BASKETBALL—NBA: Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco all completed their best-of-seven-games semifinals (page 34), winning four games to two over New York, Detroit and St. Louis, respectively, to join Los Angeles in the divisional finals. PHILADELPHIA beat the Knicks 113-97 in the final game as Hal Greer scored 35 points. Detroit's Dave Bing tossed in 44 points—22 in the third quarter—but BOSTON's John Havlicek led the Celtics into the Eastern finals, for the 12th year in a row, when he scored 31 points, to go along with Sam Jones's 22, as the Celtics defeated the Pistons 111-103. SAN FRANCISCO, with Rudy LaRusso, Jeff Mullins and Bob Warlick totalling 70 points, led all the way to defeat the Western Division champion Hawks 111-106. In the Eastern Division finals, BOSTON took a surprise 1-0 lead by beating the 76ers 127-118 on the torrid shooting of Havlicek (35 points), Jones (28) and Bailey Howell (24). Elgin Baylor scored 29 points and Jerry West 27 as LOS ANGELES whacked the Warriors 133-105 in the first game of the Western Division finals.
ABA: The best-of-five-games semifinal between Western Division champion NEW ORLEANS and Denver went the limit with the Buccaneers finally winning, three games to two, by beating the Rockets 102-97. The Buccaneers then defeated Dallas 104-99 in the first game of the Western finals as Doug Moe and Jimmy Jones tossed in 28 points apiece. PITTSBURGH and MINNESOTA, which had won their semifinal rounds the previous week, split the first two games of the Eastern finals. The Pipers, led by Art Heyman's 34 points, scored 42 points in the third quarter, after trailing by 17 points in the first quarter, and took the opener 125-117, while the Muskies, with Mel Daniels and Les Hunter scoring 38 points apiece, easily won the second game 137-123.
BOWLING—DAVE DAVIS of Phoenix, Ariz. won the $100,000 Firestone-PBA Tournament of Champions in Akron, Ohio (page 40).
GYMNASTICS—CALIFORNIA took the team title at the NCAA Championships in Tucson with 188.25 points, 10 better than runner-up Southern Illinois, the champion the past two years. Tiny (5'1", 117 pounds) MAKOTO SAKAMOTO, a USC junior, took firsts in the parallel bars and the horizontal bar and gained the All-Around title, defeating runner-up Yoshi Hayasaki of the University of Washington by 1.8 points.
April 15, 1968
HOCKEY—NHL: In the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs—where there is no defending champion because of Toronto's collapse during the regular season—Montreal led Boston 2-0 and New York had a 1-0 lead over Chicago in the East, while Los Angeles led Minnesota 2-0 and St. Louis and Philadelphia were tied 1-1 in the West. East champion MONTREAL defeated the Bruins 2-1 in their first game when Claude Provost whipped in a goal with less than six minutes to play and then took the Bruins 5-3. NEW YORK easily beat the punchless Black Hawks 3-1. LOS ANGELES, which had only beaten the North Stars twice during the regular season, won the first game 2-1 behind Goalie Terry Sawchuk's 31 saves. Then Sawchuk, who was playing in his 97th playoff game, registered his 12th Stanley Cup shutout as the Kings took the second game 2-0. ST. LOUIS, with Glenn Hall in the nets, shut out the West champion Flyers 1-0 when Jim Roberts scored with less than seven minutes to play, while PHILADELPHIA beat the Blues 4-3 in the second game of their series on Leon Rochefort's goal at 6:51 of the final period.
HORSE RACING—DANCER'S IMAGE ($19.00), a Derby eligible, took the $119,100 1[1/16]-mile Governor's Gold Cup at Bowie by three lengths over 37-to-1 shot Sir Beau.
MOTOR SPORTS—Belgium's JACKIE ICKX and Britain's BRIAN REDMAN, driving a Ford GT-40, handed Porsche its first major sports car racing loss of the year when they finished the BOAC 500-mile international event at Brands Hatch, England 22 seconds ahead of a Porsche 907 driven by Ludovico Scarfiotti of Italy and Gerhard Mitter of West Germany.
