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BASKETBALL—NBA DRAFT: After acquiring the No. 1 pick in the draft from Atlanta, in a deal that also sent Center Joe C. Meriweather, Guard Gus Bailey and the No. 9 pick in the first round to the Hawks for Center Dwight Jones, Houston drafted Maryland Guard JOHN LUCAS and immediately signed him to a five-year, no-cut contract. Following Lucas, Chicago selected Indiana Forward SCOTT MAY; Kansas City picked UCLA Forward RICHARD WASHINGTON; and Detroit chose Alabama Center LEON DOUGLAS.
CANOEING AND KAYAKING—After the trials at Cambridge, Ohio, the U.S. Olympic team is: C-1, men—ANGUS MORRISON of Wayzata, Minn.; C-2-500, men—ROLAND MUHLEN of Cincinnati and ANDY WEIGAND of Arlington, Va.; C-2-1,000, men—ANDRAS TORO of El Cerrito, Calif. and CHUCK LYDA of Irvine, Calif.; K-1-500, men—HENRYK KRAWCZYK, Brooklyn; K-1-1,000, men—DAVE GILMAN, Riverside, Calif.; K-1, women—JULIE LEACH of Newport Beach, Calif.; K-2, women—LINDA DRAGAN of Oxon Hill, Md. and ANN TURNER of St. Charles, Ill.; K-2, men—BILL LEACH of Newport Beach and MIKE JOHNSON of Costa Mesa, Calif.; K-4, men—BRUCE BARTON of Horton, Mich., PETE DEYO of Niles, Mich., BRENT TURNER of St. Charles and STEVE KELLEY of the Bronx.
Scott Simpson's 18-foot putt on the final hole at Albuquerque gave the USC junior a 283 total and the NCAA title, beating Barton Goodwin of Rice by one stroke. Oklahoma State took the team championship with a total of 1,166 (page 62).
Beth Daniel, the American women's amateur champion, won two singles matches and two foursomes to lead the U.S. to a 11�-6� victory over Britain in the Curtis Cup at Lytham, England, the ninth straight U.S. win. Daniel, 19, from Charleston, S.C., was the only player to take all her matches.
HOCKEY—L'affaire Bobby Orr dominated the NHL's annual meetings in Montreal, with the Chicago Black Hawks agreeing to sign former Boston Bruin Orr, a free agent with rickety knees, to a reported unconditional five-year contract for $3 million (page 24). The NHL also amended its fisticuffs rules: now a player who starts a fight will be dismissed from the game by the referee. Philadelphia Captain Bobby Clarke was voted MVP for the third time in four years, while Defenseman Denis Potvin of the New York Islanders ended Orr's eight-year hold on the Norris Memorial Trophy as the best all-round defenseman and Center Bryan Trottier of the Islanders was voted Rookie of the Year. The Hall of Fame named five new members: players Johnny Bower and Bill Quackenbush and builders William W. Wirtz, Philip D. Ross and Dr. John L. Gibson.
MOTOR SPORTS—JODY SCHECKTER of South Africa and PATRICK DEPAILLER of France finished one-two, 59.7 seconds apart, in their Tyrrell six-wheelers at the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstorp. It was the first Formula I victory for the revolutionary cars, and came only six weeks after they made their debut in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Belgian JACKY ICKX and co-driver GIJS VAN LENNEP of The Netherlands drove their turbo-charged Porsche 936 into the lead after 35 minutes of the Le Mans 24-hour race, were never behind as they completed 349.8 laps (2,962.1 miles) and finished 92 miles ahead of Frenchmen Jean-Louis La-Fosse and Francois Migault, in an American-entered Mirage. It was the second straight Le Mans win for Ickx, and the third of his career. Andre Haller of France was killed when his Datsun crashed into a guardrail and exploded.
SOCCER—NASL: DEREK SMETHURST'S second consecutive hat trick powered Tampa Bay to a 5-1 win over New York. Paul Cannell of Washington scored both goals in his team's 2-1 win over San Jose, putting him into a tie with Smethurst for the league scoring lead. Each had eight goals and one assist. Smethurst and Cannell helped keep the Eastern race red hot—Washington in first, the New York Cosmos six points behind and Tampa 11 behind. The Cosmos moved on to Minnesota, where they beat the Kicks 2-1 before a crowd of 46,000, a league attendance record for a regular game. Giorgio Chinaglia, the Cosmos' new complement to Pel�, scored his fifth goal of the season. The Eastern Division was not alone in its competitiveness; the week's play included a rare total of four tie breakers, three in one night, and only four of the 20 teams were not involved in close races.