BASKETBALL—In the Eastern final of the NBA playoffs, BOSTON and Philadelphia swapped victories (each team won on its home court) and, after five games, the Celtics led three games to two. The 76ers tied the series 1-1 with a 109-103 win when Wilt Chamberlain bested Bill Russell (30 points to 12, 39 rebounds to 16). Then the Celtics won 112-94, as Russell held Wilt to one field goal in the first half. Philadelphia came right back and beat Boston 134-131 in overtime after Hal Greer's 35-foot desperation shot tied the game as the buzzer sounded. But the Celtics went ahead again on an easy 114-108 victory. With Jerry West dominating the Western final, LOS ANGELES led Baltimore three games to two. West put the Lakers ahead in the series 2-0, when he scored 52 points in a 118-115 win (he had 49 'in the first game). After the Bullets won two games in a row, 122-115 and 114-112 (West scored 44 and 48 points), to tie the series, Los Angeles pulled ahead with a 120-112 victory as West threw in 43 points.
BOATING—DON ARONOW, who builds powerboats as a hobby, drove a hull of his own design to a record win (3 hours 19 minutes 36 seconds) in the 185-mile Miami-to-Nassau race (page 30).
The 28-year-old ketch TICONDEROGA, skippered by Robert F. Johnson of Portland, Ore., sliced more than 12 hours from the course record logged by Bolero in 1963 and crossed the finish line of the 844-mile Miami-Montego Bay race first, after 4 days 23 hours 8 minutes 57 seconds. On corrected time Ticonderoga's lead over Ondine, the second-place boat in all three previous Miami-Montego Bay sails, was less than two hours.
BOWLING—BILLY HARDWICK, 23, of San Mateo, Calif., gained the $25,000 first prize in the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions in Akron when he defeated Dick Weber and Joe Joseph in the final round (page 112).
April 19, 1965
BOXING—Panamanian ISMAEL LAGUNA, 22, became the new world lightweight champion when he won a 15-round decision over Carlos Ortiz, 28, of New York in Panama City (page 32). The bout was Ortiz' fifth title defense since he won the championship from Joe Brown in 1962.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won the Masters Tournament at Augusta for the second time with a record-breaking 17-under-par 271, nine strokes ahead of Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, who tied for second (page 24).
HOCKEY—After five games apiece in the two semifinal series of the Stanley Cup playoffs, MONTREAL led Toronto and DETROIT led Chicago three games to two. The Maple Leafs had tied their series at 2 all by defeating the Canadiens 3-2, when Dave Keon scored an unassisted goal at 4:17 of an overtime period, and 4-2, on three third-period goals. But Montreal went ahead in the series when Bobby Rousseau and Jean Beliveau scored late in the last period to defeat Toronto 3-1. In the other semifinal the Red Wings won the fifth game 4-2 (Norm Ullman had three goals), after dropping two in a tow to the Black Hawks, 5-2 and 2-1. In the latter game Bobby Hull, who scored seven times in the five playoff games, broke a 1-1 tie with a 60-foot slap shot for the winning goal with 11 minutes left to play.
HORSE RACING—Ron Turcotte rode TOM ROLFE ($4.40) to an easy 2¾-length victory over Isle of Greece in the $34,225 Chesapeake Stakes at Laurel.
Joseph R. Straus's TENACLE ($14.60), Bill Mayorga up, won the $55,000 Excelsior at Aqueduct by a length and a quarter.
George Widener's WHAT A TREAT ($7.90), ridden by Johnny Rotz, took her third straight victory when she won the $27,550 Prioress Stakes, a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. The favored entry, Admiring and Adorable, owned by Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs, finished second and third—six and nine lengths back.
SWIMMING—Four teen-age girls swam to double wins, and 10 American records were set at the national AAU women's indoor swimming and diving championships in City of Commerce, Calif. PATTY CARETTO of the City of Commerce (Calif.) Swim Club posted new U.S. marks in the 1,650- (18:03.6) and 500-yard (5:15.6) freestyle events; CYNTHIA GOYETTE of Detroit set new records in the 100- (1:09) and 200-yard (2:26.4) breaststroke; SHARON STOUDER swam the 100-yard butterfly in 58 seconds flat, bettering by 8/10 second the mark set in 1964 by Kathy Ellis of Indianapolis; CATHY FERGUSON of the Los Angeles AC won the 200-yard backstroke and set a record in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.9); SUE PITT of East Brunswick, N.J. broke the 200-yard butterfly mark with a 2:09.6; PENNY ESTES of Miami the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.2); and the City of Commerce teams the 400-yard medley relay (4:06.8) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:40.8). JEANNE HALLOCK of the City of Commerce Swim Club upset Miss Stouder in the 100-yard freestyle, then won the 200-yard individual medley. In diving MRS. JOEL O'CONNELL of the Santa Clara Swim Club gained both the one-meter and three-meter titles.
