BASKETBALL—BOSTON and LOS ANGELES, playing nip and tuck through a week of NBA finals, wound up in Boston Saturday with the balance 3-2 in favor of Los Angeles. Earlier, in L.A., Jerry West had scored a winning basket at the final buzzer to give the Lakers their second victory of the playoffs, 117-115. The Celtics evened things the next night, taking command early and coasting to a 115-103 win that left the series at 2-2. Then, back in Boston, Elgin Baylor scored a record 61 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's not-quite-month-old mark of 56 points in a playoff game, as Boston made a tactical slip by concentrating its defense on West. Los Angeles won, 126-121, and the teams flew westward again for the sixth game.
BOWLING—JOE JOSEPH of Detroit captured $5,000 and his first major victory in 22 years of bowling by winning the $25,000 St. Louis PBA tournament with a final 217-204 game against Harry Smith of St. Louis. In a previous round Smith, who was qualifying leader, broke the PBA record for 25 games with 5,633 pins.
BOXING—INGEMAR JOHANSSON, Sweden's former world heavyweight champion now trying for a comeback to earn another chance at the title, knocked out Wim Snoek of Holland in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round match at Stockholm. Snoek floored Johansson for a count of five in the first round, but the former titleholder broke out a long left and a right hook to give Snoek his second KO in 65 matches.
Guy Sumlin, a welterweight from Pritchard, Ala., cut British champion Brian Curvis above the right eye to score a TKO in the eighth round of a scheduled 10-round bout.
COURT TENNIS—YALE, with eight round-robin victories over Princeton's six and Harvard's lone win, took the intercollegiate invitational title in New York. Yale's Ogden Phipps Ill. the collegiate singles champion, was awarded the Van Alen Trophy for best player of the tournament.
DOG SHOW—CH. TOUCHSTONE'S CRUSADER, a miniature black poodle with limited show experience but well handled by Anne Hone Rogers, took best-in-show honors over 941 other entries in the Twin Brooks Kennel Club judging in West Orange, N.J. The 4-year-old is owned by Frederick P. Dyckman and Charles F. Knapp of Fishkill, N.Y.
GOLF—BILL CASPER of Apple Valley, Calif. came from three strokes behind in the last nine of the 535,000 Greater Greensboro (N.C.) Open to win by one shot over Mike Souchak, defending champion. They were tied going into the last round, but Casper took first-place money of $5,300 with a final 68 and a four-round total of 275. Sam Snead, who had won the tournament seven times, came in third with 278, and Masters Champion Arnold Palmer finished in a tie for fifth with 284.
HARNESS RACING—IRVIN PAUL ($9.20), a 5-year-old gelding nicely driven by Charles King, moved into the lead just before the half-mile mark of the $25,000 Adios Butler Trophy free-for-all pace at Roosevelt Raceway, to finish the mile in 2:02 4/5, three-quarters of a length ahead of Stephan Smith, handled by Gene Sears. Caduceus, the New Zealand-bred 12-year-old and the favorite, was third in the field of eight top pacers.
HOCKEY—TORONTO started off the Stanley Cup finals as expected, taking the first two games on home ice 4-1 and 3-2, and thoroughly outskating a listless Chicago team. But back in Chicago the Hawks held the Leafs scoreless 3-0, as Glenn Hall registered his fourth shutout in Stanley Cup play. With the Leafs ahead 2-1 in the series, the teams stayed in Chicago for the fourth game.
HORSE RACING—HITTING AWAY ($9), with Bob Ussery up, finished the $28,550 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct three-quarters of a length ahead of Darby Dan Farm's Up Scope, covering the mile and ‚⅛ in 1:50. Ogden Phipps's colt ran his own race all the way, leaving Manassa Mauler in third place, Hillsborough fourth and his co-favorite, Ambiopoise, fifth.
Greek Money ($13.20) outclassed several Derby hopefuls in the 528,625 Chesapeake Stakes mile and 1/16 at Laurel. Ridden by Arthur Chambers, Brandywine Stable's 3-year-old, not eligible for the Derby himself, lowered the track record with a time of 1:43 4/5. Bruce S. Campbell's Dedimoud was second, 5½ lengths behind, and two other Derby eligibles, Daddy R. and Sidluck, were third and fourth.
