BASKETBALL—ABA: New York (page 62) tied the championship series 1-1 by beating Indiana 117-115 in Indianapolis as Rick Barry scored 29 points and Bill Melchionni 26. Then, before a playoff record crowd of 15,241 at the Nassau Coliseum, the Nets lost to the Pacers 114-108 on rookie George McGinnis' 30 points and 20 rebounds to give Indiana a 2-1 edge. Barry tossed in 44 points, but Melchionni was held to seven.
BOXING—JERRY QUARRY, the No. 2-ranked heavyweight contender, outpointed Larry Middleton of Baltimore in a 10-round bout in London.
Undefeated GEORGE FOREMAN, the third-ranked heavyweight contender, raised his number of knockouts of 33 and his wins to 36 When he stopped Miguel Paez of Argentina in the second round of a scheduled 15-rounder in Oakland.
GOLF—Despite a final-round 73, JERRY HEARD won the $125,000 Colonial National Invitational in Fort Worth by two strokes over Fred Marti.
May 21, 1972
HOCKEY—BOSTON shut out New York 3-0 to gain the Stanley Cup for the second time in the last three years (page 24).
HORSE RACING—Bobby Woodhouse guided Rokeby Stable's KEY TO THE MINT ($4.60) to a strong 2½-length win over Ladiga in a 1[1/16]-mile, $12,000 prep for the Preakness at Pimlico. Upper Case, scheduled to be an entry with Riva Ridge in the Preakness, finished last in the five-horse field.
Susan's Girl ($3.40), Victor Tejada up, won her seventh straight stakes (sixth this season) and the first leg of the NYRA triple crown for fillies when she took the $65,200 Acorn Stakes at Aqueduct by 2½ lengths over Wanda, setting a record of 1:34[3/5] for the mile event.
Onandaga ($68.20) won the 1½-mile, $59,000 Dixie Handicap on turf at Pimlico by three lengths over STAR ENVOY as the favorite, Run the Gantlet, the 1971 Grass Horse of the Year, finished fourth, 7½ lengths back.
LACROSSE—Trailing 10-7 early in the third period, No. 2-ranked MARYLAND, led by John Kaestner, who scored two goals and had tour assists overall, upset top-ranked and previously undefeated Johns Hopkins 13-12 in the last game of the regular season. Hopkins Attackman Jack Thomas was held to only seven shots, but he made four goals and assisted on two others to lift his totals to 30 goals and 37 assists.
Midfielder Mike Griswold scored a goal with 2:14 left in the second overtime period to give fourth-ranked ARMY a 9-8 win over Navy, ranked No. 3, while fifth-ranked VIRGINIA scored six straight goals in the second half to defeat seventh-ranked Washington & Lee 10-9.
Defending NCAA champion CORNELL clinched the Ivy League title with a 14-7 win over Brown as Frank Davis scored four goals and Pat Gallagher had one goal and five assists. Earlier in the week the Big Red was edged 11-10 by HOBART when Don Aleksiewicz, the nation's small-college rushing leader in football, threw in the winning goal with 13 seconds to play. Attackman Rick Gilbert totaled eight goals and 14 assists in Hobart's three games last week to raise his point total to 100 (38 goals and 62 assists), tops in the nation.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY UNSER averaged a record 195.937 mph in his Eagle to gain the lead for the pole position at the rain-delayed Indianapolis 500 qualifying trials (page 20).
Jean-Pierre Beltoise, averaging close to 64 mph in his BRM, led from start to finish to take the Monaco Grand Prix, his first Formula I win in four years on the circuit, and slipped into fifth place in the world driving championship standings, 10 points behind leader Emerson Fittipaldi, who finished third, and seven points behind Jacky Ickx, who came in second.
ROWING—NORTHEASTERN won the varsity heavyweight race at the Eastern Sprint championships on Lake Quinsigamond near Worcester, Mass., finishing more than a length ahead of Brown as favored and undefeated Harvard came in third (page 66).
The undefeated COAST GUARD ACADEMY heavyweight crew, which has been competing at the intercollegiate level only two seasons, won its seventh race when it took the Dad Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia by two lengths over Rollins.
SOCCER—The U.S. national team defeated Jamaica 2-1 in St. Louis to qualify for the Olympics (page 60).
West Germany, which had beaten England 3-1 in London two weeks earlier, held the British to a scoreless tie in West Berlin's Olympic Stadium to gain the semifinals of the European Cup of Nations tournament. The Germans will play Belgium, a 2-1 winner over Italy, while the U.S.S.R., which defeated Yugoslavia 3-0, will meet the winner of a match between Rumania and Hungary in the other semifinal.
Derby gained the English Soccer League first division championship with 58 points, while Manchester City, Leeds United and Liverpool all tied for second place, one point behind, in one of the closest finishes in league history. Leeds, which had won the English Cup three days earlier, could have taken the title for a rare double merely by tying its last game, but lost to Wolverhampton 2-1.
TENNIS—KEN ROSEWALL defeated Rod Laver 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in the finals of the $100,000 World Championship Tennis tournament to gain the $50,000 first prize (page 26).
Bob Hewitt of South Africa, who had lost in the finals in 1967, 1969 and 1970, finally won the $39,000 British Hardcourt men's singles championship in Bournemouth, England when he beat France's Pierre Batthes 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. Hewitt had defeated top-seeded Ilie Nastase of Rumania in a semifinal match, while Barthes had upset Stan Smith of the U.S. in the other semifinal. Wimbledon champion EVONNE GOOLAGONG of Australia took the women's singles title with an easy 6-0, 6-4 win over Helga Masthoff of West Germany.
TRACK & FIELD—JULIUS SANG, a member of the North Carolina Central mile-relay team (page 56), won the 440-yard dash in 45.6 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. International Freedom Games in Philadelphia. In the mile, Jim Ryun finished next to last (4:14.1) in the 10-man field as DAVE WOTTLE won by a hair over Howell Michael (both were timed in 3:58.5) in a pouring rain. Olympic pole-vault champion BOB SEAGREN defeated world-record holder Kjell Isaksson with a 17'6¼" leap, and MADELINE MANNING JACKSON equaled the world record in the women's 880 with a 2:02.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: To thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame, ROUND TABLE, 18, winner of 43 races in 66 starts and $1,749,869 (second to Kelso on the alltime money list); Jockey ERIC GUERIN, 48, winner of the 1947 Kentucky Derby on Jet Pilot and 124 other stakes races; and Trainer JOHNNY NERUD, 59, conditioner of such top thoroughbreds as Gallant Man, Dr. Fager and Ta Wee in his 40-year career.
NAMED: As coach of the World Hockey Association's New York Raiders, who are scheduled to start play in Madison Square Garden next season, CAMILLE HENRY, 39, a former New York Ranger star who played 14 seasons in the NHL and scored 279 goals.
RETURNED: WILLIE MAYS, 41, to New York City, where he Started his baseball career 21 years ago (page 16). San Francisco Giant Owner Horace Stoneham traded Mays for cash, a minor league pitcher, Charlie Williams, and an agreement by the Mets to keep Mays under a personal services Contract for three years after he retires. As a Giant, Mays had 3,187 hits, 646 home runs, 336 stolen bases and 1,859 RBIs.