BASKETBALL—NBA: Four of seven Eastern teams were well above .600, and the West showed it. Only Los Angeles had more wins than losses. BOSTON (10-3) moved into first place in the East, beating the Royals 116-105. BALTIMORE (12-4) stopped Cincinnati's winning streak at six (115-111) as Earl Monroe scored 33, four in the final 90 seconds. CINCINNATI (11-4) had ended the Bullets' six-game run the previous evening. PHILADELPHIA (7-4) beat Milwaukee for its fourth straight, and Billy Cunningham got 86 points in three games. DETROIT (7-8) lost to Phoenix, then beat the Suns 111-109, but the rest of the West was much too wild, and the Pistons lost to San Francisco, Seattle and San Diego. NEW YORK (6-11) finally got a good game from Bill Bradley and beat the Bulls 119-97, breaking a five-game losing streak. Bradley had 21 points, seven assists and was solid all around. MILWAUKEE (3-10), at the bottom of the East, had the worst won-lost percentage in the league, .231. The Bucksmanaged a single win, over Seattle, their first in two weeks. LOS ANGELES (11-4), still atop the West, won its seventh straight, 119-112, over SAN FRANCISCO (7-8), which ran up its highest point total of the season, 133-105, against Detroit. ATLANTA (7-9) dropped three, beating only Seattle 142-113. PHOENIX (5-7) nearly went winless but pulled out a 130-128 squeaker against Detroit on Gail Goodrich's 10-foo jumper with seven seconds left in overtime. SAN DIEGO (6-9) also beat only the Pistons, 122-120, as Elvin Hayes scored 54 points, highest in the NBA this year. CHICAGO (6-10) played just twice, beating San Diego 115-108 before losing to New York. SEATTLE (6-13) beat Phoenix 128-124, but it took two overtimes.
ABA: OAKLAND (10-2) looked down far below at the rest of the West. Rick Barry scored 148 points in four games, and the Oaks set a league record by sinking 53 foul shots in a 136-127 win at New Orleans. Forty Buc personal fouls equaled a record. MINNESOTA (7-2) had a slightly narrower lead in the East. Connie Hawkins hit 100 points in three games and got 20 rebounds in a 105-95 victory over Indiana, spoiling Bob Leonard's coaching debut. KENTUCKY (6-5) split two games, beating Los Angeles 115-108 with Louie Dampier's 37 points. MIAMI (4-4), which also split two, trailed New Orleans by as much as 17 points for three quarters but came on to win 102-91. NEW YORK (4-5) was winless, as was INDIANA (2-8) at the bottom of the Eastern Division. LOS ANGELES (5-4) rose to second in the West, beating Minnesota 123-116 on Steve Chubin's 10-foot jumper at the end of overtime. DENVER (4-5) won its fourth straight, 105-89, against Houston before losing to DALLAS (2-5). NEW ORLEANS (4-5)lost both its games as did HOUSTON (2-5).
BOWLING—DON GLOVER of Bakersfield, Calif. came from 71 pins behind in the final game, rolling a 256 to win the $31,000 Joliet Open of the Professional Bowlers Association. His first place, with a 9,310-pin total, was worth $3,000.
BOXING—Heavyweights JERRY QUARRY and GEORGE CHUVALO, ranked No. 4 and 5 respectively by Ring magazine, both bid for title-fight attention—with Quarry TKOing Bob (Bull) Mumford in the fifth at Phoenix and Chuvalo scoring a seventh-round TKO over a surprisingly tough Dante Cane of Italy in Madison Square Garden.
FOOTBALL—NFL: BALTIMORE (9-1) stands alone at the top of the Coastal Division after its second shutout of the season. The Colts ran over St. Louis (5-4-1) 27-0, the Cards' first scoreless game in 91. Colt Quarterback Earl Morrall threw three TD passes, and Baltimore's defense was misery for the Cards. LOS ANGELES (8-1-1) fell a fraction of a point behind the Colts by managing only a 20-20 tie at San Francisco (4-5-1). Bruce Gossett's second field goal, a 20-yarder with 17 seconds left, averted a Ram loss. ATLANTA (2-8), despite the second-worst record in the league, beat Chicago (5-5) 16-13, ending the Bears' four-game streak and dumping them from their first-place tie in the Central Division. Already mourning the loss of Gale Sayers, the Bears' hopes were further jolted when Quarterback Virgil Carter broke an ankle. MINNESOTA (6-4) leads the Central Division after a 13-6 victory over Detroit (3-6-1). GREEN BAY (4-5-1) moved out of the Central cellar with a 29-7 win overNew Orleans (3-7). Two scores resulted from Saint fumbles. CLEVELAND (7-3) stayed well atop the Century Division with a 45-24 win over Pittsburgh (2-7-1). The Browns won with the arm of former Pitt Quarterback Bill Nelsen, who threw three TD passes. DALLAS (8-2) still leads the Capitol Division after a 44-24 win at Washington (4-6). Cowboy Quarterback Don Meredith passed for two TDs and set up another before leaving with a knee injury. Meredith completed 17 of 27 for 275 yards. NEW YORK (7-3) stayed just behind the Cowboys with a 7-6 win at home over Philadelphia (0-10). The winning play was a 33-yard TD pass from Fran Tarkenton to rookie Bobby Duhon.
