PRO BASKETBALL—While Philadelphia was putting some distance—2½ games—between itself and Boston in the Atlantic Division (page 28), third-place New York was also winning. The Knicks defeated San Diego 101-98 behind Bill Cartwright's season-high 33 points and had 15 steals on the way to snapping Chicago's seven-game winning streak, 112-94. New York then got its fourth victory in a row, 113-106 over New Jersey. Elsewhere the week was full of comebacks. After trailing 31-20 in the first period at Dallas, Kansas City hit 11 of its first 12 shots in the second quarter and 13 of its first 16 in the third to rally for a 121-100 triumph. With Washington's Greg Ballard on his way to scoring 38 points, Portland trailed the Bullets 72-57 with 5:09 remaining in the third period. The Trail Blazers rallied to put the game into overtime and won 111-104. New Jersey's Mike Newlin scored 43 points against San Diego, but that performance wasn't quite enough. With the Nets leading 79-73 in the third quarter, the Clippers scored 12 of the next 15 points and went on for a 110-102 victory. Indiana, playing Central Division-leading Milwaukee, trailed by 11 midway through the second period before recovering to win 108-99 with the help of 12 consecutive points in the final quarter. The Pacers got some of their own medicine from the Lakers. Los Angeles, behind 92-89 with 4:26 to play, took the lead on a layup and two free throws by Mike Cooper and triumphed 102-96. L.A. subsequently stretched its win streak to seven with a 111-102 victory at Detroit and trailed Phoenix in the Pacific Division by 3½ games at week's end. Milwaukee defeated Boston 113-103, even though the Celtics scored the first 12 points of the game, and came back from a 15-point deficit to beat Cleveland 103-99 as Sidney Moncrief put the Bucks ahead to stay with a dunk with 3:20 left. Against San Antonio, No. 1 in the Midwest, Detroit's John Long scored 40 points but came away disappointed. With 25 seconds remaining, the Spurs' Paul Griffin intercepted a pass and converted a layup to make it 100-99. After Piston Guard Larry Drew missed two free throws, Dave Corzine of the Spurs clinched the victory with two foul shots. Against Denver, San Antonio trailed by 13 with 9:38 minutes to play. George Gervin then got 12 of his 37 points, and the Spurs won 135-132.
BOWLING—MARSHALL HOLMAN beat Mark Roth 200-179 to win the $131,000 U.S. Open in Houston.
BOXING—SHOJI OGUMA retained his WBC flyweight title with a 15-round decision over Park Chan Hee in Tokyo.
FIGURE SKATING—In the U.S. championships in San Diego, SCOTT HAMILTON won the men's seniors title, ELAINE ZAYAK was first among the women, and PETER and CAITLIN CARRUTHERS won the pair competition (page 54).
February 16, 1981
GOLF—JOHN COOK survived a five-man sudden-death playoff to win the $225,000 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif. He finished regulation play, which had been shortened to 54 holes because of rain, with a seven-under-par 209, as did Hale Irwin, Ben Crenshaw, Bobby Clampett and Barney Thompson.
Bruce Lietzke, who tied Ray Floyd and Tom Jenkins with a 10-under-par 278 in regulation play, won the $250,000 San Diego Open in a playoff.
Sally Little defeated JoAnne Carner and Judy Rankin in sudden death to win a $125,000 LPGA tournament in Miami. All three finished with a five-under-par 283 in regulation play.
