BASKETBALL—LOS ANGELES clinched the NBA's Western title with a 115-93 win over the Warriors in which Jerry West scored 33 points and Elgin Baylor 32. And just in case there were any doubts left, they finished with a 4-1 week. ST. LOUIS won three of four and looked safe in second place, 5½ games ahead of third-place BALTIMORE, which lost three games out of five. DETROIT extended its losing streak to six straight with three more, and SAN FRANCISCO, with four defeats, improved everyone else's record. BOSTON lost once to the Royals, but won the three games it needed to break its own 1961-62 mark for wins in one season (60). With their 61-17 won-lost record, the Celtics were 15 games in front of second-place CINCINNATI, 2-1 for the week, and 21½ games ahead of PHILADELPHIA, which was one for four. NEW YORK equaled its best week of the season—three wins, one loss.
BOATING—William Snaith's 50-foot yawl, FIGARO, needed only an eighth-place finish in the Nassau Cup race to gain the Southern Ocean Racing Conference championship. She won the event, however, in a corrected time of 3:21:07, thus taking the title and becoming the only craft to win two SORC races this season.
BOWLING—The $5,000 first prize in the PBA's $28,500 Madison Open went to EARL JOHNSON of Minneapolis, who defeated Nelson Burton Jr. of St. Louis in the final 235 to 213.
BOXING—A scheduled 10-round middleweight bout between Former Champion DICK TIGER of Nigeria and Argentinian Juan (Rocky) Rivero at New York's Madison Square Garden was stopped at 1:39 of the sixth after Tiger had battered the flabby Rivero al will in every round.
March 22, 1965
Middleweight contender RUBIN (Hurricane) CARTER won a scheduled 10-rounder over Harry Scott of Britain in London's Royal Albert Hall by a TKO, when the close fight was stopped after 1 minute and 15 seconds of the ninth round. The victory was Carter's 21st in 27 fights.
In his first fight since retiring six years ago, Former Featherweight Champion WILLIE PEP, 42, won an eight-round decision over Hal McKeever in Miami. His record now stands at 221 victories in 232 fights.
FENCING—Pennsylvania won top honors in the épée and foil competition and New York University in the saber, but COLUMBIA gained the three-weapon title at the Intercollegiate Fencing Association's championship competition in New York with an overall accumulation of 71 points to NYU's 68 and Penn's 65.
GOLF—DOUG SANDERS followed his victory in the Pensacola Open one week ago with another in the $70,000 Doral Invitation in Miami. Two strokes behind Bruce Devlin al the beginning of the final round, he caught up with birdies on the first two holes and finished with a 274, the winner by one stroke.
Howell Fraser, 25, of Panama City, Fla., who joined the pro tour last November, won his first championship—the Puerto Rico Open in Dorado, P.R. He sank a five-fool putt on the final hole, giving him a one-over-par 73 and a 288 total.
HOCKEY—DETROIT lost one to the Can adieus 4-2, and the Red Wings' big seven-game winning streak went down the drain. But the Wings won three overall and moved into first place, two points ahead of CHICAGO (1-1-0). MONTREAL won two. lost one and hovered one point behind the Black Hawks in third. TORONTO dropped three straight and sat all alone, nine points behind the Canadiens and 17 ahead of fifth-place NEW YORK (0-1-1). BOSTON (1-0-1) (tried a rookie goalie, Jack Norris, and he shut out the Maple Leafs 2-0.
Russia finished first at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Tampere, Finland, with a perfect record in seven games. Czechoslovakia was two points behind in second, and the U.S., which had only two wins over Norway and Finland stood sixth among eight teams.
HORSE RACING—ISLE OF GREECE ($11.20), ridden by Milo Valenzuela, won the seven-furlong $83,200 Governor's Gold Cup (page 69) for 3-year-olds at Bowie by four lengths over Hi-Hasty.
Dapper Delegate ($2.60), a bay colt owned by Mrs. Joe W. Brown of New Orleans and a Kentucky Derby nominee, won the $47,900 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds by three lengths, his fourth win in four starts this season.
