PRO BASKETBALL—In games leading up to the All-Star break, stand-ins stole the limelight. Chicago got 18 points from reserve Center Dwight Jones and a total of 56 from its bench in a 118-101 triumph over Golden State. It was the Bulls' fifth consecutive win. Chicago then hosted Boston, which had won a showdown with Philadelphia, 104-101, the night before to run its win streak to 13. The Celtics, suffering an obvious letdown, lost 108-85 to the Bulls. In the fourth quarter of that game, Chicago backups Ricky Sobers, James Wilkes and Jones scored 26 of their team's 30 points to help raise the Bulls' record to .500 (27-27). Boston, meanwhile, fell half a game behind the 76ers in the Atlantic Division. Another clutch performance came from Phoenix understudy Rich Kelley. After starting Center Alvan Adams reinjured his left ankle during a Suns game at New York, Kelley stepped in to score seven late points and make two steals as Phoenix beat the Knicks 99-94. Despite losses to Philadelphia (98-93), Washington (108-98) and Cleveland (115-111), the Suns maintained a 3½-game lead over Los Angeles in the Pacific Division. After a 118-110 defeat at Portland and a 112-108 victory over the Nets, San Antonio remained 9½ games ahead of second-place Houston in the Midwest, but still it was a bad week for the Spurs. Reserve Forward Kevin Restani was involved in an auto accident in which he suffered six broken ribs, lung damage and minor burns. Though Center Dan Issel was out with the flu, Denver handed Central Division-leading Milwaukee a 131-118 defeat as Kiki Vandeweghe, Dave Robisch and Billy McKinney combined for 50 points coming off the bench. And in a 119-114 San Diego victory over Kansas City, backups Ron Davis and Henry Bibby scored 18 points apiece. In the 31st All-Star Game in Richfield, Ohio, the Eastern Conference defeated the West 123-120.
BOWLING—MARSHALL HOLMAN defeated Richard Martinez 209-203 to win a $125,000 PBA tournament in Grand Prairie, Texas.
BOXING—JEFF CHANDLER retained his WBA bantamweight crown with a unanimous 15-round decision over Jorge Lujan in Philadelphia.
GOLF—SANDRA PALMER shot an eight-under-par 284 to win a $100,000 LPGA tournament at Deerfield Beach, Fla. by two strokes over Amy Alcott.
February 9, 1981
HOCKEY—Last-place Winnipeg, which earlier had sustained losses at Washington (4-3) and Boston (7-6), where Rick Middleton scored the game-winner for the Bruins on a rebound with 46 seconds to play, ended the week with a 2-0 victory at Toronto. Jet Goalie Markus Mattsson stopped 38 shots en route to his first NHL shutout. After losing 4-2 at Toronto, Detroit skated to a 2-2 standoff with Quebec, with whom the Red Wings were tied for next to last, and then drew 3-3 with Minnesota. The Nordiques had a 3-0 lead over Los Angeles in the second period, but the Kings rallied, with wings Steve Jensen and Jim Fox each scoring twice, to win 7-5. Quebec's week ended with a 5-1 triumph over the Islanders, who were first in the standings with 74 points. Nordique Marc Tardif had a hat trick as his team beat the Islanders for the first time ever.
HORSE RACING—SUPER MOMENT ($8.80), ridden by Fernando Toro, defeated Exploded by three lengths to win the $235,000 Charles H. Strub Stakes at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old covered the 1¼ miles in 2:01[1/5].
Jet View ($18), Robert Adair up, beat Sparkling Moolah by a neck to win the $203,000 El Primero Del A‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬±o Derby for quarter horses at the Los Alamitos Raceway. The 3-year-old covered the 400 yards in 19.98 seconds.
MOTOR SPORTS—The team of Brian Redman, Bobby Rahal and Bob Garretson combined to drive their Porsche Turbo 935 to victory in the 24-hour endurance race at Daytona Beach. They averaged 113.153 mph to complete a total of 2,718.72 miles during the race.
POWERLIFTING—BILL KAZMAIER of Auburn, Ala. set superheavyweight world records for the bench press (661.5 pounds) and total (2,425.0) at the West Georgia Open in Columbus. At the same meet JAN TODD, who is also from Auburn, established women's heavyweight records in the squat (545.5), deadlift (480.0) and total (1,229.5).
SPEED SKATING—GAETAN BOUCHER of Canada established a world record of 1:13.39 in the 1,000 meters, in Davos, Switzerland. He beat the mark of 1:13.60 set by Eric Heiden last year.
TENNIS—ROSCOE TANNER defeated Wojtek Fibak 6-2, 7-6, 7-5 to win the $250,000 U.S. Pro Indoor Championships in Philadelphia.
Martina Navratilova beat Hana Mandlikova 6-4, 6-2 to win a $200,000 tournament in Chicago.
TRACK & FIELD—RENALDO NEHEMIAH of the U.S. set a world indoor record of 6.01 in the 50-yard hurdles at the Sunkist Invitational in Los Angeles (page 30).
Stanley Floyd of Houston established an indoor world record of 6.04 in the 60-yard dash, in Dallas, lowering the mark of 6.05 set by Houston McTear in 1978. In the same meet ALICE BROWN of Los Angeles set a women's indoor world record of 6.62 in the 60, surpassing the mark of 6.63 established by Lyudmila Storozhkova of the U.S.S.R. in 1979.
Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czechoslovakia established world indoor records of 22.76 in the 200-meter dash and 49.64 in the 400-meter run in Vienna. In the 200 she surpassed last year's mark of 23.15 set by Angella Taylor of Canada. In the 400 she beat the time of 51.14 clocked by Marita Koch of East Germany in 1978.
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the American League, the sale of 80% of the Seattle Mariners franchise for $10.4 million to George Argyros, a real estate developer; and the sale of the Chicago White Sox for $20 million to a group headed by Jerry Reinsdorf, also a real estate developer, and Eddie Einhorn, a television executive.
ELECTED: To the Professional Football Hall of Fame, GEORGE BLANDA, 53, the NFL's alltime scoring leader with 2,002 points over 26 seasons; MORRIS (Red) BADGRO, 78, who starred as a receiver for the New York Giants from 1927 to 1935; and former Green Bay Packers Defensive End WILLIE DAVIS. 46, and Center JIM RINGO, 48.
RETIRED: Pittsburgh Steeler Defensive End DWIGHT WHITE, 31, after 10 seasons and four Super Bowl victories, to become an account executive.
DIED: JOHN GERBER, 74, the former international bridge champion and inventor of the Gerber Convention; after a brief illness with heart trouble; in Houston.
Constance M.K. Applebee, 107, who brought women's field hockey to the United States in 1901; in New Milton, England.