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HOCKEY—WHA: With the addition of this new 12-team league, there are now two more clubs playing professional hockey than football teams in the NFL. In its first few days of competition the WHA, with seven teams in its West Division and only five in the East, was slow to catch the imagination of the fans; scores were high, crowds were low, Derek Sanderson did not make his debut in Philadelphia because the Blazers' ice was unfit, and Bobby Hull did not play for anybody because of legal problems. On the bright side, Cleveland and Houston had undefeated hockey teams to offset their losing football clubs and New York's third hockey entry, the Raiders, won on a day when the city's two NHL brothers, the Rangers and the Islanders, lost.
NHL: The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, playing without Bobby Orr, lost their first two games before beating the Islanders 7-4. The New York Rangers fell behind their Long Island rivals in the East standings when they surrendered 19 goals in their first three games. Detroit won its first four games to lead the East and Montreal was also undefeated, outscoring its opposition 14-3. In the West, Chicago was 4-0 and led unbeaten Pittsburgh by two points.
HORSE RACING—STOP THE MUSIC ($15.60) was awarded victory in the $146,500 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park when favored Secretariat, winner of five of his seven starts, was placed second for bearing in at the head of the stretch.
TENNIS—THE U.S. beat Rumania 3-2 in Bucharest to win the Davis Cup for the fifth year in a row. Stan Smith figured in all of America's scoring with a five-set victory over Ilie Nastase on opening day, a doubles win with Eric van Dillen over Nastase and Ion Tiriac and a five-set singles triumph over Tiriac (page 22).
Chris Evert, 17, beat Kerry Melville 7-5, 6-4 to win the $100,900 Virginia Slims Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., the richest women's event in history. But she could not accept the $25,000 first prize; she is still an amateur (page 86).
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As manager of the California Angels succeeding Del Rice, BOBBY WINKLES, 42, a coach under Rice last year, coach of three NCAA championship winners at Arizona State University from 1965-69 and the first college baseball coach to become a major league manager.
FIRED: As head coach of the Baltimore Colts, DON McCAFFERTY, who directed them to a Super Bowl title in 1970. McCafferty joined the club in 1959 as a scout and end coach and will be replaced by Defensive Line Coach JOHN SANDUSKY.
SIGNED: To a two-year contract in excess of $300,000 for the first year, PELE, 32, the Brazilian soccer king who threatened to retire from the Santos team for whom he has played for 16 years.
DIED: DAVE BANCROFT, 81, a National League shortstop for 16 years who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971; in Superior, Wis. As a rookie in 1915, he sparked the Philadelphia Phillies to their first pennant and later played on consecutive New York Giants pennant winners from 1921-23.