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 7� 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.