HARNESS RACING—SCOTCH ABBE ($6.70), with the owner's son Ned Galentine in the sulky, led a close five-horse finish to win the $12,450 Glen Head Pace at Roosevelt Raceway, Westbury, N.Y. The winner paced the mile in 2:05[1/5], edging Flying Time by a head.
HOCKEY—NEW YORK, as the season ended, beat out Detroit for fourth place and grabbed the one remaining Stanley Cup berth. Returning to cup play for the first time since 1958, the Rangers take on second-place Toronto, while the regular-season leader, Montreal, meets third-place Chicago in best-of-seven semifinals. Chicago's Bobby Hull scored his 50th goal of the season to tie the NHL record. Hull and the Rangers' Andy Bathgate deadlocked for the league's scoring honors, both with 84 points. However, the trophy goes to the Chicago wing because of more goals scored.
HORSE RACING—YORKTOWN ($12.80), an injury-plagued 5-year-old, came on strong in the stretch to finish 1� lengths in front of Globemaster in the $115,900 John B. Campbell Handicap at Bowie, Md. Ridden by James Nichols, Yorktown covered the 1[1/16]-mile course in 1:43[4/5].
Flying Cottage opened the Carolina-Virginia hunt season with a victory over Jamaica Boy in the Sandhills Cup at Southern Pines, N.C.
MOTOR SPORTS—JOAKIM BONNIER and LUCIEN BIANCHI, alternating at the wheel of a 12-cylinder Ferrari, drove to an easy victory in the world championship 12 Hour Endurance Race in Sebring, Fla. (see page 80).
SKIING—JIM PAGE, a Dartmouth junior, finished first in the cross-country race and made a strong enough showing in the three other events to win the NCAA championship's skimeister title in Squaw Valley, Calif. Denver University's well-stocked ski squad swept all four team events on points and its sixth national collegiate title. Colorado was second and Western State was third.
SPEED SKATING—KEN LEBEL won the North American Indoor Championships, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Karen Kaper took first place in all four races to win the women's title.
SWIMMING—TERRI STICKLES, DON SCHOLLANDER, and DONNA de VARONA, three teenagers, set five American records, at Santa Clara Open meet in Santa Clara, Calif. Miss Stickles broke two of Chris von Saltza's marks, winning the 100-yard freestyle in 54.9 and the 250 freestyle in 2:34.5. Schollander defeated Yale's Steve Clark in the 220-yard freestyle, swimming that distance in 1:59.7, .3 faster than Clark's U.S. record. Racing against the clock, the 15-year-old Schollander swam the 440 freestyle in 4:18.5, another national record. Donna de Varona finished the 400-yard individual medley in a record 4:54.4.
Ted Stickles, Indiana University's sophomore world champion, continued his record-breaking assault, this time setting an American record of 4:20.3 for the 400-yard individual medley at Indiana AAU championships in Bloomington, Ind. Stickles, who holds the world medley records for 440 yards and 400 meters, clipped 3.4 seconds off the old mark held by USC's Charles Bittick.
Robyn Johnson, pushed by second-place finisher Elaine Johnson (no kin), set a U.S. record of 1:01.4 for the 100-meter freestyle at metropolitan AAU meet, Grossinger, N.Y. Both women broke the old record of 1:04.8 held by Chris von Saltza.