BASKETBALL—NBA: The Cincinnati Royals, playing without Oscar Robertson, who pulled a groin muscle last week, lost five straight games and fell from fifth to last place, the only change in the East's standings. Up top, the New York Knicks rolled along—they've won 11 of their last 12 games—with only one slip, a 111-96 loss to Atlanta, the worst defeat the Knicks have suffered this season. The win moved Atlanta back to first in the West. The Hawks had fallen half a game behind Los Angeles after being defeated 133-124 by Baltimore.
ABA: The Indiana Pacers, leaders in the East, managed a winning week with a 3-2 record, though two of their victories were come-from-behind affairs. Miami, sixth in the East, led 91-90 in the fourth quarter when the Pacers took charge, finally defeating the Floridians 122-115 as four of the Indiana starting five scored more than 20 points each. The Kentucky Colonels were ahead with 30 seconds remaining, but Pacer Bob Netolicky hit four free throws for a 102-100 Indiana victory. In the West, Denver defeated top-ranked New Orleans 125-111 but lost two other contests, one a 117-103 defeat by last-place Los Angeles, to remain in second place.
NBA—East: New York (4-1), Milwaukee (2-1), Baltimore (2-1), Philadelphia (2-2), Boston (2-1), Cincinnati (0-5), Detroit (2-2). West: Atlanta (2-1), Los Angeles (2-3), Phoenix (4-0), Chicago (1-3), San Francisco (2-3), Seattle (3-2), San Diego (0-3).
ABA—East: Indiana (3-2), Kentucky (1-2), Carolina (2-1), New York (2-1), Pittsburgh (2-1), Miami (0-2). West: New Orleans (2-2), Denver (2-2), Dallas (1-1), Washington (1-2), Los Angeles (1-2).
BOWLING—The PBA's $45,000 Denver Open was won by NELSON BURTON JR. of St. Louis when he rolled three strikes in a row to beat Jim Stefanich of Joliet, Ill. 203-175 for the $6,000 first-prize purse.
BOXING—Italy's PIERO DEL PAPA outpointed Yugoslavia's Yvan Preberg in a 15-round bout in Milan to regain the European light-heavyweight championship, a title he held in 1966-1967.
World Featherweight Champion SHOZO SAIJO of Japan won a unanimous decision over Godfrey Stevens, who was attempting to become the first Chilean to win a world title, in Tokyo.
FIGURE SKATING—JANET LYNN of Rockford, Ill. won her second consecutive national women's title, and TIM WOOD of Colorado Springs, Colo. took his third men's title at the U.S. Championships in Tulsa (page 18).
At the European championships in Leningrad, GABRIELE SEYFERT of East Germany successfully defended her women's title, defeating Beatrix Schuba of Austria, who placed first in compulsory figures. Czechoslovakia's ONDREJ NEPELA won the men's gold medal, and the Russian team of LIUDMILA PAKHOMOVA and ALEXANDER GORSHKOV placed first in the dance event.
GOLF—With a final-round six-under-par 66 BRUCE DEVLIN of Australia overtook Larry Ziegler of St. Louis to win the 90-hole Bob Hope Desert Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. 339-343. Ziegler had led or shared the lead the first four days of the tournament but shot a par 72 on the final round.