BASKETBALL—The BOSTON CELTICS, with a 121-112 victory over the St. Louis Hawks, clinched the NBA championship four games to one (see page 13). It was the third straight title for the Celtics, fourth in the last five years.
BOATING—SAM GRIFFITH of Miami, at the wheel of a 31-foot inboard, cut across a calm Gulf Stream to win—for the fourth time—the 180-mile Miami-Nassau Ocean Power Boat Race (see page 55). His time, 4:20:45, was nearly twice as fast as his last year's record run of eight hours. Odytsey, skippered by Dick Steele of Newport Harbor, Calif., was first in and Class-A winner in the 130-mile San Clemente Island ocean run off Los Angeles, but VELA, skippered by Fred McDonald, won with a corrected time of 20:23:17. CAROUSEL, skippered by Ash Hewn of San Diego, won the Sugar Loaf Rock ocean race off San Diego with a corrected time of 10:25:38.
BOXING—EDDIE MACHEN, No. 2 contender for Floyd Patterson's heavyweight title, pummeled a slow-moving Mike DeJohn, ranked No. 6, gained a ho-hum in San Francisco.
Dick Tiger, British Empire middleweight champion from Nigeria, belted Spider Webb to the canvas once in the second, twice in the sixth, scored a TKO in New York.
DOG SHOW—CH. CONIFER'S LANCE, 4-year-old Irish setter owned by Frank and Katherine Wheatley of Allen Park, Mich. and handled by Richard Cooper, won the best-in-show at the International Kennel Club competition in Chicago. The show drew a record 2,917 dogs.
FENCING—PATERSON STATE COLLEGE of Paterson, N.J. swept all eight of its team matches to win the women's intercollegiate championship in New York. Paterson's Paulette Singelakis, a left-hander, captured the individual title with 33 victories and only two losses. Fairleigh Dickinson of Teaneck, N.J. was second in the team standings.
GOLF—MIKE SOUCHAK, hitting a long ball, broke par four straight days to win the $22,500 Greater Greensboro Open by seven strokes over runner-up defending champion Sam Snead. Souchak had a 72-hole total of 276. Charlie Sifford, the first Negro to play in a major PGA-sponsored tournament in the South, faltered after leading on the first day, finished with a respectable 285 in a fourth-place tie with Stan Leonard.
Gary Player, relaxing after his Masters victory, kept in tune for his next match with Arnold Palmer (the Houston Classic) with a one-under-par 34 at a nine-hole exhibition in Dallas. Player, teamed with amateur Jim Ling, lost the match, however, to Byron Nelson and amateur Allen Humphrey, who shot a low-ball score of 33 to Player-Ling's 34.
Louise Suggs shot a 2 over par on the final day to win her third straight $10,000 Dallas Civitan Open. Louise had 291 for the 72 holes, won by three strokes over Betsy Rawls.
GYMNASTICS—JUDY KLAUSER, 20-year-old sophomore at Flint (Mich.) Junior College, scored 37.85 points, won the all-round title at the AAU junior women's championships in Kent, Ohio, Marie Walther of Lakewood, Ohio, placed second.