PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Having clinched its second straight Pacific Division title with a 110-101 win over Detroit, Golden State beat Buffalo 110-109 and Milwaukee 120-106. for its ninth consecutive win at home. Los Angeles was 2-2 during the week and regained second place from Seattle. The Sonics took Buffalo 122-111 to stay one game ahead of Phoenix in the battle for the wild-card playoff spot in the West. Phoenix hung in by defeating Detroit 106-100, with Garfield Heard contributing a season-high 27 points. Portland beat Houston 111-105. Boston, still a mile ahead in the Atlantic, got John Havlicek back from a knee injury in time for two overtime wins, against Kansas City and Philadelphia. Third-place Buffalo won two of four. Although Buffalo lost to Seattle 122-111, Bob McAdoo had 52 points, a league season high that matched his career high. Philadelphia was 1-2, to stay just ahead of the Braves, and the Knicks limped along without injured Walt Frazier, beating the Jazz but losing to Houston and Washington. The Bullets won twice to remain ahead of Cleveland in the Central. The Cavaliers registered a club-record 41st victory by beating Atlanta 107-99. The Jazz lost Pete Maravich to the flu and were 1-2, succumbing to New York and Buffalo. Houston was 2-1, and Atlanta lost three games. Milwaukee still leads the Midwest. In the race for second place, Kansas City stayed ahead of Detroit, losing its two games while the Pistons were dropping their three. Chicago was 2-1, and during the Bulls' 108-101 win over Atlanta, Tom Boerwinkle had a career-high 31 points.
ABA: Denver, still No. 1 (page 24), defeated St. Louis (twice), Indiana and Virginia, and lost to New York. Second-place New York was 3-1, beating St. Louis 96-90, Denver 110-98 and Virginia 109-101 and losing to Kentucky 104-97 as Julius Erving had his poorest game of the season, scoring only nine points. San Antonio and St. Louis split two games, the Spurs taking the first at home 115-105 and dropping the second 125-100 in Salt Lake City. Third-place San Antonio also lost to Indiana and St. Louis fell to Denver 111-94 and to New York. Indiana edged two games ahead of St. Louis for the fifth playoff berth by beating San Antonio 115-95, but then lost to Denver in a game in which David Thompson started at guard for the first time as a pro. Kentucky defeated Virginia 130-115 and New York, while the Squires absorbed their 11th and 12th consecutive losses, to Denver and New York.
BOWLING—PAUL MOSER, of Medford, Mass., won his first pro tournament, the $100,000 Bowling Proprietors Association of America U.S. Open in Grand Prairie, Texas, defeating Jim Frazier of Spokane 226-195.
BOXING—Britain's JOHN STRACEY stopped Hedgemon Lewis of Los Angeles in the 10th round at Wembley, England to retain his WBC welterweight title.
CREW—OXFORD won the 122nd annual race on the Thames against Cambridge by six lengths, setting a record of 16:58 for the 4½-mile event. The old mark, established by Oxford in 1974, was 17:35.
GOLF—HUBERT GREEN recovered from a double bogey on the 3rd hole to shoot a two-under-par 70 and win the Greater Jacksonville Open, his second consecutive tour victory. Green, who carded a 276, finished two strokes ahead of Miller Barber.
HOCKEY—NHL: Patrick leader Philadelphia defeated Atlanta 4-2 and Vancouver 3-2 to extend its unbeaten streak to 23 games, tying the record set in 1940-41 by Boston. In the Vancouver game, Reggie Leach scored his 54th goal, a league record for a right wing. Detroit then snapped the Flyers' string 4-2. The Islanders lost to Minnesota 3-1 and bested Chicago 4-2. Atlanta tied Vancouver 2-2, as Tom Lysiak set a Flame record of 78 points. The Rangers were 1-2, losing to Washington and Boston and beating Minnesota. In the Smythe, Chicago beat Kansas City 6-3 and got by Toronto 6-5 on a six-inch shove by Pit Martin. The Black Hawks lost to the Islanders 4-2 but remained in first, three points ahead of Vancouver. The Canucks defeated Detroit 4-2, lost to Philadelphia and tied Atlanta. St. Louis tied Boston 3-3 and was beaten by Detroit. Minnesota ended its seven-game losing streak by trimming the Islanders 3-1. The North Stars then lost to the Rangers 3-1. Kansas City dropped its three games. Norris leader Montreal got past Pittsburgh 5-4 and California 4-1, before losing to Los Angeles 4-3, which put the Kings into a tie for second with Pittsburgh. Detroit was 2-1 during the week and Washington 0-2. Adams leader Boston tied St. Louis 3-3, then defeated Kansas City and the Rangers. Second-place Buffalo won both its games. Toronto lost to Chicago, but beat Washington, and California was 0-2-1.
