HOCKEY—The semifinals for the coveted Stanley Cup opened with both home teams successful. Chicago's Black Hawks took their opener 5-4 over Detroit, helped by an injured but still plucky Bobby Hull who played a "limited" game of 27 minutes and made two crippled goals, helped win the second game 5-2 with another goal before meeting accidentally with the stick of Bruce MacGregor for 10 stitches and a broken nose. Detroit took 13 penalties, played four men to six a good part of the night.
With a possessive grip on the cup, Toronto's championship Maple Leafs took no back talk as they passed Montreal 3-1 in the opening game of their best-of-seven series. Dave Keon, elusive Maple Leaf center, broke a 2-2 tie to win the second game with a slow-motion one-handed goal.
On home ice in their third game, Montreal was ignominiously shut out 2-0. Detroit saved some face by beating the Hawks 4-2.
HORSE RACING—AYALA, 141-to-1 shot on the tote board, won the richest prize ($59,680), in the 125-year history of the Grand National, the world's most hazardous steeplechase, under a 19-year-old pickup jockey. Behind at the last obstacle, the 10-year-old chestnut, bought for $735 in 1959 by Raymond, the London hair stylist, nosed ahead to win in the last strides.
Candy Spots ($3.20), undefeated, won the $114,700 Florida Derby by 4� lengths over Sky Wonder (see page 18). Under Veteran Willie Shoemaker, the 3-year-old prodigy scored his sixth straight win in the Run for the Orchids to become cofavorite for the Kentucky Derby.
Flying Cottage, 1962 champion, won the 31st Carolina Cup with a record 5:36.4 for the three-mile course of 18 timber jumps. The season's first major timber race cost the lives of two geldings. Rhythm Master and Allan Adale, who was running second when he went down on the 17th jump.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAN GURNEY hit a casual 150.501 mph as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened for practice nearly a month early. Over a broken track in "something we threw together fast" (a Lotus with an all-aluminum Ford V-8 engine, giving 360 hp for 350 pounds of weight), Gurney came within .3 mph of Parnelli Jones's track record, set last year in a perfectly tuned car, in perfect weather on a perfect surface.
SKIING—BUDDY WERNER, showing even more ability than before the 1960 Olympics, swept the first of two major meets (in Sun Valley, Idaho and Anchorage, Alaska to determine the 1964 Olympic team) by winning the Harriman Cup with victories in both the downhill and slalom. Switzerland's Jos Minsch, who recently won the combined in the Swedish nationals, placed second by .9 and 1.9 seconds. JEAN SAUBERT, 20, won with a narrow .4 second margin in the downhill over Germany's second-ranked Barbi Henneberger, but took the 55-gate slalom with a comfortable 11.2 second lead over Linda Meyers.
SWIMMING—At the WOMEN'S SENIOR NATIONAL AAU indoor championships nine American records were broken and one tied as the aging (15 to 16 now) but ever-faster swimmers played on "old" rivalries to push themselves to even better times. Donna de Varona, 15, set three individual records and, with her Santa Clara teammates, set new records in the 400-yard freestyle and medley relays, where her leadoff backstroke leg of 1:02.1 clipped .9 second oil" the 1960 record shared by Lynn Burke and Carin Cone. Sharon Finneran upset another champion, Robyn Johnson, with a 5:23.4 for the 500-yard freestyle. Cynthia Goyette, 16, of Detroit became a new name on the books when she set an American record of 1:11.7 in qualifying for the 100-yard breaststroke, equalled it in the final. Ginnie Dunkel, the freshest of the girls, set an American record of 2:14.9 for the 200-yard backstroke. Santa Clara—113� points; runner-up Los Angeles Athletic Club—38.
Among the men, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA nosed out favored Yale for team honors at the 40th annual NCAA meet with a last-minute triumph in the 100-yard freestyle by Per Ola Lindberg, 23, who upset sprint favorite Steve Jackman and Yale stars Mike Austin and Steve Clark. That, and the walk-away victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle by John Konrads, who formerly held eight world records, gave Southern Cal the 4�-point margin.