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May 18, 1970
BASKETBALL—NBA: The injured Willis Reed hobbled out onto Madison Square Garden's court for the decisive seventh game—providing the inspiration for the NEW YORK KNICKS to bomb the Los Angeles Lakers for the title, 133-99 (page 14).
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May 18, 1970

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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Carlo Vittadini's ORTIS coasted to a comfortable win in the $160,000 Italian Derby, Italy's richest horse race, beating Alcamo by 3� lengths, with Jerome third. Ridden by Brian Taylor, the winner covered the 1� miles in 2:34[4/5] to take home a first prize of $88,000.

LACROSSE—JOHNS HOPKINS upset previously unbeaten Navy 9-7 before 12,000 at Annapolis, as Navy's All-America goalie Lennie Supko was slowed by a knee injury and left the game in the first period. Hopkins, Navy, Army and Virginia now head into the final weeks of the season with only one loss apiece.

MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON won the 14th Rebel 400 at the Darlington ( S.C.) International Raceway, driving his Ford at an average speed of 129.688 mph despite four caution flags that slowed the race for 37 laps. Pearson took the lead on the 259th of 291 laps and was never seriously challenged. Veteran Richard Petty, stock-car racing's all-time money and events winner, survived a spectacular smashup during the 176th lap, escaping with minor injuries.

Veteran Driver PARNELLI JONES led all the way to win his second race in the Trans-Am series at Lime Rock ( Conn.) Park, finishing one lap ahead of the Chaparral Camaro driven by Ed Leslie. Jones, driving a Mustang, completed 146 laps of the 1.53-mile course during the 2�-hour run.

Austria's JOCHEN RINDT captured the Monaco Grand Prix in a surprise finish—darting across the line when Australian Jack Brabham skidded off the road at the final corner. Rindt's total time for the 156-mile, 80-lap course was 1:54:36.6, an average of 81.664 mph, and he navigated the final circuit in a record 84.37 mph. Brabham recovered quickly enough to finish second, and Henri Pescarolo of France was third. Favored Jackie Stewart of Scotland suffered engine trouble and gave up on the 62nd lap.

ROWING—HARVARD avenged last week's Adams Cup defeat by outsprinting Penn in the last 300 meters at Worcester, Mass. to win the Eastern Sprints heavyweight championship for the seventh consecutive year. Aided by a strong tailwind, the Harvard crew finished the 2,000 meters in a record 5 minutes, 54.1 seconds, beating Penn to the wire by half a boatlength. Princeton was third, a length farther back. For the last three years the Harvard and Penn varsities have lost only to each other, and end this season with one victory each in their duel.

SOCCER—Underdog FEIJENOORD of Rotterdam gained a 2-1 overtime victory over Glasgow Celtic to take the European Cup before 80,000 in Milan, Italy.

TENNIS—KEITH DIEPRAAM of South Africa won the Surrey hard-court tennis championships in Guildford, England, defeating countryman Andy Pattison 6-4, 6-0. Mrs. MARGARET COURT of Australia overpowered Patti Hogan of the U.S. 6-4, 6-2 for the women's title.

TRACK & FIELD—WILLIE McGEE of Alcorn A&M equaled the 9.1 world record for the 100-yard dash in a preliminary heat of the Southwest Athletic Conference meet at Houston. He also won the finals in 9.1, but with a trailing wind that exceeded permissible allowances. Previous holders of the mark are Bob Hayes, Jim Hines and Charlie Greene.

MILEPOSTS—BEGINNING: Virtual year-round racing in Florida, with the opening of a 121-day summer meeting at Tropical Park, leaving only a two-week break at the end of the session before winter racing resumes.

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