BASKETBALL—BOSTON downed Cincinnati to win its eighth straight Eastern Division title, four games to one, losing the fourth, 102-93. In that game Oscar Robertson led the Royals with 33 points and Jack Twyman scored 31. Two nights later in Boston the Royals could not cope with Bill Russell's 20 points and 35 rebounds and lost the deciding game 95-109. SAN FRANCISCO and ST. LOUIS were tied at three games each in the Western Division as the Warriors took two in a row and then bowed to the Hawks, a tired team that seemed to be getting its second wind.
BOATING—HAROLD ABBOTT of Miami, piloting Rum Runner, a 31-foot Ford-powered Bertram runabout owned by Ogden M. Phipps III, moved into the lead two miles from the finish and went on to win the 160-mile Miami-to-Nassau race in 4:54:50.
Defending Champion DICK STEARNS of Chicago skippered his Star class sailboat to first place in four of five races to win the Western Hemisphere Championship on New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain.
BOXING—In a New Orleans title fight WILLIE PASTRANO earned a sixth-round TKO over Gregorio Peralta of Argentina to retain his light heavyweight supremacy (see page 48).
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In another championship match, CARLOS ORTIZ of New York successfully defended his lightweight title for the fourth consecutive time by outboxing challenger Kenny Lane. Ortiz was given a 15-round unanimous decision in his native San Juan, P.R.
Italy's World Junior Middleweight Champion SANDO MAZZINGHI hammered Hilario Morales of Mexico to gain a third-round TKO in a nontitle bout in Milan.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER led after every round to win an unprecedented fourth Masters title in Augusta, Ga. with 276 strokes. He had a big six-stroke margin over Jack Nicklaus and Dave Marr, who tied for second (see page 18).
Sandra Haynie of Phoenix shot a 54-hole total of 211 to capture the $7,500 LPGA Baton Rouge Open in Baton Rouge, La. by five strokes over runner-up Kathy Whitworth. Mickey Wright, last year's leading money-winner, finished third with 218.
HARNESS RACING—Saul Finkelstein's 8-year-old MR. BUDLONG ($25.10), driven by George Sholty, headed Adora's Dream to take the $25,000 Hi Lo's Forbes pace at Roosevelt Raceway, with favored Henry T. Adios a distant sixth.
HOCKEY—The 70-game regular season had proved that they were no better than third and fourth best, but in the Stanley Cup semifinals TORONTO humiliated first-place Montreal, and DETROIT similarly shamed second-place Chicago. As the best-four-of-seven-games final tournament then began, the defending champion Maple Leafs excitingly took the lead by defeating the Red Wings 3-2 on a goal by Center Bob Pulford with two seconds to go. Winding up the semifinals, the Leafs shut out the Canadiens 3-0 and won the crucial seventh game 3-1 as the perennially 39-year-old Toronto goalie, Johnny Bower, made 38 saves and Center Dave Keon, a most valuable little man, scored all three Leaf goals. Gordie Howe was as usual indispensable for the Wings in the Detroit-Chicago series, but a special luster attached to the veteran center Norm Ullman as he personally beat the Hawks with his second hat trick of the semifinals in a 7-2 victory. Finally, the Wings took the seventh and decisive game 4-2.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. W. R. Hawn's BLUE NORTHER ($3), ridden by Willie Shoemaker, won the six-furlong, $25,150 Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland, Ky. by three lengths over Silver Dollar.
In a one-mile allowance race over a muddy track at Aqueduct, W. H. Perry's Kentucky Derby contender KNIGHTLY MANNER ($3.20), with Don Pierce up, handily defeated five other 3-year-olds.
William Harmonay's 5-year-old UPPERCUT ($11), Johnny Sellers riding, took the $27,500 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct. Mongo, the favorite, beat only one horse to finish fifth.
Jay Trump, an 8-year-old gelding owned by Mrs. Mary C. Stephenson and ridden by Crompton Smith Jr., won the three-mile, 16-jump My Lady's Manor point-to-point race in Monkton, Md.
