BADMINTON—After dropping the initial match, in which former U.S. Singles Champion Jim Poole defeated Yoshio Komiya, JAPAN quickly took five straight to insure victory in the best-of-nine-match American Zone Thomas Cup final in Victoria, B.C.
BASKETBALL—BOSTON clinched its eighth consecutive Eastern Division title by crushing the Pistons 140-120 (eight Celtics scored 10 or more points) and the Bullets 129-105. After slumping to a half-game lead just three weeks ago, the Celtics zipped to an 11-1 record to open up a four-game lead over second-place CINCINNATI, which was 8-5 over the same period (split four games last week). PHILADELPHIA won two of five while last-place NEW YORK dropped two before beating the Pistons 139-125. SAN FRANCISCO, in first place in the Western Division, took three out of four and sat on a seemingly safe two-game lead over ST. LOUIS, which split four games. Third-place LOS ANGELES, in a little-too-late sprint, won four out of five, and BALTIMORE, closing on a sour note, lost six in a row to extend its losing streak to nine. But last-place DETROIT played its best ball in six weeks and won three of five games, including a big 114-103 victory over the Royals.
Defending Champion NASHVILLE BUSINESS COLLEGE defeated Wayland Baptist College of Plainview, Texas 58-46 in the final to take the women's national AAU championship at St. Joseph, Mo. It was the third year in a row that Nashville had beaten Wayland in the title game, and was the Tennessee school's fifth tournament win in the last seven seasons.
BOATING—CHARLES MORGAN of St. Petersburg, Fla., a designer of ocean-racing sailboats (Paper Tiger and Sabre, for instance) finished 1-2-3-1-3 in the Mid-Winter Snipe regatta in Clearwater, Fla. to regain the title he had won in 1961 and 1962.
March 23, 1964
BOXING—EDDIE COTTON of Seattle, who lost his No. 1 light-heavyweight ranking when Johnny Persol defeated him by a split decision three weeks earlier, knocked out the previously unbeaten Persol in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-rounder at Madison Square Garden.
European Middleweight Champion LASZLO PAPP of Hungary won a 10-round decision over England's Harry Scott in Vienna, Austria.
GOLF—At the $25,000 St. Petersburg (Fla.) Open Australia's BRUCE DEVLIN gained the lead in the second round with an eight-under-par 64 and went on to win the tournament with a 272 total, four strokes ahead of second-place Dan Sikes Jr.
GYMNASTICS—The UNITED STATES edged Canada for the team title in the first North American Championships, at West Chester, Pa., leaving Mexico far behind in third place. Air Force Lieut. GREG WEISS, a Penn State graduate, captured the men's all-round title, and the women's all-round championship went to MARIE WALTHER of Kent State University.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO lost both its games, one of them 4-3 to the Canadiens, enabling MONTREAL—which was also shut out twice—to slip back into a first-place tie with only one week left to play. TORONTO had its best time since early December as it defeated the Canadiens 1-0 on Frank Mahovlich's goal and Johnny Bower's fifth shutout, and then beat the Rangers twice in a row. It was also a perfect week for fourth-place DETROIT, which edged the Bruins 2-1 and defeated the Black Hawks 5-3 on Floyd Smith's first NHL hat trick. Hopeless NEW YORK gave up 15 points in three straight losses, while last-place BOSTON, hopeless but hustling, managed to win two out of three.
HORSE RACING—Theodore D. Buhl's GRECIAN PRINCESS ($60), ridden by Kelly Broussard, out-sprinted favored Whit's Pride in the stretch to win the $48,050 Louisiana Derby for 3-year-olds by a neck at New Orleans' Fair Grounds.
MOTOR SPORTS—Britain's INNES IRELAND, competing for the first time since an accident last September, drove his BRP-Monocoque an average 78.08 mph in a freezing rainstorm to win the 94.85-mile Daily Mirror Trophy race, the first Formula I test of the season, at Snetterton Park, England.
Roger Reiman of Kewanee, Ill., riding a Harley Davidson 500 Class C motorcycle, took the lead on the 29th lap and averaged 94.833 mph to win the 53-lap Daytona 200-mile race for the second time, at Daytona International Speedway.
SKIING—JEAN SAUBERT took the women's combined title in the three-day Eastern Alpine championships at Stowe, Vt., although she came in first in only one event—the giant slalom. Italy's Pia Riva, the only foreign competitor, won both the downhill and the slalom, but was disqualified in the giant slalom when she crashed into a pole. BUDDY WERNER, after finishing fourth to Olympic teammate Billy Kidd in the giant slalom, won both the downhill and slalom to gain the men's combined championship.
In Crested Butte, Colo., Olympian JOHN BALFANZ of Western State (Gunnison, Colo.) won the National and North American Nordic combined championship with a third-place finish in the jumping event and an eighth in the 15-km. cross-country race.
SQUASH RACQUETS—MRS. NATHAN STAUFFER and MRS. CHARLES WETZEL of Cynwyd, Pa. edged Mrs. Laussat Clement and Mrs. Newton Meade 15-12, 17-15, 18-16 to gain the U.S. women's doubles championship in Philadelphia.
SWIMMING—Competing in a Lima, Peru international meet, DONNA DE VARONA, 16, of Santa Clara, Calif., raced the 400-meter individual medley in 5:16.5, shearing 5.4 seconds off the women's world mark for that distance. The former record holder, Sharon Finneran of Los Angeles, placed second in 5:27.8.
TRACK & FIELD—The indoor season came to a halting end as many outstanding trackmen took a holiday or were hobbled by training injuries (Tom O'Hara with a strained groin muscle, John Thomas an injured right ankle and John Pennel a wrenched back). In the Cleveland Knights of Columbus meet JOHN UELSES cleared 16 feet 4½ inches in the pole vault to better Pennel's U.S. record by ¼ inch, and, in the absence of O'Hara, JIM GRELLE easily won the mile in 4:02.3. At the Milwaukee Journal Games in Milwaukee earlier in the week JOHN CAMIEN of Kansas State of Emporia took the mile in 4:02.7, while in Miami, at the Florida Athletic Club meet, Sprinter BOB HAYES was slowed by gusty winds as he won the 100-yard dash (9.4) and the 220 (21.5).
WRESTLING—Defending Champion WESTERN STATE of Gunnison, Colo. edged Colorado Mines, 51 to 49 points, to capture the NCAA small-college championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: FRANK McGUIRE, 47, of New York, as head basketball coach and associate athletic director at South Carolina. In five seasons with St. John's of Brooklyn (1948-1952) his teams won 103 games and lost only 35; and as coach at North Carolina (1953-1961) his 164-58 record included 37 straight victories in 1956 and 1957 plus the NCAA championship. McGuire took over the NBA Philadelphia Warriors in 1961, but when the team moved to San Francisco the following year he joined a New York film and advertising firm. "I hope I've grown up in the interim," he said. "Basketball is a game and only one team can win. I've always liked a winner."
REINSTATED: Halfback PAUL HORNUNG of the Green Bay Packers and Tackle ALEX KARRAS of the Detroit Lions, who were suspended in April 1963 for betting on football games, by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (see page 11).
DIED: EUGENE J. HAYES, 54, of Du Quoin, Ill., co-sponsor with his brother, Don, of harness racing's premier event, The Hambletonian, in a Mount Vernon, Ill. hospital. A breeder, stable owner and chairman of the U.S. Trotting Association, Gene Hayes was the prime mover in establishing The Hambletonian as a major U.S. sporting spectacle.