BASKETBALL—NBA: Early in the week spirits were high in Milwaukee as Lew Alcindor led his team to a 115-113 victory over Los Angeles, with a career-high 46 points and two other scoring records. Then the Bucks' five-game winning streak was cut and they lost ground in their struggle for the East lead with New York, which was undefeated for the week, when they were beaten in overtime by Chicago. In the West, Atlanta dropped three straight games but was still leading by 6½. San Francisco's Nate Thurmond, the NBA's top rebounder, suffered a torn knee cartilage that will keep him out for the rest of the season.
ABA: The Indiana Pacers, leading in the East with an impressive 32-8 record, lost the only game they played, 100-93, to the third-place Carolina Cougars, who enjoyed a 3-0 week. Pittsburgh's new coach, Buddy Jeannette, got off on the wrong foot by losing his first four games, running the Piper streak to eight and putting the team in last place. Both New Orleans and Denver were undefeated in the West, but Denver continued its climb from last by taking second from Dallas, which had two losses.
NBA—EAST: New York (2-0), Milwaukee (2-1), Baltimore (2-1), Philadelphia (2-2), Cincinnati (1-3), Boston (2-1), Detroit (2-2). West: Atlanta (1-3), Chicago (2-2), Los Angeles (1-1), San Francisco (1-2), Phoenix (2-2), San Diego (0-2), Seattle (3-1).
ABA—East: Indiana (0-1), Kentucky (1-2), Carolina (3-0), New York (1-3), Miami (2-2), Pittsburgh (0-4). WEST: New Orleans (2-0), Denver (2-0), Dallas (1-2), Washington (2-1), Los Angeles (2-1).
January 26, 1970
BOWLING—After nine years as a pro, ED BOURDASE of Fresno, Calif. won his first PBA tournament with a 201-182 final-match victory over Johnny Petraglia of Brooklyn in the $50,000 Greater Los Angeles Open.
BOXING—In a 10-round, nontitle fight at San Antonio, World Lightweight Champion MANDO RAMOS won a unanimous decision over Leonardo Aguero of Durango, Mexico.
FOOTBALL—NFL: The West beat the East in the Pro Bowl at Los Angeles when Roman Gabriel threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Carroll Dale in the fourth quarter for a 16-13 victory.
AFL: The league went out of existence playing its All-Star Game in the Astrodome, a 26-3 rout of the East that was highlighted by the passing of West Quarterback John Hadl, who earned the MVP award with 18 completions in 26 tries for 224 yards and a touchdown.
GOLF—DALE DOUGLASS shot a final-round 66 to edge defending champion Gene Littler 271-272 in the $100,000 Phoenix Open. John Miller, the 22-year-old who joined the front-runners with a startling 10-under-par 61 on the third round, finished in a tie for 10th.
HOCKEY—NHL: The fifth-place Chicago Black Hawks won all three of their games, including a controversial 1-0 victory over second-place Boston, the first shutout the Bruins have suffered in 70 games on their home ice. New York, still way ahead in first place, had two wins, a tie and a loss, the last a 4-1 defeat by third-ranked Montreal, which remains only one point behind Boston. There were no changes in the West standings, though Los Angeles, with four losses, took a firmer grip on last place.
NHL—East: New York (2-1-1), Boston (2-1-0). Montreal (2-1-0), Detroit (1-0-0), Chicago (3-0-0), Toronto (1-2-0). West: St. Louis (2-1-0), Philadelphia (1-1-1), Minnesota (1-1-1), Pittsburgh (0-2-0), Oakland (1-2-1), Los Angeles (0-4-0).
HORSE RACING—MR. BROGANN ($13.20), a one-eyed 5-year-old owned by Mrs. John L. Greer and ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, led from the start of the $68,300 Tropical Park Handicap and finished the nine furlongs five lengths ahead of Dorileo for his second consecutive win in this event.
In the six-furlong, opening-day feature at Hialeah, Wheatley Stable's KING EMPEROR ($6), the 2-to-1 favorite ridden by Carlos Marquez, came from behind to win the $30,650 Royal Poinciana Handicap by a neck over William S. Farish III's Royal Comedian.
MOTOR SPORTS—Crashes and yellow flags slowed the winning pace to 96.711 mph as A.J. Foyt drove his 1970 Ford Torino to victory at the Riverside-Motor Trend 500-mile race in Riverside, Calif.
