PRO BASKETBALL—Detroit's Isiah Thomas may be only a rookie, but against Atlanta last week he did something no one in the NBA has ever done: He won a game with a four-point play. After the Hawks had scored 17 straight points. Thomas canned a 25-foot three-pointer and a free throw to give the Pistons a 106-105 win. Moses Malone did something he'd never done before: score as many as 53 points. He also had 22 rebounds in Houston's 122-106 win over San Diego. Malone later scored 92 points in two other victories. Seattle, 4-0 for the week, knocked Los Angeles, 2-2, out of first place in the Pacific Division. Since starting the season 5-5, the Sonics have been Super, winning 28 of 36. Philadelphia won all three of its games to move within 1½ games of Boston, 2-1, in the Atlantic Division Milwaukee turned the Central Division race into a walkover, beating Chicago 113-98, Dallas 117-92 and Phoenix 107-92 to build a 12-game bulge over Atlanta. Midwest Division-leading San Antonio defeated Dallas 103-98 and Phoenix 118-112 but lost to Golden State 116-111 and, earlier, to Kansas City 109-102 as the Kings snapped an eight-game losing streak.
BOBSLEDDING—ERICH SCHAERER and MAX RUEGG beat Hans Hiltebrand and Uli Baechli by .53 of a second over four runs on the 1,585-meter course in St. Moritz to win the world two-man title.
BOWLING—DAVE HUSTED beat Gil Sliker 255-180 to win the $131,000 U.S. Open in Houston.
BOXING—DAVEY MOORE won the WBA junior middleweight title with a sixth-round knockout of defending champion Tadashi Mihara in Tokyo.
Amado Ursua won the WBC super flyweight title from Hilario Zapata with a second-round knockout in Panama City.
GOLF—JIM SIMONS won the $300,000 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am in Pebble Beach, Calif., by shooting a 14-under-par 274. He beat Craig Stadler by two strokes (page 26).
JoAnne Carner shot a five-under-par 283 to win a $125,000 tournament in North Miami Beach. She defeated Jo Ann Washam by a stroke.
HOCKEY—In the tight Adams Division race, Montreal took over first place as Buffalo lost three games and fell all the way to third, and Boston climbed to second. The Canadiens ran their win streak to nine by winning all four of their games, including a 6-3 victory over Smythe Division leader Edmonton (page 14) and a 5-3 defeat of Colorado before a sell-out Save-the-Rockies-Night crowd of 16,384 in Denver that included Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm. The Bruins beat Buffalo 5-2, twice. In the first game, the Sabres also lost All-Star Defenseman John Van Boxmeer for up to three weeks with a broken finger. The Patrick Division-leading New York Islanders ran their winning streak to a club-record nine games with four victories. Minnesota. 1-1-1, stayed atop the Norris Division, beating Pittsburgh 9-6 in a game in which the Penguins led 3-0 and later 4-2. "We've hit bottom," Pittsburgh Coach Eddie Johnston said. Sorry, Eddie—the Penguins plunged even lower with losses to Washington (6-4) and Philadelphia (5-4); they have won only once in their last nine games.
HORSE RACING—CASSALERIA ($3.40), Darrel McHargue up, beat Crystal Star by half a length to win the $139,700 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:42[4/5] (page 44).
SKIING—At the World Alpine Championships in Schladming, Austria, ERIKA HESS won the women's slalom, giant slalom and combined; GERRY SORENSON, the women's downhill: MICHEL VION, the men's combined; HARTI WEIRATHER, the men's downhill: INGEMAR STENMARK, the men's slalom: and STEVE MAHRE, the men's giant slalom, to become the first U.S. man to win an individual world skiing title (page 22).
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Pittsburgh lost its only game of the week—and nonetheless moved into first place in the Eastern Division. The Spirit fell to St. Louis 4-1, but New York, which beat Cleveland 7-6 early in the week, lost two straight games for the first time in nearly three years and dropped to third. The Arrows were defeated 6-5 by Buffalo and 6-3 by Baltimore, which later beat New Jersey 4-3 to move within 23 percentage points of Pittsburgh. The Steamers, No. 1 in the Western Division, beat Kansas City 7-0—only the 10th shutout in league history—as well as the Spirit.
NASL: Edmonton capitalized on Vancouver's 10—6 loss to Western Division-leading San Diego to move into first in the Northwest Division by beating Portland 3-2 and San Jose 7-6. Tampa Bay moved within half a game of Central Division pacesetter Chicago by defeating Jacksonville 7-6 in overtime and the Cosmos 10-3. Montreal, the Eastern Division leader, lost twice, 7-5 to the Cosmos and 9-7 to Tulsa.
TENNIS—JOHN SADRI beat Andres Gomez 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win a $250,000 Grand Prix tournament in Denver.
Andrea Jaeger beat Mima Jausovec 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 to win a $150,000 tournament in Detroit.
Ivan Lendl defeated John McEnroe 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 to win a $350,000 event in Toronto.
TRACK & FIELD—In Los Angeles, MARY DECKER TABB ran a women's world indoor record of 8:47.3 in the 3,000 meters, knocking 3.5 off the mark set by Crete Waitz in 1980; DON PAIGE established a world indoor record of 2:04.7 in the 1,000 yards, shaving .2 from the mark he set a year ago; and with a 1:03.3 clocking in the 500 yards, JANINE MacGREGOR equaled the women's world indoor record set by Rosalyn Bryant in 1977.
Billy Olson pole-vaulted 18'9¼" in Louisville, Ky. to surpass by one-half inch the indoor world record he had set a week before.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the MISL New Jersey Rockets, TIMO LIEKOSKI, 39, who had a 4-13 record this year. Rocket Defender Ian Anderson replaced him on an interim basis.
SENTENCED: By a U.S. District Court judge to a 10-year prison term, former Boston College basketball player RICK KUHN, 26, for conspiring to engage in racketeering and sports bribery. Kuhn was convicted on charges stemming from point shaving in six B.C. basketball games in the 1978-79 season.
SUSPENDED: For 15 days by the NHL. Los Angeles Kings Coach DON PERRY, 51, for ordering L.A. Left Wing Paul Mulvey to leave the bench and join a fight during a Jan. 24 game with Vancouver. The Kings were also fined $5,000.
TRADED: By the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Linebacker DAVE LEWIS, 27, a 1981 Pro Bowl player, to the San Diego Chargers for future draft choices.
DIED: NASHUA, 30, winner of the 1955 Preakness and Belmont stakes and $1,288,565 in career earnings: in Lexington, Ky. He was destroyed by veterinarians when he began suffering badly from ailments arising from old age. Syndicated in 1955 for a then-record $1,251,200, Nashua stood at stud through last year and sired 74 stakes winners.
Marvin Milkes, 58, general manager for the Seattle Pilots-Milwaukee Brewers (1968-70), New York Raiders of the WHA (1972), San Diego Sockers (1978-79) and Los Angeles Aztecs (1980-81) of the NASL: of a heart attack; in Los Angeles.
Former Niagara University Basketball Coach JOHN (Taps) GALLAGHER, 77, who coached the Purple Eagles to a 468-262 record and seven NIT appearances in 31 seasons: of an undisclosed illness; in Niagara Falls, N.Y.