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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASKETBALL—NBA: Surging NEW YORK (44-21) moved into second place, extending its winning streak to 11—a team record—and 20 straight at home. The Knicks; with Walt Frazier making eight steals (five of which he converted into layups) in a 98-92 win over the Warriors, tightened the Eastern race (page 14), approaching to within three games of first-place BALTIMORE (45-16). The Bullets kept pace, winning all four of their games, massive Westlcy Unseld pulling down 30 rebounds in a 132-122 victory over the Bucks. PHILADELPHIA (39-20) lost two but beat the Royals. Bill Russell returned to action and led BOSTON (36-24) to a pair of wins against one loss. CINCINNATI (32-29) was 1 and 2 but kept ahead of sixth-place DETROIT (25-37), which also won one and lost two, as did MILWAUKEE (17-45), but the Bucks haven't won more than a game a week since Jan. 11. In the Western Division, Wilt Chamberlain scored' 66 (the league high this season) and got 28 rebounds against pheeble Phoenix, as LOS ANGELES (42-20) won three. ATLANTA (39-25), with a four-game split, remained in second, but SAN FRANCISCO (28-34) had a 3-and-2 week and rose to third, replacing SAN DIEGO (27-35). CHICAGO (25-39) won a game and clung to fifth as SEATTLE (22-41) lost both of its games. PHOENIX (13-48), sad to relate, dropped three.

ABA: In the closely contested East, MIAMI (28-25) vaulted from fourth to first place with four wins and a loss, while MINNESOTA (29-26) fell to second. INDIANA (30-29) remained in third, but KENTUCKY (26-26), second for the past month, plummeted to fourth. The NEW YORK Nets (15-37) stayed put in the basement. Out West, DALLAS (24-27) edged up to fourth with three wins and a loss, changing places with LOS ANGELES (22-31), the Stars falling to fifth. OAKLAND (41-9) was way out in front, but Rick Barry, who needs knee surgery, is out for the season. DENVER (33-22), winning two behind Larry Jones, who scored 30 or more points for the eighth straight game, was second, as NEW ORLEANS (28-27) and HOUSTON (16-35) straggled behind.

BOBSLEDDING—Italy's team of NEVIO DeZORDO and Brakeman ADRIANA FRASINELLI won the World Two-Man Championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., setting a course record of 1:06.62 for the 1,500-meter run.

DOG SHOWS—Ch. GLAMOOR GOOD NEWS, a Skye Terrier owned by Mrs. ADELE F. GOODMAN and her son WALTER (who handled the terrier) of Centre Island, N.Y., took best-in-show at the 93rd Westminster Kennel Club show, in New York. Susie, as she is known at home, is the first Skye ever to win the event.

GOLF—GENE LITTLER won the $100,000 Phoenix Open with a tournament-record 21-under-par 263.

HOCKEY—NHL: BOSTON (33-10-12) went without Bobby Orr again in a 1-1-1 week, giving MONTREAL (34-15-8) a chance to close in on first. The Canadiens, now only two points back, were paced by Jean Beliveau's 17th career hat trick (in fact, he scored four goals) against the Kings, his second in nine days. NEW YORK (29-23-5) lost three and tied one, 3-3, against the Flyers in snowbound Madison Square Garden, shutout king Ed Giacomin being shut out (he was stranded on Long Island), and interim Coach Emile Francis signing himself to a $1 contract as interim backup goalie. DETROIT (27-22-8) beat the Kings 5-0 behind Frank Mahovlich's fourth hat trick of the season, then lost two (page 50). TORONTO (25-17-11) won all three of its games to come within a point of fourth place, and CHICAGO (26-25-6) stumbled into last. In the West ST. LOUIS (30-16-12) stayed on top with three wins and a tie. Second-place OAKLAND (21-27-9) beat New York 3-2 for the first time, giving the Seals 12 wins against the established clubs, the best record for an expansion team this year. During the Ranger game, Chris Worthy, a last-minute addition at goalie, made 35 saves. LOS ANGELES (20-28-6) won one and lost three, PHILADELPHIA (12-30-15) held fourth with two wins and two ties and MINNESOTA (14-33-9) won two, lost one and traded Andre Boudrias and Mike McMahon to Chicago for Bill Orban and Tom Reid and Wayne Connelly to Detroit for Danny Lawson. PITTSBURGH (11-36-9) lost two and tied one, the flightless Penguins remaining grounded.

