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BASKETBALL—INDIANA gained its second ABA championship in three years, beating the New York Nets 100-99 and 108-105 in the last two games to take the final playoff series four games to two (page 82).
GOLF—LEE TREVINO won his first tournament of the year and $35,000 when he shot a final-round 67 for a 281 total in the $175,000 Danny Thomas-Memphis Classic.
HANDBALL—LOU RUSSO defeated Pat Kirby 21-18, 21-18 in the finals of the NYAC Invitational in New York City. Kirby had gained the finals by upsetting No. 1-seeded Terry Muck of St. Paul, while Russo upset Fred Lewis of Miami Beach, the USHA four-wall champion, in the quarterfinals and New York's Jimmy Jacobs in the semis.
HARNESS RACING—John Simpson Jr. guided HILARIOUS WAY ($22) to a three-quarter-length win over favored Strike Out in the $107,097 Cane Futurity, the first leg of pacing's triple crown, at Yonkers (page 80).
HORSE RACING—Maryland-bred BEE BEE BEE ($39.40), ridden by Eldon Nelson, won the $187,800 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico by 1� lengths over No Le Hace as the favorite, Kentucky Derby winner Riva Ridge, finished fourth (page 36).
Cougar II ($2.80), the 6-year-old Chilean-import ridden by Bill Shoemaker, won his 13th stakes when he took the $133,900 Californian at Hollywood Park by 2� lengths over Kennedy Road. Cougar II's purse of $76,400 boosted his career earnings to $694,271, making him thoroughbred racing's leading foreign-bred money winner in the U.S.
LACROSSE—Led by John Kaestner's six assists, top-ranked MARYLAND whacked Rutgers 9-3 in College Park, Md. in an opening-round game of the NCAA championships. JOHNS HOPKINS, the No. 2-ranked team, gained the semifinals against the Terps this week by outscoring Washington & Lee 8-1 in the second and third periods to easily win 11-5 in Baltimore. Navy led CORTLAND STATE 8-4 midway through the third period in a quarterfinal game in Annapolis but the Red Dragons tied the score with 30 seconds to go and upset the Middies 10-9 when Bert Severns scored with 1:47 left in the first overtime period. Severns had assisted on John Eberenz' tying goal. In the other quarterfinal game, Tom Duquette scored three straight goals in the second period to lift VIRGINIA to a 10-3 win over Army in Charlottesville.
MOTOR SPORTS—The suspense that had been hanging over the Indianapolis 500 qualifying trials for a week ended when PETER REVSON gained the No. 2 starting position with a 192.885-mph average speed in his McLaren-Offenhauser (Bobby Unser had won the pole position with a record 195.937-mph speed a week earlier) and MARK DONOHUE, also driving a McLaren-Offenhauser, averaged 191.408 mph over the 10-mile run to clinch the third spot in the front row, as the 33-car field was filled. Donohue's partner, Gary Bettenhausen (page 76), will start in the No. 4 spot in the fastest Indy field ever.