BASKETBALL—BOSTON lost its third game in a row (to the Pistons 115-113) for only the second time this season, and its Eastern Division lead dipped to a half game. But the Celtics won their next five games while CINCINNATI was dropping two out of five, and suddenly 2� games separated the two contenders. The Royals' losses were back to back—first time in five weeks—followed by three victories, including a 117-114 win over the 76ers in which 6-foot-7�-inch Jerry Lucas pulled down 40 rebounds, most in the NBA this season. PHILADELPHIA beat the Pistons 130-122 for its only win in five games, and NEW YORK lost all three of its games. SAN FRANCISCO moved to a comfortable 3�-game lead in the West by winning four out of five while second-place ST. LOUIS split four. Third-place LOS ANGELES played its best ball in five weeks as it won three out of four (its only loss was in overtime to the Hawks, 115-114). BALTIMORE stumbled through three winless games, but DETROIT managed to take two out of five.
BOXING—Louisville's CASSIUS CLAY won the world heavyweight championship by a TKO when Sonny Liston failed to answer the bell at the beginning of the seventh round of their title fight in Miami Beach (see page 20).
World Featherweight Champion SUGAR RAMOS of Mexico City retained his title with a sixth-round TKO victory over Japan's Mitsunori Seki in Tokyo.
Third-ranking Middleweight RUBIN (Hurricane) CARTER won an easy 10-round decision over James Ellis of Louisville in Madison Square Garden.
FIELD TRIALS—WAR STORM, a powerful pointer owned by Bethea McCall of Birmingham, defeated 39 other dogs in a grueling 10-day test to win the National Bird Dog Championship in Grand Junction, Tenn.
FIGURE SKATING—Olympic gold medalists SJOUKJE DIJKSTRA of Holland and MANFRED SCHNELLDORFER of Germany easily took the ladies' and men's titles at the world championships in Dortmund. Germany, but MARIKA KILIUS and HANS-J�RGEN BA�MLER of Germany reversed the order of the Olympic pairs event by defeating Russia's titlists Ludmilla and Oleg Protopopov.
GOLF—Despite gusty winds, ART WALL JR. stroked a one-under-par 71 in the final round to win the $13,000 Bogot� (Colombia) International Open, his second victory in three Caribbean tournaments this season.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL moved into the lead when it defeated the Maple Leafs 1-0 and the Rangers 4-0 on Charlie Hodge's sixth and seventh shutouts (most in the league) while CHICAGO was splitting two games. Then the Black Hawks edged the Canadiens 4-3 as Ken Wharram scored three goals, including the winning point with less than three minutes remaining, and the two teams were once again tied for first place. TORONTO took only one (4-1 over the Black Hawks) out of three while DETROIT lost two games and tied another for its worst record in eight weeks. The Red Wings, however, remained securely in fourth place, just five points behind the Maple Leafs and an overwhelming 10 ahead of NEW YORK, which won, lost and tied in three games. BOSTON dropped another game to equal its longest losing streak (six) and then surprised everyone with two straight wins.
HORSE RACING—George Pope Jr.'s HILL RISE ($4.80), with Don Pierce aboard, took the lead in the stretch and won the $132,400 Santa Anita Derby with six lengths to spare (see page 16).
Carteret ($9.80), a French-bred 6-year-old owned by Hasty House Farm and ridden by Ray Broussard, came from behind to capture the $98,400 Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap by 3� lengths over Royal Ascot.