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BADMINTON—JIM POOLE defeated Bill Berry, both of San Diego, 15-9, 17-18, 15-2 to win the American amateur—open championship in Long Beach, Calif. JUDY DEVLIN HASHMAN of London beat McGregor Stewart of Baltimore 11-2, 11-3 for the women's title, teamed with her sister Susan to win the women's doubles, and with Wynn Rogers of Arcadia to take the mixed doubles.
BASKETBALL—ST. LOUIS, with Bob Pettit sinking the decisive basket, clipped Los Angeles 105-103 in the seventh and deciding game of their Western Division playoff. Earlier, with the series tied 2-2, the Lakers took a one-game lead by out-scoring the Hawks 121-112 behind a 47-point effort by Elgin Baylor. In the sixth game the Hawks nipped the Lakers 114-113 in overtime ( Pettit scored with 12 seconds remaining) to even the series again. In the first game of the best-of-seven series for the NBA championships BOSTON beat St. Louis 129-95.
The AAU picked its All-Star team, which will tour Russia later this month: Jerry Lucas, Ohio State All-America, and 11 members of the NBL teams that competed for the AAU championships. They are Ben Warley, Dan Swartz, Jack Adams, Roger Taylor and John Barnhill of Cleveland, the AAU champions; Mike Moran of Denver; Gary Thompson and Jerry Shipp of Bartlesville, Okla.; Jim Francis of Akron; Tom Meschery of San Francisco; Paul Neumann of New York. John McClendon is coach.
BOWLING—MICHAEL FLANAGAN of the University of Washington rolled 1,792 for nine games to win the national intercollegiate championship in Detroit. Flanagan also won the doubles title with Jerry Johnson of the University of Idaho and shared in the team title to become the first to win all three events.
BOXING—EMILE GRIFFITH, with two left hooks to the jaw followed by a right, KO'd Benny (Kid) Paret in the 13th round to win the world welterweight championship at Miami Beach. At the end of the 12th, Griffith's handlers told him he was losing. "It woke me up," said Griffith.
After months of investigation Senator ESTES KEFAUVER introduced a bill in the Senate to place professional boxing under federal policing. Hearings on the bill, which would create the post of Federal Boxing Commissioner (with power to license boxers, managers, promoters and matchmakers), will begin in May.
Ray Patterson, with brother Floyd watching from ringside, won the final Golden Gloves bout in Chicago to lead New York to a 9-7 victory over Chicago. Patterson won his heavyweight bout over Al Jenkins of Milwaukee. Other winners: Marion Conner of Pittsburgh over Charles Williams of St. Louis (175-pound class); John Persol of New York over James Ellis of Louisville (160-pound); Roy McMillian of Toledo over Thomas Haynes of New York (147-pound); Mike Cortez of New York over Thomas O'Shea of Chicago (135-pound); James Anderson of St. Louis over Henry Hurley of Jersey City (125-pound); Joe Cortez of New York over Oscar German of Grand Rapids, Mich. (118-pound); Allen Lattimore of Kansas City over Raymond Jutras of Lowell, Mass. (112-pound).
Chico Vejar, 29, of Stamford, Conn., received a standing ovation when he retired from boxing after winning 10-round decision over Wilfie Greaves of Canada in middleweight fight in New York. "Boxing has been good to me," said Vejar, who has won 93 out of 117 fights in the past 11 years, "but the road for me now would be all down hill."
GOLF—HOMERO BLANCAS of the University of Houston shot a 3-over-par 291 for 72 holes to win the individual medal title at the All-America Intercollegiate championships in Houston. University of Houston took four out of the five team titles.