BASKETBALL—ABA: "We have the momentum now. I feel like a hen sitting on a good batch of eggs," said OAKLAND's Coach Ales Hannum, and the Oaks went on to hatch a 135-131 overtime victory in the fifth game to win the ABA playoffs from Indiana 4-1. The Oaks had taken the fourth game 144-117. "It's the most satisfying victory in my whole life," said Hannum. "To take a bunch of guys who were down last year and to come back and win the title has to be the biggest thing that ever happened to me."
FOOTBALL—PRO: The BALTIMORE COLTS, CLEVELAND BROWNS and PITTSBURGH STEELERS agreed to join the AFL in what will be the American Conference of the realigned National Football League, play beginning in 1970, with the Colts in a division with Buffalo, Boston, Miami and the New York Jets; the Browns and Steelers with Cincinnati and Houston; and Denver, Kansas City, Oakland and San Diego in a third division. Divisional lines are yet to be drawn in the National Conference, which will consist of the remaining NFL teams.
GOLF—DEANE BEMAN seized the $100,000 Texas Open in San Antonio—his first victory as a pro—when he dropped a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death round with Jack McGowan. It was the 37th hole of the day, two rounds having been played to make up for a rainout on opening day. Beman, who had been the British and U.S. amateur champion, had a final-round 65, equaling the course record. McGowan shot a 69.
HARNESS RACING—BYE BYE SAM ($9.60), driven by Stanley Dancer, won the $182,976 Messenger Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway by a nose over Tempered Yankee. Laverne Hanover, so favored that he was barred from the betting, was third, three-fourths of a length farther back.
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HOCKEY—NHL: Boston Defenseman BOBBY ORR received the most votes (176 of a possible 180) in balloting for the All-Star team, which includes Toronto's TIM HORTON on defense, Chicago's BOBBY HULL and Detroit's GORDIE HOWE at the wings, Boston's PHIL ESPOSITO at center and, in goal, GLENN HALL of St. Louis—the first player on a Western expansion team to be so honored On the second team are Montreal's YVAN COURNOYER and Detroit's FRANK MAHOVLICH, wings; the Canadiens' JEAN BELIVEAU, center; Boston's TED GREEN and Montreal's TED HARRIS, defensemen; and New York's EDDIE GIACOMIN, goalie.
Serge Savard, a second-year defenseman for Montreal, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup on the strength of his four goals and six assists.
HORSE RACING—ACK ACK ($3), ridden by Manuel Ycaza, was awarded the $58,100 Withers Mile at Aqueduct when an 18-to-1 shot, Gleaming Light, ridden by Larry Adams, was disqualified from first and placed fifth for cutting off Rooney's Shield and Blade in the stretch.
King of the Castle ($4.40), ridden by Braulio Baeza, won the $79,450 Illinois Derby to close out the Sportsman's Park season. Carrying 126 pounds, he ran the 1‚⅛-mile course for 3-year-olds in 1:51⅖ 1½ lengths ahead of Rush Date.
Bill Hartack rode CZAR ALEXANDER ($5) to a¾-length win over Taneb in the $58,300 Dixie Handicap held at Pimlico over 1½ miles on the turf.
HORSE SHOWS—FRANK CHAPOT, a four-time Olympian, brought out two potential international show jumpers, Groovey and Fire Again, at the Children's Services show in Farmington, Conn., winning Preliminary Jumper events with each of them. The Governors Trophy for Horsemanship in the hunter seat division was won by JAMES HULICK of Stirling, Mass., in the saddle seat division by BILL KOPP of Troy, N.Y.
LACROSSE—In a confrontation of the collegiate kingpins, NAVY upset Johns Hopkins 9-6, in Baltimore, opening with three goals in the first four minutes. Harry MacLaughlin scored four goals for the Middies, and Goaltender Lenny Supko made 13 saves.
MOTOR SPORTS—LEE ROY YARBROUGH, driving a Mercury, won the Rebel 400 stock car race on the recently repaved Darlington (S.C.) Raceway at an average speed of 131.57 mph. Yarbrough won $14,700.
