COLLEGE BASKETBALL—TEMPLE of Texas won the National Junior College Athletic Association women's championship, beating Northern Iowa 59-58 on Debra Waddy's 15-foot jump shot with seven seconds to play.
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: The New York Knicks, desperately trying to make the playoffs, reeled off a four-game win streak, beating Phoenix (0-3), Portland (0-3) and Houston (0-4). Philadelphia (4-0) had the week's only other clean slate. Among the 76ers' victims were Central leader Washington (113-100) and playoff contender Cleveland (96-88). The Cavaliers were .500 with wins over Los Angeles (3-1) and a split with New Orleans. The Jazz notched the highest single-game point total of the week—and set a club record—with its 140-123 victory over Atlanta. Atlantic leader Boston (3-1) beat Midwest monarch Chicago 121-115 in overtime but lost to Pacific pacesetter Golden State 102-101. The Warriors had a .750 week with additional triumphs over Milwaukee (2-2) and Seattle (2-1) and a loss to Buffalo. Kansas City-Omaha lost to division foes Detroit (1-2) and the Bucks while Buffalo was bombed by the SuperSonics 125-105 but dealt Golden State a 122-103 thrashing.
ABA: West-leading Denver, the only team in either division to keep its season losses under 20, beat East leader New York 102-95 for the fifth time in seven meetings this season. The Nuggets did not fare as well against East runner-up Kentucky, losing to the Colonels 108-103, while West runner-up San Antonio fell to the Nets 108-94. Indiana continued its late-season rise with a 3-0 week, demolishing San Antonio, Utah and Memphis by an average margin of 17 points. Yet the Pacers remained third in the West, 15 games out. George McGinnis, the league's leading scorer, racked up 37 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists against the Spurs despite sitting out most of the fourth quarter. St. Louis held third in the East and beat the Colonels while succumbing to the Nets for the 11 th straight time. San Diego managed victories over Memphis and Virginia. The Squires and Utah failed to win in four and three tries, respectively.
BOWLING—EDDIE RESSLER won $8,000 by defeating Billy Hardwick 212-181 in the finals of the $75,000 Lincoln-Mercury Open at the Dick Weber Lanes in St. Louis.
March 23, 1975
BOXING—JOHN CONTEH of Liverpool retained his WBC light heavyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout of Lonnie Bennett of Los Angeles, at Wembley, England.
Alexis Arguello of Nicaragua retained his WBA featherweight title with an eighth-round technical knockout of Venezuela's Lionel Hernandez, in Caracas.
Mexico's ALFONSO ZAMORA scored a fourth-round knockout of Soo Hwan Hong of South Korea to capture the world bantamweight championship, in Inglewood, Calif.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won the Doral-Eastern Open in Miami by three strokes over Forrest Fezler and Bert Yancey with a four-under-par final-round 68 to card a 276 and earn $30,000.
COLLEGE HOCKEY—MICHIGAN TECH beat Minnesota 6-1 to win the NCAA championship, at St. Louis.
HOCKEY—NHL: Vancouver and Chicago were tied for first in the Smythe with 73 points, but St. Louis guaranteed itself a playoff berth and moved to within two points of the leaders by posting a 4-0 week. The Black Hawks (1-1), Minnesota (0-3), Atlanta (2-2) and Kansas City (0-1-1), were all taken by the Blues. Montreal stretched its lead over Los Angeles (0-3) to eight points in the Norris, beating the Kings and the New York Rangers while tying Toronto. The Maple Leafs had a lone victory, against Washington (0-2), and a tie with Patrick pacesetter Philadelphia, which bombed Detroit 8-5 and blanked Pittsburgh 6-0. Buffalo scored eight goals in its win over the Penguins and beat California 7-2 to gain a 12-point lead in the Adams. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh clinched a playoff berth by beating Boston 5-3 on a hat trick by Rookie Pierre Larouche, who had not scored a goal in 14 games. The Penguins closed out the week with a 12-1 thrashing of lowly Washington, while the New York Islanders' (1-3) only win came against Boston.
WHA: Vancouver closed out an undefeated week with a 7-4 defeat of Canadian leader Quebec after posting wins over Phoenix and Minnesota. The Fighting Saints (1-2) beat San Diego while the Road-runners did not win in three games but tied East leader New England 5-5. The Whalers beat Winnipeg and Edmonton by identical 6-2 scores while Toronto scored more goals in a single game during the week than anybody else, defeating Baltimore 8-2. The Blades also fell to Indianapolis, which won two games. Chicago went 0-3. Winnipeg had the busiest week with four games and won half of them. Cleveland lost to Baltimore, then beat Edmonton. West leader Houston defeated Chicago 5-4.
HORSE RACING—LARAMIE TRAIL ($6.80), Mike Venezia riding, and LEFTY ($26.80), with Ron Turcotte up, won their divisions of the seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct. Laramie Trail was timed in 1:23⅗ Lefty in 1:23[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—JOHNNY RUTHERFORD breezed to an easy victory in the U.S. Auto Club Phoenix 150, averaging 110.971 mph on the one-mile oval in his McLaren-Offy.
Richard Petty, driving a Dodge, captured the 15th Southeastern 500 Grand National stock-car race, averaging 97.053 mph at the half-mile Bristol (Tenn.) International Speedway.
POLO—The UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA at DAVIS beat Yale 15-12 to win the national intercollegiate indoor championship at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, Conn.
PRO SKIING—HENRI DUVILLARD earned $5,200 by winning the giant slalom and DOUG WOODCOCK earned the same amount by taking the slalom, at Steamboat Springs, Colo.
SWIMMING—KORNELIA ENDER of East Germany set a world record in the 200-meter freestyle with a 2:02.27 clocking in a meet against the U.S.S.R., in Dresden, East Germany. The previous record of 2:02.94 was held by Shirley Babashoff of the U.S.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT earned $15,000 by defeating Margaret Court 6-3, 6-2 in the finals of the Virginia Slims of Houston tournament.
TRACK & FIELD—In the NCAA indoor champion-snips at Detroit's Cobo Arena, the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO took the team championship with 36 points to 17½ for runner-up Kansas. Villanova placed third with 15 points. UTEP's ARNOLD GRIMES set an NCAA record in the triple jump (55'4").
John Van Reenen of South Africa equaled the world discus record with a throw of 224'5" in a meet at Stellenbosch, South Africa.
West Germany's MANFRED OMMER equaled the world indoor record (5.0) for the 50-yard dash at Leverkusen, West Germany.
WRESTLING—THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA won its first NCAA mat championship with 102 points. Runner-up Oklahoma had 77 and Oklahoma State 68 (page 56).
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: GLENN POTTER, as head basketball coach at Brigham Young University, after two straight losing seasons and a three-year record of 42-36. FRANK ARNOLD, an assistant coach at UCLA for four years, will replace him.
DIED: CHARLES HATTON, 69, a columnist for The Daily Racing harm for 40 years and the man credited with coining the term Triple Crown; in Port Washington, N.Y.