BASKETBALL—NBA: Milwaukee beat the San Francisco Warriors 118-107 to clinch a tie for its divisional title with 14 games remaining. Oscar Robertson, the new club assist-record holder paced the Bucks' 12th consecutive win with 26 points, one more than Lew Alcindor. The Midwest leaders then won the title by beating San Diego 139-104. In the Central Division, Atlanta lost to Boston 136-129 but beat Portland 118-107 and Buffalo 134-117 to move into second place, half a game ahead of Cincinnati (page 26). New York led Philadelphia by 4� games in the Atlantic Division while Los Angeles had an 8�-game lead over San Francisco in the Pacific race.
ABA: Merv Jackson's tie-breaking basket with 36 seconds left led Utah to a 112-109 victory over Indiana and increased its West Division lead over the Pacers to 2� games. Virginia lost to Pittsburgh 127-116 but defeated Carolina twice, 127-114 and 124-119, to hold a 9�-game East lead over Kentucky.
BOXING—VINCENTE PAUL RONDON of Venezuela scored a technical knockout over Jimmy Dupree of Jersey City in 2:58 of the sixth round at Caracas, Venezuela to capture the WBA light-heavyweight championship. Dupree, ranked No. 1 by the WBA, and Rondon, ranked No. 2, fought for the title declared vacant by the WBA when it penalized Bob Foster for failure to defend against Dupree within six months.
FIGURE SKATING—Three-time European champion BEATRIX SCHUBA of Austria won the women's world championship at Lyons, France. Miss Schuba compiled such a large lead in the compulsory program (89.5 points) that she had virtually clinched the title before competing in the free skating. Runner-up Julie Lynn Holmes of the U.S. finished 65.7 points behind the winner.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won his second PGA Championship, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (page 22), and became the first to win the four major pro tournaments—the U.S. and British Opens, the Masters and the PGA—twice. Nicklaus' seven-under-par 281 beat Billy Casper by two strokes.
HOCKEY—Records tumbled all week. The Boston Bruins, already possessors of many, established two more NHL marks while downing Vancouver 8-3. After coming from behind to tie 2-2, the Bruins scored three quick goals within 20 seconds to erase a 19-year-old record held by Chicago (all three scored by Bill Mosienko). In addition, Ed Westfall's goal made him the eighth member of the Bruins to score 20 or more goals this season. Chicago's Bobby Hull scored three goals for the 27th time in his 14-year career in a 7-5 triumph over L.A., to put him one ahead of Maurice Richard, who had 26 over 18 years.
HORSE RACING—The 5-year-old mare DRUMTOP ($28.80) won the $143,600 Hialeah Turf Cup from a crack field of males, including Fort Marcy, the 1970 Horse of the Year, who unexpectedly set the pace and faltered in the stretch to finish third. The Pruner was second.
Three leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby were defeated. At Hialeah, Bold and Able finished fourth in a 1[1/16]-mile, $10,000 allowance race won by THORN ($220.40). At Santa Anita, Diplomatic Agent was third behind BOLD JOEY ($19.80) and Fast Fellow in the one-mile, $33,950 San Jacinto Stakes. And at Oaklawn Park, in Arkansas, previously undefeated Staunch Avenger was second to BARBIZON STREAK ($7.60) in the six-furlong, $20,000 Southwest Handicap.
SKIING—It was a case of peaking too late: American BARBARA COCHRAN won it all at the World Cup races in Heavenly Valley, Calif.—first the slalom, then the giant slalom—to shut out the tough touring European stars. But there is only one event left in the season, next weekend in Sweden, and Barbara cannot catch the leader, Austria's Anne Marie Proell, who seems to have the championship cinched. In the men's division, Italy's GUSTAV THONI, 20, continued to lead the way, winning the slalom and the giant slalom, and increasing his lead. Only one racer, Frenchman Henri Duvillard, has a mathematical chance of catching him.
SPEED SKATING—Although she bettered her day-old world record in the 500 meters with a 42.75, Anne Henning of Northbrook, Ill. was runner-up to RUTH SCHLEIERMACHER of East Germany in the women's world sprint championship at Inzell, Germany. Miss Henning led by .02 points going into the final race but placed sixth in the 1,000 meters, while Miss Schleiermacher placed second and edged the American 175.73 to 176.61.