BADMINTON—World Champion ERLAND KOPS of Denmark lost the first game of the U.S. Open finals 7-15 to Thailand's Channarong Ratana-Saengsuang by reckless playing. Settling down to almost flawless play after that, he won the next two games 15-5, 15-4. World Champion JUDY DEVLIN HASHMAN, 27, the American wife of a British subject, won her ninth U.S. singles title by easily defeating British champion Ursula Smith 11-6, 11-3.
BASKETBALL—"We're the only team that can beat the Celtics. We can match their men, we can rebound with them and we can run with them. It's going to be a real slambanger," said Fred Schaus, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, as his team downed the St. Louis Hawks in a seven-game semifinal and headed into the championship finals against Boston's ever-conquering Celtics. The Celtics, in turn, sparked by retiring Bob Cousy (see page 16); managed to get past unexpectedly tough Cincinnati in another seven-game semifinal. With that, the slambang started. Boston's Bill Russell was knocked down and had to be helped off the floor, Boston's John Havlicek suffered a severe ankle sprain and, still, Boston won the opening game of a real grudge match, beating L.A. 117-114.
BOXING—ERNIE TERRELL, 6 feet 6 inches, won a 10-round split decision over Cleveland Williams, 6 feet 4 inches, in a battle of giants in Philadelphia. Williams, ranked fourth among the heavyweights, was held off by a stiff left jab, opened a long cut over Terrell's eye, but was bloodied himself as Terrell rallied.
FOOTBALL—The NEW YORK JETS, the newly named version of the ponderous Titans, hired jobless Weeb Ewbank, made plans to invest heavily in the AFL market for a bright new team.
GOLF—KERMIT ZARLEY, NCAA champion from the University of Houston, shot an eight-under-par 280, beat the individual medal record by two strokes to win the All-America intercollegiate tournament in Houston. The defending Cougars won the overall team championship by taking the team medal trophy with 1,170, defeating Texas Tech 6-0 for the team match title, and winning the low two-ball championship with a 267 by Zarley and Wright Garrett. North Texas State won the low four-ball with 252.
HANDBALL—STEVE AUGUST turned 20 just in time to win the National Intercollegiate Four-Wall handball tournament. The University of Michigan sophomore defeated Boris Olin of the University of Texas, 21-12, 21-12. A West Point cadet, Peter Hall, won the class B singles over another Texas student, but Texas took the doubles title with a well-matched team of Ken Persenaire and Bob Roberts.
HARNESS RACING—ORBITER ($13.50), a comparative youngster of 5, was goaded furiously in the stretch by George Sholty to snatch the $45,000 Gotham Trot by half a length from 9-year-old Su Mac Lad whose earnings thus far ($586,599) should serve as some consolation.
HOCKEY—"Playing your home ice is worth two goals anytime," said Coach Sid Abel of the Detroit Red Wings, as the Stanley Cup playoffs moved to Detroit with Toronto leading 2-0. As if to prove his words, Red Wing Rookie Alex Faulkner, replacing benched Bad Boy Howie Young, snapped in two goals, and Vic Stasiuk netted another to give the Wings their first game of the series, 3-2.
HORSE RACING—SPEEDWELL ($16.50), 3-year-old daughter of Bold Ruler, broke badly but caught the leaders in the stretch under shrewd Willie Shoemaker to win the Prioress Stakes by 1� lengths and match the filly record of 1:10 3/5. The Fitzsimmons-trained favorite, Fashion Verdict, was second.
Bold commander ($5.60) did retiring Sunny Jim (see below) proud by winning the Chesapeake Stakes at Laurel in a track record of 1:43 2/5, two lengths over Hot Dust.