BASKETBALL—ABA: NEW ORLEANS beat Pittsburgh twice in three games to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven final playoff. The Buccaneers won the third game 109-101 as Red Robbins scored 30 points, Jimmy Jones 26 and Doug Moe 24, while Pittsburgh's Connie Hawkins, the league's leading scorer, was held to only 19. Hawkins hit for 47 points and Robbins was held to 10 in the fourth game, however, and the Pipers edged the Bucs 106-105 on Charlie Williams' foul throw with one second remaining in overtime. With Hawkins out with a knee injury. New Orleans came from behind to take the fifth game 111-108 as Larry Brown popped in 13 points in the final eight minutes.
NBA: The final playoff between BOSTON and LOS ANGELES was all tied up at two games apiece. The Lakers won the second game 123-113 on Jerry West's 35 points and Elgin Baylor's 23, the Celtics took the third 127-119 when John Havlicek tossed in 27 points, Larry Siegfried 26 and Bill Russell 25 and the Lakers won the fourth 118-105 as West and Baylor combined for 68 points.
BOATING—BOB MOSBACHER of Dallas kicked off the Bermuda International Race Week (SI, April 29) by winning the Trimingham Cup, a three-race series for Dragon class boats.
BOWLING—PETE TOUNTAS of Tucson won the ABC Masters Tournament at Cincinnati, coming from the losers' bracket to take two final four-game matches from Buzz Fazio of Delton, Mich., 882-821 and 847-843.
BOXING—JIMMY ELLIS of Louisville defeated California's Jerry Quarry in Oakland to become the WBA heavyweight champion (page 16).
GOLF—CAROL MANN of Towson, Md. shot a 54-hole 214 to win the $15,000 Raleigh (N.C.) Ladies' Invitational over Defending Champion Kathy Whitworth, who finished at 217 (page 22). It was Miss Mann's second victory in a row.
Miller Barber of Sherman, Texas took the $100,000 Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas with a final-round par 70 and a 72-hole total of 270, coming in one stroke ahead of Kermit Zarley, who finished with a course-record 64.
HARNESS RACING—CARDINAL KING ($4.60) won the 1½-mile, $50,000 International Pace at Yonkers Raceway by 1¾ lengths over First Lee, as Cardigan Bay finished sixth (page 56).
HOCKEY—NHL: ST. LOUIS and MINNESOTA were tied at two games apiece in the West Division Stanley Cup finals. The North Stars took the second game 3-2 on Parker MacDonald's goal at 3:41 in overtime and the third 5-1 when Bill Goldsworthy scored two goals and assisted on two others. The fourth game went to the Blues 4-3 as rookie Gary Sabourin, playing his first Stanley Cup game, poked in a goal at 1:32 of the sudden-death overtime. St. Louis had scored three goals in the final period, the last by Jim Roberts with just 11 seconds remaining, to send the game into overtime. In the East Division, MONTREAL easily won the finals 4-1 over Chicago. The Canadiens took the third game 4-2 for their seventh playoff victory in a row and then were beaten by the Black Hawks 2-1 on Bobby Hull's two goals. The series ended at 2:14 of overtime when rookie Jacques Lemaire scored a goal to win the fifth game 4-3.
HORSE RACING—FORWARD PASS ($4.20) won the $32,300 1‚⅛-mile Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by five lengths over T. V. Commercial, and CAPTAIN'S GIG ($3.20) took the $6,000 seven-furlong Stepping Stone at Churchill Downs by eight lengths over Trouble Brewing (page 24)
LACROSSE—The LONG ISLAND ATHLETIC CLUB gained its seventh victory in a row when it upset the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club of Baltimore, the U.S. lacrosse club champions in five of the past seven years, 14-12 in Hempstead, N.Y. JOHNS HOPKINS, which shared the collegiate title last season, also won its seventh straight game by walloping Army 15-8 as Downey McCarty scored five goals.
MOTOR SPORTS—PAUL HAWKINS and DAVID HOBBS of Great Britain, averaging 118.2 mph in a GT-40, won the 1,000-kilometer Monza (Italy) race in 5:18:23.4. finishing almost four miles ahead of runners-up Rolf Stommelen and Jochen Neerpasch of Germany, who drove a Porsche 907. France's Olympic Alpine triple gold medalist Jean-Claude Killy, driving a Porsche 911-T, came in 10th in the 35-car field.
