BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (41-20) increased its Eastern Division lead to three games with tour wins and two losses and CINCINNATI (37-23), with a 2-3 record for the week, slid into third place, half a game behind the 76ers. The Celtics, with the toughest schedule of all—six games in seven days—won two of three from the Warriors, beat the Knicks 121-117 ( Mel Counts scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds in 16 minutes of play), edged the 76ers 85-83, then lost to the Lakers. In the three weeks since the Royals briefly held first place, they lost eight out of 12 games, while BOSTON, in the same period, won 10 out of 15. PHILADELPHIA (37-22) won three and lost two as Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 65 points (the most in the league this season) to lead the 76ers to a 132-125 victory over the Lakers, totaled 194 points. NEW YORK (22-35) started the week with a big 136-123 win over Philadelphia, marking the first time since December 1962 that the Knicks have won four in a row. They then lost to the Celtics before defeating the Pistons 122-107 and the Lakers 140-127 to make it eight victories in their last 11 games. In the West, LOS ANGELES (35-28) held its six-game lead by splitting four, while in the tense battle for second place, BALTIMORE (29-34) climbed half a game ahead of SAN FRANCISCO (28-34) by splitting four games while the Warriors lost three out of five. ST. LOUIS (26-34), a game behind in fourth, split two, and last place DETROIT (18-43) won one from the Royals 124-118, then lost four straight.
BOATING—Sumner A. Long's 57-foot yawl ONDINE, out of Larchmont, N.Y., took the overall title in the 1,430-mile San Diego to Acapulco yacht race with a corrected time of 8:06:43.50, although she finished fourth in elapsed time. Jim Kilroy's 73-foot sloop Kialoa II from Newport Beach, Calif. crossed the finish line first but placed second overall with a corrected time of 8:11:08.57.
BOWLING—MIKE LIMONGELLO, a 21-year-old Army reservist from Babylon, N.Y., defeated Dave Davis of Phoenix Ariz. 197-176 to win the $37,500 Mobile (Ala.) PBA tournament. The victory was Limongello's second on the pro tour in the last two years.
BOXING—Mexico's VICENTE SALDIVAR retained his world featherweight title when he knocked out Floyd Robertson of Ghana in two minutes 29 seconds of the second round in Mexico City.
Heavyweight CLEVELAND WILLIAMS of Houston knocked out Ben Black of Chicago in 2:43 of the first round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Houston. It was Williams' first fight since he was shot by a policeman 14 months ago.
COURT TENNIS—NORTHRUP KNOX of Buffalo successfully defended his world open title against the challenge of England's Ronald Hughes with a 7-0 sweep in the finals in New York. Knox's championship defense was his first since 1959 when he won the title from Jack Johnson, a Chicago pro.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (27-16-7) broke a three-way tie for the lead by winning two games and tying one to move two points ahead of the Red Wings and the Canadiens. The Black Hawks, however, lost Bobby Hull for about 10 days when he strained the ligaments in his left knee shortly before scoring his 45th goal of the season in a 2-2 tie with the Canadiens. DETROIT (25-16-9), 1-1-2 for the week, and MONTREAL (26-15-7), with a 1-1-1 record, both slipped from a share of first place to a tie for second, while fourth-place TORONTO (22-18-7) tied two games and defeated the Rangers 3-0 as 36-year-old Terry Sawchuk recorded his 98th shutout—most in the NHL—in his 16th season of play. BOSTON (13-30-6), which was 1-1-1, jumped briefly out of the cellar after shutting out the Canadiens 2-0 but ended the week lied with NEW YORK (12-30-8), loser of three out of four games.
HORSE RACING—George A. Pope Jr.'s HILL RISE ($11.40), ridden by Manuel Ycaza, took his first stakes race of the season when he won Santa Anita's $56,500 San Antonio Handicap by half a length over Terry's Secret. The favorite, Bold Bidder, finished third, 2� lengths back.
Calumet Farm's KENTUCKY JUG ($7.80) came from behind in the stretch to catch North Star Ranch's LORD DATE ($27.60) at the wire for a dead heat in the $34,300 Bougainvillea turf handicap at Hialeah. Point du Jour finished third, half a length behind the winners.
SPEED SKATING—Russia's VALENTINA STENINA, 31, gained her third women's world championship by defeating Song Soon Kim of North Korea for the overall title. Mrs. Stenina placed third in the 500-meter and 1,500-meter events, finished second in the 3,000 and tied for third in the 1,000.