BASKETBALL—EAST beat West 77-70 in the College All-Star game, with able defensive work by Bowling Green's 6-foot 11-inch Nate Thurmond and Duke's dazzling All-America, Art Heyman.
Cincinnati won the Eastern Division NBA semifinal playoffs 3-2 over Syracuse, and gained the challenge for the best-of-seven series to determine the eastern champion. The buoyant Royals opened energetically in Boston, upsetting the Celtics 135-132 by taking firm command of the rebounds and effectively screening Boston from the basket, then went home to lose 125-102, to a record—and rowdy—mob of 11,102. Back in Boston, they trounced the Celtics 121-116.
In the West the ST. LOUIS HAWKS stifled Detroit three games to one, after losing the opener, to go against the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals. The Lakers took the first game with a close 112-104, with hamstrung Jerry West returning to make 27 points.
BOATING—CHOLITA, Keith Lister's 26-year-old sloop, won her second consecutive Lipton trophy race off San Diego, beat her twin sister, Altamar, owned and skippered by John Paul Jones, by 37 seconds.
Sally Langmuir's BOLERO led Baldwin M. Baldwin's defending champion Escapade in the 844-mile Miami-Montego Bay race. Helpless in Thursday's light air, the two yawls drifted as easy prey into the northbound Gulf Stream, finally caught a breeze and, followed closely by Sumner Long's Ondine, led the fleet of eight yachts through a murky squall.
BOXING—LASZLO PAPP, Hungary's Peter Pan of the ring, successfully defended his European middleweight crown against German Champion Peter Mueller, in a fourth-round TKO. Papp, the only Iron Curtain professional athlete who admits it, collected a capitalistic $10,000
DOGS—RAMBLING REBEL DAN, a 6-year-old pointer, won the $2,000 Indiantown Gap (Pa.) Special Field Trial for all ages, with four finds and a staunch honoring of his bracemate's point.
FENCING—COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY won the NCAA title from Navy while Colorado's U.S. Air Force Academy took a third place to become the first Far West college ever to make fencing's top ten.
GOLF—JERRY BARBER, who had done no better than 30th all season, won his third Azalea Open, pitting a canny touch on the green against the long hitters' power on the fairway, birdied out of a three-way tie for a 274 and $2,80.).
GYMNASTICS—THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN won its first NCAA championship with a lean, trim Wolverine squad that took five individual titles and one first-plade tie for 129 points against a meager 73 for runner-up Southern Illinois.