BASKETBALL—NBA: BOSTON (16-6) barely held its lead in the Eastern Division after splitting two games with the Pistons and beating the Lakers 123-119, while PHILADELPHIA (17-7), only 19 percentage points behind, won three and lost one. In a 133-109 romp over Seattle, Wilt Chamberlain scored 52 points and grabbed 37 rebounds. He also missed 22 foul shots, an NBA record. DETROIT (13-10) was 2-1 for the week, while BALTIMORE (9-12), with one win in three games, moved within 11 percentage points of fourth-place NEW YORK (11-14), which won only one of four. CINCINNATI (9-13) sank into the cellar with three straight losses. ST. LOUIS (19-7) dropped three of four, and its Western Division lead dwindled to half a game over SAN FRANCISCO (19-8), which boosted its winning streak to eight with three more victories, including a 124-101 rout of the Hawks. LOS ANGELES (13-11) won three of five, with two of the victories over the slumping Hawks. SEATTLE (7-18) and CHICAGO (7-18) tied for fourth place as the Sonics split two, while the Bulls won two of three. Last-place SAN DIEGO (5-22) suffered its eighth consecutive loss before beating the Warriors 127-103.
ABA: MINNESOTA (14-5) nudged INDIANA (15-6) out of first place in the Eastern Division and took over the lead itself by beating the Pacers 121-99 before a crowd of 10,479. It was the Muskies' ninth straight victory at home and their 13th in 15 games. Minnesota was off the rest of the week, but Indiana beat Anaheim 132-117 to creep within 23 percentage points of the Muskies. Third-place PITTSBURGH (11-12), five games back, dropped three in a row, and NEW JERSEY (10-11) also lost three games before beating Anaheim 106-101 and Dallas 113-100. KENTUCKY (7-13), in the cellar, snapped a three-game losing streak with lopsided wins over New Jersey and Dallas. NEW ORLEANS (15-5) boosted its Western Division lead to four games, with three victories, while DENVER (12-10), also 3-0 for the week, moved into second place ahead of DALLAS (9-9), which lost two of three. In a 126-108 win over Oakland, Denver's Larry Jones scored 52 points, high for the ABA so far. OAKLAND (9-14) dropped three straight and, worse yet, lost Levern Tart, the ABA's high scorer, when a judge ruled that Tart must play for the Eastern League's Wilkes-Barre, Pa. team or not at all. Shades of Rick Barry. HOUSTON (6-13) won two, lost one, and ANAHEIM (7-17) dropped three of four.
BOWLING—National intercollegiate champion JACK CONNAUGHTON of Oconomowoc, Wis. won the International Masters Championship in Paris (pane 74).
BOXING—Home-towner JIMMY ELLIS scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Argentina's Oscar Bonavena in a semifinal elimination bout for the WBA world heavyweight championship in Louisville (page 34).
FOOTBALL—AFL: OAKLAND (10-1) moved 1� games ahead of second-place San Diego (8-2-1) in the Western Division as the Raiders beat the Chargers 41-21 (page 28). In the East, HOUSTON (7-3-1) gained a share of the lead with New York (7-3-1) when the Oilers edged Miami (2-9) 17-14 and DENVER (3-10) upset the Jets 33-24. The Broncos, who intercepted five passes, ran up a shocking 26-0 half-time lead and held on as Joe Namath tossed three touchdown passes in the second half. KANSAS CITY (7-5), which beat Buffalo (3-9) 31-7 in the AFL championship game a year ago, defeated the Bills again, 23-13, in a meaningless game for both teams this season.
NFL: Century Division leader CLEVELAND (8-4) shoved New York (6-6) into third place with a 24-14 victory over the Giants, while ST. LOUIS (6-5-1) regained second—1� games behind the Browns—with a 31-20 win over New Orleans (2-10). Undefeated BALTIMORE (10-0-2), in first place in the Coastal Division, came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Dallas (8-4) 23-17. The Cowboys, however, won the Capitol Division title when WASHINGTON (4-5-3) tied second-place PHILADELPHIA (5-6-1) 35-35 in a passing exhibition by Sonny Jurgensen and Norm Snead. Jurgensen completed 30 of 50 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns for the Redskins, while Snead completed 21 of 34 for 288 yards and four TDs. LOS ANGELES (9-1-2) remained a game behind the Colts with 20-3 victory over Atlanta (1-10-1); Central Division champion GREEN BAY (9-2-1) edged Minnesota (3-7-2) 30-27 when Don Chandler booted a 19-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining in the game; CHICAGO (6-6) whipped San Francisco 28-14 on three Gale Sayers' TDs; and PITTSBURGH (3-8-1) defeated Detroit (3-7-2) 24-14.
COLLEGE: In end of the season games NAVY upset Army 19-14 (page 65), TENNESSEE won its first SEC title in 11 years by crushing Vanderbilt 41-14 and Big Eight champion OKLAHOMA whipped Oklahoma State 38-14. With muddy fields keeping both scores down, MISSISSIPPI beat Mississippi State 10-3 and ALABAMA edged Auburn 7-3 when Kenny Stabler ran 47 yards for a TD in the last quarter. Terry Erwin's two touchdowns in the second half lifted BOSTON COLLEGE over Holy Cross 13-6, and Lester Lehman's four touchdowns gained RICE a 27-25 victory over Baylor. In another Southwest Conference game SMU defeated TCU 28-14 as Mike Livingston completed 26 passes for 323 yards and three TDs, while Mike Stripling also tossed three touchdown passes in leading TULSA to a 35-23 win over Louisville. The first bowl games of the season saw WEST TEXAS STATE whack San Fernando Valley State 35-13 in the Junior Rose Bowl and GRAMBLING outlast Florida A&M 28-25 in the Orange Blossom Classic.
CANADIAN: The HAMILTON Tiger-Cats won the Canadian Football League championship by beating the Saskatchewan Roughriders 24-1 in the annual Grey Cup game in Ottawa.
HOCKEY—NHL: BOSTON (14-5-3), unbeaten in six games, took over first place by itself in the East, as the Bruins won three games and tied another (page 22). TORONTO (13-7-3) fell two points behind in second place although the Maple leafs edged the Canadiens 2-1, shut out Oakland 3-0 and tied the Red Wings 3-3. DETROIT (11-8-4) was 2-1-1 for the week; NEW YORK (11-8-3), a point behind in fourth place, won three and lost one; and CHICAGO (9-9-6) took two, tied one and lost one. Sputtering MONTREAL (8-11-5) fell into the cellar after dropping three games and tying one. In the West, PHILADELPHIA (11-7-4) grabbed first place from LOS ANGELES (11-9-3) by crushing the Kings 7-2. The Flyers then dropped two of their next three games, but held the lead by a point when the Kings also lost two of three. Third-place PITTSBURGH (9-11-3) won one, lost two; MINNESOTA (7-10-5) was 2-2-1; and OAKLAND (5-14-5) won one and lost two. Last-place ST. LOUIS (5-15-2) was shut out by the Rangers 1-0 before breaking its seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Los Angeles. The Blues then dropped their next two games.
SOCCER—ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY and MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY were declared co-winners of the NCAA championships in St. Louis, after the finals were canceled because of foul weather.