The men's senior national AAU indoor platform diving championship, held at the University of Pittsburgh, was won by CHUCK KNORR of Santa Clara, Calif., who scored 472.25 points to 451.6 for Larry Andreason of Rolling Hills, Calif., a bronze medalist in the 1964 Olympics.
TRACK & FIELD—In a quadrangular meet on the Texas A&M campus, RANDY MATSON, Aggie sophomore from Pampa, Texas, heaved the 16-pound shot 67 feet 11¼ inches for a new world outdoor record. Matson's prodigious throw was 1¼ inches better than the mark set by Dallas Long last July in the U.S.-Russian meet in Los Angeles.
Four indoor world records were set on the shining new boards of Berlin's Deutschlandhalle in the first indoor track competition between the U.S. and Germany (page 108). JANELL SMITH of Fredonia, Kans., the winner, and Norma Harris of Chicago both broke Australian Judy Amoore's 55.6 in the women's 400-meter run—Miss Smith with a 54.0 and Miss Harris with a 55.1. TED NELSON of Canoga Park. Calif. bettered Bill Crothers' and J√∂rg Lawrenz' 800-meter record by 2.1 seconds with a clocking of 1:47.4. Californian MIKE LARRABEE ran the men's 400 meters in 46.8 to erase Ray Saddler's 47.6 mark, and ANTJE GLEICHFELD of Germany was timed in 2:07.1 in the women's 800 meters. The previous world's best lime (2:09.4) was held by Gertrud Schmidt of East Germany. The U.S. teams placed first in 19 out of 25 events, the U.S. men scoring 101 points to Germany's 56, and the U.S. women 61-52. Another highlight of the meet was the 3,000-meter duel between HAROLD NORPOTH of Germany and Billy Mills of the U.S. Marines. Norpoth won in 7:55.8, while Mills finished second in 7:56.6, a new American record. RALPH BOSTON took both the broad jump (25 feet 10¼) and the 60-yard hurdles, Chicago's WILLYE WHITE set art American record in the women's broad jump (20 feet 6¾) and Jim Grelle lost to Germany's BODO TUMMLER in the 1,500-meter run. T√ºmmler's time was 3:46.3.
Englishman ALAN SIMPSON set a world indoor record for the 5,000 meters during a dual meet with Finland in Tampere, when he outsprinted his teammate. Derek Graham, on the final lap and finished in 13:58.4.
Bob May was named the outstanding individual performer as Rice won the Southwestern Relays in Lafayette, La. May placed first in the 120-yard high hurdles, the 440-yard run and the 440-yard hurdles and, for good measure, ran legs on three winning relay teams.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To succeed Ray Eddy as basketball coach at Purdue, GEORGE KING, for live seasons head coach at West Virginia University, where his teams won three Southern Conference titles and had 102 wins against only 43 losses.
NAMED: Kansas City Athletics Farm Director and Assistant Genral Manager HANK PETERS to take over as general manager, replacing Pat Friday. Friday, who had held the job since 1961, quit in order to give full-time attention to an insurance company headed by Athletics' Owner Charles O. Finley.
DIED: Miami Racing Driver LLOYD (Lucky) CASNER, 34, from injuries sustained when his five-liter Maserati skidded on a curve during a practice run at Le Mans, France. Casner, a former airline pilot who in 1961 won the 1,000-kilometer Nurburgring race in Germany, was training for next June's 24-hour Le Mans race.
DIED: Sportswoman MRS. DORTHEA LINCOLN DEAN, 52, while she was participating in a marlin-fishing tournament in Bimini. Mrs. Dean, who lived in Palm Beach and took up sport fishing some eight years ago, caught several record fish, but the biggest one of all got eaten away. In 1957 off Bimini, she hooked a blue marlin estimated to have weighed 1,000 pounds. By the time it was boated, however, its weight was down to 568—-a shark had spoiled what would have been a men's and women's record.