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A roundup of the week April 18-24


BASKETBALL—NBA: LOS ANGELES defeated Milwaukee 115-90 and 104-100 to win the Western Conference playoff finals four games to two, while NEW YORK took the Eastern finals four games to one, beating Boston 116-98 and 111-103 after dropping the third game 115-109 (page 26).

ABA: Defending champion Utah defeated Indiana 117-109 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Division playoff finals. Then, led by Roger Brown, who totaled 57 points, the Pacers beat the Stars 116-111 and 118-108 to tie the series at two games apiece. In the meantime, VIRGINIA, which led New York two games to zero in the Eastern finals, impatiently waited nine days for the series to resume at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum (an ice show was playing on center court), giving the Nets' injured stars plenty of time to get well.

GOLF—BOBBY MITCHELL sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke in the $165,000 Tournament of Champions in Rancho La Costa, Calif. (page 74).

Bob Shaw gained his first PGA tour victory when he shot a final-round 68 for a 273 total to win the $75,000 Tallahassee Open by two strokes over rookie Leonard Thompson.

HANDBALL—FRED LEWIS of Miami Beach gained the U.S. Handball Association four-wall championship when heedged Terry Muck of St. Paul 21-17, 21-19 in the finals in Seattle. Lewis had beaten defending champion Paul Haber of Chicago 21-9, 4-21, 21-13 in the semifinals.

HOCKEY—While New York humiliated Chicago in the Stanley Cup playoffs, sweeping four straight games (page 24), Boston toyed with St. Louis, crushing the Blues 6-1 on Fred Stanfield's hat trick, 10-2 with a five-goal third period as Johnny Bucyk scored a hat trick and 7-2 to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series.

Undefeated CZECHOSLOVAKIA edged Russia 3-2 in Prague to win the world amateur title with 19 points. The U.S.S.R., which had won nine consecutive championships, finished second, three points behind the Czechs.

HORSE RACING—UPPER CASE ($6) won the $118,400 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct by 1½ lengths over True Knight, while QUACK ($6.20), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, took the $100,000 Californian Derby at Golden Gate Fields by two lengths over Kentuckian (page 68).

The champion 2-year-old filly of 1971, NUMBERED ACCOUNT ($2.20), making her first start of the year, won the $27,450 Prioress Stakes at Aqueduct by 2½ lengths over Mindy Malone.

Mrs. John D. Hannum's 11-year-old mare, OUR IVORY TOWER, ridden by the owner's son Buzz, won her second point-to-point race, the 70th running of the three-mile, 18-fence Grand National Steeplechase in Butler, Md. by a length over Verbier.

LACROSSE—Undefeated JOHNS HOPKINS won its eighth straight, walloping Army 13-5 as Attackman Jack Thomas scored two goals and had three assists to boost his season's totals to 24 goals and 32 assists, tops in the nation (page 22). Dave Bayly, with four goals and three assists, and Nick Smilari, who scored three goals, led NAVY to a 12-10 victory over Virginia.

Agnes Bixler and Jackie Pitts scored four goals apiece to lead the U.S. women's team to a 14-6 win over the Australian National women's touring team in a match played in Greenwich, Conn.

MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY averaged 86.381 mph in his Plymouth to win the NASCAR Gwyn Staley Memorial 400 in North Wilkesboro, N.C. by two seconds over Bobby Allison in a Chevrolet.

Gary Bettenhausen, driving a McLaren, gained the lead in the USAC point standings when he averaged a record 146.211 mph to take the Trenton (N.J.) 200 by four laps over Roger McCluskey.

ROWING—PENN's heavyweight eight won the Childs Cup Regatta on Lake Carnegie near Princeton, N.J. for the seventh straight year, defeating Princeton by half a length.

TENNIS—Australia's KEN ROSEWALL (page 80) defeated Cliff Richey 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the finals of the World Championship of Tennis North Carolina National Bank Tennis Classic in Charlotte to gain the $10,000 first prize. Richey, playing in his first WCT tournament, collected $5,000.

TRACK & FIELD—World-record holder JIM RYUN went under four minutes for the 29th time in his career when he won the Glenn Cunningham Mile at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence in 3:57.1. Tom Von Ruden finished second in 3:57.9, followed by Larry Rose in 3:59.6. "Things went downhill for me after I beat Kip Keino last winter," said Ryun, "and it was good to turn them around." AL FEURBACH broke Randy Matson's meet record with a 69'1" shotput as Matson finished second at 68'3¼", while HERB WASHINGTON took the open 100-yard dash in 9.2.

Olavi Suomalainen, a 25-year-old engineering student from Finland, became the 25th foreign runner in 27 years to win the Boston Marathon when he chugged over the 26-mile, 385-yard course from Hopkinton to Boston in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 39 seconds. Bruce Mortenson of Rochester, Minn., who came in sixth, was the first American to cross the finish line.

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: BILL VESP, 32, an assistant coach at Syracuse the past four years, as Colgate basketball coach, replacing Ed Ashnault, who quit to lead William & Mary. In another switch, BOB DANIELS, 36, left Kentucky Wesleyan after five seasons (110-36) to coach Marshall, which lost Carl Tacy to Wake Forest a week earlier.

JUMPED: From coaching the Dallas Chaparrals to coaching the Seattle SuperSonics, TOM NISSALKE, 37, who was voted ABA Coach of the Year for leading the Chaps to a 42-42 record in his first season with the team. Nissalke replaces Lenny Wilkens, who led the Sonics as a player/coach the last three seasons.

NAMED: Denver Rocket Guard LARRY BROWN, 31, who averaged 9.07 points and 7.2 assists last season, as coach of the Carolina Cougars, succeeding Tom Meschery, who resigned a week earlier.

NAMED: As Rookie of the Year in the NBA, Forward SIDNEY WICKS, 22, of the Portland Trail Blazers. Wicks, who scored 2,009 points, averaged 24.5 (12th in the league) and 11.5 rebounds a game. "I'd rather guard any other forward in the league than Sidney," said the 76ers' Bill Bridges. "He's the quickest forward in the game and he can shoot from outside." Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks, who led the league in scoring having averaged 34.8 points per game, had earlier been voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the second straight Season.

NAMED: As Rookie of the Year in the ABA, Center ARTIS GILMORE, 23, of the Kentucky Colonels. Gilmore, who had been voted the league's Most Valuable Player two weeks earlier, led the ABA in rebounds with a 17.8 average, set a league record for field goal percentage (.598) and averaged 23.8 points a game.

RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Georgia State, ROGER McDOWELL, 26, after a 5-19 record in his first season with the Panthers.

DIED: Missouri Athletic Director WILBUR (Sparky) STALCUP, 62; of an apparent heart attack; in Columbia, Mo. In his 16 seasons as the Tigers' basketball coach (1946-62), Stalcup's teams compiled a 195-179 record.

DIED: BILLY BURKE, 69, who won a two-day, 72-hole playoff for the 1931 U.S. Open title by one stroke over George Von Elm; in Clearwater, Fla.