BASKETBALL—NBA: The Cincinnati Royals, playing without Oscar Robertson, who pulled a groin muscle last week, lost five straight games and fell from fifth to last place, the only change in the East's standings. Up top, the New York Knicks rolled along—they've won 11 of their last 12 games—with only one slip, a 111-96 loss to Atlanta, the worst defeat the Knicks have suffered this season. The win moved Atlanta back to first in the West. The Hawks had fallen half a game behind Los Angeles after being defeated 133-124 by Baltimore.
ABA: The Indiana Pacers, leaders in the East, managed a winning week with a 3-2 record, though two of their victories were come-from-behind affairs. Miami, sixth in the East, led 91-90 in the fourth quarter when the Pacers took charge, finally defeating the Floridians 122-115 as four of the Indiana starting five scored more than 20 points each. The Kentucky Colonels were ahead with 30 seconds remaining, but Pacer Bob Netolicky hit four free throws for a 102-100 Indiana victory. In the West, Denver defeated top-ranked New Orleans 125-111 but lost two other contests, one a 117-103 defeat by last-place Los Angeles, to remain in second place.
NBA—East: New York (4-1), Milwaukee (2-1), Baltimore (2-1), Philadelphia (2-2), Boston (2-1), Cincinnati (0-5), Detroit (2-2). West: Atlanta (2-1), Los Angeles (2-3), Phoenix (4-0), Chicago (1-3), San Francisco (2-3), Seattle (3-2), San Diego (0-3).
ABA—East: Indiana (3-2), Kentucky (1-2), Carolina (2-1), New York (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Miami (0-2). West: New Orleans (2-2), Denver (2-2), Dallas (1-1), Washington (1-2), Los Angeles (1-2).
BOWLING—The PBA's $45,000 Denver Open was won by NELSON BURTON JR. of St. Louis when he rolled three strikes in a row to beat Jim Stefanich of Joliet, Ill. 203-175 for the $6,000 first-prize purse.
BOXING—Italy's PIERO DEL PAPA outpointed Yugoslavia's Yvan Preberg in a 15-round bout in Milan to regain the European light-heavyweight championship, a title he held in 1966-1967.
World Featherweight Champion SHOZO SAIJO of Japan won a unanimous decision over Godfrey Stevens, who was attempting to become the first Chilean to win a world title, in Tokyo.
FIGURE SKATING—JANET LYNN of Rockford, Ill. won her second consecutive national women's title, and TIM WOOD of Colorado Springs, Colo. took his third men's title at the U.S. Championships in Tulsa (page 18).
At the European championships in Leningrad, GABRIELE SEYFERT of East Germany successfully defended her women's title, defeating Beatrix Schuba of Austria, who placed first in compulsory figures. Czechoslovakia's ONDREJ NEPELA won the men's gold medal, and the Russian team of LIUDMILA PAKHOMOVA and ALEXANDER GORSHKOV placed first in the dance event.
GOLF—With a final-round six-under-par 66 BRUCE DEVLIN of Australia overtook Larry Ziegler of St. Louis to win the 90-hole Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. 339-343. Ziegler had led or shared the lead the first four days of the tournament but shot a par 72 on the final round.
HOCKEY—NHL: Officials fined 39 players $4,300 for fighting, but otherwise it was a quiet week in the league. There were no changes in the East's standings as first-place New York won both its matches and Montreal and Boston had 2-1-1 records to remain tied for second. Boston's Bobby Orr scored his 20th goal of the season as the Bruins tied Detroit 2-2, and is now only one short of his own league record for goals by a defenseman. In Boston's one loss, an 8-4 defeat by Chicago, Stan Mikita scored five points, one goal and four assists, for the second consecutive game. His first five-point spree came in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota. West Division leader St. Louis dropped the two games it played but remained 13 points in front of Philadelphia, which also had two losses. Minnesota finally snapped a nine-game losing streak by tying Montreal 1-1 but not before the North Stars had slipped from fourth to fifth place, replacing Oakland.
NHL—East: New York (2-0-0), Boston (2-1-1), Montreal (2-1-1), Detroit (2-1-1), Chicago (2-0-1), Toronto (2-2-0). West: St. Louis (0-2-0), Philadelphia (0-2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1-0), Oakland (2-2-0), Minnesota (0-2-1), Los Angeles (0-2-0).
