HOCKEY—NHL: Only one point separated first-place NEW YORK and second-place Boston as the two teams continued their battle for supremacy in the East. The Bruins shut out Chicago 3-0, taking revenge for the two losses they suffered at the hands of the Black Hawks that were the only two in the past 16 games, and defeated the Rangers 5-3 for a 2-1-0 week. But New York beat Toronto and St. Louis and tied Detroit to hang on to its slim lead. In the West, fifth-place Minnesota acquired 40-year-old Goalie Gump Worsley from Montreal in an attempt to break a 20-game streak without a victory. Worsley says he is going to put the North Stars in the playoffs.
NHL—East: New York (2-1-1), Boston (2-1-0), Montreal (2-1-0), Chicago (2-1-0), Detroit (1-1-1), Toronto (1-1-1). West: St. Louis (1-1-0), Pittsburgh (2-1-0) Philadelphia (1-1-0), Oakland (0-3-0), Minnesota (0-1-1), Los Angeles (0-1-2).
HORSE RACING—Owned by Emanuel Mittman and ridden by Ron Turcotte, VENT DU NORD covered the 1� miles of the $144,600 Hialeah Turf Cup in 2:27 2/5—only one-fifth second off the track record—to finish a length and a half ahead of Drumtop.
Calumet Farm's BEST TURN ($4.60), ridden by Charles Baltazar, took the first section of the $122,800 John B. Campbell Handicap, and Baird Brittingham's MITEY PRINCE ($31), with Paul Kallai in the saddle, won the second by seven lengths at Bowie Race Course in Maryland. Best Turn was clocked in 1:43 3/5 and Mitey Prince in 1:43 for the 1 1/16 miles.
Gallant Bloom ($3.60), the King Ranch's four-year-old filly, ridden by Johnny Rotz, registered her 12th consecutive victory racing through a muddy 1?-mile course in 1:50 3/5 to win the $100,000 Santa Margarita Handicap by two lengths at Santa Anita.
An American record was set at Santa Anita when Chilean-bred QUILCHE ($22.80), with Jerry Lambert up, ran 1� miles on the grass in 1:58 to beat the old mark by one-fifth of a second and win the $58,100 San Luis Obispo Handicap.
SKIING—ALAIN PENZ of France followed up a win in the giant slalom at the Jackson Hole ( Wyo.) Wild West Classic by taking both the slalom and giant slalom events at Canada's World Cup ski meet in Vancouver. Karl Schranz of Austria, leader in World Cup points, failed in his chance to clinch the cup when he fell on the second run of the giant slalom.
SPEED SKATING—At the ladies world championship in West Allis, Wis., the Dutch upset a surprisingly weak Russian team, winning nine of 15 medals, including both the gold and silver in overall standings, which went to ATJE KEULEN-DEELSTRA and STIEN KAISER respectively. Sigrid Sundby of Norway won the bronze medal and Dianne Holum of Northbrook, Ill. placed fourth (page 18).
SQUASH RACKETS—The national championship was won for the second straight year by ANIL NAYAR, a Harvard graduate from Bombay, when he beat Sam Howe of Philadelphia 11-15, 8-15, 15-9, 15-6, 15-11 in Philadelphia (page 58).
SWIMMING—KAREN MORAS, 16, of Sydney, Australia swam the 800-meter freestyle in a world record 9:09.1—1.3 seconds better than Debbie Meyer's old mark—at the championships in Sydney.