BASKETBALL—ABA: NEW ORLEANS beat Pittsburgh twice in three games to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven final playoff. The Buccaneers won the third game 109-101 as Red Robbins scored 30 points, Jimmy Jones 26 and Doug Moe 24, while Pittsburgh's Connie Hawkins, the league's leading scorer, was held to only 19. Hawkins hit for 47 points and Robbins was held to 10 in the fourth game, however, and the Pipers edged the Bucs 106-105 on Charlie Williams' foul throw with one second remaining in overtime. With Hawkins out with a knee injury. New Orleans came from behind to take the fifth game 111-108 as Larry Brown popped in 13 points in the final eight minutes.
NBA: The final playoff between BOSTON and LOS ANGELES was all tied up at two games apiece. The Lakers won the second game 123-113 on Jerry West's 35 points and Elgin Baylor's 23, the Celtics took the third 127-119 when John Havlicek tossed in 27 points, Larry Siegfried 26 and Bill Russell 25 and the Lakers won the fourth 118-105 as West and Baylor combined for 68 points.
BOATING—BOB MOSBACHER of Dallas kicked off the Bermuda International Race Week (SI, April 29) by winning the Trimingham Cup, a three-race series for Dragon class boats.
BOWLING—PETE TOUNTAS of Tucson won the ABC Masters Tournament at Cincinnati, coming from the losers' bracket to take two final four-game matches from Buzz Fazio of Delton, Mich., 882-821 and 847-843.
BOXING—JIMMY ELLIS of Louisville defeated California's Jerry Quarry in Oakland to become the WBA heavyweight champion (page 16).
GOLF—CAROL MANN of Towson, Md. shot a 54-hole 214 to win the $15,000 Raleigh ( N.C.) Ladies' Invitational over Defending Champion Kathy Whitworth, who finished at 217 (page 22). It was Miss Mann's second victory in a row.
Miller Barber of Sherman, Texas took the $100,000 Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas with a final-round par 70 and a 72-hole total of 270, coming in one stroke ahead of Kermit Zarley, who finished with a course-record 64.
HARNESS RACING—CARDINAL KING ($4.60) won the 1�-mile, $50,000 International Pace at Yonkers Raceway by 1� lengths over First Lee, as Cardigan Bay finished sixth (page 56).
HOCKEY—NHL: ST. LOUIS and MINNESOTA were tied at two games apiece in the West Division Stanley Cup finals. The North Stars took the second game 3-2 on Parker MacDonald's goal at 3:41 in overtime and the third 5-1 when Bill Goldsworthy scored two goals and assisted on two others. The fourth game went to the Blues 4-3 as rookie Gary Sabourin, playing his first Stanley Cup game, poked in a goal at 1:32 of the sudden-death overtime. St. Louis had scored three goals in the final period, the last by Jim Roberts with just 11 seconds remaining, to send the game into overtime. In the East Division, MONTREAL easily won the finals 4-1 over Chicago. The Canadiens took the third game 4-2 for their seventh playoff victory in a row and then were beaten by the Black Hawks 2-1 on Bobby Hull's two goals. The series ended at 2:14 of overtime when rookie Jacques Lemaire scored a goal to win the fifth game 4-3.
HORSE RACING—FORWARD PASS ($4.20) won the $32,300 1?-mile Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by five lengths over T. V. Commercial, and CAPTAIN'S GIG ($3.20) took the $6,000 seven-furlong Stepping Stone at Churchill Downs by eight lengths over Trouble Brewing (page 24)