BADMINTON—Four unofficial world titles were settled at the All-England Badminton Championships in London. ERLAND KOPS of Denmark won the men's singles, URSULA SMITH of Britain the women's singles. MRS. ULLA RASMUSSEN STRAND and her sister, MRS. KAREN JORGENSEN, both of Denmark, took the women's doubles, while the Malaysian team of NG BOON BEE and TAN YEE KHAN won the men's.
BASKETBALL—Both third-place teams led after the three games of the NBA's opening-round playoffs. PHILADELPHIA defeated CINCINNATI 119-117 in the first game on the Royals' court and again in the third 108-94, as Hal Greer scored a total of 67 points. The Royals won the second game 121-120. BALTIMORE won its opener 108-105, but ST. LOUIS came back in the second 129-105, and in the third game the Bullets put on a 77-point second-half show to win 131-99. The Bullets and the 76ers needed only one victory each to qualify for the division finals against Los Angeles and Boston.
Bill Russell of the Celtics was voted Outstanding Player for the fourth time in five years, while WILLIS REED of the Knicks was chosen as Rookie of the Year. WILT CHAMBERLAIN took the league scoring title for the sixth straight time. His average was 34.7 points per game, his percentage of accuracy .510. In six years of NBA play (464 games) Chamberlain has never fouled out, another record. Tops in rebounds was Russell. LARRY COSTELLO of the 76ers led in free throws, while Oscar Robertson had the most assists.
The WEST won what might be called a split decision over the East in the third annual National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game in Lexington, Ky. Sparked by North Carolina's Billy Cunningham, the East was winning 56-50 in the second half when Cunningham ripped the seat of his pants and had to retire for repairs. The West, led by Gail Goodrich of UCLA and Flynn Robinson of Wyoming, took charge, and by the time Cunningham reappeared his team was behind by eight. Final score: 87-74.
BOATING—The U.S. silver medalist in Star class sailing at the Tokyo Olympics, DICK STEARNS of Chicago, won the Star class spring championship in Nassau, BWI, with two firsts, two seconds and a third in the five-race series. E. W. (Skip) Etchells of Old Greenwich, Conn. was second, and Olympic gold medal winner Durward Knowles of Nassau was third.
BOWLING—BILL ALLEN of Orlando, Fla. rolled five strikes in his final match against Nelson Burton Jr. of St. Louis to win the PBA's $32,500 Buffalo Open in Depew, N.Y. by a score of 206-190.
BOXING—MANNY GONZALES, the world's second-ranked welterweight, won a unanimous decision over ninth-ranked Gaspar Ortega of Mexico in a 10-round match in Houston.
GOLF—A not-so-sudden-death playoff, the second longest in the history of the PGA, ended in victory for DICK HART, a club pro from Hinsdale, Ill., when he parred the 8th hole at the Azalea Open in Wilmington, N.C., while Phil Rodgers, who had led the field halfway through the last round, missed the green, chipped to within four feet, then missed the par putt. The two had finished regulation play with 276s for 72 holes.
HANDBALL—The U.S. four-wall handball singles championship, held this year on the University of Texas' new glass-enclosed court, was won for the sixth time by JIMMY JACOBS of New York, who defeated Dave Graybill of Phoenix, Ariz. 21-12, 21-11 in the final match.
HOCKEY—DETROIT capped its late-season rush by beating the Rangers 7-4 to clinch the NHL title. It was the Red Wings' 13th victory in 16 games. Alex Delvecchio scored three goals—his second hat trick in 15 seasons—and Norm Ullman scored twice, bringing his total to 42. The Red Wings finished the schedule, their first championship season since 1956-57, with a 40-23-7 record. While the Wings, along with MONTREAL (36-23-11), CHICAGO (34-28-8) and TORONTO (30-26-14), got ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs, NEW YORK (20-38-12) and BOSTON (21-43-6) sat back to watch.