BASKETBALL—Eastern Leader PHILADELPHIA (49-8) dropped successive games to the Lakers and the Warriors on the West Coast but the 76ers finally halted their slight skid—four losses in five games—by beating both teams in return matches. BOSTON (42-13) had its 11-game winning streak stopped by the Hawks 131-113 but three victories during the week brought the Celtics to within 6½ games of the 76ers. NEW YORK (28-31) moved back ahead of CINCINNATI (24-30) in the race for third place as the Knicks routed the Hawks, then took two of three from the Pistons, while the Royals, after beating the Bullets, lost three in a row. Last-place BALTIMORE (13-46) finally broke a seven-game losing streak with a 109-99 victory over the Royals but lost Don Ohl, the team's leading scorer, for the rest of the season because of a knee injury. In the West SAN FRANCISCO (36-22) split six games, including a 137-120 win over the 76ers as Rick Barry (page 32) scored 49 points and a 49-point loss to the Lakers when star rebounder Nate Thurmond was out with a strep throat. ST. LOUIS (26-31) Player-Coach Richie Guerin scored 41 points in the big victory over the Celtics, and for the week the Hawks won three of five to trim the Warriors' lead to 9½ games. LOS ANGELES (23-33) split four games; CHICAGO (23-37) dropped two of three and DETROIT (22-35) three of five.
BOWLING—CARMEN SALVINO of Chicago won the $10,000 first prize in the St. Paul Open as he rolled a 211 to beat Johnnie Guenther of Seattle by eight pins in the title game.
GOLF—TOM NIEPORTE, a 37-year-old father of seven expecting an eighth, who is a club pro on Long Island, N.Y., birdied the 90th and final hole to beat Doug Sanders by one stroke—349-350—and win the $17,600 first prize in the Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO (28-11-7) made it 11 games without a loss by beating the Bruins twice and tying the Canadiens 3-3, and upped its lead to 10 points. Second-place NEW YORK (23-16-7), after losing four of its previous five games, returned from five days off and defeated both the Bruins and the Maple Leafs. MONTREAL (20-19-6) had a 1-1-1 week; TORONTO's (17-20-8) losing streak reached nine with two more defeats; and DETROIT (19-24-3) won two games and moved within one point of the Maple Leafs. BOSTON (12-29-7) remained firmly mired in last place after three straight losses.
HORSE RACING—REFLECTED GLORY ($10), owned by Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs and trained by her husband Hirsch, closed strongly to nip favorite Bold House by a neck in the $34,850 Bahamas Stakes at Hialeah.
MOTOR SPORTS—FERRARIS finished one, two, three in the 24-hour Continental Road Race at Daytona Beach and took a step toward regaining the world championship they lost last year to the Ford Mark IIs (page 22).
SKING—GUY PÉRILLAT of France easily won the combined championship of the international skiing meet at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, taking the slalom and the giant slalom.
Jimmy Heuga of Tahoe City, Calif. and SUZY CHAFFEE of Rutland, Vt. gained the combined titles at the Mt. Werner Ski Classic in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
TENNIS—DENNIS RALSTON of Bakersfield, Calif. lost his first match as a professional to another new pro, FRED STOLLE of Australia, in straight sets in Brisbane, Australia. In his second pro match, however, Ralston beat Stolle 7-9, 6-3, 6-2 in Sydney.
Charles Pasarell, of Santurce, Puerto Rico, third-seeded, upset top-seeded Arthur Ashe in straight sets, 6-3, 8-6, and won the Fidelity Bankers Invitational Tennis Tournament in Ashe's home town of Richmond.
TRACK & FIELD—RANDY MATSON of Texas A&M reached 66'10¼" on his last toss to beat indoor world record holder Neal Steinhauer in a shotput match that highlighted the San Diego Invitational (page 58). In the 1,000-yard run Tom Von Ruden of the 49ers Track Club set an American record of 2:06.8 while winning easily. At the Seattle Invitational GERRY LINDGREN of Washington State set a meet mark for the two-mile as he won in 8:31.6, and MRS. DORIS BROWN of Seattle set an American record in the 880 with a time of 2:08.5. In the East DAVE PATRICK, a Villanova junior, took the 1,000-yard run at the Philadelphia Inquirer Games with a meet record time of 2:09.2, and Australia's Kerry O'Brien won the two-mile run in 8:46.6, also a meet mark. JIM KEMP of the 49ers Track Club won the 600-yard run in 1:11.2, after winning the same event the previous night at the New York Knights of Columbus Meet. Also in New York, FRANZ-JOSEF KEMPER of West Germany took the 1,000-yard run in 2:08.4, while NOEL CARROLL of Ireland beat Peter Scott of Nebraska in the 880-yard run (1:51.1) when the officials ruled that Scott interfered with Carroll at the tape.
MILEPOSTS—FORMED: The AMERICAN BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION, a 10-team league that will start play next fall, with former NBA star GEORGE MIKAN, 42, as commissioner and Gary Davidson as president (page 56). The league cities, arenas and owners: ANAHEIM: Anaheim Convention Center; James Ackerman and Art Kim. DALLAS: Memorial Auditorium; Gary Davidson, Gavin Eldridge, John Klug, James M. Peters Jr. and August Speth. HOUSTON: Sam Houston Coliseum Music Hall; Cloyce K. Box, Charles Frazier, William Witmere and others. INDIANAPOLIS: Indianapolis Coliseum; E. J. Bannon, Lyn Treece, Bob Welch, Ronald Woodard. KANSAS CITY, Mo.: Municipal Auditorium; James Trindle and others. MINNEAPOLIS: Metropolitan Sports Center; Fred Jefferson, L. P. Shields. NEW ORLEANS: Loyola University Fieldhouse; Lionel J. Cunningham, Sean Morton Downey Jr., L. Torrey Gomila, Ronnie Kole, Charles G. Smither, James A. Ware. NEW YORK: Singer Bowl (proposed): Mark P. Binstein, Arthur J. Brown. OAKLAND: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum; Pat Boone, Ken Davidson, Dennis A. Murphy. PITTSBURGH: Civic Arena; Gabe Rubin and others. FLOATING FRANCHISE (city not yet picked): Charles Hale, Donald J. Regan, Robert Spare, J. Parker Williams and others.
NAMED: Winner of the James E. Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete of 1966, Kansas University world mile record holder JIM RYUN, 19, who was also SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's Sportsman of the Year.
RETIRED: EL CORDOBÉS, 29, the tousled matador who was the richest and most popular but not—in the eyes of the purists—the best bullfighter in the world. Gored 18 times and administered the last rites twice during his six-year career, El Cordobés suffered a shoulder injury while water skiing last year that inhibited his killing technique. However, he claims he decided to retire after dreaming of death one night. "I don't want to die," he said.
RETIRED: BOBBY DODD, 58, as head football coach at Georgia Tech after 22 seasons, a 165-62-8 record and 13 bowl games. He will remain at Tech as athletic director.
DIED: EDDIE TOLAN, 58, winner of the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the 1932 Olympics; of a heart attack, in Detroit. Only 5'4" and 143 pounds, Tolan was known as the Midnight Express and during his time set world records for both the 100-yard and 100-meter events.