BOWLING—JIM GODMAN outrolled Barry Asher 224-200 to win the $125,000 Firestone Tournament of Champions in Akron (page 94).
BOXING—KEN NORTON defeated former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a 12-round split decision in San Diego (page 28).
DIVING—CYNTHIA POTTER won the women's one-and three-meter national AAU indoor championships in Pittsburgh. PHIL BOGGS took the men's three-meter title and TIM MOORE captured the men's one-meter competition. STEVE McFARLAND and DEBBIE LIPMAN won the platform divisions.
HOCKEY—NHL: Philadelphia edged into second place in the West, passing Minnesota. In a 4-2 victory over Atlanta the Flyers' Bobby Clarke scored two goals to become the ninth player in NHL history to reach the 100-point mark. Two days later Philadelphia turned in a spectacular performance against the hapless New York Islanders, with a league-tying eight-goal third period, smashing the New Yorkers 10-2. Montreal set an NHL record for fewest losses (10) as the Canadiens beat West Division champ Chicago 4-3. Buffalo won the battle with Detroit for the fourth playoff berth in the East, beating St. Louis in the season finale 3-1. Boston clinched second place in the East with a 6-3 victory over the Rangers as Phil Esposito scored four goals, but in a Stanley Cup preview the Bruins lost to the Canadiens 5-3. St. Louis, the only original expansion team to never miss a playoff, nailed down fourth place in the West by defeating Pittsburgh 7-2.
WHA: Philadelphia also was the big story in the WHA as the Blazers clinched a playoff spot and Andre Lacroix assured himself of the league scoring title (124 points). Teammate Danny Lawson got his sixth hat trick of the season in a 5-1 win over Chicago and became the second major league hockey player to score 60 goals in a season ( Phil Esposito of the NHL Boston Bruins is the other). Houston won a spot in the playoffs when the Aeros downed New York 5-3. Alberta and Minnesota tied for the final berth in the West, and will face off in a deciding playoff Tuesday or Wednesday.
HARNESS RACING—Glen Garnsey drove R. R. Fastball ($2.40) to a 2�-length victory over Tarpon Tamer in the $33,350 Florida Breeders Stake.
HORSE RACING—SHAM ($5.80), ridden by Laffit Pincay, took the $124,400 Santa Anita Derby over odds-on favorite Linda's Chief (page 92).
Brian Fletcher rode RED RUM to victory in the $98,600 Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree, England setting a record time of 9:01.9.
Royal and regal ($15.20) captured the $130,200 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Ridden by Walter Blum, the winner finished three lengths in front of 2-1 favorite Forego.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON outdueled Cale Yarborough to win the $112,825 Atlanta 500 stock car race (page 32).