BASKETBALL—ABA: When Los Angeles' 5'11�" Mack Calvin drives downcourt he looks like a Mickey Rooney in shorts surrounded by nine John Waynes. But in the Stars' 124-111 win over wearied Pittsburgh—a win that pushed them into first place, a game ahead of Dallas in the West—Calvin contributed 13 points and nine assists in his 37 minutes of play. "We have a chance to win the title if we can get help on rebounding and eliminate errors," said Coach Bill Sharman, referring to the fact that prior to Pittsburgh his Stars had committed 225 turnovers in 10 games while recording only 153 assists. The help on rebounding that gave L.A. a 72-53 edge against Pittsburgh came from Willie Wise, who had 17, and Warren Davis with 12. And more help could be on the way now that the Stars have at least a temporary lead in their contractual dispute with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA over the right to use 6'9" Zelmo Beaty.
NBA: Los Angeles lost two games and Wilt Chamberlain, dropping to third in the Western Division, while Atlanta, tied for second a week ago, moved into the lead, two full games ahead of San Francisco. In the Lakers' 122-120 loss to Phoenix, Chamberlain's knee collapsed at 4:55 of the third quarter after he had scored 33 points, 15 rebounds and was 13 for 14 from the floor, hitting his first 10 shots. Lou Hudson, with 37 points, was the high scorer for the Hawks against Boston in the third of their four straight wins, but the successful week was the result of fine play all around. Forward Joe Caldwell had 75 points, Hudson, 94, Bill Bridges, 76 and Jim Davis, 70. The Knicks, now 13-1 and leading the East by five games, took three more, and each one decisively, from Milwaukee, Phoenix and San Diego. Willis Reed overwhelmed Lew Alcindor in the opening game of the Knicks' western road trip. He scored 35 points, got 12 rebounds, hit on 15 of 24 shots from the floor and helped hold Alcindor to 17.
ABA-East: Indiana (3-0), Kentucky (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Carolina (2-2), New York (0-3), Miami (1-2), West: Los Angeles (1-0), Dallas (0-2), Washington (3-0), New Orleans (2-1), Denver (0-4).
NBA—East: New York (3-0), Milwaukee (1-1), Baltimore (3-1), Philadelphia (1-3), Detroit (1-2), Cincinnati (3-1), Boston (0-3). West: Atlanta (4-0), San Francisco (2-2), Los Angeles (0-2), Chicago (1-2), Phoenix (1-1), Seattle (2-2), San Diego (0-2).
BOATING—New Yorker BILL WISHNICK drove his 32-foot Bertram inboard to victory over such champions as Don Aronow (page 50), Bob Magoon and Pat Duffy in the 184-mile Hennessy Miami- Key West offshore ocean race. His speed—63.6 miles per hour—broke Aronow's 1967 race record of 51.7 miles per hour.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Cleveland, last week's giant killer after knocking off unbeaten Dallas, was the beanstalk this week, cut down by Central Division leader Minnesota 51-3. The Vikings scored each of the first nine times they had the ball and were forced to punt only once during the entire game. Quarterback Joe Kapp, who completed 16 of his 24 pass attempts for 223 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter, threw for three touchdowns, each time to his agile receiver, Gene Washington. Los Angeles is still unbeaten after eight games, though John Brodie and the last-place San Francisco 49ers livened things up for a while in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns that narrowed the score from 34-16 to 34-30. But with two minutes to play, Roman Gabriel took the Rams 83 yards in five plays to the 49er nine. From there he rolled right and in for the conclusive touchdown, 41-30.
AFL: A tie is just a tie, but what Houston and Cincinnati, with identical records in the Eastern and Western Divisions respectively, played to was a full-fledged standoff. Oiler rookie Roy Gerela kicked a 50-yard field goal with three minutes to go that put Houston ahead, 31-28. With 22 seconds left, Horst Muhlmann came back with an 18-yarder for Cincinnati to make it 31-31. Cincinnati's Greg Cook had a superb day—15 of 25 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns—but so did Houston's Don Trull, starting his first game this season for the Oilers. Trull completed 16 of 32 for 259 yards and also accounted for four touchdowns, two passing and two running. Oakland gave no ground in its challenge to Kansas City for the Western championship. The Raiders remained half a game out after beating Denver 41-10 as Daryle Lamonica threw three touchdown passes to Fred Biletnikoff, and George Blanda threw another to Charlie Smith while replacing Lamonica for three plays.
NFL—East: Century- Cleveland (5-2-1), St. Louis (3-4), New York (3-5), Pittsburgh (1-7). Capitol- Dallas (7-1), Washington (4-2-2), Philadelphia (3-4-1), New Orleans (1-7). West: Central-Minnesota (7-1), Green Bay (5-3), Detroit (5-3), Chicago (1-7). Coastal- Los Angeles (8-0), Baltimore (5-3), Atlanta (2-6), San Francisco (1-6-1).
AFL—East: New York (7-2), Houston (4-4-1), Miami (2-6-1), Buffalo (2-7), Boston (1-8). West: Kansas City (8-1), Oakland (7-1-1), Cincinnati (4-4-1), Denver (4-5), San Diego (4-5).
GOLF—BRUCE CRAMPTON entered the final round of the Hawaiian Open in Honolulu with a one-stroke lead over Jack Nicklaus, the early leader, shot a 67 and finished four strokes ahead at 274 (page 42).