BASKETBALL—NBA: The Eastern Division standings were unchanged. BALTIMORE (37-15) split four games to remain on top. PHILADELPHIA (35-17) and BOSTON (34-19) were 2-3 and 3-2, respectively, but Coach Red Holzman's nine-man NEW YORK Knicks (37-21) won all three of their games to close in on third place, Bill Bradley scoring a pro career high of 28 points—11 of 15 from the floor—in a 109-82 rout of the Celtics. CINCINNATI (28-25) traded No. 1 draft choice Don Smith to Milwaukee for Fred Hetzel, who promptly got 23 points and 11 rebounds against the Sonics. DETROIT (23-32) kept out of the cellar with two wins and three losses, while MILWAUKEE (15-40) went 0 and 4. In the West LOS ANGELES (38-17) and Wilt Chamberlain began playing up to expectations, Wilt scoring 60 against the Royals and the Lakers winning five. SAN FRANCISCO (24-30) rose to third with a 3-2 week, and SAN DIEGO (23-31) replaced the Warriors in fourth. CHICAGO (23-32) slipped to fifth, losing three. SEATTLE (19-38) and PHOENIX (11-42) brought up the rear.
ABA: In a week cut short by the All-Star Game, which the West won 133-127, Eastern Division leader MINNESOTA (26-20) had its problems. First, the Pipers underwent their third coaching change of the season, Gus Young replacing Jim Harding when Commissioner George Mikan and Pipers' President Bill Erickson dismissed Harding following a row at the All-Star Game. Then leading scorer Connie Hawkins was sidelined for at least a month as a result of a cartilage operation. Finally, Minnesota lost two of two but hung onto first place nonetheless as KENTUCKY'S (26-21) three victories were insufficient to close the gap. INDIANA (27-25) stayed in third as MIAMI (21-24) and NEW YORK (13-34) held fourth and fifth with 2-1, 1-2 records. Nobody made a move in the West. OAKLAND (38-5) won three, DENVER (28-20) split four, NEW ORLEANS (24-24) won two and LOS ANGELES (21-26) lost two while DALLAS (18-25) and HOUSTON (13-31) endured at the bottom.
BOXING—Denmark's TOM BOGS won his 46th consecutive fight, going 15 rounds for the first time to retain his European light-heavyweight title with a decision over Piero Del Papa in Copenhagen.
FIGURE SKATING—Three of four titles in the nationals at Seattle went to defending champions: TIM WOOD of Detroit in the men's division, JUDY SCHWOMEYER of Indianapolis and JAMES SLADKY of Rochester, N.Y. in the gold dance, and RON and CYNTHIA KAUFFMAN of Seattle, who took their fourth title in as many years, in the senior pairs. JANET LYNN, 15, of Rockford, Ill., completed a flawless triple jump for a come-from-behind victory in the ladies' division.
FOOTBALL—The major surprise of the third annual AFL-NFL joint draft was that two Ivy Leaguers went in the first round: Columbia's 6'4" Quarterback MARTY DOMRES to San Diego and Yale Running Back CALVIN HILL to Dallas. "Hill can do things that even O.J. SIMPSON cannot," a Cowboy official said ominously. Also O.J. was unavailable, since he was the No. 1 pick and had gone to Buffalo where he will team up with Running Back BILL (Earthquake) ENYART of Oregon State. Other top choices were: Ohio State Tackles DAVE FOLEY to the New York Jets and RUFUS MAYES to Chicago: Notre Dame Tackle GEORGE KUNZ to Atlanta; Purdue Running Back LEROY KEYES to Philadelphia; and Penn State Tight End TED KWALICK to San Francisco.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won the $150,000 Andy Williams- San Diego Open by one stroke over Gene Littler, with a 284.
HOCKEY—NHL: BOSTON (29-8-11) held first with two wins and a tie as MONTREAL (28-14-7) lost one of three. The Canadiens' Jean Beliveau, third highest scorer in NHL history, got his 450th goal in a 6-2 win over the NEW YORK Rangers (27-19-4). The Rangers, who rose to third, have lost only one game under former—and now interim—Coach Emile Francis. CHICAGO (25-19-5) remained in fourth, while TORONTO (22-15-10) lost three to fall into a last-place tie with DETROIT (23-19-8), as the Red Wings won only one out of three games. It was, moreover, a blankety-blank week: the Canadiens' Gump Worsley got his second shutout of the season and New York's Eddie Giacomin had a shutout against the Red Wings, his second in three games. In the West ST. LOUIS (25-14-11) kept its lead with three wins and a loss. OAKLAND (18-27-7) remained in second, going 1-2-1 for the week, and LOS ANGELES (17-24-6) held third with a pair of losses and two wins. PHILADELPHIA (12-25-13), MINNESOTA (11-31-8) and PITTSBURGH (10-32-8) stood pat.
HORSE RACING—After 13 minutes of film study, No-double was disqualified for interference and DIGNITAS ($6.00), a 4-year-old bay colt, was declared the winner of the 1�-mile $126,300 Charles H. Strub Stakes at Santa Anita.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARK DONOHUE and CHUCK PARSONS won the Daytona 24-hour race in a Lola-Chevrolet after the favored Porsches and Ford GT-40s fell out (page 16).
SKIING—AUSTRIA dominated the Arlberg- Kandahar at St. Anton, winning all the events and taking 10 of the first 12 places in the men's slalom. KARL, SCHRANZ won the downhill to increase his World Cup lead and ALFRED MATT won the slalom.