BASKETBALL—NBA: After dropping the first game of the championship finals at home, BOSTON rushed by the Lakers for three victories in a row—129-109 in Boston, 120-106 and 122-117 in LA—and leaped to a 3-1 lead. But LOS ANGELES kept the series alive by defeating the Celtics 121-117 in Boston as Elgin Baylor and Jerry West combined for 72 points.
BOATING—Miami Engineer JIM WYNNE, 35, in his 28-foot Formula VII powerboat Ghost Rider, won the Miami-to-Nassau race, postponed five days because of high winds, in 3:51:4, finishing 10 minutes ahead of Defending Champion Don Aronow.
BOXING—CLEVELAND WILLIAMS, 33, the Houston heavyweight, who has one of boxing's best knockout records with 50 KOs, won his 68th bout when he gained a unanimous 10-round decision over Sonny Moore, a Dallas policeman, in Houston.
GOLF—"It was like climbing a mountain," said Mrs. Nancy Roth Syms, a 27-year-old blonde from Hollywood, Fla., as she scored a 1-up victory over Phyllis (Tish) Preuss, also 27, of Pompano Beach, Fla., in the North-South Amateur tournament at Pinehurst, N.C. Miss Preuss had held the lead until the 17th hole when Mrs. Syms knocked in a 14-foot putt for a birdie 2, giving her a one-stroke edge, which she held as both women matched par on the 18th hole.
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Carol Mann of Towson, Md. took her second LPGA tournament in a row when she shot a 216 for the 54 holes to win the Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom tournament in Spartanburg, S.C. by a stroke over Mrs. Marlene Hagge of Pensacola, Fla.
HANDBALL—PAUL HABER, 29, of San Jose, Calif., who returned to the handball circuit after a six-year absence, took the national singles title by defeating Bill Yambrick, 25, of St. Paul, 21-20 and 21-13 at the U.S. Handball Association's four-wall championships in Salt Lake City. The unranked Haber, who beat top-seeded Dave Graybill of Phoenix in the quarter-finals and third-seeded Marty Decatur of New York in the semifinals, then teamed with Paul Morlos of Vancouver, B.C. in doubles but lost in the finals to PETE TYSON and BOB LINDSAY of Austin, Texas. In the Masters' players-over-40 competition, VIC HERSHKOWITZ, 47, of Brooklyn, won the singles title, beating Bob Brady, 44, of San Francisco, 21-15, 6-21, 21-12. Jimmy Jacobs (SI, March 7, 1966), the 1965 singles and doubles champion, did not compete because of back trouble.
HARNESS RACING—New Zealand-bred pacer CARDIGAN BAY, with little competition, won the $50,000 Good Time Pace at Yonkers by three lengths over Adora's Dream. "It was easy," said Driver Stanley Dancer. There was no betting allowed on Cardigan because of the minus pool—the largest in harness history—he created a week earlier when he won the International.
Armbro Flight ($2.60), a 4-year-old Canadian-owned filly driven by Joe O'Brien, gained her 13th straight victory and her 45th in 56 races when she won the $60,250 Speedster Trot Stakes at Washington Park by three lengths over All Aflame.
HOCKEY—NHL: Dean Prentice scored two goals only 63 seconds apart in the last minutes of play to give DETROIT a 3-2 win over Chicago and the Stanley Cup semifinal series 4-2. In the first game of the cup final against Montreal, winner of the other semifinal in four straight games over Toronto, the Red Wings skated to a 3-1 lead early in the final period and held on to win 3-2.
HORSE RACING—Some owners and trainers with Kentucky Derby hopes said a lot of ifs and maybes, while others planned the trip to Louisville after three favorites lost in Derby tests in the East and in California (page 64). Ogden Phipps's favored Impressive finished last in a field of 11 3-year-olds in the 1‚⅛-mile Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, as Reginald N. Webster's AMBEROID ($19.80) scored a victory by two lengths over Mrs. Ada L. Rice's Advocator and, at Bowie, Stupendous, Mrs. H. C. Phipps's 5-to-2 favorite, failed to catch KAUAI KING ($7.60) in the stretch and lost the $118,500 Governor's Gold Cup, a 1 1/16-mile race, by three lengths. Said Kauai King's owner, Michael J. Ford, "We're certainly entering him."