Shirly Jones (54.20), the only mare in the $20,000 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park, won by 2½ lengths over Mrs. Raymond Bauer's Aeroflint. Owned by James McCue of Miami Beach, and ridden by Larry Gilligan, the 6-year-old covered the fast mile-and-an-eighth track in 1:51 1/5.
Russ, owned by Captain J. L. B. Bentley and given an excellent ride by Frank Chapot, came on with a strong finish to win the Middleburg (Va.) Hunt Cup, finishing the 3-mile, 14-jump course in 5:45, half a length ahead of Mrs. June H. McKnight's Hill Tie.
Hurdy Gurdy, a 9-year-old hunter ridden by Owner Kingdon Gould of Washington, and winner of three Virginia timber races this season, finished first by a length ahead of Mountain Dew in the 52nd running of the My Lady's Manor Point to Point race in Monkton, Md.
LACROSSE—JOHNS HOPKINS took an early lead, but then had to fight back from behind twice to beat Virginia 12-8 at Charlottesville, as Henry Ciccarone led the attack with five goals (see page 36). NAVY, with Pete Taylor scoring six times—three in the opening period—defeated Princeton 13-3 in Annapolis.
ROWING—NAVY, in its first time out this season, narrowly beat a much-improved Columbia heavyweight crew over an abbreviated mile course on the Severn (high winds made the regular mile and ¾ course too rough) by three seconds and ¾ of a length, finishing in 4:23.6. Navy also won the junior varsity and freshman races.
Princeton outrowed the Rutgers heavies by two lengths over the mile-and-¾ route on Lake Carnegie, winning in 9:19.8 to Rutgers' 9:27.4.
RUGBY—FRANCE, playing a wide-open game as usual, ended at the top of the five-nation Rugby Union for the fourth year in a row by beating Ireland 11-0 in the final game in Paris.
TENNIS—AUSTRALIANS dominated the courts both here and abroad, with Ncalc Fraser defeating countryman Fred Stolle 6-3, 6-2 in a tournament at Sorrento, Italy, and Judith Tegart winning over Francesca Gordigiani of Italy 6—0, 3-6, 6—2 in the women's singles. The brother team of Neale and John Fraser easily trounced the Italian Davis Cup players, Orlando Sirola and Fausto Gardini, for the doubles title. In Houston, Aussie Rod Laver missed only two overhead shots as he stayed in command of the final match against countryman Roy Emerson to win his second straight River Oaks title 6-1, 7-5, 7-5.
The Philippines won the Davis Cup Eastern Zone semifinal round 3-2 over Japan and will play the winner of the India-Iran semifinal for the title.
TRACK & FIELD—GARY GUBNER, New York University sophomore, turned in the outstanding performance among the 900 athletes from 53 teams at the Marine Corps-Schools Relays at Quantico, Va. with a shotput of 62 feet 6 inches on his first outdoor try. Although he says that he is still unfamiliar with the smaller outdoor iron ball, his long toss made him only the sixth ever to top 62 feet in outdoor competition. Other Quantico meet records: Al Oerter of the New York A.C., with 191 feet in the discus; Bob Gardner of Camp Le Jeune, with a 6-foot-8-inch high jump; Dave Tork of Camp Pendleton, with a 15-foot-7¾-inch pole vault; Deacon Jones of Washington, timed in 9:15.8 for the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Quantico's Cary Weisiger won the mile in a respectable 4:06.3, over a track still soggy after heavy spring rains. Relay teams from Fordham and Morgan State were double winners and the Quantico Marines won the sprint medley (3:24) and Club and Service Mile (3:13.5).
Oregon scored more than twice as many points as Stanford (90-41) in their dual meet in Eugene, as the powerful Webfoots warmed up for this weekend's big meet with Southern California. Dyrol Burleson, running his second mile of the outdoor season, tied the fastest college mark of the year (he already holds the fastest two miles and half-mile) with a time of 4:03.6. Jerry Tarr was just a trifle off his season's best pace in the 120-yard high hurdles, winning in 13.8, and he took the 220-yard high hurdles in 23.5.