BASKETBALL—NBA: Portland, which holds the dubious honor of being the best of the league's three expansion teams, highlighted a fine week by knocking off East Division leader New York 114-96. Earlier the Trail Blazers had upset Boston 124-120 and Chicago 113-105. In a meeting of the two other NBA newcomers. Cleveland continued to get fat off Buffalo by posting its third straight victory over the Braves 111-89. Hotter than the Blazers are the Baltimore Bullets, who extended their winning streak to six games with three victories. Two of them came against Atlanta, 110-102 and 115-104. The most significant victory of the week was posted by Milwaukee, which defeated New York 116-106 in a clash of the league's two best teams. Oscar Robertson had his best game of the season, scoring 35 points and offsetting a mediocre performance by Lew Alcindor, who was hampered by early foul trouble. San Francisco, hindered by general ineptness, lost to Phoenix 102-81.
ABA: The East and West Divisions tightened briefly when the No. 2s roughed up the No. 1s with home-court victories on the same night. In Kentucky the Colonels outscored Virginia 145-137, while in Indiana the Pacers edged" Utah 111-106. Kentucky was unable to maintain momentum as it lost the next two times out-to New York 125-111 and to Carolina 130-125. The Cougar victory was one of three in a week that saw them move out of the cellar into fourth place. During the surge Coach Bones McKinney was replaced by assistant Jerry Steele. Indiana also won three, wrapping victories over Memphis 92-88 and New York 116-88 around the Utah win. The Stars were as busy off the court as on. with four player trades in three days, the main one sending temperamental Donnie Freeman, the club's second-leading scorer, to Dallas.
BOWLING—MIKE LIMONGELLO of North Babylon, N.Y. won the first U.S. Open in St. Paul, Minn. with a 194-186 victory over Teata Semiz.
FOOTBALL—The season of goodwill was over. and coaches—both pro and college—were being tossed aside like dried-and-shedding Christmas trees. The Washington Redskins ended BILL AUSTIN'S one-year interim by replacing him with GEORGE ALLEN, whom the Los Angeles Rams had dismissed earlier in favor of UCLA's TOMMY PROTHRO. The Bruins turned to a former Prothro assistant, Kansas Coach PEPPER RODGERS, but the Jayhawks stuck with home folks by promoting DON FAMBROUGH, who had been waiting around for 19 years. Another assistant given the top job was NICK SKORICH, who succeeds the retiring BLANTON COLLIER at Cleveland. That leaves two pro spots still vacant. Green Bay is interviewing for PHIL BENGTSON's job and St. Louis for CHARLEY WINNER'S. Cardinal President Stormy Bidwell enhanced Winner's prospects by saying, "He could do a great job—with some other team."
January 18, 1971
In the year's top All-Star Game, Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett of Stanford completed 11 of 12 passes and ran for two touchdowns as the NORTH won the Hula Bowl 42-32 over the South. The NORTH also prevailed in the Senior Bowl 31-13 behind the triple-threat performance of J. D. Hill. The Arizona State flanker scored on a pass reception and a 73-yard punt return, and he made a touchdown-saving tackle to stop a 90-yard interception return. In the American Bowl the Yanks kept it coming with another romp, 39-2.
GOLF—BOB LUNN won the year's first tour event, the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open (page 69) by defeating Billy Casper on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff. Both played the regulation 72 holes in 274—10 under par.
HARNESS RACING—HERVE FILION, who weeks earlier had surpassed his own record of 407 victories in a single year, guided home 12 more winners in the last week of the 1970 season for a new mark of 486.
HOCKEY—Boston's explosive offense and New York's stifling defense. each the best in the NHL, are keeping the two clubs within a point of each other in the East Division standings. Not unexpectedly, the Bruins and Rangers also dominated the division's All-Star Game selections. Two of New York's six representatives are Goalies Ed Giacomin and Gilles Villemure, who are allowing an average of slightly more than two scores a game in their alternating roles. Each posted a win last week, and Villemure's was a 1-0 blanking of Minnesota, his third shutout of the season. The Bruins will be represented by five players in the All-Star Game, all of them among the league's top seven scorers. Boston won twice last week, including a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia in which John Bucyk scored a hat trick. The Bruins suffered a key 4-3 loss against West Division leader Chicago, however. It was the Black Hawks' second win against the Stanley Cup champions. Toronto added two more wins and a tie and has now lost only once in 14 games. Detroit split a pair with Buffalo, while the front office seethed in conflict (page 10).
SKIING—MICHELE JACOT captured two women's slalom events and JEAN-NOEL AUGERT and HENRI DUVILLARD won also as French skiers dominated the week's World Cup competition in European meets.
Tauno Kayhko of Finland made two of the day's three longest jumps to win the Masters' championship at Lake Placid, N.Y. with 238.6 points, well ahead of Jerry Martin of Minneapolis.
TENNIS—BILLIE JEAN KING confirmed her top seeding with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Rosemary Casals in the finals of the British Motors Tournament in San Francisco, the first stop on the women's pro tour.
TRACK & FIELD—LEE EVANS lowered his world record for the 500-yard dash by one-tenth of a second to 54.4 as the U.S. indoor season opened with the National Invitational Meet in College Park, Md. In the 880 TOM VON RUDEN recorded the fastest time ever on an 11-lap-to-the-mile track, 1:48.5. Though not a world record, Barry Brown's 8:33 in the two-mile was the best ever in the East. In a qualifying heat for the 60-yard dash MEL PENDER tied the indoor mark of 5.9 but finished second in the finals to DR. DEL MERIWETHER (page 14).
In San Francisco, meanwhile, world-record-miler JIM RYUN announced he was ending his 18-month retirement at age 23 and would compete in a meet at the Cow Palace on Jan, 22.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: By the Associated Press, San Francisco Quarterback JOHN BRODIE as the NFL's Most Valuable Player and teammate BRUCE TAYLOR as Defensive Rookie of the Year, Buffalo Quarterback DENNIS SHAW as Offensive Rookie of the Year and Cincinnati's PAUL BROWN as Coach of the Year.
RANKED: As America's No. 1 players for 1970 by the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association, CLIFF RICHEY and PATTI HOGAN. Three of 1969's top 10 men and seven of the leading women were excluded from consideration because they had become contract professionals.
RECOGNIZED: As the year's top collegiate-football team, unbeaten and once-tied Orange Bowl champion NEBRASKA, by the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America.
SIGNED: BILLY CUNNINGHAM of the Philadelphia 76ers to a new five-year contract with the NBA team. The All-Star forward charged that breach of contract by the Carolina Cougars had changed his plans to jump to the ABA next year.
DIED: Former heavyweight champion CHARLES (Sonny) LISTON, 38, of undetermined causes; at his home in Las Vegas. Liston's long police record and fearsome scowl were as much a part of his notoriety as his 17-month championship reign.
DIED: ABA Referee ANDY HERSHOCK, 43, of Philadelphia, who collapsed while officiating a game between Memphis and New York; in West Hempstead, N.Y.