BASKETBALL—The fight between Detroit and Cincinnati for third place and a spot in the Western Division playoff went down to the last game of the last day. Tied going into their final game, Detroit played New York and, early in the second quarter, took a 42-26 lead, held it to win 120-106. Cincinnati, playing Los Angeles on the Lakers' home court, found the going rough, trailed at the end of the first quarter by 23 points but fought back to take a one-point lead with 45 seconds to go. With seven seconds to go the Lakers' Jerry West drove through for a basket, and Elgin Baylor added two more on free throws to win 123-122 and drop Cincinnati to last place and out of the playoffs.
BOWLING—DAVE VOLK of Baltimore won the duckpin all-star championship in Baltimore with a Petersen point total of 163-04. Volk collected $2,500 for his first-place victory. Runner-up: Jimmy Dietsch of Baltimore with a point total of 160-04. FRANCES WILSON of Washington, D.C. won the women's title and $1,000, with a point total of 72-14.
BOXING—CARMEN BASILIO, forcing the fight, methodically belted his way to a 10-round decision over Don Jordan in middleweight bout in Syracuse, N.Y.
Jim Rosette of Jacksonville, Fla., outpointed Ray Patterson, younger brother of Floyd, in the heavyweight finals of the Eastern Golden Gloves championships at Madison Square Garden.
Joe Brown, world lightweight, champion, smiling behind a smooth left, won a 10-round decision over Joey Parks in nontitle bout in Houston.
Sonny Liston won his 25th straight fight with a three-round KO over Howard King in heavyweight bout at Miami Beach.
Von Clay of Philadelphia knocked Britain's Light Heavyweight Champion Chic Calderwood to the floor twice before winning a 10-round decision and spoiling Calderwood's hopes for a title fight against World Champion Harold Johnson, in London. On the same card, Britain's Middleweight Champion Terry Downes won a three-round TKO over Willie Green of Warwick, R.I.
COURT TENNIS—GEORGE and JAMES BOST-WICK of Long Island defeated James Dunn and William Forbes 6-4, 6-4, 4-2 (Dunn pulled a leg muscle and was unable to finish) for the national open championship in New York.
FIELD TRIALS—SPACEMASTER, 6-year-old white-and-liver pointer owned by R. E. Daniel of Durham, N.C., won the National Bird Dog championship in Grand Junction, Tenn. Spacemaster, who had 10 bevies and three singles, pleased the judges with a big forward race and easy handling. He was handled by Paul Walker of Mocksville, N.C., who also handled last year's winner.
GOLF—TOMMY BOLT of Crystal River, Fla., won the $20,000 Pensacola, Fla. Open with a 13-under-par 72-hole total of 275. Runner-up: Gary Player of South Africa, with 277.