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HOCKEY—NHL: With one win and two ties MONTREAL (6-2-3) pulled two points ahead of CHICAGO (6-2-1) in their duel for first place. The Black Hawks, who won one and lost two, were unbeaten in seven games until they were trounced by the Canadiens 5-2 in a game that ended in a brawl. NEW YORK (4-3-3), which had not lost in six games, dropped a 5-2 decision to the Maple Leafs but then beat the Black Hawks 4-2, while TORONTO (3-6-2), which had not had a victory in six games, won one, then tied and lost its next two games. DETROIT (2-5-3) tied twice, lost once and slipped to fifth. BOSTON (2-5-2), getting strong net-tending from rookie goalie Bernie Parent, tied the Rangers 2-2 and shut out the Maple Leafs 2-0.
HORSE RACING—The two French representatives in the 1�-mile, $150,000 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel finished one-two as DIATOME ($11.60), owned by Baron Guy de Rothschild and ridden by Jean Deforge, nosed out Carvin, owned by Jean Boutillier (page 92).
Spring Double ($112.40), the second longest shot in the 13-horse field for the $213,990 Pimlico Futurity, was second across the finish line, but Jockey Herb Hinojosa lodged a complaint of bumping against the apparent winner. Fathers Image. It was upheld, and Spring Double was declared the winner.
HORSE SHOWS—The revival of the Washington International show almost failed to live up to its name. Only England's Douglas Bunn appeared to compete against the U.S. Equestrian Team's riders as Argentina, Ireland, Canada and Mexico declined their invitations. With Team Captain Bill Steinkraus not competing, KATHY KUSNER won the fight among the U.S. riders for the individual championship. An interesting newcomer was 18-year-old CRYSTINE JONES of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who won the green jumper title on Ksarina.
MOTOR SPORTS—A world land-speed record for wheel-driven cars was set by BOBBY SUMMERS in his piston-driven GOLDENROD. Summers' average for the two-way run on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats was 409.277 mph, a 6.177-mph improvement on the mark set by Donald Campbell of England. Three days later Craig Breedlove, in his jet-powered Spirit of America, raised the absolute world mark past the 600-mph barrier with an average of 600.61 mph.
SHOOTING—After a double shootoff against the Chilean team, the UNITED STATES gained the team title at the world skeet-shooting championships in Santiago. ROBERT RODALE of Allentown, Pa., the only civilian on the American squad, fired two perfect rounds of 25 in the shootoffs.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Most Valuable Player in the National League by the Baseball Writers Association of America, WILLIE MAYS, 34, of the second-place San Francisco Giants, for the second time. Mays led the majors last season in home runs (52) and total bases (359), was second in the NL in runs scored (118) and had the league's third-highest batting average (.317). In 1954, when the Giants were still in New York, Mays, in his first full season, led them to the pennant with a league-leading .345 and earned his first MVP award.
DIED: BILL LINDERMAN, 45, the first cowboy to win three rodeo championships in one season (1950) and the biggest money winner ($439,000) in the history of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, in the crash of a United Airlines plane in Salt Lake City. In recent years Linderman had served as secretary treasurer of the RCA.