BASKETBALL—NBA: Despite the absence of Bill Bradley, still missing because of an injured ankle, the New York Knicks had a 2-1 week and took their 54th victory, 115-101 over third-place Baltimore, to tie the club record for wins in a single season set only last year. An NBA record was set by the Boston Celtics when they scored 54 points in the last quarter of a 147-124 rout of San Diego, but it was the only victory the Celtics enjoyed all week, and losses to Los Angeles and Phoenix dropped Boston to sixth place in the division. The West's leader, Atlanta, had three defeats and only one win, 118—106 over second-place Los Angeles. With a 2-1 week, the Lakers moved within a game and a half of the Hawks. Seattle won all five of its contests to move up to fifth, replacing San Francisco, which was 0-4.
ABA: The New Orleans Buccaneers fell from first to fourth place in the West, losing five straight games, including three to last-place Los Angeles. Denver, with a 3-0 week, took over the division lead behind the shooting of Spencer Haywood, the ABA's leading scorer, who hit for 35 and had 21 rebounds as the Rockets defeated the East leaders, the Indiana Pacers, 132-100. It was the worst loss for the Pacers this season and the first win for Denver in five tries against Indiana. The defeat did not threaten the Pacers' comfortable lead in the East, but two losses for the New York Nets—101-97 to Carolina and 119-116 to Washington—dropped the Nets to fourth place. They replaced the Cougars, who moved up to third.
NBA—East: New York (2-1), Milwaukee (3-1), Baltimore (3-2), Philadelphia (2-1), Cincinnati (1-0), Boston (1-2), Detroit (2-3). West: Atlanta (1-3), Los Angeles (2-1), Phoenix (2-2), Chicago (2-2), Seattle (5-0), San Francisco (0-4), San Diego (0-4).
ABA—East: Indiana (0-1), Kentucky (2-2), Carolina (3-1), New York (2-2), Pittsburgh (1-3), Miami (1-3). West: Denver (3-0), Dallas (3-1), Washington (3-1), New Orleans (0-5), Los Angeles (3-2).
BOATING—The world 5.5-meter championship in Sydney, Australia was won by the Australian entry, Carabella, skippered by DAVE FORBES, when she finished the six-race series with a low 16 points lost. Ted Turner of Atlanta sailed Nemesis to second place with 30.7, and Ernie Fay of Houston was third with 47.1.
At Adelaide, Australia Englishman RODNEY PATTISSON skippered Superdocious to a third consecutive world Flying Dutchman championship with 21.7 points for the series. John Truett of Great Britain was second with 26 points.
BOWLING—NELSON BURTON JR. of St. Louis won his second PBA tournament in a month when he bowled 243 against Ray Bluth's 215 in the final of the $50,000 Toledo Open.
BOXING—DENNY MOYER of Portland, Ore. was awarded a unanimous 12-round decision over Eddie Pace of Los Angeles to win the North American Boxing Federation middleweight championship.
COURT TENNIS—JAMES C. BOSTWICK, the U.S. Open champion, defeated Eugene Scott, former Davis Cup player, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 to take the singles title at the U.S. Amateur Tournament in New York.
GOLF—MIKE HILL of Jackson, Mich., younger brother of last year's low scorer on the tour, Dave Hill, shot a final-round 71 for a 279 total to take the $30,000 winner's purse at the $150,000 Doral Open in Miami. It was Mike's first win in two years on the tour.
HOCKEY—NHL: Only one point separated first-place NEW YORK and second-place Boston as the two teams continued their battle for supremacy in the East. The Bruins shut out Chicago 3-0, taking revenge for the two losses they suffered at the hands of the Black Hawks that were the only two in the past 16 games, and defeated the Rangers 5-3 for a 2-1-0 week. But New York beat Toronto and St. Louis and tied Detroit to hang on to its slim lead. In the West, fifth-place Minnesota acquired 40-year-old Goalie Gump Worsley from Montreal in an attempt to break a 20-game streak without a victory. Worsley says he is going to put the North Stars in the playoffs.
NHL—East: New York (2-1-1), Boston (2-1-0), Montreal (2-1-0), Chicago (2-1-0), Detroit (1-1-1), Toronto (1-1-1). West: St. Louis (1-1-0), Pittsburgh (2-1-0) Philadelphia (1-1-0), Oakland (0-3-0), Minnesota (0-1-1), Los Angeles (0-1-2).