The season's first Trans-American race, at Michigan International Speedway, went to the Mustang of PARNELLI JONES. In the early stages Horst Kwech's Mustang spun into a group of spectators, killing one and injuring 12.
Porsche widened its commanding lead in Manufacturers' Championship racing, Jo Siffert and Brian Redman co-driving the winner in Belgium's 1,000 Kilometers.
ROWING—HARVARD's heavyweight varsity defeated Penn by 1¼ lengths for the Eastern Sprint Championship on Lake Quinsigamond, Mass. (page 20).
TENNIS—TOM OKKER of The Netherlands defeated Australia's Roy Emerson 6-3, 6-5 to take the men's singles title in the first Japanese professional tournament, in Osaka. It was MRS. ANN HAYDON JONES of Britain in the women's final after Francoise Durr of France sprained her hand and retired following a 6-1 loss in the first set. At an international tournament in Madrid, Spain's MANUEL SANTANA lost the first set 9-11, then put together 6-4, 8-6, 6-1 sets to defeat America's Arthur Ashe in the singles final. KERRY MELVILLE and DICK CREALY of Australia won England's Surrey clay-court singles titles. Miss Melville upset her countrywoman, Mrs. Margaret Court, 6-3, 7-5 and Crealy beat Keith Wooldridge of England 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN CARLOS won his fourth outstanding athlete award in as many weeks at the West Coast Relays in Fresno. He tied the world record for the 100-yard dash (9.1) with no wind at all, after having recorded a wind-aided 9.0 last week. One of the three official timers clocked him in 9.0 in this event, as well. Half an hour later Carlos anchored San Jose's 440-yard relay team to a 39.7 win. He also ran the anchor leg in 19.8 in an 880 win. Teammate LEE EVANS had an identical clocking. WILLIE DAVENPORT won the 120-yard high hurdles in 13.5 to equal the meet's oldest (18 years) record. JACK BACHELER of the Florida Track Club won the two-mile in the meet record time of 8:31.8, 3.6 seconds ahead of Gerry Lindgren. DICK RAILSBACK of UCLA took the pole vault over Bob Seagren at 17'5". VILLANOVA's winning mile relay team did 3:06.9 (Larry James running a 45.0 anchor leg), its two-mile squad 7:18.5. Some freshmen were outstanding, among them EDESEL GARRISON of USC, who ran a 46.0 quarter mile, LORENZO ALLEN of Arizona, who high jumped 7', while CHUCK LaBENZ, a junior from Arizona State, ran a 4:00.1 mile.
Heide Rosendahl of West Germany set a pentathlon world record of 4,995 points, achieved with a time of 13.7 in the 100-meter hurdles, 1.59 meters in the high jump, 6.24 meters in the long jump, a 13.93-meter shotput and a 24.8 in the 200-meter run. Heide had missed the Olympics because of an injury.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: BOB COUSY, to a three-year contract as head coach of the Cincinnati Royals, succeeding Ed Jucker. The former Boston Celtics backcourt wizard had spent six years as coach at Boston College (taking BC to the finals of the 1969 NIT tournament).
ANNOUNCED: By the UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI, seven times the basketball champion and twice the football titlist of the Missouri Valley Conference, a decision to withdraw from the conference at the end of the 1969-70 academic year. Formerly in the Mid-American Conference, UC will compete as an independent for the time being but may attempt to return to the MAC.
NAMED: As general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, PETE RETZLAFF, 36, an 11-year NFL veteran. Retzlaff was an outstanding Eagle receiver and the club's player representative before retiring two years ago to broadcast games. As head coach Retzlaff hired JERRY WILLIAMS, 45, field boss of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
TRADED: PAUL SILAS, five-year veteran with the Atlanta Hawks, to the Phoenix Suns for rookie Gary Gregor, a 6'7" graduate of South Carolina, and a player to be named later.
DIED: EDDIE CICOTTE, 84, the Chicago White Sox pitcher who was banned from baseball in the Black Sox scandal; in Detroit. He lost two of three games he pitched against Cincinnati in the 1919 World Series. It was not until the next year, when Cicotte confessed to Sox Owner Charles Comiskey that he had accepted $10,000 from gamblers, that the scandal broke.