BADMINTON—The U.S., the only country ever to hold the Uber Cup, symbol of the world championship in women's badminton, was upset by JAPAN. Competing for the first time, Japan's women dominated the finals in Wellington, New Zealand with three singles victories—Noriko Tagaki beat Baltimore's Judy Hashman, now living in England, who is ranked the world's best player; Mitsuko Yokoyama won over Tyna Barinaga of Beaverton, Ore.; and Fumiko Yokoi defeated Caroline Jensen of Port Angeles, Wash.—then clinched the cup with a doubles win. The U.S. got its only points in one doubles when Mrs. Hashman and Mrs. Rosine Jones beat Miss Tagaki and Miss Yokoi.
BOWLING—After trying and failing five times, BOB STRAMPE, 35, of Detroit, won his first American Bowling Congress Masters championship when he defeated Al Thompson of Cleveland 873-799 in four games in Rochester, N.Y. Strampe registered seven straight victories in the double elimination finals.
Jack Biondolillo of Houston and Fred Foremsky of El Paso defeated favorites Dick Weber and Ray Bluth of St. Louis, who have won four Bowling Proprietors Association of America national doubles titles in 10 years, by 480 pins, to take the championship in Chicago.
BOXING—Two world champions kept their titles as CASSIUS CLAY bloodied British Greengrocer Henry Cooper for a TKO in 1:38 of the sixth round of London's heavyweight championship bout (page 20), and Light Heavyweight Champion JOSE TORRES floored Challenger Wayne Thornton twice to score a unanimous decision in 15 rounds at New York's Shea Stadium (page 24).
Philadelphia's JOE FRAZIER, the 1964 Olympic heavyweight champion, scored his ninth straight professional knockout as he kayoed Chuck Leslie of Los Angeles in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium.
FOOTBALL—"This is a personal decision I have made," said PETE GOGOLAK, 24-year-old place-kicker for the Buffalo Bills and the AFL's second highest scorer in 1964 and 1965, after he signed a long-term (said to be three years) contract with the NFL's New York Giants. Personal or not, the signing aggravated the rumble between the two pro leagues. Buffalo Owner and AFL President Ralph Wilson called it "a direct provocation against the Bills and the AFL" and, along with other owners, threatened retaliation.
GOLF—After leading all the way out, Australia's BRUCE DEVLIN faded slightly on the back nine and put two shots into creek beds, but still managed to beat R. H. Sikes, former public links and National Collegiate champion, by one stroke in the $100,000 Colonial National in Fort Worth (page 67).
HARNESS RACING—CARDIGAN BAY ($4), the 10-year-old champion of New Zealand and Australia driven by Stanley Dancer, beat 4-year-old Bret Hanover, harness racing's Horse of the Year in 1964 and 1965, by a length in the $65,000 Pace of the Century at Yonkers (page 70).
A night earlier Billy Myer celebrated his 50th birthday in the fog at Yonkers by driving favored ROMEO HANOVER ($3), last year's 2-year-old champion, to a 4�-length victory over Buzzy Hanover in the Cane Futurity, first leg of pacing's Triple Crown. The win was worth $69,803.25 (for a $228,768 career total) to Romeo's owners—three caterers, a beauty salon operator, an accountant and a partner called "the bon vivant" by the others—who bought him at the 1964 Harrisburg Sales for $8,500.
HOCKEY—ALEX DELVECCHIO, 34-year-old captain of the Detroit Red Wings, was awarded the National Hockey League's top sportsmanship trophy, the Lady Byng Memorial, which carries with it a cash prize of $1,000, for the second time in his 15-year NHL career. The veteran forward won his honor by scoring a total of 69 points during the regular season while incurring only eight minor penalties in 70 games. Montreal's JACQUES LAPERRIERE won the Norris Trophy as best defenseman.