BADMINTON—Denmark's ERLAND KOPS, top-seeded and unbeaten this year, won the men's singles title in the U.S. championships, defeating champion Channarong Ratanasaeng-suang of Thailand 15-11, 15-7. JUDY HASHMAN, an American living in England, beat Dorothy O'Neill of Connecticut 11-3, 11-0 in the women's singles final.
BASKETBALL—The BOSTON CELTICS won their seventh consecutive NBA championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one (page 28). Except for the third game, when the Celtics shot only 20% from the floor in the first period and Tommy Heinsohn, Tom Sanders and K. C. Jones all fouled out in the last period to give the Lakers a 126-105 win, Boston dominated the playoff. The winning scores were 142-110, 129-123, 112-99 and 129-96.
BOXING—SALVATORE BURRUNI of Sardinia, who won 56 straight bouts before he got a chance to fight for the flyweight title, dethroned World Champion Pone Kingpetch of Thailand in a unanimous 15-round decision at the Olympic Sports Palace in Rome. Kingpetch gained the championship for the first time in 1960 and lost and regained the title twice before losing to Burruni.
Despite being knocked down for a five-count in the first round, HARRY SCOTT of Britain won a controversial 10-round decision in London over Rubin Carter of Paterson, N.J., the third-ranked middleweight.
Middleweight Champion JOEY GIARDELLO gained an easy decision over Gil Diaz in a 10-round nontitle fight in Cherry Hill, N.J., but injured his elbow so badly it required taping and cold packs.
GOLF—FRANK BEARD, whose best previous finish this year was a tie for fourth in the Bob Hope Desert Classic, won the $50,000 Texas Open with a 10-under-par 270. Tied with Tommy Aaron after nine holes of the final round, Beard took the lead with an eagle on the 10th and followed with eight straight pars for a 68. Gardner Dickinson Jr., who also had a final-round 68, finished second, three strokes back of Beard.
After a close match on Pinehurst's No. 2 course in which the finalists were never separated by more than one hole, BARBARA McINTIRE of Colorado Springs defeated Nancy Roth of Hollywood, Fla. 1 up for her fourth North and South amateur golf championship since 1957.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL took a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup playoff by defeating Chicago 2-0. Black Hawk stars Kenny Wharram and Pierre Pilote were out of the lineup with injuries, and Bobby Hull was held in check for the second game in a row. With Wharram and Pilote back for the third game, Chicago won 3-1. Hull finally broke loose and scored two goals as the Black Hawks won again, 5-1, to even the series at 2-2.
HORSE RACING—Kentucky Derby co-favorite LUCKY DEBONAIR ($2.60) held off the stretch run of Swift Ruler to win the nine-furlong, $30,400 Blue Grass Stakes in Keeneland by half a length.
The seven-furlong Stepping-Stone Purse at Churchill Downs, the next-to-last prep race for 3-year-olds before the Derby, was won by TOM ROLFE ($7), who finished 1¾ lengths ahead of favored Native Charger (page 25).
Janon Fisher Jr.'s MOUNTAIN DEW, ridden by Janon Fisher III, finished three-quarters of a length ahead of George Weymouth's Sir George to take the 69th Maryland Hunt Cup.
MOTOR SPORTS—JIMMY CLARK of Scotland, who passed up the Trenton 100 (page 60) to compete in the Grand Prix of Pau (France) race for Formula II cars, drove his Lotus-Ford (Cosworth) to victory over the 80-lap, 138-mile course in 2 hours 23 minutes and 3/5 second.
The Monza (Italy) 621-mile race, 100 laps around the 6.2-mile course of the Autodrome of Monza, was won by MIKE PARKES of Britain and JEAN GUICHET of France, driving a factory Ferrari prototype racer, in 4 hours 56 minutes 8 seconds—an average of 126 mph.
Sikh brothers from Nairobi, JOGINDER and JASWANT SINGH, driving their own Volvo PV544, won the world's most difficult auto rally, the 3,000-mile East African Safari. Of the 85 cars that started the race, only 15 finished. The single challenge to the brothers' lead was the Saab driven by Mrs. Pat Moss Carlsson and Elizabeth Nystrom, which at one point was two minutes ahead, but was eliminated after the ladies hit a truck near Dar es Salaam.