WHA: Eastern leader New England was whipped by Quebec 5-1 and Indianapolis 5-2, then beat Cincinnati 6-5 in overtime and tied Indianapolis 1-1, also in overtime. Cincinnati took sole possession of second by defeating Toronto 5-4. Cleveland lost to Toronto twice but beat Phoenix 6-5. The big news in the West was the league's taking the San Diego franchise away from Baltimore businessman Joseph Schwartz, who had not met his payrolls. The Mariners, whose fate was undecided, were beaten by Houston 8-3 and Phoenix 4-3. Canadian leader Winnipeg edged Calgary 3-2 and was edged in turn by Edmonton 2-1. Second-place Quebec beat New England 5-1 as Marc Tardif scored his 63rd and 64th goals of the season. Quebec beat Toronto but lost to Calgary 8-7. In that game Nordique Real Cloutier scored his 100th point. At 19 he is the youngest player in either league ever to do so. Calgary defeated Edmonton and was taken by Winnipeg. The Toronto Toros had their first shutout of the season, 6-0, over Cleveland.
HORSE RACING—JOHNNY APPLESEED ($24.40), Marco Castaneda up, took the $100,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans by a neck, running the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49[4/5].
Avatar ($9.80), Laffit Pincay Jr. in the irons, won a head victory in the $109,300 San Luis Rey Stakes. His time for the 1½ miles on the turf course was 2:2[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—MICHAEL KEYSER and AL HOLBERT, driving a Porsche Carrera, won the 12 Hours of Sebring, covering 230 laps of the 5.2-mile Florida course at 99.66 mph. Another Carrera finished second, two laps behind.
David Pearson won the Atlanta 500 stock car race for the second time, averaging 128.904 mph in his Mercury. Second place went to Benny Parsons in a Chevrolet.
SPEED SKATING—In Alma-Ata, in Soviet central Asia, STEN STENSEN of Norway set a world record of 14:38.08 for 10,000 meters, and GALINA STEPANSKAYA of the Soviet Union broke the 3,000-meter world record with a time of 4:40.59.
SWIMMING—The UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI won the AIAW championship for the second straight year, scoring 445½ points to second-place UCLA's 381, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
TENNIS—Having paid a $6,000 fine to get back on the circuit, ILIE NASTASE ripped Jimmy Connors 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 to win the IPA tournament at Carlsbad, Calif.
At the Jackson, Miss. WCT tournament, KEN ROSEWALL downed Raul Ramirez 6-3, 6-3.
In Keauhou-Kona, Hawaii, ARTHUR ASHE beat Bjorn Borg 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 to remain undefeated in the $320,000 WCT Avis Challenge Cup series.
On the Virginia Slims circuit EVONNE GOOLAGONG destroyed Martina Navratilova in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 to win in Dallas.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: ABE LEMONS, 53, as basketball coach at the University of Texas. In 18 years at Oklahoma City University, Lemons compiled a 309-179 record; at Pan American he took a team that was 4-22 in 1972-73 and so transformed it that the Broncs had a 20-5 record this season.
OPENED: Baseball spring training camps, by order of Commissioner BOWIE KUHN, ending an 18-day lockout by the owners (page 20).
DIED: VLADIMIR (SPIDER) SABICH, 31, pro skiing star; from a gunshot wound; in Aspen, Colo. Sabich skied for the U.S. in the 1968 Olympics and was world pro champion in 1971-72. Singer Claudine Longet was released on bond after questioning.
DIED: JOE FULKS, 54, an NBA star with Philadelphia for eight years; in Eddyville, Ky.; of a gunshot wound, following an argument. Fulks led the Basketball Association of America in scoring in 1947, and in 1949 set a single-game pro scoring record of 63 points that stood for 10 years.
DIED: GEORGE POCOCK, 84, internationally recognized designer and builder of racing shells; in Seattle. Pocock shells, which used techniques he learned from his father and grandfather, have dominated intercollegiate rowing since the mid-'20s.