BASKETBALL—INDIANA gained its second ABA championship in three years, beating the New York Nets 100-99 and 108-105 in the last two games to take the final playoff series four games to two (page 82).
This is an article from the May 29, 1972 issue
BOWLING—DOTTY FOTHERGILL of North Attleboro, Mass. won the prestigious WIBC Queens Tournament in Kansas City, Mo., defeating Maureen Harris of Madison, Wis. 890-841 in the four-game final.
GOLF—LEE TREVINO won his first tournament of the year and $35,000 when he shot a final-round 67 for a 281 total in the $175,000 Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic.
HANDBALL—LOU RUSSO defeated Pat Kirby 21-18, 21-18 in the finals of the NYAC Invitational in New York City. Kirby had gained the finals by upsetting No. 1-seeded Terry Muck of St. Paul, while Russo upset Fred Lewis of Miami Beach, the USHA four-wall champion, in the quarterfinals and New York's Jimmy Jacobs in the semis.
HARNESS RACING—John Simpson Jr. guided HILARIOUS WAY ($22) to a three-quarter-length win over favored Strike Out in the $107,097 Cane Futurity, the first leg of pacing's triple crown, at Yonkers (page 80).
HORSE RACING—Maryland-bred BEE BEE BEE ($39.40), ridden by Eldon Nelson, won the $187,800 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico by 1¼ lengths over No Le Hace as the favorite, Kentucky Derby winner Riva Ridge, finished fourth (page 36).
Cougar II ($2.80), the 6-year-old Chilean-import ridden by Bill Shoemaker, won his 13th stakes when he took the $133,900 Californian at Hollywood Park by 2¾ lengths over Kennedy Road. Cougar II's purse of $76,400 boosted his career earnings to $694,271, making him thoroughbred racing's leading foreign-bred money winner in the U.S.
Canonero II, making his first start since last year's Belmont, finished second by 4¾ lengths to LEEMATT ($14.00) in the $57,000 Carter Handicap at Belmont Park.
LACROSSE—Led by John Kaestner's six assists, top-ranked MARYLAND whacked Rutgers 9-3 in College Park, Md. in an opening-round game of the NCAA championships. JOHNS HOPKINS, the No. 2-ranked team, gained the semifinals against the Terps this week by outscoring Washington & Lee 8-1 in the second and third periods to easily win 11-5 in Baltimore. Navy led CORTLAND STATE 8-4 midway through the third period in a quarterfinal game in Annapolis but the Red Dragons tied the score with 30 seconds to go and upset the Middies 10-9 when Bert Severns scored with 1:47 left in the first overtime period. Severns had assisted on John Eberenz' tying goal. In the other quarterfinal game, Tom Duquette scored three straight goals in the second period to lift VIRGINIA to a 10-3 win over Army in Charlottesville.
MOTOR SPORTS—The suspense that had been hanging over the Indianapolis 500 qualifying trials for a week ended when PETER REVSON gained the No. 2 starting position with a 192.885-mph average speed in his McLaren-Offenhauser (Bobby Unser had won the pole position with a record 195.937-mph speed a week earlier) and MARK DONOHUE, also driving a McLaren-Offenhauser, averaged 191.408 mph over the 10-mile run to clinch the third spot in the front row, as the 33-car field was filled. Donohue's partner, Gary Bettenhausen (page 76), will start in the No. 4 spot in the fastest Indy field ever.
Arturo Merzario and Sandro Munari of Italy averaged 76 mph to win the 491.7-mile Targa Florio in Palermo, Sicily, the world's oldest road race, as Ferrari continued to dominate the World Manufacturers' Championship.
ROWING—The undefeated WASHINGTON heavyweight crew took the lead in the final 500 meters of the 2,000-meter Western Intercollegiate championships at the Long Beach (Calif.) Marina to edge previously undefeated Long Beach State by less than a quarter length. It was the Huskies' ninth title in 13 years.
Penn's heavyweight eight, using the same shell that sank in the Adams Cup two weeks earlier, won the Burk Cup on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, defeating Northeastern by 10 feet.
SOCCER—ELIZABETH defeated San Pedro Yugoslav-American 1-0 in the finals of the U.S. Football Association championships in Union, N.J. to gain the 60th Dewar Trophy, emblematic of the U.S. title.
TRACK & FIELD—SOUTHERN CAL, despite winning only five events to UCLA's six, defeated the Bruins 140-124 (Oregon finished third with 86 points) to take the Pacific-8 Conference title in Stanford, Calif. and snap UCLA's siring of three straight championships. The Bruins won the mile relay in a meet-record 3:06.7; the Trojans' EDESEL GARRISON defeated world-record holder John Smith of UCLA by five yards in the 440 (45.4); and STEVE PREFONTAINE of Oregon won the three-mile run (13:32.2) for the third time.
Sam Colson, with a 264-foot heave in the javelin, and BARRY SCHUR, with a 7'3" high jump, both broke conference records in leading KANSAS to its sixth straight Big Eight championship in Boulder, Colo. The Jayhawks scored 100½ points to runner-up Kansas State's 87.
Wayne Collett zipped to a 44.9 clocking in the 400 meters at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Track Classic, while Australia's TONY BENSON took the 5,000 in 13:36.6, finishing one second ahead of George Young. Jim Ryun, running the event for the first time in five years, came in third in 13:38.2. "I feel great," said Ryun, who finished next to last in the Freedom Games mile a week earlier. "Better than I have in weeks. It felt good to have the old snap back in my legs."
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: As general manager of the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, FRED SCHAUS, 46, to return to college coaching as head basketball coach at Purdue, replacing GEORGE KING, 43, who will remain as director of athletics. Schaus led West Virginia to six Southern Conference championships in six seasons and coached the Lakers for seven years (315-245 record and four Western Division titles) before becoming GM five years ago, while King, once Schaus' assistant at West Virginia, compiled a 109-64 mark in seven seasons with the Boilermakers.
RETIRED: From Alpine skiing competition to open a fashion shop, FRANCOISE MACCHI, 20, of France, one of the world's top woman racers and a strong contender for the 1972 World Cup before she injured her knee in Sapporo, Japan while training for the Olympics.
RETIRED: Minnesota North Star Forward DEAN PRENTICE, 39, who scored 813 points (15th best in NHL history) and 363 goals (12th best) in his 20-year career with five NHL teams. Last season he totaled 47 points with the North Stars.
RETIRED: As coach of the Buffalo Sabres, PUNCH IMLACH, 54, to be succeeded by JOE CROZIER, 43, who took over last season as interim coach when Imlach suffered a severe heart attack in January. Imlach, the winner of four Stanley Cup championships as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for 11 seasons (1958-69), will remain as general manager.
SCRATCHED: From a chance to compete in the Olympics, MARTY LIQUORI, 22, the world's top-ranked miler last year, because of a spur on his left heel.