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A roundup of the sports information of the week

May 01, 1967
May 01, 1967

Table of Contents
May 1, 1967

The Derby
Arrivederci
  • The best Italian import since olive oil took the middleweight title from Emile Griffith in an exciting bout. He will be back in the U.S. this July to give Emile another chance and boxing a much-needed lift

Poor Sam
Far-Out Racer
Argentine Horses
Marathon
  • By Tom C. Brody

    New Zealand's Dave McKenzie broke up a tight duel in Newton's heights to foil a Japanese ploy that had led to two straight Boston sweeps

Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—NBA: After leading 2-0 in the championship finals, PHILADELPHIA lost two of the next three games to San Francisco, and the series stood at three games to two, favor of the 76ers, at week's end. The two teams split the third and fourth games, both in San Francisco, as the Warriors defeated the 76ers 130-124 on Rick Barry's 55 points, and the 76ers beat the Warriors 122-108 as Hal Greer and Chet Walker totaled 71 points. Then San Francisco kept the series alive with a 117-109 comeback victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia after trailing by 12 points at the start of the last quarter.

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Defending champion U.S.S.R. won its third consecutive women's world championship, coasting through the week-long tournament in Prague without losing a game and beating Runner-up South Korea 83-50 in the finals. It was the Koreans' only loss. Czechoslovakia came in third, while the U.S. girls finished 11th and last.

BOXING—The 1960 Olympic welterweight gold medal winner, NINO BENVENUTI of Italy (72-1), survived a fourth-round knockdown (only the first in his six years as a pro) to gain a unanimous decision over the defending champion and 13-5 favorite, Emile Griffith (52-8), for the world middleweight title in a 15-rounder at New York's Madison Square Garden (page 20).

GOLF—PHYLLIS (Tish) PREUSS, a 28-year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla. took her second North-South Amateur tournament in four years with a 1-up victory over Connie Day, 24, of Cleveland, Tenn. at the Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club.

HOCKEY—NHL: With Terry Sawchuk making 35 saves and Brian Conacher scoring his second goal to break a 1-1 tie in the third period, TORONTO beat Chicago 3-1 and took their Stanley Cup semifinal playoff four games to two. In the Stanley Cup finals MONTREAL, which had swept four games from New York in their playoff, beat the Maple Leafs 6-2, as Henri Richard scored three goals and Yvan Cournoyer two. It was the Canadiens' 11th straight victory and their 16th unbeaten game in a row. The Maple Leafs, however, snapped the Montreal string in the second game and tied the series at 1-1 when Johnny Bower, who replaced Sawchuk in the nets, shut out the Canadiens 3-0.

HORSE RACING—Mrs. Edith W. Bancroft's DAMASCUS ($3.40), with Willie Shoemaker aboard, won the 1‚⅛-mile, $112,400 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, the final eastern prep for the Kentucky Derby, by six lengths over Gala Performance. It was his third victory in four starts this year (page 16).

Reason to hail ($7.40), flown coast to coast explicitly for the race, did not disappoint Jockey Walter Blum. He won the 1‚⅛-mile $93,750 California Derby at Golden Gate fields by 1¾ lengths over Kahl Kabee.

Mrs. Cloyce Trippett's RACING ROOM ($21.40), with Ken Knapp up, defeated seven Derby eligibles in winning the seven-furlong Forerunner Purse at Keeneland by five lengths over Gallant Moment.

MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY of Level Cross, N.C. gained his fourth victory in the Virginia 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, when he beat Runner-up Cale Yarborough of Charlotte, N.C. by 20 laps. The win was the first major NASCAR victory for Plymouth this season.

ROWING—PENN swept the Childs Cup Regatta in Philadelphia. Its heavyweight crew retained the Cup with a 1½-length win over Princeton (Columbia finished four lengths behind) while its junior varsity, freshman and second-freshman crews took their events. The Quakers' lightweight (150-pound) crews also swept their races in Long Island Sound. The varsity retained the Dodge Cup by beating Columbia by a length, and the junior varsity and freshman crews won their events. At the Stein Cup Regatta in New Brunswick, N.J., the HARVARD heavyweight eight gained its 22nd victory in a row by finishing six lengths ahead of Brown and another length over Rutgers.

