thomas Dinsley of Canada, which is in second place in the games, beat America's Richard Gilbert in the three-meter springboard competition, but the U.S. took the other three events. In rowing Canada's University of British Columbia took the prestigious eights but the U.S. won four of the remaining six events. And with yachting still up in the air, U.S. Skipper Pat Duane in the Flying Dutchman Class, Dick Stearns in the Stars and Thomas Allen in the Lightnings were all holding their own.
ROWING—The high-stroking rowing club from RATZEBURG, Germany pulled to a length victory over Columbia, which finished two lengths ahead of Pennsylvania, with Princeton last, in the Childs Cup race on Carnegie Lake. In other cup races. Ford-ham outrowed the New York AC and Iona College for the James H. Hughes Memorial Cup, and Syracuse retained possession of the Packard Trophy with a one-length triumph over Dartmouth.
TRACK & FIELD—Four world records and innumerable meet records were broken in the three major relay races that involved 10,000 participants from all over the country (see page 26). At the fifth MOUNT SAN ANTONIO RELAYS in Walnut, Calif., three of the four world marks fell. After announcing his intention to break Rafer Johnson's decathlon mark of 8,683 points, C. K. Yang did just that in the ninth event with a 235-foot, 5-inch javelin throw that helped pile his total up to 9,121 points. Al Oerter smashed his own world record by 7 inches when he hurled the discus 205 feet 5½ inches. The Arizona State quartet of Mike Barrick, Henry Carr, Ron Freeman and Ulis Williams cracked the mile relay with a 3:04.5 clocking.
In Philadelphia, in the 69th PENN RELAYS, the country's oldest and largest relay event. Brian Sternberg, a slender 19-year-old sophomore from the University of Washington, soared 16 feet 5 inches to break the world's pole vault mark of 16 feet 4 inches, set earlier this month by John Pennel of Northeast Louisiana. With Tom Kenney running the anchor leg, Fordham highlighted the relays by winning a four-mile race in which all six competing teams beat the meet record.
In Des Moines in the 54th DRAKE RELAYS, Tom O'Hara made up 50 yards in his one-mile anchor lap and carried Loyola of Chicago to a 9:50.9 meet record in the distance medley. The next day the slender redhead overcame a 20-yard deficit on a muddy track to lead the Ramblers to victory in the two-mile relay event. He was voted the meet's outstanding performer.