PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Buffalo found the winning formula, and Bob McAdoo is the prime ingredient. McAdoo had 33 points and 22 rebounds in a 134-118 victory over New Orleans, and he scored 41 against Chicago as the lead changed 27 times before the Braves won out 105-104. Washington stayed undefeated, edging Kansas City- Omaha and Houston before victimizing Milwaukee two nights in a row. Milwaukee managed one win, a 92-90 squeaker over Chicago, but continued to occupy the Midwest cellar. Kansas City- Omaha led that division, the Royals defeating Los Angeles once and Chicago twice. Seattle recovered to post three wins, and Cleveland did the same thing, Atlanta rookie John Drew had 41 points as the Hawks crushed Philadelphia 125-92. Portland nipped Golden State 107-106, then lost to the Warriors 99-97. Philadelphia ruined the Jazz debut in New Orleans 102-89 before falling to Houston 110-86. New York dropped injury-riddled Boston 97-86 and Phoenix stopped Detroit 100-90.
ABA: Kentucky had fun with Virginia, beating the Squires by 54 points, 136-82, with 10 Kentucky players in double figures. The Colonels also took two from Indiana and one from San Antonio, but could not hit against St. Louis, and lost 91-86 as Spirit Marvin Barnes held Artis Gilmore to 12 points while scoring 25 himself. The Spirits also haunted Utah 116-109 and spooked Virginia 118-112. Utah won its first game, over San Diego, before getting kicked by San Antonio 101-68. New York won two from Memphis and another from San Antonio in which Julius Erving accounted for 37 points. Travis Grant poured in 44 points for San Diego in the Q's 116-110 win over New York. Denver defeated Utah 120-106 and San Diego 137-101 and Indiana got 32 points from George McGinnis in its 122-107 victory over St. Louis.
CHESS—After 16 games of the world challengers' match in Moscow, 14 of which ended in draws, ANATOLY KARPOV continued to lead Viktor Korchnoi by the substantial margin of 2-0.
FIELD HOCKEY—In Philadelphia the U.S. National team tied Wales 1-1 to close out the Welsh squad's 20-game tour of America. Wales, with a 17-0-3 record, scored 88 goals and allowed three.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: After Roger Wehrli intercepted Sonny Jurgensen's first pass and ran 53 yards for a touchdown, ST. LOUIS held off Washington 23-20 to win its seventh straight and remain the only undefeated team. NEW ENGLAND boosted its record to 6-1 with a 17-14 victory over Minnesota. Jim Plunkett hit on a 10-yard pass to Bob Windsor for the winning touchdown. LOS ANGELES downed the New York Jets 20-13 (page 22). Roger Staubach threw to Drew Pearson for one touchdown, and Pearson threw to Golden Richards for another, as DALLAS stampeded the New York Giants 21-7. HOUSTON jarred Cincinnati 34-21, picking up five Bengal fumbles. NEW ORLEANS upset Philadelphia 14-10 on a three-yard, last-minute touchdown run by Jess Phillips. CLEVELAND beat Denver in another tight game 23-21, while a 41-yard field goal by Errol Mann with nine seconds left lifted DETROIT to a 19-17 win over Green Bay. MIAMI revived in the second half to dump Baltimore 17-7, KANSAS CITY rallied to beat San Diego 24-14 and OAKLAND dropped San Francisco 35-24. John Leypoldt's three field goals (47, 25 and 36 yards) eased BUFFALO'S 16-6 victory over Chicago and kept the Bills tied with New England in the AFC East.
WFL: The league office upped the number of teams that will appear in the postseason playoffs to eight, which means that of the 10 teams still in the league, only two will be eliminated in regular-season play. And the two most likely candidates for elimination won last week. SHREVEPORT, now 6-10-1, stunned Birmingham 31-0 as Jim Nance rushed past the 1,000-yard mark to become the first player to achieve that total in both the NFL and WFL. Nance picked up 126 yards and scored the first Steamer touchdown. The other forlorn hope, PORTLAND, also 6-10-1, shocked Memphis 26-25. Ex-Giant Randy Johnson passed for four touchdowns as the HAWAIINS wasted Chicago 60-17 and Jim Corcoran threw for three in PHILADELPHIA'S 45-7 romp over Southern California, the only team which has clinched a playoff spot. In the only routine game FLORIDA'S Tommy Reamon gained 189 yards and Bob Davis threw two scoring passes as the Blazers beat Charlotte 15-11.
GOLF—CYNTHIA HILL and DEBORAH MASSEY led the U.S. to the Women's World Amateur Team Championship, in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Their 144-hole score was 620, a modest 77.5 per round, but still 16 strokes better than the British and South Africans, who tied for second.
GYMNASTICS—LUIMILLA TURISCHEVA took top honors in the women's individual all-round competition, with Olga Korbut second, as the Soviet women retained their world team championship in Varna, Bulgaria. In the men's competition JAPAN edged the Russians for the title.
HARNESS RACING—SHIRLEY'S BEAU ($31.40), William Popfinger in the sulky, paced the mile in 2:03[3/5] to win the $85,117 Roosevelt Futurity Pace for 2-year-olds at Roosevelt Raceway.
Noble Rogue, driven by Archie McNeil, covered the mile in 2:05[3/5] to win the nonwagering $85,116 Westbury Futurity Trot for 2-year-olds, at Roosevelt.