BADMINTON—RUDY HARTONO, an 18-year-old Indonesian, became the youngest ever to win the men's singles title at the All-England championships in Wembley when he defeated 1966 champion Tan Aik Huang of Malaysia 15-12, 15-9 in the finals. In the women's singles, EVA TWEDBERG of Sweden took only 15 minutes to gain the title with an 11-6, 11-2 rout of Minarni (she has no first name) of Indonesia in the finals. Denmark's ERLAND KOPS and HENNING BORCH retained their men's doubles title, beating Malaysia's Tan Yee Khan and Ng Boon Bee 15-6, 15-4, while MINARNI and RETNO KOESTIJAH took the women's doubles over Noriko Takagi and Hiroe Amano of Japan 15-5, 15-8. In an all-British final, TONY JORDAN and SUSAN POUND won the mixed-doubles title with a 15-6, 15-6 victory over Bob McCoig and Mrs. Muriel Woodcock.
BASKETBALL—NBA: In the last week of the regular season, Eastern Division champion PHILADELPHIA (62-20) won two of three, including a 158-128 romp over the Lakers in which Wilt Chamberlain scored 53 points, had 32 rebounds and 14 assists. Second-place BOSTON (54-28) dropped its last two games and finished eight games behind the 76ers but 11 games ahead of third-place NEW YORK (43-39), which took three in a row and ended the season with its most victories in 14 years. DETROIT (40-42) edged CINCINNATI (39-43) for fourth place when the Pistons took two of three and the Royals split two. BALTIMORE (36-46) split its final two games, and, even though the Bullets won 16 more games than in 1966-'67, they finished in the cellar for the second straight year. Western Division champion ST. LOUIS (56-26) rested all week while LOS ANGELES (52-30), with two wins in three games, came in four games behind the Hawks and nine ahead of third-place SAN FRANCISCO (43-39), last year's champions. The Warriors lost two games to the Knicks and finished 14 games ahead of fourth-place CHICAGO (29-53), which won two of three. SEATTLE (23-59) split two, and SAN DIEGO (15-67) ended its dismal first season in the league with three more losses, running its string to 15 in a row and 32 out of its last 33 games. DAVE BING of the Pistons won the scoring title with 2,142 points (27.1 average), but the Royals' Oscar Robertson had the best average with 29.2 a game. Elgin Baylor of the Lakers finished second in scoring with 2,002 points (26.0 average), Wilt Chamberlain of the 76ers third with 1,992 points (24.3 average) and Rookie of the Year Earl Monroe of the Bullets fourth with 1,991 points (24.3 average). CHAMBERLAIN gained all the other honors when he came in first in field-goal percentage (.595) for the fourth year in a row, in rebounds (1,952 for a 23.8 average) for the third straight season and in assists (702), the first time a center ever led the league.
In the Eastern Division playoffs PHILADELPHIA and NEW YORK split the first two games as the 76ers won 118-110 on Chamberlain's 37 points and 29 rebounds, and the Knicks took the second 128-117 when Dick Barnett scored 21 points, Willis Reed 24, rookie Walt Frazier 25 and Walt Bellamy 26. In the Western Division playoffs ST. LOUIS and SAN FRANCISCO also split two games. The Warriors won the first 111-106, and the Hawks, with Zelmo Beaty tossing in 46 points, took the second 111-103.
ABA: PITTSBURGH (54-24), the Eastern Division champion, finished the regular season four games ahead of second-place MINNESOTA (50-28) when the Pipers won three and the Muskies took their last game 104-101 over New Orleans. Third-place INDIANA (38-40), 16 games out, lost one, while surging KENTUCKY (36-42) took three of four, including a 119-106 win over the Pacers as Lou Dampier set an ABA scoring record with 54 points. The Colonels' streak—10 wins in their last 11 games—tied them for fourth place with NEW JERSEY (36-42), which dropped two of three. In the Western Division, NEW ORLEANS (48-30) won the title by two games over DALLAS (46-32) as the Bucs won their last three games after two losses and the Chaparrals took three of their last four. DENVER (45-33) came in third, a game behind Dallas, with two victories, while fourth-place HOUSTON (29-49) dropped two of three and ANAHEIM (25-53) lost four of five. OAKLAND (22-56) finished in the cellar by two games when it lost its 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th straight games. CONNIE HAWKINS of Pittsburgh won the league's MVP award, with Doug Moe of New Orleans second in the voting. Hawkins led the league in scoring (1,875 points for a 26.8 average), was second in rebounds and field-goal percentage (by .0004), while Moe was runner-up in scoring with 1,884 points (24.2 average). MEL DANIELS of Minnesota took down the most rebounds (1,213), LARRY BROWN of New Orleans had the most assists (506) and TOM WASHINGTON of Pittsburgh led the league in field-goal percentage (.5218).
