BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (42-22), with a 1-2 record for the week, watched its Eastern Division lead shrink from three games to a half game as second-place PHILADELPHIA (41-22) won four straight. In the 76ers' first victory of the week, a 149-123 win over the Pistons, Wilt Chamberlain tallied 41 points to break the NBA career scoring record with a seven-year total of 20,884 points—four points more than retired Hawk Bob Pettit registered in 11 years. CINCINNATI (39-25) split four games, and surprising NEW YORK (25-37) won three of five to make it nine victories in the Knicks' last 12 games. In the Western Division LOS ANGELES (36-30) remained unchallenged in first place as it won one and lost two. BALTIMORE (31-35), five games behind, increased its second-place lead to two games over the Warriors with two wins and a last-minute loss to the Hawks 126-123. SAN FRANCISCO (29-37) and last-place DETROIT (19-46) each lost three of four while ST. LOUIS (27-35) split two.
BOATING—VAMP X, a 39-foot sloop owned and skippered by Ted Turner of Atlanta, won the overall title in the St. Petersburg-to-Fort Lauderdale yacht race with a corrected time of 61:26:45 over the 403-mile course.
BOWLING—DICK WEBER, 36, of St. Louis gained his third championship this year when he won the PBA's $40,000 Fresno Open title.
BOXING—World Middleweight Champion DICK TIGER of Nigeria knocked out West Germany's Peter Mueller with a left hook to the chin in 57 seconds of the third round of a scheduled 10-round bout in Dortmund, Germany.
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Heavyweight BUSTER MATHIS of Grand Rapids, Mich., remained unbeaten when he scored a unanimous decision over Charlie Polite of Holyoke, Mass., in a six-rounder in White Plains, N.Y. Mathis weighed in at 257 pounds, the lowest he has ever scaled for a fight.
In another heavyweight bout Califomian JERRY QUARRY won his fifteenth fight (nine KOs) by knocking out Prentice Snipes of Miami in the filth round of a scheduled 10-round fight in Los Angeles.
CURLING—ST. PAUL defeated Winchester, Mass. 7-2 to win the women's national championship in Schenectady, N.Y. (page 22).
DOG SHOWS—CH. ZELOY MOOREMAIDES MAGIC, a wire fox terrier better known as Biddy, took best-in-show at the 90th Westminster Kennel Club show in Madison Square Garden, restoring the title to his breed for the first time since 1946 (page 56).
FENCING—Poland's WITEK WOYDA, at 5 feet 7 the smallest ranking fencer in the world, won the Martini & Rossi trophy when he took the foil title at the New York Athletic Club's international tournament. The épée championship went to GIAN-FRANCO PAOLUCCI of Italy, at 6 feet 6 the tallest fencer in the tournament, while Hungary's ZOLTAN HORVATH look the sabre title.
GOLF—JOE CAMPBELL of Knoxville, Tenn. chomped on his cigar and dropped in a short birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Gene Littler to win the 560,000 Tucson Open.
HARNESS RACING—BILLY HAUGHTON, 42, the winningest harness racing driver in history, gained his 2,500th victory when he drove Six Thirteen ($6.20) to a 4¾-length win over favored Walk Away in a mile pace at Pompano Park (Fla.). Haughton, who began his racing career in 1942, has been national dash-winning champion six times, top money winner 10 times and has won 90 major stakes.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (29-17-7) held its two-point lead by winning two out of three as Bobby Hull recovered quickly from a knee injury to score two more goals. He ended the week with 47, just four shy of breaking the season record. MONTREAL (28-16-7) also won two of three, including a 5-2 victory over the Black Hawks on Dick Duff's hat trick. Slumping DETROIT (26-18-9) lost two of three and slipped to third, four points out. The Red Wings' one victory, 4-1 over the Maple Leafs, was only the team's third in its past 13 games. TORONTO (23-20-7) won one and lost two, while BOSTON (15-31-6) leaped past the Rangers by winning two of three as NEW YORK (13-32-8) lost two of three. The Bruins' two victories were both over the Red Wings—5-4 on Pit Martin's second hat trick in three weeks and 5-1.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Ada L. Rice's PIA STAR ($9.20), with Johnny Sellers up, took the $134,800 Widener at Hialeah by a nose over Valley Farm's Selari in the closest finish of all 29 runnings of the 1-mile handicap.
