BASKETBALL—ABA: While Utah and Indiana battled to seven games in the West (page 70), New York defeated Virginia 119-117 and 118-107 to tie the Eastern Division finals, then lost 116-107.
NBA: New York shocked favored Los Angeles in the first game of the championships with a decisive 114-92 win at L.A. The Knicks, led by Bill Bradley's 11 of 12 attempts and Jerry Lucas' torrid outside shooting (26 points), hit 53.8% of their shots. In the second game, the Lakers walloped the Knicks 106-92 to tie the series at 1-1.
HARNESS RACING—ALBATROSS ($3.80), driven by Stanley Dancer, won the $40,000 Daniel C. Parish Pace at Liberty Bell in a track record time of 1:56[2/5]. Bye Bye Max finished second, one length back, while favored Isle of Wight, which had beaten Albatross three straight times, was fourth.
HOCKEY—BOSTON blew a 5-1 lead in the first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but beat New York 6-5 when Ace Bailey scored a goal with 2:16 left to play (page 20).
HORSE RACING—Kentucky Derby favorite RIVA RIDGE ($2.60) won the 1?-mile $49,700 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by four lengths over Sensitive Music, while another Derby contender, HOLD YOUR PEACE ($2.60), took the seven-furlong, $10,000 Stepping Stone Purse at Churchill Downs by five lengths over Combat Ready (page 28).
Cougar II ($3.80), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, set an American grass record of 2:11 for a mile and three-eighths in winning the $106,500 Century Handicap at Hollywood Park by 4� lengths over Unconscious.
Waterloo, an 8-to-1 shot ridden by Edward Hide, won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, the first classic race of the English season, by two lengths user Marisela. Favored HIGH TOP took the second classic, the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, by half a length over John Galbreath's Roberto.
LACROSSE—Previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Maryland was upset by eighth-ranked ARMY when Mike Griswold broke a 9-9 tie with a score at 6:24 of the fourth period. The Terps, paced by Dave Dempsey, had led 5-1 in the first half and 9-8 early in the final period.
The No. 2 team in the nation, unbeaten JOHNS HOPKINS, walloped No. 3-ranked Navy 17-3 for its ninth win as Bill Nolan tossed in four goals and Jack Thomas had two goals and four assists, boosting his point total to 62, tops in the colleges.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACKY ICKX or Belgium and CLAY REGAZZONI of Switzerland averaged 105.936 mph in their red Ferrari to win the 1,000 Kilometers of Monza ( Italy) by four laps over Reinhold Jost and Michel Schueler of West Germany in a Porsche. It was the fifth straight win for Ferrari, which needs only one more victory to win the world long-distance driving championship.