COLLEGE BASKETBALL—VIRGINIA UNION beat New York Tech 80-74 in Springfield, Mass. to win the NCAA Division II title.
Cameron University of Lawton, Okla. defeated Alabama Slate 84-77 to win the NAIA tournament in Kansas City.
North Park College of Chicago overcame Upsala 83-76 in Rock Island, Ill. to win its third straight NCAA Division III championship.
PRO BASKETBALL—In the Atlantic Division, Boston is only 1½ games ahead of Philadelphia, but both teams clinched playoff spots. The Celtics' nine-game winning streak was ended by a 133-128 overtime loss to Washington. Boston then lost to Indiana 114-108, overcame Houston 121-105 and was defeated by Atlanta 88-87 when Armond Hill hit four consecutive field goals to end the game, the winner a 16-foot jumper with three seconds remaining. With that victory the Hawks clinched the Central Division title. Five teams have a shot at the remaining Eastern Conference playoff spots: New York, San Antonio, Washington, Houston and Indiana. Kansas City leads Milwaukee by a half-game in the Midwest, but both are assured of postseason berths. Likewise, in the Pacific Division, Los Angeles leads Seattle by two and Phoenix by 4½, but all three have made the playoffs. This leaves San Diego, with seven games remaining and Bill Walton on the bench with a sore foot, to battle it out with Portland, which is 1½ games behind with eight to play, for the last Western Conference berth. In a 142-121 home triumph over the Lakers, the Trail Blazers scored more points than they had in any game this season. At Los Angeles, however, they lost 102-94. In that game Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 30 points to bring his career total to 24,004, making him the fifth player to score 24,000 points in the NBA. The other four: Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), Oscar Robertson (26,710). John Havlicek (26,395), and Jerry West (25,192).
March 24, 1980
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY defeated Mark Roth 268-242 to win the $85,000 Long Island Open in Garden City, N.Y.
BOXING—JIM WATT of Scotland successfully defended his WBC lightweight title by stopping Charles Nash of Northern Ireland in the fourth round in Glasgow.
Alan Minter of Great Britain won the undisputed middleweight title by defeating defending champion Vito Antuofermo on a split decision in Las Vegas (page 38).
FENCING—WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY retained its NCAA title, beating runner-up Pennsylvania 111-106 in University Park, Pa. ERNIE SIMON of Wayne State regained the individual foil title he won in 1978; GIL PEZZA, also of Wayne State, took the èpèe; and PAUL FRIEDBERG of Penn won the saber.
GOLF—RAY FLOYD defeated Jack Nicklaus on the second hole of sudden death to win the $250,000 Doral Open. Both Nicklaus and Floyd shot nine-under-par 279s in regulation play.
JoAnne Carner shot a nine-under-par 279 and defeated Judy Rankin by four strokes to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in San Diego. It was earner's fourth victory in the six tournaments she has entered this year.
HOCKEY—Surging Washington, which won only five of its first 25 games this season but has lost just 15 of its last 39, tied Vancouver for the 16th and last playoff spot by winning three straight games on home ice. The Capitals stopped the Islanders (3-1) and the Red Wings (5-2), and in a historic moment beat Boston (6-4) for the first time ever in their six-year, 27-game history against the Bruins. Philadelphia now has the distinction of being the only club Washington has never beaten. The New York Rangers made it eight wins in nine games by beating Minnesota (4-2), Colorado (6-0) and Toronto (8-4), but the best news for the Rangers was the return of Center Ulf Nilsson, who had been inactive for nine weeks because of a neck injury. In his fourth game back, Nilsson got the hat trick against the Maple Leafs. Atlanta, which has lost only five of its last 27 games, tied Los Angeles 2-2 as Olympic-hero Goaltender Jim Craig stopped 26 of 28 Kings shots in his second NHL game and handed Philadelphia its eighth defeat of the season, beating the Flyers 4-3. Montreal won four straight to tie Buffalo for second place behind Philadelphia in the overall standings with 94 points, but Chicago had its six-game unbeaten streak snapped by Edmonton 6-4.
HORSE RACING—JOHN HENRY ($15.80), ridden by Darrel McHargue, defeated Relaunch by 1½ lengths to win the $162,300 San Luis Rey Stakes at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old gelding, who is unbeaten in four races this year, ran the 1½-mile turf course in 2:23 to tie the world record set by Fiddle Isle in 1970.
Raise a man ($5.40), Bill Shoemaker up, defeated The Carpenter by 1½ lengths to win the 1[1/16]-mile $109,300 San Felipe Handicap at Santa Anita in 1:41[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, driving a Chevrolet at an average speed of 134.808 mph, won the Atlanta 500 Grand National at the Atlanta International Raceway. He finished nine seconds ahead of Rusty Wallace, driving a Chevrolet.
TENNIS—HEINZ GUNTHARDT OF Switzerland upset Gene Mayer 6-3, 6-4 to win a $175,000 WCT championship in Rotterdam.
Tracy Austin defeated Virginia Wade 6-2, 6-1 to win a $125,000 Avon tournament in Boston.
TRACK & FIELD—TEXAS, EL PASO, paced by Suleiman Nyambui, who won the mile and two mile, took the NCAA championship with a record 76 points. Villanova was runner-up with 42 points. Meet records were set by Don Paige of Villanova in the 1,000 (2:05.80) and by the Villanova distance medley relay team (9:42.22). Curtis Dickey of Texas A&M equaled the meet record of 6.12 in the 60.
WRESTLING—THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA won its third consecutive NCAA championship by defeating runner-up Oklahoma State 110.75-87 in Corvallis, Ore. The individual champions: 118 pounds, JOE GONZALES. Cal State, Bakersfield; 126, JOHN AZEVEDO, Cal State, Bakersfield; 134, RANDY LEWIS, Iowa; 142, LEE ROY SMITH, Oklahoma State; 150, ANDY REIN. Wisconsin; 158, RICKY STEWART, Oklahoma State; 167, MATT REISS, North Carolina State; 177, ED BANACH, Iowa; 190, NOEL LOBAN, Clemson; heavyweight, HOWARD HARRIS, Oregon State.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, TOM YAWKEY, owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976, at the age of 73; and CHUCK KLEIN, who died in 1958 at 53. In his 17-year career (1928-44), Klein, an outfielder, had a career average of .320 and hit 300 home runs while playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the National League MVP in 1932, won the triple crown in 1933 with a .368 average. 28 homers and 120 RBIs, and led or tied for the league lead in homers in 1929, '31, '32 and '33.
READMITTED: To amateur status, by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, High Jumper DWIGHT STONES, after his disqualification 21 months ago for "improperly allocating" prize money from The Superstars; and GUY DRUT of France, the 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles, for admitting having accepted money for competing. Also re-instated were former International Track Association professionals JOHN SMITH, ROD MILBURN and BRIAN OLDFIELD, as well as five East European women who had been discovered using a drug barred by the IAAF.
SYNDICATED: By owner Harry Meyerhoff, SPECTACULAR BID, thoroughbred racing's second alltime leading moneywinner behind Affirmed ($2,393,818 to $2,089,417) and winner of the 1979 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, for a world-record $22 million.
TRADED: By the Oakland Raiders, Quarterback KEN STABLER, 34, to the Houston Oilers for Quarterback DAN PASTORINI, 30.
DIED: In the crash of a Polish jetliner in Warsaw, 14 U.S. amateur boxers and eight officials accompanying them to matches in Cracow and Katowice, Poland. In all, 87 passengers and crew members were killed.