BASKETBALL—After a two-day special draft for the stocking of the NBA's new Seattle and San Diego franchises (each of the 10 established clubs relinquished three men), the annual draft of college players, held in New York City, began its selection of 127 athletes. The top players, picked mostly in the first round, were: JIMMY WALKER, Providence guard (a day earlier he had signed a four-year, estimated $200,000 contract), SONNY DOVE, St. John's center, and BOB LLOYD, Rutgers guard, Detroit; EARL MONROE, Winston-Salem State guard, Baltimore; CLEM HASKINS, Western Kentucky forward, Chicago; RANDY MAHAFFEY, Clemson forward, Los Angeles; WALT FRAZIER, Southern Illinois guard, and KEITH SWAGERTY, University of the Pacific center, New York; TOM WORKMAN, Seattle forward, and BOB VERGA, Duke guard, St. Louis; MEL DANIELS, New Mexico center, Cincinnati; DAVE LATTIN, Texas Western forward, San Francisco; MEL GRAHAM, New York University guard, Boston; CRAIG RAYMOND, Brigham Young center, Philadelphia; AL TUCKER, Oklahoma Baptist forward, Seattle; and PAT RILEY, Kentucky forward, San Diego.
BOWLING—At the 64th American Bowling Congress Tournament in Miami Beach, covering a period of 65 days, BOB STRAMPE of Detroit became the classic all-events champion, while LOUIS MANDRAGONA of Miami won the singles, and NORM MYERS and HARRY SMITH of California the doubles. The Classic team title went to BALANCER GLOVE of Fort Worth. Regular event champions were: GARY LEWIS of Chicago (all-round), FRANK PERRY of Lorain, Ohio (singles), MARK KUGLITSCH and RON WHEELER of Milwaukee (doubles), and PINKY'S BOWL of Milwaukee (team).
Lou Scalia, 24, of Hollywood, Fla. took six straight matches in the double-elimination finals at the ABC Masters championship to beat Bill Johnson, 29, of New Orleans by 19 pins.
BOXING—KARL MILDENBERGER, the 29-year-old European heavyweight champion from West Germany, floored Amos (Big Train) Lincoln of Portland, Ore. twice in the sixth round of a scheduled 10-round nontitle match in Frankfurt, Germany before he knocked him down for good (TKO).
Former World Light-heavyweight Champion HAROLD JOHNSON, 38, who says he's "ready to take on all challengers," started his comeback in New Orleans when he won a 10-round unanimous decision over unranked Hershel Jacobs, 26, of White Plains, N.Y. The bout was only Johnson's fifth since he lost his title to Willie Pastrano in 1963.
In another 10-round unanimous decision, heavyweight-title contender JOE FRAZIER, 23, of Philadelphia remained undefeated after his 16th professional fight as he beat 26-year-old George (Scrap Iron) Johnson in Los Angeles.
GOLF—FRANK BEARD of Louisville won the $115,000 Champions International tournament in Houston by a stroke over Arnold Palmer (page 28).
GYMNASTICS—Louisiana's NORTH WESTERN STATE COLLEGE scored an upset victory in the men's division of the National AAU championships in Natchitoches, La. as SEIITO, a graduate student from Japan, took first in the still rings, third in the floor exercises and fourth in horizontal bars. Southwestern Louisiana finished second, while defending champion Southern Connecticut failed to place. World trampoline and tumbling champion JUDY WILLS won her two specialties and Nancy Smith finished second in both to lead SOUTHERN ILLINOIS to a repeat victory in the women's division. All-round champions were YOSHI HAKASAKI of Seattle and CAROLYN HECKER of Southern Connecticut.
HOCKEY—NHL: TORONTO gained its 11th Stanley Cup and its first since 1964 when the Maple Leafs defeated Montreal 3-1 in the sixth game to take the final playoff series 4-2 (page 61).
HORSE RACING—Darby Dan Farm's PROUD CLARION ($62.20) won the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (page 20).