BASKETBALL—NBA: Kansas City maintained a fat 3½-game lead over Milwaukee in the Midwest Division with two slim victories. The first came at San Diego, 108-107, as Lloyd Free missed the last shot of the game to send the Clippers to their 10th loss in 12 games. The second Kings win came in the reopening of K.C.'s Kemper Arena, which had been closed for repairs since the roof collapsed in a wind and rain storm on June 4. Before 16,886, the largest Kings crowd ever, Kansas City beat Seattle 107-105 on Phil Ford's 20-foot jump shot with one second on the clock. The Bucks, conversely, came out on the wrong end of two close ones, losing to San Antonio 135-134 on a 15-foot jumper by James Silas with half a minute to play and to Atlanta 106-103 on Eddie Johnson's two free throws with 12 seconds remaining. That Hawk win was one of three on the week—including a 108-99 setback of Detroit and a 111-104 victory over Phoenix—which kept Atlanta five games ahead of San Antonio and 6½ ahead of Houston in the Central Division. After the Lakers won three times, 111-107 over Washington, 116-103 at Denver and 132-110 against New Jersey, they were tied for first place in the Pacific Division with Seattle. The Sonics defeated Boston 109-108 on Dennis Johnson's baseline jumper with 11 seconds to go, but then saw their eight-game win streak ended by a 115-106 loss to Chicago, followed by the 107-105 setback in Kemper Arena. Seattle regained the Pacific lead with a 105-95 win over Utah. After losing at Seattle, the Celtics got two triumphs on the road, 105-98 at Utah and 124-105 at Denver, to remain two games ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks went to Indiana having won eight of their last 11 games, but came away with the bubble burst but good. The Pacers beat New York 131-86, the largest victory margin in their 13-year history.
WBL: New York (23-7) clinched a spot in the six-team playoffs with a 112-98 victory over New Jersey and needs one win to clinch the Eastern Division title. Minnesota (17-8) held on to first in the Midwest, and Houston (15-11) continued to lead the West.
BOWLING—KYLE SHEDD won his first PBA title by defeating Ed Wallace 212-166 in the $100,000 Ford Open in North Olmstead, Ohio.
BOXING—SAOUL MAMBY won the WBC super lightweight title with a 14th-round knockout of defending champion Kim Sang-hyon in Seoul, Korea.
March 3, 1980
GOLF—Tom Watson shot an eight-under-par 276, one stroke better than Don January and Bob Gilder, to finish first in the $250,000 Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open.
With an eight-under-par 280, JoANNE CARNER defeated Sandra Post by one stroke to win the $100,000 Bent Tree Ladies Classic in Sarasota, Fla.
HOCKEY—Philadelphia, which leads the NHL with 95 points, started the week on form, coming back against Pittsburgh to win 6-5 on a Brian Propp goal with just less than two minutes remaining. On Tuesday, however, the first were last and vice versa, as Colorado dealt the Flyers their fifth defeat of the season, 8-6; it was Philly's first loss in a game started by Goalie Pete Peeters. The Flyers went on to beat Vancouver 7-3 and Los Angeles 5-1 as Bob Dailey had two assists. Buffalo, in second place with 84 points, tied Montreal 2-2 in a penalty-free game and beat Quebec 3-1 and Winnipeg 4-3. Third-place Boston lost to the Kings 3-0—it was the first time the Bruins were shut out in 208 regular-season games—and tied Vancouver 4-4. After the Canadiens tied Buffalo 2-2, they fell to Washington 3-1. The Caps had not beaten Montreal in 35 games dating back to 1974. The Canadiens recovered to defeat Winnipeg 3-0 and Detroit 5-0. Minnesota ascended to fifth place, with 68 points, by beating Quebec 6-2, tying Atlanta 4-4 and defeating New York twice—the Islanders 5-2 and the Rangers 6-3.
HORSE RACING—GLORIOUS SONG ($16.60), Chris McCarron up, won the $150,000 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita, finishing two lengths ahead of The Very One, ridden by Charles Cooke. The 4-year-old winner's time for the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles was 1:48[2/5].
Silver Eagle ($7.40), Bill Shoemaker up, defeated Balzac, ridden by Chris McCarron, by a neck to win the $100,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap at Santa Anita. The 6-year-old winner was clocked in 2:30[1/5] for the 1½ miles.
MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP, driving his Chevrolet at an average speed of 67.703, won the 22nd annual Richmond 400 Grand National, finishing 1.2 seconds ahead of Bobby Allison, driving a Thunderbird.
