PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: The Buffalo Braves are up and away with their best start ever, adding victories over Houston 124-108, Philadelphia 92-87, and Detroit 97-93. As he did last season, Bob McAdoo leads the league in scoring with a 29.8 average, being assisted primarily by Ernie DiGregorio, who had 22 against Houston. In Philadelphia, the 76ers' largest crowd ever (18,020) welcomed George McGinnis with a 40-second standing ovation, and he responded by scoring 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds as Philadelphia downed Los Angeles 117-104. The Knicks were outrebounded by Golden State 58-35 in a 111-94 loss, but after beating Kansas City 117-113, New York not only went on to defeat the 76ers 110-98, but outrebounded them 51-35. New Orleans (page 28) won three more games, sinking Portland 99-90, Milwaukee 100-85 and Cleveland 103-91 to lead the Central Division. Detroit overwhelmed the Lakers 112-99 behind the 41-point scoring of Bob Lanier, who also had 16 rebounds. Chicago stayed within a game of the Pistons in the Midwest Division with a come-from-behind win over Boston, 84-82. Milwaukee is still looking for its first victory, dropping three more, to Los Angeles 99-92, New Orleans 100-85 and Portland 113-97. The defeat of the Bucks was the Trail Blazers' first win. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 30 points as the Lakers beat Milwaukee 99-92 and pulled down 24 rebounds in a 120-104 defeat of Seattle. Golden State lost to Boston 115-106, then won twice, ending the week with a 100-89 win over Washington.
ABA: Indiana downed Denver 111-99 to step into the Western Division lead. Pacer Forward Billy Knight continues to pace the league in scoring with a 34.6 average. The Nuggets beat Utah 122-117, but when the game ended Denver's head scout Frank Hamblen was in charge. A league-record 83 fouls had been called, including technicals leading to the ejection of Coach Larry Brown and his assistant, Doug Moe. San Diego lost its fourth in a row, 109-105, to Virginia. St. Louis won two games in overtime, beating Virginia 104-100 and New York 120-116. Net Forward Julius Erving scored 42 points in regulation time, but was shut out in the five-minute overtime period.
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY became the first bowler to earn more than $100,000 and win seven tournaments in a single PBA season by beating Johnny Petraglia and pocketing the $5,000 first prize in the Buzz Fazio Open in Battle Creek, Mich.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: After winning twice in six days, Minnesota is the league's sole undefeated team (page 22). The Vikings downed Chicago 13-9, then came from behind to beat the Packers 28-17. The Bears went on to lose their fifth straight, to the Dolphins, Bob Griese passing for 288 yards and three touchdowns to give Miami its sixth victory in a row, 46-13. Buffalo stayed one game behind Miami in the AFC East with a 24-23 defeat of the New York Jets, O. J. Simpson running for 94 yards in 21 carries for a seven-game total of 1,005 and scoring the winning touchdown on a 64-yard pass. St. Louis Running Back Terry Metcalf scored three times, once on a 69-yard punt return, in St. Louis' 24-17 defeat of New England. Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Houston are tied with 6-1 records in the AFC Central. The Bengals lost for the first time this season, 30-24 to Pittsburgh as Steeler Safety Mike Wagner intercepted two passes, one of which he ran back 65 yards to set up a score. An interception by Houston Safety Bob Atkins with Kansas City threatening on the five-yard line secured a 17-13 Oiler win. Winless Cleveland lost its seventh game, 21-7 to Baltimore. Oakland extended its lead in the AFC West by beating Denver 42-17. The Raiders trailed 17-7 in the third quarter, but scored five touchdowns in 15 minutes. Washington moved into a tie for the NFC East lead by beating co-leader Dallas 30-24 in sudden-death overtime, Quarterback Billy Kilmer diving in from the one-yard line. Led by third-string quarterback Joe Reed, Detroit beat San Francisco 28-17. The New York Giants handed San Diego its seventh loss, 35-24. New Orleans beat Atlanta 23-7 to move into a three-way tie for second (or last) in the NFC West.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won the $44,450 Australian Open by three strokes over fellow American Bill Brask, posting a final-round par 71 to finish at 279.
GYMNASTICS—Russians won gold medals for overall competition at the World Cup in London's Wembley Stadium. LUDMILLA TURISHCHEVA, 23, the current world and Olympic champion, defeated silver medal winner Olga Korbut and swept all four individual events. NIKOLAI ANDRIANOV, 22, edged Hiroshi Kajiyama of Japan by .15 to win the men's overall division.
