BASKETBALL—NBA: Halfway through an eight-game road trip, their longest of the season, the New York Knicks won back some of their early-season luster, taking three straight before the San Diego Rockets spoiled things with a 123-115 victory, the Rockets' highest-scoring win over the Knicks since they joined the NBA. In the West, Chicago climbed to third place with three wins and a loss, also to San Diego, while the Rockets, behind the hot shooting of Elvin Hayes, moved up one notch to fifth.
ABA: Denver's new coach, Joe Belmont, had the pleasure of watching his team win all its games this week and of seeing it go from last place to third in the Western Division, and Denver fans showed their appreciation by appearing in record numbers, 9,804, for a doubleheader in the Denver Coliseum. It was another story in a doubleheader at Los Angeles, when the Rockets' fine rookie, Spencer Haywood, met Washington's star. Rick Barry, for the first lime before a grand total of 361 fans in the 15,000-seat sports arena. Denver defeated Washington 129-118, and Haywood topped Barry 28 to 24.
NBA—East: New York (3-1). Milwaukee (3-1), Baltimore (3-2), Philadelphia (1-2), Cincinnati (2-1), Boston (0-4), Detroit (2-2). West: Atlanta (3-2), Los Angeles (2-2), Chicago (3-1), San Francisco (1-3), San Diego (3-0), Phoenix (1-4), Seattle (1-3).
ABA—East: Indiana (5-1), Kentucky (2-1), Carolina (1-2), New York (2-2). Miami (2-2), Pittsburgh (0-3). West: New Orleans (1-3), Dallas (3-2), Denver (4-0), Washington (1-3), Los Angeles (1-3).
BOBSLEDDING—Itlians GIANFRANCO GASPARI and MARIO ARMANO won the European two-man championships at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, with a combined time of 5:23.12 for four runs down an icy track, only .03 second faster than the second-place German team of Horst Floth and Pepi Bader. In the four-man competitions, a West German crew led by 32-year-old WOLFGANG ZIMMERER raced twice down the course with times of 1:20.56 and 1:21.81 to defeat the Spanish team piloted by Eugenio Baturone.
BOXING—JOHNNY FAMECHON of Australia retained his WBC featherweight crown by knocking Japan's Fighting Harada through the ropes after one minute, nine seconds of the 14th round at Tokyo's Municipal Gymnasium.
In the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Olympic Heavyweight Champion GEORGE FOREMAN, weighing 217 pounds, floored 212-pound Charley Polite of Holyoke, Mass. in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round bout to score his 12th knockout and 14th victory.
FOOTBALL—The AFL's KANSAS CITY Chiefs beat the NFL's Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in the Super Bowl in New Orleans (page 10).
GOLF—On the first hole of sudden-death play, after they tied at 276, Billy Casper defeated Hale Irwin to take the Los Angeles Open (page 18).
HOCKEY—NHL: In the East, Montreal, with two wins, threatened Boston's hold on second place despite another scoring spree by Defenseman Bobby Orr as the Bruins dropped a 4-3 contest to last-place Toronto. New York won both its games and remained comfortably out in front. The West Division had a number of changes. Minnesota fell from second to third following a 6-4 penalty-filled defeat by Los Angeles; Philadelphia rose from fourth to second, with two wins and two ties; and Pittsburgh, which lost three games, went from third to fourth.
NHL—East: New York (2-0-0), Boston (1-1-0). Montreal (2-1-0), Detroit (2-1-0), Chicago (2-1-0), Toronto (1-0-2). West: St. Louis (0-1-1), Philadelphia (2-0-2), Minnesota (0-2-1). Pittsburgh (0-3-1), Oakland (0-2-1), Los Angeles (1-2-0).
