PRO BASKETBALL—Milwaukee, 35-12 at week's end, remained atop the Central Division with four wins and no losses. The Bucks defeated Phoenix 123-109 as Marques Johnson scored 28 points, Detroit 119-96 with Johnson getting 34 more, Philadelphia 113-110 to snap the 76ers' six-game winning streak and Kansas City 118-112 in overtime. Indiana, seven games back of Milwaukee, won its seventh in a row, over Detroit 101-99, as George McGinnis had two field goals in the final minute of play. The Pacers then fell to Seattle 95-94. After its loss to Milwaukee in which Truck Robinson got his 5,000th NBA rebound. Phoenix (38-11), the Pacific Division leader, beat Seattle 104-99, Denver 128-102 and Houston 92-89. Los Angeles, 6½ games down to the Suns, also went 3-1. The Lakers defeated Detroit 117-108 behind Jamaal Wilkes' 33 points and Cleveland 108-104. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 and Norm Nixon got 15 of his 25 points in a span of 4½ minutes of that victory. Los Angeles then lost 114-104 at Washington before defeating New Jersey 113-111 on Wilkes' 20-foot jumper at the buzzer. That loss was the Nets' 14th in a row—the last three of which came by a total of nine points. New Jersey finally won, 116-104 over Detroit, as Mike Newlin scored 31 points in handing the Pistons their eighth consecutive defeat. San Antonio (32-17), No. 1 in the Midwest Division, defeated Washington 137-106, George Gervin scoring 33, and New York 116-105. The Spurs then lost to Boston 94-85 and at Washington 103-93 as Elvin Hayes got 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. In Utah's 110-107 comeback victory at Golden State, Adrian Dantley of the Jazz hit three free throws and a 21-foot jumper in the final 18 seconds. His 68 points for the week brought his league-leading scoring average up to 31.8 points a game. In the Atlantic Division, Boston (37-9) crept within two games of first-place Philadelphia (40-8). The Celtics won 93-89 at New York, beat Cleveland 120-113 on 33 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots by Robert Parish and defeated San Antonio 94-85 for their seventh win in a row.
BOWLING—MARK ROTH defeated Earl Anthony 253-220 to win a $135,000 PBA tournament in Las Vegas.
BOXING—MARVIN HAGLER successfully defended his world middleweight title with a TKO of Fulgencio Obelmejias in the eighth round in Boston (page 50).
GOLF—BRUCE LIETZKE shot a 25-under-par 335 to win the $304,500 Bob Hope Desert Classic by two strokes over Jerry Pate (page 48).
January 26, 1981
HOCKEY—With the help of record-breaking scoring by Mike Bossy, the Islanders (26-10-8), who led the league at week's end with 66 points, won three and lost none. Bossy scored once in a 4-2 victory at Philadelphia, four times in a 6-3 triumph over Pittsburgh and thrice in a 6-4 defeat of Washington. That brought his season total to 48 goals in 47 games and placed the mark of 50 goals in 50 games within reach. The two hat tricks gave him eight for the season, the most ever. The only other 3-0 week belonged to Chicago, which moved from 13th to 11th place with a run of one-point victories. The Black Hawks defeated Calgary 2-1 on rookie Denis Savard's second-period goal, Boston 3-2 to snap the Bruins' five-game unbeaten streak, and Hartford 3-2 as Left Wing Al Secord got the game-winner with 3:34 remaining. St. Louis, in second place with 63 points, defeated Hartford 5-2 for its 11th game without a loss, but then fell to Pittsburgh 6-3 as the Penguins' Rick Kehoe had his third hat trick of the season. The Blues ended the week with a 7-6 triumph over Edmonton in which Center Perry Turnbull scored two goals and had one assist. After a 4-4 draw with Buffalo, third-place Los Angeles (60 points) defeated Hartford 5-4 on Marcel Dionne's goal with 4:32 to play. The Kings then lost to Washington 3-0, as the Capitals' rookie goalie, Dave Parro, stopped 29 shots, including 12 by Dionne, en route to his first NHL shutout. Los Angeles ended its week with a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh as Kehoe scored the game-winner with 53 seconds to play. Montreal, tied with Philadelphia for fourth place with 57 points, defeated Edmonton 5-0, with Goalie Richard Sevigny getting his first NHL shutout, and Winnipeg 7-3 as Center Pierre Larouche had a hat trick. That was the Canadiens' 11th game without a defeat, but the string was ended with a 6-5 loss at Toronto as Maple Leaf Pat Hickey scored three times. Philadelphia, meanwhile, suffered three setbacks. After the 4-2 loss to the Islanders, the Flyers fell to Quebec 4-1—the Nordiques' first victory in 11 games and first ever over Philadelphia—and at Boston 6-4. Sixth-place Vancouver (54 points) was on a six-game unbeaten streak. The Canucks tied Colorado 3-3 as Left Wing Brent Ashton scored twice, and then beat Detroit 3-1 as Goalie Gary Bromley stopped 32 shots, and the Rockies 5-2. Buffalo skated to three ties—4-4 with Los Angeles, 1-1 with Minnesota and 5-5 with Edmonton—to run its streak of ties to four and its total to 15.
HORSE RACING—DOONESBURY ($18.20), ridden by Sandy Hawley, defeated RAISE A MAN by 1¼ lengths to win the $119,300 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47.
MARATHON—BENJI DURDEN of Stone Mountain, Ga. won the Orange Bowl Marathon in Miami in 2:13:33, 49 seconds better than runner-up Olvind Dahl of Norway. Carol Gould of Ipswich, England placed first among the women in 2:41:39, 1½ minutes ahead of Jan Yerkes of Buckingham, Pa.
TENNIS—BJORN BORG defeated Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to win the $400,000 Grand Prix Masters tournament in New York City (page 12).
Tracy Austin defeated Andrea Jaeger 6-2, 6-2 to win the $250,000 Colgate Series Championships in Landover, Md.
Andrea Jaeger defeated Martina Navratilova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win a $150,000 tournament in Kansas City, Mo.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By the New York Rangers. Forward NICK FOTIU, 28, from the Hartford Whalers for future considerations.
ELECTED: To the baseball Hall of Fame, BOB GIBSON, 45, who had a 251-174 record, a 2.91 ERA and 3,117 strikeouts in his 17 seasons as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1968 he was the National League MVP and won the first of his two Cy Young Awards with a 22-9 record and a 1.12 ERA. His record in three World Series was 7-2.
FINED: By the NHL, three members of the Boston Bruins and Colorado Rockies, $5,900 for three incidents that took place during their game in Denver on Jan. 3.
HIRED: To succeed Jack Pardee as head coach of the Washington Redskins. JOE GIBBS, 40, who has been offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers for the past two seasons.
NAMED: As manager of the San Francisco Giants, FRANK ROBINSON, 45, who managed Cleveland to a 186-189 record in 1975, '76 and part of the '77 season. He has been a coach with the Baltimore Orioles for the last two years.