COLLEGE BASKETBALL—NORTH ALABAMA beat the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 64-50 in Springfield, Mo. to win the NCAA Division II title (page 53).
North Park College of Chicago beat Potsdam (N. Y.) State 66-62 in Rock Island, Ill. to win the NCAA Division III championship for the second year in a row.
Drury College of Springfield, Mo. defeated Henderson (Ark.) State 60-54 in Kansas City to win the NAIA championship (page 50).
PRO BASKETBALL—After beating Pacific Division leader Seattle 113-111 in overtime for its ninth consecutive win, Atlanta dropped four in a row and relinquished second place in the Central Division to Houston. The Rockets moved to within 2½ games of San Antonio by upending Midwest Division leader Kansas City 129-107, Chicago 124-118 and Phoenix 134-122. Against the Bulls, Moses Malone had 32 points and 22 rebounds, and in the Phoenix game, he had 31 and 24. Earlier Paul Westphal poured in 43 points to lift the Suns to a 128-122 win over the Spurs, despite a 37-point performance from George Gervin. Westphal added 39 in a 126-117 defeat of Boston and 32 in a 124-120 victory over Cleveland, which got 41 points from Campy Russell. By winning three of four, Phoenix took over second in the Pacific Division from Los Angeles, which has lost five of its last six. Led by Lloyd Free's 23 points, fourth-place San Diego knocked off Golden State 107-102 for its 12th win in its last 13 outings. Washington, which enjoys a 10½-game lead in the Atlantic Division, dropped a 134-126 decision to Milwaukee in double overtime for its only loss in four starts. Two nights before, the Bucks set a team record for most points in a game in a 158-102 rout of New Orleans. Detroit's Kevin Porter broke the league record for assists in the Pistons' 105-98 win over Indiana. He finished the game with 20, which gave him 918 for the season, eight more than Nate Archibald had for the Kings in 1972-73.
March 26, 1979
BOWLING—MARK ROTH defeated Eddie Ressler Jr. 246-197 to win an $80,000 PBA tournament in Overland Park, Kans.
FIGURE SKATING—VLADIMIR KOVALEV of the Soviet Union won the men's title at the World Championships in Vienna with a score of 185.80. Great Britain's Robin Cousins was second at 185.18. LINDA FRATIANNE of Los Angeles took the women's gold medal, defeating East Germany's Anett Poetzsch 186.62-184.36. TAI BABILONIA and RANDY GARDNER of Los Angeles became the first Americans in 29 years to win the pairs competition. Their score of 144.54 was 2.32 points better than that of Marina Cherkasova and Sergei Shakhrai of the U.S.S.R.
GOLF—MARK McCUMBER shot a nine-under-par 279 to win the $250,000 Doral Open in Miami by one stroke over Bill Rogers.
JoAnne Carner shot a seven-under-par 281 to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in San Diego by three strokes over Sandra Post and Pat Bradley.
HOCKEY—NHL: In the most disgraceful donnybrook of the season, the Flyers and the Kings slugged it out on three different occasions during the first period of their game in Philadelphia. Before the melee was over, 10 players had been ejected and the teams had set 10 NHL single-game penalty records, including most penalties (54) and most penalty minutes (380). Los Angeles Defenseman Randy Holt tied the individual record for most penalties (nine) and broke the mark for penalty minutes (67). Following the game, which the Flyers won 6-3, Philadelphia shut out Smythe Division leader Chicago 4-0. The Black Hawks, who were 0-3 for the week, managed only 15 shots on goal. The Flyers also snapped Buffalo's three-game winning streak by a score of 5-3 and edged Atlanta 5-4, despite a hat trick from newly acquired Ivan Boldirev, who came to the Flames in an eight-player deal with Chicago. Mike Bossy scored twice and Brian Trottier had a goal and two assists as the Islanders, who lead the Patrick Division by 16 points, skated to a 4-4 tie with Adams Division leader Boston. Two nights later, Bossy, the league's top goal scorer with 58, had a hat trick, and Trottier, who leads the NHL in points with 116, added four assists in a 7-2 rout of the Bruins. Trottier had three more assists in a 5-2 victory over the Rangers and a hat trick in a 6-2 defeat of Toronto. Phil Esposito, who holds the league record for three-goals-or-more games with 31, scored four times to lift the Rangers to a 7-4 win over Boston. Led by Brad Park, whose four assists tied the league record for the most in one period, the Bruins beat Chicago 4-2 for their only victory. Montreal, which has clinched the Norris Division title, was winless in three games.
WHA: Led by Ron Chipperfield's two goals, Edmonton trounced second-place Quebec 6-1 to remain in first. Earlier, the Nordiques had split a pair of games with Winnipeg, and the Oilers had dropped a 5-1 decision to Cincinnati and had handed Birmingham its first shutout on home ice. Blair MacDonald scored twice, and Wayne Gretzky had three assists in the 4-0 victory.
HORSE RACING—NOBLE DANCER ($9.80), Jacinto Vasquez up, won the $162,800 San Luis Rey Stakes for 4-year-olds and up at Santa Anita by 2½ lengths over Tiller. The 7-year-old covered the 1½ miles in 2:34[3/5].
Pole Position ($12.80), ridden by Sandy Hawley, won the $82,250 San Felipe Handicap for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita by a head over Switch Partners. The winner was timed in a stakes-record 1:41[1/5] for the 1[1/16] miles. Favored Flying Paster finished third.
MOTOR SPORTS—BUDDY BAKER, averaging 135.136 mph in an Oldsmobile, won the Atlanta 500 by six seconds over Bobby Allison in a Ford.
SWIMMING—FLORIDA won the AIAW championship in Pittsburgh, defeating Arizona State 513-508.
TENNIS—ROSCOE TANNER beat Brian Gottfried 6-4, 6-4 to win a $125,000 Grand Prix tournament in Washington, D.C."
The U.S. won the northern section of the American Zone in Davis Cup play with a 5-0 victory over Colombia in Cleveland.
Dianne Fromholtz defeated Sue Barker 6-2, 7-6 to win the $150,000 Avon Championships of Boston.
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: University of Pacific basketball Coach STAN MORRISON, 39, who had a seven-year record of 100-88 and this year guided the Tigers into the NCAA tournament. Assistant Coach DICK FICHTNER, 39, was named as his replacement.
As basketball coach at Utah State, GORDON (Dutch) BELNAP, 46, who had a six-year record of 106-58 and took the Aggies to three postseason tournaments.
TRADED: By the Atlanta Flames, Center TOM LYSIAK, 25, Left Wing HAROLD PHILLIPOFF, 22, and defensemen PAT RIBBLE, 24, GREG FOX, 25, and MILES ZAHARKO, 21, to the Chicago Black Hawks for Center IVAN BOLDIREV, 29, Defenseman PHIL RUSSELL, 26, and Left Wing DARCY ROTA, 26.
By the Colorado Rockies, Center PAUL GARDNER, 23, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Defenseman TREVOR JOHANSEN, 21, and Center DON ASHBY, 24.