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HOCKEY—Boston clinched its second Straight East title in the last week of regular-season play, defeating Montreal 5-4 to finish 10 points ahead of New York, which gained second place for the second year in a row by tying Detroit 2-2 on Vic Had-field's two goals within 49 seconds late in the third period. Third-place Montreal spin two with the Bruins, tied Chicago 5-5 and edged the Rangers 6-5 to finish behind New York for the second straight season, this time by a point, while Toronto clinched fourth, tour points ahead of Detroit, when it defeated Boston 4-1 on a four-goal first period that broke Goalie Gerry Cheevers' 32-game undefeated streak, and New York 2-1. Chicago ran away with the West title for the second year in a row, finishing 21 points ahead of Minnesota. St. Louis. 19 points behind the North Stars, clinched third place by a point user Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. the Penguins squeezed into a playoff spot ahead of the Flyers (on the basis of then season series) on the last night of the season when they beat St. Louis 6-2 and Philadelphia lost to Buffalo 3-2 in the final four seconds.
Boston's Phil Esposito (133 points) and Bobby Orr (117) ran one-two in the scoring race for the second straight season, followed by New York's Jean Ratelle (109), Vic Hadfield (106) and Rod Gilbert (109), Esposito had the most goals (66) and Orr the most assists (80), while Chicago's Tony Esposito led the league's goalies with nine Shutouts and the best goals-against average (1.76).
East—Bost 54-13-11, NY 48-17-13, Mont 46-16-16, Tor 33-31-14, Det 33-35-10, Buff 16-43-19, Van 20-50-8
West—Chi 46-17-15, Minn 37-29-12, St L 28-39-11, Pitt 26-38-14, Phil 26-38-14, Cal 21-39-18, LA 20-49-9
HORSE RACING—Kentucky Derby Favorite Riva Ridge finished fourth in the $66,800 Everglades Slakes al Hialeah, won over sloppy track by HEAD OF THE RIVER ($41) by three-quarters of a length user Hold Your Peace (page 20.)
ROWING—CAMBRIDGI won the 118th 4�-mile Boat Race on the Thames for the fifth straight year over Oxford, by 9� lengths, boosting Us lead in the series that started in 1829 to 66 victories against 51 losses and one dead heat.
RETIRED: ADOLPH RUPP, as head basketball coach al Kentucky because he had reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. In his 42-year career at Kentucky, Rupp won 879 games (against 190 losses), the most by any college coach in history, and led the Wildcats to four NCAA titles and one NIT Championship. He will be replaced by JOE HALL, 43, Rupp's assistant since 1965.
DIED: New York Met Manager GIL HODGES, 47; of a heart attack; in West Palm Beach, Fla. Hodges had managed the Washington Senators for five seasons before taking over the Mets in 1968 and leading them to the world championship the next year. As a player for 18 seasons (1943, 1947 to 1963) with the Brooklyn Los Angeles Dodgers and the Mets, Hodges was considered one of baseball's finest-fielding first basemen and first-rank power haters. He compiled a .273 average, hit 370 home runs (including four in one game and a league-record 14 grand slams) and baited in more than 100 runs seven straight seasons. During his career, the Dodgers won seven National League pennants.