BASKETBALL—ABA: Whatever talent may have been lost when Rick Barry and Warren Armstrong were dealt away by the VIRGINIA Squires has not kept them from winning their first five games. The success is due largely to rookie Charlie Scott, who has been the team's top scorer in each game including a 29-point performance that paced a 103-88 victory over New York. The Nets had Barry in the lineup for the first time this year against the Carolina Cougars, and even as a part-time player his 16 points and six assists were instrumental in the Nets' 117-97 win. In the West Division, unbeaten UTAH took over the lead by ending Indiana's six-game streak 124-118. The highest-scoring performance of the early season was turned in by John Brisker of PITTSBURGH, although his 46 points were barely enough to hold off Denver 127-123.
NBA: Until this season the only thing in Detroit surer than an auto strike was the availability of a ticket—and probably lots of them—for Piston basketball games. After seven contests this year, however, DETROIT is the only unbeaten team in the league, and season-ticket sales are up 250%, with Cobo Arena crowds of 10,000 now cheering where a scant 4,000 once watched in sullen silence. Attracting these throngs are some notable court activities, such as the night the Pistons' rookie center, Bob Lanier, slugged Atlanta's Bob Christian, or the games in which backcourt stars Jimmy Walker and Dave Bing team up with scoring barrages, their best a 60-point assault on Boston. Another division leader, SEATTLE, passed the .500 mark for the first time in its four-year history, but a 141-111 romp over Portland was costly; Bob Rule, who was averaging 32 points a game, was knocked out for the year with a pulled Achilles' tendon. Philadelphia Guard Hal Greer became only the fourth player to better 19,000 points in his career in a 116-111 loss to SAN DIEGO. The defeat, coupled with NEW YORK's 115-103 victory over winless Cincinnati, threw the Knicks and 76ers into an Atlantic Division tie.
BOWLING—Defending champion MIKE McGRATH beat Dave Davis, the week-long leader, by scoring a 226-222 final-game victory for his fifth PBA national championship, in Garden City, N.Y.
FOOTBALL—In a sport where teams are bred to score points at a prodigious pace, a defensive unit that surrenders no touchdowns is rare indeed. At least that was the case until last week, when there were four touchdown shutouts in a single afternoon. In fact, through the first six Sundays—less than half the 14-game pro schedule—there have been eight shutouts and eight other games in which the defense allowed the opposition nothing more than field goals. By contrast, the 1969 season yielded only nine scoreless performances all year. The infrequency of shutouts is indicated by WASHINGTON's record: up to last Sunday's 20-0 victory over Cincinnati, the Redskins had not blanked an opponent in six years. The other defensive gems of the week came from CLEVELAND (28-0 over Miami, knocking the Dolphins out of the Central Division lead in the National Conference), BUFFALO (10-6 over the Namathless Jets) and BALTIMORE (27-3 over Boston, the season's least offensive team, with three games in which it didn't cross the goal). The Minnesota Vikings, who allowed the fewest points (133) of any team last year, have already held two opponents scoreless, matching last year's total. One possible explanation for all this accentuating of the negative is that, like Dr. Strangelove, NFL defensive units have learned to stop worrying and cope with the bomb.
American Conference—Eastern: Baltimore (5-1-0), Miami (4-2-0), Buffalo (2-4-0), New York and Boston (1-5-0). Central: Cleveland (4-2-0), Houston (2-3-1), Pittsburgh (2-4-0), Cincinnati (1-5-0). Western: Denver (4-2-0), Oakland (3-2-1), Kansas City (3-3-0), San Diego (1-3-2).
National Conference—Eastern: Dallas and St. Louis (4-2-0), Washington and New York (3-3-0), Philadelphia (0-6-0). Central: Detroit (5-1-0), Minnesota (4-1-0), Green Bay (4-2-0), Chicago (2-4-0). Western: Los Angeles (4-1-0), San Francisco (4-1-1), Atlanta (3-3-0), New Orleans (1-4-1).
