BADMINTON—CANADA defeated the defending champion United States 11-4 in the annual Lapham Cup series, but Doug Brock of Toronto had to fight his way through a tough rive-game match with Larry Sears of San Francisco to clinch the cup, winning 15-11, 7-15, 15-9, 1-15, 15-11.
BASEBALL—PENNANT ODDS, as seen last week by Las Vegas Oddsmakcr Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder: National League Los Angeles 2-1, San Francisco 5-2. Cincinnati 5-1. Pittsburgh and Milwaukee 7-1; St. Louis 10-1; Philadelphia. Chicago, Houston and New York 300-1. American League—New York 2-5, Detroit and Minnesota 15-1, Los Angeles and Chicago 20-1, Cleveland and Baltimore 25-1; Boston, Kansas City and Washington 1,000-1.
BASKETBALL—NBA: Weary and Westless still, Los Angeles lost four straight games in the NBA race. Before resting on Sunday the Lakers had played six games in seven nights and seen their once huge Western Division lead cut to 7½ games. Worse yet, it now appeared that their All-Star guard. Jerry West, would be out until the NBA playoffs. The lowly Knicks were the first to beat LA, 125-116, and their example was quickly followed by Syracuse, Chicago and San Francisco. The Warriors won four and moved into a virtual tie for the third playoff spot, but no one else in the division profited, as all lost as many as they won. Boston, the runaway eastern leader, just kept running, twice beating New York. Thus Syracuse, though winning as much as San Francisco in the other division, gained only one game on the Celtics in spite of beating LA and New York, and Detroit twice. The other half of the division, Cincinnati and New York, had trouble as the Royals lost three games, the Knicks four. Both managed a single victory.
BOWLING—JOHNNY MEYER of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. outrolled a former champion, Dick Weber of St. Louis, 181-174 to take the $4,000 first prize in the Professional Bowlers" Association's Houston Charity Classic.
FIGURE SKATING—SJOUJKE DIJKSTRA, chunky. 21-year-old Dutch blonde, successfully defended her women's world figure skating championship at Cortina. Italy by topping a masterful demonstration in the compulsory figures with a spectacular freestyle routine. Donald McPherson, a Canadian, was the only North American to win a title, taking the men's championship with an outstanding performance in spite of numbing cold and the absurd hour—1:30 a.m. No Americans did well.
GOLF—TUANKU SYED PUTRA IBNI AL-MAR-HUM SYED HASSAN JAMALULLAIL, King of Malaya, teamed with Australian Kel Nagle to score a seven-under-par 67 and finish only three strokes back of the winners in the Malaya Open pro-am at Kuala Lumpur. The Open was won by Bill Dunk of Australia, with a 276.
HOCKEY—NHL: The Black Hawks, who had been hot as a house afire, got doused, and looked like a burnt-out house—awful. Bobby Hull's strained knee, which disabled the Golden Boy for the week, applied the first dash of cold water to the league leaders, and six-goal defeats by Toronto and New York did the rest. Toronto, meanwhile, moved into relatively solid possession of second place on the strength of three wins and trailed the Hawks by only four points. Montreal dropped to third, notably helped by a 7-1 bombing at the hands of Detroit and its savage scorer. Gordie Howe. There may have been another factor in the Red Wing rampage. While Howie Young was sitting out two suspensions. Detroit lost four of five. After his return, the Wings won two. New York got hat tricks from Camille Henry and Andy Bathgate in consecutive games. Unsurprisingly, it won those games, but not its other two, while last-place Boston won one, lost one.
HORSE RACING—NEVER BEND ($2.70) the East's favorite for the Derby, won his first major outing of the season without so much as a bump from the opposition (see page 16). Leading from start to finish, the Cain Hoy Stable Hash took the $135,600 Flamingo at Hialeah by five lengths, turning in a time of 1:49 2/5 for the mile and an eighth. Red Oak Stable's King Toots was second, and Ogden Phipps's Royal Ascot was third.
