BASKETBALL—Riding a nine-game winning streak, Boston moved three games ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics' sixth triumph in a row came over Detroit 118-115 as Larry Bird had 41 points and M. L. Carr and Dave Cowens each scored in the final 15 seconds of play. Boston then won 137-108 at San Antonio and 103-99 in overtime at Houston. The Celtics' ninth straight victory—111-92 over the 76ers—ended a six-game Philadelphia streak. In that game and in the 76ers' wins over Golden State, 144-99, and Indiana, 120-113, Julius Erving had 111 points. With Seattle (page 22) in hot pursuit, Los Angeles stayed on top in the Pacific Division. After losing at Phoenix 123-115, the Lakers defeated Milwaukee 127-124, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scoring two free throws with nine seconds remaining. That game ended a Bucks' win streak at five. After Los Angeles dispatched Kansas City 117-101, it beat Chicago 101-99 on Magic Johnson's three-point play with 35 seconds to play. It was the Bulls' third close game of the week. They had been stung at Portland, losing 110-107 on rookie Calvin Natt's three-point play with five seconds to go, but redeemed themselves at Golden State. In that game Chicago trailed 105-98 with 54 seconds left when Artis Gilmore scored two points. Ollie Johnson pulled off a three-point play and Ricky Sobers hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Warriors 106-105. In the Midwest, Kansas City remained 1½ games up on Milwaukee despite going 1-2. Following a 94-91 victory at Houston, the Kings sustained their 117-101 loss to L.A. and another, 111-104, to Cleveland. In the Central Division Atlanta was 8½ games ahead of Houston and 9½ in front of San Antonio after winning three and losing one. The Hawks triumphed over Denver 100-93 on Wayne Rollins' career-high 22 rebounds, lost to the Rockets 93-83 and beat Indiana 99-94 and Houston 97-79, holding the Rockets to their lowest scoring total of the year.
BOWLING—NELSON BURTON JR. defeated Matt Surina 200-194 to win a $90,000 PBA tournament in Adelphi, Md.
GOLF—JOHNNY MILLER shot a 14-under-par 274 to win the $300,000 Inverrary Classic in Lauderhill, Fla. by two strokes over Bruce Lietzke and Charles Coody.
JoAnne Carner won the $125,000 Sunstar '80 in Los Angeles, with a nine-under-par 207, three strokes better than Debbie Massey and Kathy Postlewait.
March 17, 1980
HOCKEY—At week's end, the five teams most likely to be left out in the cold when the playoffs begin in five weeks were Quebec, Washington, Edmonton, Colorado and Winnipeg. The Nordiques, in 17th place with 53 points, lost to Los Angeles 4-3, tied Minnesota 3-3 and fell to Toronto 3-2. The Capitals, tied with the Oilers for 18th place with 52 points, lost to 20th-place Colorado 3-1, beat St. Louis 7-5 on a hat trick by Mike Gartner and four assists by Paul Mulvey and defeated Hartford 9-5. Edmonton lost thrice: to the Islanders 6-4 on a Mike Bossy hat trick; to Montreal 5-4 despite two goals by Blair MacDonald; and to Pittsburgh 5-4. After a 3-1 triumph at Washington, the Rockies lost to Philadelphia 4-1 as the Flyers scored twice in the first 51 seconds of the game. Leading the league with 101 points, Philadelphia was defeated twice in a week at home for the first time all season, 5-1 by Montreal as the Canadiens scored three times in a 1:44 stretch of the second period, and 5-2 by the Islanders. The Flyers ended the week with a 6-2 victory at Minnesota. Winnipeg, in 21st—and last—place with 40 points, lost 3-2 to the Black Hawks and 2-1 to Vancouver, when Kevin McCarthy scored the tiebreaker with 2:17 remaining to play. The Rangers defeated third-place (87 points) Boston 2-1 and then beat second-place (90 points) Buffalo 4-2 for their fifth victory in a row. Montreal then ended the Ranger streak, defeating them 5-2 as Rick Chartraw scored twice in the first 49 seconds and extended the Canadiens' unbeaten string to eight. Toronto's Darryl Sittler got his second and third hat tricks of the season in back-to-back Maple Leaf wins, 6-3 at Detroit and 5-3 at Pittsburgh.
HORSE RACING—SUPERBITY ($16.40), Jacinto Vasquez up, finished six lengths ahead of Koluctoo Bay, to win the $179,750 Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah. The 3-year-old ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile race in 1:51[1/5] (page20).
Bold'n Determined ($9), Eddie Delahoussaye up, defeated Street Ballet by a half-length to win the $112,100 Santa Susana Stakes at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old filly set a stakes record running the 1[1/16], miles in 1:41[1/5].
Jaklin Klugman ($7.80), with Chris McCarron aboard, defeated Doonesbury by a head to win the $150,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. The 3-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44.
Spring in Deepsea ($9), ridden by Jean Luc Samyn, won the $103,800 Black Helen Handicap at Hialeah. The 5-year-old English mare ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:51 to beat Tempus Fugit II by 1¼ lengths.
MOTOR SPORTS—CALE YARBOROUGH, driving an Oldsmobile at an average speed of 108.635, won the Carolina 500 on the 1.017-mile North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham. He finished 3 seconds ahead of Richard Petty, who was driving a Chevrolet.
SKIING—The University of Vermont defeated Utah 171-151 in Stowe, Vt. and Lake Placid, N.Y. to win the NCAA title.
Middlebury College won its second consecutive AIAW championship, defeating Vermont 286.7-260.4.
TENNIS—In Davis Cup competition in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA defeated the defending champion U.S. 4-1. Guillermo Vilas beat Brian Gottfried 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening match, and then Jose Luis Clerc handed John McEnroe his first singles loss ever in Davis Cup play 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 13-11 in a 6½-hour match that extended over two days. Peter Fleming and McEnroe narrowed the Argentinians' lead to 2-1 with a 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 doubles rout of Ricardo Cano and Carlos Gattiker before Vilas got the third and clinching point with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over McEnroe. In the final match Clerc defeated Gottfried 7-5, 6-4.
Martina Navratilova defeated Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-3, 6-2 to win a $150,000 tournament in Dallas.
TRACK & FIELD—Texas-El Paso won the first AIAW indoor track and field championship, finishing 15 points ahead of Wisconsin, at Columbia, Mo.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach of Southern Methodist, DAVE BLISS, 36. whose teams went 77-62 in five seasons at Oklahoma. He replaces Sonny Allen, who resigned.
As basketball coach at South Carolina, BILL FOSTER, 49, to replace Frank McGuire, who retired. Foster, whose career record is 320-188, has coached at Blooms-burg (Pa.) State (1960-63), Rutgers (1963-71), Utah (1971-74) and Duke (1974-80).
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh, TIM GRGURICH, 37, who had a 69-70 record in five seasons.