BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON beat Cincinnati 120-103 and 112-103 to clinch the Eastern Division semifinal playoffs 3-2 and then, paced by Sam Jones (29 points) and John Havlicek (22 points), defeated Philadelphia 115-96 to take a 1-0 lead in the Eastern final (page 30). ST. LOUIS wrapped up the Western Division semis in three straight with a 121-112 win over Baltimore in the third game. Earlier in the week Bullet Coach Paul Seymour announced his resignation to devote more time to his real-estate and liquor interests in Syracuse. In the Western finals LOS ANGELES took a 2-0 lead with 129-106 and 125-116 victories over the Hawks.
Simmenthal of Milan, led by two former U.S. college stars—Princeton's three-time All-America, BILL BRADLEY (14 points), and SKIP THOREN of Illinois (21 points)—won the European Basketball Championship Cup with a slim 77-72 victory over Slavia of Prague in the finals. Simmenthal beat Moscow's Red Army team in the semifinals.
BOATING—INGENUE, a 32-foot schooner owned by L.A. (Pokey) Wheeler of St. Petersburg, Fla., edged Ashton Hayward's Nikki, a 35-foot yawl sailing out of the Pensacola Yacht Club, to win the 300-mile Pensacola-to-St. Petersburg yacht race.
BOWLING—WAYNE ZAHN, 25, of Atlanta defeated Dick Weber of St. Louis 203-170 and gained the $25,000 first prize in the $100,000 Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions.
BOXING—World Heavyweight Champion CASSIUS CLAY, 24, won a bruising 15-round unanimous decision over George Chuvalo, the 28-year-old Canadian heavyweight champion, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto (page 32).
DOG SHOW—CH. FEZZIWIG RAGGEDY ANDY, an Old English sheep dog owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hendrik Van Rensselaer of Basking Ridge, N.J., defeated 3,401 other dogs to gain the best-in-show award at the International Kennel Club of Chicago show.
GOLF—DOUG SANDERS of Ojai, Calif. sank a five-foot putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Tom Weiskopf of Bedford, Ohio in the $100,000 Greater Greensboro ( N.C.) open. Sanders and Weiskopf had completed the regular 72 holes with eight-under-par scores of 276. The victory, his third on the PGA tour this season, was worth $20,000 to Sanders.
Mickey Wright Dallas shot a 217 to take the 54-hole Venice ( Fla.) Open tournament by seven strokes over runner-up Beth Stone (page 78)
GYMNASTICS—Despite a brilliant performance by STEVE COHEN—a 19-year-old junior at Penn State who scored 55.75 points of a possible 60 in six events to win the all-round title—SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY gained the team title with 187.20 points at the NCAA championships in University Park, Pa. For Penn State, which finished sixth the standings, it was the first home-floor defeat in both regular and championship meets in 11 years.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (41-21-8) gained its seventh league championship in nine seasons as the Canadiens won three to finish eight points ahead of second-place CHICAGO (37-25-8), loser of two out of three in the final week. Bobby Hull of the Hawks, the scoring leader, lifted his record to 54 goals and set a new season mark for points with 97. Montreal's two goalies—Gump Worsley and Charlie Hodge—shared the Vezina Trophy for allowing the fewest goals (173) during the season. Third-place TORONTO (34-25-11) tied two and lost two to come in three points behind the Black Hawks and five points ahead of fourth-place DETROIT (31-27-12), which tied one and won one. In what turned out to be the closest race of the season, BOSTON (21-43-6) edged NEW YORK (18-41-11) by one point and climbed out of the cellar for the first time in six years. The Bruins finished up with two wins in three games, and the Rangers had two losses and a tie.