PRO BASKETBALL—When your division has the two hottest teams in the NBA—Atlantic Division pacesetter Boston and No. 2 Philadelphia—it's nice to play out of the neighborhood, as third-place Washington found out. The Bullets went 4-1 against non-division opponents, despite having their two top re-bounders sidelined with injuries. Seven Washington players scored in double figures in a 128-115 defeat of Cleveland; Tom McMillen and Gus Williams put in 26 each in beating Golden State 109-104; and Greg Ballard had 20 rebounds in a 93-92 edging of Dallas. McMillen put in a career-high 37 points in a 110-105 overtime defeat of Phoenix and only 15 in a 115-105 loss to Detroit. In other action, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored six points in the final three minutes to pace the Pacific Division-leading Lakers over Philly 109-104; Golden State lost its 14th straight game, 120-111, to Kansas City; in the Central Division first-place Milwaukee, second-place Detroit and third-place Chicago, which got 45 points from Michael Jordan in a 117-104 defeat of Atlanta, were all undefeated; and in the Midwest Division, Alex English led first-place Denver with 31 points in a 119-110 win over New Jersey and 26 points in a 144-127 trouncing of Cleveland.
BOWLING—MIKE DURBIN beat Mike Edwards 218-214 to win a $150,000 PBA event in Grand Prairie, Texas.
BOXING—ROCKY LOCKRIDGE retained his WBA junior lightweight title when Kamel Bou Ali's corner threw in the towel during the sixth round, in Riva Del Garda, Italy.
GOLF—HOLLIS STACY birdied the last hole of a five-under-par final-round 67 to beat Ayako Okamoto by one stroke and win a $200,000 LPGA tournament in Deerfield Beach, Fla. She shot an eight-under-par 280 for the 72 holes.
Lanny Wadkins fired a final-round 64 to win the $400,000 Los Angeles Open by seven strokes over Hal Sutton. Wadkins finished with a total of 264,20 under par.
COLLEGE HOCKEY—Michigan State clinched its first CCHA title by sweeping Michigan 9-4 and 11-2 on Craig Simpson's fourth hat trick of the season for its 17th straight win. Minnesota-Duluth held on to a one-point lead over Minnesota in the WCHA by splitting with Northern Michigan, losing 5-4 and then winning 2-1 in overtime. RPI, now No. 3 in the national polls, beat Vermont 7-3 and 8-2, for its 15th and 16th straight wins, to stay ahead of idle Harvard in the EC AC. Boston College stayed atop Hockey East by beating Northeastern 10-3 and Maine 9-3.
PRO HOCKEY—Twenty-seven inches of snow in Buffalo briefly postponed Craig Patrick's return as the Rangers' coach. Patrick, the team's general manager, who had coached New York to a 26-23-11 record as an in-season replacement for Fred Shero in 1980-81, came back to the bench as interim coach after Herb Brooks was fired. Brooks got the ax after three-plus seasons and a 131-113-41 record. The Patrick-led Rangers finally got to play, against Detroit, and Ron Greschner's and Chris Kontos's power-play goals and Peter Sundstrom's shorthanded score gave New York a 3-1 victory. Then the Rangers lost to Adams Division leader Montreal 3-2 and beat Minnesota 3-2 at Madison Square Garden. Washington held a seven-point lead over runner-up Philadelphia in the Patrick Division after a 3-0 week and its seventh straight win. The Capitals beat Chicago 3-2 behind Bob Carpenter's two goals and then swept the Islanders, 5-1 and 5-2. Buffalo barely held on to second place in the Adams Division after splitting with third-place Quebec, winning 3-2 and losing 4-2. St. Louis had a one-point lead over Chicago for the Norris Division lead. The Blues beat Detroit 6-3, as Jorgen Petterson scored two goals, and then defeated Los Angeles 6-3 behind two goals and an assist from Joe Mullen. Black Hawk Steve Larmer scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season in a 7-2 win over Minnesota. But then Chicago went 1-1 with Toronto, winning 5-2 away and losing 6-2 at home. For Smythe Division-leading Edmonton, Wayne Gretzky gave himself a hat trick for his 24th birthday in a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh.
HORSE RACING—HULA BLAZE ($18.60), Patrick Valenzuela up, beat Video Kid by a head to win the $140,300 San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:42.
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego increased its Western Division lead over Los Angeles to 1� games by beating Cleveland 8-5 and Pittsburgh 6-4. The Lazers defeated Minnesota 5-4, but lost to Las Vegas 8-4. Chicago moved to within a half game of No. 1 Baltimore in the Eastern Division. The Sting trounced St. Louis 9-5 and shut out Kansas City 3-0. The Blast outshot Dallas 8-3 on two goals apiece from Heinz Wirtz and Stan Stamenkovich. Chicago's Karl-Heinz Granitza leads the MISL in scoring, with 70 points (42 goals and 28 assists); Steve Jungel of San Diego is second, with 61 points on 33 goals and 28 assists.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Miloslav Mecir 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 to win the $300,000 U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia.