BASKETBALL—NBA: BALTIMORE (47-17) continued to lead the furious Eastern race, but PHILADELPHIA (43-21) knocked the Knicks out of second with four wins and a loss. NEW YORK (44-24) became the coolest team in the league, the Lakers ending the Knicks' 11-game winning streak, 113-109, and beginning their three-game losing streak. BOSTON (39-25), a far-from-out-of-it fourth, won three and lost only one, as CINCINNATI (34-31) stayed even with a four-game split, and DETROIT (26-41) lost ground by dropping four of five, which gave MILWAUKEE (20-45) higher hopes. The Bucks helped themselves by winning three of three. Flynn Robinson scored 41 points in the 106-97 win over Los Angeles, got 43 against the Hawks and 45, including a last-second 30-foot shot, in a 108-107 victory over the Pistons. LOS ANGELES (43-23) lost three of four but held first in the Western Division as ATLANTA (41-27) divided four. SAN FRANCISCO (32-35), with four wins and a loss, stayed in third, SAN DIEGO (28-37) in fourth with one win and two defeats. CHICAGO (26-40) and SEATTLE (24-43) held firm on splits, while PHOENIX won one and lost four. In the 124-121 loss to Baltimore, however, the Suns had a bright spot, Dick Van Arsdale scoring a career high of 44 points.
ABA: The biggest news of the week for the only minor league in the majors was that the New York Nets reportedly got the draft rights to homegrown Lew Alcindor, should he reject an NBA bid. In the West, OAKLAND (45-10) was still well in the lead, second-place DENVER (34-23) split two, third-place NEW ORLEANS (30-29) split four, fourth-place DALLAS (26-29) split four but won its eighth in a row over Indiana, fifth-place LOS ANGELES (24-33) split four and HOUSTON (17-37) lost all three. In the East, MIAMI (30-25) widened its lead over MINNESOTA (30-27) as KENTUCKY (28-27) moved into third behind two wins and a loss, and INDIANA (31-32) fell to fourth with three losses and only one win. NEW YORK (16-39) looking to Lewie, dropped two and won one.
BILLIARDS—ED KELLY, 30, of Las Vegas won the World Invitational Pocket Billiards championship at Los Angeles with a run of 109 in his 150-87 defeat of Joe Balsis of Minersville, Pa. and a 56-ball run in a 150-108 victory over Cicero Murphy of Brooklyn in the finals.
BOATING—American Eagle, the first U.S. 12-meter to campaign actively as an ocean racer, was first across the line in the Miami-to-Lucaya race, but the sloop—built for the 1964 America's Cup and now owned by Ted Turner of Atlanta—was beaten on corrected time by TOUCHE, skippered by Chips Virgin of Miami.
BOBSLEDDING—WEST GERMANY won the World Four-Man title at Lake Placid, N.Y. with its No. 2 sled piloted by Wolfgang Zimmerer (page 20).
BOXING—MANDO RAMOS, 20, of Long Beach, Calif., became the youngest lightweight champion in history when he was awarded a knockout over Carlos (Teo) Cruz, 31, of the Dominican Republic, at 2:41 of the 11th round in Los Angeles, the referee stopping the fight on account of a cut over Cruz's eye.
Efren (scorpion) Torres of Mexico scored an eighth-round TKO over Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand to win the world flyweight title at Mexico City.
GOLF—LEE TREVINO won the $100,000 Tucson Open by seven strokes over Miller Barber, finishing with a 271 (page 52).
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (37-16-8), with three wins and a loss, moved into first place in the East, ousting BOSTON (33-12-12), which had led the division for five weeks. The Bruins not only lost both games, but also Phil Esposito, the NHL's leading scorer, who was suspended for two games because of pushing and punching a referee. DETROIT (29-23-9) popped into third place with two wins, a loss, a tie and the 18th career hat trick for Gordie Howe. NEW YORK (30-23-6) dipped to fourth with one loss and a tie. CHICAGO (29-26-6) rose to fifth with three wins, a loss and Bobby Hull's first hat trick since Dec. 8, pushing TORONTO (26-20-11) back into sixth. ST. LOUIS (33-17-12) continued to ride herd on the West and won its first game in Los Angeles, 3-1, but lost its first ever to OAKLAND (23-28-9). The Seals beat the Blues 3-2 but failed in an attempt to move their franchise to Vancouver. LOS ANGELES (20-32-6) lost all four games, but the Kings held onto third as fourth-place PHILADELPHIA (13-32-15) lost two of three. MINNESOTA (15-34-9) split two, and PITTSBURGH (13-38-9) split four, thereby gaining two points on the North Stars.
HORSE RACING—It was a great day for long shots and a bad one for favorites as YUMBEL ($94.40), an 8-year-old Chilean-bred horse ridden by Fernando Toro, won the 1�-mile, $137,200 Widener Handicap by a head at Hialeah over favored Funny Fellow; and PRAISE JAY ($84.60) won the 1?-mile, $87,550 San Antonio Stakes, Miguel Yanez up, by 3� lengths over favored Racing Room at Santa Anita.