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A roundup of the week May 6-12


ARCHERY—ARIZONA STATE won the men's U.S. intercollegiate team championship at DeLand, Fla., with the Sun Devils' Steve Lieberman regaining the individual crown. SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY secured the women's team title, as Carol Jurn, also of Arizona State, captured the top individual honors (page 68).

BASKETBALL—NBA: The Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-87 in the seventh game of the final series to win their first title since the Bill Russell era ended in 1969 (page 22).

ABA: The New York Nets won their first championship by overpowering the Utah Stars four games to one in their playoff series (page 24).

BOXING—Surviving a first-round knockdown, JERRY QUARRY knocked out Joe Alexander in the second round at Nassau (N.Y.) Coliseum to retain his status as WBA No. 3 heavyweight contender.

CHESS—In the Semifinal Candidates Match at the world championships in Leningrad, BORIS SPASSKY was eliminated by Leningrad Grandmaster ANOTOLY KARPOV, dashing hopes of a Spassky rematch with Bobby Fischer. Karpov next meets Viktor Korchnoi, also of Leningrad, to determine Fischer's challenger for the title next year.

CREW—The HARVARD varsity eight, led by Coxswain Dave Weinberg and Stroke Al Shealy, won the heavyweight Eastern Sprints Championship for the first time in four years. The Crimson also scored victories in four of the other five races in Worcester, Mass. and placed second to Cornell in the heavyweight freshman competition.

GOLF—DAVE HILL shot a final-round 65 for a 12-under-par 276 to win the rain-plagued $150,000 Houston Open.

Jo Ann Prentice was declared winner of the American Defender Golf Classic at Raleigh, N.C., after rain forced the cancellation of the final round. Her 36-hole total of 137, seven under par, two strokes ahead of Laura Baugh and three in front of Debbie Austin, was good for $5,000.

HOCKEY—NHL: Philadelphia faced off against Boston in the Stanley Cup finals and gained a 2-1 lead in the series. Game One in Boston went to the Bruins 3-2 when Bobby Orr scored on a weary Bernie Parent with 22 seconds left. Flyer Coach Fred Shero altered his strategy in the second contest, removing Parent for a sixth skater with a minute to go—and it worked, Philadelphia's Andre Dupont tieing the score 2-2, and Bobby Clarke scoring in overtime for a 3-2 Flyer win. Back home in Philadelphia, the Flyers took Game Three 4-1.

WHA: A four-goal second period sparked Chicago to a 5-2 win over Toronto in the seventh game of their playoff series, sending the Cougars into the finals against Houston. There they fell 3-2 in the first game against the Howe-powered Aeros.

HORSE RACING—SPECIAL TEAM ($12.20), ridden by Miguel Rivera, and CHRIS EVERT ($5.60), Jorge Velasquez up, took the divisions of the $113,200 Acorn Stakes, first leg of the triple crown for 3-year-old fillies, at Aqueduct.

LACROSSE—Prepping for next week's NCAA tournament preliminaries, No. 3 Johns Hopkins handed No. 1 Maryland its first defeat in 11 college games, upsetting the Terps 17-13 in Baltimore. Rich Kowalchuck starred with four goals and one assist as the Jays finished a 9-2 season. In the college division, No. 2 Hobart dropped a game to Cornell 17-12, but came back to stun Bucknell 23-5. No. 1 Towson State (Md.) sailed by Loyola of Baltimore 26-6.

MOTOR SPORTS—Three-time winner A. J. FOYT tentatively won the pole position for the 58th running of the Indianapolis 500 with a qualifying run of 191.632 mph in his Coyote-Foyt. Eleven other drivers are still eligible for the pole when qualifying resumes next week (page 30).

Brazil's EMERSON FITTIPALDI drove his McLaren to a half-length victory over Austrian Niki Lauda in the Belgian Grand Prix, while Jody Scheckter of South Africa came in third when Swiss Driver Clay Regazzoni ran out of fuel and coasted the final 100 yards of the 196.6-mile race.

SOCCER—The Toronto Metros took over the lead in the northern division of the NASL, beating the Denver Dynamos 3-2 and the Miami Toros, 2-1. Baltimore, an expansion team, defeated New York 3-2 but lost to Philadelphia 3-2. Baltimore now leads Philly by one point in the eastern division. Other action saw the new San Jose Earthquakes take a tiebreaker from the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1, and stop the Dallas Tornado 4-3, for the western division lead.

TENNIS—Australian JOHN NEWCOMBE captured the $50,000 first prize in the World Championship of Tennis at Dallas, beating Sweden's Bjorn Borg in the finals 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 (page 36).

TRACK & FIELD—IVORY CROCKETT, a 24-year-old computer salesman competing for the Philadelphia Pioneers, ran the 100-yard dash in 9.0 at the Tom Black Classic in Knoxville, Tenn., breaking the world record of 9.1 first set by Bob Hayes in 1963.

Ben Jipcho of Kenya continued to dominate the distances on the ITA tour, running the fastest pro mile this year, a 4:00.6, to beat Dave Wottle and Jim Ryun. An hour later the Atlanta Omni crowd of 8,172 saw Jipcho take the two-mile run in 8:43.8. RANDY MATSON turned in his best-ever indoor mark, 70'1¼", to outdistance Brian Oldfield in the shotput.

VOLLEYBALL—UCLA defeated the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) to win its fourth NCAA championship in five years (page 28).

MILEPOSTS—ACCEPTED: As hardship applicants eligible for the upcoming NBA draft, 20 college undergraduates, including sophomore JAMES (Fly) WILLIAMS of Austin Peay, and juniors GARY BROKAW of Notre Dame, CAMPY RUSSELL of Michigan and MAURICE LUCAS of Marquette.

ANNOUNCED: By the Atlanta Braves, that HENRY AARON, 40, will join the team's front-office staff at the end of the season.

DISMISSED: Charges of fixing superfecta races at New York tracks, against Harness Drivers BEN WEBSTER, WILLIAM HUDSON, MAURICE PUSEY and GEORGE FOLDI. Nine other drivers are still on trial.

MOVED: The TORONTO franchise of the WFL to Memphis. The Southmen, formerly the Northmen, have first choice of playing dates in Memorial Stadium for the next 10 years rather than an exclusive lease.

NAMED: To the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame, in the Pioneer category, EDWARD (Hook) MYLIN and the late EDWARD (Slip) MADIGAN. After playing for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, Madigan compiled a 116-45-12 record in 19 years (1921-39) coaching St. Mary's of California; Mylin, a quarterback at Franklin & Marshall, had two undefeated teams (1937, 1940) during his seven years of coaching at Lafayette.

SIGNED: A two-year contract with the WHA Edmonton Oilers, by twice-retired JACQUES PLANTE, 45, who won seven Vezina Trophies as the NHL's outstanding goalie. In order to play again, Plante quit a 10-year contract with the WHA Quebec Nordiques after one season as coach and general manager.

DIED: FRED W. KELLY, 82, gold medal winner in the 110-meter high hurdles at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics; in Medford, Ore.

DIED: ELEANOR (Teach) TENNANT, 79, tennis instructor whose pupils included the late Maureen Connolly Brinker and Bobby Riggs; in La Jolla, Calif.

DESTROYED: LINDA'S CHIEF, after suffering a broken back in Hollywood Park's Los Angeles Handicap. The 4-year-old colt was the nation's second leading money-winner last year with $366,180.