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A roundup of the week March 28-April 3
April 11, 1977
PRO BASKETBALL—Playoff scrambles in each conference continue. In the West, Chicago, which stumbled early in the week with losses to Philadelphia and Boston, resumed its charge toward the last playoff spot by defeating Denver 101-97 and New Orleans 101-82. Kansas City beat the Knicks but lost to Philadelphia and Cleveland, and in the Philadelphia game Forward Bill Robinzine fractured an ankle and joined Guard Brian Taylor on the casualty list. Seattle was barely alive after beating Houston and Golden State, losing to Los Angeles and Portland. Going into the final week they stand like this: Chicago 41-37, Kansas City 40-38, Seattle 39-40. Of course, Detroit (42-36) could drop out if it keeps losing, as it did three times last week. Los Angeles, absent from the playoffs the last two years, clinched the Pacific Division championship by beating Seattle 100-97, while Portland looks fit once more as Center Bill Walton, rounding into shape after his latest ankle injury, pumped in 30 points during a 109-98 win over Golden State. In the East, Cleveland's 113-107 defeat of Kansas City clinched a playoff berth for the Cavs, while Boston qualified for its title defense by beating Philadelphia 96-90. In that game Charlie Scott returned to the Celtics lineup after missing 38 games with a broken arm. The Knicks beat Indiana—Walt Frazier scored 41 points—Milwaukee and Buffalo but were dead for the playoffs for the second straight season. The Braves' Adrian Dantley had 32 points in a 94-93 win over Milwaukee, giving him 1,465 for the season, eclipsing Bob McAdoo's team rookie record of 1,441. New Orleans, Atlanta, Indiana and Washington handed the New York Nets their 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th straight losses.
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April 11, 1977

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Darrell Waltrip drove his Chevrolet past Donnie Allison's Chevrolet at the finish of the $156,185 Rebel 500 Grand National Stock Car race in Darlington, S.C. Waltrip averaged 128.817 mph on the 1.366-mile oval.

Mario Andretti, in a Lotus, won the U.S. Grand Prix West by .773 second over Niki Lauda, averaging 86.89 mph over the 2.02-mile course through downtown Long Beach, Calif. (page 28).

SKIING—HENRI DUVILLARD of France won the giant slalom from Hank Kashiwa at the Hawaiian Tropic championships to clinch his second straight world pro title.

STEEPLECHASE—Tommy Stack rode RED RUM to a record third victory in the Grand National at Aintree, England, beating Churchtown Boy by 25 lengths over the 30-fence, four-mile 856-yard course.

TENNIS—EDDIE DIBBS beat fellow New Yorker Vitas Gerulaitis 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 for $30,000 in the final of the WCT tournament in London.

Bjorn Borg earned $8,750 with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Guillermo Vilas in the final of the Nice (France) Grand Prix.

Chris Evert defeated Billie Jean King 6-0, 6-1 for the $25,000 first prize in the Family Circle Magazine Cup tournament in Hilton Head, S.C. It was Evert's 106th consecutive clay-court triumph.

TRACK & FIELD—Texas freshman and Olympic relay gold medalist JOHNNY JONES ran the 100-meter dash in 9.9 at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. Jones' time equaled the world record held by nine sprinters. The ARIZONA STATE mile relay team of Clifton McKenzie (46.9), Gerald Burl (45.8), Tony Darden (45.1) and Herman Frazier (45.0) set a collegiate record of 3:02.8.

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: JIM KILLINGSWORTH, 50, as basketball coach at Oklahoma State. Killingsworth spent the last six seasons at Idaho State; his 1976-77 ISU team had a 25-5 record, including an upset over UCLA in the NCAA regionals.

RESIGNED: CATHY RUSH, 29, as women's basketball coach at Immaculata College in Immaculata, Pa. In seven years Rush's teams had a 149-15 record and won three national championships. The Mighty Macs finished fourth in this year's AIAW tournament.

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