PRO BASKETBALL—Atlanta stretched its winning streak to eight and took over sole possession of second place in the Central Division, three games behind San Antonio. After upending Philadelphia 94-91, the Hawks edged Midwest Division-leader Kansas City 122-120 in overtime behind John Drew's 36 points. The loss to Atlanta was the fifth in a row for Kansas City, which played without its No. 2 scorer. Scott Wedman, who was injured in an automobile accident and will be sidelined for at least two weeks. Led by Phil Ford's 29 points and 15 assists, the Kings later beat Atlantic Division-leader Washington 121-116, despite a 38-point performance from Bob Dandridge. Earlier in the week, Dandridge and Elvin Hayes scored a total of 54 and 66, respectively, in a 129-128 defeat of the Spurs, winners of eight of their last 10 games, and a 109-105 loss to Indiana. The Pacers also knocked off Portland 125-116 as Indiana Guard Ricky Sobers hit for a career-high 34. Tom Owens pumped in 37 and Mychal Thompson added 31 for the Blazers, who had won three straight without the sidelined Maurice Lucas and Lionel Hollins. Gus Williams poured in 38 points as Seattle defeated New Jersey 108-100 and regained the top spot in the Pacific Division from the Lakers, who were 0-2. San Diego, which trails the Sonics by five games, beat Cleveland 121-115 for its 10th victory in its last 11 starts. Clipper Guard Lloyd Free, who scored 34 in a 138-115 rout of Houston, had 33 against the Cavs. Paced by Kevin Porter's 30 points and 25 assists. Detroit trounced slumping Boston 160-117. Porter's assist total and the Pistons' point total are both team records.
BOWLING—ROY BUCKLEY defeated Craig Mueller 233-215 to win a $100,000 PBA tournament in Miami.
Larry Laub beat Paul Moser 249-199 to win an $80,000 PBA tournament in Adelphi, Md.
BOXING—WILFREDO GOMEZ of Puerto Rico retained his WBC super-bantamweight crown in Madison Square Garden with a fifth-round knockout of Colombia's Nestor Jimenez (page 16).
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Danny Lopez of Los Angeles retained his WBC featherweight crown in Salt Lake City with a second-round knockout of Spain's Roberto Casta‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬±on (page 16).
Carlos Zarate of Mexico City knocked out Mesiah Kpalogo of Togo in the third round in Inglewood, Calif, to retain his WBC bantamweight title.
GOLF—LARRY NELSON shot a final-round 71 for a 14-under-par 274 to win the $300,000 Inverrary Classic in Lauderhill, Fla. by three strokes over Grier Jones.
Nancy Lopez shot a final round 69 for an eight-under-par 280 to win a $100,000 LPGA tournament in Los Angeles by one stroke over Hollis Stacy.
HOCKEY—NHL: Darryl Sittler and Ian Turnbull scored two goals apiece and Dan Maloney had five assists as Toronto routed Los Angeles 9-4 for its fourth consecutive victory since Coach Roger Neilson was rehired after being fired for a day. Earlier, the Leafs beat the Rangers 4-2 and Vancouver 2-0. Goalie Mike Palmateer stopped 40 shots against the Canucks, who are winless in their last eight games. They also dropped an 11-1 decision to Norris Division-leader Montreal, which got a hat trick from Jacques Lemaire and three assists from Guy Lafleur. The Canadiens later lost to the Rangers for the third straight time this season, 6-3, and skated to a 2-2 tie with Washington, which is unbeaten in its last five starts. St. Louis was undefeated in its last four games until dropping a 7-5 decision to the Caps, who were paced by Tom Rowe's four goals and two assists. Rowe has scored more goals this year (29) than any American-born player has ever scored in a single NHL season. Wayne Merrick and Lorne Henning scored twice as the Islanders, who lead the Patrick Division by 13 points, trounced Smythe Division-leader Chicago 7-1. Adams Division-leader Boston knocked off Detroit 6-4 in a game that featured nine goals in the first period, edged Minnesota 4-3 and lost 7-5 to Atlanta, despite a hat trick by Rick Middlelon.
