BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON, after eliminating Philadelphia 4-3 by sweeping the last three games of the Eastern finals, came from behind to beat Los Angeles 107-101 in the first game of the championship series (page 24).
ABA: After two games of the best-of-seven final playoff, Western Division Champion NEW ORLEANS and Eastern Division Champion PITTSBURGH were tied at 1-1. The Pipers took the first game 120-112 on Connie Hawkins' 39 points, and Art Heyman and Charlie Williams' 26 apiece. In the second game Hawkins fouled out after only 18 points and Williams after 17, leaving Chico Vaughn to lead the team with 27 points—12 of them on three-point baskets—as the Pipers lost 109-100. For the Buccaneers, Red Robbins scored 41 points in the first game, while Larry Brown and Jimmy Jones each hit for 28 in the second.
BILLIARDS—IRVING CRANE of Rochester, N.Y. defeated Luther (Wimpy) Lassiter of Elizabeth City, N.C. 150-24 in a playoff to win the World's Pocket Billiards championship in New York City.
BOXING—CURTIS COKES retained his welterweight title with a fifth-round TKO of South African Willie Ludick in Dallas (page 62).
FENCING—ADAM LISCHEWSKI of Poland, making his first competitive appearance in the U.S., defeated Jeff Checkes of NYU 5-0, 5-1 in the foil finals of the Martini and Rossi international tournament in New York. JERZY PAWLOWSKI of Poland won the sabre and ZOLTAN NEMERE of Hungary took the épée title.
GOLF—DON JANUARY shot a 69 on the final 18 holes of the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas to post a 72-hole total of 276, one stroke ahead of runner-up Julius Boros (page 66).
Carol Mann of Towson, Md. equaled the lowest 54-hole total ever shot by a woman with a 16-under-par 200 as she won the $15,000 Lady Carling Open in Atlanta by 10 strokes over Kathy Whitworth. Miss Mann's three rounds were 66-66-68.
HOCKEY—NHL: Last Division champion MONTREAL, having rested a week after its four-game sweep of Boston in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, took a 2-0 lead over Chicago in the East finals. The Canadiens scored five goals in the third period of the first game to crush the Black Hawks 9-2, while Jean Beliveau scored three goals and assisted in the fourth as the Canadiens won the second game 4-1. The Hawks had earned the dubious pleasure of tangling with the Canadiens by defeating New York 4-2 in the sixth game of their semifinal to complete a four-game sweep after dropping the first two games. ST. LOUIS led the West Division finals 1-0 over Minnesota when the Blues scored three goals within three minutes in the second period to take the first game 5-3. St. Louis reached the finals by beating division champion Philadelphia 4-3. The Flyers took the sixth game 2-1 after Don Blackburn scored a goal at 11:18 of the second overtime period, and the Blues won the last game 3-1. Minnesota, which had trailed 3-2 in its series with Los Angeles, won the sixth game 4-3 on Milan Marcetta's goal at 9:11 of the first overtime period and walloped the Kings 9-4 in the seventh game to take the series 4-3.
HORSE RACING—DANCER'S IMAGE ($6.40) won the $113,500 1‚⅛-mile Wood Memorial at Aqueduct by ¾ length over Iron Ruler (page 61).
ROWING—HARVARD's heavyweight crew opened the season with its 30th consecutive collegiate victory, taking the Walter J. Stein Trophy by three lengths over Rutgers on Boston's Charles River with a time of 5:52.2 over the 2000-meter, 40-yard course.
SOCCER—NASL: VANCOUVER beat New York 3-1 and then lost to DETROIT 2-1 and ST. LOUIS 2-1. OAKLAND defeated Washington 5-0 and San Diego 4-2, ATLANTA tied SAN DIEGO 0-0, while HOUSTON whacked both Toronto and Dallas 5-0 and tied KANSAS CITY 1-1. After its loss to the Royals, NEW YORK tied LOS ANGELES 1-1, which in turn beat Baltimore 2-1.
SWIMMING—DEBBIE MEYER of Sacramento, Calif. won the 200-, 500-, and 1,650-yard freestyle events at the AAU women's short-course championships in Pittsburgh, setting American records in each. CLAUDIA KOLB of Santa Clara, Calif., KAYE HALL of Tacoma, Wash. and ELLIE DANIEL of Philadelphia were all double winners, and all also broke five listed national records with their victories. Miss Kolb won the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys, Miss Hall the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes (becoming the first woman to swim the 100-yard backstroke over a short course in under one minute with a 59.3 clocking) and Miss Daniel took the 100-and 200-yard butterfly events. The SANTA CLARA SWIM CLUB, which won the team title, set three more American marks in winning the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays and the 400-yard medley relay.
At the AAU women's diving championships, also in Pittsburgh, KEALA O'SULLIVAN of Hawaii won the one-meter title, and LESLIE BUSH of Bloomington, Ind. took both the three-meter and the platform events.
Nikolai Pankin, 19, cut .2 off the pending world record of Brazil's José Fillo when he churned the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:06.2 in Moscow.
TRACK & FIELD—AMBY BURFOOT, a senior at Wesleyan University, won the 72nd annual Boston Marathon in 2:22:17 to become the first American in 11 years to take the event. Another American, Lieut. Bill Clark of the Marine Corps, finished second, while Mexicans Alfredo Penaloza and Pablo Garrido came in third and fourth.
Charlie Greene of Lincoln, Neb. tied the world record of 10.0 in the 100-meter dash; JIM RYUN won the 1500-meter run in meet-record time of 3:42.8, and CHUCK ROGERS of Colorado pole vaulted 17'½" for another meet record at the Kansas Relays at Lawrence.
Arne Kvalheim of Oregon defeated Gerry Lindgren of Washington State in a national collegiate record time of 8:33.1 for two miles in a dual meet at Eugene. It was the first outdoor two-mile loss for Lindgren in two years. At the Pelican State Relays in Baton Rouge, La., RICHMOND FLOWERS skimmed over the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.3—only .1 off the world record—as he defeated Willie Davenport for the first time in 10 tries outdoors.
WRESTLING—At the National AAU Greco-Roman championships in Lincoln, Neb., JIM HAZEWINKEL of the Army won the 138.5 division and was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. ARTHUR CHAVEZ of San Francisco, who had won the freestyle title the previous week, took the 114.5 class, while ROBERT JOHNSON and LARRY LYDEN won the heavyweight and 171.5-pound titles to lead the Minnesota Wrestling Association to the team championship. Other winners were: JESS LEWIS of Oregon State, 213.5, defending champion WAYNE BAUGHMAN of the Air Force, 191.5, FRED LETT of the Michigan WC, 154 and IKUEI YAMAMOTO of Japan, 125.5.
MILEPOSTS—DECIDED: By the National League, to add two expansion teams in 1969. Of the five cities under consideration, San Diego and Dallas-Fort Worth are the best bets for gaining a franchise. Others in contention are Buffalo, Montreal and Milwaukee.
HIRED: BILL FITCH, 36, as basketball coach at the University of Minnesota replacing John Kundla, who retired last week. Fitch had an 18-7 record at Bowling Green last season after five years as head coach at the University of North Dakota.
DIED: Curveballer TOMMY BRIDGES, 61, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 1930-1946; after a long illness, in Nashville, Tenn. Bridges, whose career record was 194-138, threw 35 shutouts, was 4-1 in World Series competition and had a best season won-lost record of 23-11 in 1936.