AUTO RACING—The 12 Hours of Sebring went to PORSCHE again as VIC ELFORD of England and GERARD LARROUSSE of France drove a 917K a record 260 laps at an average of 112.5 mph (page 16).
BASKETBALL—NBA: Since the week began with the top spots in all four divisions secure, the interest was in races for No. 2. San Francisco made it in the West by beating Chicago 91-85, which nevertheless backed into second place in the Midwest as New York topped Phoenix 131-123. The following night Atlanta used Chicago as a springboard to its playoff berth, winning 112-111 in overtime. For comic relief, the lights dimmed in Madison Square Garden as the Knicks beat Los Angeles 115-82. Wilt Chamberlain joked, "Let's hide the ball off court, then they won't be able to find it, either." It was the hoop that seemed invisible to Wilt the next night as Boston held him to one point in the first half of a 122-104 Celtic win.
ABA: A race in the younger league was more suspenseful as Utah and Indiana battled for first in the West. The Pacers defeated Pittsburgh 130-119 to get within half a game of the top. Then Utah lost to Florida 120-116 as Indiana beat Texas 123-109. Both teams won at week's end, Utah over New York 115-104 and Indiana over Kentucky 120-109, leaving Utah with a 53-23 record and Indiana at 54-24. Virginia had top billing in the East.
BOATING—The mysterious British syndicate challenging for the 1973 America's Cup has finally surfaced. The chief backer is millionaire ANTHONY BOYDEN. His Twelve will be built by Camper and Nicholson Ltd., with British Soling champion John Oakeley as helmsman and Robin Fuger, who trained Baron Marcel Bich's French crews, as crew-master. In the meantime, the defending New York Yacht Club tossed the problem of conducting eliminations to the challengers—seven in all—and asked for a solution by June 1.
BOWLING—JOHNNY PETRAGLIA, leading money winner through the first 11 PBA contests this year, won the $60,000 Fair Lanes Open in Washington, D.C. The 24-year-old lefthander defeated Earl Anthony in the finals 204-197.
BOXING—JOS� ROBERTO CHIRINO, ex-Argentine junior middleweight champ who now lives in the U.S., outpointed former world champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy in a 10-rounder that was to have been a Benvenuti tune-up for his title bout next month against Argentina's Carlos Monz�n, the man who stripped Benvenuti of his title.
CROSS-COUNTRY—DORTS BROWN of Seattle easily won a women's 3,141-meter event in 11:08.4 at the Cross Country of Nations in San Sebastian, Spain. Sixteen nations competed.
CURLING—CANADA won the world curling championship for the fourth straight year, defeating Scotland 9-5 in the finals in Meg�ve, France.
FENCING—NEW YORK UNIVERSITY and COLUMBIA tied for first in the NCAA championship, each finishing with 68 points. BRUCE SORIANO of Columbia successfully defended his saber crown, and NYU's GEORGE SZ�NYOGH took the �p�e title.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER needed only a par 4 on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Hal Underwood for the $25,000 first prize in the Greater Jacksonville Open golf tournament. They were tied at 281 at the end of regulation play. Player had a final-round 69 to Underwood's 71.