RACQUETS—GEOFFREY ATKINS of Chicago, who has held the world title for 14 years, retained it with a 15-4, 15-7, 15-6 defeat of Briton James Leonard in the second phase of the finals in London. Atkins had won the first phase four games to two in Chicago the previous week.
SKIING—The Austrians dominated the Heavenly Valley (Calif.) meet, the last of the 1967-68 international season, when HERBERT HUBER took the men's giant slalom for the Governor's Cup and GERTRUDE GABL won the women's slalom and giant slalom races. The only other winner was SPIDER SABICH of the U.S., who gained the men's slalom. But Heavenly Valley might be remembered longer as the setting for the last amateur races of France's JEAN-CLAUDE KILLY and Canada's NANCY GREENE, both of whom had said they were going to retire after the meet. Two-time World Cup winner Killy finished seventh in the men's slalom, while Miss Greene came in second in the women's slalom, after gaining her second successive World Cup with a fifth in the giant slalom a day earlier.
SOCCER—In the first week of play in the new North American Soccer League, which grew out of the merger of the United Soccer Association and the National Professional Soccer League, the SAN DIEGO TOROS shut out the Kansas City Spurs 3-0 and came from behind to edge the Boston Beacons 2-1. In other games, the ATLANTA CHIEFS beat the Detroit Cougars 2-1, the NEW YORK GENERALS defeated the Dallas Tornado 2-1, the OAKLAND CLIPPERS beat the Beacons 2-1 and the HOUSTON STARS took the Tornado 6-0.
SWIMMING—VLADIMIR KOSINSKY and ANDREI DUNAYEV of the U.S.S.R. bettered listed world records in the 200-meter breaststroke and 400-meter individual medley in a meet against East Germany at Tallinn, U.S.S.R. Kosinsky's time was 2:27.4. lowering by .4 Aussie Ian O'Brien's 1964 mark, while Dunayev's clocking of 4:45.3 bettered the 1964 mark of California's Dick Roth by .1. In Paris, South Africa's KAREN MUIR broke her own world 100-meter backstroke record, which she set earlier this year, by .3 second with a time of 1:06.4.
TRACK & FIELD—RON HILL of Great Britain ran 10 miles in 47:02.2 to better Ron Clarke's 1965 world record by 10 seconds in Leicester, England, while PAUL NASH, a 21-year-old South African student, equalled the world 100-meter dash record of 10 seconds for the fourth time in eight days, at Standerton, South Africa.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: By the new NBA Milwaukee expansion team, LARRY COSTELLO, 36, as head coach and JOHN ERICKSON, 40, as general manager. Costello, a 12-year NBA veteran, has been an assistant coach with the 76ers since his playing career was temporarily halted early in the season by a torn Achilles' tendon. Erickson, the head coach at the University of Wisconsin since 1959, had a 100-114 record with the Badgers.
NAMED: As a coach of the Oakland Athletics, JOE DiMAGGIO, 53, who will retain his post as the team's executive vice-president.
SIGNED: By 1968 Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater PEGGY FLEMING, 19, a long-term contract with Bob Banner Associates and the National Broadcasting Company for an unannounced number of television shows. Peggy, who also will perform in an ice show, was the world women's champion three times and gained the U.S. title five straight years.
RETIRED: As coach of the U.S. Olympic Alpine team, BOB BEATTIE, 35, who has held the job since 1962 and led U.S. skiers to two silver and two bronze medals at Innsbruck in 1964.
DIED: Scotland's two-time world auto-racing champion, JIM CLARK, 32, of an apparent broken neck, at a Formula II race; in Hockenheim Germany. Clark was driving about 156 mph on the fifth lap of the first part of the German Trophy race when his Lotus Cosworth-Ford skidded on the wet asphalt coming out of a curve, turned over three or four times and crashed into some trees near the track. He probably was killed instantly. The winner of a record 25 Formula I races in eight years, Clark had gained the World Grand Prix driver title in 1963 and 1965; in five starts in the Indianapolis 500, he had finished second in 1963 and 1966 and won the race in 1965. His 25th and last Grand Prix victory had been in South Africa at the beginning of the year.