BASKETBALL—NBA: The expansion draft produced a few surprises, perhaps the biggest being the availability of Los Angeles Laker Guard Dick Garrett, who was quickly grabbed by the Buffalo Braves on the first round. Other players selected by Buffalo include Don May and Bill Hosket of the world champion New York Knicks, the Celtics' Bailey Howell and Emmette Bryant, and Ray Scott of Baltimore. Portland took the Bullets' Leroy Ellis, Fred Hetzel of the 76ers and Boston's Larry Siegfried, who was immediately traded for San Diego's Jim Barnett. Cleveland included Atlanta's Butch Beard, Laker Johnny Egan and the Knicks' John Warren among its picks.
ABA: Indiana took the first two games of the championship playoffs from Los Angeles, winning the first 109-93 despite the fact that All-League Center Mel Daniels picked up three fouls in the first quarter and was forced to the bench for much of the game. The second match was much closer, the Pacers coming from 11 points down to edge the Stars 114-111.
BOWLING—Lefthander DON GLOVER won five matches on the final day and beat Bob Strampe 821-800 in a four-game series to win the American Bowling Congress Masters tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. MERCHANT ENTERPRISES of New York won the classic team championship, rolling a 3,154 series. Four of the five members also are lefties.
GOLF—HOMERO BLANCAS won his first tournament since 1966 with a seven-under-par 273, capturing the $125,000 Colonial National in Fort Worth. Lee Trevino, the early leader, and Gene Littler, both of whom had a chance to tie it up, failed birdie putts on the final hole.
HARNESS RACING—RUM CUSTOMER ($10.40), owned by Lloyd Lloyds and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mancuso, took an early lead and held on for a three-quarter-length victory over favored Good Chase in the $50,000 Good Time Pace at Yonkers. Fulla Napoleon placed third. Driven by Billy Haughton, the winner covered the 1� miles in 2:33[1/5].
Adonis Stable's DAYAN ($20), driven by William Myer, beat champion mare Fresh Yankee by a length to win the $35,000 Erwin Dygert Memorial at Hawthorne Park, with former Hambletonian and Triple Crown winner Lindy's Pride finishing sixth. Dayan was timed at 2:00[4/5] for the mile, over a sticky track.
HOCKEY—The BUFFALO BISONS, playing their last season in the American Hockey League, swept the final series with the Springfield Kings 4-0 to take the Calder Cup for the fifth time in 30 years and outscore the Kings 21-9 in the totals. The team joins the NHL next year as the Sabres.
HORSE RACING—After a rousing stretch duel with My Dad George, Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' PERSONALITY ($11) managed a neck victory in the $203,800 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Silent Screen held on for third, three lengths farther back. Eddie Belmonte brought the winner home in 1:56[1/5] for the mile and 3/16ths. Kentucky Derby winner Dust Commander finished ninth in this second leg of the Triple Crown (page 26).
Two supplementary entries earned more than their $5,000 starting fee by capturing both divisions of the $113,750 Acorn Stakes at Aqueduct, the first leg of the filly Triple Crown. Mrs. Lawrence W. Knapp's ROYAL SIGNAL ($17.40) led most of the way under Garth Patterson to take the first division by three-fourths of a length over Cold Comfort, who nosed out Luci Tee for the place. Hastings Harcourt's CATHY HONEY ($5.20), ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., came on with a rush in the second division to beat the tiring Missile Belle by two lengths, with Fast Attack the same distance away in third. Cathy Honey finished the mile in 1:36; Royal Signal took one-fifth second more.
Arts and Letters was the prohibitive favorite, but Frank McMahon's BAFFLE ($12.40) scored a five-length victory in the $112,800 California Stakes at Hollywood Park. Ridden by Jerry Lambert, the winner covered the mile and 1 /16th in just 1:40[1/5] leading Figonero and Nodouble across the line, with Arts and Letters back in sixth spot. But there were touches of irony in the race. Baffle was a stablemate of Majestic Prince, who lost last year's Belmont Stakes to Arts and Letters, and in one sense this victory evened the score. But Majestic Prince never raced again after his Belmont loss, and now it appears the same will be true for Arts and Letters. The 1969 Horse of the Year pulled up lame with an apparent bowed suspensory tendon after stumbling at the start.