AUTO RACING—Indy master A. J. FOYT, driving a 1969 Mercury, outdueled Plymouth's Richard Petty in the Atlanta 500, winning $19,200 and averaging 131.375 mph over the 1.5-mile oval of Atlanta International Raceway.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The New York Knickerbockers were the first playoff team to advance to the semifinal round, defeating Atlanta four games to one. The three Knick wins of the week were by scores of 110-95, 113-107 and 111-107 and were tight contests into the final minutes. The Milwaukee-San Francisco series went to the Bucks, also by 4-1. Milwaukee's one defeat (106-104) was due to a 43-foot jumper by Warrior substitute Joe Ellis with one second left. The Bucks then slaughtered San Francisco 136-86 in the fifth game. Baltimore outlasted Philadelphia 4-3 (page 30), while the Los Angeles-Chicago series was still undecided at three-all.
ABA: After Texas earned a post-season berth by beating Denver 115-109 in an extra regular-season game, the playoffs finally began. Indiana topped Memphis twice, 114-98 and 106-104, sparked by Roger Brown. It was two straight also for Utah against Texas, by scores of 125-115 and 137-105. Virginia opened well against New York (113-105) and Kentucky against Florida (116-112) despite the loss of Dan Issel, the regular season scoring champion (29.88-point average), on fouls in the fourth quarter.
COLLEGE: JIM McDANIELS of Western Kentucky, with 29 points, and Artis Gilmore of Jacksonville, with 24, led the EAST to a 106-104 overtime victory in the Coaches' All-Star Game in Dayton, Ohio. Mike Newlin of Utah was high scorer for the West with 18.
BOWLING—JOHNNY PETRAGLIA of Brooklyn outrolled Ohioan Don Johnson in the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions in Akron. The victory, worth $25,000, was the third straight for southpaw Petraglia.
DIVING—At West Point MICKI KING, an Air Force captain, was a double winner in the AAU National Indoor championships—from the three-meter board and the 10-meter platform. CYNTHIA POTTER of Bloomington, Ind., the 1970 winner, repeated on the one-meter board; CRAIG LINCOLN of the University of Minnesota topped the men. It was MICHAEL FINNERAN of Santa Clara, Calif. in the men's three-meter and DICK RYDZE of Michigan in the men's 10-meter.
GOLF—BRIAN (Bud) ALLIN of Santa Barbara, Calif., playing in only his 14th professional tournament, won the $190,000 Greater Greensboro Open with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff (page 86). He had tied Rod Funseth and Dave Eichelberger, both of whom parred the extra hole.
HANDBALL—PAUL HABER of Chicago successfully defended his USHA singles title at Memphis State University, defeating Dr. Steve August of Los Angeles 21-18, 21-17.
HARNESS RACING—MICHIGAN MACK ($9) took the $50,000 Midwest Derby at Sportsman's Park, Chicago, with Ralph Mapes driving in the test for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old pacers.
HOCKEY—As the NHL regular season ended, Phil Esposito of Boston ran his goal-scoring record to 76. The Bruins finished first in the East, followed by New York, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Vancouver and Detroit. In the West it was Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and California.
The SOVIET UNION went 8-1-1 for its ninth consecutive world championship, beating Sweden 6-3 in the final game at Geneva. The silver medal was won by the Czechs, the only team to defeat and tie the Russians; the bronze by the Swedes. The U.S.? Last.
HORSE RACING—GOOD BEHAVING ($5.40) saddled by John Campo, was first in Aqueduct's $56,800 Gotham Mile for 3-year-olds, finishing 1¾ lengths ahead of favored Droll Role (page 26). The winner is not a Kentucky Derby nominee.
At the other end of the country another Campo-trained 3-year-old, JIM FRENCH ($9.60), beat the favorite, Unconscious, by 1¾ lengths in the $133,400 Santa Anita Derby. Jim French is eligible for Churchill Downs.
Twist the axe ($9.20) overtook Barbizon Streak in the last furlong to win the $63,350 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, covering the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49[2/5].
Specify (28-1) was just up at the wire to win the 130th Grand National by a neck. Owned by Britain's Fred Pontin and ridden by Johnny Cook, he earned $37,200. Only 13 of 38 starters completed the rugged Aintree course.
SWIMMING—GRAHAM WINDEATT, a 16-year-old Australian, set a world record of 8:28.6 in the 800-meter freestyle at Sydney. His time bettered American Mike Burton's record by one-fifth second.
TABLE TENNIS—Red China, after a six-year absence from international competition, defeated defending champion Japan 5-2 to win the men's world team title (page 32). The women's championship went to the Japanese, who beat Red China in the finals.
TENNIS—MRS. MARGARET COURT of Australia trounced Patti Hogan of La Jolla, Calif. 6-2, 6-1 in the women's finals of the Natal Open at Durban, South Africa. It was one of the few tournaments that Mrs. Court had not won previously.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: OTTO MOORE, Detroit Piston center; by the Phoenix Suns; "for future considerations subject to certain contingencies."
COACHING CHANGES: HOWIE SHANNON resigned after seven years as basketball coach at Virginia Tech, but will remain as a member of the physical education faculty. JUD HEATHCOTE, a veteran assistant at Washington State, moves to head coach at the University of Montana. GEORGE HILL, head coach at the Coast Guard Academy for two years, goes to The Citadel.
DISMISSED: By the National Labor Relations Board, unfair labor practices charges filed against the American League by Umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine. Fired in 1968 for incompetency, they claimed they were in fact dropped for their efforts to unionize the umpires.
INJURED: HOIST THE FLAG, the Kentucky Derby favorite, who broke his right hind leg during a workout at Belmont Park, ending his racing career (page 26). Surgery may have saved him for stud duty.
INVITED: RHODESIA, which was banned from the 1968 Olympics because of its racial policies, to take part in the 1972 games in Munich.
RESIGNED: The University of South Carolina, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, effective Aug. 15, over a disagreement on entrance requirements. The Gamecocks object to the fact that the ACC maintains more rigorous scholastic standards for athletes than NCAA rules require.
SCHEDULED: A hearing on Muhammad Ali's appeal of his draft-evasion conviction, for April 19, in the Supreme Court. The one-hour session will be divided between Ali's lawyers and attorneys for the Justice Department.
SIGNED: By AL McGUIRE; a new five-year contract as basketball coach at Marquette, stilling rumors that he was on his way to the New York Knicks.
By JOE THEISMANN, Notre Dame quarterback; a contract with the Toronto Argonauts.