TENNIS—After upsetting Roy Emerson in the semifinal of the River Oaks tournament in Houston, 28-year-old RAMANATHAN KRISHNAN, Indian Davis Cup player, defeated young Cliff Richey, 18, of Dallas 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the finals.
Jan Erik Lundquist of Sweden, U.S. indoor champion, won the British hard-court title by defeating South Africa's Cliff Drysdale 3-6, 6-4, 8-6, 6-1 in the final at Bournemouth. ANN HAYDON JONES of England took the women's title for the third time and became the first triple winner since the U.S.'s Doris Hart (1951-54).
TRACK & FIELD—RANDY MATSON (page 26) scored a double win at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and set meet records in both events. His discus throw was 191 feet 2½ inches, topping Al Oerter's 1958 mark by 5 feet 6¾ inches, while his winning shotput was 63 feet 11¼ inches. SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY (Baton Rouge) won four relays and set meet records in three of them—the 440, 880 and mile (Theron Lewis ran a 45.5 anchor).
Jim Grelle's mile in 4:00.3 and ART WALKER'S triple jump of 53 feet 1½ inches at the Mount San Antonio Relays in Walnut, Calif. were the best marks in both events in the country so far this season. MORIO SHIGEMATSU of Japan, winner of the Boston Marathon five days earlier, won the 10,000-meter run in 31:00.6 and was followed by his teammates in all but one of the first five places. JAY SILVESTER of Utah took the shotput (62 feet 2½ inches) and the discus (202 feet 11 inches).
Villanova's two-mile and four-mile relay teams set meet records at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, where 6,000 athletes competed for two days. NOEL CARROLL was voted the meet's outstanding athlete for his 1:50.3 anchor in the two-mile relay and a 4:10.3 third leg in the four-mile. NORM TATE won both the broad jump and triple jump, ran on the North Carolina College 880-yard-relay team that set a meet record (1:24.4) and just missed another winning relay because of a dropped baton. ED ROBERTS, Tate's teammate, won the 100 in 9.6 and anchored the 880 relay team. Rice's BOBBY MAY ran the anchor leg in a 480-yard shuttle hurdle relay that matched the meet and national record of 57.5 and, in addition, took the 120-yard high hurdles in 14 flat. MARYLAND STATE was the only other double winner—in the 440 and one-mile relays.
Wichita's high school miler JIM RYUN bettered his own national interscholastic mile record by 2.4 seconds with a 4:02 at a Hutchinson, Kans. meet.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To replace Forddy Anderson as head basketball coach at Michigan State, JOHN BENINGTON of St. Louis University, who guided the Billikens to a 52-38 seven-year record in the Missouri Valley Conference and who once served as an assistant to Anderson at MSU.
FIRED: BILL EASTON, for 18 years the highly successful coach of Kansas University's track and field teams. Under his guidance, Kansas won 11 of the last 16 Big Eight indoor titles, 11 of the last 13 outdoor titles, and two (1959 and 1960) national collegiate track and field championships. Easton was replaced by his former assistant, BOB TIMMONS, who had recently agreed to coach at Oregon State.
SEVERED: The ties that bound VIRGINIA TECH, the last remaining charter member, to the Southern Conference. Tech withdrew from the conference, effective June 1, declaring it had made no plans other than to operate independently. Probable goal: membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
DIED: GRETCHEN MERRILL GAY, 39, the U.S. women's figure skating champion from 1943 to 1948, in Windsor, Conn. Mrs. Gay was a favorite for the 1948 Winter Olympics figure-skating gold medal but finished eighth.
DIED: Former featherweight champion JOHNNY DUNDEE, 71, in East Orange, N.J. Dundee won and lost the junior lightweight title twice between 1921 and 1924, and in 1923 gained the featherweight title from Frenchman Eugene Criqui. He gave up the championship a year later when he was no longer able to make the weight. Dundee fought 321 professional fights—113 wins, 31 losses, 16 draws and 159 no-decision bouts—between 1910 and 1932.