BASKETBALL—NBA: Los Angeles rolled to a five-game win streak with three more victories. In a 153-131 rout of Portland the Lakers scored 46 points in the last period and set a team field-goal mark of 64% as four players scored 22 or more points. What is more, Wilt Chamberlain, in addition to scoring 27 points, grabbed 24 rebounds to break the NBA career record set by Bill Russell. At game's end Wilt had 21,734 rebounds in 932 games in 12 years to Russell's 21,721 in 963 games in 13 years. Los Angeles made it two of three over the Bucks with a 118-105 win as Jerry West tossed in 37 points and Chamberlain pulled down 25 more rebounds, and effectively squelched any hopes Golden State had of making a race in the Pacific Division by beating the Warriors 108-96. The loss dropped Golden State, which won only one of four, 14 games out of first place. Midwest leader Milwaukee, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scoring 40 or more points three times, won its other four games, while East leader Boston streaked to six straight with four more wins. Second-place New York, which has been winning unimpressively while waiting for Willis, found it will have to wait till next year for his return. Reed, the Knicks' All-Star center, has been out since Nov. 11 with an ailing left knee. Baltimore, tops in the Central Division with a 24-29 record, dropped three, while second-place Atlanta lost two of three. In the Hawks' only win—120-117 over Cleveland—Pete Maravich popped in 50 points.
ABA: The divisional races remained fairly static as Kentucky held its 9½ game lead over Virginia in the East and Utah picked up half a game more on Indiana, 4½ games behind in the West. The Pacers blew their chance to gain ground on the Stars when they lost to them 121-110. Pittsburgh's John Brisker was high man for the week with 52 points in the Condors' 136-129 victory over Carolina, but Virginia's Charlie Scott, the league leader, was the most consistent point-maker. Scott tossed in 37 points against Indiana, 33 as the Squires beat New York, 49 in a second win over the Nets and 37 against the Floridians.
FOOTBALL—Three linemen—Defensive End WALT PATULSKI of Notre Dame (Buffalo), Defensive Tackle SHERMAN WHITE of California (Cincinnati) and Offensive Tackle LIONEL ANTOINE (Chicago)—were the first three choices in the NFL draft of 442 college players in New York (page 58). Some of the more prominent names of the 1971 college season were drafted as follows: No. 4, Running Back Bobby Moore of Oregon (St. Louis); No. 11, Quarterback Jerry Tagge of Nebraska (Green Bay); No. 13, Fullback Franco Harris of Penn State (Pittsburgh); No. 14, Quarterback John Reaves of Florida (Philadelphia); No. 19, Wide Receiver Terry Beasley of Auburn (San Francisco); No. 23, Running Back Jeff Kinney of Nebraska (Kansas City); No. 29, Defensive Back Tommy Casanova of LSU (Cincinnati); No. 40, Quarterback Pat Sullivan, the Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn (Atlanta); No. 46, Quarterback Jack Mildren of Oklahoma (Baltimore); No. 48, Running Back Lydell Mitchell of Penn State (Baltimore); No. 50, Running Back Ed Marinaro of Cornell (Minnesota); No. 62, Running Back Johnny Musso of Alabama (Chicago); No. 76, Defensive Back Bobby Majors of Tennessee (Philadelphia); No. 97, Quarterback Eddie Phillips of Texas (Los Angeles).
HOCKEY—Boston doubled its East lead over New York from five to 10 points in a week's time when the Bruins won four, extending their winning streak to six and their undefeated string to 13, while the Rangers tied Minnesota 1-1 and dropped two. Boston streaked by St. Louis 5-2—scoring four goals in the second period—and Minnesota 6-1 and edged Detroit 3-2. In the big game of the week the Bruins shut out the Rangers 2-0 as Gerry Cheevers kicked away 38 shots and Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr scored within 105 seconds of each other in the third period. "The Rangers are dead," said Derek Sanderson after the Bruins' fourth straight win over the Rangers. The shutout marked the first against New York in 69 games. In the West, Chicago, with two wins in three games, moved to a 12-point lead over Minnesota.