MOTOR SPORTS—JOHN SURTEES of Britain, trying out a new V-8-engined Ferrari, took the Grand Prix of Syracuse (Sicily), an important preliminary to the world championship season.
SWIMMING—Five world records fell during a two-day Anglo-Russian meet at Blackpool, England. For the Soviets, GEORGI PROKOPENKO won the 220-yard breaststroke in 2:31.4, taking two seconds off the record set by M. Shigematsu of Japan in 1962. Then he swam the breaststroke leg of the Russian 440-yard medley relay team as it finished in 4:08, bettering by 1.3 seconds the U.S.-held record. The youngest member of the Russian team, 15-year-old GALINA PROZUMENSHCHIKOVA, swam the 220-yard women's breaststroke in 2:47.7, lowering by 2.6 seconds the record of Britain's Stella Mitchell. England's JILL NORFOLK, 17, won the 110-yard backstroke in 1:09.8—2/10 second faster than the record of Satako Tanaka of Japan, and she also swam on the British girls' 440-yard medley relay team as it established still another record of 4:43.4.
TRACK & FIELD—Britain's MEL BATTY, 24, ran 10 miles in 47:26.8 at a meet in London, England, bettering by 20.2 seconds the world record set in 1961 by his countryman Basil Heatley.
In an Oregon-Washington State meet in Eugene, Ore. Canadian HARRY JEROME, 22, of Oregon continued his comeback by winning the 100-yard dash in 9.3, the 220 in 21.1. Jerome injured his knee in 1960 Olympic trials and reinjured it in late 1962, but is now becoming a serious Olympic threat to American Bob Hayes.
MILEPOSTS—TRADED: The New York Giants' rough, popular middle linebacker SAM HUFF, 29, and teammate George Seals, 21, a rookie defensive lineman, to the Washington Redskins for Defensive End Andy Stynchula, 25, Running Back Dick James, 29, plus Washington's No. 5 draft choice next season. "We weren't looking to trade Sam," said Giant Coach Allie Sherman, "but to get Stynchula and James we had to pay the price with quality." Said Sam: "I'm shocked."
TRADED: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Righthander LARRY SHERRY, 28, relief pitching hero of the 1959 World Series (two victories, two saves), to the Detroit Tigers for a minor leaguer and $10,000.
LAUNCHED: KURREWA V, Britain's second new 12-meter for her 1964 America's Cup challenge, in Scotland.
APPOINTED: AL McGUIRE, 35, basketball coach at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. the past seven seasons, to succeed recently fired Eddie Hickey as head coach at Marquette University in Milwaukee. McGuire captained the 1951 St. John's University team.
DIED: Skier WALLACE (Bud) WERNER, 28, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., of suffocation in an avalanche near Samedan, Switzerland (see page 15). Also killed in the slide was West Germany's Olympic Skier Barbi Henneberger, 23, of Munich.
DIED: HUMBERT (Jack) FUGAZY, 79, a top boxing promoter of the '20s who came out of retirement in 1960 to help his nephew Bill Fugazy promote the second Patterson-Johansson fight, at a New York hospital. Fugazy won national prominence in 1925 with his Harry Greb-Mickey Walker middleweight title card at the Polo Grounds. The next year, in his richest promotion, 49,186 paid $461,789 to see Jack Delaney take the light-heavyweight title from Paul Berlenbach at Ebbets Field.
DIED: ALFRED E. LUDERS, 85, founder and longtime president of one of the nation's biggest yacht-building firms, at his home in Old Greenwich, Conn. The Luders Marine Construction Co. of Stamford, Conn., specialists in large luxury craft, built Weatherly, the 1962 America's Cup defender, and has another 12-meter under construction for this year's cup trials.
DIED: JIM UMBRICHT, 33, relief pitcher for the Houston Colt .45s, of cancer, in a Houston hospital. Following a six-hour operation in March 1963, he pitched 76 innings during the season and had a creditable 2.61 earned run average.