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Original Issue

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—NBA: Happy Hairston, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich combined for 70 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-93 win over Milwaukee—their first in three tries. The Lakers, paced by Wilt Chamberlain's 33 points and 27 rebounds, burned Portland 133-120 before crushing San Diego 133-105. Portland did a little trailblazing of its own, embarrassing the Bucks 123-111. In the Midwest Division Chicago caught on like hot pants, trouncing Baltimore 124-102, Cincinnati 131-99, Seattle 118-101, Philadelphia 114-102 and then finishing the week by clipping New York 109-102 as Bob Love scored 40 points. The Knicks handed the Bullets a 125-95 setback before downing Cincinnati 115-108 and falling to Detroit 108-99. In a battle of extremes, Baltimore blew both hot and cold as it defeated Buffalo 98-90. The Bullets roared to a 34-18 lead after one quarter but managed to score only nine points in the second period. Cleveland won over Buffalo for the sixth straight time, 101-91.

ABA: Poor Joe Caldwell spent a game day in the hospital undergoing tests for an injured abdominal muscle before he was rushed to the basketball court to score a healthy 56 points—a club record—and drive the Carolina Cougars to a 156-139 win over Kentucky. Virginia, meanwhile, smugly won all but one of its games. The Squires edged Pittsburgh 126-122, Memphis 114-111 and Florida 138-129, but lost to Utah 127-122. The Stars also fell on Texas 138-117, Kentucky 138-129 and second-place Indiana 120-111, to take a 1½-game lead in the West Division.

BOBSLEDDING—Air Force Sergeant JIM HICKEY piloted his four-man team to victory in the AAU championships at Lake Placid, N.Y. Hickey's sled ran through the 16-curve mile in a combined four-heat time of 4:40.73. Defending champion Paul Lamey finished fourth.

BOWLING—Southpaw LARRY LICHSTEIN, a 21-year-old native of Windsor Locks, Conn., scored five straight strikes to defeat defending champion Dave Davis 234-227 in the finals of the $75,000 Ebonite Open at San Jose, Calif.

FIGURE SKATING—JOHN MISHA PETKEVICH, winner of the U.S. figure skating championships two weeks ago, captured first place in the men's singles of the North American championships at Peterborough, Ontario. Three-time American champ Janet Lynn was upset by KAREN MAGNUSSEN of Vancouver, B.C. in the women's singles. JUDY SCHWOMEYER and JIM SLADKY of the U.S. took the dance title.

GOLF—TOM SHAW shot a final-round 69 to win the $200,000 Hawaiian Open at Honolulu (page 20). The Bing Crosby winner had a 273 total, one stroke ahead of Miller Barber.

GYMNASTICS—At University Park. Pa. the Soviet Union bested the U.S. 151.25 to 148.90. LYUDMILA TURISTCHEVA, the current world all-round champion, led the Russian victory by winning three of four events. CATHY RIGBY, the only American winner, won the balanced beam event. In the men's competition, the U.S. lost 226.55 to 221.95. VICTOR KLIMENKO won the all-round title for the Soviet team with 57.70 points.

HOCKEY—Trades shook the NHL last week. One involved the Philadelphia Flyers, who sent Goalie Bernie Parent and a second-round 1971 draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Goalie Bruce Gamble, Center Mike Walton and Toronto's first draft choice this year. The Flyers subsequently dealt Walton to the Boston Bruins for Rick MacLeish, the fourth pick of last year's draft. A more surprising move was Red Berenson's from St. Louis to Detroit, along with Tim Ecclestone. Detroit gave up Garry Unger and Wayne Connelly. Boston's position in the standings remained unchanged, however, as the Bruins kept their six-point lead over New York in the East Division. After being deadlocked in the cellar with Vancouver, Detroit moved upward a point. Chicago maintained its wide margin over St. Louis in the West Division.

HORSE RACING—In his first start since being purchased from the Harry F. Guggenheim estate by E.E. Gogelson, ACK ACK ($3.80) withstood a strong closing bid by Delaware Chief to win the San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita by three-quarters of a length. The 5-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:41[2/5].

In the Quaker Handicap at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia CHOMPION ($4) captured the 1‚⅛ mile test in 1:54⅕ almost five lengths ahead of Irurzun, who had a staggering 13 lengths over third-place On the Track.

True north ($10.80), the only gelding in a field of 12, won a two-length victory in the $65,700 Seminole Handicap at Hialeah. The 5-year-old son of Northern Dancer ran the mile and an eighth in 1:49[4/5]. Native Royalty was second.

MOTOR SPORTS—Iggy Katona averaged 152 mph to win the $30,000 Auto Racing Club of America 300 race over a 2.5-mile course at Daytona Beach. Tom Bowsher was second.

SPEED SKATING—NINA STATKEVICH of Russia, who won the European title two weeks ago. won the women's world speed-skating championships at Helsinki (page 18). Dianne Holum of the U.S. barely missed a bronze medal in the combined, winning the 1,000 meters and finishing third in the 1,500. Teammate Anne Henning won the 500-meter race and tied for 14th overall.

TENNIS—No, it's not an echo. ROD LAVER continued to dominate the Championship Classic by trouncing an old nemesis, Roger Taylor, in straight sets 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 at Inglewood, Calif. Later in the week he eliminated Tom Okker at Madison Square Garden 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

TRACK & FIELD—With only three hours sleep after competing in the Maple Leaf Games in Toronto on the previous night, TOM VON RUDEN ran the first sub-four-minute indoor mile in three years as he clocked a 3:59.4 at the Fort Worth Coaches Indoor Games. Jim Crawford set a strong pace and came in second with a creditable 4:01.4. In Seattle KERRY PEARCE of Australia equaled his world record of 8:27 2 in the two-mile run. Pearce, running for the University of Texas-El Paso, actually bettered his own mark by one-tenth of a second, but rules require the times be clocked to the nearest fifth of a second. In Long Beach, Calif. GEORGE FRENN broke the outdoor world record for the 35-pound weight throw by heaving a distance of 72'3½"—one inch better than the old standard. A Kent State student, AL SCHOTERMAN, broke the NCAA record for the same weight with a toss of 66'5½" at the Eastern Michigan Invitational Indoor Track Meet. PAT McMAHON, a 28-year-old former Olympian from Ireland, won the World Masters Marathon in two hours, 18 minutes 37.7 seconds at Anaheim, Calif. Five minutes behind the Maynard, Mass. schoolteacher was Steve Dean, a junior at Sacramento State.

MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: A special 10-man committee, to select deserving players from the old Negro League to nonmember status in the Baseball Hall of Fame, by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.


DIED: STEPHEN YERKES, 82, the Boston Red Sox second baseman who won fame in the 1912 World Series when he drove in the winning run of the first game against the New York Giants; in Lansdale, Pa.