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BASEBALL—BILL CAMPBELL, a relief pitcher, signed a four-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, estimated to be worth $1 million, less than 48 hours after the reentry draft that distributed negotiating rights of 24 free agents had been completed. The 28-year-old righthander earned $22,000 at Minnesota while compiling a 17-5 record and was one of the 13 players whose rights were drafted by the maximum of 12 teams.
BOWLING—MARK ROTH of Staten Island, N.Y. defeated Paul Colwell of Tucson, Ariz. by 99 pins to win the $60,000 Northern Ohio Open in Cleveland. It was Roth's third PBA win this year and the seventh of his six-year career.
PRO BASKETBALL—Washington and Kansas City each won three games but gained no ground in the Central and Midwest because the respective division leaders, Cleveland and Denver, also won three games. The Bullets swept a pair from Boston, which lost four straight, as Elvin Hayes scored a total of 64 points in 107-104 and 109-103 victories. The Cavaliers won their eighth straight by beating the Nets 101-93, but on Sunday Cleveland finally lost, 107-97 to Atlanta. Denver's streak reached seven as David Thompson had 29 points in a 105-103 defeat of Milwaukee. In the Atlantic, Philadelphia gave Gene Shue his 400th coaching victory with a 101-96 triumph over Golden State, while New York ended a four-game losing streak by beating Los Angeles 126-121 as Guards Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe combined for 56 points and 6'8" rookie Forward-Center Lonnie Shelton boarded with a vengeance. Bill Walton scored 26 points and had 16 rebounds in Portland's 146-104 rout of Philadelphia. Slumping Golden State, which didn't lose its second home game last season until Jan. 24, dropped its second in three nights, to the Knicks 112-111, after blowing an early 16-point lead.
PRO FOOTBALL—AFC West leader Oakland escaped with a 28-27 victory over Chicago, thanks to an admitted "inadvertent whistle" by official Chuck Heberling, which nullified a touchdown that would have added to the Bears' 27-21 lead. The Bears still had a chance for a last-second victory, but Bob Thomas' 31-yard field-goal attempt hit the right upright and bounced back. Baltimore, tops in the AFC East, defeated San Diego 37-21 as Bert Jones (page 26) passed for three touchdowns and 275 yards. New England rookie Mike Haynes scored on an 89-yard punt return, the longest in the club's 17-year history, and the defense intercepted four passes to lead the Patriots past Buffalo 20-10. O. J. Simpson was ejected from the game after a first-quarter fight. Pittsburgh ran up its widest winning margin in 24 years while routing Kansas City 45-0. Cleveland remained tied with the Steelers for second place in the AFC Central by handing Houston its fourth straight loss, 21-7. Miami beat the New York Jets 27-7, and Denver kept Tampa Bay winless, 48-13. Danny White's fake punt and Charlie Waters' diving interception set up two second-half Dallas field goals, and the NFC East leaders staged a last-second goal-line stand to thwart the winless New York Giants 9-3. Joe Theismann completed 20 of 32 passes for 302 yards and ran for a first down on a faked field goal that set up Mark Moseley's decisive 39-yard field goal in Washington's 24-21 win over San Francisco. Jim Bakken's 20-yard field goal kicked St. Louis past Philadelphia 17-14. Rookie Wide Receiver Sammie White caught two scoring passes from Fran Tarkenton and set up two other touchdowns as Minnesota took a 3�-game lead in the NFC Central by beating Detroit 31-23. Green Bay rallied to defeat New Orleans 32-27. Seattle's defense, the worst in the NFC, picked off four Atlanta passes, and Quarterback Jim Zorn threw two touchdown passes as the Seahawks recorded victory No. 2, 30-13.
GOLF—Rookies BILL KRATZERT and WOODY BLACKBURN won the $200,000 Walt Disney World National Team Championship on Kratzert's tap-in birdie at the third hole of a sudden-death playoff against Gay Brewer and Bobby Nichols. The teams had tied at 260 over the regulation 72 holes at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
PRO HOCKEY—NHL: "It only has a certain number of miles left in it and it's up to him to decide how he's going to use those miles," said Dr. John Palmer after examining Bobby Orr's left knee. The 28-year-old Chicago defenseman, who had an arthroscopic operation, plans to return after two weeks' rest. In the meantime, the Black Hawks dropped three points behind St. Louis in the Smythe Division. Steve Shutt of the Canadiens netted three goals and took the league goal-scoring lead with 16, as Montreal, first in the Norris Division, trounced the Black Hawks 11-3. Pittsburgh's scoring leader Pierre Larouche was suspended for disciplinary reasons, and the Penguins won their second game in a row, 4-1 over Colorado. Boston, atop the Adams Division, beat Chicago 7-5, with Peter McNab getting the first hat trick of his three-year career, and raising his totals to 12 goals and five assists in 13 games. Toronto's rookie goalie, Mike Palmateer, notched his fourth win in six starts as Lanny McDonald scored twice in a 4-2 defeat of Atlanta. The Islanders third win of the week came at Minnesota's expense, 5-2, Bob Nystrom and Denis Potvin each scoring twice. Philadelphia lost for the first time in nine games, 3-2 to Detroit, so the Islanders increased their Patrick lead to six points. Ranger rookie Don Murdoch scored his 15th goal in as many games as New York played a 3-3 tie with Los Angeles.
WHA: Houston Goalie Wayne Rutledge kicked out 36 shots as the Aeros defeated Winnipeg 3-1 to move into a tie with the Jets in the Western Division. They stayed knotted at week's end as Winnipeg skated past Minnesota 9-2, with four scores coming on power plays, and Houston trounced Phoenix 9-1 as Terry Ruskowski netted four goals and Larry Lund three. Calgary's winning streak grew to five with a 4-2 defeat of Edmonton, Ron Chipperfield's two goals in the last period lifting the Cowboys out of the cellar. Quebec stayed on top in the East despite two wins by second-place Cincinnati. The Stingers won their first game against Indianapolis 8-2 when Claude Larose and Peter Marsh each collected two goals. Birmingham suffered its fourth overtime loss, San Diego's Gary Veneruzzo tallying at 6:53 for a 4-3 win. The Bulls halted their five-game losing streak two nights later with a 5-3 defeat of Phoenix.
HORSE RACING—YOUTH ($5.60), ridden by Sandy Hawley, scored a 10-length victory over On My Way II in the $150,000 Washington D.C. International at Laurel. The three-year-old colt covered the 1�-mile grass course in 2:46[1/5] (page 24).