HOCKEY—NHL: The New York Rangers cleaned house. After losing three straight in which they gave up 23 goals while scoring but four, General Manager Emile Francis reportedly put a number of players on recallable waivers. Goalie Gilles Villemure was traded to Chicago for Defenseman Doug Jarrett, and the Rangers promptly beat St. Louis 3-1. The following day, Center Derek Sanderson was traded to the Blues for a 1977 first-round draft pick. Next to go was Ed Giacomin, the team's goalie for 10 seasons; he went to Detroit for the $30,000 waiver price. Giacomin returned to defeat the Rangers 6-4, saving 42 shots amid ovations from his loyal fans. In other Patrick Division action, Philadelphia beat Toronto 6-2 and Boston 8-1 to remain ahead of the New York Islanders, who had tied Montreal 4-4 and breezed past Washington 7-3. Chicago, which has the only winning record in the Smythe Division, beat Montreal 2-1 and Detroit 3—1. Minnesota (page 88) still trails in the Smythe, but picked up momentum as Goalie Pete LoPresti survived an 85-second, two-man disadvantage to register a 2-0 shutout over Kansas City for the North Stars' first win in six games. Marcel Dionne continued to excel (a hat trick in a 6-0 shutout of Washington) for Los Angeles, the Norris Division leader, and Rogie Vachon posted his second straight shutout against Pittsburgh, 4-0. Buffalo lost to Toronto 3-2, but still leads the Adams Division. John Bucyk, the Bruins' 40-year-old left wing, became the seventh player in NHL history to score 500 goals, slapping in a 25-footer in Boston's 3-2 win over St. Louis.
WHA: The season was not quite a month old and the Cleveland Crusaders were playing their fifth game, this time against the Calgary Cowboys. After losing 3-1, the Cleveland coach, Johnny Wilson, allowed that "two games in 10 days just may be too much of a handicap for a young team." Still, two days later his youngsters beat the Quebec Nordiques 6-2, behind three goals and an assist by Richie Leduc. Cincinnati and New England began the week as co-leaders in the East, but after they played three apiece, Cincinnati had edged New England by winning two and losing once to Winnipeg 4-0. In the West, the Houston Aeros began to score, defeating San Diego 4-2 and Denver 3-2, leaving the cellar to the Spurs. Quebec and Winnipeg lead in the Canadian Division. Jet Goalie Joe Daley recorded his third shutout in the last four games, this one in a 4-0 trouncing of Cincinnati. Quebec began the week by watching a 2-0 lead over Toronto dissolve into a 6-4 loss, then lost two more—to New England 4-2 and Cleveland 6-2. Toronto played only once, beating Quebec 6-4, and remained in last place.
HORSE RACING—Bill Shoemaker rode DULCIA ($16.40) to victory in the 1-mile $350,000 national Thoroughbred Championship at Santa Anita, rallying the six-year-old mare from dead last to beat Royal Glint by a neck in 2:01.
TENNIS—TOM OKKER, of The Netherlands, defeated Arthur Ashe 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Paris Indoor Tournament.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As Montreal Expos manager, KARL KUEHL, 38, who directed the team's Memphis farm club. Kuehl becomes the youngest manager in the majors.
NAMED: JOHN McKAY, head football coach and athletic director at the University of Southern California, as head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who will begin play in 1976. McKay reportedly signed a $750,000 five-year pact, which includes lucrative extras. In his 15 years with the Trojans, McKay won four national championships and five Rose Bowls.
DIED: STAN STUTZ, 54, three-time All-America at Rhode Island, high-scoring forward for the New York Knickerbockers and referee in the NBA; of a heart attack; in New Rochelle, N.Y.
DIED: CLARENCE STASAVICH, 62, reputedly the last college coach to use the single wing; of a heart attack; at Greenville, N.C. Stasavich compiled a 170-64-7 record at Lenoir Rhyne (1946-61) and East Carolina (1962-68), where he also served as athletic director since 1963.
DIED: GEORGES CARPENTIER, 81, world light-heavyweight champion from 1920-22; of a heart attack; in Paris. On July 2, 1921 the 172-pound Carpentier was knocked out in the fourth round by heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey at Jersey City, N.J. in boxing's first million-dollar gate.
DIED: JIMMY CARUTHERS, 30, champion of USAC's midget (1970) and dirt-car (1975) racing circuits; of cancer; at Tustin, Calif.