PRO BASKETBALL—In a game that turned into a fourth-quarter brawl, Philadelphia routed Portland 107-89 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NBA championship series. Playing tough defense, the 76ers all but iced the game in the second period, outscoring the Trail Blazers 30-17 to open a 61-43 halftime advantage. Philadelphia was leading by 20 points with 4:52 left when 76er Center Darryl Dawkins and Portland Forward Bob Gross crashed to the floor while fighting for a rebound. Dawkins leaped to his feet and uncorked a roundhouse left at Gross. Dawkins missed Gross but connected with teammate Doug Collins, the game's high scorer with 27 points, who suffered a gash above the right eye that required four stitches. Portland's Maurice Lucas, struggling through a 7-for-19 shooting performance and frustrated by the moves of Julius Erving (20 points), charged at Dawkins, and the two players squared off near mid-court. Dawkins and Lucas were ejected and NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien subsequently fined the players $2,500 apiece (page 22).
HOCKEY—After a scoreless first period, the hometown Quebec Nordiques opened the floodgates, scoring eight goals to bomb defending champion Winnipeg 8-2 in a seventh-game showdown for the AVCO Trophy, the Stanley Cup of the WHA (page 52). During the playoffs, Quebec's Serge Bernier set league records for goals (14), assists (22) and points. Off the ice, Robbie Ftorek of the Phoenix Roadrunners was named winner of the Howe Trophy, which goes to the MVP; and the Howes—Gordie, Marty, Mark and even wife/mother Colleen—signed contracts with the New England Whalers, ending speculation that Mark, at least, might defect to the NHL's Boston Bruins.
LACROSSE—CORNELL completed a second straight unbeaten season by defeating Johns Hopkins 16-8 to win the NCAA championship at Charlottesville, Va. (page 63).
SOCCER—Alan Willey and Ron Futcher scored two goals apiece as Minnesota, the NASL's Western Division leader, extended its win streak to six games by downing Vancouver 4-2. The Whitecaps later announced the hiring of Tony Waiters, 39, the coach of Plymouth in England's Second Division the last three years, to replace interim player-coach Holger Osieck. Paul Child scored San Jose's first hat trick ever in a 4-3 defeat of St. Louis as the Earthquakes moved to within three points of Las Vegas, which lost 1-0 to Dallas, in the Southern Division. Fort Lauderdale beat host Portland 2-0 in a game that was called at halftime when a power failure knocked out the lighting at Civic Stadium. Off the field, the NASL bolstered its officiating staff by hiring Abraham Klein of Israel, Tom Reynolds of Wales and Bob Matthewson of England, all Federation International Football Association referees.
June 5, 1977
TENNIS—Undefeated Greer Stevens and Martina Navratilova won their 12th and 13th doubles matches as Boston (12-2), the WTT's East Division leader, whipped Cleveland 27-11 and the Soviets 30-15. The WTT record for consecutive doubles victories is 21, set in 1974 by Billie Jean King and Julie Anthony of the now-defunct Philadelphia Freedoms. In singles, Navratilova, who has recently lost 20 pounds, overpowered Wendy Turnbull 6-1 and Olga Morosova 6-4. Second-place New York (10-4) gained half a game on the Lobsters with wins over San Diego and Sea-Port. Golden Gate, 2-0 for the week, defeated Phoenix 31-16, but Phoenix retained half a game lead in the West. Los Angeles dropped matches to Golden Gate and San Diego, the last-place Strings' 11th and 12th straight setbacks. L.A. General Manager Bart Christensen phoned San Diego President and General Manager Allan Kingston and proposed a player-for-player exchange. The Friars might not be world-beaters, either, with their 6-9 record, but Kingston declined L.A.'s offer.
MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: As head coach of the Soviet Union's national hockey team, VIKTOR TIKHONOV, 47, replacing Boris (Chuckles) Kulagin, who was fired in the wake of the U.S.S.R.'s second straight third-place finish behind Czechoslovakia in the recent World Championships at Vienna.
ARRESTED: ROSIE CASALS, of the WTT's Los Angeles Strings, for assaulting Glen Wolffe, 30, of San Francisco, after Wolffe's car allegedly brushed a fender of Casals' car; in San Francisco. A policeman reportedly saw the 5'2", 115-pound Miss Casals punch Wolffe and scratch his face. She was released from the San Mateo County sheriffs office on her own recognizance.
AWARDED: The Podoloff Cup as the NBA's Most Valuable Player, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR of the Los Angeles Lakers, by a vote of his fellow NBA players, for the fifth time in his seven seasons. Bill Russell is the only other five-time winner of the cup. Abdul-Jabbar led the NBA in field-goal percentage (.579), was second in rebounding (13.3) and blocked shots (3.18) and third in scoring (26.2) while leading the Lakers to a league-leading 53-29 record and the Pacific Division title.
FAILED: DR. RENEE RICHARDS, her second straight compulsory sex-chromosome test, making her ineligible to compete in the women's division of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris. Dr. Richards failed a similar test for the Italian Open two weeks ago.
FIRED: As coach of the Buffalo Sabres, FLOYD SMITH, 42, whose teams won more than twice as many games as they lost (143-61-36), following four straight losses to the Islanders in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
HIRED: As general manager of the Detroit Pistons, BOB KAUFFMAN, 30, former Buffalo, Seattle, Chicago and Atlanta forward-center, and for the last two years assistant general manager of the Hawks, replacing Oscar Feldman, who will remain as legal counsel.
INJURED: STEVE CAUTHEN, 17, whose 275 winning mounts since Jan. 1 had given him a shot at the record of 546 victories in one year set by Chris McCarron in 1974; in a three-horse spill; at Belmont Park. Cauthen suffered a concussion, a broken arm, a broken rib and lacerations when his mount, Bay Streak, broke a foreleg coming into the stretch run and stumbled. Cauthen is expected to be back in the saddle in six weeks. Also hurt was New York's second-leading rider, JORGE VELASQUEZ, 30, whose ankle was fractured.
RESIGNED: BOB PULFORD, 40, and JAKE MILFORD, 60, as head coach and general manager, respectively, of the Los Angeles Kings. Pulford's five-year record with the NHL club was 178-150-68; Milford was replaced by GEORGE MAGUIRE, formerly the club's assistant general manager.
SIGNED: By the Dallas Cowboys, Running Back TONY DORSETT, the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner, to a reported five-year, $1.2 million contract—the largest ever for a Dallas player.
SIGNED: By the Cosmos, FRANZ BECKENBAUER, 31, captain of the 1974 World Cup champion West German soccer team, to a four-year, reported $2.8 million contract. Beckenbauer, a defender, is considered Europe's No. 1 player.
DIED: TYRONE EVERETT, 24, the No. 1 junior lightweight challenger and winner of 35 of 36 fights; from gunshot wounds in the face; in Philadelphia.