PRO BASKETBALL—Seattle ended a four-game losing streak by beating Washington 105-87, but that win proved to be only a brief respite for the struggling Sonics, who had begun the week by surrendering the Pacific Division lead to Los Angeles with a 108-101 loss to the Lakers. Seattle also labored through a 3½-hour, four-overtime game with Atlanta, only to lose 127-122. The Sonics finished their long week on an upbeat, downing Boston 103-100. The Lakers stayed ahead of Seattle by beating Golden State 126-106 and Denver 132-131. Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia won all three of its games, as did Milwaukee, the Central Division front-runner, which ran its win streak to 12 games. George Gervin of Midwest Division-leading San Antonio scored 49 and 38 points, respectively, in wins over Detroit (126-112) and Denver (126-121). His 39 points were not enough, however, when lowly San Diego beat the Spurs 118-101. Clipper Charlie Criss, at 5'6" the smallest player in the NBA, had a career-high 34 points in that win.
BOWLING—ART TRASK defeated Al Stonum 223-173 to win a $150,000 PBA tournament in Peoria, Ill., for his second victory this year.
BOXING—SUGAR RAY LEONARD defeated Bruce Finch on a third round TKO in Reno to retain his undisputed world welterweight crown (page 18).
GOLF—TOM WATSON beat Johnny Miller on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the $300,000 Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open. The two finished with 13-under-par 271s.
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Beth Daniel won the $150,000 Bent Tree Ladies Classic in Sarasota, Fla. with a 12-under-par 276, defeating Amy Alcott by four strokes.
HOCKEY—Great is hardly a sufficient description of the Oilers' Wayne Gretzky and his latest feats. Gretzky began the week with five-point performances in wins over Norris Division-leading Minnesota (7-4) and Hartford (7-4). Against the Whalers, he broke the single-season scoring record of 164 points he set last season and ran his total to 75 goals and 91 assists. That left him one goal short of Phil Esposito's 11-year-old NHL mark for goals in a season. Gretzky tied the mark in a 7-3 win over Detroit that gave Smythe Division leader Edmonton 89 points, best in the league. While Colorado Rocky owner Peter Gilbert kept talking of moving his team to New Jersey, the feckless Rockies started moving on the ice. Behind the superb goalkeeping of Chico Resch, the Rockies tied Adams Division front-runner Montreal 3-3 to stop a Canadien win streak at 11 games. The Canadiens went on to win two other games and tie a third to run their unbeaten string to 16. With a 4-4 tie against the New York Rangers, Colorado ran its own modest unbeaten string to a season-high four games. Then, in a 3-2 loss, the Rockies came within 47 seconds of preventing the New York Islanders from setting an NHL record for consecutive victories—15 (page 14).
HORSE RACING—Eddie Delahoussaye rode THE BART ($5) to a 1½-length victory over Castle Royale in the $175,750 Hialeah Turf Cup. The 6-year-old ran the 1½ miles in 2:26.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVE MARCIS drove a Chevy to victory in the rain-shortened $187,655 Richmond 400 Grand National, averaging 72.91 mph around the .54-mile oval. He beat Richard Petty in a Pontiac by 12 seconds.
SKIING—At the World Nordic Championships in Oslo, BERIT AUNLI won the women's 10-km. cross-country; THOMAS ERIKSSON the men's 30-km. cross-country; THOMAS SANDBERG the men's Nordic combined; and ARMIN KOGLER the 70-meter jump.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: New York slid in front of Pittsburgh in the Eastern Division by beating Cleveland 6-4 and Phoenix 10-2, while the Spirit suffered a 5-4 loss to New Jersey. St. Louis, atop the Western Division, beat Baltimore 7-4 before losing to Denver 5-3.
NASL: Chicago, playing without injured high scorers Karl-Heinz Granitza and Ingo Peter, lost 5-4 to Tulsa as the playoffs started. Granitza played on a sore right ankle in the next outing, in which the Sting rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie the score at 6-6 at the end of regulation play. Granitza won it in overtime with a header. Tulsa then clinched the series with a 3-1 victory in the 15-minute mini-game. Tampa Bay won the other Atlantic Conference playoff, eliminating Montreal 2-1 in a mini-game after winning 8-7 in overtime and losing 3-2. Edmonton cruised into the Pacific Conference finals by beating Seattle 8-6 and 12-4. San Diego won the other Pacific semi, knocking off Vancouver 4-3 in overtime and 8-4.
SPEED SKATING—HILBERT VAN DER DUIM won the world all-around title at Assen, The Netherlands, with 168.41 points, .36 better than runner-up Dmitri Bochkarev.
TENNIS—YANNICK NOAH defeated Ivan Lendl 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to win a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in La Quinta, Calif. and end Lendl's 44-match victory streak.
Bettina Bunge beat Pam Shriver 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to win a $100,000 event in Houston.
TRACK & FIELD—In San Diego, MARY DECKER TABB surpassed her week-old women's world indoor mile record by .97 with a 4:20.5 clocking; BILLY OLSON pole-vaulted 18'9½", improving his two-week-old world indoor record by a quarter of an inch; and WILLIE BANKS triple-jumped 57'1½", exceeding the world indoor record set by Keith Connor last year by four inches (page 20).
Gesine Walther of East Germany sprinted 200 meters in Budapest in a women's world indoor record of 22.64, lowering Jarmila Kratochvilova's year-old mark by .12.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the AAU, the Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S. for 1981, CARL LEWIS, 20, who won the long jump and 100-meter dash at the NCAA and TAC meets last year. His leap of 28'3½" on June 20 at Sacramento was the second longest ever.
FIRED: As coach of the Chicago Bulls, JERRY SLOAN, 39, who had a 19-31 record this season. He was replaced on an interim basis by General Manager ROD THORN, 40.
As coach of the Cosmos, HENNES WEISWEILER, 61, who led the team to the 1980 NASL title and a 44-15 record in two seasons.
NAMED: As the head of football operations for the Montreal Alouettes, GEORGE ALLEN, 59, who in 12 years as coach of the Los Angeles Rams and the Washington Redskins had a 116-47-5 record and took his team to postseason play seven times.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Chicago Black Hawks, KEITH MAGNUSON, 34, who had a two-year record of 48-59-26. He was replaced by General Manager BOB PULFORD, 45, two-time NHL Coach of the Year.
TRADED: By the Kansas City Kings, Forward CLIFF ROBINSON, 21, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Forward REGGIE JOHNSON, 24. The Kings also sent Forward JOHN LAMBERT, 29, to the San Antonio Spurs for a third-round draft choice in 1984 and cash.
By the Detroit Pistons, Forward PHIL HUBBARD, 25, and Center PAUL MOKESKI, 25, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Forward KENNY CARR, 26, and Center BILL LAIMBEER, 24.
By the Cleveland Indians, Pitcher SID MONGE, 30, to the Philadelphia Phillies, for Outfielder BAKE McBRIDE, 33.
DIED: NESTOR CHYLAK, 59, who in 25 years as a major league umpire worked five World Series and four All-Star games; of a heart attack; in Dunmore, Pa.