BASKETBALL—NBA: The success of the New York Knicks, staging their best season ever and now only three games away from the Eastern Division crown, was reflected in the one million attendance record set this week (while beating San Diego 107-103), the first pro basketball team to reach that mark in a regular season. Milwaukee, with a 3-1 week, secured at least a tie for second in the division as Lew Alcindor scored 32, 31, 39 and 38 points in the four games and raised his rookie season average to 28.4, two points higher than his college record. Western leader Atlanta pulled two games ahead of Los Angeles after the Lakers lost 101-93 to the Hawks and 105-100 to the Bullets for a 2-2 week. Seattle won both its contests to move up to a tie with Chicago for fourth place and a chance to make the playoffs.
ABA: In the East the Carolina Cougars moved within half a game of second-place Kentucky: despite Louie Dampier's 122 points, the Colonels suffered a dismal 0-3 week, including a 126-106 beating by the West's last-place team, Los Angeles. The Stars, now under the new ownership of Denver television executive Bill Daniels, were the only undefeated team in the ABA. With a 108-105 victory over Eastern leader Indiana and a 135-122 defeat of Western leader Denver to add to their win over the Colonels, they ran their streak to an unprecedented five games.
NBA—East: New York (3-0), Milwaukee (3-1), Baltimore (2-2), Philadelphia (2-2), Cincinnati (2-3), Boston (1-2), Detroit (2-1). West: Atlanta (2-1), Los Angeles (2-2), Phoenix (1-2), Chicago (1-1), Seattle (2-0), San Francisco (1-4), San Diego (1-4).
ABA—East: Indiana (3-1), Kentucky (0-3), Carolina (2-1), New York (2-1), Pittsburgh (1-3), Miami (2-1). West: Denver (2-3), Dallas (2-2), Washington (2-2), New Orleans (0-2), Los Angeles (3-0).
BOATING—The 12-meter AMERICAN EAGLE finished second, behind Windward Passage, but won the Miami-Nassau race on corrected time of 25.4177. Eagle also took the Nassau Cup, a 31-mile leeward-windward race, finishing third, but winning again on corrected time to clinch the championship of the Southern Ocean Racing Conference for her skipper, Ted Turner (page 16).
BOWLING—GEORGE PAPPAS of Charlotte, N.C. registered his second PBA victory in three weeks by beating Bill Johnson of New Orleans, 227-197, in the $45,000 Greater Buffalo Open. Earlier Pappas took first in the Miller High Life Open in Milwaukee.
BOXING—Panama's ISMAEL LAGUNA regained the world lightweight title he held briefly in 1965, battering and cutting Mando Ramos of Long Beach, Calif. The fight was stopped in the ninth of a scheduled 15-round match in Los Angeles.
Rufus Brassell decked JERRY QUARRY with a punch after the first-round bell—and the angered Quarry retaliated by knocking out Brassell with a left hook in the second round in a match at Miami Beach Convention Hall.
CURLING—Art Tallackson Jr. skipped the GRAFTON (N. Dak.) CURLING CLUB to victory in the 14th annual U.S. Men's Curling Association championship at Hastings and Ardsley-on-Hudson in New York. The Grafton club registered an 11-0 record in the meet, the only one of 12 teams to go undefeated in the round-robin bonspiel.
FIGURE SKATING—American champion TIM WOOD of Colorado Springs, Colo. and GABRIELE SEYFERT of East Germany both retained their titles in the world championship in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. Wood outscored European champion Ondrej Nepela of Czechoslovakia, and Miss Seyfert held off strong contender Beatrix Schuba of Austria, who won the silver medal. Surprise winner of the bronze medal was Julie Lynn Holmes of Littleton, Colo., while U.S. women's champion Janet Lynn finished a disappointing sixth. Russia's IRINA RODNINA and ALEXEJ ULANOV won their second consecutive pairs title.