PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: In a week of upheaval, Fred Foster of Detroit learned what Comedian Rodney Dangerfield means when he laments, "I can't get no respect." Foster and Rick Barry of the Warriors jostled for position under the basket in the first quarter and when Barry threw an elbow, Foster retaliated with a right to the head. Barry went down, but Foster went out—of the game. Barry recovered and scored 28 points as Golden State took a 105-98 decision. Later in the week Foster severely sprained his right ankle in a 113-104 loss at Seattle and is expected to be sidelined for 10 days. Seattle's victory was the first for interim coach Morris (Bucky) Buckwalter, who replaced Tom Nissalke. Nissalke was fired after winning only 13 of 45 games and, presumably, getting no respect from his players or Owner Sam Schulman. Baltimore opened a three-game lead over Atlanta in the Central Division and also received good news. Archie Clark, a holdout for 42 games, came to terms and will join the Bullets on their West Coast swing. In the Atlantic Division, New York extended its winning streak to nine games by beating Houston 104-103 on Earl Monroe's jump shot at the buzzer. The Celtics refused to yield first place, however, winning their fifth straight at the expense of Philadelphia 111-95. Milwaukee and Los Angeles remained the leaders in the Midwest and Pacific Divisions, respectively.
ABA: Carolina continued to lead the East Division (page 60) and Utah stretched its hold on first place to 4� games in the West. Zelmo Beaty scored 21 points and Gerald Goven pulled down 24 rebounds as the Stars defeated Kentucky 105-96. Indiana remained a game behind second-place Denver by scoring 11 straight points in the fourth quarter to edge San Diego 108-107. The Pacers, who have not lost to San Diego in seven outings, trailed 104-97 before the rally. Indiana's Mel Daniels led the scorers with a season-high 36 points.
BOATING—Former world champions DON ARONOW and JIM WYNNE came out of retirement to win the Palm Bay Offshore Invitational race from Miami past Key Largo and back. They averaged 55 mph for the 92 miles in the first stock race in ocean power-boat history.
BOWLING—GARY DICKINSON defeated Barry Asher, 235-216 to win the $7,500 first prize in the $70,000 Don Carter Classic at Arcadia, Calif. Dickinson had four games of 235 or better.
BOXING—In his professional debut, Olympic gold medalist RAY SEALES scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Gonzales Rodriguez in a welterweight bout at Tacoma, Wash.
PRO FOOTBALL—Unbeaten MIAMI won Super Bowl VII by defeating Washington 14-7 (page 16).
GOLF—A 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole gave BRUCE CRAMPTON the $30,000 first prize in the Phoenix Open. Crampton's five-under-par 65 made his 72-hole total 268. Lanny Wadkins and Steve Melnyk tied for second.
HOCKEY—NHL: Buffalo finally lost a game in its Memorial Auditorium and it was to another New York team—something else that has not happened all season. Pete Stemkowski of the Rangers earned a hat trick by slipping his third goal into an unattended net in the last second of a 4-2 victory over the Sabres. Montreal and Boston remained 1-2 in the East while surging Detroit kept the pressure on the Rangers and Buffalo, the 3-4 teams. The Red Wings ran their unbeaten streak to eight games by blasting Vancouver 7-1. Mickey Redmond's hat trick gave him 27 goals for the season and Detroit teammate Bill Collins added a pair of goals. Chicago top team in the West, was upset 3-2 as Philadelphia came from behind with two goals in the final period, the winning one by Gary Dornhoefer. Second-place Minnesota cut the Black Hawks' lead to four points with an 8-1 triumph over the New York Islanders, who have won just four games. Pittsburgh replaced Coach Red Kelly with Ken Schinkel, the team's right winger, and the Penguins responded by beating Los Angeles 3-1 in their first game under their new coach.
WHA: New England took sole possession of first place in the East Division with a 4-3 win over the Raiders. The Whalers spotted New York a 2-0 lead on Ron Ward's 36th goal this season and Norm Ferguson's 23rd. But New England netted everything it needed during a 4�-minute span of the second period when it look a 4-2 lead that held up against still another goal by Ward. A pair of goals by Chris Bordeleau, his 31st and 32nd, powered Winnipeg to a 5-3 defeat of Cleveland. The Jets lead the West Division by seven points over Minnesota.
SKIING—Austria's ANNEMARIE PROELL won two downhill races at Pfronten, West Germany, to maintain the lead with 125 World Cup points.