PRO BASKETBALL—"Is Moses Malone worth $2 million this year?" asked Philadelphia owner Harold Katz. "No," he answered. "The answer is absolutely no. I think every guy on this team acts too cool and doesn't show enough enthusiasm." The 76ers, who earlier had stopped a four-game losing streak by beating Midwest Division leader Utah 103-97, provoked Katz's comments with a 112-100 loss to Phoenix that briefly dropped the 76ers into third place in the Atlantic Division for the first time in eight years. The Knicks visited second place thanks to Bernard King. He scored 30 points in a 96-92 win over Atlanta, 35 in a 102-98 victory over Atlantic leader Boston and 39 in a 117-102 defeat of Detroit before coming up short—with only 27 points—in the Knicks' 111-106 loss to Central Division leader Milwaukee. The longest streak in the league, five games, belonged to New Jersey, which forced 33 turnovers in edging Pacific leader Los Angeles 102-92 and then caused 10 errors in the fourth quarter of a 100-90 besting of Washington.
BOWLING—BOB CHAMBERLAIN defeated Dan Eberl 219-191 to win the $200,000 PBA National Championship in Toledo.
PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: Michigan kicker Novo Bojovic really got his kicks. On Monday night he beat Chicago 20-18 with a last-second 20-yard field goal. On Saturday it was 24-24 with 32 seconds left against Pittsburgh, and again Bojovic came through, this time with a 19-yarder to make the final score 27-24. Denver defeated Oklahoma 17-14 in overtime, as Outlaw punter Bob Boris (see MILEPOSTS, below) mishandled two snaps to give the Gold the ball on the four- and 13-yard lines. Gary Anderson ran for two touchdowns as Tampa Bay beat Arizona 20-17, while Walter Lewis threw for three to lead Memphis past Chicago 23-13. Only 12,067 watched Philadelphia defeat Washington 17-6, but 73,227 were on hand for New Jersey's 28-26 win over Jacksonville. Birmingham triumphed 21-14 in Los Angeles, and New Orleans defeated Oakland 13-0.
GOLF—BRUCE LIETZKE defeated Andy Bean on the first hole of sudden death to win a $500,000 tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. Each player finished regulation play with an eight-under-par 280.
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Nancy Lopez shot a par 284 to win a $300,000 LPGA event in Costa Mesa, Calif. by three strokes over Pat Bradley.
HOCKEY—In his first game for Winnipeg, 1984 U.S. Olympic goalie Marc Behrend faced Edmonton, the goal-scoring machine—382 so far this season—that leads the Smythe Division. Behrend did well, turning away 32 shots, but lost in overtime 6-5. His former backup on Team USA, Bob Mason, had better luck in his debut with Washington, allowing only one goal in a 9-1 ripping of Pittsburgh. Former Canadian Olympic wing Pat Flatley had a goal and an assist in the Patrick Division-leading Islanders' 4-3 victory over the Jets, and then U.S. Olympian Pat LaFontaine, playing in his second game with the Isles, came through with three goals and two assists in an 11-6 defeat of Toronto. Team Canada goalie Mario Gosselin has led Quebec on a winning streak. After getting a shutout in his first game on Feb. 26, Gosselin stopped 25 shots in a Nordiques 6-2 win over Detroit. With him in the nets, Quebec went on to beat (4-3), then tie (1-1) Adams Division leader Buffalo. Detroit, in second place behind Minnesota in the Norris Division, defeated Winnipeg 6-1, as Brad Park had an assist, thus bringing his 16-year total to 646 and moving him into first place among defensemen in the record book, ahead of Bobby Orr.
HORSE RACING—TIME FOR A CHANGE ($16.60), Jerry Bailey in the irons, beat Dr. Carter by a neck to win the $365,000 Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1‚⅛-mile track in 1:47 (page 14).
Interco ($11), ridden by Pat Valenzuela, won the $523,650 Santa Anita Handicap by 2¾ lengths over Journey at Sea. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:00[3/5].
Chris McCarron rode PRECISIONIST ($8) to a five-length victory over Fali Time in the one-mile, $154,600 San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old colt was clocked at 1:35.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON, in a Buick, finished 2.44 seconds ahead of Terry Labonte's Chevrolet to win the $290,191 Carolina 500 in Rockingham, N.C. He averaged 122.931 mph on the 1.017-mile banked North Carolina Speedway oval.
ROAD RACING—ZACKARIAH BARIE of Tanzania ran a world record of 27:43 for 10 km in Phoenix. He surpassed by six seconds the mark set by Michael Musyoki of Japan in 1982.
SKIING—In World Cup events, HOLLY FLANDERS won the women's downhill at Ste. Anne de Beaupré, Que., and BILL JOHNSON was the men's downhill champion in Aspen (page 20).
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Led by Tasso Koutsoukos' two goals, Kansas City beat Wichita 5-4 to take over first place in the Western Division, a game ahead of St. Louis. In the East, Cleveland held its half-game lead over Pittsburgh with victories at Phoenix (7-4) and Los Angeles (4-1).
NASL: Golden Bay took a half-game lead over San Diego with a 7-6 victory over Vancouver—the Earthquakes' Steve Zungul had three goals—and an 11-3 defeat of Tampa Bay.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Chris Evert Lloyd 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 to win the $500,000 Virginia Slims Championships in New York (page 50).
John McEnroe downed Tomas Smid 6-0, 6-4 to win the $200,000 Grand Prix of Madrid.
TRACK & FIELD—THIERRY VIGNERON of France soared 19'2¼" in G√∂teborg, Sweden to surpass by ¾" the world indoor pole-vault record set by Sergei Bubka of the U.S.S.R. on Feb. 10.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, PEE WEE REESE, 65, shortstop with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1940 to '58, and RICK FERRELL, 78, a catcher with the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators from 1929 to '47.
NAMED: As coach of the Washington Federals of the USFL, DICK BIELSKI, 51, formerly the team's offensive coordinator. He replaced Ray Jauch, 46, who was fired.
As winner of the AAU's Sullivan Award for the nation's top amateur athlete in 1983, EDWIN MOSES, 28, who has won 87 straight 400-meter hurdles finals and has run nine of the 10 fastest times in the event.
To replace Bowie Kuhn as commissioner of baseball on Oct. 1, PETER V. UEBERROTH, 46, currently the president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (page 9).
RULED: By a federal judge in Los Angeles, that the USFL's ban on signing college players with eligibility remaining violates the antitrust laws. The plaintiff, Bob Boris, a former University of Arizona punter who was excluded from playing in the USFL in 1983, joined the Oklahoma Outlaws for one game and then was cut, and running back Marcus Dupree, who dropped out of Oklahoma last fall, has signed a reported five-year, $6 million contract with the New Orleans Breakers (page 30).
SIGNED: By the Los Angeles Express of the USFL, quarterback STEVE YOUNG, 22, to a guaranteed four-year contract worth a reported $4 million, with deferred payments worth more than $30 million over 43 years (page 28).