BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON beat Cincinnati 120-103 and 112-103 to clinch the Eastern Division semifinal playoffs 3-2 and then, paced by Sam Jones (29 points) and John Havlicek (22 points), defeated Philadelphia 115-96 to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern final (page 30). ST. LOUIS wrapped up the Western Division semis in three straight with a 121-112 win over Baltimore in the third game. Earlier in the week Bullet Coach Paul Seymour announced his resignation to devote more time to his real-estate and liquor interests in Syracuse. In the Western finals LOS ANGELES took a 2-0 lead with 129-106 and 125-116 victories over the Hawks.
This is an article from the April 11, 1966 issue
Simmenthal of Milan, led by two former U.S. college stars—Princeton's three-time All-America, BILL BRADLEY (14 points), and SKIP THOREN of Illinois (21 points)—won the European Basketball Championship Cup with a slim 77-72 victory over Slavia of Prague in the finals. Simmenthal beat Moscow's Red Army team in the semifinals.
BOATING—INGENUE, a 32-foot schooner owned by L.A. (Pokey) Wheeler of St. Petersburg, Fla., edged Ashton Hayward's Nikki, a 35-foot yawl sailing out of the Pensacola Yacht Club, to win the 300-mile Pensacola-to-St. Petersburg yacht race.
BOWLING—WAYNE ZAHN, 25, of Atlanta defeated Dick Weber of St. Louis 203-170 and gained the $25,000 first prize in the $100,000 Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions.
BOXING—World Heavyweight Champion CASSIUS CLAY, 24, won a bruising 15-round unanimous decision over George Chuvalo, the 28-year-old Canadian heavyweight champion, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto (page 32).
DOG SHOW—CH. FEZZIWIG RAGGEDY ANDY, an Old English sheep dog owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hendrik Van Rensselaer of Basking Ridge, N.J., defeated 3,401 other dogs to gain the best-in-show award at the International Kennel Club of Chicago show.
GOLF—DOUG SANDERS of Ojai, Calif. sank a five-foot putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Tom Weiskopf of Bedford, Ohio in the $100,000 Greater Greensboro (N.C.) open. Sanders and Weiskopf had completed the regular 72 holes with eight-under-par scores of 276. The victory, his third on the PGA tour this season, was worth $20,000 to Sanders.
Mickey Wright Dallas shot a 217 to take the 54-hole Venice (Fla.) Open tournament by seven strokes over runner-up Beth Stone (page 78)
GYMNASTICS—Despite a brilliant performance by STEVE COHEN—a 19-year-old junior at Penn State who scored 55.75 points of a possible 60 in six events to win the all-round title—SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY gained the team title with 187.20 points at the NCAA championships in University Park, Pa. For Penn State, which finished sixth the standings, it was the first home-floor defeat in both regular and championship meets in 11 years.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (41-21-8) gained its seventh league championship in nine seasons as the Canadiens won three to finish eight points ahead of second-place CHICAGO (37-25-8), loser of two out of three in the final week. Bobby Hull of the Hawks, the scoring leader, lifted his record to 54 goals and set a new season mark for points with 97. Montreal's two goalies—Gump Worsley and Charlie Hodge—shared the Vezina Trophy for allowing the fewest goals (173) during the season. Third-place TORONTO (34-25-11) tied two and lost two to come in three points behind the Black Hawks and five points ahead of fourth-place DETROIT (31-27-12), which tied one and won one. In what turned out to be the closest race of the season, BOSTON (21-43-6) edged NEW YORK (18-41-11) by one point and climbed out of the cellar for the first time in six years. The Bruins finished up with two wins in three games, and the Rangers had two losses and a tie.
HORSE RACING—WILLIAMSTON KID ($183.60), with Robert Louis Stevenson up, was awarded the $123,400 Florida Derby at Gulfstream after Abe's Hope, ridden by Braulio Baeza, beat him to the wire by a neck but was disqualified. Abe's Hope was placed fourth for twice bumping Sky Guy off stride in the stretch (page 24).
