BADMINTON—The All-England tournament, the sport's unofficial world championship, ended with RUDY HARTONO of Indonesia winning his third straight title by defeating Svend Pri of Denmark 15-7, 15-1. The women's crown went to ETSUKO TAKENAKA of Japan, who beat Mrs. Heather Nielsen of England 11-3, 11-4.
BASKETBALL—NBA: Willis Reed, New York's top scorer with an average of 21.6 points, became the first Knick ever to receive the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award, drawing 61 votes in the balloting. Jerry West of Los Angeles, the league-leading scorer, was second with 51. Meanwhile, the New Yorkers, having clinched the Eastern title last week, relaxed and lost four games, including a 110-102 defeat by Atlanta that secured the Western Division crown for the Hawks. It was Atlanta's fourth straight victory over the Knicks and gave them a 4-2 edge in the season series, the only team in the NBA to have an advantage over New York.
ABA: Indiana won the Eastern Division title for the second time, wrapping it up with a 114-110 victory over third-place Carolina before 8,493 fans in the Anderson ( Ind.) High School gym. Then Indiana lost to Western Division leader Denver 128-112, and Rocket Coach Joe Belmont allowed, "I think we've got a good chance of winning it all in the playoffs. We've got a stronger bench than Indiana and we've got Spencer Haywood." Then the Rockets dropped their next game 94-92 to Pittsburgh—but won a 128-105 victory over Carolina behind the shooting of Haywood, who hit for 37. Only a game and a half back of Denver are the Washington Caps, who logged a 3-1 week and moved to second, replacing the slipping Dallas Chaparrals.
NBA—East: New York (1-4), Milwaukee (2-1), Baltimore (3-1), Philadelphia (1-3), Cincinnati (2-2), Boston (1-4), Detroit (0-3). West: Atlanta (3-0), Los Angeles (2-1), Chicago (2-2), Phoenix (3-1), Seattle (2-1), San Francisco (1-2), San Diego (3-1).
ABA—East: Indiana (2-1), Kentucky (3-1), Carolina (1-2), New York (0-0), Pittsburgh (1-4), Miami (0-2). West: Denver (3-2), Washington (3-1), Dallas (1-3), Los Angeles (4-0), New Orleans (2-4).
COLLEGE: UCLA captured its fourth consecutive NCAA championship with an 80-69 victory over Jacksonville University in the final at College Park, Md. (page 16). At New York's Madison Square Garden the MARQUETTE Warriors won the NIT crown by defeating St. John's 65-53 (page 22).
BOWLING—MIKE McGRATH of El Cerrito, Calif. won $10,000 and a new automobile by defeating Dave Davis of Miami 216-192 in the final of the PBA's Cougar Open in Miami.
BOXING—Fighting in Bangkok, Thailand's CHARTCHAI CHIONOI regained the world flyweight title with a 15-round decision over Efren Torres.
Defending his world junior middleweight title, FREDDIE LITTLE of Las Vegas decisioned Gerhard Piaskowy in a 15-round match in Berlin.
Heavyweight JERRY QUARRY of Bellflower, Calif. won a unanimous decision over George (Scrap Iron) Johnson of Los Angeles after 10 plodding rounds in the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium.