BASKETBALL—NBA: Playing without Bill Bradley, who sprained an ankle, the New York Knicks had an odd week. First, with Walt Frazier also out because of the flu, they lost 125-118 in overtime to sixth-place Boston; next, they defeated fourth-place Philadelphia 151-106, the worst beating the 76ers have ever suffered; the following night, they barely eked out a 116-114 victory over the same Philadelphia team. The situation in the West was confused by these facts: two teams, Chicago and Phoenix, were tied for third; two teams, San Francisco and Seattle, were tied for fifth; and two.teams, Atlanta and Los Angeles, were only a game apart in the battle for first. Only seventh-place San Diego held a secure grip on its position.
ABA: The word from Washington is that Rick Barry's injured knee is finally well and the Caps are again a threat in the West Division. Barry scored 24 points in a 132-124 defeat of Pittsburgh, 36 in a win over Los Angeles, 34 in a loss to Eastern leader Indiana, 40—-his season high—as Washington beat Miami 138-122, and 27 in a 111-101 victory over New Orleans, leader in the West, to give the Caps a 4-1 week and put them only 2½ games out of first. Praising the new knee brace he wears, Barry said, "It helped me forget the knee, and little by little I got over the mental hump. Lately I've been able to do the things I have to do—to jump coming off the dribble, to turn and to twist." A 4-0 record for Indiana and a losing week for every other team in the East added a few more percentage points to the Pacers' division lead.
NBA—East: New York (2-1), Milwaukee (3-1), Baltimore (2-2), Philadelphia (0-4), Cincinnati (3-1). Boston (2-2), Detroit (1-2). West: Atlanta (2-3). Los Angeles (3-2), Chicago (3-1), Phoenix (1-3), Seattle (3-0), San Francisco (1-3), San Diego (1-2).
ABA—East: Indiana (4-0), Kentucky (0-2), Carolina (1-2), New York (1-1), Pittsburgh (0-2), Miami (1-3). West: New Orleans (1-1), Denver (2-0), Dallas (2-0), Washington (4-1), Los Angeles (0-4).
February 23, 1970
BOATING—The 57-foot cutter EQUATION, owned and skippered by John Potter of Oyster Bay, N.Y., won her first major ocean race when she covered the 403-mile distance of the St. Petersburg to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. race in a corrected time of 45:42:31 for overall and class A honors.
Gary Hoyt of Puerto Rico won the first Sunfish world championship, held at St. Thomas, V.I. (page 24).
BOXING—JOSE NAPOLES of Mexico floored Ernie (Indian Red) Lopez of Los Angeles in the first round of their title bout in Inglewood, but it wasn't until the 15th round that Napoles scored a knockout, to retain his world welterweight title.
DOG SHOWS—CH. ARRIBA'S PRIMA DONNA, a boxer owned by Dr. and Mrs. P. J. Pagano of Pelham Manor, N.Y. and Dr. T. S. Fickes of Marblehead, Mass., was named best-in-show over 2,610 other entrants at the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden.
GOLF—With a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, LEE TREVINO won the $20,000 first prize at the Tucson Open. Trevino and Bob Murphy were tied at 275, 13 under par, after the regulation 72 holes.
HARNESS RACING—DEL INSKO, top money winner last year, scored his 2,499th and 2,500th wins at Roosevelt Raceway behind Adios George A. and Tidal Gale to join Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer, Joe O'Brien and Bob Farrington as the fifth driver to achieve 2,500.
HOCKEY—NHL: The Boston Bruins had a perfect week—three straight wins including a 3-0 shutout of Pittsburgh in which Bobby Orr scored his 21st goal to equal his own league record—and the Bruins moved into a tie for first place with New York. The Rangers started out well, routing Los Angeles twice, 5-1 and 6-2, but lost 4-2 to Oakland when the Seals scored twice in the third period. Still, the Rangers recorded their 117th consecutive game without suffering a shutout, tying their own league record set in 1940-42. In the West, St. Louis started behaving like a division leader again, defeating last-place Los Angeles 2-1 to end a six-game losing streak.
NHL—East: Boston (3-0-0), New York (2-1-0), Montreal (1-1-1), Detroit (2-1-0), Chicago (2-1-0), Toronto (1-0-2). West: St. Louis (1-3-0), Philadelphia (1-1-1) Pittsburgh (1-2-0), Oakland (2-0-0), Minnesota (0-3-0), Los Angeles (0-3-0).
