AUTO RACING—The 12 Hours of Sebring went to PORSCHE again as VIC ELFORD of England and GERARD LARROUSSE of France drove a 917K a record 260 laps at an average of 112.5 mph (page 16).
BASKETBALL—NBA: Since the week began with the top spots in all four divisions secure, the interest was in races for No. 2. San Francisco made it in the West by beating Chicago 91-85, which nevertheless backed into second place in the Midwest as New York topped Phoenix 131-123. The following night Atlanta used Chicago as a springboard to its playoff berth, winning 112-111 in overtime. For comic relief, the lights dimmed in Madison Square Garden as the Knicks beat Los Angeles 115-82. Wilt Chamberlain joked, "Let's hide the ball off court, then they won't be able to find it, either." It was the hoop that seemed invisible to Wilt the next night as Boston held him to one point in the first half of a 122-104 Celtic win.
ABA: A race in the younger league was more suspenseful as Utah and Indiana battled for first in the West. The Pacers defeated Pittsburgh 130-119 to get within half a game of the top. Then Utah lost to Florida 120-116 as Indiana beat Texas 123-109. Both teams won at week's end, Utah over New York 115-104 and Indiana over Kentucky 120-109, leaving Utah with a 53-23 record and Indiana at 54-24. Virginia had top billing in the East.
BOATING—The mysterious British syndicate challenging for the 1973 America's Cup has finally surfaced. The chief backer is millionaire ANTHONY BOYDEN. His Twelve will be built by Camper and Nicholson Ltd., with British Soling champion John Oakeley as helmsman and Robin Fuger, who trained Baron Marcel Bich's French crews, as crew-master. In the meantime, the defending New York Yacht Club tossed the problem of conducting eliminations to the challengers—seven in all—and asked for a solution by June 1.
March 29, 1971
BOWLING—JOHNNY PETRAGLIA, leading money winner through the first 11 PBA contests this year, won the $60,000 Fair Lanes Open in Washington, D.C. The 24-year-old lefthander defeated Earl Anthony in the finals 204-197.
BOXING—JOSÉ ROBERTO CHIRINO, ex-Argentine junior middleweight champ who now lives in the U.S., outpointed former world champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy in a 10-rounder that was to have been a Benvenuti tune-up for his title bout next month against Argentina's Carlos Monzón, the man who stripped Benvenuti of his title.
CROSS-COUNTRY—DORTS BROWN of Seattle easily won a women's 3,141-meter event in 11:08.4 at the Cross Country of Nations in San Sebastian, Spain. Sixteen nations competed.
CURLING—CANADA won the world curling championship for the fourth straight year, defeating Scotland 9-5 in the finals in Meg√®ve, France.
FENCING—NEW YORK UNIVERSITY and COLUMBIA tied for first in the NCAA championship, each finishing with 68 points. BRUCE SORIANO of Columbia successfully defended his saber crown, and NYU's GEORGE SZ√úNYOGH took the épée title.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER needed only a par 4 on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Hal Underwood for the $25,000 first prize in the Greater Jacksonville Open golf tournament. They were tied at 281 at the end of regulation play. Player had a final-round 69 to Underwood's 71.
HOCKEY—BOSTON UNIVERSITY handily defeated Minnesota 4-2 to win the NCAA championship at Syracuse (page 48).
The outcome was never really in doubt, but Boston now has officially clinched the NHL's East Division championship. Aptly, the deciding game, a 5-3 win over Philadelphia, coincided with Bobby Orr's 23rd birthday. Meanwhile, much-penalized New York booted a chance to cinch the No. 2 spot in the East, losing to Toronto 3-1. The Rangers were not the only ones racking up penalties. Chicago's Keith Magnuson picked up four more penalty minutes for the West leaders in a 7-4 victory over Vancouver, bringing his record-breaking total to 275.
HORSE RACING—HOIST THE FLAG, ridden by Jean Cruguet, strengthened his position as Kentucky Derby favorite by winning the $34,400 seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct by seven lengths over Droll Role in 1:21, a race record.
More light was shed on the emerging Derby picture (page 53) when UNCONSCIOUS captured the $58,650 San Felipe Handicap for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.
A track record set in 1949 fell at Gulfstream Park in the $128,400 Gulfstream Handicap when FAST HILARIOUS, a 25-to-1 shot ridden by Craig Per-ret, was timed for the 1¼ miles in 1:59[2/5]. Favored Snow Sporting finished third, after The Pruner.
SKIING—BILL KENNEY of the Franconia Ski Club won the USEASA 1-mile special giant slalom on Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire in 2:43.030 (two runs). MARY ELLEN RATHBONE of Johnson Stale took the women's event in 1:24.889.
Ron Steele of the Pacific Northwest Ski Association won the National Junior Special Ski Jumping Championship in Boreal Ridge, Calif.
TENNIS—As everyone expected, including opponent Tom Okker, ROD LAVER blitzed through the final match of the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden (page 56).
TRACK & FIELD—KJELL ISAKSSON of Sweden set a world indoor pole-vault record of 17'9" at the Knights of Columbus track meet in Cleveland, the last major indoor event of the season. Isaksson's vault bettered by one-half inch a pending record made by Wolfgang Nordwig.
Oregon's STEVE PREFONTAINE tied a national collegiate outdoor record for the two mile with an 8:33.2 clocking at Eugene, Ore.
MILEPOSTS—HOSPITALIZED: JOE FRAZIER, for high blood pressure and fatigue, reportedly not connected with any specific injury incurred in his fight with Muhammad Ali.
NAMED: As the NBA's Most Valuable Player, LEW ALCINDOR, by the biggest margin of votes in the award's history.
NAMED: STEVE ROSENBLOOM, 26, as president of the Baltimore Colts, by his father, Carroll Rosenbloom, sole owner of the team since 1964, who will become board chairman.
RESIGNED: After four years as head basketball coach at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., DICK CAMPBELL, because of the difficulty of attracting athletes to a military school. Campbell previously coached at Carson-Newman College in Tennessee and was the 1965 NAIA Coach of the Year.
RESIGNED: LOU ROSSINI, head basketball coach at New York University, ending a 13-year career, after a 5-20 season.
RETIRED: HENRY COOPER, O.B.E., European, British and Commonwealth heavyweight boxing champion, at 36, after a defeat by Hungarian-born Joe Bugner (page 26).
SIGNED: ARTIS GILMORE, the 7'2" All-America center from Jacksonville University, by the ABA Kentucky Colonels, to a multiyear contract for an estimated $2 million.
SIGNED: To a four-year contract to coach Wichita State's basketball team, HARRY MILLER, who leaves North Texas State University after one year.