SOCCER—The PITTSBURGH PHANTOMS led the National Pro Soccer League's Eastern Division with 20 points after defeating Toronto 4-3 and tying Los Angeles 2-2. In second place with 11 points apiece were the PHILADELPHIA SPARTANS, who tied the Bays 0-0, and the BALTIMORE BAYS (one tie, one loss), while the NEW YORK GENERALS, with a 2-1 win over Chicago and a 1-0 loss to California, were a point further back in fourth. The ATLANTA CHIEFS, who tied LA 1-1, rested in last place with four points. In the Western Division the ST. LOUIS STARS and the LOS ANGELES TOROS shared the lead with 18 points apiece. The Stars defeated the Bays 3-1 and California 2-1, while the Toros tied two games. The CHICAGO SPURS held third (16 points) with a 1-0 shutout over Toronto and a loss to the Generals, and the CALIFORNIA CLIPPERS were two more points back in fourth after splitting two games. The TORONTO FALCONS, who dropped two, sat deep in the cellar with three points. Attendance for the week ranged from 816 in Chicago for the game between the Spurs and the Falcons to 34,129 in St. Louis for the Stars-Clippers match.

TABLE TENNIS—With Red China declining to defend its world championship, JAPAN monopolized the tournament in Stockholm by taking five of the six titles, including the men's (The Swaythling Cup) and the women's (The Corbillon Cup) team championships (page 59). NOBUHIKO HASEGAWA won the men's singles final 21-8, 19-21, 20-22, 21-14, 21-16 over teammate Nitsuru Kono, while SACHIKO MORISAWA beat Defending Champion Naoko Fukatsu for the women's singles and also teamed with Saeko Hirota for the doubles title. The only championship to elude the swift Japanese was the men's doubles, which went to HANS ALSER and KJELL JOHANSSON of Sweden.

TRACK & FIELD—DAVE McKENZIE, a 24-year-old New Zealander, competing against a record field of 601, led for the last eight miles as he took the 71st annual Boston Marathon by 300 yards over Tom Laris, of Palo Alto, Calif. (page 62).

Texas A&M's RANDY MATSON, in his last home meet in College Station, Texas (designated Randy Matson Day), bettered his own 1965 world shotput record by 10¼ inches with a toss of 71'5½".

Kansas sophomore JIM RYUN ran the world's fastest mile this year and the fastest ever this early in the outdoor season when he won the Glenn Cunningham Mile at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence in 3:54.7. The clocking broke his own meet mark by 1.1 seconds and the national intercollegiate record—set by Bob Day of UCLA in 1965—by 1.7 seconds. Relay honors in the university division went to RICE for its victories in the 440, 880, and mile relays for the second straight year, while outstanding in the college division was TEXAS SOUTHERN. The Tigers lowered their 440-yard-relay meet mark to 40 seconds flat (only .4 second off the world record they equalled the previous week), and won the 880-yard relay in 1:22.8 (only .2 second off the world mark) and the two-mile relay in 7:30.8. both meet records, too. JIM HINES, the anchor man on Southern's 440-yard-and 880-yard-relay teams, tied the 37-year-old meet 100-yard-dash record of 9.4.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As head basketball coach at Xavier University, GEORGE KRAJACK, 30, the assistant varsity basketball coach at West Virginia University for the past two years. Krajack will replace Don Ruberg, who retired last month.

FILED: By the Los Angeles Lakers, a $3,050,000 "damage and breach of contract" suit against JIM BARNES, 26, the new American Basketball Association and the ABA's Dallas franchise, because Barnes, under contract with the Lakers until October 1, allegedly signed a two-year contract with the Texas team. The Baltimore Bullets initiated similar legal action against LEROY ELLIS, 27, who signed with the ABA's New York affiliate.

DIED: FREDERICK C. (FRITZ) MAISEL, 77, a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization for 57 years; after a long illness in Baltimore. Maisel, who spent six seasons in the majors, played with the old Orioles for 13 years at third base and captained them to seven straight International League pennants (1919-1925), later served as manager, stockholder, director and, when the Orioles returned to the major leagues in 1954, as a scout.