AUTO RACING—Donnie Allison led most of the way in the $86,000 Rebel 400 stock-car race at Darlington, S.C., but the engine in his 1971 Mercury failed on the back straightaway, and BUDDY BAKER, in a Dodge, finished first, averaging 130.678 on the 1‚Öú-mile oval.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The Milwaukee Bucks swept the finals from the Baltimore Bullets 4-0—a feat previously achieved only by the 1959 Boston Celtics (page 26).
ABA: The race in the West finally was decided in the seventh game as Utah defeated Indiana 108-101. Willie Wise scored 31 for the winners—24 in the second half—and Bill Keller 33 for the losers. The Pacers came within three points of Utah several times, but a third-period surge by the Stars was decisive. Utah and Kentucky—both second-place finishers in their divisions in the regular season—squared off in the finals.
BOATING—Five America's Cup challengers from Britain, Canada and France, meeting in London, agreed to ask the New York Yacht Club to postpone the next defense from 1973 to 1974. They pleaded insufficient time to design their cup craft with a new hull material, aluminum. The two challenging Australian yacht clubs did not participate.
May 9, 1971
Encore Cheri, skippered by Peter Bowker, won the St. Petersburg-to-Mexico race on corrected time. Ondine was second.
BOXING—MARVIN JOHNSON of Indianapolis took the National AAU title in the 178-pound class with the only knockout of the championships, dropping Hernando Molyneaux of New York in the first round. DUANE BOBICK of Bowlus, Minn. won the heavyweight title over Ronald Draper of Kansas City.
FLYING—VAN HARVEY of Oklahoma State, flying a rented Cessna 150, won the top pilot trophy in the 23rd National Intercollegiate meet at San Jose (Calif.) Municipal Airport. He was first in power-on precision landing and second to DAN BOGDAN of Skyline College in power-off landing. RON GREEN of San Jose State won the navigation contest and ELIZABETH CARROLL the top women's trophy. The Bendix team championship went to Oklahoma State.
GOLF—FRANK BEARD, in third place after three rounds, shot a four-under-par 68 to win the $125,000 Greater New Orleans Open at the Lakewood Country Club. Beard beat 24-year-old rookie Hubert Green by one stroke with a 276.
Eddie Pearce, 19-year-old Wake Forest freshman, became the youngest winner in the 71 years of the North and South Amateur at Pinehurst, N.C. He was four under par in the final round as he beat Walker Cup player Vinny Giles 5 and 4.
HARNESS RACING—WINDY WAY ($35.20), driven by Bob Williams, was in command most of the way in the 1[1/16]-mile $102,969 Realization Pace at New York's Roosevelt Raceway, finishing 1¾ lengths ahead of Colonial.
At Rockingham Park in Salem, N.H., ALBATROSS ($2.80), recently purchased for $1,250,000, won his 1971 debut impressively. Driven by Stanley Dancer, he captured the $25,000 Romeo Hanover pace by 10¾ lengths.
HOCKEY—Montreal clinched its semifinal series against Minnesota with 6-1, 3-2 victories to make the Stanley Cup final round for a record 21st time (page 60). The Canadiens will meet Chicago, which earned its berth in seven rugged games with New York. The week opened with the Black Hawks winning 3-2 in overtime. Vic Hadfield and Rod Seiling scored for the Rangers and Pat Stapleton and Chico Maki for Chicago in the first two periods. Some spectacular saves by Ed Giacomin kept the third period scoreless and Bobby Hull's goal in overtime ended the game. Two nights later the Rangers labored to victory in a four-hour, 23-minute game, won in the third overtime by Pete Stemkowski. Finally Chicago scored the conclusive victory in another close one. With the score tied 2-all, Bobby Hull streaked a goal in following a face-off. The Rangers struggled throughout the third period to tie it up again, but Chicago's Chico Maki scored an open-net goal and the game ended 4-2.
HORSE RACING—CANONERO II ($19.40), ridden by Gustavo Avila, registered a 3¾-length surprise victory over Jim French in the 97th running of the Kentucky Derby (page 18).
Silent Beauty ($30) won the 97th running of the $64,850 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs by half a length after a seesaw stretch battle with Grafitti.
Annual meeting defeated favored Chapel Street by three lengths to win the 46th running of the Virginia Gold Cup at Warrenton. Joe Aitcheson Jr. rode the winner in 8:27[3/5] for his seventh cup victory.
LACROSSE—In games played in the fervent Baltimore area, ARMY upset Maryland 16-7, NAVY edged Hofstra 8-5 and JOHNS HOPKINS crushed Rutgers 21-9.
ROWING—NAVY upset previously unbeaten Harvard and Penn to win the Adams Cup on the Severn River at Annapolis, Md.
SWIMMING—SHANE GOULD, 14, of Australia, bettered the world record for the women's 200-meter freestyle in 2:06.5 at a 14-nation meet in London. Miss Gould's time shaded Debbie Meyer's 1968 clocking of 2:06.7. Miss Gould also equaled the 100-meter freestyle record of 58.9 now held by her countrywoman, Dawn Fraser. Another Aussie, KAREN MORAS, 16, with a 4:22.6, broke the world record of 4:24.3 held by Miss Meyer in the women's 400-meter freestyle. In team standings Australia defeated the U.S. by one point, with Canada finishing third.
TENNIS—MRS. BILLIE JEAN KING, using a racket borrowed from her opponent Rosemary Casals, recovered after losing the first set to win the San Diego women's open 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Evonne Goolagong of Australia won the women's title in the Rothman's hard-court tournament at Sutton, England, scoring a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Joyce Williams, ranked fourth in Britain, who had beaten her three times last season.
In the Paris International Open STAN SMITH of the U.S. and HELGA HOSL of West Germany were the winners in singles finals. Smith topped Fran√ßois Jauffret of France 6-2, 6-4, 7-5; Miss Hosl beat South Africa's Brenda Kirk 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
MILEPOSTS—HOSPITALIZED: WILLIS REED, captain of the recently defeated New York Knickerbockers, after surgery for tendinitis above the left knee.
PROPOSED: A boycott of the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan by six Alpine skiing nations (France, Austria, Italy, West Germany, Yugoslavia and Switzerland) if the International Olympic Committee bars FIS-approved competitors for all ged professionalism.
QUIT: CURT FLOOD of the Washington Senators, who has been challenging the legality of baseball's reserve clause, citing "very serious personal problems." He was hitting only .200 in 12 games this season.
RESIGNED: As general manager and coach of the St. Louis Blues, SCOTTY BOWMAN, who had been with the team since its beginnings four seasons ago.
RESIGNED: JOHNNY DEE, basketball coach at Notre Dame for seven years, to return to his Denver law practice. Dee's Irish had won 20 games or more the last four years and had gone to five postseason tournaments.