AUTO RACING—Indy master A. J. FOYT, driving a 1969 Mercury, outdueled Plymouth's Richard Petty in the Atlanta 500, winning $19,200 and averaging 131.375 mph over the 1.5-mile oval of Atlanta International Raceway.
BASKETBALL—NBA: The New York Knickerbockers were the first playoff team to advance to the semifinal round, defeating Atlanta four games to one. The three Knick wins of the week were by scores of 110-95, 113-107 and 111-107 and were tight contests into the final minutes. The Milwaukee- San Francisco series went to the Bucks, also by 4-1. Milwaukee's one defeat (106-104) was due to a 43-foot jumper by Warrior substitute Joe Ellis with one second left. The Bucks then slaughtered San Francisco 136-86 in the fifth game. Baltimore outlasted Philadelphia 4-3 (page 30), while the Los Angeles- Chicago series was still undecided at three-all.
ABA: After Texas earned a post-season berth by beating Denver 115-109 in an extra regular-season game, the playoffs finally began. Indiana topped Memphis twice, 114-98 and 106-104, sparked by Roger Brown. It was two straight also for Utah against Texas, by scores of 125-115 and 137-105. Virginia opened well against New York (113-105) and Kentucky against Florida (116-112) despite the loss of Dan Issel, the regular season scoring champion (29.88-point average), on fouls in the fourth quarter.
COLLEGE: JIM McDANIELS of Western Kentucky, with 29 points, and Artis Gilmore of Jacksonville, with 24, led the EAST to a 106-104 overtime victory in the Coaches' All-Star Game in Dayton, Ohio. Mike Newlin of Utah was high scorer for the West with 18.
BOWLING—JOHNNY PETRAGLIA of Brooklyn outrolled Ohioan Don Johnson in the $100,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions in Akron. The victory, worth $25,000, was the third straight for southpaw Petraglia.
DIVING—At West Point MICKI KING, an Air Force captain, was a double winner in the AAU National Indoor championships—from the three-meter board and the 10-meter platform. CYNTHIA POTTER of Bloomington, Ind., the 1970 winner, repeated on the one-meter board; CRAIG LINCOLN of the University of Minnesota topped the men. It was MICHAEL FINNERAN of Santa Clara, Calif. in the men's three-meter and DICK RYDZE of Michigan in the men's 10-meter.
GOLF—BRIAN (Bud) ALLIN of Santa Barbara, Calif., playing in only his 14th professional tournament, won the $190,000 Greater Greensboro Open with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff (page 86). He had tied Rod Funseth and Dave Eichelberger, both of whom parred the extra hole.
HANDBALL—PAUL HABER of Chicago successfully defended his USHA singles title at Memphis State University, defeating Dr. Steve August of Los Angeles 21-18, 21-17.
HARNESS RACING—MICHIGAN MACK ($9) took the $50,000 Midwest Derby at Sportsman's Park, Chicago, with Ralph Mapes driving in the test for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old pacers.
HOCKEY—As the NHL regular season ended, Phil Esposito of Boston ran his goal-scoring record to 76. The Bruins finished first in the East, followed by New York, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Vancouver and Detroit. In the West it was Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and California.