Earlier in the week, in a nonbetting, seven-furlong race at Hialeah, Ogden Phipps's Derby prospect IMPRESSIVE equaled the track record of 1:21[4/5] to upset stablemate Buckpasser, another Derby hopeful, by 4½ lengths.
Graustark, John Galbreath's undefeated Derby prospect, was withdrawn from the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah when he suffered a bruised left hind hoof during a workout.
"Never in the history of Thoroughbred sales have so few bid so much," said President of Fasig-Tipton Sales Company Humphrey S. Finney, as 72 Thoroughbreds brought a record-breaking $2,868,600 (an average of $39,841) at Timonium, Md. Fifty-one horses from the racing and breeding stable of the late William duPont Jr. (including 18 Thoroughbreds which went to Mr. duPont's immediate family for $1,405,000) were sold for $2,401,300. Heading the list of duPont purchasers was son John, who spent $767,000 to enter racing and astonished the racing world by paying a startling $235,000 for the 9-year-old broodmare Berlo and $215,000 for Rose Trader, a 4-year-old filly.
SPEED SKATING—TOM GRAY of Minneapolis won the 500-meter in 40.9 seconds, a stadium record, at the world championship in Goteborg, Sweden. CEES VERKERK, a 21-year-old café manager from Puttershoek, Holland, took the overall title, however, when he won the other three events—the 5,000, 1,500 and 10,000 meters.
TENNIS—CHARLES PASARELL. 22, of Puerto Rico, defeated Dallas' Ron Holmberg 12-10, 10-8, 8-6, to win the national indoor championships in Salisbury, Md. (page 50).
At the women's indoor championships in Chestnut Hill, Mass., MRS. BILLIE JEAN MOFFITT KING swept three titles—the singles by defeating Mary Ann Eisel 6-0, 6-2, plus the doubles and the mixed doubles.
TRACK & FIELD—Kansas' JIM RYUN beat Jim Grelle by a yard (4:02.2) in the Baxter Mile at the New York Athletic Club meet in Madison Square Garden. BILL CROTHERS of Toronto won the half-mile in 1:50, missing the world record by 2/10 second, and the University of Tennessee's RICHMOND FLOWERS JR. took the 60-yard high hurdles (7.1) by five feet. SAM PERRY of Ford-ham won the 60-yard dash in 6.1, while CHARLIE MAYS of the Grand Street Boss Club finished first in the 500-yard dash and FRANK TOMEO of the Quantico Marines took the 1,000-yard. The Soviet Union's TATIANA SCHELKANOVA extended the women's world broad-jump record (set in 1965 by Britain's Mary Rand) by 7½ inches with a leap of 21 feet 5½ inches, and her countryman IGOR TER-OVANESYAN took the men's broad jump at 26 feet 5 inches. FRANK COSTELLO of Maryland leaped 7 feet 2 inches to win the high jump, while JOHN PENNEL of Glendale, Calif. broke the meet pole vault record when he vaulted 16 feet 6 inches.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: BRIAN F. O'NEILL, 37, business manager of Financial Times of Canada, a weekly business magazine, as administration manager of the NHL. "He will, in effect," said President Clarence Campbell, "be my understudy."
FOUND: Britain's famous racing greyhound HI JOE, after his disappearance more than a year ago (pane 24).
SIGNED: Former head football coach at Navy (a 38-20-2 record in six years) WAYNE HARDIN, 38, to a two-year contract as general manager and head coach by the Continental Football League's Philadelphia Bulldogs.
RETIRED: Penn State's Head Football Coach CHARLES A. (Rip) ENGLE, 59, "before the game loses all of its fun for me." Engle never had a losing season in 16 years (104-48-4) at Penn State, where his teams gained the Lambert Trophy as the best in the East in 1961, 1962 and 1964 and won three of the four bowl games they played. Named as successor when Engle's retirement goes into effect July 1 was JOE PATERNO, Engle's backfield coach for all 16 years.
DIED: JACK COFFEY, 78, former Fordham graduate manager of athletics and baseball coach for more than 30 years, in New York.