COLLEGE BASKETBALL—THREE RIVERS COMMUNITY COLLEGE of Poplar Bluff, Mo. beat Mercer County Community College of Trenton, N.J. 60-59 in Hutchinson, Kans. to win the national J.C. title.
Old Dominion beat Louisiana Tech 75-65 to win the AIAW championship (page 62).
Indiana defeated Purdue 53-52 in New York City to win the National Invitation Tournament.
PRO BASKETBALL—The Central and Midwest races tightened as San Antonio and Kansas City, the respective division leaders, continued to falter. Led by Marques Johnson's 34 points, Milwaukee routed the Spurs 147-127, and Atlanta beat them 115-108 as reserve Guard Terry Furlow pumped in a career-high 30. San Antonio, loser of five of its last six, beat K.C. 123-116 for its only victory, while the Kings, losers of 10 of their last 13, beat only Chicago 114-103. Paul Westphal hit for 36 and Walter Davis added 30 to lift Phoenix to a 126-107 win over the Kings, who also dropped a 100-98 decision to Portland, winner of four in a row. Denver, which trails the Kings by a game and a half in the Midwest, upended Golden State 113-102 and Boston 137-113 behind David Thompson's 58 points to extend its winning streak to four. Paced by Calvin Murphy, who scored a season-high 38, Houston moved to within a game and a half of San Antonio with a 120-116 defeat of Atlanta, which is only two games back. Philadelphia swept a unique doubleheader from New Jersey for its fourth and fifth straight victories. The opener, which was a replay of the final 17:50 of a protested game played on Nov. 8, began with the 76ers ahead 84-81. It ended with them in front 123-117. The Sixers had won the original edition of this game 137-133 in double overtime. Philly took the nightcap 110-98 as Julius Erving, who finished the first game with 32 points, hit for 26. Atlantic Division leader Washington got 31 points and 22 rebounds from Elvin Hayes in a 119-106 win over New York. The Bullets then dropped a 124-114 decision to Detroit that halted their winning string at four. Seattle edged Boston 112-110 in its only start to maintain a two-game lead over Phoenix and a 2�-game margin over Los Angeles in the Pacific Division.
BOWLING—JOHNNY PETRAGLIA beat Bill Coleman 206-203 to win a $100,000 tournament in Milwaukee.
BOXING—LARRY HOLMES of Easton, Pa. retained his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas with a seventh-round K.O. of Puerto Rico's Ossie Ocasio (page 75).
Wilfredo Benitez of Puerto Rico scored a unanimous decision over New York City's Harold Weston in San Juan to retain his WBC welterweight crown.
FENCING—WAYNE STATE won the NCAA title in Princeton, N.J., defeating Notre Dame 119-108.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS' five-under-par 283 won the Tournament Players Championship in Jacksonville. Second by five strokes was Tom Watson (page 24).
Nancy Lopez fired a 10-under-par 274 to win a $100,000 LPGA tournament in Las Vegas by two strokes over Donna Young.