BASKETBALL—NBA: Champion PHILADELPHIA won its Eastern Division semifinal playoff, while runnerup BOSTON held a 2-1 lead over fourth-place New York at week's end. The record-setting 76ers started lethargically against third-place Cincinnati as the Royals took the first game 120-116 on Connie Dierking's 29 points and all-round play at center. Stung by their unexpected loss, the 76ers then rolled over the Royals in three straight games—123-102, 121-106 and 112-94—to take the series 3-1. As usual, Wilt Chamberlain, who was voted the league's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row, dominated play. In the first game he scored 41 points and in the second he tossed in 37 more. Then, switching tactics in the third game, Wilt scored only 16 points, but he tied Bob Cousey's playoff record with 19 assists, all the while pulling down 30 rebounds. In the other Eastern semifinal, the Celtics won the first two games from the Knicks 140-110 and 115-108. Then the Knicks surprised all by easily winning in Boston 123-112. The victory was the first for the Knicks over the Celtics in 22 games. The Western Division semifinals ran to form as first-place SAN FRANCISCO beat third-place Los Angeles three straight—124-108, 113-102, 115-112—and runner-up ST. LOUIS swept fourth-place Chicago 114-100,113-107 and 119-106. Outstanding for the Hawks was rookie Lou Hudson, who totaled 79 points for the series and was high scorer in two of the games. Another rookie, Archie Clark of the Lakers, scored 26, 24 and 27 points in the playoffs, but it wasn't enough to offset the absence of Jerry West, who missed the first two games because of an ankle injury. He started the third game and broke his left hand within the first minute.
BOWLING—Thirty-three-year-old CARMEN SALVINO of Chicago gained his ninth PBA championship by rolling five straight strikes in the finals of the $70,000 Mobile Sertoma Club's Open in Mobile, Ala. for a 232-169 victory over 26-year-old Wayne Zahn, last season's record-breaking money winner.
BOXING—MUHAMMAD ALI retained his world heavyweight title when he knocked out Zora Folley of Chandler, Ariz. in 1:48 of the seventh round at New York's Madison Square Garden (page 28).
Canadian Heavyweight Champion GEORGE CHUVALO, in his bid for another shot at the world title, floored Buddy Moore of Pittsburgh four times for an easy knockout in the second round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Walpole, Mass.
Germany's KARL MILDENBERGER, also interested in another chance at Clay's crown, successfully defended his European heavyweight title in London with an eighth-round knockout over Billy Walker of Britain.
Former welterweight champion LUIS RODRIGUEZ (76-6-1), entering a scheduled 10-rounder in Philadelphia as a 7-5 underdog, won a unanimous decision over Middleweight Benny Briscoe.
In another 10-rounder EDDIE COTTON of Seattle, the second-ranked light heavyweight, scored a TKO in the ninth round over Bobby Stininato of San Francisco, in Auckland, New Zealand.
CURLING—SCOTLAND, after beating defending champion Canada in the semifinals, took the world championship Scotch Cup for the first time as it defeated Sweden in the finals 11-5 in Perth, Scotland.
GOLF—GAY BREWER of Middletown, Ohio won the $75,000 Pensacola ( Fla.) Open for the second year in a row with a 26-under-par 72-hole total of 262, including a dazzling 61 on the third round, the lowest score on the pro tour this year.
Kathy Whitworth, last year's leading LPGA money winner, shot a 4-over-par 76 for a 217 total to take the $10,000 Venice ( Fla.) Open by one stroke over Gloria Ehret and Clifford Ann Creed.