Candy Spots ($3.40) the West's best prospect for the Kentucky Derby, just managed to get past a collision in the clubhouse turn and win the $143,300 Santa Anita Derby. In spite of being knocked sideways in the melee, the Rex Ellsworth 3-year-old was able to continue on. finishing the mile and an eighth in 1:50 1/5. Four horses fell in the accident. One, Flying M Stable's Denodado, was destroyed on the track.
Pocosaba ($21.40) upset 2-5 favorite Cicada, who finished fifth, to win the $47,700 Black Helen Handicap at Hialeah.
SKIING—JOHN BALFANZ of Minneapolis, who lost to Frithjof Prydz of Norway in the North American ski-jumping championships when he was eliminated by falls, got a small measure of revenge the next day. He jumped 286 and 304 feet at Iron Mountain, Mich. to win the Kiwanis Invitational title after Prvdz had an even better mark erased by a fall.
SQUASH RACQUETS—HARVARD continued its domination, as Bill Morris, Louis Williams, Paul Sullivan, Doug Walter and Ed Robinson, the Crimson squad, won the U.S. Amateur Squash Racquets team title, beating Canada 3-2 in the finals. Meanwhile, one Harvard graduate, Benjamin Heckscher of Philadelphia, beat another. Charles Ufford Jr. of New York, in four games to take the singles championship.
TRACK & FIELD—ROBERT HAYES of Florida A&M, despite eight-mph gusts of wind in his face and confusion over the location of the finish line that caused him to ease up, dashed 220 yards on a curved track in 20.5 seconds at the Florida Athletic Club meet in Miami to tie a world record.
Iowa upset Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State to win the Big Ten indoor title by a scam two points. The Hawkeyes had to break a meet record in the final event, running the mile relay in 3:14.7, to win. Two other meet marks. Roger Kerr's 1:10 in the 600 yard-run and Bill Frazier's 1:51.8 in the 880, were set by Iowa. It was Kerr who anchored the record mile relay as well. Chuck Aquino of Michigan ran 1.000 yards in 2:09.9 and Wisconsin sophomore Bill Holden high-jumped 6 feet 10 inches for two other meet marks.
Knights of Columbus meets resulted in few inspired performances. In New York, Gary Gubner put the shot 64 feet 6½ inches for that meet's best mark ever, and John Thomas got back up to 7 feet in the high jump. In Cleveland. Thomas hit 7 feet½ inch, and Jim Dupree of Southern Illinois made a closing rush to take the 1,000-yard run in 2:11.3. There was a world record of a sort in Fort Worth, at the Southwestern Recreation meet, where David Bonds of McMurry finished the 330-yard intermediate hurdles in 38.7. A new event, it had never been run in major competition before.
MILEPOSTS—POSTPONED: SONNY LISTON-FLOYD PATTERSON rematch at Miami Beach; from April 4 to April 10, after Liston reported he strained a knee swinging a golf club for a photographer. Al Bolan, the fight's promoter, showed relations were strained, too, as he claimed the reason for the delay was not so much the knee as a chance for Liston to give Bolan the needle.
KNOCKED OUT: GOLDEN GLOVES boxing tournament in Chicago; by low gate receipts and the sponsoring Chicago tribune's dissatisfaction with a new AAU ruling that amateur boxers must wear protective headgear.
REJECTED: ERNIE BANKS, Chicago Cub superstar; by Chicago voters, in an election for city alderman. Banks ran third in a four-man race, gaining only one-fourth as many votes as the winner.
DIED: EPPA JEPTHA RIXEY, 72, baseball Hall of Fame member and biggest winner among left-handed pitchers until Warren Spahn. The Cincinnati southpaw, who won 266 games from 1912 to 1933, said when his record was topped. "I'm glad Spahn broke it. If he hadn't, nobody would have known I'd set it."
DIED: JOHN J. (JACK) HARDING, 65, former University of Miami head football coach (1937-1947) and athletic director (1948-1963); of cancer, after building Miami football to prominence.