BASKETBALL—In the second game of the NBA championship Boston defeated St. Louis 116-108, despite mighty scoring efforts by the Hawks' Cliff Hagan (40 points) and Bob Pettit (30 points). In the third game St. Louis hold on for a first-half tie, moved 10 points ahead in the third period and held off a closing rush by the Celtics to win 124-120. But in the fourth game Boston, with Bob Cousy and Prank Ramsey spearheading a third-quarter drive, again proved too strong for the Hawks, won 119-104 to take a 3-1 lead in their four-of-seven series.
New Orleans outlasted Wichita 46-42 to recapture the World's Biddy championship in Gary, Ind. Gary, defending champion, defeated Peoria, Ill., 39-29 for third place.
Highwood, Ill., finalist for the last six years, beat San Juan, P.R. 34-30 to win its first Little Guys championship in Chicago.
Wayland Baptist college of Plainview, Texas defeated Nashville Business College 39-29 to win the Women's National AAU championship in St. Joseph, Mo.
BOXING—DAVEY MOORE retained his world featherweight title with a stunning first-round KO over Danny Valdez in their scheduled 15-round title bout in Los Angeles. Moore first sent Valdez down with a right to the jaw. When Valdez, who had never been knocked off his feet in his brief career, staggered up at the count of seven, Moore quickly finished him off with another overhand right.
In the National AAU championships in Pocatello, Idaho (see page 12), 16-year-old John Howard of Portland, Ore. was picked the outstanding boxer after outpointing Johnny Cesspooch of Randlett, Utah for the 119-pound title. Rudy Davis of Philadelphia won the heavyweight title with a second-round KO over Oregon State College halfback Art Gilmore. Of the more than 100 competitors four were picked to make a State Department good-will tour of Africa next month: Leotus Martin of Toledo, 165-pound champion for the second year; Phil Baldwin of Muskegon, Mich., 147-pound repeat champion; Ralph Ungricht of Provo, Utah, 125-pound champion, and Ron Nicols of San Jose State, who lost in the 125-pound quarter-finals but was picked as best sportsman of the tournament.
GOLF—DAN JENKINS, Fort Worth Press sports editor and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED correspondent, shot a 7-over-par 79 for 18 holes to defeat. Ronald Green of the Charlotte News by three strokes and win the Golf Writers Association of America championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
GYMNASTICS—GREG WEISS of Penn State defeated fellow Olympians Fred Orlofsky of Southern Illinois University and Bob Lynn of Southern Cal, to win the All-Around title at the NCAA championships in Champaign, 111. Penn State, defending champion, beat out Southern Illinois 88� points to 80�.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO polished off Montreal with a second 3-0 shutout to win their half of the Stanley Cup semifinals four games to two. It was the first time in a decade Montreal failed to make the finals. Buoyed up by this victory Chicago took the opening game of the cup finals 3-2 over Detroit, scoring all three goals in the first period. Detroit came back in the second game to tie the four-of-seven series with a 3-1 win (see page 62).
HORSE RACING—AMBIOPOISE ($11) became a leading eastern contender for the Triple Crown with an impressive six-length victory over Globe-master in the $58,300 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. Merry Ruler was third. Ambiopoise, with Bob Ussery up, ran the mile in 1:35 4/5.