BASKETBALL—With a week to go, BOSTON split a two-game series with CINCINNATI to increase its lead to three games and come within whispering distance of its eighth straight NBA Eastern Division title. In the West ST. LOUIS moved in to cut SAN FRANCISCO's lead to a single game.
BILLIARDS—And still world pocket billiards champion, LUTHER LASSITER of Elizabeth City, N.C. beat Art Cranfield of Syracuse, N.Y. in a playoff game in New York. Lassiter and Cranfield broke out of a four-way tie by outshooting Irving Crane of Rochester, N.Y. and Frank McGown of New York. Lassiter won the final game in 11 innings, closing out with an uncompleted run of 44.
BOWLING—TOMMY TUTTLE of King, N.C. defeated Dick Downey 245-212 in the finals of the $32,000 Baltimore Open for his first PBA tournament victory.
BOXING—In a clumsy, colorless match in Madison Square Garden 6-foot-6 ERNIE TERRELL of Chicago, the third-ranked heavyweight, cut down Germany's 6-foot-7 Champion Gerhard Zech twice in the first round and gained a unanimous 10-round decision for his eighth straight victory.
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CURLING—The DULUTH, MINN. rink, skipped by Robert H. Magie Jr., slid to the U.S. men's championship in Utica, N.Y. with 10 victories and only one loss (to Grafton, N.D.) in the six-day bonspiel. Detroit, the defending champion rink which was beaten by Duluth on the 10th round, finished with an 8-3 record in a tie for second.
FENCING—Defending Champion COLUMBIA defeated Princeton 19-8 in New York City to take its eighth Ivy League title (including one tie) in nine years, and in the midwest ILLINOIS wrapped up an unbeaten season by winning the Big Ten championship on its own campus.
HARNESS RACING—Italian-owned trotter NIKE HANOVER ($4.20), recent winner of the Prix d'Amérique at 81 to 1, captured the $16,000 Prix de la C√¥te d'Azur in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.
HOCKEY—For the first time in seven weeks CHICAGO, with a win, a loss and a tie, stood alone at the top of the league. But its two-point lead over MONTREAL (two defeats and a tie) was anything but decisive, with two weeks yet to play in the NHL. Third-place TORONTO won, lost and tied twice, yielding ground to resurgent DETROIT, which had three victories and a loss to move from five points to within two of the Maple Leafs. Relieved of the possibility of making the playoffs, NEW YORK beat the Black Hawks and the Canadiens and then tied the Canadiens 0-0 in a game that marked Jacques Plante's third and Charlie Hodge's eighth shutouts, while BOSTON, with two ties and a loss, still languished in last place.
HORSE RACING—Canadian-bred NORTHERN DANCER ($4), owned by E.P. Taylor and ridden by Willie Shoemaker, came from behind in the stretch to capture the 1‚⅛-mile Flamingo Stakes for 3-year-olds at Hialeah.
Mrs. Marion du Pont Scott's MONGO ($4.60), with Johnny Rotz aboard, survived a closing drive by Gun Bow and finished first by a nose in the $109,400 John B. Campbell Handicap at Bowie, Md.
The Duchess of Westminster's ARKLE, an Irishbred 7-year-old gelding, took the lead on the final jump of the 21-obstacle course to win the 3-mile Gold Cup steeplechase by five lengths over Mill House in Cheltenham, England.
Calumet Farm's double-barreled entry of KY. PIONEER ($3.60) and Kentucky Jug finished first and second in the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, Fla.
PLATFORM TENNIS—Second-seeded KIM KIMBERLEY and DAVID JENNINGS of Wilton, Conn. overpowered Thomas Holmes and Michael O'Hearn 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 in the finals to win the U.S. doubles championship in Darien, Conn. Earlier in the week MRS. S. WARREN LEE of Short Hills, N.J. and MRS. W. BRADFORD BRIGGS of Darien, Conn. successfully defended the women's title with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Mrs. Rawle Deland and Mrs. William Wasch in Scarsdale, N.Y.
SKIING—For the fourth successive year DENVER captured the NCAA championship. Dartmouth, the host team, was runner-up.
SPEED SKATING—At the Russian women's championships in Sverdlovsk INGA VORONINA, fully recovered from the stomach ailment that kept her out of competition for several months, won the title for the third consecutive year as Lidia Skoblikova, who took four firsts for the U.S.S.R. in the Olympics and went on to sweep the women's world championships in Kristinehamn, Sweden, failed to win a single event.
SWIMMING—At the Big Ten championships in Minneapolis, INDIANA won nine of the 17 events and gained the team title for the fourth straight year with an overwhelming 223½ points. Michigan, with four victories and 171¾ points, was runner-up.
TENNIS—Unseeded RON HOLMBERG of New York upset top-seeded Roy Emerson of Australia 6-2, 6-4, 9-7 to win the singles title in the Altamira international tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.
TRACK & FIELD—Home-town favorite TOM O'HARA (see page 68) sprinted the mile in 3:56.4 at the Chicago Daily News Relays, lowering by .2 second the world indoor mark he set just three weeks earlier at the New York AC meet. In less distinguished performances BOB SCHUL took the two-mile (8:48.2), BILL CROTHERS the 1,000-yard (2:07.6), GEORGE KERR the 600 (1:10.6), JOHN THOMAS the high jump (6 feet 10 inches) and C.K. YANG and HENRY WADSWORTH both cleared 16 feet for a tie in the pole vault. At New York's IC4A championships VILLANOVA edged Manhattan by one point for the team title, and in Columbus, Ohio, MICHIGAN captured the Big Ten championship.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: JOHNNY DEE, 40, a Denver lawyer and former head basketball coach at Alabama (1953-1956), to succeed Johnny Jordan as coach at Notre Dame.
ORGANIZED: A new professional football league: the NorthAmerican Football League, with San Antonio, Indianapolis, Memphis, and Seattle as charter members. The four other franchises will probably come from a group including Jacksonville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville and New Orleans. George E. Ashburn of Houston, temporary president, hopes to begin league play in September.
MARRIED: U.S. Women's Archery Champion NANCY VONDERHEIDE, 25, to Attorney Marvin Kleinman, 40, who originally encouraged her to take up the sport as a hobby, in Atlanta.
DIED: RAY (Scooter) McLEAN, 48, an assistant coach of the Detroit Lions who had spent the last quarter century in pro football both as a player and coach, of cancer in an Ann Arbor (Mich.) hospital. He played halfback for the Chicago Bears from 1940 to 1947 (his 89-yard punt return against the 1942 Chicago Cardinals still stands as a Bear team record) and later joined Green Bay as assistant coach (1951-1957) and head coach (1958) before going to Detroit.
DIED: LEONARD THOMAS (Tom) BLACKBURN, 58, the soft-spoken basketball coach at the University of Dayton, of lung cancer in a Dayton hospital. In his 17 years with the school he never missed a game (this season he coached from a specially built easy chair by the bench), while his teams compiled one of the best records in the country—351-140—and played in 10 National Invitation Tournaments in Madison Square Garden (Dayton lost in the finals five times and finally won the tournament in 1962 by defeating St. John's).
DIED: MRS. ROSE FRASER, 60, mother of Australia's swimming star Dawn Fraser, in an automobile accident near Sydney. Dawn, who was driving the car when it crashed into a parked truck and turned over, was hospitalized with a chipped vertebra.