MOTOR SPORTS—Australia's JACK BRABHAM won his third straight race when he drove his Brabham-Honda to victory over Jackie Stewart of Britain in the Grand Prix of Barcelona. Brabham, who earlier took both the Goodwood, England, and Pau, France, races, covered the rain-soaked 141.3-mile course at an average speed of 65.78 mph as only half of the 18 starters completed the race.
Driving a Lola, powered by a supercharged rear-mounted Offenhauser engine, RODGER WARD of Indianapolis averaged 99.90 mph to take the rain-shortened (102 miles) USAC Trenton 150.
POOL—JOE BALSIS, 46, of Minerville, Pa. defeated Willie Mosconi, 52, of Haddon Heights, N.J., who returned to competition for the first time after suffering a stroke ten years ago, 150-93 in the finals to take the World Invitational Pocket Billiards Championship in Las Vegas (page 74). Balsis completed the 24-day tournament with 15 wins, two losses, and Mosconi finished with a 14-3 record.
TENNIS—America's second-ranked player, ARTHUR ASHE of Richmond, defeated Charles Pasarell, fifth-ranked, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 to gain the men's singles title at the Dallas Invitation tournament.
TRACK & FIELD—Kansas' JIM RYUN, who will be 19 this week (page 26), ran the fastest race of 1966 when he won the Glenn Cunningham Mile in 3:55.8 at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kans. Ryun's time bettered the American intercollegiate record of 3:56.4, but he missed his own American record (set last June) by half a second. Three hours later Ryun anchored the winning Kansas Freshmen mile-relay team, running the 440 yards in 47 seconds flat. What's more, earlier in the meet Ryun ran a 3:59 leg in the freshman-junior college distance medley as Kansas set a national intercollegiate freshman mark of 9:50.4. JOHN PERRY of Oklahoma State anchored his two-mile team to a winning 7:22.8, the best in the U.S. this season, with a 1:49.2 performance, ran a 1:48.8 on the victorious State sprint-medley team and zipped through a 47-second quarter for the mile-relay team, which won in 3:09.4. Kansas' JOHN LAWSON anchored the Jayhawks' winning four-mile-relay team (16:36.8) and the distance-medley team (9:41.3). GLENN CUNNINGHAM JR. of Leon, Kans., son of the world-record miler of the 1930s, was the winner of the high school mile in 4:22.1, while PHIL MULKEY, 34, of Birmingham, took the decathlon for the eighth time with 7,110 points.
Japanese swept the first four places in the 70th Boston Marathon (page 67) as KENJI KIMIHARA, a 25-year-old steel-mill clerk, won in 2:17:11, finishing 50 yards ahead of his countrymen Seiichiro Sasaki (second), Tooru Terasawa (third) and Hirokazo Okabe (fourth). Norman E. Higgins, 29, of Santa Monica, Calif., came in fifth in 2:18:26, the fastest time ever recorded by an American in the marathon, while two-time winner Johnny Kelley, 58, of Watertown, Mass., finished in 59th place (2:56:10) for the second year in a row.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As head basketball coach at Georgetown University, JACK MAGEE, 30, a member of Boston College's 1958 and 1959 basketball squads and assistant to Head Coach Bob Cousy at his alma mater the last three seasons. Magee replaces Tom O'Keefe, who resigned after six seasons with an 82-60 record.
DIED: CHARLES (Kid) KEINATH, 79, a University of Pennsylvania basketball and football star of the early 1900s, in Drexel Hill, Pa. Keinath was an outstanding forward on Penn's 1908 basketball team, which won 22 straight games (in a 16-15 victory over Columbia he scored all the Quakers' points), and was quarterback of the 1909 football team, a national power that year.