BASKETBALL—ABA: It was Mel Daniels of the Indiana Pacers and Mike Maloy of Virginia who squared off, but it was Coach Al Bianchi and two of his Squires, Charlie Scott and Jim Eakins, who landed in Indianapolis Municipal Court facing charges of assault and battery and resisting arrest after a brawl that marred the Squires' 146-128 win over Indiana. All's well that ends well, however. The Pacers were contrite enough to put up $100 bail for the three Squires, and the fans—9,300 of them—were intrigued enough to show up in record numbers for the next Squires game in Hampton, Va. two nights later. There Virginia maintained its East Division lead with a 145-131 win over Texas. Scott scored 29 points and Eakins 22. Rookie Dan Issel, on a scoring and rebounding tear, collected 40 points and a team-record 29 rebounds as Kentucky kept pace in the East with a 116—100 win over Pittsburgh. In the West benevolent Indiana continued to chip at Utah's lead. Rick Barry recorded back-to-back 41-point games for the Nets against Texas and Pittsburgh.
NBA: Philadelphia's 76ers found fulfillment both on and in the courts last week. Hal Greer's 28 points contributed to a 105-100 win over Detroit, the sixth straight for the 76ers, who also had a road victory over Phoenix, 133-129, and seemed determined to make a run at Atlantic Division leaders New York and Boston. While on their Western swing the 76ers won at home, too. A Federal court awarded a judgment of $809,945 to four plaintiffs, including the 76ers, as compensation for being displaced from Philadelphia's Spectrum arena when it lost part of its roof in a 1968 windstorm. The 76ers were driven to play at Convention Hall, which made them luckier than some; the Flyers' hockey team has had to play a few of its "home" games as far away as Quebec. Meanwhile, Cleveland's win-starved Cavaliers and their fellow expansion baby Buffalo enacted another scene from their restaging of the Battle of Lake Erie—this engagement going to the Cavaliers 120-107—Cleveland's fourth NBA victory. Baltimore maintained its lead in the Central Division, and Milwaukee and Los Angeles remained atop the Midwest and Pacific brackets. In Atlanta the Lakers' Jerry West hit for his 20,000th point.
FOOTBALL—Lynn Dickey of Kansas State and John Riggins of Kansas combined to lead the NORTH to a 28-7 triumph over the South in the annual Shrine All-Star Game at Miami. Quarterback Dickey directed two scoring drives and was named Most Valuable Player for the North, which won its fifth straight to even the series at 11 each, with one tie.
Long Beach (Calif.) STATE gained a 24-24 tie with LOUISVILLE in the Pasadena Bowl.
January 4, 1971
HOCKEY—The Boston Bruins and New York Rangers took the NHL's oldest established win streaks into Pittsburgh and Detroit, respectively, last week, and both left town working on brand-new losing streaks. The Bruins, with a two-point edge over the Rangers in the East Division standings, kept their lead despite dropping a 4-2 decision to the Penguins that ended their win string at 10. The Rangers gave up after seven straight, blowing a 7-4 contest to the Red Wings, but the New Yorkers still have an 18-game home-unbeaten skein. In Pittsburgh's win over the Bruins, a team they had not beaten in two seasons, Nick Harbaruk and Bryan Hextall scored final-period goals that gave the Penguins a 4-0 lead. The Ranger-Red Wing contest was also decided in the final period when the Wings—trailing 4-2—poured in five goals, Gordie Howe scoring once and Hank Monteith twice. Chicago continued its glide toward the West title with a 4-2 victory in Vancouver. In St. Louis the Blues were tied 1-1 by Minnesota when Jean-Paul Parise tipped in a shot by Bill Goldsworthy midway through the last period of the contest.
HORSE RACING—BOLD JOEY ($32.60), who had never won a stakes race, charged to a four-length victory in the 31st running of the $66,100 California Breeders' Champion Stakes at the opening of Santa Anita's winter meeting. The 2-year-old covered the seven furlongs in 1:22[1/5]
SKIING—KARL CORDIN of Austria, hitting speeds of more than 70 mph, was clocked in 2:09.08 over the slick 3,298-meter Val d'Isere course in France to win the downhill at the Criterium of the First Snow. France's Bernard Orcel, second in the event in 1966 and 1968, was second again with a 2:09.62 clocking.
SWIMMING—JOHAN SCHANS and JUDITH DE NIJS VAN BERKEL of The Netherlands were named male and female world champion marathon swimmers of 1970. Schans compiled 2,883.5 points to edge defending champion Horatio Iglesias of Argentina who had 2,714. Mrs. Van Berkel accumulated 2,675.5 points, almost twice the total of the second-place finisher, Stella Taylor of the U.S.
TRACK & FIELD—JAPAN dominated the sixth Asian Games, capturing 74 of the 137 gold medals at the event as well as 47 silvers and 23 bronzes. Korea finished in second place with 18 golds as 97 Games records were set in the 11 days of competition. Japanese athletes accounted for 60 of the new marks, including 32 of 42 new swimming standards.
MILEPOSTS—FORFEITED: By Wittenberg University, all nine football victories in an unbeaten season after it was discovered that All-Ohio Conference Tackle Rick Mako had not been registered for fall classes. Asked how Mako could have escaped detection so long. Athletic Director Bill Edwards explained: "He kind of lived a double life."
FOUND: The Stanley Cup, the Smythe Trophy and the Masterton Trophy, all of which were stolen from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Dec. 5; by Toronto police constable Sergeant Wally Harkness; in his driveway.
MARRIED: Women's world record holder CHICHENG, 22, to Vince Reel, 56, her American track coach; in Taipei.
NAMED: By the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C., the OHIO STATE Buckeyes as the top 1970 college football team and Coach WOODY HAYES as Coach of the Year.
RESIGNED: Phil Bengtson, Vince Lombardi's own choice to succeed him as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, after three seasons, with a record of 20-21-1.
SHUFFLED: Football coaching assignments at several universities. After 16 seasons at Dartmouth, during which he won four Ivy League titles outright, shared three others and won the Lambert Trophy this year with a 9-0 record, BOB BLACKMAN leaves to replace Jim Valek as the head football coach at Illinois. FRAN CURCI, a former scrambling quarterback at the University of Miami, returns to his alma mater from Tampa, which beat the Hurricanes this season. BILL PETERSON will become coach and athletic director at Rice, leaving Florida State after 11 seasons. Tulane lost JIM PITTMAN to Texas Christian but wasted little time in convincing BENNIE ELLENDER to leave Arkansas State—the top small-college team—to come to New Orleans. BOB CASCIOLA takes over at Connecticut, DON LAWRENCE at Virginia and FRITZ SHURMUR at Wyoming.
SOLD: To Diamondhead, a New Jersey-based holding company, the massive Pinehurst, N.C. leisure-recreation complex that includes Pinehurst Country Club, five golf courses, two hotels, a racetrack and a stable, for $9 million.
TRADED: Jim Maloney, whose 134-81 career record made him the fifth winningest pitcher in Cincinnati Reds history, to the California Angels for Greg Garrett, a 22-year-old lefthander. Maloney's reaction: "I've got no complaints. Just the other day I was figuring out what they've paid me in salary, bonuses and World Series checks. It would rattle your teeth.... "
DIED: Lillian Board, 22, silver medalist in the 400-meter run in the 1968 Olympics, known as the "golden girl" of British athletics; of cancer, in Munich.