HORSE RACING—The $129,500 Charles H. Strub Stakes was won by Argentine-bred SNOW SPORTING ($8.60), owned by Clement L. Hirsch and ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., who took the lead at the far turn and held off a stretch bid by Might as he covered the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48[4/5] at Santa Anita.
Eddie Belmonte rode Mrs. Maribel Blum's GREAT COHOES ($21) to an upset victory in the first division of the $61,000 Bougainvillea Turf Handicap, and favorite VENT DU NORD ($6.20), with Ron Turcotte up, took the second division, covering the 1[3/16] miles in a track reccrd-tying time of 1:53⅘ [3/5] seconds faster than Great Cohoes' clocking.
SKIING—In the world championship at Val Gardena, Italy, Billy Kidd won the gold medal for finishing first in the men's combined standings, and France's Mich√®le Jacot was first in the women's combined (page 26).
Russia's GARI NAPALKOW scored 240.6 points on jumps of 257'6½" and 275'7" to win the 70-meter small hill event at the World Nordic Championships in Strbske Pleso, Czechoslovakia.
SPEED SKATING—ARD SCHENK of Holland took the overall title at the World Speed Skating Championships in Oslo with a victory in the 1,500 and third place finishes in the 500- and 5,000-meter events for a total cf 173.487 championship points. Norway's Magne Thomassen, who finished second in the standings, won the 500-meter race, and Jan Bols of Holland, the third-place finisher, took the 5,000-and 10,000-meter races.
TENNIS—Pancho Gonzales, winner of the first two $10,000 legs of the $200,000 pro tour, lost the third match to ROY EMERSON 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 in Hollywood, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—MARTY McGRADY of Sports International and the 600-yard dash had a big week, first setting a world record in the distance when he edged Lee Evans at the Los Angeles Times games (both were clocked in 1:08.7); the next night at the Mason-Dixon Games in Louisville he broke that record with a 1:08.5 win over Tommie Turner of Murray State (page 48). KATHY HAMMOND of Sacramento set another world record in Los Angeles, running the women's 500 yards in 1:06.3, and three other world marks were broken or tied at Louisville as LARRY HIGHBAUGH of Indiana and JIM GREEN of Kentucky finished in a dead heat for first in the 70-yard dash in record-tying time of 6.8, MAMIE RALLINS of Chicago won the women's 70-yard hurdles in 8.8 and the ATOMS TRACK CLUB of Brooklyn took the women's 440-relay in 47.4. All the Louisville marks were set on an eight-lap track. Records also tumbled on the five-lap track at the Astrodome in Houston. FRED NEWHOUSE of Prairie View A&M covered the college-division 440 yards in 45.6; KANSAS STATE, with Ken Swenson running a 1:47.2 anchor leg, won the two-mile relay in 7:22.3 and also took the sprint medley relay in 3:17.3, .6 faster than its own record set last year in the Astrodome. Finally, HOUSTON, paced by Leonard Hilton who anchored the team with a 3.59.7 mile, won the distance medley in 9:34, more than 10 seconds faster than the old mark. At the Michigan State Relays in East Lansing, John Carlos, winner of the 60-yard dash in 6.1 in Los Angeles, was defeated by Spartan sophomore HERB WASHINGTON, who also ran the distance in 6.1.
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: As head basketball coach at La Salle College, TOM GOLA, who starred at La Salle in the '50s, played for Philadelphia and New York in the NBA and last year coached La Salle to a 23-1 season, the best in the history of the school; to devote full time to his new job as Philadelphia city controller. Gola will finish out the season.
REPRIEVED: By the American League club owners, the SEATTLE PILOTS, who were threatened with removal to another city, when the league executives came up with a $650,000 loan to see the Pilots through 1970. League President Joe Cronin stated the owners' position: "We will help all we can—but on the ball field we'll try to kick the hell out of them." The Pilots finished last in the Western Division last year.
DIED: PAUL EDMONSON, 27, rookie pitcher for the Chicago White Sox last year, in an automobile accident near Santa Barbara, Calif.
DIED: HIRSCH JACOBS, 65, who in 44 years at the track saddled 3,596 winners, more than any other thoroughbred trainer. Jacobs once explained his racing philosophy this way: "Any time you run, you have a chance. If you don't enter a horse in a race, you have no chance."