BASKETBALL—NBA: Playing without Bill Bradley, who sprained an ankle, the New York Knicks had an odd week. First, with Walt Frazier also out because of the flu, they lost 125-118 in overtime to sixth-place Boston; next, they defeated fourth-place Philadelphia 151-106, the worst beating the 76ers have ever suffered; the following night, they barely eked out a 116-114 victory over the same Philadelphia team. The situation in the West was confused by these facts: two teams, Chicago and Phoenix, were tied for third; two teams, San Francisco and Seattle, were tied for fifth; and two.teams, Atlanta and Los Angeles, were only a game apart in the battle for first. Only seventh-place San Diego held a secure grip on its position.
ABA: The word from Washington is that Rick Barry's injured knee is finally well and the Caps are again a threat in the West Division. Barry scored 24 points in a 132-124 defeat of Pittsburgh, 36 in a win over Los Angeles, 34 in a loss to Eastern leader Indiana, 40—-his season high—as Washington beat Miami 138-122, and 27 in a 111-101 victory over New Orleans, leader in the West, to give the Caps a 4-1 week and put them only 2� games out of first. Praising the new knee brace he wears, Barry said, "It helped me forget the knee, and little by little I got over the mental hump. Lately I've been able to do the things I have to do—to jump coming off the dribble, to turn and to twist." A 4-0 record for Indiana and a losing week for every other team in the East added a few more percentage points to the Pacers' division lead.
NBA—East: New York (2-1), Milwaukee (3-1), Baltimore (2-2), Philadelphia (0-4), Cincinnati (3-1). Boston (2-2), Detroit (1-2). West: Atlanta (2-3). Los Angeles (3-2), Chicago (3-1), Phoenix (1-3), Seattle (3-0), San Francisco (1-3), San Diego (1-2).
ABA—East: Indiana (4-0), Kentucky (0-2), Carolina (1-2), New York (1-1), Pittsburgh (0-2), Miami (1-3). West: New Orleans (1-1), Denver (2-0), Dallas (2-0), Washington (4-1), Los Angeles (0-4).
BOATING—The 57-foot cutter EQUATION, owned and skippered by John Potter of Oyster Bay, N.Y., won her first major ocean race when she covered the 403-mile distance of the St. Petersburg to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. race in a corrected time of 45:42:31 for overall and class A honors.
Gary Hoyt of Puerto Rico won the first Sunfish world championship, held at St. Thomas, V.I. (page 24).
BOXING—JOSE NAPOLES of Mexico floored Ernie (Indian Red) Lopez of Los Angeles in the first round of their title bout in Inglewood, but it wasn't until the 15th round that Napoles scored a knockout, to retain his world welterweight title.
DOG SHOWS—CH. ARRIBA'S PRIMA DONNA, a boxer owned by Dr. and Mrs. P. J. Pagano of Pelham Manor, N.Y. and Dr. T. S. Fickes of Marblehead, Mass., was named best-in-show over 2,610 other entrants at the Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden.
GOLF—With a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff, LEE TREVINO won the $20,000 first prize at the Tucson Open. Trevino and Bob Murphy were tied at 275, 13 under par, after the regulation 72 holes.
HARNESS RACING—DEL INSKO, top money winner last year, scored his 2,499th and 2,500th wins at Roosevelt Raceway behind Adios George A. and Tidal Gale to join Billy Haughton, Stanley Dancer, Joe O'Brien and Bob Farrington as the fifth driver to achieve 2,500.