BASKETBALL—SAN FRANCISCO (48-32) finished first in the Western Division, two games ahead of ST. LOUIS (46-34), as both teams split their last two games of the season. Last year's Western leader, LOS ANGELES (42-38), closed with a rush—six wins in its last seven games—and ended up six games behind in third. Fourth-place BALTIMORE (31-49) won its last game to break a nine-game losing streak, and DETROIT (23-57) finished deep in the cellar. BOSTON (59-21), the Eastern Division champion, missed a chance to equal its NBA record of 60 victories in one season (1961-62) when it lost its last game of the year. CINCINNATI (55-25) came in second, four games out, while far behind were PHILADELPHIA (34-46) and NEW YORK (22-58). Oscar Robertson of the Royals, who led the league in assists (averaged 11 a game), free throw percentage (.853) and came in second in scoring (averaged 31.4 points a game), won the NBA's most valuable player award. The Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain was the top scorer (36.9 average) for the fifth consecutive year and the Celtics' Bill Russell, the MVP the previous three seasons, pulled down the most rebounds (averaged 24.7 a game). Jerry Lucas of the Royals, the league's outstanding rookie (17.7 scoring average), tied Chamberlain's year-old NBA field goal percentage record (.528) and finished third in rebounds (1,375), behind Russell and Chamberlain.
BOXING—Top-ranked Welterweight LUIS RODRIGUEZ of Miami interrupted his training for a June title fight with Emile Griffith to pound out a unanimous 10-round decision over Middleweight Holly Mims at Madison Square Garden.
Fourth-ranked Heavyweight ZORA FOLLEY knocked out Tod Herring in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Houston.
BRIDGE—The team captained by HOWARD SCHENKEN of New York led all the way and survived an upset in the semifinal round to take the Vanderbilt Cup at the ACBL Spring Nationals in Portland, Ore. It was Schenken's 10th Vanderbilt victory and set a new individual record for the event. On Schenken's squad were Peter Leventritt, Lew Mathe, Eddie Kantar, Donald Krauss and Robert Hamman.
FENCING—Led by Team Captain Bill Hicks, who won 32 of his 33 foil matches, PRINCETON came from behind to win the NCAA championships for the first time, in Cambridge, Mass. New York University was runner-up and defending champion Columbia placed third.
GOLF—BILLY CASPER of San Diego edged Jack Nicklaus by one stroke, 277-278, to win the $50,000 Doral Open in Miami. Casper was the 15th different winner of as many consecutive PGA tournaments (including the final four of the 1963 season), making it the longest streak in PGA history without a repeat tournament champion.
In Pensacola, Fla., 6-foot-2� CAROL MANN shot a 72-hole total of 308 to gain the Women's Western Open, the first LPGA tournament of the season, by two strokes over Judy Kimball and Ruth Jessen.
HANDBALL—At the All-American tournament in St. Louis, JIM JACOBS of New York upset Defending Champion Oscar Obert 21-13, 21-12 to take the four-wall singles title, and PHIL ELBERT and JOHN SLOAN of Chicago defeated Oscar and his brother Ruby Obert 21-20, 21-9 for the doubles championship.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL, with 85 points, edged CHICAGO for the NHL title by one point on the last day of the season (see page 56). It was the second year in a row that the Black Hawks missed the championship by a point. What's more, the Hawks had the league's leading scorer ( Stan Mikita with 89 points), the league's top goal-getter ( Bobby Hull with 43) and one of the league's best goalies ( Glenn Hall lost the Vezina trophy to the Canadiens' Charlie Hodge by two goals—169-167). TORONTO (78 points) held off DETROIT (71 points) for third place by going undefeated in its last six games, including two big wins over the Red Wings on the last two days of the season. NEW YORK (54 points) lost all six of its final games to finish fifth and BOSTON, with 48 points, rested uncomfortably in the cellar for the fourth consecutive season.
Michigan defeated home team Denver 6-3 in the championship game for its first NCAA title in eight years.