BASKETBALL—ABA: "We have the momentum now. I feel like a hen sitting on a good batch of eggs," said OAKLAND's Coach Ales Hannum, and the Oaks went on to hatch a 135-131 overtime victory in the fifth game to win the ABA playoffs from Indiana 4-1. The Oaks had taken the fourth game 144-117. "It's the most satisfying victory in my whole life," said Hannum. "To take a bunch of guys who were down last year and to come back and win the title has to be the biggest thing that ever happened to me."
FOOTBALL—PRO: The BALTIMORE COLTS, CLEVELAND BROWNS and PITTSBURGH STEELERS agreed to join the AFL in what will be the American Conference of the realigned National Football League, play beginning in 1970, with the Colts in a division with Buffalo, Boston, Miami and the New York Jets; the Browns and Steelers with Cincinnati and Houston; and Denver, Kansas City, Oakland and San Diego in a third division. Divisional lines are yet to be drawn in the National Conference, which will consist of the remaining NFL teams.
GOLF—DEANE BEMAN seized the $100,000 Texas Open in San Antonio—his first victory as a pro—when he dropped a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death round with Jack McGowan. It was the 37th hole of the day, two rounds having been played to make up for a rainout on opening day. Beman, who had been the British and U.S. amateur champion, had a final-round 65, equaling the course record. McGowan shot a 69.
HARNESS RACING—BYE BYE SAM ($9.60), driven by Stanley Dancer, won the $182,976 Messenger Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway by a nose over Tempered Yankee. Laverne Hanover, so favored that he was barred from the betting, was third, three-fourths of a length farther back.
HOCKEY—NHL: Boston Defenseman BOBBY ORR received the most votes (176 of a possible 180) in balloting for the All-Star team, which includes Toronto's TIM HORTON on defense, Chicago's BOBBY HULL and Detroit's GORDIE HOWE at the wings, Boston's PHIL ESPOSITO at center and, in goal, GLENN HALL of St. Louis—the first player on a Western expansion team to be so honored On the second team are Montreal's YVAN COURNOYER and Detroit's FRANK MAHOVLICH, wings; the Canadiens' JEAN BELIVEAU, center; Boston's TED GREEN and Montreal's TED HARRIS, defensemen; and New York's EDDIE GIACOMIN, goalie.
Serge Savard, a second-year defenseman for Montreal, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup on the strength of his four goals and six assists.
HORSE RACING—ACK ACK ($3), ridden by Manuel Ycaza, was awarded the $58,100 Withers Mile at Aqueduct when an 18-to-1 shot, Gleaming Light, ridden by Larry Adams, was disqualified from first and placed fifth for cutting off Rooney's Shield and Blade in the stretch.
King of the Castle ($4.40), ridden by Braulio Baeza, won the $79,450 Illinois Derby to close out the Sportsman's Park season. Carrying 126 pounds, he ran the 1?-mile course for 3-year-olds in 1:51[2/5], 1� lengths ahead of Rush Date.
Bill Hartack rode CZAR ALEXANDER ($5) to a�-length win over Taneb in the $58,300 Dixie Handicap held at Pimlico over 1� miles on the turf.
HORSE SHOWS—FRANK CHAPOT, a four-time Olympian, brought out two potential international show jumpers, Groovey and Fire Again, at the Children's Services show in Farmington, Conn., winning Preliminary Jumper events with each of them. The Governors Trophy for Horsemanship in the hunter seat division was won by JAMES HULICK of Stirling, Mass., in the saddle seat division by BILL KOPP of Troy, N.Y.