BADMINTON—ARIZONA STATE captured the sixth annual Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women championship, defeating defending Long Beach State, at Macomb, Ill.
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: The Kansas City-Omaha Kings had the best intradivisional record in the Midwest (14-6) but still trailed the Chicago Bulls (8-11 in the division) by four games. Guards Jimmy Walker and Nate Archibald, the league's fifth-leading scorer, hit for 26 and 35 points respectively in a 102-99 victory against slumping Detroit, which has lost 11 of its last 12 games. Washington, with two of the league's top 10 rebounders in Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes, also beat the Pistons, as well as New York and Phoenix to build a commanding 12-game lead in the Central. Boston, the East leader, owned the second-best record in the league next to the Bullets but lost to both Pacific leader Golden State and runner-up Seattle (page 20). The New Orleans Jazz had a 4-0 week, beating Milwaukee and Phoenix by a total of four points but disposing of Philadelphia and Portland more convincingly. The Trail Blazers may have lost Bill Walton for the rest of the season because of a bone spur in his left foot. Cleveland held a half-game lead over Houston for second place in the Central as the Cavaliers beat the Rockets 100-95 and knocked off Washington 106-95. Atlanta had no victories, a fate shared by Philadelphia, Portland, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Buffalo, whose Bob McAdoo leads the league with a 34-point scoring average, went 3-1 for the week, losing only to the Bulls.
ABA: In their first meeting since "The Longest Game," the New York Nets blasted the San Diego Conquistadors 126-93, as Julius Erving celebrated his 25th birthday with 51 points. The Nets also had big victories over Virginia and San Antonio to open a 1½-game lead over Kentucky in the East. The Colonels lost to the Spurs but Coach Hubie Brown called his team's 114-107 win over St. Louis the "greatest of the season. Every man contributed his maximum." Denver, looking golden in the Western standings, beat New York 117-115 in overtime but lost to Utah 99—80. The Nuggets were held to just 13 points in the fourth quarter and 32 for the second half. The Q's, 22½ games back in the West, had three consecutive victories over Eastern Division clubs (Kentucky twice and Memphis) before the loss to the Nets. The Sounds defeated Virginia for their only triumph while Indiana continued its late-season drive in the West with three victories.
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY earned $7,000 by beating Bill Allen 217-195 in the finals of the $60,000 Long Island Open.
March 2, 1975
GOLF—PAT FITZSIMONS won his first professional tournament by four strokes with a final-round 70 for a 275 and $30,000 in the Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open (page 14).
Amy Alcott, 19, an LPGA tour rookie from Santa Monica, fired a final-round 71 for a one-stroke nine-under-par victory and $5,000 in the Orange Blossom Classic at St. Petersburg, Fla.
HOCKEY—NHL: Montreal, leading the Norris division, swept a weekend series from Chicago, outscoring the Black Hawks 18-6, and ended the busy week with a 2-1-1 record. The New York Islanders' lone victory was over Montreal, while Detroit won two and Patrick-leading Philadelphia had a win over Boston. The Flyers also tied Buffalo, the Adams leader, but the Sabres carved up Washington 9-4. The Capitals' bright spot was their first shutout ever, a 3-0 defeat of Kansas City. Mr. Zero was Goalie Ron Low, who had given up an average of 5.15 goals in 34 previous games. Nevertheless, the Capitals ended the week with a 10-3 loss to Chicago, which trailed Smythe front-runner Vancouver by five points. St. Louis settled for a 4-4 tie with the Sabres. Rogie Vachon notched his fifth shutout of the season in a (W) Los Angeles whipping of Boston. California beat the slumping Bruins (1-3) by 6-4. New York Ranger All-Star Defenseman Brad Park blamed his latest injury, a strained knee, on the Madison Square Garden ice. "It's a disgrace," Park said. "It's the worst ice in the league." The Rangers (0-1-3) trailed the Flyers in the Patrick by eight points. Atlanta defeated Minnesota 4-2, giving the Flames a .500 week.
WHA: San Diego's Rick Sentes scored four goals in a 7-0 defeat of Phoenix, and teammate Andre Lacroix, the league's second-leading scorer, had four assists to extend his assist streak to a league-record 13 games. The Mariners also beat Canadian leader Quebec, which went winless in the week. Winnipeg, the tailender in the division, had nothing but wins, disposing of Chicago, Baltimore and Edmonton. The Oilers split a pair with New England, which was still sitting pretty in the East. Baltimore cooled the Vancouver Blazers 4-3 to win its first home game before a "Guaranteed Win Night" crowd. Mark Howe, Terry Ruskowski, Ted Taylor and Larry Lund scored two goals apiece as West leader Houston routed the Nordiques 10-4. Toronto handed the Blazers another loss, while Indianapolis stopped Minnesota, which won three games by a cumulative score of 12-6.
HORSE RACING—GARLAND OF ROSES ($4.80), Angel Cordero up, led from wire to wire for a four-length win in the $65,400 Black Helen Handicap, running the 1‚⅛-miles on grass in 1:49, at Hialeah,
Raise your skirts ($12), Bill Mahorney riding, won the $36,850 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, covering the seven furlongs in 1:22[2/5] at Santa Anita.
SKIING—JEAN NOEL-AUGERT of France won $5,000 by taking the slalom and the overall title in the men's pro meet at Snow Summit, Calif. HANK KASHIWA of Steamboat Springs, Colo. was the circuit's leading moneywinner with $18,000.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG defeated Margaret Court 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to win the Virginia Slims of Detroit tournament and $15,000.
Rod Laver won $12,000 by crushing Allan Stone 6-2, 6-2 in the finals of the Michelob Pro-Celebrity tournament at La Costa, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—DWIGHT STONES set yet another indoor world record in the high jump, clearing 7'5¾" at the U.S. Olympic Invitational meet at Madison Square Garden. Tanzania's FILBERT BAYI continued unbeaten in his first indoor season by taking the 1,500 meters with a 3:41.2. FRAN-CIE LARRIEU established a meet record of 4:17.4 in the women's metric mile, RICK WOHLHUTER won the 1,000 meters in 2:22.2 and DON BAIRD, an Australian who is a 23-year-old freshman at Long Beach State, took the pole vault at 17'9", a lifetime best.
At an ITA meet in Salt Lake City, the mile relay team of WARREN EDMONSON (48.0), LEE EVANS (47.2), LARRY JAMES (47.5) and JOHN SMITH (47.2) running unopposed on the Salt Palace's 11-lap track set a pro indoor record of 3:09.9. BRIAN OLD FIELD set a pro record of 71'9" in the shotput and BEN JIPCHO took both the mile (4:08) and the two mile (8:40.6) at the same meet (page 58).
Emiel Puttemans of Belgium set a world indoor record of 28:12.4 in the 10,000-meter run in Paris. In Prague HELENA FIBINGEROVA of Czechoslovakia broke the women's world indoor record in the shot with a heave of 69'4".
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: ARTHUR (Red) PATTERSON, an executive with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for nearly 20 years, as president of the California Angels.
SENTENCED: REX ELLSWORTH, by the Chino (Calif.) Municipal Court, to one year's probation and fined $5,000, after pleading no contest to 10 counts of mistreating horses.
DIED: F. MORGAN TAYLOR, 72, winner of three Olympic medals; in Rochester, N.Y. Taylor won a gold medal at the 1924 games in the 400-meter hurdles, and bronze medals in the same event at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.