BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA made it three straight over the Celtics in the Eastern Division finals with a 115-104 victory as Wilt Chamberlain set a playoff record with 41 rebounds and Hal Greer scored 30 points (page 28). In the fourth game, however, BOSTON, with crisp outside shooting from Sam Jones (32 points) and John Havlicek (31), defeated the 76ers 121-117.
BOXING—World Bantamweight Champion MASAHIKO (Fighting) HARADA of Japan, after being floored for a count of eight in the opening round, outpointed Tiny Palacio of the Philippines in a 12-round nontitle bout in Fukuoka, Japan.
Canadian Heavyweight GEORGE CHUVALO, still bidding for a rematch with Muhammad Ali, scored a third-round knockout over German-born veteran Willie Besmanoff in a scheduled 10-rounder in Miami Beach. The victory was Chuvalo's 10th straight, giving him a professional record of 45-12-2.
Forest Ward, a 17-year-old New York City high school junior, won the National AAU heavyweight title in San Diego when he was awarded a split decision over Kenneth Norton of Jacksonville, Ill. Ward had reached the finals with an upset victory over National Golden Gloves Champion Clay Hodges in the semifinals.
CHESS—U.S. Champion BOBBY FISCHER (6-1-2) of Brooklyn won the Grand Prix International in Monte Carlo by half a point over former world champion Vassily Smyslov (4-0-5) of the U.S.S.R., the tournament's only undefeated player.
GOLF—GAY BREWER of Dallas shot a four-round total of 280, eight under par, to take the Masters Tournament in Atlanta by one stroke over Runner-up Bobby Nichols (page 22).
GYMNASTICS—SOUTHERN ILLINOIS won its third straight national collegiate women's championship, in Carbondale, Ill., with a 168�-146� victory over Centenary College, as DONNA SCHAENZER gained all-round honors and JUDY WILLS successfully defended her trampoline and tumbling titles.
HANDBALL—Defending champion PAUL HABER of San Francisco retained his national open singles title by defeating Bill Yambrick of St. Paul 21-16, 21-20 in the finals in San Francisco (page 90).
HARNESS RACING—Billy Haughton's three-colt entry finished one, two, three to earn a total of $29,949.75 in the $34,425 Commodore Pace at Roosevelt Raceway. ROMULUS HANOVER ($3.80), driven by Haughton, won the eight-furlong event by a neck over Nardin's Byrd, with Meadow Paige another 2� lengths behind.
HOCKEY—NHL: Defending Stanley Cup Champion MONTREAL gained a 2-0 lead in its semifinal playoff with New York by beating the Rangers 6-4 and 3-1 at home. In the first game the Canadiens scored five times in the last 11 minutes of the third period to overcome a 4-1 Ranger lead, while in the second game the Canadiens tallied twice in the last period to break a 1-1 tie. CHICAGO, the regular-season champion, defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2 in the first game of their semifinal series, but TORONTO evened the playoff with a 3-1 victory over the Black Hawks in Chicago.