HORSE RACING—FORT MARCY ($8.40), a 5-year-old bay gelding ridden by Manuel Ycaza, won the $68,600, 1[3/16]-mile Bougainvillea Handicap at Hialeah by a head over Taneb.

SKIING—PENNY NORTHRUP, 17, of Ellicottville, N.Y., with victories in the slalom and downhill, won the women's Roch Cup at Aspen, Colo.; PETER DUNCAN of Canada won the men's cup.

In World Cup competition, REINHARD TRITSCHER of Austria took the slalom in Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia, but failed to catch point-leader Karl Schranz. GERTRUD GABL of Austria narrowly defeated Kiki Cutter of Bend, Ore., to win the slalom in Vysoke Tatry, Czechoslovakia, and is now three points behind incapacitated Annie Famose. In Santa Christina, Italy, JEAN-DANIEL DAETWYLER of Switzerland won the downhill event.

SPEED SKATING—DAG FORNAESS, a 20-year-old Norwegian student, became the world champion at Deventer, the Netherlands, by taking seconds in the 500- and 10,000-meter races, third in the 1,500 and eighth in the 5,000, for a total of 177.368 points.

TENNIS—STAN SMITH, a 6'4" USC student known for his doubles play, won the U.S. National Indoor title at Salisbury, Md. beating unseeded Ismael El Shafei, 21, of Egypt, 6-3, 6-8, 6-4, 6-4.

TRACK & FIELD—WILLIE DAVENPORT improved on his record-setting campaign of setting records, with two world indoor marks in two nights: 5.8 for the 50-yard high hurdles at the Toronto Telegram-Maple Leaf Games and 7.8 for the 70-yard high hurdles in the Mason-Dixon Games at Freedom Hall in Louisville, the latter breaking Hayes Jones's seven-year-old standard by .2. Davenport has now won 12 consecutive indoor races and broken or tied world marks in seven of them. LARRY JAMES set a world indoor record for the 500 (55.4) on Freedom Hall's advantageous 8-laps-to-the-mile track while his VILLANOVA teammates lowered their own world indoor record for the 2-mile relay by a full second: Andy O'Reilly (1:51.6), Chris Mason (1:51.1) Marty Liquori (1:50.7) and Frank Murphy (1:49.4) putting together a 7:22.8. RON JOURDAN of Florida, who had nine straight wins going into the weekend, took the high jump at 7'2" (tops in the U.S. this year) at a meet in Knoxville, and won at Louisville with a 7' leap.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: TED WILLIAMS, 50, as manager of the last-place Washington Senators, succeeding Jim Lemon (page 20).

NAMED: As members of Vince Lombardi's Washington coaching staff, three onetime Lombardi associates: HARLAND SVARE, 38, former Los Angeles Rams' head coach and defensive coach of the New York Giants; BILL AUSTIN, 40, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years; SAM HUFF, 34, the violent middle of the Giants' linebackers in the glory years of 1956, 1958 and 1959. Meanwhile, two retiring Packers were taken into the Green Bay coaching fold when Backup Quarterback ZEKE BRATKOWSKI, 37, called it quits after 13 years and joined Tackle FORREST GREGG, 35, on the offensive staff. NORB HECKER, 41, head coach at Atlanta until midway through last season, was picked up by the Giants to replace Svare; BILL ELIAS, 45, ex-Navy coach, was named defensive backfield coach of the Boston Patriots.

DIED: ANDREW (ANDY) KERR, 90, Colgate football coach from 1929 to 1946, in Tucson. A freshman coach at Pitt under Pop Warner, Kerr was head coach at Stanford for two seasons when Warner was unable to fulfill his contract, then became Warner's assistant. Kerr, who wound up his career at Lebanon Valley, was head coach of the East team in the East-West Shrine game for 23 years.