BASKETBALL—NBA: LOS ANGELES defeated Milwaukee 115-90 and 104-100 to win the Western Conference playoff finals four games to two, while NEW YORK took the Eastern finals four games to one, beating Boston 116-98 and 111-103 after dropping the third game 115-109 (page 26).
ABA: Defending champion Utah defeated Indiana 117-109 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Division playoff finals. Then, led by Roger Brown, who totaled 57 points, the Pacers beat the Stars 116-111 and 118-108 to tie the series at two games apiece. In the meantime, VIRGINIA, which led New York two games to zero in the Eastern finals, impatiently waited nine days for the series to resume at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum (an ice show was playing on center court), giving the Nets' injured stars plenty of time to get well.
GOLF—BOBBY MITCHELL sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to defeat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke in the $165,000 Tournament of Champions in Rancho La Costa, Calif. (page 74).
Bob Shaw gained his first PGA tour victory when he shot a final-round 68 for a 273 total to win the $75,000 Tallahassee Open by two strokes over rookie Leonard Thompson.
HANDBALL—FRED LEWIS of Miami Beach gained the U.S. Handball Association four-wall championship when heedged Terry Muck of St. Paul 21-17, 21-19 in the finals in Seattle. Lewis had beaten defending champion Paul Haber of Chicago 21-9, 4-21, 21-13 in the semifinals.
HOCKEY—While New York humiliated Chicago in the Stanley Cup playoffs, sweeping four straight games (page 24), Boston toyed with St. Louis, crushing the Blues 6-1 on Fred Stanfield's hat trick, 10-2 with a five-goal third period as Johnny Bucyk scored a hat trick and 7-2 to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series.
Undefeated CZECHOSLOVAKIA edged Russia 3-2 in Prague to win the world amateur title with 19 points. The U.S.S.R., which had won nine consecutive championships, finished second, three points behind the Czechs.
HORSE RACING—UPPER CASE ($6) won the $118,400 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct by 1� lengths over True Knight, while QUACK ($6.20), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, took the $100,000 Californian Derby at Golden Gate Fields by two lengths over Kentuckian (page 68).
The champion 2-year-old filly of 1971, NUMBERED ACCOUNT ($2.20), making her first start of the year, won the $27,450 Prioress Stakes at Aqueduct by 2� lengths over Mindy Malone.
Mrs. John D. Hannum's 11-year-old mare, OUR IVORY TOWER, ridden by the owner's son Buzz, won her second point-to-point race, the 70th running of the three-mile, 18-fence Grand National Steeplechase in Butler, Md. by a length over Verbier.