XIII WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES (page 16)—BIATHLON: 10 kilometers—1) FRANK ULLRICH (E. Germany), 2) Vladimir Aliken (U.S.S.R.), 3) Anatoly Alabyev (U.S.S.R.); 4 x 7.5 kilometer Relay—1) VLADIMIR ALIKEN-ALEXANDR TIKHONOV-VLADIMIR BARNASCHOV-ANATOLY ALABYEV (U.S.S.R.), 2) E. Germany, 3) W. Germany.
BOBSLED: Four-man—1) MEINHARD NEHMER-BOGDAN MUSIOL-BERNHARD GERMESHAU-SEN-HANS-J‚Äö√†√∂‚àö‚à´RGEN GERHARDT (E. Germany), 2) Switzerland, 3) E. Germany.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: 4 x 5 kilometer Relay, Women—1) MARLIES ROSTOCK-CAROLA AND-ING-VERONIKA HESSE-BARBARA PETZOLD (E. Germany), 2) U.S.S.R., 3) Norway: 4 x 10 kilometer Relay, Men—1) VASILI ROCHEV-NIKOLAI BAZHUKOV-YEVGENY BELYAYEV-NIKOLAI ZIMYATOV (U.S.S.R.), 2) Norway, 3) Finland; 50 kilometer, Men—1) NIKOLAI ZIMYATOV (U.S.S.R.), 2) Juha Mieto (Finland), 3) Alexandr Zavjalov (U.S.S.R.).
FIGURE SKATING: Ice Dancing—1) GENNADI KARPONOSOV-NATALYA LINICHUK (U.S.S.R.), 2) Andras Sallay-Krisztina Reg‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√†√áczi (Hungary), 3) Andrei Minenkov-Irina Moiseeva (U.S.S.R.); Men—1) ROBIN COUSINS (Gr. Brit.), 2) Jan Hoffmann (E. Germany), 3) Charles Tickner (U.S.A.); Women—1) ANETT P‚Äö√†√∂‚àö¬±TZSCH (E. Germany), 2) Linda Fratianne (U.S.A.), 3) Dagmar Lurz (W. Germany).
HOCKEY: 1) U.S.A., 2) U.S.S.R., 3) Sweden.
LUGE: Men's Double—1) HANS RINN-NORBERT HAHN (E. Germany), 2) Peter Gschnitzer-Karl Brunner (Italy), 3) Georg Fluckinger-Karl Schrott (Austria).
NORDIC COMBINED SKIING: 1) ULRICH WEHLING (E. Germany), 2) Jouko Karjalainen (Finland), 3) Konrad Winkler (E. Germany).
SKIING: Giant Slalom. Men—1) INGEMAR STENMARK (Sweden), 2) Andreas Wenzel (Liechtenstein), 3) Hans Enn (Austria); Giant Slalom, Women—1) HANNI WENZEL (Liechtenstein), 2) Irene Epple (W. Germany), 3) Perrine Pelen (France); Slalom, Men—1) INGEMAR STENMARK (Sweden), 2) Phil Mahre (U.S.A.), 3) Jacques Lüthy (Switzerland); Slalom, Women—1) HANNI WENZEL (Liechtenstein), 2) Christa Kinshofer (W. Germany), 3) Erika Hess (Switzerland).
SKI JUMPING—90 meters—1) Jouko T‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√†√árm‚Äö√†√∂¬¨√ünen (Finland), 2) Hubert Neuper (Austria), 3) Jari Puikkonen (Finland).
SPEED SKATING: 1,000 meters. Men—1) ERIC HEIDEN (U.S.A.), 2) Gaetan Boucher (Canada), 3) Frode Roenning (Norway); 1,500 meters, Men—1) ERIC HEIDEN (U.S.A.), 2) Kai Arne Stenshjemmet (Norway), 3) Terje Andersen (Norway); 3,000 meters, Women—1) BJOERG EVA JENSEN (Norway), 2) Sabine Becker (E. Germany), 3) Beth Heiden (U.S.A.); 10,000 meters, Men—1) ERIC HEIDEN (U.S.A.), 2) Piet Kleine (Netherlands), 3) Tom Erik Oxholm (Norway).
TENNIS—BJORN BORG beat Vijay Amritraj 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 to win the $200,000 WCT Invitational tournament in Salisbury, Md.
TRACK & FIELD—In running the 880 in 1:59.7 at the San Diego Invitational Meet, MARY DECKER of Eugene, Ore. set her second women's world indoor record since Feb. 8. In the same meet, LARRY MYRICKS of Gainesville, Fla. surpassed his own indoor long-jump mark with a leap of 27'6", and MIKE BOIT of Kenya equaled the men's 880 indoor record of 1:47.9.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As manager of the Oakland A's, BILLY MARTIN, 51, who had a record of 817-643 in previous stints with the Minnesota Twins (1969), Detroit Tigers (1971-73), Texas Rangers (1973-75) and New York Yankees (1975-77); to replace Jim Marshall, whose contract was not renewed.