HORSE RACING—Westerley Stud's RISING MARKET ($8.80) highlighted Santa Anita's strike-delayed opening day, holding off a stretch bid by favored Tell to win the $38,200 San Carlos Handicap by 2¼ lengths. Laffit Pincay rode Rising Market and Bill Shoemaker was on Tell.
A track record for 1[1/16] miles was set at Santa Anita by NODOUBLE ($3.40), ridden by Jorge Tejeira and owned by Verna Lea Farms, when he won the $46,650 San Pasqual Handicap in 1:40[2/5].
Sonny Werblin's SILENT SCREEN ($5.80), Johnny Rotz up, won by a head over George Lewis in the $32,350 Bahamas Stakes at Hialeah (page 10).
Rotz rode his second stakes victory of the week when Claiborne Farm's DIKE ($9.00) caught Never Bow at the wire to win the 1‚⅛ mile, $65,700 Seminole Handicap in 1:48[1/5] over a sloppy track.
SKIING—The men's slalom, opening event at the World Alpine Championship in Val.. Gardena, Italy, was won by France's JEAN-NOEL AUGERT with a clocking of 99.47 seconds for two runs, only .04 second faster than the time registered by Patrick Russel of France. In third place was Billy Kidd, who became the first U.S. male skier to win a medal in the FIS championships (page 42).
TENNIS—-It was a double win for the Australians at the International Tennis Players Association indoor open in Philadelphia as ROD LAVER defeated Tony Roche 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 to take the $10,000 men's singles purse, and MARGARET SMITH COURT was awarded the $3,000 women's purse for her 6-3, 7-6 victory over Billie Jean King.
TRACK & FIELD—Results in the women's events featured the Toronto Telegram-Maple Leaf meet as CHI CHENG of Formosa set a world record of 6.5 seconds in the 50-yard hurdles, CHERYL TOUSSAINT of Brooklyn set another, with 1:22.2 in the 600 yards, and 16-year-old DEBBIE BRILL from Haney, British Columbia won the high jump at 6', becoming the first North American woman ever to clear that height. In New York, at the 51st annual Knights of Columbus meet, Villanova's MARTY LIQUORI switched from the mile to the 1,000-yard event and won with a meet-record 2:07.6, while TOM VON RUDEN, who last week set a national record in the 1,000 yards, won the mile in 4:02.4. Oklahoma State's EARL HARRIS was voted the outstanding performer at the Coaches Indoor Games in Fort Worth after he took the 300-yard race in a meet-record-tying 30.7 and the 60-yard dash in 6.1. RON CLARKE of Australia, appearing at the Athens Invitational meet in his first indoor three-mile race of the season, ran the distance in 13:21.8, 12 seconds off the world record he had hoped to better. At the All-Eastern Indoor Games in Baltimore, JOHN CARLOS tied the world record for the 60-yard dash in 5.9 in a heat and won the final with 6.1 to remain unbeaten for the season, while MARTY McGRADY tied the meet record of 1:10.6 in the 600 for his third win in three nights of racing. He also won the 600 yards in Toronto and New York.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: To the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, HUGH McELHENNY, a 13-year veteran of the NFL who in 1952 averaged 10.69 yards on combined attempts, a record that has been bettered only once; JACK CHRISTIANSEN, a defensive back for the Detroit Lions from 1951 to 1958, years when the Lions won four division and three league championships; TOM FEARS, the NFL's leading pass receiver in 1948, 1949 and 1950, his first three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams; and PETE PIHOS, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1947 to 1955 as both an offensive and defensive end.
SETTLED: A $110,000 lawsuit filed by John Roseboro, the former Dodger catcher, against Juan Marichal, the San Francisco Giants' pitcher, after Marichal struck Roseboro with a bat in a game played at Candlestick Park in 1965; for a reported $7,500.
DIED: ABE ATTELL, 85, former world featherweight champion, who won his title in 1901 by defeating George Dixon and successfully defended the championship until 1912 when he lost a decision to Johnny Kilbane; in Libertyville, N.Y.
DIED: MRS. P. A. B. (Gertrude) WIDENER, 71, owner of such famous thoroughbreds as Polynesian, winner of the 1945 Preakness and sire of Native Dancer, and Hula Dancer, the 1962 top French filly; of a heart attack in New York.
DIED: RUDY YORK, 56, former first baseman for the Detroit Tigers, whose batting records include: 18 home runs in August of 1937, the major league mark for homers in one month, and two home runs with bases loaded in a game in 1946; of lung cancer in Rome, Ga.