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A roundup of the week March 5-11
March 19, 1979
PRO BASKETBALL—Atlanta stretched its winning streak to eight and took over sole possession of second place in the Central Division, three games behind San Antonio. After upending Philadelphia 94-91, the Hawks edged Midwest Division-leader Kansas City 122-120 in overtime behind John Drew's 36 points. The loss to Atlanta was the fifth in a row for Kansas City, which played without its No. 2 scorer. Scott Wedman, who was injured in an automobile accident and will be sidelined for at least two weeks. Led by Phil Ford's 29 points and 15 assists, the Kings later beat Atlantic Division-leader Washington 121-116, despite a 38-point performance from Bob Dandridge. Earlier in the week, Dandridge and Elvin Hayes scored a total of 54 and 66, respectively, in a 129-128 defeat of the Spurs, winners of eight of their last 10 games, and a 109-105 loss to Indiana. The Pacers also knocked off Portland 125-116 as Indiana Guard Ricky Sobers hit for a career-high 34. Tom Owens pumped in 37 and Mychal Thompson added 31 for the Blazers, who had won three straight without the sidelined Maurice Lucas and Lionel Hollins. Gus Williams poured in 38 points as Seattle defeated New Jersey 108-100 and regained the top spot in the Pacific Division from the Lakers, who were 0-2. San Diego, which trails the Sonics by five games, beat Cleveland 121-115 for its 10th victory in its last 11 starts. Clipper Guard Lloyd Free, who scored 34 in a 138-115 rout of Houston, had 33 against the Cavs. Paced by Kevin Porter's 30 points and 25 assists. Detroit trounced slumping Boston 160-117. Porter's assist total and the Pistons' point total are both team records.
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March 19, 1979

A Roundup Of The Week March 5-11

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TRACK & FIELD—VILLANOVA won the NCAA Indoor Championships in Detroit, defeating Texas-El Paso 52-51 (page 58).

Yuri Syedikh of the Soviet Union broke the world indoor record for the 35-pound weight throw at the U.S.S.R.- Canada meet in Montreal, which the Soviets won 156-89. His toss of 76'11�" was 3'8�" farther than the mark set by George Frenn of North Hollywood, Calif. in 1969.

WRESTLING—IOWA defeated Iowa State 122�-88 in Ames, Iowa, to win its fourth NCAA championship in five years (page 62).

MILEPOSTS—HIRED: To replace Dave Gavitt as basketball coach at Providence College, GARY WALTERS, 33, who had a four-year record of 44-60 at Dartmouth. Gavitt, who had a 10-year record of 209-84, will coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team and continue as Providence athletic director.

NAMED: Posthumously, to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the 18-member Veterans Committee, HACK WILSON, holder of the National League record for home runs (56) and the major league mark for RBIs (190); and WARREN GILES, former general manager and president of the Reds (1936-51) and president of the National League (1951-69). Wilson began his career in 1923 with the Giants and later played with the Cubs. Dodgers and Phillies before retiring in 1934 with a .307 career batting average.

RETIRED: Jockey RAY BROUSSARD, 41, who rode 2,391 winners during his 24-year career. His mounts earned a total of $15,196,745, and he won virtually every important stakes race in the country, except the Triple Crown events.

TRADED: By the Atlanta Falcons, former All-Pro Defensive End CLAUDE HUMPHREY, 34, who retired after four games last season, to the Philadelphia Eagles for undisclosed draft choices.

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