BASKETBALL—NBA: Boston evened its series with LOS ANGELES twice during the week to force Monday's finale (page 22). First the Celtics topped the Lakers in Boston 89-88 on a 15-foot jumper by a stumbling Sam Jones in the last two seconds. "That's the play we called," said Bill Russell. "He wasn't supposed to stumble, though. That was his innovation." Despite an eye injury suffered in the previous game, John Havlicek was Boston's high scorer with 21 points. Keith Erickson and Tom Hawkins held him to only 18 the next time they met, in Los Angeles, while Jerry West hit for 39 in leading the Lakers to a 117-104 victory before going out with a hamstring injury. Said Havlicek, "The only way Jerry can't hurt you is if he's on crutches or in a hospital bed. On one leg he's as good as anyone in the NBA." One-legged West and Elgin Baylor hit 26 points each Saturday night in Boston, but Don Nelson scored 25 as the Celtics won 99-90.
ABA: OAKLAND went ahead of Indiana 2-1 in the finals, even though the Pacers outscored the Oaks in those three games 390-379. Gary Bradds scored 40 points for the Oaks in the first game, going eight for eight from the foul line in a 123-114 victory. Roger Brown, Bob Netolicky and Freddie Lewis scored 100 points between them in the second game as the Pacers romped to a 150-122 win. The third game, played in Indianapolis, went into overtime in which the Oaks outscored the Pacers 16-8 for a 134-126 win.
GOLF—LARRY HINSON, a 24-year-old from Gastonia, N.C. who is starting his second year on the tour, won the $100,000 Greater New Orleans Open at Lakewood Country Club. Hinson's final round of 67 left him in a tie with Frank Beard at 13 under par, but Beard bogeyed the third hole of a sudden-death round while Hinson parred it.
Joe Inman Jr., a senior at Wake Forest, scored a 2 and 1 victory over teammate Lanny Wadkins, a freshman, to win the North and South amateur tournament at Pinehurst, N.C.
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Sandra Haynie won the $15,000 Shreveport Kiwanis Invitational at 214, two strokes ahead of Mickey Wright and Sandra Palmer (page 64).
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL won its 14th Stanley Cup, defeating St. Louis in the final series in four straight games (page 61). Invincible in their expansion division, the Blues were overmatched against the Canadiens and could muster only three goals in the four games. Rogatien Vachon accomplished his first playoff shutout in the third game.
The season's trophy winners were announced, and DANNY GRANT of Minnesota became the first in the West, taking the Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year. PHIL ESPOSITO won the Hart Memorial Trophy as Most Valuable Player, BOBBY ORR, the James Norris Memorial Trophy as best defenseman for the second consecutive year, and ALEX DELVECCHIO of Detroit the Lady Byng sportsmanship award for the third time.
HORSE RACING—MAJESTIC PRINCE ($4.80) won the $155,700 Kentucky Derby by a neck over Arts and Letters, upping his unbeaten streak to eight and giving Jockey Bill Hartack his fifth Derby (page 14).
J.R. Brown's RIGHT TACK (15-2) outsped Tower Walk by 2½ lengths to win the $87,480, one-mile 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, England. Charles Engelhard's favored Ribofilio raced poorly and was pulled up just after the halfway mark.
Annual meeting, owned by Under Secretary of the Navy John W. Warner, took the 44th Virginia Gold Cup, at Warrenton, by three lengths over Gale Force X. Annual Meeting's time for the four-mile, 22-fence timber course was 8:54 3/5.
Prevailing and TYRANT won the two six-furlong divisions of the Delaware Valley Handicap for 3-year-olds at Garden State. Prevailing ($10.40) won by a head over Dot's Imp, and Tyrant ($14.40) by ¾ length over Blade.
MOTOR SPORTS—PORSCHE swept the first three places in Sicily's Targa Florio, Gerhard Mitter and Udo Schutz of Germany winning at a record average speed of 73 mph. The victory gave Porsche its fourth Targa in a row and the ninth in 13 years.
Jackie Stewart drove a Matra-Ford to victory in the Spanish Grand Prix, in Barcelona, doing the 90 laps in 2:16:54.
