AUTO RACING—EDGAR HERRMANN of Kenya and HANS SCHULLER of Stuttgart brought their Datsun 240Z home in first place in the East African Safari rally. It was their second successive victory in the event.
Jackie Stewart of Scotland in a Tyrrell-Ford won the Spanish Grand Prix and moved to the top of the standings in the race for the world driving championship for Formula I cars. Jackie Ickx of Belgium (Ferrari) was second.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks finished off the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one, winning the last two after Los Angeles snuck in a single victory, 118-107 (page 22). The Bucks came back 117-94 as Lew Alcindor celebrated his 24th birthday with 31 points, and won the final game 116-98. In the East, Baltimore walloped the Knicks 101-80 in a performance of outstanding shooting (Jack Marin had 27 points, Earl Monroe 25, Fred Carter 23) and rebounding. The Knicks responded with an 89-84 win as Walt Frazier scored 28 points, including a clutch jumper with 29 seconds remaining and the Bullets down by only two points. Then, with Gus Johnson back in the lineup and Kevin Loughery more mobile, the Bullets scored another big victory, 113-96. In the first six games of the series the home team always won.
ABA: Kentucky earned the right to meet Virginia in the East Division finals by beating Florida 112-103. Their momentum carried the Colonels through the first game with the Squires 136-132, with the ABA's leading scorer, Dan Issel, getting 46 points. The Squires never led but tied the game with a minute to go. Six free throws by Cincy Powell and Darel Carrier cinched the victory. Virginia evened the series with an impressive 142-122 win as Charlie Scott and Doug Moe scored 28 points apiece. In the West, Utah and Indiana squared off, the Stars taking the opener from last year's champs 120-118. The Pacers came back with a 120-107 victory in which Billy Keller sank six three-pointers as he accumulated 31 points. Utah took the third game 121-108, outrebounding Indiana 71-49 even though Zelmo Beaty sat out much of the game in foul trouble.
April 25, 1971
DIVING—Air Force Captain MICKI KING won the women's three-meter springboard championship at the Hall of Fame International in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The men's title went to MIKE FINNERAN.
GOLF—GENE LITTLER's four-under-par final round of 67 brought him the $30,000 first prize in the Monsanto Open in Pensacola, Fla. It was his first win in more than two years.
Kathy Whitworth carded a four-under-par 212 in the Raleigh (N.C.) Classic to outscore Pam Barnett by five strokes.
HARNESS RACING—FRESH YANKEE ($2.30), Harness Horse of the Year in 1970, won her first start of 1971, the $8,700 Campbellville Stakes at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ontario by a length over Aunt Penny in 2:05.
Isle Of Wight ($4.80) broke two minutes for the first time (1:58 4/5) in the $11,047 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for aged pacers at The Meadows near Pittsburgh. Driven by Jim Larente, the 5-year-old won by a nose over Lord Roger.
HOCKEY—The Boston Bruins, after rewriting the record book through the regular season, messed up the last chapter, losing their opening Stanley Cup series to the Montreal Canadiens four games to three (page 14). The New York Rangers won the last three games of their series with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the right to face the Chicago Black Hawks in the semifinals. The last game was a cliff-hanger, not wrapped up until Bob Nevin scored a goal in sudden-death overtime to end the game 2-1 and the series 4-2. Minnesota also won its opening series against St. Louis 4-2, with a final 5-2 victory in which Ted Hampson, Lou Nanne and Bobby Rousseau scored within four minutes of each other. The North Stars now face Montreal.
HORSE RACING—GOOD BEHAVING ($7), one of two horses in the race not nominated for the Kentucky Derby, won the 1‚⅛-mile $112,200 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct (page 20). Ridden by Chuck Baltazar, he finished a length ahead of Eastern Fleet with favored Executioner third.
Unconscious ($3.40) scored a three-length victory in the $125,400 California Derby, setting a race record of 1:47[1/5] for the 1‚⅛ miles and strengthening his claim as top West Coast candidate for the Kentucky Derby. Triple Bend and Crimson Clem were second and third.
ROWING—UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA oarsmen captured the Childs Cup for the sixth consecutive year, beating Princeton and Columbia on the Harlem River in New York City.
TENNIS—ARTHUR ASHE, seeded fourth, earned the $5,000 first prize in the North Carolina National Bank Open at Charlotte with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Stan Smith. CHRIS EVERT of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. defeated Charlotte's Laura DuPont 6-2, 6-0 for the women's title.
Australia's MARGARET SMITH COURT won the women's singles title in the South African open championship at Johannesburg, defeating compatriot Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-1. KEN ROSEWALL met Fred Stolle in another all-Australian final, beating him 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 for the men's title.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM RYUN ran the fastest mile in the world since 1968—3:55.8—to win the Glenn Cunningham mile at the 46th Kansas Relays. His time was slightly off the meet record of 3:54.7 he set in 1967. Tom Von Ruden finished second in 3:57.2 and John Mason third in 3:57.9.
WEIGHT LIFTING—ALEXANDER MATVEYEV of the Soviet Union set a world record in the middleweight division, pressing 357 pounds.
MILEPOSTS—DROPPED: Intercollegiate basketball and track, by New York University, because of the current financial squeeze and the problems of recruiting athletes on the basis of "need" and meeting academic standards. Basketball has been dropped outright; track will be phased out.
By the University of Tampa, its basketball team, because of lack of support and increased costs.
HIRED: DENNY CRUM, as head basketball coach at the University of Louisville, succeeding John Dromo. Crum had been assistant coach and a notable recruiter for three seasons at UCLA.
INVITED: By Bill Talbert, chairman of the U.S. Open, Red Chinese tennis players to compete at Forest Hills in September.
NAMED: DICK MOTTA of the Chicago Bulls, as the NBA Coach of the Year. His team's 51-31 record was third best in the league, behind Milwaukee and New York.
NAMED: CLARENCE MONTGOMERY, as head football coach at Florida A&M, succeeding Pete Griffin, who retired after one season. Montgomery had been defensive line coach at A&M for three years.
RETIRED: GEORGE SAUER JR., New York Jet wide receiver, at the age of 27. Sauer said he was "generally dissatisfied" with an "authoritarian" sport.
DIED: WILLIAM D. ECKERT, 62, commissioner of baseball from 1965 to 1969; of a heart attack suffered while playing tennis in the Bahamas. A former Air Force general, he was so remote from baseball at the time of his appointment he was dubbed "the unknown soldier."
DIED: DAN REEVES, 58, principal owner of the Los Angeles Rams and the first man to establish a major professional football team on the West Coast; of cancer in New York City. He moved the Cleveland Rams westward in 1946. Among his former employees was Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Ram general manager from 1957 to 1960.