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A roundup of the week May 8-14


AAU BASKETBALL—The touring team from RUSSIA ended its U.S. visit with a 109-87 victory over the national AAU champions at Lexington. Ky. The Russians finished 2-4 against their collegiate opponents earlier in the week by losing the fifth game 89-80 in overtime and taking the last 72-64. During the slam-bang series the two teams committed a total of 422 fouls in six games.

PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: The New York Knickerbockers won the final two games 103-98 and 102-93 to take the NBA championship 4-1 from Los Angeles (page 44).

ABA: The Indiana Pacers took their second straight ABA title, beating Kentucky in seven games. The Pacers lost the sixth game 109-93, but won the fifth 89-86 and the final 88-81 (page 44).

BOXING—Olympians and a Golden Gloves champion fell to high school students at the 85th national AAU championships. RANDY SHIELD, 17, of Hollywood, Calif. upset 1973 Golden Gloves champ Ray Leonard in the 139-pound class. MIKE HESS, 16, of Albany, Ore. took the 119-pound title from Olympian David Armstrong after Hess upset another Olympian, Tim Dement, in the semifinals. DALE GRANT, 17, a national Golden Gloves titlist from Tacoma, Wash., won the 156-pound class by a decision over Jerome Bennett, and MARVIN HAGLER, 20, of Brockton, Mass., outpointed Marine Terry Dobbs for the 165-pound crown.

CHEW—MARIETTA (Ohio) College captured the team high-point trophy in the 35th Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River by winning three events in the eight-oar finals. Marietta took the freshman heavyweights, varsity lightweights and the junior varsity heavyweights. The Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn. won the freshman lightweights and the junior varsity lightweights. The University of Massachusetts scored an upset over Coast Guard in the varsity heavyweights, as Temple finished a surprising second. Alabama won the four-oared final and Jacksonville took the pair-oared event.

GOLF—Bruce Crampton double bogeyed the 18th hole to blow a one-stroke lead and give the $150,000 Colonial National Open to TOM WEISKOPF, who finished with a 276.

HARNESS RACING—In the first viewing of Hambletonian candidates, KNIGHTLY WAY won the $29,500 U.S. Harness Writers Trot for three-year-olds by 1½ lengths over Walter Be Good. John Simpson Jr. drove Knightly Way, who paid $23.

HOCKEY—NHL: The Montreal Canadiens lost to the Chicago Black Hawks 8-7 but then bounced back and clinched the Stanley Cup 4-2 with a 6-4 final-game win (page 87).

HORSE RACING—WINDY'S DAUGHTER ($12.40), Braulio Baeza up, took the $60,900 Acorn Stakes at Aqueduct by a length over Poker Night as favorite Belle Marie finished eighth.

1972 Kentucky Derby winner RIVA RIDGE ($2.60), ridden by Ron Turcotte, won a $12,000 six-furlong third race at Aqueduct by four lengths over Dream of Kings.

LACROSSE—Johns Hopkins' perfect record tumbled as once-beaten MARYLAND justified its No. 1 ranking with a 17-4 drubbing of the second-ranked Jays before 17,586 in College Park. The Terps were paced by Pat O'Meally with five goals and one assist, and Doug Schreiber with three goals and four assists. Goalie Bill O'Donnell made 18 saves and anchored a defense that held Hopkins' Franz Wittlesberger and Jack Thomas to one goal apiece. Maryland finished the regular season 11-1. Third-ranked NAVY scored six straight second-half goals to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat Army 8-5. Marty Mason contributed three goals for the Middies. Fifth-ranked Virginia lost to Washington and Lee 15-11. No. 8 Brown captured its first outright Ivy League title with a 15-6 rout of Dartmouth. Brown ended Cornell's five-year domination.

The 1972 Philadelphia All-College Team upset Great Britain's Women's Touring Team 11-8 at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa. It was the first time the British team has lost to an American group since the international competition began in 1936. Third Home Beth Anders sparked the Philadelphians with three goals and two assists in a second-half surge that turned a 5-5 tie into an 11-5 lead.

TENNIS—STAN SMITH won the 1973 World Championship Tennis final and $50,000 with a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Arthur Ashe in Dallas. Defending champion Ken Rosewall took third place, defeating Rod Laver 6-3, 6-2 (page 92).

Bobby Riggs won the highly publicized battle of the sexes with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of Margaret Court in Ramona, Calif. (page 34).

Adriano Panatta collected the $7,500 first-place prize in the British Hardcourt tournament, beating Hie Nastase 6-8, 7-5, 6-3, 8-6. VIRGINIA WADE downed Evonne Goolagong 6-4, 6-4 to take the women's singles.

The defending champion U.S. team won the American Zone Section B of Davis Cup competition 4-1 in Mexico City. HAROLD SOLOMON of Silver Spring, Md. defeated Raul Ramirez 8-6, 7-5, 7-5. DICK STOCKTON scored a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 8-6 win over Luis Baraldi in the final day of play. The U.S. doubles team of TOM GORMAN and ERIK VAN DILLEN defeated Ramirez and Vicente Zarazua 7-5, 12-14, 6-3, 6-4. The U.S. will next meet Chile, Section A American Zone winners.

TRACK & FIELD—Nineteen-year-old STEVE WILLIAMS, a sophomore at San Diego State, joined Bob Hayes, Jim Hines, John Carlos, Charlie Greene and Harry W. Jerome as a co holder of the world record for the 100-yard dash by turning in a 9.1 at the West Coast Relays in Fresno, Calif.

The CHICAGO TRACK CLUB, paced by RICK WOHLHUTER's 1:44.8 anchor leg, set a world best for the two-mile relay with a 7:10.4 at the Martin Luther King Games in Durham, N.C. The other three team members were TOM BACH (1:50.5). KEN SPARKS (1:47.1) and LOWELL PAUL (1:48.0).

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: Coach of the NHL Vancouver Canucks, VIC STASIUK 44, after a 22-47-9 season in which the Canucks finished next to last in the East.

NAMED: As general manager of the NHL St. Louis Blues, CHARLES CATTO, 38, player personnel director of the WHA Cleveland Crusaders.

NAMED: JIM LYNAM, 31, an assistant at St. Joseph's (Pa.) College, as head basketball coach at American University.

NAMED: JIMMY SATALIN, 26, as head basketball coach at St. Bonaventure, replacing LARRY WEISE, 36, who coached the Bonnies since 1961, compiling a 212-90 record.

SIGNED: To a five-year contract as general manager and coach of the NBA Seattle SuperSonics, BILL RUSSELL, television commentator, for a reported $125,000 per year. The fifth coach in Seattle's six-year existence, Russell played on 11 championship teams in Boston, including two seasons as player-coach.

DIED: Veteran Driver ART POLLARD, 46, in a crash during a warmup run at the Indianapolis Speedway. One of the oldest competitors in the Memorial Day classic, Pollard was the 34th driver to die at the track (page 38).

DIED: Nationally syndicated Columnist MILTON GROSS, 61, of cardiac arrest, in Rockville Centre, Long Island. A writer for the New York Post since 1949, he authored several books, including Victory Over Myself with Floyd Patterson.

DIED: JOHN P. SMITH, 68, former captain of Knute Rockne's 1927 Notre Dame team, in West Hartford, Conn. Smith coached at Trinity College, Georgetown and Duquesne Universities.