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HOCKEY—The New York Rangers clung to the top spot in the East Division in spite of a mediocre 1-0-2 week, including a 3-3 tie with the unfortunate Los Angeles Kings, who had dropped 12 of their previous 14 road games. Fourth-place Detroit gained a few points in the standings with three wins, one a surprising 5-1 rout of second-place Boston. In the West, St. Louis shut out Montreal 5-0, the first victory for the Blues over the Canadiens in three seasons, and Pittsburgh 6-0 to pull further ahead in the standings. The Canadiens were also defeated 4-2 by Pittsburgh, only the second time in three years, a win that moved the Penguins from fourth to third place in the West, the only change in either division.
NHL—East: New York (1-0-2), Boston (2-1-0), Montreal (1-2-0), Detroit (3-0-0), Chicago (0-2-0), Toronto (1-0-1). West: St. Louis (2-0-0), Minnesota (0-0-2), Pittsburgh (1-1-0), Philadelphia (0-3-0), Oakland (0-2-1), Los Angeles (1-1-2).
MOTOR SPORTS—Englishman DAVID HOBBS drove his Surtees-Chevrolet to a 116.642 mph victory over Trevor Taylor of England and Gus Hutchinson of Dallas in the first heat, then edged Joakim Bonnier of Sweden by 2/10ths of a second to win the final heat and the winner's purse at the $42,000 Continental Grand Prix in Sebring, Fla.
SKIING—At World Cup competitions in Oberstaufen, West Germany, Austrian BERNI RAUTER survived an icy course that had eliminated a number of top skiers, to win the women's special slalom event with times of 44.60 and 46.41 for a two-run total of 91.01 seconds. Isabelle Mir and Francoise Macchi of France finished second and third with totals of 91.63 and 93.78, and Karen Budge of Jackson, Wyo. was fourth with 94.64. Victims of the slippery slopes included France's Michele Jacot, the leader in World Cup standings, Kiki Cutter of Bend, Ore. and Barbara Cochran of Richmond, Vt. Miss Jacot managed to remain upright in the giant slalom event as she finished less than a second ahead of Macchi, who was closely followed by Cochran and Budge. Eighteen-year-old GUSTAVO THOENI of Italy won the men's World Cup special slalom at Hindelang, West Germany with a combined time of 97.88; France's Patrick Russel was second in 98.74. The top U.S. finisher was fifth-place Billy Kidd.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: The AFL's Player of the Year for the second straight year, JOE NAMATH. League coaches gave Namath and Daryle Lamonica four first-place votes apiece but Namath won on total points, 30 to 23.
NAMED: As head football coach at the University of Florida, DOUG DICKEY, who led Tennessee to a 9-1 season and into the Gator Bowl, only to be defeated by Florida's retiring coach, RAY GRAVES, who now becomes the Gators' full-time athletic director.
NAMED: As Texas Tech's new football coach, JIM CARLEN, who coached West Virginia to a 9-1 season and a 14-3 Peach Bowl victory over South Carolina. BOBBY BOWDEN, offensive coach under Carlen for the last four years, will move up to the top job at West Virginia.
RESIGNED: As coach of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, JOHNNY KERR, who, after reviewing the Suns' fifth-place Western Division standing and 15-23 record, declared he had done his best "and, in failing, feel it is in the best interest of the ball club to step down." General Manager JERRY COLANGELO will take over as interim coach.
FILED: Three separate petitions of bankruptcy by JERRY LUCAS, star of the San Francisco Warriors, his wife Treva and a chain of Jerry Lucas Beef 'n Shakes restaurants, listing debts of more than a million dollars.
ARRESTED: Nine men in Michigan by Internal Revenue Service agents in what one official described as a "national scheme involving famous figures in baseball and football and hundreds of trainers and jockeys at racetracks throughout the U.S."