PRO BASKETBALL—The Seattle SuperSonics won their first NBA title, defeating the defending champion Washington Bullets 97-93 in the fifth and final game of their best-of-seven series, at Landover, Md. Earlier in the week the Sonics took a commanding 3-1 lead with a 114-112 overtime victory in Seattle (page 16).
BOXING—LUPE PINTOR of Mexico won the WBC bantamweight title, beating champion and countryman Carlos Zarate on a split decision in Las Vegas. The defeat was only the second in 56 fights for Zarate, who was making his 10th title defense.
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ fired a final-round 70 for an eight-under-par 280 to win a $100,000 LPGA tournament in New Rochelle, N.Y. by four strokes over Pat Bradley. The victory was the third in a row and the fifth in nine tournaments for Lopez this year.
Jerry McGee shot a final-round 68 for a 72-hole total of 272 and a one-stroke victory over Jerry Pate in the $350,000 Kemper Open in Charlotte, N.C.
The U.S. defeated a British-Irish team 15½ to 8½ to win the Walker Cup, in Muirfield, Scotland. SCOTT HOCH of Raleigh, N.C. led the U.S with four match victories.
HORSE RACING—STATE DINNER ($61.40), Chris McCarron up, won the $108,300 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont by three lengths over Dr. Patches. Heavily favored Alydar finished sixth. The winning time for the mile was 1:34.
MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP, averaging 156.199 mph in a Chevrolet, won his second straight NASCAR race, the $186,000 Texas 400, at the Texas World Speedway at College Station. More than a lap behind in second was Bobby Allison, driving a Ford.
ROAD RACING—GRETE WAITZ of Norway broke the women's world record for 10,000 meters at the New York Women's Mini-Marathon in Central Park. Her time of 31:15.4 shattered the mark of 33:06 set by Margaret Groos of Nashville, Tenn. in 1978.
SOCCER—NASL: After losing their second game of the season, 3-1 to Chicago, and seeing their coach, Eddie Firmani fired, the Cosmos beat Toronto 3-1. Mark Liveric scored two goals in the victory which made interim Coach Ray Klivecka's debut a success and stopped the Blizzard's four-game winning streak. It was a rough game, though; 33 fouls were called and three players, two from Toronto, were ejected for ungentlemanly conduct. Washington stayed on the Cosmos' heels in the National Conference East with a 3-2 win over New England, which earlier in the week had held Johan Cruyff and Los Angeles scoreless in a 1-0 victory. The Aztecs came back to beat Portland 5-1 with Cruyff getting a goal and an assist. Minnesota beat Tulsa 3-2 to take a 21-point lead in the National Conference Central. Vancouver, leader in the National West, defeated Edmonton 3-1 on Kevin Hector's hat trick, but then lost 1-0 to American Central-leading Houston. Tampa Bay won twice, 2-1 over Memphis and 3-0 over Seattle, to open up a 27-point lead in the American East. San Diego lost both its games, yet still managed to take a one-point lead in the American West over Edmonton by scoring more goals. San Jose, which lost its first eight games, beat Memphis 2-1 to keep its winning streak alive at two.
ASL: The New York Apollo had not lost at home in 17 games dating dack to 1977, but that streak ended when Leo Ramos of the New York Eagles put a 90-foot shot just below the crossbar to beat the Apollo 1-0. The victory gave the Eagles an eight-point lead in the Eastern Division. Earlier in the week the Apollo opened its home season with a 7-0 rout of Los Angeles as Mike Mancini scored four goals, the most by an ASL player this season. The Skyhawks later managed a 2-2 tie with the Eagles. California, leader in the Western Division, remained unbeaten after 12 games, defeating New Jersey 3-1 and Pennsylvania 3-2.
TRACK & FIELD—Texas-El Paso won the team title at the NCAA outdoor championships in Champaign, Ill. with 64 points, 16 more than second-place finisher Villanova (page 20).
Marita Koch of East Germany set a women's world record in the 200-meter dash in Leipzig. Her time of 22.03 seconds broke her own 1978 mark of 22.06.
VOLLEYBALL—IVA: The Tucson Sky won three games to move to within half a game of Continental Division-leading Denver. In one of the victories, over previously unbeaten Seattle, Tucson was down two games and trailing 7-1 in the third before rallying to win Games 3 and 4, 12-9 and 12-10, and the tie-breaker, 6-3. Seattle, leader of the Western Division, subsequently lost to San Jose, which won on three consecutive nights. The Diablos, who moved into a tie with Santa Barbara for second place in the West, were led by Setter-Coach Carlos Feitosa, a 34-year-old rookie from the Brazilian national team. The towering presence of Wilt Chamberlain has been of little help to Albuquerque, which lost four more games and saw its record fall to 0-8.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Cosmos, EDDIE FIRMANI, 45, after guiding the team to the 1977 and 1978 NASL championships and the best record (9-2) in the league so far this season. He also coached Tampa Bay to the NASL title in 1975 and had a record of 92-28 in 4½ seasons with the Rowdies and Cosmos. Firmani, who had a falling-out with the team's board of directors, was replaced on an interim basis by his 38-year-old assistant, Ray Klivecka.
HIRED: As coach of the Colorado Rockies, DON CHERRY, 45, who was released from his contract as coach of the Boston Bruins last week. Cherry signed a multiyear contract for a reported $150,000 a year, making him the highest-paid coach in the NHL.
RETIRED: Goalie BERNIE PARENT, 34, after 15 seasons in the NHL and WHA, because of an eye injury suffered while playing for the Philadelphia Flyers this season. Parent, who finished his career with a 2.48 goals-against average, twice won the Vezina Trophy (1973-74, 1974-75) as the best goalie in the NHL. He was also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the 1974 and 1975 playoffs, in which the Flyers won successive Stanley Cups.
Center MICK TINGELHOFF, 39, after 17 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. An All-Pro seven times, Tingelhoff played 240 consecutive regular-season games, an NFL record for offensive linemen.
SOLD: The Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Kings and The Forum, by Jack Kent Cooke; to L.A. real estate man Jerry Buss. The $67.5 million deal also included Cooke's 13,000-acre ranch in the California Sierras.
DIED: LOU LITTLE, 85, football coach at Columbia from 1930 to 1956 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame; after a long illness; in Delray Beach, Fla. Although his teams lost more games than they won (110-116-10), Little guided the Lions to two of the biggest upsets in college football history. In the 1934 Rose Bowl, underdog Columbia beat Stanford 7-0 when Al Barabas ran 17 yards to a touchdown on the famous KF-79 play. In 1947 the Lions ended a 32-game Army winning streak 21-20.