PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: In less than 24 hours Buffalo's Bob McAdoo scored 79 points in two games against the New York Knicks that helped the Braves to two satisfying wins (page 20). Boston had a 3-1 week that began with a 10-point win over New Orleans and ended with Paul Westphal sinking a 30-foot jumper for an overtime victory over Atlanta. The Hawks were also beaten by Pacific leader Golden State. Central Division leader Washington beat the Warriors behind Phil Chenier's 29 points. The tightest race was still in the Midwest, where Detroit led Kansas City-Omaha by one-half game, although losing to the Kings twice. The Pistons did beat Philadelphia, while Milwaukee's only win was over Detroit. Chicago beat New Orleans by 33 points and lost its other game. Houston walloped the Kings 123-84 as Calvin Murphy led a balanced offense with 23 points. Seattle and Portland were winless during the week. Phoenix nipped the Trail Blazers 104-100 and Cleveland 85-84. Los Angeles beat the Suns and the SuperSonics.
ABA: The streaking New York Nets, with Julius Erving scoring 27 points and helping out at center to hold Kentucky's Artis Gilmore to 11 points, won their eighth straight and had a two-game lead over the Colonels in the East. There was no stopping Denver in the West, and the Nuggets (2-0 for the week) led the division by 6½ games. Second-place San Antonio fired Coach Tom Nissalke "for conduct detrimental to the franchise" but managed to beat San Diego and Memphis. The Spirits of St. Louis had victories over San Diego and Utah, while the Stars allowed Virginia its sixth win of the season. Indiana climbed to third place in the West with close wins over Kentucky and San Antonio, but fell 117-114 to Denver. The Pacers trailed 115-114 with three seconds left, but Bob Netolicky's 17-foot jump shot missed and he fouled Mack Calvin, who made two free throws.
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY moved close to the first $100,000 season in his sport when he earned $3,000 for winning the Winston-Salem Invitational in Honolulu, giving him $99,160 this year.
BOXING—JOSE NAPOLES of Mexico retained the world welterweight crown with a third-round knockout of Argentina's Horacio Saldano, in Mexico City.
December 23, 1974
FIELD TRIAL—SUNRAY OF CHRISHALL, owned by Dr. Warren A. Wunderlich of Joliet, Ill., won his second consecutive English Springer Spaniel national amateur championship stake at Camden, Ark.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—TEXAS A&I rallied in the second half for a 34-23 victory over Henderson (Ark.) State and the NAIA Division I title. CENTRAL MICHIGAN won the NCAA Division II championship with a 54-14 thrashing of Delaware in the Camellia Bowl.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: In the NFC East, Terry Metcalf 's two second-half touchdowns fired the St. Louis Cardinals to a 26-14 victory over the New York Giants and their first division crown in 26 years. Washington's 42-0 thrashing of Chicago was not enough to shake the Cards' grip on first place. In the other divisions, all previously decided, NFC Central champ Minnesota walloped Kansas City 35-15; NFC West leader Los Angeles edged Buffalo 19-14; AFC East king Miami rallied to top New England 34-27, despite Mack Herron's record-breaking all-round performance; AFC Central champion Pittsburgh beat listless Cincinnati 27-3; and AFC West titleholder Oakland held off Dallas 27-23. In games between also-rans, San Francisco whipped New Orleans 35-21 and Houston took Cleveland 28-24 to finish at .500. The New York Jets won their sixth straight, nipping Baltimore 45-38, while Philadelphia got past Detroit 28-17, Atlanta outscored Green Bay 10-3, and San Diego upset Denver 17-0.
HOCKEY—NHL: Montreal, Norris Division leader, unleashed three goals in the second period of a 5-3 win over Minnesota, knocking Goalie Cesare Maniago out of the game. Maniago skated despairingly off after an easy shot bounced off his stick and into the net. The Canadiens also had ties with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh and beat California. The Rangers tied Washington 6-6, and Boston bombarded the Capitals 12-1. Adams leader Buffalo blanked Minnesota 5-0 as Gil Perreault, Richard Martin and Rene Robert of the French Connection line each scored his 20th goal. Philadelphia (page 26), leading the Patrick, beat the New York Islanders, Minnesota and Atlanta. Vancouver tied Kansas City, won two and continued to pace the Smythe Division. St. Louis had three wins, including one over Detroit, which had topped Vancouver 4-2. Toronto took Chicago but lost to Los Angeles; it was the Kings' only win of the week.
WHA: First-year franchise Indianapolis had a new president and general manager, James Browitt, but beat only San Diego during the week. New England paced the East Division with victories over Minnesota and Quebec. Toronto, the Canadian leader, defeated Phoenix and edged Cleveland 7-6 in overtime. Houston, best in the West, had wins over Vancouver and Winnipeg. Michigan was blanked twice, by Chicago 6-0 and Edmonton 7-0.
HORSE RACING—BIG SPRUCE ($5.40), Angel Santiago up, closed out his career by winning the $55,900 1‚Öù-mile Gallant Fox Handicap, at Aqueduct.
Fleet Velvet ($17.40), Fernando Toro riding, rallied in the stretch to win the $113,400 1[1/16]-mile California Juvenile Stakes for 2-year-olds, at Bay Meadows.
RODEO—TOM FERGUSON of Miami, Okla. won 1974 all-around honors at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, to up his earnings for the year to $67,679.
SKIING—HENRI DUVILLARD of France earned $8,000 for winning the slalom and giant slalom at Aspen, Colo. Hank Kashiwa of the U.S. finished second in both events, winning $5,000.
TENNIS—Argentina's GUILLERMO VILAS took the Grand Prix Masters, beating defending champ Ilie Nastase 7-6, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 in Melbourne, Australia. MARGARET COURT won the West Australian Open title with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Russia's Olga Morozova in Perth.
VOLLEYBALL—UCLA won the sixth Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National Championships, defeating the University of Hawaii 15-7, 15-8, at Portland State University. Defending champ Long Beach State was fifth.
MILEPOSTS—INDUCTED: Into the College Football Hall of Fame, HARRY AGGANIS, Boston University quarterback, 1949, '51, '52; JOHN FERRARO, Southern California tackle, 1943, '44, '46 and '47; ELROY HIRSCH, Wisconsin halfback, 1942, Michigan, 1943; BARTON KOCH, Baylor guard, 1928-30; MAL KUTNER, Texas end, 1939-41; JIM PARKER, Ohio State guard, 1954-56; BARNEY POOLE, Mississippi, North Carolina Pre-Flight and Army end, 1942-48; MARCHY SCHWARTZ, Notre Dame halfback, 1929-31; BILLY VESSELS, Oklahoma halfback, 1950-52; BILL MURRAY, Delaware coach, 1940-50, Duke, 1951-65.
RESIGNED: ARA PARSEGHIAN, as football coach at Notre Dame, after 11 seasons. Former Green Bay Packer Coach Dan Devine will replace him.