COLLEGE BASKETBALL—MONTCLAIR STATE'S women's team beat Queens 75-60, MARYLAND defeated Southern Connecticut State 93-63, WAYLAND BAPTIST beat North Carolina State 72-55 and UCLA defeated Stephen F. Austin 86-60 to advance to the semifinals of the AIAW National tournament.
JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL—INDEPENDENCE (Kans.) beat Niagara of Sanborn (N.Y.) 62-61 at Hutchinson, Kans. to win its second consecutive NJCAA title.
Panola (Tex.) defeated East Mississippi 67-63 at Overland Park, Kans. for its second straight women's NJCAA championship.
PRO BASKETBALL—Portland, still without Bill Walton and Lloyd Neal, dropped its fourth game in a row for the first time since 1975 but clinched the Pacific Division title. The Blazers lost to Buffalo 96-90, New Orleans 109-103 and San Antonio 118-99. At week's end Portland was able to put together a 105-86 victory over Atlanta. Phoenix' four losses helped the Trail Blazers clinch. Philadelphia, which beat the slumping New York Knicks 141-127, finished the week 4-0 and clinched the Atlantic Division title. John Havlicek, who is retiring this spring, scored a season-high 32 points against Phoenix and became the only player in NBA history to surpass 1,000 points in 16 straight seasons. On Friday Buffalo (3-1) slipped past Milwaukee 136-127 in a foul-plagued game (115 free throws). Even the Nets embarrassed the Suns. Rookies Bernard King and Eddie Jordan combined for 60 points, and King grabbed 17 rebounds and had nine assists as the Nets (3-1) beat Phoenix 117-98. After dropping games to Detroit (2-2) 106-98 and New Jersey 106-104, Houston had its longest losing streak (11 games) since 1968, when the franchise was in San Diego. But Calvin Murphy continued to shine for the Rockets. His 57 points against the Nets was the highest single-game performance this season.
March 27, 1978
BOWLING—DAVE DAVIS beat Earl Anthony 235-186 to win a $100,000 PBA tournament in St. Louis.
BOXING—CARLOS PALOMINO retained his WBC welterweight title, knocking out Mimoun Mohatar of Morocco in Las Vegas. It was Palomino's 20th knockout and gave him a 26-1-3 record.
FENCING—NOTRE DAME defeated the University of Pennsylvania 121-110 for its second straight NCAA title.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS shot a one-over-par 289 to win the $344,200 Tournament Players Championship in Jacksonville by one stroke over Lou Graham. It was Nicklaus' third TPC title and second victory this season (page 20).
Sally Little beat Nancy Lopez on the 1st hole of a playoff to win the $150,000 Kathryn Crosby/Honda Civic Classic in San Diego. Little shot a final-round 65 to equal Lopez' six-under-par 282.
HOCKEY—NHL: Back on the ice after a year's layoff, Derek Sanderson scored his 200th career goal against the team that only five months ago had dumped him for reporting to camp out of shape. However, Sanderson's goal wasn't enough for Pittsburgh, which lost to Vancouver 7-4. The Spectrum definitely isn't hospitable to the Colorado Rockies. Philadelphia handed the Rockies their 10th consecutive loss there, dropping Colorado's road record to 1-24-10. Playing at home to the largest crowd in their two-year history, 16,110, the Rockies defeated Vancouver 3-1. It seemed like the same old game for the Minnesota North Stars, who in their 10-year history have never won in Boston. This time it was 7-2, Bruins. Until last week, the only team Guy Lafleur had not scored against this season was Chicago. When the Canadiens defeated the Black Hawks 6-2, Lafleur scored goal No. 55, tops in the league. In a 6-3 win over the Kings, Lafleur got goal No. 56. This is the fourth successive season in which Lafleur has scored 50 or more goals.
WHA: Defeating Birmingham 6-0 and Indianapolis 7-0, New England increased its second-place lead to four points over Houston. Birmingham broke the major league record of 1,980 penalty minutes when Gilles Bilodeau was assessed with a fighting infraction at 18:21 in the second period at New England. The Whalers went on to snap Cincinnati's four-game win streak 6-2, while Edmonton did the same to Winnipeg with a 6-2 victory.
HORSE RACING—ESOPS FOIBLES ($30.20), Chris McCarron up, won the $124,750 Louisiana Derby by a head over Quadratic at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50⅘ two seconds off the track record.
MARATHON—MARTY COOKSEY won the first Avon International women's event, held in Atlanta, in 2:46:16 (page 24).
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 142.520 mph in his Thunderbird, BOBBY ALLISON raced to a one-lap victory ahead of Dave Marcis' Chevrolet in the $205,800 Atlanta 500 at Hampton, Ga.
SWIMMING—ARIZONA STATE'S women's team out-scored runner-up Florida 533-464 to win its second straight team title in the AIAW national championship meet in Durham, N.C.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG beat Chris Evert 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win the $100,000 Virginia Slims tournament in Boston (page 68).
Harold Solomon and Vitas Gerulaitis won the final two singles matches to complete a 4-1 victory over South Africa in Nashville that sent the U.S. to the American Zone Davis Cup finals.
WRESTLING—IOWA won its third NCAA title in College Park, Md. The individual champions: Jimmy Jackson (Okla. St.), heavyweight; Ron Jeidy (Wisconsin), 190 pounds; Mark Lieberman (Lehigh), 177; Keith Stearns (Oklahoma), 167; Lee Kemp (Wisconsin), 158; Mark Churella (Michigan), 150; Dan Hicks (Oregon St.), 142; Ken Mallory (Montclair St.), 134; Mike Land (Iowa St.), 126; Andy Daniels (Ohio U.), 118 (page 76).
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: DICK HARTER, 47, to replace John Bach, who resigned as basketball coach at Penn State. Harter coached at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966-71 and had an 88-44 record. He was 113-81 during his seven years at Oregon. JIM HANEY, 29, as basketball coach at Oregon. Haney has been an assistant to Harter for the past seven seasons. DON DEVOE, 36, as basketball coach at Tennessee, succeeding Ray Mears, who resigned because of ill health. DeVoe coached at Wyoming for the past two seasons and had a 29-25 record.
FIRED: As basketball coach at Auburn University, BOB DAVIS, 50. Davis' teams have had a 70-61 record since 1973.
RESIGNED: KEN EDWARDS, 34, as basketball coach at Portland State. He established a six-year record of 94-63.
TRADED: Oakland A's Pitcher VIDA BLUE, 28, to the San Francisco Giants for seven players, including Outfielder Gary Thomasson and Pitcher Dave Heaverlo, and an estimated $400,000 in cash.