ROWING—HARVARD's varsity heavyweight crew took the Compton Cup at Princeton by almost four lengths over the host team. It was Harvard's 31st intercollegiate victory in a row and the sixth consecutive time it has won the Cup race. In Philadelphia, PENN's heavyweights took the Blackwell Cup for the third straight year, finishing 2½ lengths ahead of Yale.
SOCCER—NASL: LOS ANGELES ran its undefeated streak to four with a 3-2 win over Cleveland and 4-0 shutout of Boston as Carlos Metidieri scored twice, while BOSTON, led by John Milner's two goals, evened its record for the week by shutting out Detroit 3-0. Lakes Division leader DETROIT later beat Toronto 6-1 on four goals by Lars Heinemann, and TORONTO held NEW YORK to a 0-0 tie. OAKLAND tied CLEVELAND 0-0 and later in the week tied BALTIMORE 0-0, while Pacific Division leader SAN DIEGO beat Baltimore 2-0 as Pepe Fernandez scored both goals. The Toros then defeated Dallas 4-2 for their fifth victory. KANSAS CITY took Chicago 5-2 behind three goals by Eric Barber and then beat St. Louis 4-0. The Stars were shut out by WASHINGTON, 5-0, as the Whips won their first game of the season. CHICAGO also gained us first victory by beating Atlanta, the Atlantic Division leader, 4-1 on John Kowalik's two second-period goals.
TENNIS—KEN ROSEWALL of Australia won the British Hard Court Championships at Bournemouth, the first tournament under the new open tennis rules, defeating Rod Laver 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 in the finals (page 20).
TRACK & FIELD—VILLANOVA gained an unprecedented five victories—in the sprint medley, the distance medley, the one-mile, the two-mile and the four-mile relays—in the Penn Relays at Philadelphia's Franklin Field (page 63). At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, VAN NELSON of St. Cloud (Minnesota) State won both the three-mile and the six-mile runs for the third year in a row, setting meet records in both events, while at the Mt. San Antonio Relays in Walnut, Calif. MARTIN McGRADY of Santa Clara Youth Village nipped Oregon's Wade Bell at the tape to win the open half-mile as both were timed in 1:49.4. It was the first class half-mile race for McGrady, who is the world's fastest indoor 600-yard runner.
Nadezhda Chizhova, 22, of Leningrad, set a new world women's shotput record with a heave of 61'3", breaking the 1965 mark of Tamara Press by three inches.
MILEPOSTS—BARRED: From the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, SOUTH AFRICA, after the 71-man Olympic Committee affirmed the Executive Board's withdrawal of its earlier invitation to compete.
APPOINTED: As head basketball coaches at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin, respectively, JIM PADGETT, 37, and JOHN POWLESS, 35. Padgett had been Cal's freshman coach since 1965 and had a 38-11 record. His replacement as an assistant coach is EARL ROBINSON, 31, the first Negro coach for the Golden Bears since the '20's. Robinson graduated from Cal in 1958 after starring in basketball and baseball and played in the major leagues with the Dodgers and the Orioles. Powless, an assistant coach for the Badgers, had also coached at Florida State and the University of Cincinnati.
SIGNED: By Chicago Bulls' Coach JOHN KERR, 35, a three-year contract to coach the Phoenix expansion NBA team now being set up. Kerr was named Coach of the Year in 1966-67 when he led the Bulls into the NBA Western Division playoffs in their firs season.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, ALEX HANNUM, 44, who, in two seasons, led the 76ers to two Eastern Division titles and one NBA championship.
RETIRED: LENNY MOORE, 34, the Baltimore Colts seven-time all-pro running back, to become a TV football commentator. Moore scored 113 touchdowns from 1956-1967, including 20 in 1964, rushed 5,174 yards and gained 6,039 yards pass catching. He played in three championship games and holds the NFL record for the most years leading the league in rushing average (4).
DIED: Coach TYRUS (Ty) TERRELL, 46, and five members of his Lamar Tech (Texas) track team, when their small plane crashed en route home from the Drake Relays.