HOCKEY—NHL: Buffalo, atop the Adams Division, picked up two more wins—shutting out Atlanta 4-0 and topping Washington 7-3—and tied the Flames 4-4. Boston had three wins. Early in the week Toronto President Harold Ballard told his players they should be ashamed to walk the streets. The Maple Leafs shamed themselves further with three losses. California lost four. Smythe Division leader Vancouver picked up two wins and a tie; one victory was a 4-3 squeaker over Philadelphia, the Patrick Division leader. Chicago tied the New York Islanders and blanked Kansas City 6-0. Minnesota's two wins lifted that club into a tie for third in the Smythe with St. Louis. Kansas City, with three more losses, remained in the cellar. In the Patrick, the Flyers split two to maintain their lead, second-place Atlanta held steady with a win, loss and tie; and the New York Islanders moved past the Rangers once more into third. The Canadiens crept closer to Los Angeles in the Norris Division, though the Kings held them to a 3-3 tie. L.A. has eight ties this season, the most in the league. Pittsburgh's week ended 2-1-1, Detroit's 0-3 and Washington's 1-2.
WHA: The New England Whalers, runaway leaders in the East, added four wins. At the bottom of the division, Chicago thought a change was in order, switched from yellow pants to green, and had a 2-2 week. Indianapolis went winless all week in old clothes, as did Cleveland. In the West second-place San Diego toppled first-place Houston 4-3. Phoenix lost to last-place Michigan, the Stags' only victory of the week. Minnesota also won a game and stayed out of the cellar. In the Canadian Division, fourth-place Edmonton had three wins, one over first-place Toronto. It was the Toros' only loss of the week. Quebec was hit with its first defeat at home, 7-1 to Minnesota. Winnipeg was 1-2 and last-place Vancouver dropped three more.
HORSE RACING—LAND GIRL ($65.20), Jacinto Vasquez up, was an upset winner of the one-mile Demoiselle Stakes at Aqueduct. The odds-on favorite, Aunt Jin, finished seventh.
HORSE SHOW—The U.S. won the team title at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, with individual winner Dennis Murphy and Rodney Jenkins leading the way. France was second.
TENNIS—Guillermo Vilas of Argentina beat Spain's Manuel Orantes in the Argentine Open at Buenos Aires and clinched first place—worth $100,000—in the season-long Grand Prix of tennis.
WATER POLO—CALIFORNIA won the NCAA championships at Long Beach, Calif., defeating the University of California at Irvine 7-6.
MILEPOSTS—MARRIED: Tennis star STAN SMITH and MARJORY LOGAN GENGLER, the No. 1-ranked woman tennis player in the East in 1972, on Long Island.
NAMED: As Most Valuable Player in the American League, JEFF BURROUGHS, Texas Ranger outfielder. Burroughs batted .301, hit 25 home runs and had a league-leading 118 RBIs.
SOLD: DELMONICA HANOVER, to Mrs. Dottie Hardy and Mrs. Ann Ryan by Delvin Miller and Arnold Hanger, for $300,000. The 5-year-old has won $709,799.
TRADED: In a three-way deal, Detroit Shortstop EDDIE BRINKMAN to St. Louis and San Diego First Baseman NATE COLBERT to Detroit. In exchange for Colbert the Padres received Brinkman, Pitcher BOB STRAMPE and Outfielder DICK SHARON from Detroit, and dealt Brinkman to the Cards, with a minor-leaguer, for Pitchers RICH FOLKERS, SONNY SIEBERT and ALAN FOSTER.