BASKETBALL—"They all had their shots at me and the Celtics, but we beat them all," crowed Red Auerbach. BOSTON won the NBA championship by defeating Los Angeles in the final game 95-93, and the volatile Auerbach retired after 20 years as coach (page 30). Earlier in the week the Lakers had tied the playoff-series 3-3 with a 123-115 victory, forcing the showdown game in Boston.
Yugoslavia won the world amateur championship when it defeated Spain 68-65 in its final game as the U.S. was beating Russia 75-73 in Santiago, Chile. The U.S. and Yugoslavia finished the round-robin tournament with 5-1 records, but Yugoslavia took the title on the basis of an earlier 69-59 victory over the U.S. The Russians, who would have won the championship if they had beaten the U.S., were a close third.
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH, the 28-year-old welterweight champion from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, won the world middleweight title as he scored a unanimous decision over Dick Tiger, the 36-year-old champion from Nigeria, in an uneventful 15-round bout in Madison Square Garden (page 70). Griffith then went to court to try to keep his welterweight championship which, according to the New York State Athletic Commission, he must now vacate under the "one man, one title" rule.
Sandro Lopopolo, a 26-year-old Italian who was previously ranked ninth in the junior welterweight standings, outpointed champion Carlos Hernandez also 26, of Venezuela, to take the world title in a 15-round match in Rome.
Philadelphian JOE FRAZIER, the 1964 Olympic heavyweight champion, won his eighth straight professional fight with a knockout, stopping Don (Toro) Smith of Pittsburgh in 1:09 of the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Pittsburgh.
GOLF—WARD WETTLAUFER, a 30-year-old Atlanta salesman and former Walker Cup team member (1959) who "plays the course, not the man," won his first North-South Amateur title when he defeated Marion Heck, 26, of Fort Myers, Fla. 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Pinehurst, N.C.
Roberto De Vicenzo, a balding, 43-year-old Argentinian often called the international Snead, took the $15,000 first prize in the Dallas Open with an eight-under-par 276 over Harold Henning of South Africa, Joe Campbell of Tansi, Tenn. and Ray Floyd of St. Andrews, Ill., who finished in a three-way tie for second with 277s. The victory was De Vicenzo's 120th since he began his golfing career in 1945.
Later in the week, 31-year-old HAROLD HENNING won the Texas Open in rainy San Antonio by three strokes with a 272 over Gene Littler, Wes Ellis Jr. and Ken Still, who tied for second.
HARNESS RACING—For the third straight week CARDIGAN BAY, the 10-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer driven by Stanley Dancer, scored a victory at Yonkers with little effort, winning the $50,000 National Championship Pace by three lengths over Adios Marches. With the no-betting-on-Cardigan Bay rule still in effect (SI, May 2), Adios Marches was moved to the winner's spot in the wagering and paid $18.80. Adora's Dream and Adios Vic finished in a dead heat for third.
HOCKEY—Defending Champion MONTREAL skated into contention for the Stanley Cup, tying the series 2-2 with back-to-back wins—4-2 and 2-1—after DETROIT had taken a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NHL playoffs. Earlier in the week the Red Wings, who had won the opening game 3-2, defeated the Canadiens 5-2 on a four-goal outburst in the third period.