WHA: Quebec won four of five and closed to within a point of first-place Edmonton, which could salvage only a tie in three starts after going 12-0-1 in its previous 13 games. The Nordiques beat the Oilers 4-3 and 6-3 as Real Cloutier scored twice in the first game and had his second hat trick of the week in the other. Following a 3-1 win over New England, loser of five of its last seven. Quebec dropped a 5-2 decision to Cincinnati, which got a hat trick from Reg Thomas. Cloutier scored one goal in each of the last two games to boost his league-leading total to 62 in 62 games.
HORSE RACING—SPECTACULAR BID ($2.10), Ron Franklin up, defeated Lot O' Gold by 4½ lengths to win his eighth straight race, the $200,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream. The 3-year-old covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48[4/5] (page 54).
Sensitive Prince ($2.40), Jacinto Vasquez up, won the $60,650 Seminole Handicap at Hialeah by 2¾ lengths over Tacitus. The 4-year-old covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[1/5].
Caline ($11.40), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, defeated Terlingua by a length to win the $114,000 Santa Susana Stakes at Santa Anita. The three-year-old filly was timed in 1:41[3/5] for the 1[1/16] miles.
MOTOR SPORTS—GORDON JOHNCOCK, averaging 119,389 mph in a Penske, won the Phoenix 150 by 1.3 seconds over Rick Mears' Penske.
Cale Yarborough, averaging 83.608 mph in an Oldsmobile, won the Richmond 400 by six seconds over Bobby Allison's Thunderbird.
SKIING—COLORADO defeated Utah 153-130 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. to win the NCAA championship.
Middlebury won the AIAW championship in Marquette, Mich., defeating Colorado 310.5-298.8.
SQUASH RACQUETS—SHARIF KHAN OF Toronto defeated Stu Goldstein of New York City 12-15, 15-3, 15-11, 15-12 in Toronto to win the $20,000 World Professional Championship.
TENNIS—The U.S. beat Australia 7-0 in New Haven, Conn., to win the Aetna World Cup.
Wendy Turnbull defeated Virginia Wade 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the finals of the $125,000 Avon Championships of Philadelphia.
TRACK & FIELD—VILLANOVA won the NCAA Indoor Championships in Detroit, defeating Texas-El Paso 52-51 (page 58).
Yuri Syedikh of the Soviet Union broke the world indoor record for the 35-pound weight throw at the U.S.S.R.-Canada meet in Montreal, which the Soviets won 156-89. His toss of 76'11¾" was 3'8¼" farther than the mark set by George Frenn of North Hollywood, Calif. in 1969.
WRESTLING—IOWA defeated Iowa State 122½-88 in Ames, Iowa, to win its fourth NCAA championship in five years (page 62).
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To replace Dave Gavitt as basketball coach at Providence College, GARY WALTERS, 33, who had a four-year record of 44-60 at Dartmouth. Gavitt, who had a 10-year record of 209-84, will coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team and continue as Providence athletic director.
NAMED: Posthumously, to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the 18-member Veterans Committee, HACK WILSON, holder of the National League record for home runs (56) and the major league mark for RBIs (190); and WARREN GILES, former general manager and president of the Reds (1936-51) and president of the National League (1951-69). Wilson began his career in 1923 with the Giants and later played with the Cubs. Dodgers and Phillies before retiring in 1934 with a .307 career batting average.
RETIRED: Jockey RAY BROUSSARD, 41, who rode 2,391 winners during his 24-year career. His mounts earned a total of $15,196,745, and he won virtually every important stakes race in the country, except the Triple Crown events.
TRADED: By the Atlanta Falcons, former All-Pro Defensive End CLAUDE HUMPHREY, 34, who retired after four games last season, to the Philadelphia Eagles for undisclosed draft choices.