Bobby Isaac of Catawba, N.C. drove his Dodge to victory in the Fireball 300 at the Asheville-Weaverville, N.C. Speedway at an average speed of 72.58 mph. Isaac, who started on the pole, led for all but 16 laps. James Hylton of Inman, S.C. was second, also in a Dodge.
Parnelli Jones started first and finished first in the Yankee 250-mile stock-car race at Indianapolis, driving a Ford Talladega and averaging a record 82.37 mph. Al Unser was second in a 1969 Dodge Charger.
ROWING—PENN upset Harvard to win the Adams Cup, breaking a Crimson collegiate winning streak of 34 races. Penn took the 2,000-meter race on the Schuylkill by 1½ lengths in the slow time of 6:30 (there were 15-to-18-knot headwinds). Navy was another four lengths back in third.
TRACK & FIELD—"Byron is running exceptionally well and confidently." said NYU Coach Joe Healey at the Quantico Relays, and BYRON DYCE performed as advertised, anchoring his team to victories in the sprint and distance medleys and collegiate mile relay and seconds in the two-and four-mile relays. He was named outstanding athlete of the event. "We didn't know if he'd run the mile relay today and played it by ear. But he felt good, so I let him run," Healey said. Dyce anchored it in 47.3 after running a 4:05 mile in the distance medley, a 4:23.5 in the four mile, a 1:49.4 half mile in the sprint and a 1:47.6 half in the two miles over a relatively slow cinder track.
In the San Jose Invitational, JOHN CARLOS ran the 100 in 9 seconds flat but had too much wind behind him (15 mph) to get an official record. He defeated Ronnie Ray Smith, Billy Gaines and Charlie Greene.
The International Amateur Athletic Federation, reacting to the Olympic shoe scandal (SI, March 10), announced in London that track athletes will be required to wear plain white shoes after May 1, 1970. IAAF Secretary Donald Pain said, "We recognize that makers may have a stock of shoes on their hands at the present time, and this is why we are not bringing the rule into force until next year." The IAAF continued its ban on brush spikes.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The engagement of Cub Manager LEO DUROCHER, 62, and Chicago socialite LYNNE WALKER GOLDBLATT, 40. It will be his fourth marriage, her second. The youngest of her three sons by her former husband, Joel, started an engagement of his own during the week—as bat boy for the Cubs.
NAMED: To a two-year contract as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, JOHN McLELLAN, 40, who had coached seven years in the minors. His Tulsa Oilers won the Central League's Northern Division championship this season.
NAMED: To the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame, CHUCK BEDNARIK, center, Penn (1947-48); GEORGE CAFEGO, tailback, Tennessee (1938-39); EDWIN (Babe) HORRELL, center, Cal (1922-24); LES HORVATH, halfback, Ohio State (1940-44); LARRY KELLEY, end. Yale (1934-36); WILLIAM (Wild Bill) KELLY, quarterback, Montana (1924-26); JOHN KITZMILLER, halfback, Oregon (1927-29), GERALD MANN, quarterback, SMU (1925-27).
INJURED: WILLIE SHOEMAKER, 37, who suffered a double fracture of the pelvis and internal injuries when a mount named Poona's Day reared against a hedged wall in the paddock at Hollywood Park. Shoemaker was to have ridden Arts and Letters in the Kentucky Derby.
RESIGNED: From the Sierra Club, former Executive Director DAVID BROWER, to form a new militant conservation organization.
RESIGNED: AL LOPEZ, 60, as manager of the Chicago White Sox, for the second time (the first was in 1965), due to a stomach ailment. Lopez led the Sox to a pennant in 1959, was succeeded by Eddie Stanky after the 1965 season and came back in the middle of 1968. "I've tried to stick things out," said Lopez, "but the condition isn't getting any better."
RETIRED: BERNIE CASEY, 29, flanker for the Los Angeles Rams since 1967 and the San Francisco 49ers for six years before that. He had caught 359 passes for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns, 13 in the last two years. Casey will devote his time to painting, acting and poetry.
FIRED: As coach and general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, JOE KUHARICH, 52, whose team won 28 games, lost 41 and tied one, by new Owner Leonard Tose. But Kuharich has 10 years remaining on a reported $60,000-a-year Eagle contract.