GOLF—Sinking a two-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, KEEN STILL halted a year-long slump to win the Kaiser International Open in Napa, Calif. over Lee Trevino and Bert Yancey, who had tied him with 10-under-par 278s over 72 holes.
Gary Player won his sixth Australian Open, beating Bruce Devlin by three strokes in Melbourne.
HARNESS RACING—HORTON HANOVER ($15.60), clocked in the second-fastest time in the 25-year history of the event, 2:30⅕ won the mile-and-a-quarter $50,000 National Pacing Derby at Roosevelt Park.
Most happy Fella ($2.80) was a two-length winner over Kentucky in the $75,000 L.K. Shapiro Stakes for 3-year-old pacers at Hollywood Park. The winner's time for the mile was 1:58.
HOCKEY—NEW YORK Ranger Ed Giacomin, until this season one of the NHL's few remaining barefaced goalies, has found his new mask anything but a handicap. After back-to-back shutouts against Toronto and Montreal, the latter a 1-0 duel that Coach Emile Francis called "a classic for this stage of the season," Giacomin was awarded a $100 bonus. In all, he kept rival pucks out of the Ranger net for 171 minutes and 53 seconds before two TORONTO goals ended his shutout string. This year Giacomin will be spelled often by Gilles Villemure, who had a standout night of his own against Minnesota, allowing only one goal as the Rangers won their fifth straight 4-1 and stayed even with MONTREAL in the East. CHICAGO did the expected and captured the Western lead by the slimmest of margins over PHILADELPHIA and ST. LOUIS with a 1-0 shutout of Toronto. CALIFORNIA remained at the bottom of the standings as the league's only winless team.
HORSE SHOWS—WEST GERMANY overwhelmed the competition in the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg and became the first foreign team since 1960 to win the Nations Cup event. Hans Winkler was the outstanding rider for the winners, who totaled 122 points to 48 for second-place Canada and 42 for the United States.
JUDO—BRAZIL, with Shiaki Ishii winning both the light-heavyweight and open class titles, captured the Pan-American Championship in Londrina, Brazil, outpointing the U.S. 50-46.
MOTOR SPORTS—After several attempts thwarted by mechanical difficulties, GARY GABELICH surpassed Craig Breedlove's land speed record of 600.601 mph with two measured-mile runs across the Bonneville Salt Flats at an average speed of 622.407 mph.
TRACK & FIELD—CHRISTOS PAPANICOLAOU of Greece became the first 18' pole-vaulter ever, clearing 18'¼" at a dual meet with Belgrade in Athens. The former San Jose State student, who finished fourth at the Mexico City Olympics, exceeded Wolfgang Nordwig's old record by an inch and a quarter.
MILEPOSTS—DISMISSED: From the Kansas University track team, JAN JOHNSON, whose pole vault of 17'7" is the best indoors, and BRIAN McELROY, a member of the Jayhawks' two-mile relay team, holder of the world indoor record of 7:25.7, for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
NAMED: As American and National League Managers of the Year, respectively, RALPH HOUK of the New York Yankees, for the second time, and DANNY MURTAUGH of the Pittsburgh Pirates, his third such award.
PURCHASED: By the Virginia Squires, Pittsburgh Condor rookie and top draft choice MIKE MALOY, for an undisclosed amount of cash. The 6-8 Maloy had been under suspension since before the ABA season began for being out of shape.
SUSPENDED—SPENCER HAYWOOD, last year's Most Valuable Player in the American Basketball Association, by the Denver Rockets, for failing to show up for games and practice sessions during a salary dispute with the club.
SUSPENDED: For the remainder of the IDAHO STATE football season, 17 black players, including three freshmen, who refused to show up for a midweek practice, reportedly because they felt two of them had not been given enough playing time.
DIED: MRS. HENRY CARNEGIE PHIPPS, 87, matriarch of one of thoroughbred racing's most famous families, whose Wheatley Stables, opened in 1926, produced such greats as Bold Ruler and Seabiscuit; at her home in Westbury, N.Y.