BASKETBALL—NBA: After leading 2-0 in the championship finals, PHILADELPHIA lost two of the next three games to San Francisco, and the series stood at three games to two, favor of the 76ers, at week's end. The two teams split the third and fourth games, both in San Francisco, as the Warriors defeated the 76ers 130-124 on Rick Barry's 55 points, and the 76ers beat the Warriors 122-108 as Hal Greer and Chet Walker totaled 71 points. Then San Francisco kept the series alive with a 117-109 comeback victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia after trailing by 12 points at the start of the last quarter.
Defending champion U.S.S.R. won its third consecutive women's world championship, coasting through the week-long tournament in Prague without losing a game and beating Runner-up South Korea 83-50 in the finals. It was the Koreans' only loss. Czechoslovakia came in third, while the U.S. girls finished 11th and last.
BOXING—The 1960 Olympic welterweight gold medal winner, NINO BENVENUTI of Italy (72-1), survived a fourth-round knockdown (only the first in his six years as a pro) to gain a unanimous decision over the defending champion and 13-5 favorite, Emile Griffith (52-8), for the world middleweight title in a 15-rounder at New York's Madison Square Garden (page 20).
GOLF—PHYLLIS (Tish) PREUSS, a 28-year-old from Pompano Beach, Fla. took her second North-South Amateur tournament in four years with a 1-up victory over Connie Day, 24, of Cleveland, Tenn. at the Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club.
HOCKEY—NHL: With Terry Sawchuk making 35 saves and Brian Conacher scoring his second goal to break a 1-1 tie in the third period, TORONTO beat Chicago 3-1 and took their Stanley Cup semifinal playoff four games to two. In the Stanley Cup finals MONTREAL, which had swept four games from New York in their playoff, beat the Maple Leafs 6-2, as Henri Richard scored three goals and Yvan Cournoyer two. It was the Canadiens' 11th straight victory and their 16th unbeaten game in a row. The Maple Leafs, however, snapped the Montreal string in the second game and tied the series at 1-1 when Johnny Bower, who replaced Sawchuk in the nets, shut out the Canadiens 3-0.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Edith W. Bancroft's DAMASCUS ($3.40), with Willie Shoemaker aboard, won the 1?-mile, $112,400 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, the final eastern prep for the Kentucky Derby, by six lengths over Gala Performance. It was his third victory in four starts this year (page 16).
Reason to hail ($7.40), flown coast to coast explicitly for the race, did not disappoint Jockey Walter Blum. He won the 1?-mile $93,750 California Derby at Golden Gate fields by 1� lengths over Kahl Kabee.
Mrs. Cloyce Trippett's RACING ROOM ($21.40), with Ken Knapp up, defeated seven Derby eligibles in winning the seven-furlong Forerunner Purse at Keeneland by five lengths over Gallant Moment.
MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY of Level Cross, N.C. gained his fourth victory in the Virginia 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, when he beat Runner-up Cale Yarborough of Charlotte, N.C. by 20 laps. The win was the first major NASCAR victory for Plymouth this season.
ROWING—PENN swept the Childs Cup Regatta in Philadelphia. Its heavyweight crew retained the Cup with a 1�-length win over Princeton ( Columbia finished four lengths behind) while its junior varsity, freshman and second-freshman crews took their events. The Quakers' lightweight (150-pound) crews also swept their races in Long Island Sound. The varsity retained the Dodge Cup by beating Columbia by a length, and the junior varsity and freshman crews won their events. At the Stein Cup Regatta in New Brunswick, N.J., the HARVARD heavyweight eight gained its 22nd victory in a row by finishing six lengths ahead of Brown and another length over Rutgers.