COLLEGE BASKETBALL—TEMPLE of Texas won the National Junior College Athletic Association women's championship, beating Northern Iowa 59-58 on Debra Waddy's 15-foot jump shot with seven seconds to play.
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: The New York Knicks, desperately trying to make the playoffs, reeled off a four-game win streak, beating Phoenix (0-3), Portland (0-3) and Houston (0-4). Philadelphia (4-0) had the week's only other clean slate. Among the 76ers' victims were Central leader Washington (113-100) and playoff contender Cleveland (96-88). The Cavaliers were .500 with wins over Los Angeles (3-1) and a split with New Orleans. The Jazz notched the highest single-game point total of the week—and set a club record—with its 140-123 victory over Atlanta. Atlantic leader Boston (3-1) beat Midwest monarch Chicago 121-115 in overtime but lost to Pacific pacesetter Golden State 102-101. The Warriors had a .750 week with additional triumphs over Milwaukee (2-2) and Seattle (2-1) and a loss to Buffalo. Kansas City- Omaha lost to division foes Detroit (1-2) and the Bucks while Buffalo was bombed by the SuperSonics 125-105 but dealt Golden State a 122-103 thrashing.
ABA: West-leading Denver, the only team in either division to keep its season losses under 20, beat East leader New York 102-95 for the fifth time in seven meetings this season. The Nuggets did not fare as well against East runner-up Kentucky, losing to the Colonels 108-103, while West runner-up San Antonio fell to the Nets 108-94. Indiana continued its late-season rise with a 3-0 week, demolishing San Antonio, Utah and Memphis by an average margin of 17 points. Yet the Pacers remained third in the West, 15 games out. George McGinnis, the league's leading scorer, racked up 37 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists against the Spurs despite sitting out most of the fourth quarter. St. Louis held third in the East and beat the Colonels while succumbing to the Nets for the 11 th straight time. San Diego managed victories over Memphis and Virginia. The Squires and Utah failed to win in four and three tries, respectively.
BOWLING—EDDIE RESSLER won $8,000 by defeating Billy Hardwick 212-181 in the finals of the $75,000 Lincoln-Mercury Open at the Dick Weber Lanes in St. Louis.
BOXING—JOHN CONTEH of Liverpool retained his WBC light heavyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout of Lonnie Bennett of Los Angeles, at Wembley, England.
Alexis Arguello of Nicaragua retained his WBA featherweight title with an eighth-round technical knockout of Venezuela's Lionel Hernandez, in Caracas.
Mexico's ALFONSO ZAMORA scored a fourth-round knockout of Soo Hwan Hong of South Korea to capture the world bantamweight championship, in Inglewood, Calif.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS won the Doral-Eastern Open in Miami by three strokes over Forrest Fezler and Bert Yancey with a four-under-par final-round 68 to card a 276 and earn $30,000.
COLLEGE HOCKEY—MICHIGAN TECH beat Minnesota 6-1 to win the NCAA championship, at St. Louis.
HOCKEY—NHL: Vancouver and Chicago were tied for first in the Smythe with 73 points, but St. Louis guaranteed itself a playoff berth and moved to within two points of the leaders by posting a 4-0 week. The Black Hawks (1-1), Minnesota (0-3), Atlanta (2-2) and Kansas City (0-1-1), were all taken by the Blues. Montreal stretched its lead over Los Angeles (0-3) to eight points in the Norris, beating the Kings and the New York Rangers while tying Toronto. The Maple Leafs had a lone victory, against Washington (0-2), and a tie with Patrick pacesetter Philadelphia, which bombed Detroit 8-5 and blanked Pittsburgh 6-0. Buffalo scored eight goals in its win over the Penguins and beat California 7-2 to gain a 12-point lead in the Adams. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh clinched a playoff berth by beating Boston 5-3 on a hat trick by Rookie Pierre Larouche, who had not scored a goal in 14 games. The Penguins closed out the week with a 12-1 thrashing of lowly Washington, while the New York Islanders' (1-3) only win came against Boston.