BASKETBALL—NBA: After the Hawks defeated the Lakers 131-127 to tie the Western Division final 3-3, LOS ANGELES gained a 130-121 victory in the deciding game as Elgin Baylor and Jerry West combined for 68 points (page 88). In the Eastern final, BOSTON beat Philadelphia 120-112, despite Wilt Chamberlain's 46 points, to take the series 4-1. When the championships opened in Boston, Baylor and West totaled 77 points, including nine by the latter in overtime, to lead the Lakers to a 133-129 win over the Celtics.
BOXING—Philadelphia Welterweight PERCY MANNING, 23, won his 17th of 20 fights when he scored a 10-round split decision in Philadelphia over former welterweight champion Luis Rodriguez of Miami.
James Howard of Niagara Falls, N.Y., who gained a decision over defending champion Richard Pettigrew, the Navy's all-service titleholder, in the heavyweight semifinal, outpointed Ken Norton of Camp Lejeune in the finals to take the AAU heavyweight championship in High Point, N.C. The 178-pound class title went to JOHN GRIFFIN of Cleveland, who decisioned Marine Art Redden, while MARTIN BERZEWSKI, an Air Force boxer who represents the Washington AAU, won the 165-pound championship by defeating Doyle Baird of Cleveland and was named the tournament's outstanding fighter. Other winners were: JOHN HOWARD of Portland, Ore. (156 pounds); ROLAND PRYOR of Washington (147); JAMES WALLINGTON, U.S. Army (139); RON HARRIS of Canton, Ohio (132); ROBERT LOZADA, Marine Corps (125); JOSE MARQUEZ of Hato Ray, P.R. (119); NICK PIROLA of Lake Charles, La. (112).
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER shot a three-under-par 69 to defeat Gay Brewer Jr. by four strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.
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Carol Mann gained a gift one-stroke victory over Kathy Whitworth and Jo Ann Prentice in the Raleigh Women's Invitational when Miss Whitworth, who was leading by three strokes, took an eight (including a two-stroke penalty that she called on herself for improving her lie in the rough) on the last hole.
HARNESS RACING—Stanley Dancer drove CARDIGAN BAY ($2.60), the 10-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer, to a five-length victory over Murdock Hanover in the $100,000 International Pace at Yonkers. Cardigan Bay, purchased for $100,000 in 1964 by an American syndicate which includes Dancer's wife Rachel, returned the largest minus pool in harness racing history—$32,896.20.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL beat Toronto 5-2 and 4-1 to take the semifinal Stanley Cup playoffs in four straight games (page 30). DETROIT pulled ahead of Chicago 3-2 in the other best-of-seven semifinal with a 5-3 victory. Earlier in the week the Black Hawks went ahead in the series with a 2-1 victory, but the Red Wings came back with a 5-1 win to tie the playoff 2-2.
HORSE RACING—"Delighted," said Owner John Galbreath after his unbeaten GRAUSTARK ($2.20), ridden by Braulio Baeza, strengthened his rating as the Kentucky Derby favorite with an easy 3¾-length victory in the seven-furlong Spendthrift at Keeneland (page 82). The Derby hopes of Claiborne Farm's MOCCASIN faded when she lost her second straight race, finishing sixth in a field of nine fillies in Keeneland's $30,050 Ashland Stakes. In another 3-year-old test, Mrs. H. C. Phipps's STUPENDOUS ($5.80) beat his stablemate Impressive, owned by Ogden Phipps, by ¾ths of a length in the one-mile Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
Briardale Farm's TOSMAH ($20.20), the 1964 mare champion, became Thoroughbred racing's second highest money-winning mare when she collected $74,490 for a win by a nose over Just About in the $114,600 Campbell Handicap at Bowie. The victory increased Tosmah's earnings to $583,969, which is topped only by Cicada's lifetime $779,577.
MOTOR SPORTS—BERT SHANKLAND and CHRIS ROTHWELL, two Scottish drivers who reside in Tanzania, continued the African dominance of the East African Safari by driving their French Peugeot 404 to victory over the 3,000-mile course in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. No overseas drivers have ever won in the 14 years of the Safari, and this year all dropped out before reaching the halfway mark as torrential rainstorms and mud reduced the starting field of 88 to nine finishers.
SWIMMING—"The younger kids are getting better all the time," said 1964 Olympic gold medalist Cathy Ferguson, a not-so-old 17, as she lost her AAU 100-yard backstroke title and the American record to ELAINE TANNER, a 15-year-old from North Vancouver, B.C., whose 1:07.7 victory at the championships in Bartlesville, Okla. clipped .8 of a second off Miss Ferguson's 1964 mark. Miss Tanner also broke the 100-yard butterfly mark (58.7). Florida's PAM KRUSE, another 15-year-old, upset defending champion Patty Caretto in the 500-yard freestyle and set an American record of 5:15.5, while CATIE BALL, 14, of Jacksonville broke the American 100-yard breaststroke mark with a 1:07.4. The Santa Clara Swim Club's SHARON FINNERAN, who, at 20, was one of the oldest competitors, lost her 500-yard freestyle title to Miss Kruse but came back to set an American record in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:10.9) and defend her 400-yard individual medley title, winning in 4:49.4. Other American records were broken by 17-year-old MARTHA RANDALL of Philadelphia Vesper in the 100-yard freestyle (53.6), JUDY HUMBARGER, 15, of Miami in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.8), CYNTHIA GOYETTE, 19, of Detroit in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.6), the VESPER BOAT CLUB in the 400-yard medley (4:06) and the 800-yard freestyle (8:00.4) relays and the SANTA CLARA SWIM CLUB in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:38.5).
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As player-coach of the Boston Celtics for next season, BILL RUSSELL, 32, the Celtics' star center and the league's MVP five times.
DIED: BEN O'MEARA, 27, dealer in Olympic-class jumpers and former owner-rider of Jacks or Better, the Professional Horseman's Association champion four years ago; in the crash of his own plane near Leesburg, Va.
DIED: SYDNEY ALLARD, 55, chairman and manager of Allard Motor Co., Ltd., and designer of the Allard sports car; in Esher, Surrey, England. Allard, who produced his first racing car in 1947, was also an active rally competitor and won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1952, the first victory for Britain in 21 years.
DIED: England's leading track and field figure for 30 years, JACK CRUMP, 60; of cancer, in Epsom, Surrey, England. Crump, manager of the British Amateur Athletics Board from 1936 to 1956 and its secretary from 1946 to 1964, guided British track and field from a Cambridge-Oxford-dominated activity to a major national sport. He was awarded the O.B.E. in 1958.
DIED: AMORY L. HASKELL, 72, horseman, financier and president and chairman of the board of Monmouth Park Jockey Club in Oceanport, N.J. for 21 years; of a heart ailment, in New York. Haskell, who bred horses at his Woodland Farm in Middletown, N.J., was chairman of the board of the National Horse Show of New York (1938-1946), president of the Thoroughbred Racing Association (1955-1956) and the United Hunts Racing Association (1949-1966), a director of the U.S. Equestrian Team (1950-1966) and master of the Monmouth County Hunt (1933-1966).
DIED: FRANK NIGHBOR, 73, a member of hockey's Hall of Fame and the first winner of the NHL's two top annual awards, the Hart Trophy (1924) and the Lady Byng Trophy (1925); in Pembroke, Ont. Nighbor played 18 seasons in the NHL and was a member of five Stanley Cup championship teams—the Vancouver Millionaires of 1915 and the Ottawa Senators of 1920, '21, '23 and '27—before he retired after the 1930 season.