AAU BASKETBALL—Providence's ERNIE DiGREGORIO and UCLA's SVEN NATER paced the United States team with 14 points apiece to an 83-65 win in the first of a six-game series with the U.S.S.R.
PRO BASKETBALL—ABA: Kentucky handed Carolina a 107-96 defeat to advance to the finals but then cried foul in the opener against Indiana, losing a highly disputed overtime game 111-107. A three-second violation in the third quarter nullified a basket by Colonel Center Artis Gilmore. Disagreeing with the call, the Colonels played the rest of the game under protest. "We've run that play 20 times this year." said Joe Mullaney, coach of Kentucky. "It's never taken three seconds to run before. It was a bad call." There was more to come. With a minute remaining in the game, Kentucky's Jimmy O'Brien missed a shot—in fact, missed the rim, which should have left the 30-second clock running—fought for the ball and then connected with 35 seconds remaining in regulation time. The referees, nobody's sweethearts in Louisville's Freedom Hall, disallowed that shot, too, on the grounds that the 30-second clock had indeed expired before O'Brien's second attempt. A television replay exonerated the refs, but none of the 12,119 fans who threw debris on the floor and tried to pick fights with the Pacers saw it. Freddie Lewis, who finished with 29 points for Indiana, scored on a jumper with 17 seconds left in the extra period to clinch the win.
NBA: New York withstood a two-game return from the ashes by Boston, 98-97 and 110-100, then finished off the Celtics 94-78 to take the East 4-3 (page 26). Meanwhile, Los Angeles put an end to any Golden State hopes with a 128-118 final game, winning the West 4-1. Gail Goodrich scored a personal playoff-high 44 points and Wilt Chamberlain pulled down 22 rebounds.
BOWLING—BARBARA RENNER of Cleveland out-rolled Judy Cook of Grandview, Mo. 235-207 to capture the richest prize in the history of the Professional Women's Bowling Association, the $55,000 Rick Case Honda Classic, in Akron. It was Renner's first pro tournament.
CYCLING—DENMARK dominated the first week of the Grand Prix of the United States in Encino, Calif. with five gold medals. ROGER YOUNG of Detroit gave the U.S. its only victory, in the 5,000 meters.
GOLF—Dan Sikes blew a two-foot putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to give LANNY WADKINS the $30,000 first prize in the Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas.
GYMNASTICS—YOSHI HAYASAKI of Illinois and YOSHI TAKEI of Georgia Southern College tied for first with 108.10 points in the men's all-around in the National AAU championship in Buffalo. JOAN MOORE RICE of Philadelphia took the women's all-around with 74.70.
HARNESS RACING—BYE BYE MAX ($21.80), driven by Jack Bailey, won the final of the $54,100 Golden Bear Pace at Los Alamitos, Cypress, Calif. by a nose over Sir Dalrae, covering the mile in 1:59[1/5].
HOCKEY—NHL: Both the East and West were wrapped up in five games as Montreal finished off Philadelphia 5-3 and Chicago destroyed New York's 33-year-old dream of the Stanley Cup, 4-1. Canadien Henri Richard, who scored the winning goal in the final game against the Flyers, called reports that he was retiring after the playoff's "premature," while veteran Defenseman Jacques Laperriere wished he had retired, as he suffered a groin injury against the Flyers, then hobbled back for the opener against Chicago on Sunday, only to get his nose broken. Two goals by Stan Mikita and a goal and three assists from Dennis Hull got Chicago past the Rangers and on to the playoff finals. The Black Hawks, challenging the Canadiens for the 16th time in 43 years, lost the first game of the finals in Montreal 8-3 (page 34). Veteran Center Jacques Lemaire scored two goals and the Mahovlich brothers. Frank and Pete, added one each.
WHA: Winnipeg slid smoothly through the West, dropping Houston 4-2 and 3-0 for a four-game sweep of the Aeros. In the final game in Houston, Jet Wing Norm Beaudin, who leads the playoffs in scoring with 21 points, slapped in two goals and got help from Larry Hornung, who scored in the third period. New England only needed one more from Cleveland and the Whalers got it with a 3-1 fifth-game final. The Whalers, playing without Center John Danby, who separated a shoulder last week, blasted past Winnipeg 7-2 in the initial game of the championship series.