HOCKEY—By beating Hartford (4-2), Minnesota (6-2) and Philadelphia (5-3), Quebec ran up a four-game winning streak that started when Goaltender Daniel Bouchard, who was acquired from Calgary two weeks ago, took the nets. In a 4-0 Buffalo victory over Winnipeg, Sabre Goalie Don Edwards stopped 23 shots. His encore was a shutout, also 4-0, of Philadelphia. The Sabres then won their fourth in a row, 7-3 over Detroit, with Andre Savard scoring three times and rookie Jean Francois Sauvè and Danny Gare twice each. After a 6-3 triumph over the Islanders, Boston had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Hartford when the Whalers' Blaine Stoughton picked up a loose puck at center ice with 2:20 remaining, skated between two defenders and backhanded the tying score past Goalie Jim Craig, who was subsequently benched. The Bruins recovered to beat the Rangers 6-3, after which their five-game unbeaten streak was ended by a 6-2 defeat at Montreal. The Rangers had their four-game undefeated string snapped in heartbreaking fashion by Los Angeles. A shot by the Kings' Billy Harris was deflected by Ranger Defenseman Dave Maloney into the New York goal with nine seconds to play. Another Maloney—Ranger Wing Don—redeemed the family's good name two nights later, scoring three times and getting two assists in handing the Islanders, the NHL's first-place team with 77 points, a 9-3 defeat. In second-place St. Louis' 8-4 victory over Toronto, Winger Perry Turnbull had four goals.
HORSE RACING—SUMMER SIREN ($11.20), Marco Castaneda up, defeated Miss Huntington by 1½ lengths in the $143,500 La Ca‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬±ada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at Santa Anita, covering the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48[3/5].
TENNIS—VITAS GERULAITIS defeated John McEnroe 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win a $500,000 tournament in Toronto.
Leslie Allen upset Hana Mandlikova 6-4, 6-4 to win a $125,000 tournament in Detroit.
Yannick Noah defeated Ivan Lendl 6-1, 3-1, retired to win a $200,000 tournament in Richmond, Va.
TRACK & FIELD—DON PAIGE established a world indoor record in the 1,000-yard run with a clocking of 2:04.9 at the Wanamaker Millrose Games in New York. He surpassed the mark of 2:05.1 set by Mark Winzenried in 1972. At the same meet SULEIMAN NYAMBUI ran the 5,000 meters in a world-indoor-record 13:20.1, bettering the mark of 13:20.8 set by Emiel Puttemans in 1976; the Atoms' mile-relay team of STEPHANIE VEGA, DIANE DIXON, KAREL JONES and LORNA FORDE set a world women's indoor record of 3:40.9, surpassing the previous mark of 3:41.0 established by the Muhammad Ali Track Club in 1980; and JONI HUNTLEY set an American women's indoor record for the high jump with a leap of 6'4¾", a half inch higher than the record she set in 1980 (page 22).
Terron Wright established a world indoor record in the 300-yard dash with a time of 29.26 at the Indiana Relays in Bloomington. The previous mark (29.47) had been held by William Snody since 1978.
Steve Scott ran the 2,000 meters in 4:58.6 in Louisville, Ky. to set a world indoor record. He lowered the mark of 5:00 held by Emiel Puttemans since 1973.
Merlene Ottey lowered her women's world indoor record of 33.64 in the 300-yard dash twice in two days, with clockings of 33.29 and 33.12 at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
MILEPOSTS—FILED: By the Wells Fargo Bank, a suit in the Superior Court of California against Muhammad Ali Professional Sports Inc.. charging that $20.3 million had been fraudulently withdrawn from the bank's Beverly Hills branch. Among the defendants named in the suit are: Harold J. Smith, the MAPS chairman; his wife, Barbara N. Smith; L. Ben Lewis, a director of MAPS and an operations officer of Wells Fargo's Beverly Hills office; and Sammie Marshall, the MAPS president.
NAMED: Winner of the AAU's Sullivan Award as the U.S.'s outstanding amateur athlete of 1980, ERIC HEIDEN, 22, who won five gold medals in speed-skating at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.
RETIRED: After 14 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, six-time All-Pro guard LARRY LITTLE, 35, who played in all three of Miami's Super Bowl appearances.
DIED: JIM MORGAN, 32, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., who was the driver of the No. 1 U.S. four-man bobsled team; of injuries suffered when his sled overturned at the world bobsled championships in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy.
Frederick W. Luehring, 99, an end for Chicago under Amos Alonzo Stagg (1903-05), who was the first basketball coach at Princeton (1912-19), was athletic director at Ripon (Wis.) College (1919-20), and also coached at Nebraska (1920-22) and Minnesota (1922-30); in Swarthmore, Pa. He is credited with formulating the first rules for intercollegiate swimming.