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A roundup of the sports information of the week

AUTO RACING—PETER REVSON in a McLaren M16 won the pole position for the Indianapolis 500, outspeeding an early flyer, Mark Donohue, with a record qualifying run of 178.696 mph (page 34).

Donnie Allison, in a Mercury, beat his brother Bobby and Buddy Baker in a last-lap sprint to win the Winston 500 stock-car race at Talladega, Ala. He averaged 147.419 mph, crossing the line a length ahead of Bobby's Mercury.

BASKETBALL—ABA: The win-at-home pattern continued as Utah and Kentucky split a pair of games to tie up the championship final at 3-3 (page 68). First Utah won in Salt Lake, 137-127, as Zelmo Beaty scored 32 points. The Stars gained an early 11-3 lead and never lost it. Kentucky came back with a 105-102 victory in Louisville, with the lead changing hands into the last minutes. Cincy Powell scored 31 points for the winners.

BOATING—BILL WISHNICK of New York won an unprecedented third straight victory in the Sam Griffin Memorial Offshore Powerboat Race, establishing a record of 72.87 mph on the 51-mile oval course off Fort Lauderdale.

BOWLING—JIM GODMAN of Lorain, Ohio, handed previously unbeaten Don Johnson two straight match-game defeats to win first prize in the American Bowling Congress masters tournament.

BOXING—In a triple-header of closed-circuit television heavyweight fights, Olympic champion GEORGE FOREMAN scored a 10th-round knockout over Gregory Peralta in Oakland. Calif., JIMMY ELLIS earned a 10-round decision over George Chuvalo in Toronto, and ERNIE TERRELL continued his comeback with a 10-round decision over Luis Faustino Pirez in Chicago.

In London, Scotland's KEN BUCHANAN, the world lightweight champion, won on a TKO in the eighth round of a nontitle bout with Carlos Hernàndez of Venezuela. A six-stitch cut suffered in the fight has forced postponement of Buchanan's scheduled June 9 title defense against Ismael Laguna in Madison Square Garden.

GOLF—Battling a stiff wind, SANDRA PALMER won her first LPGA tournament, the $50,000 Sealy event on the Desert Inn course at Las Vegas, with a three-under-par 289. Donna Caponi finished second at 291.

Rookie HUBERT GREEN, tied with Don January with a four-under-par 280 at the end of regulation play, won the $125,000 Houston Champions Invitational tournament on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

HARNESS RACING—The fastest pacing mile of the year was recorded at Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia as MISS CONNA ADIOS ($15.80) won the feature race in 1:58[2/5]. The fastest trotting time was achieved by DAYAN ($4.80) with a 1:59[2/5] in the Erwin F. Dygert Memorial at Hawthorne Park in Chicago.

At New York's Roosevelt Raceway, RUM CUSTOMER ($2.80) won the $25,000 Lyss Hanover Pace in 2:00⅕ with Buddy Gilmour driving.

HOCKEY—As in the basketball playoffs, home surroundings prevailed and the Stanley Cup final was extended to seven games. Montreal opened the week's action by winning 5-2 as the Mahovlich brothers outplayed Chicago's Hulls (Pete had a goal and an assist and Frank two assists). Back on West Madison Street the Black Hawks won 2-0 for the first shutout of the series. Dennis Hull and Cliff Koroll each providing a goal and an assist. Montreal evened the series at 3-all with a 4-3 win—Frank M. scoring the tying goal and Peter M. taking the Canadians over the top. It was goal No. 14 for Frank—a Stanley Cup record. Earlier he had suffered the embarrassment of missing on an extremely rare penalty shot, called when Hawk Goalie Tony Esposito threw his stick at the puck.

HORSE RACING—CANONERO II ($8.80) outdueled Eastern Fleet to win the $189,900 Preakness at Pimlico by 1½ lengths in track record time of 1:54 (page 22).

At Arm's Length ($7.60) came on along the rail to beat Movette by a length in the $35,900 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, the distaff counterpart of the Preakness.

Unconscious, the favorite who ran fifth in the Kentucky Derby, suffered a hairline fracture of the left knee and will be sidelined for the Belmont Stakes.

TENNIS—MRS. MARGARET SMITH COURT of Australia defeated Fran√ßoise D√ºrr of France 6-0, 6-3 to win the women's title in the Bio-Strath hardcourt championships in London.

Australia's ROD LAVER defeated Czechoslovakian Jan Kodes 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 in the Italian Open to achieve his first victory in six tournaments on the World Championship tour. VIRGINIA WADE of Britain defeated Mrs. Helga Niessen Masthoff of West Germany 6-4, 6-4 for the women's title.

TRACK & FIELD—Villanova's MARTY LIQUORI beat world record holder Jim Ryun by a stride in 3:54.6—the fastest mile Liquori has ever run—at Philadelphia's Franklin Field (page 18).

George Young, holder of the American record in the two-mile run, set a new U.S. mark for 5,000 meters in a meet at Bakersfield, Calif. Young was timed in 13:32.2 to better the 13:33.8 run in 1968 by Gerry Lindgren. JIM KEMP set an American record of 32.1 in the rarely run 300 meters. The UCLA mile relay team sprinted to the fastest time of 1971, 3:05.5. The splits: REG ECHOLS (48.5), WARREN EDMONSON (46.9), JOHN SMITH (44.6), WAYNE COLLETT (45.5).

WEIGHTLIFTING—JANOS MATHEN of Hungary set a world lightweight record by pressing 324½ pounds in Budapest.

MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: To coach the Venezuelan basketball team, TOM MESCHERY, who retired from Seattle's SuperSonics in March after a 10-year NBA career. Meschery is serving in a new arm of the Peace Corps—the Sports Corps—which will provide coaches for several countries.

AWARDED: The Hart Trophy for most valuable player in the National Hockey League and the James Norris Trophy for top defenseman to Boston's BOBBY ORR; the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year to Buffalo's GIL PERREAULT; the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and effective play to Boston's JOHNNY BUCYK; the Vezina Trophy for fewest goals allowed to New York's ED GIACOMIN and GILLES VILLEMURE, and the Art Ross Trophy for the scoring championship to Boston's PHIL ESPOSITO.

INVITED: A U.S. archery team to compete in Russia May 27 to 30. The visitors will be Hardy Ward, 21, defending world champion; John Williams, 18; Dorene Wilber, 40; and Nancy Myrick, 40.

NAMED: Veteran college basketball coach TEX WINTER as head coach of the NBA's San Diego Rockets, to succeed Alex Hannum. Winter, most recently at the University of Washington, becomes the third coach in the Rockets' four-year history.

As head basketball coach at Fordham, HAL WISSEL, to succeed Digger Phelps. Wissel had coached Lafayette for four years, lifting the Leopards from a 4-21 record in 1966-67 to 17-9 last season.

DIED: LEON ALLEN (Goose) GOSLIN, 70, a baseball Hall of Famer who played with the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers from 1921 to 1938 and compiled a .316 batting average: in Bridgeton. N.J.

Heinie Manush, 69, Hall of Fame outfielder who averaged .330 in a major league career (1923-39) with six teams; of cancer in Sarasota, Fla.