A roundup of the sports information of the week

April 13, 1970
April 13, 1970

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April 13, 1970

  • Transformed by Joe Caldwell and bolstered by Walt Bellamy, Atlanta has an unshakable belief that it will be the first Western Division team in more than a decade to win the pro basketball championship

  • Yoshi Hayasaki (above), who won the all-around title at the NCAA meet, showed again that the Japanese are the world's best gymnasts because they gladly suffer interminable workouts—and slaps in the face

Baseball 1970
Lively Bantam
Horse Racing
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—NBA: Semifinal playoff results (see page 22), East: Milwaukee 4, Philadelphia 1; New York 3, Baltimore 3. West: Atlanta 4, Chicago 1; Phoenix 3, Los Angeles 2. Final regular-season statistical leaders: Scoring—Jerry West, Los Angeles, 31.2; Lew Alcindor, Milwaukee, 28.8; Elvin Hayes, San Diego, 27.5. Rebounds—Elvin in Hayes, San Diego, 16.9. Assists—Lenny Wilkens, Seattle, 9.1.

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ABA: Spencer Haywood's big week (79 points and 40 rebounds in two games) propelled Denver to a 3½ game lead in the West. Washington, which had been closing in on first place, fell into a second-place tie with Dallas when the Chaparrals made the Caps their fourth straight victim 149-144. Dallas also exploded for a 50-point final quarter to down Eastern champion Indiana. Meanwhile, Los Angeles was striving to hold off New Orleans, which moved within half a game of a playoff slot behind Ron Franz' 26 points in a 115-104 win over the Caps. The Bucs also downed Indiana 120-106 as Jimmy Jones scored 37. In the Last, all was status quo, except for the 17,678 fans who took in the Kentucky-Carolina match at Louisville and established a new ABA attendance mark.

EAST: Indiana (1-3), Kentucky (3-1), Carolina (2-0), New York (1-3), Pittsburgh (1-3), Miami (0-2). WEST: Denver (2-0), Dallas (2-0), Washington (0-2), Los Angeles (1-1), New Orleans (2-0).

AMATEUR: Trailing by a point, the Columbia Sertoma Club turned the ball over with 11 seconds left in overtime, and the favored Armed Forces All-Stars held on for a 77-76 victory in the finals of the National AAU championship in Columbia, S.C.

COLLEGE: Nate Archibald, 5'11" guard for Texas-El Paso, scored 122 points in three games and led the South to a 127-100 rout of the East in the finals of the Aloha Basketball Classic in Honolulu.

BILLIARDS—Youthful endurance paid off for 23-year-old STEVEN COOK at the Stardust Open Pocket Billiard Tournament in Las Vegas. A competitor for only three years, the Tampa, Fla. resident edged veteran Joe Russo, 55, in an all-night marathon playoff and pocketed a $6,200 check as winner of the world's richest pocket billiard tournament.

BOWLING—DON JOHNSON, two times runnerup in the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions, missed a 300 game by one pin but finally claimed the $25,000 winner's check, defeating Dick Ritger 299-268 in the championship match.

BOXING—BOB FOSTER successfully defended a championship but lost a chance for bigger stakes, at least for the near future. Foster, who decked Roger Rouse four times while claiming a fourth-round technical knockout in defense of his world light heavyweight championship, had been the probable next opponent of heavy weight champ Joe Frazier. But Frazier, twisting and shouting during his nightclub act at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, fractured his right ankle on a dance turn and will be incapacitated for an indefinite period. Another heavyweight, a Spaniard who bills himself URTAIN, fared better. He shuffled to his 28th straight knockout against West Germany's Peter Weiland. The prize was the European heavyweight crown.

COLLEGE BASEBALL—JAMES STREET, better known for quarterbacking Texas to 20 straight victories, pitched the first perfect game in Southwest Conference history, 4-0 against Texas Tech.

DIVING—JIM HENRY, an Indiana student competing as an independent, earned high-point honors at the National AAU indoor diving championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

GOLF—In an eight-man struggle dominated most of the way by Arnold Palmer, GARY PLAYER charged home with a final round 65 to win the $180,000 Greater Greensboro Open Golf Tournament (page 30).

GYMNASTICS—Michigan edged Iowa State by one-tenth of a point to claim the NCAA gymnastics championship (page 28) in Philadelphia.

