BASKETBALL—Kansas City is two games ahead of Milwaukee in the Midwest, but one wouldn't have known it from the result of their encounter early in the week. The Bucks won 94-72, holding the Kings to fewer points than any NBA team has scored all season. "I guess we missed our wake-up call," said K.C. Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons. The Kings then got back in form with victories over Golden State 117-99 and San Diego 98-93. Milwaukee went on for three more wins. In a 122-88 win over the Clippers, rookie Pat Cummings had 25 points, a career high, and nine rebounds. In a 119-110 overtime triumph in Phoenix. Buck Junior Bridgeman scored 35. The final Milwaukee win came by a score of 126-117 at Los Angeles, also in overtime. Despite that loss, the Lakers took a half-game lead over Seattle in the Pacific Division by defeating Houston 112-100 and the Sonics 131-108. In the Atlantic Division, Boston remained 1½ games ahead of Philadelphia, as both teams were unbeaten. The Celtics overcame the Hawks 108-97, the Spurs 130-125 as Larry Bird scored 30 points and the Warriors 110-99 as Bird went for 28 more. Three 76er victories came on the road. Julius Erving had 29 points at Golden State, including two free throws with 38 seconds remaining to clinch a 103-100 win. In Portland, Dr. J scored 29 in the 98-96 win. After beating Seattle 101-98 in overtime. Philadelphia finished the week at home with another narrow victory, 104-103 over Denver, as Nugget Alex English's desperation hook shot fell through alter the buzzer. Atlanta moved seven games up on Houston and San Antonio in the Central Division after a 108-97 loss to Boston and wins over Indiana, 116-111, and Cleveland, 111-103.
WBL: New York (24-7) clinched the Eastern Division title with a 135-92 win over Dallas, while Minnesota (18-9, page 32) and Houston (17-13) each need a victory to clinch championships in the Midwestern and Western divisions, respectively. With 32 points in a 102-76 Iowa triumph over Milwaukee. Cornet Guard Molly Bolin, who has a 32.5-point scoring average, overtook San Francisco's Liz Silcott for the league scoring lead.
BOWLING—PALMER FALLGREN defeated Marshall Holman 211-196 to win a $125,000 PBA tournament in Miami.
BOXING—HILMER KENTY won the WBA lightweight crown by knocking out defending champion Ernesto Espa‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬±a in the ninth round of a scheduled 15-round fight in Detroit.
March 10, 1980
GOLF—DAVE EICHELBERGER shot a five-under-par 279 to win the $300,000 Bay Hill Classic in Orlando, Fla. by three strokes over Leonard Thompson.
Jan Stephenson had a 13-under-par 275 and finished one stroke better than M. J. Smith to win the $100,000 Sun City (Ariz.) Classic.
HOCKEY—Yesterday's heroes became today's pros as seven former U.S. Olympians signed with the NHL (page 14). But the captain of the Lake Placid team. Mike Eruzione, says he will not pursue an NHL career. "What more can I do in hockey? To me, the gold medal is just the greatest thing that can happen to an individual. I'm going out on top." At the other end of the time line. Hartford signed a playmate for 51-year-old Gordie Howe: Bobby Hull, 41. Howe celebrated Hull's arrival with his 800th NHL goal as the Whalers, 13th in the league standings with 58 points, beat St. Louis 3-0. Philadelphia, first with 97 points, tied its only games, 3-3 with Toronto and I-I with Buffalo. The Sabres, in second place with 87 points, had lost to Chicago 3-1 and went on to beat Edmonton 4-2, as Defenseman Richard Dunn scored twice. Third-place Boston also beat the Oilers 4-2, and then triumphed at Hartford 6-3 on a hat trick and an assist by Center Peter McNab. The Bruins then lost 5-2 to the Rangers. Montreal, fourth with 80 points, was unbeaten on the week with a tie at Atlanta 3-3, and 6-3 victories over Minnesota and Washington. In the battle for the 16th and final playoff spot, Vancouver sent Edmonton to its sixth loss in seven games, 5-2, to close within a point of the Oilers and Nordiques, who are tied for 16th with 52 points.
HORSE RACING—PRIVATE ACCOUNT ($3.40), ridden by Jeff Fell, beat Lot O' Gold by a nose to win the $151,500 Widener Handicap at Hialeah. The 4-year-old ran the 1¼ miles in 2:03[1/5].
Spectacular Bid ($2.60), Bill Shoemaker up. won the $350,000 Santa Anita Handicap by five lengths over Flying Paster. Bid covered the 1¼ miles in 2:00[3/5]
MOTOR SPORTS—RENE ARNOUX, driving a 1.5-liter turbocharged Renault at an average speed of 123.265 mph. won the South African Grand Prix on the 2.55-mile Kyalami circuit near Johannesburg for his second Formula I victory of the year. He finished more than 30 seconds ahead of Jacques Laffite and Didier Pironi, who were driving Ligier-Fords.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Jimmy Connors 7-6, 7-6 to win the $250,000 U.S. National Indoor tennis championship in Memphis.
Billie Jean King defeated Martina Navratilova 6-1, 6-3 to win a $150,000 tournament in Houston.
MILEPOSTS—FINED AND SUSPENDED: By the NHL, Philadelphia Flyer Coach PAT QUINN, $1,000 and three games for igniting the bench-clearing part of a brawl on Feb. 22 in Vancouver.
FIRED: As basketball coach at the University of Nevada-Reno, JIM CAREY, 51, who had a 65-46 record in four seasons at Reno. The Wolf Pack was 10-19 under him this season.
As coach of the San Antonio Spurs, DOUG MOE, 41, who had a 177-135 record and had won two NBA division titles in three seasons with San Antonio. The Spurs were 33-33 under Moe this season.
INDICTED: By a grand jury in Broward County, Fla., six former players and four bettors—including members of the so-called Miami Syndicate PAUL COMMONAS, JAMES SOBIE and BERT IRA CASKILL (SI, June 11, 1979), on charges of fixing matches at the Dania Jai Alai fronton.
SIGNED: By the Washington Diplomats, Midfielder JOHAN CRUYFF, 32, to a three-year contract for a reported $1.5 million. The Diplomats reportedly paid $1 million to the Los Angeles Aztecs for the rights to Cruyff.
As basketball coach at Florida, NORM SLOAN, 53, to a five-year contract worth $45,000 annually. Sloan, whose career record is 477-263, has coached at Presbyterian (1951-55), The Citadel (1956-60), Florida (1960-66) and North Carolina State (1966-80). He guided the Wolfpack to the NCAA title in 1974.
DIED: EMMETT ASHFORD, 65, the first black umpire in the major leagues: of a heart attack; in Marina Del Rey, Calif. Ashford worked in the American League from 1966 through 1970.