PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Forward John Brisker earns about $190,000 a year, mostly while sitting on the bench of the Seattle SuperSonics. In a 106-103 win over Portland, Brisker got up long enough to score a game-high 28 points, 16 of which came in the final period when Bill Russell's team exploded for 43 points. The Sonics edged Portland the next night, too, and moved within 6½ games of Pacific pacesetter Golden State, which had gone winless in six straight road games. Midwest leader Detroit nipped the Warriors and second-place Chicago gored them 127-103. The Pistons beat Buffalo, as did Atlantic leader Boston, which opened up a 2½-game division margin. New York beat Atlanta twice by a total of six points but lost to Philadelphia and Houston by a total of eight. The Rockets had a 3-1 week. The Bullets handed Houston its lone defeat and also beat struggling New Orleans. Cleveland halted an eight-game losing streak with a 112-109 overtime victory over Atlanta, which failed to win during the week. Jim Price sank a 20-foot jump shot with six seconds left to ice a Milwaukee win over the 76ers. Earlier the Bucks lost to the Kansas City-Omaha Kings.
ABA: Freddie Lewis of St. Louis hardly had time to savor his All-Star Game MVP performance (the East beat the West 151-124) before an accident during practice sent him to the hospital to have glass backboard shards removed from his eyes. He saw well enough the next night to hit 16 points in a loss to Western leader Denver. The East's top team, New York, got a "conservative" show from leg-weary Julius Erving as the Nets beat the Nuggets 114—101. Kentucky and San Antonio, second-place teams in the East and West, respectively, won a pair of games. Virginia snapped a 15-game losing streak by beating Memphis which, like Utah, was winless for the week. Indiana defeated the Stars 107-93. San Diego figured in Virginia's woes, beating the Squires 98-95 early in the week.
BOWLING—MARK ROTH beat Steve Jones 299-233 to earn $7,000 in the $60,000 King Louie Open at Overland Park, Kans. Roth missed a perfect game by leaving a 4-pin on his final ball.
HOCKEY—NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers, defending Stanley Cup champs, truly are fat cats, according to Temple University physiologists. Averaging 192 pounds per man, the Flyers had 16% to 17% body fat, unacceptably high for athletes in their prime, according to medical science. Undismayed, Philadelphia still led the Patrick and ended the week rolling over Adams leader Buffalo 6-0. The Sabres beat the New York Rangers, which fell to Los Angeles but skated past Chicago. By defeating the Kings, Montreal advanced to a tic with them for the Norris Division leadership (page 16). Earlier, the Canadiens helped their cause with victories over Pittsburgh and Smythe leader Vancouver. The Canucks defeated Toronto, which set back California and Boston. Bobby Orr picked up his third hat trick of the season in a win against the Seals, while Ron Stackhouse of Pittsburgh scored his 10th goal of the season in a tie with St. Louis. Detroit also tied the Blues and beat the Penguins. Atlanta and Kansas City played to another deadlock, while the New York Islanders beat Minnesota twice and the Red Wings once.
WHA: Three goals by Frank Mahovlich helped the Toronto Toros mow down Canadian leader Quebec 6-4, despite a matching performance by the Nordiques' Marc Tardif. Toronto gained four points in the division with a 4-0 week, also beating Vancouver, Indianapolis and Edmonton. The Oilers' lone victim was West leader Houston, which won two games and lost two. To stop a four-game losing streak. East leader New England shifted lines and whipped Cleveland once and the Baltimore Blades twice. The Blades, still to play a game in their new home, also were waxed by Phoenix 8-1. "That's not hockey, that's brutality," complained Bobby Hull after Winnipeg beat San Diego 9-7 in a referee's nightmare. Minnesota had three victories while Chicago defeated Cleveland, which won twice.
HORSE RACING—FOREGO ($3.60), 1974 Horse of the Year, with Heliodoro Gustines riding, took the lead in midstretch to win the 1‚⅛-mile $61,200 Seminole Handicap by three-quarters of a length over Mr. Door in l:47[1/5]; at Hialeah.
Chris Evert ($4.60), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, made her first start of 1975 and won the $57,900 La Canada Stakes by a nose over Mercy Dee, covering the 1[1/16] miles in 1:41[3/5]; at Santa Anita Park.
MOTOR SPORTS—Defending champs PETER GREGG and HURLEY HAYWOOD won the Daytona 24-hour endurance race by 15 laps, averaging 108.531 mph in their Porsche Carrera.
SKIING—HANK KASHIWA of the U.S. was the slalom and overall winner at the men's pro meet in Mount Snow, Vt., earning $5,500.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat Rod Laver 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 in their $100,000 challenge match in Las Vegas (page 18).
The Mexican Davis Cup team scored its first victory over the U.S. in 13 years, 3-2. Raul Ramirez beat Roscoe Tanner 7-5, 7-9, 6-4, 6-2 to go along with his earlier defeat of Stan Smith and his doubles win (with Vincent Zarazua) in Palm Springs.
TRACK & FIELD—Tanzania's FILBERT BAYI, making his American and indoor debut before the largest crowd (17,606) in the 68-year history of Madison Square Garden's Millrose Games, set a meet record of 3:59.3 in the mile. Brigham Young's Paul Cummings, the NCAA outdoor mile champ, finished second in 3:59.6. Chicago's RICK WOHLHUTER won his 26th straight race, taking the half-mile in 1:51. FRANCIE LARRIEU was a tenth of a second off the world record in the women's 1,000 yards as she beat Cheryl Toussaint by 20 yards in 2:26.8. In the women's 600 yards, ROBIN CAMPBELL and PAT HELMS tied at 1:22.7. AL FEUERBACH was a comfortable winner in the shotput with a toss of 68'11½" and HASELY CRAWFORD of Eastern Michigan won the 60-yard dash in 6.1. The meet's big letdown came when the world high-jump record-holder, Dwight Stones, lost to Harvard's MEL EMBREE on more misses at 7'2" (page 14).
At the ITA meet in Seattle, BRIAN OLDFIELD put the shot 70'4¼" and BEN JIPCHO won both the mile (4:04.4) and the two-mile (8:39.4).
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: A. S. (Jake) GAITHER, to the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame. Gaither, who retired in 1970 as coach at Florida A&M, had a record of 203-36-4 in 25 seasons.
NAMED: GEORGE G. SEIFERT, a defensive coach at Stanford the past three years, as head football coach at Cornell.
SELECTED: STEVE BARTKOWSKI, California quarterback, by the Atlanta Falcons, as the first draft choice in the NFL. More players were drafted from Southern Cal (14) than from any other college.
SOLD: GEORGE BEST, the flamboyant Briton, to the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Best, 28, played nine years with the Manchester United Soccer Club and was a member of the English team that won the European Cup in 1968.
SOLD: The INDIANA PACERS of the ABA, to eight Indianapolis businessmen led by Tom Binford, chief steward of the Indianapolis 500.
TRADED: New York Knick Guard HENRY BIBBY, to the expansion New Orleans Jazz for Center NEAL WALK and Guard JIM BARNETT.
DIED: CHARLES J. McILVAINE Sr., 71, who teamed with Paul V. Costello to win the double sculls championship in the 1928 Olympics at Amsterdam; in Pompano Beach, Fla.
DIED: SIR PHILIP BROCKLEHURST, 87, Antarctic explorer and army officer; in London. Sir Philip was awarded a Royal Geographical Society medal for his part in Sir Ernest Shackleton's British expedition to the Antarctic in 1907-1909.