BASKETBALL—AAU: PHILLIPS' 66ers of Bartlesville, Okla. beat the Denver Truckers 70-59, in Denver to take their 10th AAU title and first since 1955, in a game featuring a fistfight between Denver's Harvey Salz and the 66ers' Jerry Shipp.
ALL-STAR: EAST beat the West 123-110 in the Shrine All-Star match in Kansas City although Ohio State's Jerry Lucas pulled out 23 points for the West and high-scoring honors for himself. Stu Sherard of Army made eight out of 13 field goals and was named most valuable player.
NBA: BOSTON took a 3-2 lead over Philadelphia in the best-of-seven Eastern Division playoffs, as Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain seesawed back and forth in blocking and scoring. Chamberlain held Russell to nine points, scored 42 himself, as the Warriors won the second game 113-106, but Russell tied down the 7-foot center during a crucial first half as Boston won the next 129-114. Then Philadelphia evened the series with a 110-106 win—but the following day emotions flared as players fought and fans jumped onto the Boston Garden court before the Celtics forged ahead 119-104.
Los Angeles, led by Elgin Baylor, took the first three Western Division playoff games from Detroit with apparent ease but then went down twice. The Pistons held off elimination by squeezing out a one-point victory, 118-117, in the fourth game, and a revitalized Detroit team led by Guard Willie Jones and Forward Bailey Howell came back to add a solid 132-125 win and put the series at 3-2.
BOATING—PAPER TIGER, the St. Petersburg yawl that cleaned up the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit this winter, won the St. Petersburg-Venice race in the Florida Ocean Racing Association by 30 minutes elapsed time over second-place Doubloon of Tampa. First to finish in the fleet of 16 and first in Class B, Jack Powell's 40-footer covered the 50 miles in the corrected time of 10:05:42. Doubloon was first in Class A, in 10:44:53.
BOXING—DICK TIGER, the British Empire middleweight champion from Nigeria, won a unanimous 10-round decision from Henry Hank of Detroit in New York.
Archie Moore scored a KO in the last round of a nontitle 10-round bout in Los Angeles over heavyweight Alejandro Lavorante, 25, of Argentina, who was carried, unconscious, from the ring.
FENCING—NAVY stopped New York University 76 to 74 at the NCAA finals in Columbus, Ohio, ending NYU's two-year winning streak by taking a first in the �p�e, second in the sabre and fourth in the foil.
GOLF—DAVE MARR, a Texan playing out of Sun City, Ariz., knocked in a three-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Jerry Steelsmith, a redhead from Glendale, Calif., to break a tie and win $2,800 top money in the $20,000 Azalea Open at Wilmington, N.C. Marr, 28, whose last major victory on the PGA circuit came in a playoff in Seattle last fall, and Steelsmith, 26, who has yet to win his first professional tournament, had locked at 281 over the 72-hole course.
GYMNASTICS—SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA took the NCAA title west of the Mississippi for the first time. USC gathered 95� points at the Albuquerque meet, favored Southern Illinois dropped to second with 75, and defending champion Penn State to ninth with 13�. Robert Lynn gave USC its mighty boost with four gold medals: parallel and horizontal bars, free exercise and the all-around. Dale Cooper of Michigan State polished off defending champ Fred Orlofsky of Southern Illinois in still rings, and Rusty Mitchell of Southern Illinois won the tumbling.