February 14, 1972
HORSE RACING—WESTERN WELCOME ($9.80), Laffit Pincay up, took the $57,100 San Pascual Handicap at Santa Anita by 1½ lengths over favored Cougar II, ridden by Bill Shoemaker.
TRACK & FIELD—AL FEUERBACH put the shot 69'4¾" at the Bennion Games in Pocatello, Idaho, to break his 1971 world indoor record by 5¾" (page 57). The night before, at the Coaches Indoor Meet in Fort Worth, Feuerbach beat Randy Matson for the fourth consecutive time with a 68'5¾" put. TOM VON RUDEN also had impressive back-to-back victories. He zipped to the season's fastest time in the mile at Fort Worth with a 3:57.9 (on an eight-lap track) to defeat Leonard Hilton, who was clocked in 3:58.9, and then won the 1,000 at Pocatello in 2:06.7. Three other best times of the season were registered at the games when TOMMY LEE WHITE won the 120-yard hurdles with a 13.5; BOB FREY took the 440 in 47.8 over the eight-lap track; and JAY ELBEL defeated Ron Whitney in the 500 with a 55.2 clocking.
A New Zealand four-mile relay team, anchored by Dick Quax (3:58.8), broke Oregon's 1962 world record by 6.2 seconds with a 16:02.8 clocking in Auckland.
Italy's FRANCESCO ARESE won the mile in 4:09.5 at the Maple Leaf Indoor Games in Toronto as Marty Liquori, running his first mile race since last August, finished third in 4:09.9. The defeat broke Liquori's string of 16 straight victories at the distance. MARTIN McGRADY decisively defeated Lee Evans in the 600 with a meet record 1:09.7 while BYRON DYCE took the 1,000 by five yards over Czechoslovakia's Josef Plachy in 2:09.4 (McGrady and Dyce repeated their victories over Evans and Plachy the next night at Cleveland's Knights of Columbus meet). Australia's Ralph Doubell, the 1968 Olympic 800-meter champion, injured an Achilles tendon during the race. In other events, HERB WASHINGTON equaled the world indoor mark (five seconds fiat) in the 50-yard dash and PATTY JOHNSON broke the women's 50-yard hurdles record with a 6.4.
WINTER OLYMPICS—SUSAN CORROCK of Ketchum, Idaho, gained the first medal for the U.S., a bronze in the women's downhill at the 11th Winter Games in Sapporo (page 12).
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: The appointment of TOM OSBORNE, 34, a Cornhusker assistant the past 10 years, as head football coach at Nebraska in 1973, succeeding BOB DEVANEY, 56, who will retire after next season to devote his full time to being athletic director.
FIRED: ROLLAND TODD, 37, coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, who had stumbled to a 12-44 record in the NBA this season after winning 29 games in 1970-71, the team's first year of play. Personnel Director STU INMAN, 45, a former head coach at San Jose State, was named to replace Todd for the rest of the season.
NAMED: Football coach at Oregon, DICK ENRIGHT, 37, the Ducks' offensive line coach the past two seasons, to replace Jerry Frei, who resigned two weeks earlier.
RETIRED: Memphis State football coach BILLY (Spook) MURPHY, 51, after 14 seasons and a 91-44-1 record.
TRADED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, Running Back CID EDWARDS, 28, and Wide Receiver DAVE WILLIAMS, 26, to the San Diego Chargers for Running Back LEON BURNS, 27, and Wide Receiver WALKER GILLETTE, 24. The New York Giants also traded their top defensive lineman, End FRED DRYER, 25, to the New England Patriots for three draft choices.
DIED: JOE HERNANDEZ, 62, who had called every race (15,587) at Santa Anita Park since it opened in 1934; of complications following a kick in the abdomen by a horse, in Arcadia, Calif.