Dr. James B. Holloway Jr.'s TANEHA, a 10-year-old Kentucky gelding, with Joe Aitcheson up, finished three lengths ahead of Moonshiner to win the three-mile Carolina Cup timber race in Camden, S.C.
MOUNTAIN DEW, ridden by Janon Fisher III, son of the owner, beat out a fast-closing Jay Trump, last year's winner of the Grand National at Aintree, England, by a neck to take the 3½-mile feature of the Howard County Hunt Races at Glenelg, Md., and retire the challenge cup in the opening event of the Maryland hunt circuit.
SKIING—Two girls from California, WENDY ALLEN, 21, of San Pedro, and PENNY McCOY, 16, of Bishop, scored stunning upset victories over heavily favored Marielle Goitschel, France's Olympic gold medalist, in the High Sierra Cup races at Heavenly Valley, Calif. Miss Allen beat Miss Goitschel by an impressive margin of 6.3 seconds in the first of two giant slalom events (Canada's NANCY GREENE won the other giant slalom), and Miss McCoy edged Marielle by one-tenth of a second in the slalom. The French men's team, led by JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY, dominated the men's competition with two wins and a second, while JIMMY HEUGA of Tahoe City. Calif. took a third and two fourths for the best U.S. showing.
TABLE TENNIS—VIOLETTA NESUKAITIS, 14, of Toronto defeated Bernice Chotras of New York 21-13, 11-21, 21-12, 21-18 to gain the women's singles title in the U.S. open championships in Detroit. Miss Nesukaitis also won the girls' under-15 championship and teamed with Barbara Kaminsky of Blandensburg, Md. to take the women's doubles.
TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALEZ, 37, beaten the week before in New York, upset Rod Laver 6-3, 5-7, 12-10 in the two-hour singles final to take the London professional tennis championship. Gonzalez' victory was worth $7,000, the largest purse in the history of the professional game.
TRACK & FIELD—SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY in Baton Rouge, La. dominated the Texas Relays in Austin by setting an American record of 3:16.5 in the sprint medley relay and breaking three other meet relay records. The Southern runners twice came within two-tenths of a second of world records by taking the mile relay in 3:04.7 and the 440-yard relay in 39.9. Southern's THERON LEWIS, who ran a 45.6 anchor in the mile relay, was voted the meet's outstanding college division performer.
Dyrol Burleson, 25, of Eugene, Ore. won the mile in 3:57.5, the fastest outdoor time in the U.S. this season at the Willamette Relays in Salem, Ore. Burleson's time was only 1.9 seconds off his alltime best of 3:55.6.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: SANDY KOUFAX, 30, and DON DRYSDALE, 29, Los Angeles Dodger pitchers, to one-year contracts for an estimated combined total of between $225,000 and $245,000, after holding out for 32 days for a three-year. $1 million package.
INJURED: Racing Car Driver WALTHANSGEN, 46, of Bedminster, N.J., when his Ford-Mark II skidded out of control and flipped end-over-end on a wet track at Le Mans, where he was making trial runs for the 24-hour race in June. Hansgen was described as being in critical condition at a hospital in Orleans.
RESIGNED: MARVIN BASS, 46, as head foothall coach and athletic director at the University of South Carolina, to accept a three-year, $75,000 contract as general manager and head coach of the Montreal Beavers, a new team in the Continental Football League.
RETIRED: PATRICK REMILLARD, 60, of Toronto, the oldest active jockey in North America. In his 38-year career in the saddle Remillard accepted a total of 12,896 mounts, won 1,922 races, finished second 1,627 times and third on 1,607 occasions. His mounts won a total of $2,644,363.
TRADED: MAXIE BAUGHAQN, 28, defensive captain of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, to the Los Angeles Rams, for two 1965 rookies—Tackle Frank Molden and Linebacker Fred Brown—and a future draft choice. Baughan was the third All-Pro linebacker signed by the Rams in eight days. The others: BILL GEORGE, 35, who was released by the Chicago Bears, and JACK PARDEE, 29, who was coaxed out of retirement by the Rams.