BASKETBALL—BOSTON downed Cincinnati to win its eighth straight Eastern Division title, four games to one, losing the fourth, 102-93. In that game Oscar Robertson led the Royals with 33 points and Jack Twyman scored 31. Two nights later in Boston the Royals could not cope with Bill Russell's 20 points and 35 rebounds and lost the deciding game 95-109. SAN FRANCISCO and ST. LOUIS were tied at three games each in the Western Division as the Warriors took two in a row and then bowed to the Hawks, a tired team that seemed to be getting its second wind.
BOATING—HAROLD ABBOTT of Miami, piloting Rum Runner, a 31-foot Ford-powered Bertram runabout owned by Ogden M. Phipps III, moved into the lead two miles from the finish and went on to win the 160-mile Miami-to-Nassau race in 4:54:50.
Defending Champion DICK STEARNS of Chicago skippered his Star class sailboat to first place in four of five races to win the Western Hemisphere Championship on New Orleans' Lake Pontchartrain.
BOXING—In a New Orleans title fight WILLIE PASTRANO earned a sixth-round TKO over Gregorio Peralta of Argentina to retain his light heavyweight supremacy (see page 48).
In another championship match, CARLOS ORTIZ of New York successfully defended his lightweight title for the fourth consecutive time by outboxing challenger Kenny Lane. Ortiz was given a 15-round unanimous decision in his native San Juan, P.R.
Italy's World Junior Middleweight Champion SANDO MAZZINGHI hammered Hilario Morales of Mexico to gain a third-round TKO in a nontitle bout in Milan.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER led after every round to win an unprecedented fourth Masters title in Augusta, Ga. with 276 strokes. He had a big six-stroke margin over Jack Nicklaus and Dave Marr, who tied for second (see page 18).
Sandra Haynie of Phoenix shot a 54-hole total of 211 to capture the $7,500 LPGA Baton Rouge Open in Baton Rouge, La. by five strokes over runner-up Kathy Whitworth. Mickey Wright, last year's leading money-winner, finished third with 218.
HARNESS RACING—Saul Finkelstein's 8-year-old MR. BUDLONG ($25.10), driven by George Sholty, headed Adora's Dream to take the $25,000 Hi Lo's Forbes pace at Roosevelt Raceway, with favored Henry T. Adios a distant sixth.
HOCKEY—The 70-game regular season had proved that they were no better than third and fourth best, but in the Stanley Cup semifinals TORONTO humiliated first-place Montreal, and DETROIT similarly shamed second-place Chicago. As the best-four-of-seven-games final tournament then began, the defending champion Maple Leafs excitingly took the lead by defeating the Red Wings 3-2 on a goal by Center Bob Pulford with two seconds to go. Winding up the semifinals, the Leafs shut out the Canadiens 3-0 and won the crucial seventh game 3-1 as the perennially 39-year-old Toronto goalie, Johnny Bower, made 38 saves and Center Dave Keon, a most valuable little man, scored all three Leaf goals. Gordie Howe was as usual indispensable for the Wings in the Detroit- Chicago series, but a special luster attached to the veteran center Norm Ullman as he personally beat the Hawks with his second hat trick of the semifinals in a 7-2 victory. Finally, the Wings took the seventh and decisive game 4-2.