BADMINTON—Denmark's ERLAND KOPS, top-seeded and unbeaten this year, won the men's singles title in the U.S. championships, defeating champion Channarong Ratanasaeng-suang of Thailand 15-11, 15-7. JUDY HASHMAN, an American living in England, beat Dorothy O'Neill of Connecticut 11-3, 11-0 in the women's singles final.
BASKETBALL—The BOSTON CELTICS won their seventh consecutive NBA championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one (page 28). Except for the third game, when the Celtics shot only 20% from the floor in the first period and Tommy Heinsohn, Tom Sanders and K. C. Jones all fouled out in the last period to give the Lakers a 126-105 win, Boston dominated the playoff. The winning scores were 142-110, 129-123, 112-99 and 129-96.
BOXING—SALVATORE BURRUNI of Sardinia, who won 56 straight bouts before he got a chance to fight for the flyweight title, dethroned World Champion Pone Kingpetch of Thailand in a unanimous 15-round decision at the Olympic Sports Palace in Rome. Kingpetch gained the championship for the first time in 1960 and lost and regained the title twice before losing to Burruni.
Despite being knocked down for a five-count in the first round, HARRY SCOTT of Britain won a controversial 10-round decision in London over Rubin Carter of Paterson, N.J., the third-ranked middleweight.
Middleweight Champion JOEY GIARDELLO gained an easy decision over Gil Diaz in a 10-round nontitle fight in Cherry Hill, N.J., but injured his elbow so badly it required taping and cold packs.
GOLF—FRANK BEARD, whose best previous finish this year was a tie for fourth in the Bob Hope Desert Classic, won the $50,000 Texas Open with a 10-under-par 270. Tied with Tommy Aaron after nine holes of the final round, Beard took the lead with an eagle on the 10th and followed with eight straight pars for a 68. Gardner Dickinson Jr., who also had a final-round 68, finished second, three strokes back of Beard.
After a close match on Pinehurst's No. 2 course in which the finalists were never separated by more than one hole, BARBARA McINTIRE of Colorado Springs defeated Nancy Roth of Hollywood, Fla. 1 up for her fourth North and South amateur golf championship since 1957.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL took a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup playoff by defeating Chicago 2-0. Black Hawk stars Kenny Wharram and Pierre Pilote were out of the lineup with injuries, and Bobby Hull was held in check for the second game in a row. With Wharram and Pilote back for the third game, Chicago won 3-1. Hull finally broke loose and scored two goals as the Black Hawks won again, 5-1, to even the series at 2-2.
HORSE RACING—Kentucky Derby co-favorite LUCKY DEBONAIR ($2.60) held off the stretch run of Swift Ruler to win the nine-furlong, $30,400 Blue Grass Stakes in Keeneland by half a length.
The seven-furlong Stepping-Stone Purse at Churchill Downs, the next-to-last prep race for 3-year-olds before the Derby, was won by TOM ROLFE ($7), who finished 1� lengths ahead of favored Native Charger (page 25).