PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers did not lose three straight games during the entire 1971-72 season, but last week was a rocky one for the Pacific Division leader when it dropped its third in a row—a 99-92 decision at Milwaukee. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 13 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter. The first of the Lakers' defeats was to Golden State, which continued to cut into their lead. The Warriors had a six-game winning streak, matching their longest of the season. Patsy Philadelphia was 111-79 loser as Fritz Williams came off the Warrior bench to hit nine straight shots. Milwaukee and Chicago remained 1-2 in the tight Midwest race. The Bulls had their five-game victory streak ended by Phoenix 126-115 as Dick Van Arsdale had 36 for the Suns. In the Atlantic Division, New York continued its fine home play by defeating the Rockets 116-106 behind Walt Frazier's 33 points, nine assists and 14 rebounds. The Knicks have won 16 straight at Madison Square Garden and all but one of 24 games. Baltimore held a four-game edge in the lost column over Atlanta in the Central Division. The top individual performance was a career-high 51 points by Spencer Haywood as Seattle beat the Kings 107-100.
ABA: Nothing could be finer than the way Carolina has been playing of late. The Cougars continued to stretch their lead in the East Division, running their winning streak to nine games with a 106-104 triumph at Dallas. Billy Cunningham's two free throws in the last 28 seconds insured the victory for Carolina. Cunningham finished with 30 points. Utah, the West Division leader, blew a 26-point lead against Indiana and had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to win 125-118. Jimmy Jones, who had just four points in the first three periods, netted 15 in the last quarter. George McGinnis of the Pacers had a game-high 38 points. Virginia played and gained on second-place Kentucky in the East with a 113-109 triumph. Julius Erving scored 34 points, including four in the last minute, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Kentucky's Louie Dampier became a 10,000-point career scorer when he hit a jumper in the first quarter en route to a 21-point effort.
BOWLING—ALLIE CLARKE won the San Jose Open first prize of $7,500 with a 203-201 victory over Don Johnson in the final game.
BOXING—Heavyweight JERRY QUARRY ended a six-month retirement by scoring a technical knockout in the seventh round over Randy Neumann at Madison Square Garden.
January 15, 1973
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—The SOUTH rose and won two of three postseason All-Star games. At Mobile the South took a 33-30 victory over the North in the Senior Bowl as Chuck Foreman of Miami was voted the Most Valuable Player. In the Hula Bowl at Honolulu the South sloshed through rain and mud for a 17-3 win. The NORTH gained a 10-6 win in the American Bowl at Tampa.
GOLF—Carding a final-round 69, ROD FUNSETH won the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open at the Riviera Country Club with a 72-hole total of 276 (page 12).
HOCKEY—NHL: While Chicago was pulling away from Minnesota in the West Division (page 70), Montreal regained first place in the East by defeating California 5-0 as Guy Lafleur scored twice and Ken Dryden posted his fourth shutout. Dryden also captured first-half honors for the Vezina Trophy awarded to the leading goaltender and received a $250 bonus. Earlier in the week Bobby Orr of the second-place Bruins tied an NHL defenseman record of six assists in an 8-2 triumph over Vancouver. Phil Esposito had a hat trick in the win. Surging Buffalo moved into a third-place tie with the Rangers by scoring all its goals in the final period to beat New York 4-1. Thus far the Sabres are undefeated in their home state, not losing in 20 straight home games and have won all seven contests against the Rangers and the Islanders. In the West, California scored six goals in the third period and blasted Vancouver 11-3. Pete Laframboise of the Golden Seals set a team record with four goals, two in the last period.
WHA: The new league held its first All-Star game in the 10,500-seat Quebec Coliseum and managed to draw only 4,991 fans. The East defeated the West 6-2 as John McKenzie of Philadelphia broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the second period to put the East ahead for good. Larry Pleau and Jim Dorey, both of New England, also scored in the second period for the winners, Gerry Odrowski and Bobby Hull netted the West goals. One of the East All-Stars, Ron Ward of the New York Raiders, put on a one-man show against Ottawa earlier in the week. Following a nine-game scoring drought, Ward netted a WHA-record five goals and one assist in a 9-4 win over the Nationals. He ran his season totals to 33 goals and his assists to 36, giving him 69 points, nine more than runner-up Terry Caffery of the Whalers. New England remained the leader in the East and Winnipeg held the top spot in the West.
HORSE RACING—The 9-to-5 favorite, EVIL INTENTION ($5.60), won his fifth race in seven starts by taking the $24,950 Heagerty Stakes at Bowie. Vince Bracciale Jr. rode the winner over the seven furlongs in 1:25[2/5].
SKIING—A 16-year-old French girl, PATRICIA EMONET, won a World Cup slalom race by turning in a 54.48-second clocking on her second run down Pohorje Mountain in Yugoslavia. After a first run of 62.86 seconds on the 580-meter, 52-gate course, she was in third place.
Jean-Claud Killy of France won his first professional race in five appearances by defeating Malcolm Milne in the giant slalom for the $2,500 first prize at Mount Snow, Vt.
TENNIS—JOHN NEWCOMBE won the Australian National singles title for the first time with a 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 victory over Onny Parun of New Zealand. MARGARET COURT won her 11th Australian singles crown by beating Evonne Goolagong 6-4, 7-5.
MlLEPOSTS—ECLIPSED: By HERVE FILION, the world record for harness-racing victories in a season. His 604th came at Dover (Del.) Downs.
NAMED: As head football coach at Utah State, PHIL KRUEGER, a former assistant coach at Illinois.
PURCHASED: By the Omni Group, which owns the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Flames, the ATLANTA CHIEFS of the North American Soccer League.
REJECTED: By Penn State Coach JOE PATERNO, a $1.3-million, six-year contract to become coach and general manager of the New England Patriots.
RESIGNED: Football Coach DeWAYNE (Dewey) KING, who had one year remaining on a three-year contract at San Jose State.
SOLD: To a 12-man syndicate headed by Michael Burke, president of the team, and George M. Steinbrenner III of Cleveland, the NEW YORK YANKEES, by CBS for $10 million cash.
SWITCHED: To Brown University as head football coach, JOHN ANDERSON, after an 8-0 season at Middlebury.
SWITCHED: From head football coach at Tampa to Iowa State, EARLE BRUCE, succeeding John Majors, who moved to Pittsburgh.
DIED: DR. EARL YEOMANS, 77, athletic director at Temple University from 1927 to 1952; in Philadelphia.
DIED: CHRISTOPHER T. CHENERY, 86, founder of Meadow Stable, which produced Riva Ridge, Secretariat and First Landing; after a long illness; in New Rochelle, N.Y.