BASKETBALL—"It was great winning this series because everybody had counted us out as a bunch of old men," said beaming Coach Red Auerbach, 45, alter his BOSTON CELTICS won their fifth straight NBA title, 4 games to 2, downing the Los Angeles Lakers 112-109 before 15,521 partisan fans in Los Angeles (see page 53).
BOATING—Billed as "the most rugged ocean race in the world" the Miami-to-Nassau race was once again anything but (see page 22). After a 27-hour delay, Odell Lewis drove his 25-foot Bertram to victory over a 184-mile stretch of pond-smooth ocean in 3 hours 20 minutes and 21 seconds, beating Johnny Bakos' record by 22 minutes and Bakos himself by a slim 1 minute 31 seconds.
With seven triumphs and two losses, BRITAIN carried off international dinghy team racing honors in Bermuda. The four-boat American team, which finished second with a 5-4 record, handed the British their only defeats but were beaten by them once when Skippers Bud Easter, Dr. Stuart Walker and George O'Day ended up in the drink, leaving only Glen Foster upright on the water. Bermuda and defending champion Canada tied for third with 3-6 marks.
BOWLING—After 72 days the 60th American Bowling Congress Tournament came to a close with TOM HENNESSEY of St. Louis winning the classic all-events title with a 1,998 total. The CALIFORNIA BOMBERS of Los Angeles took the Classic team championship, posting a six-game 6,233 total.
BOXING—A new date, June 27, and a new place, Las Vegas, was set for the long-awaited world heavyweight championship return bout. The cast of characters remains the same.
FOOTBALL—The NFL sold its 1963 championship game to NBC for $926,000, the highest price ever paid for broadcasting rights to a one-day sports event. Meanwhile, the NCAA ejected the hapless Gotham Bowl from the list of approved postseason games and placed Hardin-Simmons University and the University of Omaha on probation, the first for two years, the second indefinitely, both for football infractions.
GOLF—In the $30.000 Texas Open in San Antonio 25-year-old PHIL RODGERS. Capitalizing on seven birdies on the last 16 holes, shot a six-under-par 65 to wind up with a 268 total and $4,300 for his first tournament win of the year.
After having had to come from behind in five matches. Defending Champion BILLY JOE PAT-TON easily defeated 38-year-old Bob Allen of Hartford, Conn, seven and six in the 36-hole finals of the North and South Men's Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.
HARNESS RACING—American horses finished one-two-three in the $60,000 United Nations Trot at Yonkers, leaving only $7,800 of the purse for export. Coming from seventh along the outside, DUKE RODNEY ($6.70), with $30,000 first money within breathing distance, surged past race leader Orbiter to win by a head. Su Mac Lad finished third, half a length farther back, and collected $7,200, with foreigners Firestar and Minarelle H. fourth and fifth respectively. Earlier, in the four-horse $25,000 United Nations Consolation Trot, American entries Great Lullwater (first) and Regal Pick (second) easily beat Russian entries Villa (third) and Zadacha.
HORSE RACING—Rehearsing for the Kentucky Derby, NEVER BEND breezed to an eight-length victory over Rex Ellsworth's Space Skates in the Stepping Stone Purse at Churchill Downs. The $4,875 purse made him the biggest money winner ($502,484) ever to start in the Derby. And at Keene-land, with Outing Class scratched from the $30,300 Blue Grass Stakes (as well as the Derby), CHATEAUGAY ($4.60) rallied after being overtaken in the stretch to win by a head over Get Around, who unlike the Darby Dan Farm winner will not be getting around to Louisville (see page 18). At Aqueduct four 1962 Derby entries met for a rerun, and only one, Prego, finished in the same position—last. In the $84,850 Grey Lag Handicap upset-minded SUNRISE COUNTY ($17.90), who came in fifth at Louisville, edged sixth-place finisher Crimson Satan to win by 1� lengths. Crimson Satan, yet to win on a New York track, finished 1� lengths ahead of Derby Winner Decidedly. Greek Money, the 1962 Preakness winner, was fourth.