BASKETBALL—NBA: Eastern Division leader PHILADELPHIA (57-10) played only one game and defeated the Bullets 149-118 as Wilt Chamberlain scored 42 points. In shooting 18 for 18 from the floor, Wilt equaled his single-game NBA mark set three years ago. He also extended his latest string of field goals without a miss to 31, just one short of the record he set earlier in the season. Second-place BOSTON (50-17) won four in a row to cut the 76ers' lead to seven games. Two of the Celtics' victories were over the Knicks, making it 17 straight over them the last two seasons. NEW YORK (34-37) lost three in a row before beating the Bullets 116-114 on Willis Reed's jump shot with five seconds to go, while CINCINNATI (31-38), only two games behind the Knicks, was 3-2 for the week, including back-to-back victories over the Warriors. BALTIMORE (18-53), in last place, dropped three of four games. Despite winning only one of three, SAN FRANCISCO'S (40-28) lead in the West reached 9½ games when ST. LOUIS (31-28) lost all four games it played. Third-place LOS ANGELES (30-38) won three of five and moved within half a game of the Hawks, while DETROIT (27-40) was 2-0 and CHICAGO (25-44) 1-1 for the week.
BOWLING—Left-hander DAVE DAVIS, the leading money-winner of the season with $26,470 in earnings, gained his third title of the PBA winter tour when he took the $60,000 Miller Open in Milwaukee by-defeating Bob Knipple of Long Beach, Calif.
BOXING—Heavyweight JOE FRAZIER of Philadelphia, unbeaten in 13 previous professional fights, added one more victory to his string when he knocked out Doug Jones of New York in the sixth round in Philadelphia (page 44).
World Welterweight Champion CURTIS COKES of Dallas knocked out Ted Whitfield of Springfield, Mass. in the third round of a scheduled 10-round nontitle fight in Dallas.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (32-13-9) won one and tied one as Bobby Hull scored two goals to raise his league-leading total to 40. while NEW YORK (27-20-8), 11 points behind in second place, took two of three games. The Ranger wins were shutouts—1-0 over the Red Wings and 5-0 over the Canadiens—by Ed Giacomin, lifting his league-leading total to eight. The Ranger loss was to the Maple Leafs 4-2, and it extended TORONTO's (24-21-9) winning streak to seven games. The Leafs had won three other games during the week, including a 4-0 shutout of the Red Wings by 37-year-old Terry Sawchuk. MONTREAL (22-24-9), with two tie's and two losses, fell into fourth, four points behind the Leafs; DETROIT (22-31-4) dropped three, tied one; and BOSTON (15-33-9) lost one, tied two.
HORSE RACING—PRETENSE ($5.40), with Bill Shoemaker up, took the lead at the top of the stretch and won the 1-mile $145,000 Santa Anita Handicap by three lengths over Native Diver.
Earlier in the week. 28 Kentucky Derby hopefuls campaigned in Florida and California (page 22). At Santa Anita, RISING MARKET ($12.80), with Laffit Pincay Jr. up. took the 1 [1/16]-mile $62,550 San Felipe Handicap by a nose over Ruken, and at Hialeah Bob Ussery urged Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' REFLECTED GLORY ($8) to a length's win over Gentleman James in the $34,050 Everglades Stakes.
MOTOR SPORTS—Two-time USAC National Champion MARIO ANDRETTI of Nazareth, Pa. drove a 1967 Ford to first place in the 200-lap Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, Fla. (page 20).
SKIING—Switzerland's DUMENG GIOVANOLI, who won the giant slalom, and KAREN BUDGE of Jackson Hole, Wyo. gained the men's and women's combined titles at the National Alpine Championships in the Missoula (Mont.) Snow Bowl. Other winners were PENNY McCOY of Bishop. Calif. in the women's slalom, Canada's NANCY GREENE in the women's downhill, JIM HEUGA of Tahoe City, Calif. in the slalom, DENNIS McCOY in the downhill and SANDRA SHELLWORTH of Boise, Idaho in the women's giant slalom. Miss Shellworth later broke her leg while practicing for the next day's downhill.
SPEED SKATING—At an international meet in Inzell, Germany, ARD SCHENCK of The Netherlands broke his own world 3,000-meter record by 7.8 with a time of 4:18.4. Finishing second, also well under the old mark, was his countryman KEES VERKERK. who smashed two more world records the next day with a 2:03.9 clocking in the 1,500-meter and a 7:26.6 in the 5,000-meter.
TRACK & FIELD—Running on an unbanked dirt track in a dual meet against Oklahoma State in Lawrence, Kans., JIM RYUN of the University of Kansas ran the half-mile .7 second faster than the world indoor mark set a week earlier by Tom Von Ruden of the 49ers track club. But Ryun's 1:48.3 clocking will not count as a record since it was not run on a board track.
USC's BOB SEAGREN, though failing to break his 17'3" world indoor record for the pole vault, won his event at the Maple Leaf Games in Toronto with a leap of 16'8¾". In the mile run Canadian DAVE BAILEY took the lead halfway through the race and finished in 4:03.4, some 20 yards ahead of Sam Bair of Kent State and Jim Grelle of Portland, Ore., and DAVE ELLIS of Toronto took the three-mile in 13:35.2 as Kenya's Kipchoge Keino came in ninth in a field of 10. Willie Davenport of Southern University was defeated in the 50-yard high hurdles for the first time this season when Italy's EDDY OTTOZ took the event in 6.0. The next night Ottoz won in the 60-yard high hurdles, edging Erv Hall in 7.0 at the Sunpapers All-Eastern Games in Baltimore. In a slow 4:10.4 mile, JIM GRELLE beat Derek Graham of Britain by seven feet, while SEAGREN vaulted 16'7¼" for his 11th win in 13 meets. DAVE PATRICK, Villanova's speedy junior, ran the fastest half-mile on an 11-lap board track when he beat Fran Smith of Ithaca, N.Y. by 20 yards with a 1:49.2 clocking. At the Central Collegiate Conference championships in South Bend. Ind., Loyola's (Chicago) GEORGE CROSBY, a 6'5", 190-pound junior from New York City, ran the 300 in 29.9 on a dirt track. His time was .6 second below the world indoor mark.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: His resignation as head basketball coach of the University of Missouri at the end of the season, BOB VANATTA, 48.
APPOINTED: WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON (TIPPY) DYE, 52, who served as athletic director at the University of Nebraska since 1961, as athletic director at Northwestern. Dye, a former three-sport star athlete and basketball coach at Ohio State, replaces Stu Holcomb, who retired from the position last December.
NAMED: To replace Charlie Metro as manager of the Tulsa Oilers, a Pacific Coast League farm team of the St. Louis Cardinals, WARREN SPAHN, 45. Spahn, who retired from baseball after the 1965 season, won 363 games in his 24-year career. Said Oiler Owner A. Ray Smith hopefully: "The winningest left-hander of all time will become the winningest manager of all time."
RETIRED: From competitive ski jumping. National Champion GENE KOTLAREK, 26, of Minneapolis. Kotlarek also won the U.S. title in 1963 and 1966 and was a member of the last two U.S. Olympic teams.