SKIING—The French continued to dominate World Cup competition as Ingrid Lafforgue won the women's slalom and Isabelle Mir, Florence Steurer, Mich√®le Jacot and Fran√ßoise Macchi swept the first four places in the downhill at the Silver Jug races in Bad Gastein, Austria. Betsy Clifford of Canada Was second in the slalom and Marilyn Cochran of Richmond, Vt. finished fourth. A few days later Steurer was second behind Austria's Annemarie Proell in the giant slalom at the warm-weather-plagued meet in Maribor, Yugoslavia. Barbara Cochran, Marilyn's sister, was third and then scored a rare U.S. victory in the slalom, her first win in World Cup competition. At the Lauberhorn races in Wengen, Switzerland, France's Patrick Russel, the men's World Cup point leader, was clocked in the winning time of 1:09.55 for two runs in the special slalom and was closely followed by Dumeng Giovanoli of Switzerland and Henri Bechu of France. In Kitzb√ºhel, Austria at the Hahnenkamm, Giovanoli skiied through fog and driving snow to take the men's giant slalom, but Russel came back in the following day's slalom to defeat Italian Gustavo Thoeni by half a second.
SPEED SKATING—-Three world marks were shattered at the U.S.S.R. men's and women's championships in Alma Ata. BORIS GULYAYEV skated the 500 meters in 39.03 seconds, .06 seconds faster than the record set four days earlier by Valery Muratov; TATIANA SIDOROVA won the 500-meter women's race in 43.22 seconds; and NINA STATKEVICH broke the women's 1,500-meter mark with a clocking of 2:17.82.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN LAWSON, representing the Pacific Coast Club, ran the mile in 4:00.6 to defeat favored Kipchoge Keino of Kenya by a yard at the Sunkist Invitational indoor meet in Los Angeles (page 10).
WRESTLING—Iowa State's unbeaten 142-pounder, DAN GABLE, extended his winning streak through 162 matches at the Midlands tournament in La Grange, Ill. Gable also won the award for the most falls in the least time by pinning all five of his foes, and for a record-breaking four consecutive years was the Outstanding Wrestler in a field of 426 contestants. He also broke the alltime mark for consecutive pins, which had been held by Oklahoma's Dan Hodge, by extending his streak to 25.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: By the American Football Coaches Association as 1969 major-college Coach of the Year, BO SCHEMBECHLER who, in his first season as University of Michigan head coach, led his team to an 8-2 record, Then suffered a heart attack only a day before the Wolverines lost to USC 10-3 in the Rose Bowl. LARRY NAVIAUX, who coached Boston University to a 9-1 regular-season mark, was named the small-college Coach of the Year.
NAMED: As general manager and coach of the new Buffalo franchise in the expanded NHL, PUNCH IMLACH, the hot-tempered former coach of Toronto, who was fired last spring after he had led the Leafs to six playoff finals and four Stanley Cups. Of his new appointment, Imlach said, "I'm glad to get back into hockey and start fighting everybody again. Hockey is my life and I like it."
NAMED: As athletic director of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, OTTO GRAHAM, successful Coast Guard football coach and athletic director from 1959 to 1965, who left New London to lead the NFL's Washington Redskins through three losing seasons. "I don't anticipate leaving again," said Graham.
NAMED: As head football coach at Temple University, WAYNE HARDIN, who left his coaching job at Navy in 1965 after six years and a 38-22-2 record, one of the best in the Academy's history.
RESIGNED: As coach of the ABA's Pittsburgh Pipers, JOHN CLARK, whose team, midway through the season, had a 14-25 record and was 18 games out of first place. Clark was replaced by HARRY E. (Buddy) JEANNETTE, the Pipers' director of operations and former coach of the NBA's Baltimore Bullets.
DIED: HOLLY MIMS, 40, former contender for the middleweight title, who fought more than 90 bouts against such opponents as Sugar Ray Robinson, Joey Giardello, Emile Griffith and Jimmy Ellis; of a kidney ailment in his home town of Washington, D.C.
DIED: JOHNNY MURPHY, 61, general manager of the World Champion New York Mets, who began his major-league career in 1932 as a relief pitcher for the Yankees and compiled a 13-year record of 93 wins and 53 losses while helping the team win seven American League pennants and six world championships; of a heart attack in New York.