HORSE RACING—Owned by Emanuel Mittman and ridden by Ron Turcotte, VENT DU NORD covered the 1½ miles of the $144,600 Hialeah Turf Cup in 2:27 2/5—only one-fifth second off the track record—to finish a length and a half ahead of Drumtop.
Calumet Farm's BEST TURN ($4.60), ridden by Charles Baltazar, took the first section of the $122,800 John B. Campbell Handicap, and Baird Brittingham's MITEY PRINCE ($31), with Paul Kallai in the saddle, won the second by seven lengths at Bowie Race Course in Maryland. Best Turn was clocked in 1:43 3/5 and Mitey Prince in 1:43 for the 1 1/16 miles.
Gallant Bloom ($3.60), the King Ranch's four-year-old filly, ridden by Johnny Rotz, registered her 12th consecutive victory racing through a muddy 1‚⅛-mile course in 1:50 3/5 to win the $100,000 Santa Margarita Handicap by two lengths at Santa Anita.
An American record was set at Santa Anita when Chilean-bred QUILCHE ($22.80), with Jerry Lambert up, ran 1¼ miles on the grass in 1:58 to beat the old mark by one-fifth of a second and win the $58,100 San Luis Obispo Handicap.
SKIING—ALAIN PENZ of France followed up a win in the giant slalom at the Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Wild West Classic by taking both the slalom and giant slalom events at Canada's World Cup ski meet in Vancouver. Karl Schranz of Austria, leader in World Cup points, failed in his chance to clinch the cup when he fell on the second run of the giant slalom.
SPEED SKATING—At the ladies world championship in West Allis, Wis., the Dutch upset a surprisingly weak Russian team, winning nine of 15 medals, including both the gold and silver in overall standings, which went to ATJE KEULEN-DEELSTRA and STIEN KAISER respectively. Sigrid Sundby of Norway won the bronze medal and Dianne Holum of Northbrook, Ill. placed fourth (page 18).
SQUASH RACKETS—The national championship was won for the second straight year by ANIL NAYAR, a Harvard graduate from Bombay, when he beat Sam Howe of Philadelphia 11-15, 8-15, 15-9, 15-6, 15-11 in Philadelphia (page 58).
SWIMMING—KAREN MORAS, 16, of Sydney, Australia swam the 800-meter freestyle in a world record 9:09.1—1.3 seconds better than Debbie Meyer's old mark—at the championships in Sydney.
TENNIS—In Winchester, Mass. MRS. MARY ANN CURTIS of St. Louis beat Patti Hogan of La Jolla, Calif. 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the women's indoor championship.
TRACK & FIELD—MARTY McGRADY ran a world indoor record 1:07.6 for 600 yards at the AAU championships in New York, and Lee Evans, who finished second in 1:08, also broke the old mark of 1:08.5 set only two weeks before in Louisville by McGrady. MARTY LIQUORI won the mile in 4:00.9 after an elbow-swinging and shoving incident on the final lap with Henryk Szordykowski, who was second. NORMAN TATE won both the long jump, with 26'4¾", and the triple jump, with 53'4½", but CHI CHENG of Taiwan had three victories: the women's long jump, with a meet-record 21'¾", the 60-yard hurdles and the 60-yard dash (page 52). At the Ohio State Invitational meet in Columbus, an American record in the three-mile walk was set by RON LAIRD of Pomona, Calif. as he won the event in 20:48, 16 seconds better than the old mark set in 1925.
MILEPOSTS—RETIRED: MAJESTIC PRINCE, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness and of $414,200, whose series of leg injuries led Trainer Johnny Longden to announce his retirement to stud.
DIED: DR. KAZUO YANAGISAWA, 55, physician for the New York Rangers and the New York Knicks and chief medical officer for Madison Square Garden for 21 years; of a heart ailment, in Bergenfield, N.J.
DIED: DON PEDEN, 71, former head football coach, baseball coach and athletic director at Ohio University, who in 26 years at OU led the Bobcats to a 121-46-11 football record, including three undefeated seasons, and a 261-142 baseball record; of a heart ailment, in San Diego.
DIED: BENNTE OWEN, 94, football coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1905 to 1926 with a record of 122 victories, 54 losses and 16 ties, including four undefeated seasons; in Houston.