PRO BASKETBALL—The week's biggest winner was Milwaukee, which clinched the Central Division championship with victories over Washington (137-107), Detroit (115-98), Atlanta (107-91) and New York (122-111). In the Bucks' sixth straight win, against the Knicks, Junior Bridgeman got 34 points and 12 rebounds coming off the bench. The week had two big losers. New Jersey fell to Detroit (117-104), Chicago (128-102) and Atlanta (109-106), to run its losing string to seven. Houston was hardly better. In a 102-86 drubbing at the hands of Midwest Division-leading San Antonio, the Rockets' Calvin Murphy missed a free throw, ending his streak of successful attempts at 78. Houston then lost to Boston (108-101) as Robert Parish (page 64) scored 23 points. While the Celtics went on to lose 110-104 at Indiana and fall a game behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division, Houston was beaten by Washington (105-104) and Atlanta (114-108). The loss to Atlanta, the Rockets' fifth straight, dropped Houston two games behind Kansas City in the duel for the sixth and final Western Conference playoff berth. The Kings fell to Los Angeles (99-98), then defeated San Antonio (111-97), with Otis Birdsong scoring 39 points, and Portland (106-100). The Trail Blazers then lost 128-107 to Phoenix, which had a six-game lead in the Pacific Division after winning its fourth in a row. In the East, Chicago led Washington by two games in the race for the sixth playoff spot.
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY defeated Ernie Schlegel 242-237 to win the $135,000 PBA National Championship in Toledo. It was Anthony's fourth national title.
BOXING—CORNELIUS BOZA-EDWARDS won a unanimous 15-round decision over defending champion Rafael (Bazooka) Limon in Stockton, Calif. for the WBC super featherweight crown.
Pedro Flores won the WBA junior flyweight title by stopping defending champion Yoko Gushiken in the 12th round in Naha, Japan.
March 16, 1981
FIGURE SKATING—At the world championships in Hartford, Conn., SCOTT HAMILTON of the U.S. won the men's title; DENISE BIELLMANN of Switzerland placed first among the women; JAYNE TORVILL and CHRISTOPHER DEAN of Great Britain triumphed in ice dancing; and IRINA VOROBIEVA and IGOR LISOVSKY of the U.S.S.R. won the pairs (page 68).
GOLF—TOM KITE shot a 14-under-par 274 to win the $300,000 Inverrary Classic in Lauderhill, Fla., by one stroke over Jack Nicklaus.
Nancy Lopez-Melton defeated Pat Bradley by four strokes to win a $125,000 LPGA tournament in Tucson. She had a score of 278, 14 under par.
HOCKEY—Led by Wayne Gretzky's two goals and two assists, Edmonton scored eight goals against the Islanders. But New York, led by Mike Bossy's four goals, had scored seven by the final two minutes of the game and got the tie when Anders Kallur scored a goal with 1:46 remaining. Later in the week it was Gretzky's turn to score four while leading the Oilers to a 5-3 victory at Philadelphia. With a 4-4 tie at Chicago and victories over Boston (4-2) and the Rangers (7-2), St. Louis held on to the No. 1 spot in the NHL with 94 points. Last-place Winnipeg, which has its hands full trying to clinch a spot in the league, had one bright moment. After a 4-4 draw with Detroit and embarrassments at Montreal (9-3) and at Philadelphia (10-1), the Jets got two third-period goals from Rick Bowness in a 4-2 upset of Montreal, thereby ending their own winless streak at nine and the Canadiens undefeated string at 14. There was no such high spot for Washington, which ran its winless string to 13 games. The Capitals lost 6-3 to Calgary and 7-4 to Quebec. In Montreal's first game with Winnipeg, Guy Lafleur had two goals and an assist to give him 1,000 points for his career. No other NHL player reached that plateau as quickly as Lafleur did (720 games). In a 1-0 Los Angeles victory at Toronto, the Kings' Charlie Simmer broke his right leg. He'll miss the rest of the season and the playoffs. Without Simmer, L.A. lost 6-5 to Pittsburgh; it was the Penguins' sixth win in a row. The Kings then beat Colorado (3-1) as Goaltender Mario Lessard turned away 41 shots. Pittsburgh's streak ended with an 8-5 loss at Minnesota, Defenseman Craig Hartsburg breaking a 5-5 tie at 4:17 of the third period to give the North Stars their first triumph in seven games.
HORSE RACING—JOHN HENRY ($5.80), ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., defeated King Go Go by a length to win the $418,150 San Anita Handicap. The 6-year-old gelding ran the 1¼ miles in 1:59[2/5].
Lord Avie ($4), Chris McCarron up, came from 15½ lengths back to win the $226,750 Florida Derby at Gulf-stream Park by 4½ lengths over Akureyri. The 3-year-old ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50[2/5].
Always a cinch ($6.20), ridden by Russell Baze, beat Hoedown's Day by 12 lengths to win the $172,700 California Derby on a slow track at Golden Gate Fields. The 3-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:47[4/5].
SKIING—PHIL MAHRE of the U.S. won the giant slalom over Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden in World Cup competition in Aspen, Colo. Phil's twin brother, Steve, placed third. VALERY TSYGANOV of the U.S.S.R. triumphed in one downhill and HARTI WEIRATHER of Austria in another. Among the women, TAMARA McKINNEY of the U.S. won the giant slalom and ELISABETH KIRCHLER of Austria was first in the downhill (page 20).
INDOOR SOCCER—NASL: The Edmonton Drillers defeated the Chicago Sting 9-6 and 5-4 to win the league championship series two games to none.
TENNIS—BILL SCANLON defeated Vijay Amritraj 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the $200,000 WCT Invitational in Salisbury, Md.
Martina Navratilova beat Andrea Jaeger 6-4, 6-0 to win a $150,000 tournament in Inglewood, Calif.
Gene Mayer defeated John Sadri 6-4, 6-4 to win a $125,000 tournament in Denver.
In Davis Cup play in Carlsbad, Calif., the U.S. defeated Mexico 3-2. After Mexico took a 2-1 lead in matches, JOHN McENROE beat Raul Ramirez 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 and ROSCOE TANNER defeated Jorge Lozano 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on the final day of competition.
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Georgia Tech, DWANE MORRISON, 50, after a 4-23 season. In eight seasons he guided the Yellow Jackets to a 91-122 record.
TRADED: By the Atlanta Braves, Outfielder JEFF BURROUGHS, 30, who, as a Texas Ranger, was the American League MVP in 1974, to the Seattle Mariners for a minor league pitcher.
DIED: Golden Gloves boxer BRUCE FITZGERALD, 24, of Uniontown, Pa., the 178-pound state champion in 1979; of a laceration of the brain following blunt-force trauma suffered in a regional Golden Gloves bout in Easton, Pa. on March 1. Fitzgerald, who had a 25-5 record since 1978, didn't wear protective headgear, which is optional under the rules of the United States of America Amateur Boxing Federation.