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BADMINTON—U.S. defeated Canada in a five-out-of-nine series to clinch the North American Zone final in the Thomas Cup. In the fifth and deciding game Jim Poole of San Diego beat Bev Westcott 15-4, 15-3. The U.S. will go to Indonesia later this month for the finals.
BASKETBALL—In a double-header at Madison Square Garden Syracuse defeated Detroit and New York lost to Philadelphia, thus clinching a playoff berth for Syracuse. The race between Los Angeles and Detroit for second place in the Western Division remained close. Both lost to Syracuse, Los Angeles beat Boston and lost to Philadelphia, Detroit beat New York and lost to Boston, leaving Los Angeles a slim two and a half games ahead. In the NBL Cleveland Center Lloyd Sharrar, in game against Akron, tipped in a goal with two seconds to play and clinched the Eastern Division championship for Cleveland. Denver continued to lead in the West, only one victory away from clinching the Western title.
BOXING—RAY PATTERSON, 18-year-old brother of heavyweight champion Floyd, defeated Jim Howard to win the heavyweight title in the New York Golden Gloves at Madison Square Garden.
Cassius Clay, Olympic light heavyweight champion, won his fifth straight professional fight with a 7-round TKO over Donnie Fleeman in heavyweight bout at Miami Beach.
Gaspar Ortega upset world welterweight champion Benny Paret with a 10-round decision in nontitle bout in Los Angeles.
Luis Rodriguez of Cuba, 2nd-ranking welterweight, scored repeatedly with fast left jabs and combinations to register a 5-round TKO over Lyle MacKin in bout in Oakland, Calif.
Dave Charnley of England retained his European lightweight title with a 15-round decision over French champion Fernand Nollet in bout in London. Charnley's victory earned him a crack at Joe Brown's world title April 18 in London.
Giulio Rinaldi of Italy, challenger for Archie Moore's world light heavyweight title, took a 10-round decision over New York's Freddie Mack in bout in Rome.
COURT TENNIS—NORTHRUP R. KNOX of East Aurora, N.Y. defeated Jimmy Bostwick of Old Westbury, N. Y., 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win the U.S. amateur title in Philadelphia.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER walked off with the $20,000 Baton Rouge (La.) Open, shot a 266 for 72 holes to beat Runner-up Wes Ellis Jr., of West Caldwell, Ia., by seven strokes.