A 4-year-old Canadian colt, GEORGE ROYAL ($13.60), ridden by Johnny Longden, won the $125,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap, the last stakes race of the Santa Anita meeting. The winner finished the 1¾-mile turf course in 2:46⅘ two lengths in front of Duel. Hill Rise was third.
MOTOR SPORTS—MIKE SPENCE of England, driving a Lotus, finished the two 40-lap heats of the 212-mile international Formula 1 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch, England in a winning 2:11:42, for an average speed of 96.58 mph. Scotland's Jim Clark had taken the first heat by a 20-second margin, but he ran his Lotus into a bank during the second heat and had to retire.
POLO—YALE retained the National Intercollegiate Indoor Polo Championship by defeating Cornell 12-3 at the Squadron A Armory in New York.
SKIING—The visiting Austrian and French teams won the American International ski races at Vail, Colo. (page 24).
The second event of the American Pro Ski League series, held at Windham, N.Y., was won by HIAS LITNER, an Austrian representing Stratton Mountain, Vt. He had the best combined time (4:28.43) for two giant slalom and two slalom races. Second and third place went to Anderl Molterer of Aspen, Colo. and Ernst Hinterseer of Stratton Mountain.
Georg Thoma of West Germany won the Nordic combined championship at the Holmen-kollen Ski Festival in Oslo, Norway, for the third year in a row and became the first three-time winner in 44 years. He placed first in the jumping and eighth in the 15-kilometer cross-country race.
TRACK & FIELD—MISSOURI, the Big Eight champion, took the team title at the first NCAA Indoor Track Championships in Detroit, followed closely by Oklahoma State, Villanova and Maryland. THERON LEWIS of Southern University ran the world's second fastest 440 in 47.8. Villanova, the holder of the world two-mile indoor-relay record, lost by eight yards to OKLAHOMA STATE (7:27.9), and MORGAN STATE set an indoor mark for an 11-lap track with a 3:15.6-mile relax run. CHARLIE GREENE of Nebraska, who pulled a muscle last summer in the Olympic trials, beat the favorite, Darel Newman of Fresno State, in the 60-yard dash in 6.1. Missouri's only first-place finish came in the 1,000-yard run. when ROBIN LINGLE Overtook Seton Hall's George Germann with 2¼ laps to go and hit the tape two yards ahead of him in 2:09.9. HERALD HADLEY broke Wes Santee's Kansas University record (8:58) in the two-mile run with 8:56.4, while Maryland's two wins were in the broad jump (MIKE COLE, 25 feet 1) and high jump (FRANK COSTELLO, 6 feet 10). RANDY MATSON of Texas A&M took the shotput with a 63-foot 2-inch heave, and the next night, at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas, he set a meet record of 63 feet 7 inches.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: DON SCHOLLANDER, winner of four Olympic gold medals for swimming at Tokyo, as the first recipient of the Grand Award of Sports. Voted runners-up to Schollander from a field of 1964's top athletes in 20 sports were JIM BROWN, the NFL's leading ground gainer, PETER SNEll, the Olympic 800 and 1,500-meter champion, BILL BRADLEY. Princeton's two-time All-America, and JOHN HUARTE. the Heisman Trophy winner from Notre Dame.
HIRED: KEN ROSEMOND, assistant basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, to take the place of HARBIN (Red) LAWSON at the University of Georgia, who is retiring as head coach after 14 seasons because of ill health.
RETIRED: RAY EDDY, 53, after 15 years and a 176-164 record as head basketball coach at Purdue.
RETIRED: PRESLEY ASKEW, 55, head basketball coach at New Mexico State for 12 years.
DIED: MERCER BEASLEY, 82, who became a tennis coach at the age of 40 after a short career as an industrial engineer, and tutored some of the finest players in American tennis (Ellsworth Vines, Frank Parker, Gardnar Mulloy, among others), in St. Augustine, Fla.
DIED: FRANK GRAHAM, 71, the highly respected sports columnist for the New York Journal-American, from injuries suffered in a fall at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. Graham started covering sports for the old New York Sun in 1915 and in 1934 began writing his popular column Setting the Pace.