BOWLING—BOBBY KNIPPLE of Long Beach, Calif. beat Mike Lemongello 209-186 to win the $6,000 first prize in the $50,000 King Louie Open at Overland Park, Kans.
GOLF—JOHN SCHLEE carded a final-round 68 to win the $200,000 Hawaiian Open with a 72-hole total 273, 15 under par.
HOCKEY—NHL: The New York Rangers must be hot—they finally won at Boston, something they had not done in a regular-season game since Oct. 10, 1971 (page 22). The Bruins lost to the Rangers 7-3 and two days later they also lost their coach, Tom Johnson, who was replaced by Armand (Bep) Guidolin. Montreal, the leader in the East by four points, pounded Los Angeles 7-1 as Chuck Lefley and Murray Wilson each scored twice. The Canadiens have not lost to the Kings in their last 12 meetings, while Los Angeles is winless in its last eight starts. First-place Chicago gained time in the West Division race as Dan Maloney netted a 20-footer midway through the final period for a 2-2 tie against second-place Philadelphia. The Flyers remained eight points behind the Black Hawks.
WHA: Jim Harrison of Alberta set a league scoring record with 10 points in an 11-3 win over the New York Raiders. Harrison netted three goals and assisted on seven others to break the previous mark of seven set in a single game by Dan Lawson of Philadelphia. Houston pulled three points short of first-place Winnipeg in the West Division by bombing Minnesota 7-1. Keke Mortson netted the first two goals as the Aeros quickly built a 4-0 lead. The East Division was as tight as ever with Cleveland one point ahead of New England.
MOTOR SPORTS—Leading for the last 10 hours, PETER GREGG and HURLEY HAYWOOD covered 2,553 miles at 106.274 mph in their Porsche Carerra to win the 24-hour endurance race at Daytona International Speedway (page 30).
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: If present streaks are an indication, the possibilities remain that New York may not lose a game the rest of this season at Madison Square Garden and that Philadelphia may not win again—anywhere. The Knicks extended their home-court string to 20 games with a 95-90 victory over Cleveland, and the 76ers had their current losing streak run to 16, dropping a pair of weekend games to the Celtics, 104-100 and 123-115. In the Atlantic Division, the league's closest race, Boston maintained its one-game edge over the Knicks. Atlanta continued to dog first-place Baltimore in the Central Division as Lou Hudson's game-high 32 points, including eight of the Hawks' last 10, were instrumental in a 105-101 win against Buffalo. Milwaukee and Los Angeles retained their respective leads in the Western Conference.
ABA: In one of the season's better match-ups, a defensive player, Carolina's Joe Caldwell, finally frustrated Julius Erving, the league's top scorer. Caldwell held Erving to just three shots in the first half and only 17 in the game as the Cougars took a 113-98 decision over Virginia. Erving, who is averaging 37 points, scored just eight points in the first three quarters and finished with a subpar 20. Caldwell had 26. First-place Carolina remained hot, winning its 14th straight at home at the expense of Denver, 113-105. James Silas of Dallas, one of the ABA's top rookies, hit three crucial free throws in the last minutes in a 126-121 triumph over Utah, the West leader. Silas scored 31 points.
PRO FOOTBALL—Defensive Tackle JOHN MATUSZAK of Tampa, picked by the Houston Oilers, was the first of 442 collegians selected in the NFL draft. The only nonlinemen among the top 10 choices were Quarterback BERT JONES of LSU, picked second by Baltimore, and Running Back OTIS ARMSTRONG of Purdue, drafted ninth by Denver. Some of the biggest names were not as highly regarded, among them Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska (No. 25, by San Diego), Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma (30, by Cleveland), Gary Huff of Florida State (33, by Chicago), Rich Glover of Nebraska (69, by the Giants) and John Hufnagel of Penn State (348, by Denver).
SKIING—Defending champion GUSTAV TH�NI of Italy, seeking an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title, moved into second place in the standings with a victory in the Kandahar slalom at St. Anton, Austria. Th�ni has 129 points, two fewer than Roland Collombin of Switzerland, who suffered multiple injuries and is not expected to compete for a month. Switzerland's BERNHARD RUSSI broke the Arlberg- Kandahar downhill-course record with a 2:25.56 performance.
Bob Gray won the men's 30-km. race and TIM CALDWELL took the 15-km. event in the Nordic National Cross-Country championships at Minneapolis. JOE McNULTY was awarded first place in the 50-km. when Gray, who had the fastest time, was disqualified for switching skis in mid-race. MARTHA ROCKWELL won both 5- and 10-km. women's races.