ARCHERY—RICHARD McKINNEY of Muncie, Ind. scored 2,501 points to defeat Japan's Takashi Kamei for the men's individual title at the world championships in Canberra, Australia. LUANN RYON of Riverside, Calif. won the women's title with 2,515 points, defeating Jadwiga Wilejto of Poland. The U.S. won the men's and women's team championships.
This is an article from the Feb. 21, 1977 issue
PRO BASKETBALL—The East's Dr. J was voted the most valuable player, but the West won the NBA's All-Star Game 125-124 at Milwaukee. Erving scored 30 points and had three spectacular slam dunks. Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak and beat Buffalo 105-90 and Denver 117-109 to take a one-game lead over Portland in the Pacific, although the teams were tied in victories with 35. The triumph over Denver was costly: Kermit Washington, the Lakers' invaluable sixth man, was lost for the rest of the season with a ruptured tendon in his right leg. The Trail Blazers, meanwhile, played without Center Bill Walton, who was nursing an inflamed Achilles tendon, and were defeated by Denver 119-111 and Atlanta 121-108. Golden State mounted a charge at Los Angeles and Portland by winning four straight before losing to Seattle 114-107 in overtime. More bad news for Boston: the Celtics, struggling for a playoff berth, lost Center Dave Cowens for an indefinite period when he pulled a back muscle in a 119-111 win over the New York Knicks. For the Knicks, who earlier in the week had kicked away a 21-point lead in a 110-109 loss to Indiana, it was their eighth straight loss on the road. Bubbles Hawkins, signed as a free agent nine weeks ago, scored 44 points, including eight in overtime, as the New York Nets beat Pete Maravich-less New Orleans 93-89. John Drew's basket enabled Atlanta to beat Seattle 99-98 and he scored 40 points in the Hawks' victory at Portland. San Antonio won two of three, including a 135-129 shoot-out against Detroit.
BOWLING—DON JOHNSON of Las Vegas defeated Earl Anthony 236-214 to win the $14,000 first prize in the Midas Open in New Orleans. Johnson has won 26 PBA titles, one fewer than record-holder Anthony.
BOXING—ESTEBAN DE JESUS of Puerto Rico retained his WBC lightweight title on a sixth-round TKO of Japan's Shinji (Buzzsaw) Yamabe, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
GOLF—RIK MASSENGALE scored a six-stroke victory over Bruce Lietzke to win the $200,000 Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Massengale finished the 90-hole event at 337, which was a record 23 under par (page 56).
Pam Higgins parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Judy Rankin to win the $7,500 first prize in the $50,000 LPGA American Cancer Society tournament in Miami. Higgins and Rankin both shot four-under-par 212 for 54 holes.
PRO HOCKEY—NHL: Buffalo beat Boston 4-3 to narrow the Bruins' Adams Division lead to two points (page 54), while the New York Islanders defeated Philadelphia 2-1 to cut the Flyers' Patrick Division lead to four points. Buffalo, Toronto and Cleveland all had 2-0 records in the Adams, but Boston also lost to Montreal 8-3, the Canadiens' first victory over the Bruins in four games. Toronto's Darryl Sittler returned after a two-week layoff because of torn rib cartilage and scored two goals in a 5-1 win over Atlanta and two more in a 10-0 rout of Washington. Cleveland, mired in last place and still trying to solve financial problems that threaten the franchise's existence, defeated Los Angeles 6-3 and Colorado 3-0. Denis Potvin's second-period goal lifted the Islanders over the Flyers, who now have lost only four of their last 38 games—two to Montreal, two to the Islanders. The Islanders also beat Los Angeles 4-1, while the Flyers whipped Washington 9-2. Montreal's Ken Dryden gat his seventh shutout, stopping Vancouver 6-0. St. Louis, another team with severe financial woes, strengthened its hold on first place in the Smythe race with a 6-3 defeat of Pittsburgh on Claude La-rose's three-goal hat trick and a 3-1 triumph over Atlanta, the Flames' third straight loss.
WHA: Journeyman Goaltender Jacques Caron had a spectacular week for Cincinnati, shutting out Indianapolis and Winnipeg. Richie Leduc scored the hat trick and Rick Dudley had two goals in the Stingers' 9-0 win over the Racers; then the 37-year-old Caron stopped 21 shots in a 4-0 defeat of the Jets. Eastern Division leader Quebec lost to Winnipeg and Houston but beat Indianapolis 5-1 as Real Cloutier scored his 42nd and 43rd goals. Second-place San Diego pressed Western Division leader Houston by sweeping its three games, topping Edmonton 6-5, Phoenix 5-3 on Andre Lacroix' three goals and Birmingham 3-2 in overtime.
ICE BOATING—HENRY BOSSETT, of Hewitt, N.J., defeated Poland's Zbigniew Stanistanski by 1/10th point for the DN Class Gold Cup world championship, held among 56 competitors from five countries on the Miles River at St. Michaels, Md.
SPEED SKATING—ERIC HEIDEN, a University of Wisconsin freshman, won the men's world championship at Heerenveen, The Netherlands, the first American to take the title in the event's 76-year history. Heiden finished first in the 500 meters, third in the 1,500, ninth in the 5,000 and third in the 10,000.
Vera Bryndzey of the Soviet Union won the women's world title at Keystone, Colo. by winning the 1,000-meter event and finishing fifth in the 3,000.
SQUASH—SHARIF KHAN of Toronto won his eighth consecutive North American pro singles title, defeating Stuart Goldstein of New York 15-5, 15-10, 18-14, in Detroit.
TENNIS—ILIE NASTASE defeated Wojtek Fibek 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 for the $30,000 first prize in the WCT Old Spice International in Mexico City.
Chris Evert defeated Margaret Court 6-1, 6-3 to win the $20,000 first-place check in the $100,000 Virginia Slims tournament in Chicago.
TRACK & FIELD—FILBERT BAYI won the mile in 3:57.2 at the Mason-Dixon Games in Louisville, his first triumph of the indoor season. AUBREY WILSON of Fisk University took the 500-meter dash in 1:02.4, tying Stan Vinson's world indoor record.
At the U.S. Olympic Invitational meet at Madison Square Garden, Olympic gold medalist JOHN WALKER won the 1,500 in a meet-record 3:40.2, defeating Ireland's Niall O'Shaughnessy by 10 yards. MARK BELGER of Villanova stunned Mike Boit in the 800-meter run with a meet-record 1:49.3. JEANETTE BOLDEN, a 17-year-old Los Angeles high school junior, equaled the meet record of 6.2 in the 50-meter dash.
Steve Riddick won his 11th and 12th consecutive sprints of the indoor season, streaking to a 5.2 clocking in the 50-yard dash at the Maple Leaf indoor games in Toronto, then winning the 60-yard dash in 5.99 the next night at the Knights of Columbus meet in Cleveland.
At the La Presse Invitational in Montreal, JANE FREDERICK of Los Angeles set a world record of 6.56 seconds in the women's 50-meter hurdles, bettering the 1973 mark of East Germany's Annelie Ehrhardt by .15 second.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To Olympic decathlon gold medalist and world-record holder BRUCE JENNER, 27, the AAU's Sullivan Award, as the outstanding U.S. amateur athlete of 1976.