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).
ABA: After splitting the first two games of their division finals, INDIANA and LOS ANGELES overpowered Kentucky and Denver in the next three to win their way into the championships. Freddie Lewis sank a playoff record 17 out of 17 foul shots in the Pacers' 114-110 third-game win, and Roger Brown scored 33 points in their 111-103 fourth victory—but rookie guard Bill Keller wound up the hero by holding Kentucky's All-Star Guard Louie Dampier to only eight points in the final 117-103 victory. In the West, Los Angeles rookie Mack Calvin led the way with 31 points and seven assists in the Stars' 119-113 second victory. Bill Sharman's team, which had lost nine of 12 regular-season games to Denver, then took the next two 114-110 and 109-107, with Merv Jackson scoring the series-winning basket on a jump shot with 16 seconds left.
BOXING—VICENTE SALDIVAR of Mexico came out of retirement to recapture the world featherweight championship in Rome, using a strong left hook to outpoint Johnny Famechon of Australia and win a unanimous 15-round decision. It was only Saldivar's second fight since 1967.
CHESS—America's BOBBY FISCHER won the International Tournament at Zagreb, Yugoslavia with 13 points. He beat Russian Tigran Petrosyan in the final round to hold a two-point margin over four other world masters.
GOLF—C. L. (GIBBY) GILBERT, a club pro from Florida, scored his first major victory in the $115,000 Houston Champions International Invitational—a tournament made notable by the return of Ben Hogan (page 18)—in the 3rd hole of sudden-death overtime, sinking a short putt for a par. He had tied Australian Bruce Crampton at 282.
Sandra Haynie won her second straight Shreveport (La.) Kiwanis Invitational with a final-round 72 and total 214, two under par. She had moved within two strokes of the leaders with a second-round 69 on the 6,226-yard Huntington Park course. Fresh from a victory in Raleigh two weeks ago, Miss Haynie added the $2,250 first prize from the $15,000 total to remain second to Carol Mann on the money-winning list for the year.
HARNESS RACING—Red Sheep Stable's FULLA NAPOLEON ($27.20) won the $50,000 Martin Tananbaum Pace at Yonkers to take the first leg of the $150,000 International Pacing Series. Dick Thomas drove the 5-year-old to a two-length win over Rum Customer in 3:03[1/5] for the 1� miles. Favored Good Chase was a tiring third.
HOCKEY—The BOSTON BRUINS captured their first Stanley Cup in 29 years, clean-sweeping the St. Louis Blues. The Bruins took the two opening games in St. Louis 6-1, 6-2, won the next 4-1 at home. In the final match, Bobby Orr scored the decisive goal after 40 seconds of overtime, giving Boston a 4-3 victory and handing the Blues a 12th straight loss in final-round games in three seasons (page 58).
HORSE RACING—Hickory Tree Stable's HAGLEY ($5.20) led most of the way to capture the $59,700 Withers at Aqueduct by two lengths over Delaware Chief, with Tatoi holding on two lengths farther back for third. Ridden by Ron Turcotte, the winner finished the mile in 1:34[4/5] (page 60).
Responding to Jorge Velasquez' whip in the stretch, Rokeby Stable's FORT MARCY ($4.60) romped to a 3�-length win over War Censor in the $57,500 Dixie Handicap at Pimlico. He covered the grassy mile and a half in a track-record time of 2:27[2/5]. Jungle Cove closed fast to take third, one-half length back.