April 1, 1968
COLLEGE: SAN JACINTO of Pasadena, Texas won the National Junior College tournament at Hutchinson, Kans. when it took the finals 66-64 over Mercer County of Trenton, N.J.
CURLING—CANADA, skipped by Ron Northcott, beat Scotland 8-6 in the finals to win the world championship in Montreal.
HOCKEY—NHL: With one week left in the regular season, MONTREAL (41-19-10) clinched first place in the East by beating the Red Wings 7-4 on Bob Rousseau's hat trick. Earlier in the week, the Canadiens split two games, including a 3-1 loss to BOSTON (36-24-10) when the Bruins scored three goals within 2½ minutes late in the third period. The Bruins also whacked the Black Hawks 8-0 to remain tied with NEW YORK (35-23-12) for second place, 10 points behind the Canadiens. With Ed Giacomin registering his eighth shutout—tops in the league—the Rangers beat Pittsburgh 3-0 and, with Bob Nevin scoring three goals, defeated the Black Hawks 5-3 before losing to the Maple Leafs 3-1. CHICAGO (32-23-15), three points out of second, won one of three, while fifth-place TORONTO (30-30-10) split four. One of the Maple Leafs' losses—to the Canadiens 3-2—eliminated the team from the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in the 10 years Punch Imlach has been coach. Last-place DETROIT (25-34-11) lost all three games it played. In the western division, PHILADELPHIA (30-29-11) won its first two games of the week, but a 4-2 loss to LOS ANGELES (31-31-9) dropped the Flyers into a tie for first place with the Kings, who had a 2-0-1 record. MINNESOTA (26-30-14) also won two and tied one and climbed into third place past ST. LOUIS (24-30-16), which lost two and tied one. PITTSBURGH (23-34-12) lost two of three and last-place OAKLAND (15-41-16) dropped two, tied one.
HORSE RACING—GENTLEMAN JAMES ($52.20), ridden by Richard Grubb, took the $126,000 1-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap in Florida by three lengths over Sacramento, who was awarded second when Rixdal was disqualified and placed sixth.
MOTOR SPORTS—PORSCHE finished 1-2 in the Sebring 12-hour endurance race in Florida (page 18).
SKIING—JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY won the slalom and giant slalom to lead France to the American International team title at Sun Valley (page 56).
Wyoming won the NCAA title at Steamboat Springs, Colo. with a total of 383.9 points—7.7 more than Defending Champion Denver, the winner the past seven years.
TRACK AND FIELD—MRS. DORIS BROWN of Seattle led the U.S. team to the women's international cross-country championship (3,000 meters) in Blackburn, England when she won the event for the second straight year, finishing 12 seconds ahead of teammate Vicki Foltz.
WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA STATE won its 26th NCAA championship, at University Park, Pa. with a total of 81 points, three more than runner-up Iowa State. WAYNE KELLER, a Cowboy sophomore, was named Outstanding Wrestler after he upset Portland State's Rick Sanders for the 123-pound class title. Sanders had won titles the past two years, and the loss was only his second in 105 matches. Other winners were: KEN MELCHOIR, Lock Haven State, 115-pound class; DAN GABLE, Iowa State, 130-pound; DALE ANDERSON, Michigan State, 137-pound; DALE BAHR, Iowa State, 145-pound; WAYNE WELLS, Oklahoma, 152-pound; REGINALD WICKS, Iowa State, 160-pound; MIKE GALLEGO, Fresno State, 167-pound; BOB JUSTICE, Colorado, 177-pound; NICK CAROLLO, Adams State, 191-pound; DAVE PORTER, Michigan, unlimited.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: DONALD DELL, 29, of Washington, as captain of the U.S. Davis Cup tennis team. A member of the squad in 1961, Dell succeeds George MacCall of Los Angeles, who resigned to take over a professional group.
PICKED: The ROYALS, as the nickname of the American League's new baseball team in Kansas City, in a contest that drew 17,000 suggestions.