SKIING—Rain and warm weather made the World Cup slopes treacherous going, but veteran skier KARL SCHRANZ of Austria, the defending cup champion, mastered the giant slalom course at Adelboden, Switzerland with runs of 1:41.85 and 1:40.91, to defeat Italian Gustavo Thoeni, who missed a gate on his second run. Five days later at the men's downhill competition in Wengen, conditions were so bad that the icy, rutted course had to be shortened 1,500 meters, and HENRI DUVILLARD of France, winner of the race with a time of 5:50.21, admitted: "I was scared, I can tell you." Americans did poorly in the downhill. The best U.S. finisher, Billy Kidd, was 35th and, as a result, they dropped in men's and women's overall team standings from second to third place, behind France and Austria. The French dominated the women's competition at Grindelwald, Switzerland with a win by MICH√àLE JACOT in the special slalom and a one-two-three sweep by Isabelle Mir, Annie Famose and Florence Steurer in the downhill. The 18-year-old Jacot was followed by Betsy Clifford of Camp Fortune, Ontario and Marilyn Cochran of Richmond, Vt. in the top American showing for the week.
SOCCER—At a luncheon in New York's Commodore Hotel, the National Soccer Coaches Association honored its selections for the All-America College Soccer Team: Halfback Tony Elia and Inside Right Alec Papadakis of Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y.; Goalie Bruce Parkhill of Lock Haven (Pa.) State; Fullback Don Fowler of Trenton (N.J.) State; Fullback Karim Yassim of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College; Halfback Len Renery of Columbia University; Halfback Pete Goosens of San Diego State; Outside Right Abdula Jama of NYU; Center Forward Bob Durham of Philadelphia Textile; Inside Left Rasim Tugberk of the University of Maryland; and Outside Left Manuel Hernades of San Jose State.
SPEED SKATING—At the U.S.S.R. national championships in Alma Ata, VALERY MURATOV sped to a world record of 39.09 seconds in the men's 500-meter race, .11 second faster than the old mark held by Erhard Keller of West Germany. The Russian women were in top form, too; LIUDMILA FECHINA and TATIANA SIDOROVA bettered world records in the 1,000-meter and 500-meter events with times of 1:29.09 and 43.29.
TRACK & FIELD—Olympic champion Willie Davenport opened the indoor season in style when he set a meet record of 7.0 seconds for the 60-yard high hurdles at the All-American games in San Francisco. Then, at the Washington CYO meet in College Park, Md., he ran a world-record-tying 60-yard high hurdles in 6.8 seconds. Finally, at the K of C meet in Boston, he won the 45-yard high hurdles in the world-record-tying time of 5.3 seconds. Winners at San Francisco included Bill Toomey, who won the pentathlon with 3,995 points; John Carlos, winner of the 60-and 300-yard dashes; and Lee Evans, who took the 440 in 48.6 seconds. In Boston last-minute entrant Harold Connolly threw the 35-pound weight 69'10¼" for a meet record, and Sam Bair edged Alan Robinson of Southern Illinois in a 4:06.2 mile. The CYO Meet in College Park was also highlighted by Miler Marty Liquori's come-from-behind win over Juris Luzins. The race was run in 4:05.5, Liquori sprinting the last 160 yards in an impressive 20.2 seconds.
MILESPOTS—NAMED: As head football coach at the University of Rhode Island, JACK GREGORY, who, after three years at Villanova and a 16-13 record, joins a school that has had only one winning season in the last 10 years and won but two of nine games in 1969.
NAMED: As general manager of the NFL's Baltimore Colts, DON KLOSTERMAN, scout for the AFL since 1960 and general manager of the Houston Oilers since 1966.
RETIRED: As head football coach at Purdue, just a few months before reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65, JACK MOLLENKOPF, who in 14 years led the Boilermakers to an 84-39-9 record, including a 14-13 win over USC in the 1966 Rose Bowl. Mollenkopf will be replaced by Assistant Coach BOB DeMOSS.
RETIRED: After seven years as head football coach at the University of California at Santa Barbara, JACK C. (Cactus Jack) CURTICE, to devote full time to his job as athletic director. Assistant Coach ANDY EVEREST, who played center under Curtice at Texas Western during 1947-49, will take over.
RESIGNED: As nonplaying captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, DONALD DELL, 31, who in his two years as captain led the Americans to two cup victories, to devote more time to his Washington, D.C. law practice and to "take a very active role in Maryland politics."
DIED: HILL PRINCE, 23, Horse of the Year for 1950, with victories in the Preakness, the Withers Mile and six other stakes races that year; of a heart attack at the Doswell, Va. farm of his owner, Christopher T. Chenery.