BADMINTON—MRS. JUDY HASHMAN, a native of Baltimore who now lives in England, won her ninth unofficial women's world title in 12 years when she defeated Imre Rietveld of The Netherlands 11-6, 11-7 at the all-England championships in Wembley, England.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The long regular season finally ended as NEW YORK (30-50) broke its seven-game losing streak with a 126-125 win over St. Louis (36-44). In the Eastern Division semifinal playoffs, CINCINNATI took a 2-1 lead over Boston with two victories (107-103 and 113-107) on the Celtics' home court and a loss (132-125) on its own grounds. ST. LOUIS also defied basketball odds by winning two games (113-111 and 105-100) from Baltimore away from home for a 2-0 lead in the Western Division semis.
BILLIARDS—LUTHER LASSITER of Elizabeth City, N.C. won the world pocket billiards championship in New York City when he beat Cicero Murphy in a playoff after they had tied at 11-3.
BOATING—A Tempest, skippered by Britain's JOHN OAKELEY, won the Division IV (keelboats) honors at the One-of-a-Kind five-race series in Tampa Bay off St. Petersburg, Fla. (page 96).
April 4, 1966
BOWLING—BOBBY JACKS, a 19-year-old from New Orleans who has been on the PBA tour less than a year, won his first title when he defeated Joe Joseph of Lansing, Mich. in the $40,000 Buffalo Open.
CURLING—America's hold on the Scotch Cup, symbol of curling's unofficial world championship, lasted only a year as Canada took the title for the seventh time in eight years (page 38).
GOLF—DOUG SANDERS needed a birdie on the final hole to win the $82,000 Greater Jacksonville (Fla.) Open—and he got it, to finish with a record 15-under-par 273, one stroke ahead of second-place Gay Brewer Jr.
Marilynn Smith of Tequesta, Fla., winner of the St. Petersburg Open a week earlier, took the Louise Suggs tournament at Delray Beach, Fla. with a five-under-par 211.
HOCKEY—NHL: With only three games left in the season for both teams, MONTREAL (38-21-8) increased its lead to four points over CHICAGO (36-23-8) by winning two of three as the Black Hawks tied one and lost one. TORONTO (34-23-9), only three points back of Chicago, took three in a row and climbed six points ahead of fourth-place DETROIT (30-27-11), which was 1-1-1 for the week. NEW YORK (18-39-10) ran its losing streak to five with two more losses and barely held a two-point lead over BOSTON (19-42-6), loser of two out of three games.
HORSE RACING—Richard D. Bokum II's QUINTA ($10.60), with Walter Blum up, beat Ogden Phipps's Impressive by three lengths to take the $28,900 Bay Shore Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct.
On the Gulfstream track, muddied by a heavy downpour, Meadow Stable's FIRST FAMILY ($26.80), ridden by apprentice Earlie Fires, scored a 1-length victory over Valley Farm's favored Selari in the $114,200 Gulfstream Handicap.
Mike Ford's KAUAI KING ($6.80), a Native Dancer colt ridden by Don Brumfield, took Gulfstream's Fountain of Youth Stakes for 3-year-olds by 1¾ lengths over Reginald Webster's Amberoid.
Anglo, a 50-to-1 shot, won the Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree, England and earned $62,535 for his owner, Stewart Levy, head of a London film company, when he beat favored Freddie by 20 lengths.
Ridden by Australian Scobie Breasley, RIOT ACT, Mrs. John F. C. Bryce's American-owned-and-bred Ribot colt, won the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster, England, by half a length over Le Garcon, a 100-to-7 shot, and collected the $25,735 first prize.
MOTOR SPORTS—Ford cars, led by KEN MILES of Los Angeles and LLOYD RUBY of Wichita Falls, Texas, who won in a record average of 98.631 mph, gained the top three places in the 12-hour Sebring endurance race (page 36).
Jim Hurtubise of North Tonawanda, N.Y., driving a 1966 Plymouth, took the lead from Fred Lorenzen of Elmhurst, Ill. on the 277th lap and held it to win the Atlanta 500 stock-car race.
ROWING—OXFORD, with Jim Rogers of Yale as coxswain, won the 112th Oxford-Cambridge race on the Thames in cold and windy weather by 3¾ lengths in 18 minutes, 56 seconds. The victory was Oxford's 50th since the race began in 1829.
SKIING—FRANCE won the team competition for the Werner Cup at Sun Valley by eight points over Austria (page 88).
SWIMMING—USC beat Indiana 302-286 to win its fourth straight NCAA championship, at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. Olympian ROY SAARI, Southern Cal's freestyle star, took his three events—the 1,650-yard, the 500-yard and the 200-yard—for the third year in a row and became the second swimmer in NCAA history to win nine championships in his career.
Russia's 1964 Olympic Champion GALINA PROZUMENSHCHIKOVA, an 18-year-old schoolgirl, clipped 7/10 of a second off her own world 200-meter breaststroke record with a 2:44.6 at a meet in Moscow.
TENNIS—Australian KEN ROSEWALL, seeded second, upset his countryman Rod Laver, 6-3, 6-3 in the 55-minute singles final to take the $5,000 first prize at New York's Madison Square Garden Invitation professional tournament (page 84).
TRACK & FIELD—Two world indoor broad-jump records were broken at the European championships in Dortmund, Germany, when Russia's TATIANA SHCHELKANOVA added 7½ inches to her record with a 22-foot 1-inch leap, and her countryman IGOR TER-OVANESYAN jumped 27 feet to better his earlier mark of 26 feet 10½ inches.
WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA STATE, paced by winners YOJIRO UETAKE (130-pound class), GENE DAVIS (137-pound), GREG RUTH (160-pound) and BILL HARLOW (191-pound), took its 25th NCAA title, in Ames, Iowa, with 79 points. Defending champion Iowa State finished second, nine points behind.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: JACK McCLOSKEY, 40, whose University of Pennsylvania basketball teams had a 146-105 record in 10 years and won this year's Ivy League title, as head coach at Wake Forest.
NAMED: BOB BOYD, 35, former Seattle University basketball coach, as head coach at his alma mater, the University of Southern California.
FIRED: ALEX HANNUM, 42, as coach of the NBA's San Francisco Warriors. Hannum, who guided the 1963-64 Warriors to the Western Division title but then missed the playoffs the past two seasons, will be replaced by BILL SHARMAN, 39, who starred for the Celtics for 10 years.
RESIGNED: As head basketball coach at Boston University, JOHN BURKE, 42, after a 68-84 record in seven years, to become golf pro at the Need ham (Mass.) Country Club.
SIDELINED: For six months, another of this year's promising 3-year-olds, BOLDNESIAN, William Haggin Perry's Santa Anita Derby winner, after having a bone chip removed from his left front knee.
SOLD: To a 13-man syndicate headed by Alan J. Leavitt, 29, of New York City, a three-quarter interest in NOBLE VICTORY, the 4-year-old trotter who was the 2-year-old champion in 1964, for $766,669, by Kenneth D. Owen, a Houston oilman, who retains a $233,331 interest. The sale makes Noble Victory the first million-dollar trotter.