AFL: KANSAS CITY (9-2) continued to hold a half-game lead over the Western Division, decisively beating Boston (3-7 and fourth in the East) 31-17. Len Dawson threw three long touchdown passes—the last one to Mike Garrett with less than a minute to play. OAKLAND (8-2) stayed second in the West with a 43-32, up-and-down thriller over New York (7-3). Rookie Charlie Smith caught a 42-yard pass from Daryle Lamonica with 42 seconds to play for the winning score. SAN DIEGO (8-2) stayed even with Oakland with a 21-6 win at Buffalo (1-9-1), now deeper in the East's cellar. John Hadl threw two touchdown passes to Jacque MacKinnon, Dick Post ran for another and that was more than enough. CINCINNATI (3-8) remained last in the West in spite of a 38-21 win at Miami (3-6-1). Behind 21-17 going into the final quarter, the Bengals scored three times. Cincinnati Quarterback Sam Wyche fractured an ankle. HOUSTON (5-6) is a solid second after a 38-17 pasting of Denver (4-6). Oiler QuarterbackPete Beathard won it by himself with two scoring runs and two passes for 12 points to Mac Haik.
GOLF—Veteran AL BALDING shot a second straight five-under-par 67 in the final round of Italy's World Cup competition, winning individual honors and assuring himself and teammate George Knudson the team prize for Canada (page 30).
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (9-3-3) went winless but held the Eastern lead by one point. Yvan Cournoyer's two goals tied the score twice against Toronto, but the Canadiens lost 5-3. NEW YORK (10-5) beat Pittsburgh 2-1 with Bob Nevin's 12th and 13th goals. TORONTO (8-4-2) had a wild week. The Leafs beat Oakland 3-1, but a fight broke out after the buzzer, and 55 minutes of penalties were handed out. BOSTON (8-5-2) went winless and dropped one place to third. CHICAGO'S (8-7) Bobby Hull was superb, as ever. His goal with 17 seconds left beat the Penguins 6-5, and his hat trick beat them again 6-4. DETROIT (6-6-3) snapped a Los Angeles four-game streak with three first-period goals, winning 5-2. ST. LOUIS (7-6-3) increased its Western lead to four points by beating the Rangers 3-1. LOS ANGELES (6-7-1) beat Oakland 3-1 on two Bill Flett goals for its fourth straight win, a Kings' record. MINNESOTA (6-8-1) won its second in a row, 4-3, over Philadelphia as Danny Grant, Danny O'Shea andClaude Larose each scored a goal. PHILADELPHIA'S (5-8-2) Gary Dornhoefer got two goals in a 4-2 defeat of the Bruins but he also got in two fistfights with Bobby Orr. OAKLAND'S (4-9-3) Gary Jarrett beat the Red Wings 2-1 on a 20-foot goal with 48 seconds to play. PITTSBURGH (2-11-2) was winless.
SURFING—FRED HEMMINGS of Hawaii out-styled the best surfers of 17 countries to win the fourth world championship at Rincon, P.R. Australia's Bernard (Midget) Farrelly was a close second and fellow Aussies Russell Hughes and last year's winner, Robert (Nat) Young, were third and fourth.
MILEPOSTS—HONORED: BOB GIBSON, who led the St. Louis Cardinals to the pennant with 22 wins and then won two games as the Cards lost the World Series, was named the National League's Most Valuable Player. Gibson, whose 1.12 earned run average was lowest in National League history, received 37 more votes than batting champ Pete Rose of Cincinnati. Gibson also won the league Cy Young Award, joining Detroit's Denny McLain to make it the first year two pitchers have shared four top awards.
RETIRED: World Flyweight Boxing Champion CHARTCHAI CHIONOI, 26, of Thailand, following his fourth successful title defense, a victory over Filipino Bernabe Villacampo. Said Chionoi: "I am tired of the fight game and feel sick and unwell."
DIED: CHARLEY GOLDMAN, 79, oldtime bantamweight fighter, later the guiding light and cornerman to undefeated Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano, of a heart attack in New York City.