HOCKEY—The experts kept saying only a miracle could get the Rangers into the playoffs after their late-season collapse. Going into the final game, New York not only needed a victory coupled with a Montreal loss but had to outscore the Canadiens by five goals. So the Rangers took 65 shots against Detroit, more than in any other game in their history, and eased to a 9-5 victory. Chicago, looking to become the first NHL team to rise from last place to the championship in consecutive seasons, routed Montreal 10-2 (page 96). Suddenly New York was in the playoffs and Montreal had been eliminated for the first time since 1948. In the West, Philadelphia failed to score a goal in its last 144 minutes of play and lost six straight as Minnesota and Oakland surged past it into the Stanley Cup. Final point standings: East—Chicago 99, Boston 99, Detroit 95, New York 92, Montreal 92, Toronto 71. West—St. Louis 86, Pittsburgh 64, Minnesota 60, Oakland 58, Philadelphia 58, Los Angeles 38.

AMATEUR: In Stockholm, the Soviet Union claimed its eighth consecutive world ice-hockey championship with a 3-1 victory over Sweden.

HORSE RACING—In a finish unparalleled at Santa Anita since 1946, four horses battled to the wire with the $125,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap finishing in a dead heat. QUICKEN TREE ($5.40), owned by the Rowan and Whitney stable and ridden by Fernando Alvarez, deadlocked with Howard B. Keck's FIDDLE ISLE ($5), Bill Shoemaker aboard. The horses were clocked in 2:46[2/5] for a distance of about 1¾ miles.

A 13-to-1 shot, Happy Valley Farm's NATIVE ROYALTY ($28.60), claimed a one-mile test for 3-year-olds by a head in the $58,100 Gotham Stakes (page 93) at Aqueduct.

In another upset, English-owned GAY TRIP overcame 15-to-1 odds and eased to a 20-length victory in the Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree, England. Pal Taaffe, at 40 the oldest jockey in the race, was assigned the mount only two weeks ago but breezed over the 30 obstacles while only six of the other 27 starters managed to finish.

TENNIS—Frew McMillan, the local favorite but only the 15th seed at the $49,000 South African Open tennis championships, opened with consecutive upsets of Tom Okker, Mark Cox and Pancho Gonzales but finally succumbed to the driving left hand of ROD LAVER, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 in the men's singles finals. Australia's MARGARET COURT topped Billie Jean King for the women's crown.

TRACK & FIELD—The Mills brothers, Curtis and Marvin, made the track sing at the Texas Relays, sparking a world record-tying performance among Texas A&M's three relay victories. Spurred by Marvin's 19.9 leg, an Aggie quartet tied San Jose State's world record of 1:22.1 in the 880-yard relay. The next day Curtis ran a 45.4 anchor as A&M took the mile relay in 3:08.4. The Aggies also set a Texas Relays record in the 440 relay in 40.1, one of seven meet records.

MILEPOSTS—SHIFTED: To Milwaukee, the bankrupt Seattle Pilots' baseball franchise. Going price: $10.8 million. It took approval of a federal bankruptcy judge to bring the sport back to Milwaukee after a four-year absence. Yet, even as 1,000 fans jammed in to purchase season tickets, Seattle attorneys launched an $82.5 million antitrust suit against the American League.

APPOINTED: As assistant to the director of athletics at Lehigh, GERRY LEEMAN, whose wrestling teams compiled a 161-38-4 record over 18 years at the school. Assuming his coaching duties is THAD TURNER, one of six wrestling champions produced by Leeman.

SUSPENDED: Until July 1, DENNY McLAIN, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. McLain, said Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in New York, had been "the victim of a confidence scheme" in his bookmaking activities.

SIGNED: To lucrative contracts with NBA teams, Niagara's CALVIN MURPHY, by the San Diego Rockets; New Mexico State's SAM LACEY, by the Cincinnati Royals; Columbia's JIM McMILLIAN by the Los Angeles Lakers and Jacksonville's REX MORGAN by the Boston Celtics.

NAMED: To coach the Buffalo expansion franchise in the NBA, DOLPH SCHAYES, 41, who signed a multi-year contract. Schayes, coach of the Philadelphia 76ers for three years and a six-time All-Star forward during a 16-year playing career, had been supervisor of the league's officials since 1966.

DROPPED: From LSU for excessive class absence, PETE MARAVICH, a few hours before he intended to drop himself.