PRO BASKETBALL—Seattle was 2-0 this season against Atlantic Division leader Washington until last week, when the Bullets evened the series. Led by Elvin Hayes, who scored a total of 65 points, Washington upended the Sonics 105-94 and 132-110. Seattle, which saw its Pacific Division lead dwindle to half a game over Los Angeles, also lost 118-102 to Central Division leader San Antonio. George Gervin, the league's top scorer with a 29.8 average, poured in 38 for the Spurs. The Sonics edged New Orleans 96-94 for their only victory. Before that game, the Jazz, who have the NBA's worst record, announced that Pete Maravich would sit out the remainder of the season to allow his injured right knee to heal. Midwest Division leader Kansas City, which won three of four, beat Milwaukee 133-117 as Phil Ford had 26 points and 22 assists. Two nights later, in a 121-112 defeat of Phoenix, Ford was good for 22 and 21. Houston's Moses Malone also turned in a pair of dazzling performances. In a 120-110 win over the Bullets, he scored 35 points and pulled down 23 rebounds, and in a 126-124 overtime loss to New Jersey, he had 45 and 15. In that game, John Williamson scored 41 for the Nets, who won three in a row before dropping a 111-107 decision to New York. The victory snapped a seven-game Knicks' losing string. Detroit extended its winning streak to four games with a 124-104 win over the Spurs and a 106-99 overtime defeat of Philadelphia. The 76ers, playing without the injured Doug Collins, Eric Money and Julius Erving, have lost five of their last six games.
BOATING—WILLIWAW, skippered by Dennis Conner, won the overall championship of the SORC series. TENACIOUS, with Ted Turner at the helm, won the Miami-to-Nassau race; and ILLUSION, skippered by Bob Taylor, won the Nassau Cup, the sixth and final race of the circuit.
BOWLING—CLIFF McNEALY defeated Earl Anthony 212-195 to win the $70,000 Cleveland Open.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS shot a final-round 69 for an eight-under-par 276 to win the $250,000 Los Angeles Open by one stroke over Lon Hinkle.
March 5, 1979
HOCKEY—NHL: Right Winger Mike Bossy set one league record and tied another as the Patrick Division-leading Islanders won all three of their games. In an 8-3 rout of Los Angeles, Bossy, who was playing in his 129th NHL game, scored his 100th career goal to break Maurice Richard's mark of 100 goals in his first 134 games. Then, in a 3-1 defeat of Detroit, Bossy joined Bobby Hull and Andy Bathgate as the only modern players to get goals in 10 consecutive games as he scored Nos. 49 and 50 of this season. Meanwhile, Buffalo's Dave Schultz established a record of dubious distinction. During a 3-2 loss to Smythe Division leader Chicago, Schultz, who has led the NHL in penalty minutes four of the last six seasons, was penalized 34 more minutes to become the career leader in that category, with 2,231. Pittsburgh halted Montreal's unbeaten streak at 14 by a score of 3-1, but the next night, the Canadiens, who enjoy a 32-point lead in the Norris Division, trounced the Penguins 12-0. Guy Lapointe had four assists, and every Canadicn on the ice except Goalie Michel Larocque had at least one point. Paced by Pete McNab's two goals and three assists, Adams Division leader Boston beat Colorado 5-3 for its first win in four starts.
WHA: Relying on a balanced attack, Edmonton extended its winning streak to 10 games and took over first place for the first time in its seven-year history. One of its three victories was an 8-2 rout of second-place New England. In that game, Steve Carlson had two goals and an assist, and Wayne Gretzky four assists. Quebec won three of four and moved into a tie for third with Winnipeg, which dropped three of four. The Nordiques beat New England 6-0 as Jim Corsi got his third shutout of the season, and Real Cloutier, who leads the league in goals, with 50, scored twice.
HORSE RACING—SPECTACULAR BID ($2.20), Ronnie Franklin up, won the $59,800 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream by 8½ lengths over Lot o' Gold. The 3-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:41[1/5].
SWIMMING—TRACEY WICKHAM of Australia broke the women's world record for 1,500 meters in Perth. Her time of 16:06.63 was 8.30 seconds faster than the mark she set in 1978.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat Vitas Gerulaitis 6-5, 6-0, 6-4 to win a $200,000 WCT event in Puerto Rico.
Wendy Turnbull defeated Virginia Ruzici 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 in the finals of the $150,000 Avon Championships of Detroit.
Wojtek Fibak beat Victor Amaya 6-4, 6-1 to win a $125.000 Grand Prix tournament in Denver.
TRACK & FIELD—Sixteen-year-old CANDY YOUNG broke the women's world indoor record for the 60-yard hurdles at the AAU National Indoor Championships in New York City. Her time of 7.50 was .03 of a second faster than the mark set last year by Deby LaPlante. At the same meet, EVELYN ASHFORD broke the women's world indoor record for the 60-yard dash with a time of 6.71, .01 of a second better than the mark set In DeAndra Carney in 1978 (page 16).
Andrea Matay of Hungary broke the women's world indoor record for the high jump in Budapest. Her leap of 6'6" was an inch and a quarter better than the mark she shared with Rosemarie Ackermann of East Germany and Sara Simeoni of Italy.
Thomas Munkelt of East Germany broke the world indoor record for the 60-meter hurdles at the European Indoor Championships in Vienna. His time of 7.59 was .03 of a second better than the mark he shared with Renaldo Nehemiah. In the same meet Czechoslovakia's KAREL KOLAR broke the world indoor record for 400 meters with a time of 46.21, .17 of a second faster than the mark set by Luciano Susanj of Yugoslavia in 1974; and NATALIA MARACESCU of Romania ran the 1,500 in 4:03.5 to break by half a second the women's world indoor record she set this year.
MILEPOSTS—CENSURED: By NASCAR, DONNIE ALLISON for bumping Cale Yarborough on the final lap of the Daytona 500 when they were running first and second, respectively. Because of the incident, which ended in both cars crashing, Allison was put on six-month's probation and fined $6,000; Yarborough and Allison's brother, Bobby, also were fined $6,000 for a helmet-swinging fight that was brought on by the crash.
HIRED: As coach of the New York Giants, RAY PERKINS, 37, former All-America receiver at Alabama and for the past season offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers.
TRADED: By the Chicago Cubs, Second Baseman MANNY TRILLO, a .261 hitter last season; Outfielder GREG GROSS, who baited .265; and Catcher DAVE RADER, who hit .203; to the Philadelphia Phillies for Outfielder JERRY MARTIN (.271), Catcher BARRY FOOTE (.158), Second Baseman TED SIZEMORE (.219) and two minor league pitchers.
DIED: HOWARD SCHENKEN, 75, considered by many experts to have been the world's best bridge player; of a brain tumor; in Palm Springs, Calif. He won virtually every bridge honor in his five-decade career.