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BASKETBALL—NBA: Buffalo, which is playing its second season in the league, moved briefly past New York, which is playing its second season since winning the league title, into third place in the Atlantic Division (page 76). But the Knicks regained third place by beating Detroit 127-105 while Milwaukee was drubbing Buffalo 127-106. The Bucks had a 4-0 week and increased their Midwest lead over Chicago to 4� games. The only mild surprise for the defending champions was the starring role played by Guard Jon McGlocklin, who had been benched in favor of Lucius Allen, in two of the wins. McGlocklin scored three points in the last 22 seconds to preserve a 118-113 victory over Phoenix and hit for 13 of his 17 points in the fourth period as Houston fell 111-102. Cincinnati, stunned by the criticism of Coach Bob Cousy, who blasted Centers Sam Lacey and Darrall Imhoff and traded Guard Norm Van Lier to Chicago to get Center Jim Fox, won twice to maintain its Central lead. Los Angeles moved into undisputed possession of first place in the Pacific Division by extending its win streak to eight with easy victories over New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and Portland. Boston held onto the Atlantic lead despite an embarrassing 128-119 loss to Phoenix. There were two fights: Celtic Coach Tom Heinsohn was ejected after his second technical foul, and General Manager Red Auerbach was warned by the referee to "keep your comments to yourself." Unhappily for the Celts, the game was witnessed by the NBA board of directors.
ABA: Carl Scheer, Carolina's president and general manager, had some choice words for the Cougars. "We've got to get rid of some of these people," he said. "I'm tired of watching them loaf. I've overestimated their ability and paid them too much." With that, the East's last-place team beat Pittsburgh 127-109 and Virginia 129-109. Rookie Center Jim McDaniels had 39 points against the Condors and 15 points and 14 rebounds In 16 minutes of play against the Squires. Earlier, however, Virginia beat the Floridians 119-116 and New York 127-123 in overtime to keep its East lead. Indiana and Kentucky, the league's most bitter rivals, battled before an ABA record crowd of 16,621 in Louisville, and the Pacers ended the six-game Colonel win streak 116-111 as rookie George McGinnis scored a career-high 30 points. The victory left Indiana .012 ahead of runner-up Utah in the West and Kentucky half a game behind the Squires.
FOOTBALL—American Conference: East leader MIAMI edged Pittsburgh 24-21 on Bob Griese's three touchdown passes (page 24). BALTIMORE remained second, half a game back, when Johnny Unitas came off the bench to lead the Colts to two second-half touchdowns in a 14-13 win over the New York Jets. Two blocked kicks saved the game for Baltimore, one by Ted Hendricks on a point-after attempt by Bobby Howfield, the other by Jerry Logan, who stopped Howfield's potentially easy 22-yard field-goal attempt late in the game. In the Monday night TV game Hendricks scooped up a Ram fumble and ran 31 yards for the go-ahead touchdown as the Colts beat Los Angeles 24-17. West leader OAKLAND crushed Houston 41-21 to remain half a game ahead of KANSAS CITY, which edged Cleveland 13-7. The Browns and Steelers share the Central Division lead with 4-5 records. Rookie Jim Plunkett threw four touchdown passes, including an 80-yarder to Carl Garrett, to lead NEW ENGLAND to a 38-33 victory over winless Buffalo, while Virgil Carter tossed two long TD passes (71 and 67 yards) to break CINCINNATI'S seven-game losing streak with a 24-10 win over Denver.
National Conference: Green Bay, led by Rookie John Brockington's 149 yards rushing in 23 carries, amassed 301 yards in total offense to MINNESOTA'S 87, but the Vikings won 3-0 when Fred Cox kicked a 25-yard field goal with 4:02 to go. The Packers drove deep into Minnesota territory five times, reaching the 16-, 21-, 1-, 10- and 8-yard lines only to lose the ball each time—on a deflected field-goal attempt, two interceptions, a fumble and a Viking goal-line stand. Curt Knight booted five field goals (30, 12, 37, 9 and 27 yards) and Mac Percival kicked three (15, 42 and 9 yards), and Washington led CHICAGO 15-9 in the final period. Then Cyril Pinder ran 40 yards for a touchdown and Dick Butkus, normally a linebacker but an eligible receiver on this play, caught Bobby Douglass' desperation pass in the end zone after the center snap for the point-after kick had sailed over Douglass' head. The Bears won 16-15. LOS ANGELES defeated Detroit 21-13 as Roman Gabriel threw two touchdown passes to Lance Rentzel, and DALLAS beat Philadelphia 20-7 on two Duane Thomas touchdown runs. Edd Hargett tossed his third touchdown pass, a 10 yarder to Virgil Robinson with 57 seconds left in the game, to lead NEW ORLEANS to a 26-20 upset win over San Francisco. The NEW YORK Giants edged Atlanta 21-17 when Fran Tarkenton scampered to a two-yard touchdown on fourth down with only 31 seconds remaining. When the footballs had stopped bouncing on Sunday night, all three divisional races had tightened up considerably. Minnesota (7-2) led Chicago (6-3) in the Central Division; San Francisco (6-3) was half a game ahead of Los Angeles in the West; and Washington (6-2-1) held half a game lead over Dallas (6-3) in the East.
GOLF—The United States team of Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino fired a combined 21-under-par 555 to win the World Cup and Nicklaus won his third consecutive individual title in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (page 88).
HOCKEY—Surprising Minnesota shut out Philadelphia 3-0, then lost to Detroit 2-1 and Montreal 5-1 to fall two points behind first-place Chicago in the West Division (page 28). The pivotal game for both East and West was the Canadien win over the North Stars. Marc Tardif's hat trick and Claude Larose's two goals embarrassed Goalie Gump Worsley, who had previously allowed only seven goals in seven games, none of them losses, and lifted the Canadiens within two points of New York, leader in the East. The Rangers ran their unbeaten streak to 13, beating Los Angeles 7-1 and Buffalo 5-2. Goalie Gilles Villemure extended his own unbeaten streak to seven and the Jean Ratelle-Vic Had-field- Rod Gilbert line amassed eight points in the Kings' game. With six more points against the Sabres, the Ratelle line had 80 in 16 games, putting it well ahead of the record pace (336 points in 78 games) set last season by Boston's Phil Esposito line. The league's most improved team during the week was Detroit, which gained four points on Buffalo to tie the Sabres for sixth place in the East. New Coach Johnny Wilson got his first victories after two ties and two losses when the Red Wings beat Minnesota 2-1 and Philadelphia 6-3 as the Wings scored three times in the third period, including Alex Delvecchio's 420th career goal. Los Angeles broke a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Buffalo, but the Kings were still mired in the West Division cellar.
Willie Shoemaker broke a record for stakes victories in one year when he won his 44th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the $20,000 added Junipero Serra Stakes in San Mateo, Calif. The old record of 43 was set by Bill Hartack in 1957.
MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY clinched his third NASCAR Grand National driving title and increased his 1971 earnings to a record $314,000 by winning the Capital City 500 in Richmond, Va. by a lap over Bobby Allison.