COLLEGE BASKETBALL—Defending champion IMMACULATA COLLEGE (Pa.) defeated Queens College 59-52 to win the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women national title in Flushing, N.Y.
Virginia Tech edged Notre Dams 92-91 in overtime to win the National Invitation Tournament finals at Madison Square Garden (page 81).
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Baltimore finally clinched the fourth of the division titles, beating Cleveland 106-104. That makes it Boston in the Atlantic, Milwaukee in the Midwest, Los Angeles in the Pacific and Baltimore in the Central. The Celtics celebrated with five straight wins, setting a club record of 66 in a season. Against Houston, Dave Cowens pulled down a career-high 32 rebounds to help Boston win 94-89. The second-place Knicks failed to equal the NBA home victory record but the New Yorkers did take the honors in home attendance with 790,031 for the regular season. The Knicks also got the bad news that Willis Reed had reinjured his leg in a 98-93 loss to Atlanta. The Detroit Pistons clinched third place in the Midwest, their first time out of the cellar since 1968-69. In a 122-109 rout of Portland, Piston Bob Lanier set a club season rebounding record, collecting 17 for 1,146. K.C.- Omaha King Nate Archibald broke Guy Rodgers' single-season assist mark when he got six in a 124-118 loss to Los Angeles for a final total of 910.
ABA: The only clinching that went on in the ABA was by Carolina, which assured itself a first-place finish in the Eastern Division by beating the San Diego Q's at home 124-113. Earlier in the week the Cougars dropped Dallas 137-117 to set a club record of 29 home victories. The day before Memphis lost its 14th straight despite a 41-point career-high contribution from Johnny Neumann. San Diego gained a playoff spot when Denver defeated Dallas 114-106 and eliminated the Chaps from the fourth-place playoff derby. Earlier the Q's had whipped Virginia 104-92, but they got most of their help in that game from the absence of three Virginia starters. Indiana's win streak was stopped at 11 when Denver handed the Pacers their seventh loss in 10 meetings with the Rockets. The next night, however, the Pacers walloped Denver 116-94 as Donnie Freeman became the sixth ABA player to score 10,000 points.
BOXING—JOHNNIE HUDSON, 23, of Detroit won the national AAU heavyweight crown, by a decision over Barry Yeats of Fort Worth.
GOLF—CAROL MANN shot a five-under-par 68 to win the Sears Women's Classic and $15,000 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 12-year LPGA veteran said, "This is the most money I've ever won."
Jack Nicklaus birdied the second hole in a sudden-death playoff to defeat Miller Barber and win the $125,000 Greater New Orleans Open. It was Nicklaus' second victory of the year.
HOCKEY—NHL: With a 3-2 win over Vancouver, East Division leader Montreal made its 21st division title official (page 26). The winning goal also enabled Frank Mahovlich to join Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Jean Beliveau and Maurice Richard as the only players to score 500. Detroit, still struggling with Buffalo for a playoff berth, beat Chicago for the first time in two years 2-0, while Boston broke its tie with New York for second place, shutting out the Rangers 3-0. Earlier in the week the Rangers' playoff prospects were dealt a blow when they lost Defenseman Rod Seiling with a broken collarbone during a 6-1 win over Minnesota. Philadelphia cemented a playoff spot with a 9-0 drubbing of Vancouver in which Ross Lonsberry scored three goals. The New York Islanders, with no playoff worries, won three in a row.
WHA: New England pulled 11 points ahead of Cleveland with a 4-1 win over L.A. and a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cougars and clinched the East Division title as the Crusaders lost to Minnesota 2-1. Philadelphia climbed over New York into third place, while Ottawa and Quebec kept the race for fourth place in the East a tight one. Winnipeg, locked up first in the West, as it lost one and tied one for the week. The Minnesota Fighting Saints surged and finished the week in second place.
HORSE RACING—BIG SPRUCE ($29), Don Pierce up, charged past heavily favored Cougar II and 52-to-1 Cicero's Court, who finished second, to win the $111,800 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita by 10 lengths.