PRO BASKETBALL—Physician, heal thyself. Despite a daylong bout with the flu, Philadelphia's Doc Erving scored 39 points in 37 minutes to lead the 76ers past the Nets 114-109. Moses Malone, returning from a nine-game layoff" caused by a sprained ankle, added 15 points and 13 rebounds. Philly then broke a tie for second in the Atlantic Division with New York by beating the Knicks 101-97. Boston, the Atlantic leader, won three straight on the West Coast, including a 111-100 defeat of Seattle, which hadn't lost in its preceding 11 home games. Milwaukee retook the Central Division lead by pounding Utah, the Midwest Division pacesetter, 105-91. The Jazz also suffered its worst defeat of the season, a 121-99 loss to Kansas City. Denver got 35 points from Alex English and 31 from Dan Issel in outgunning Los Angeles 141-138, but the Pacific Division-leading Lakers recovered to edge San Diego 120-116. In a rematch of the Nov. 1 fisticuffs between Cleveland's Lonnie Shelton and New Jersey's Buck Williams, Judge (Commissioner) David Stern scored it a two-game suspension for Shelton, a one-gamer for Williams and fines of $2,500 apiece. The Cavs won the game 103-93, their seventh victory in eight games.
GOLF—DAVID EDWARDS shot a five-under-par 279 to beat Jack Renner by three strokes and win the $400,000 Los Angeles Open.
HOCKEY—With three of the four division races looking settled, only the Patrick provided excitement. After Saturday's action three teams were tied for first—the Islanders, the Rangers and streaking Washington, which that night had won its 10th consecutive game, 4-2 over St. Louis. The Capitals aren't Hogs, but they do have a goalie named Riggin. His first name is Pat, and earlier in the week he'd extended his shutout streak on the road to 241 minutes with a 4-0 shutout of Minnesota, the Norris Division leader, and 1� periods of scoreless work before allowing a goal in a 4-2 win over Los Angeles. The New York teams were busy beating each other. The Rangers won at Madison Square Garden 3-2; but the Isles got the win 4-3 at Nassau Coliseum when Brent Sutter tipped in a Denis Potvin pass with :06 to play. On Sunday, the Islanders took a two-point lead by beating New Jersey 5-4 in overtime. The Caps lost 4-3 in OT at Winnipeg, and the Rangers lost 3-2 in OT to Philadelphia, which is three points behind the Isles. Buffalo pulled away from Boston in the Adams Division by beating the Bruins 7-4. Real Cloutier had two of the Sabres' four power-play goals against Boston, which had killed 81.9% of its penalties as of Sunday. Wayne Gretzky returned from a six-game absence (injured shoulder) with two goals and two assists in Smythe Division-leading Edmonton's 7-4 win over Winnipeg.
HORSE RACING—POLEY ($12.80), ridden by Chris McCarron, beat Water Bank by 1� lengths to win the $264,900 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old gelding ran the 1? miles in 1:48.
XIV WINTER OLYMPICS (page 14)—ALPINE SKIING: Downhill, Men—1) BILL JOHNSON ( U.S.A.), 2) Peter M�ller (Switz.), 3) Anton Steiner ( Austria); Women—1) MICHELA FIGINI (Switz.), 2) Maria Walliser (Switz.), 3) Olga Charvatova (Czech.); Slalom, Men—1) PHIL MAHRE ( U.S.A.), 2) Steve Mahre ( U.S.A.), 3) Didier Bouvet ( France); Women—1) PAOLETTA MAGONI ( Italy), 2) Perrine Pelen ( France), 3) Ursula Konzett (Liecht.); Giant Slalom, Men—1) MAX JULEN (Switz.), 2) Jure Franko ( Yugo.), 3) Andreas Wenzel (Liecht.).
BIATHLON: 10 km—1) EIRIK KVALFOSS ( Norway), 2) Peter Angerer (W Ger.), 3) Matthias Jacob (E. Ger.); 4 X 7.5-km Relay—1) DMITRY VASI-LIEV-YURI KASHKAROV-ALGIMANTAS SHALNA-SERGEI BULYGIN ( U.S.S.R.), 2) Odd Lirhus-Kvalfoss-Rolf Storsveen-Kjell S�bak ( Norway), 3) Ernst Reiter-Walter Pichler-Angerer-Fritz Fischer (W Ger.).
BOBSLED: Four-man—1) WOLFGANG HOPPE-ROLAND WETZIG-DIETMAR SCHAUER-HAMMER-ANDREAS KIRCHNER (E. Ger.), 2) Bernhard Lehmann-Bogdan Musiol-Ingo Voge-Eberhard Weise (E. Ger.), 3) Silvio Giobellina-Heinz Stettler-Urs Salzmann-Rico Freiermuth (Switz.).
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: 4 X 5-km Relay—1) INGER HELENE NYBR�TEN-ANNE JAH-REN-BRIT PETTERSEN-BERIT AUNLI ( Norway), 2) Dagmar Schvubova-Blanka Paulu-Gabriela Svobodova-Kveta Jeriova (Czech.), 3) Pirkko M��tt�-Eija Hyyti�inen-Marjo Matikainen-Marja-Liisa H�m�l�inen ( Finland); 4 X 10-km Relay—1) THOMAS WASSBERG-BENNY KOHLBERG-JAN OTTOSSON-GUNDE SVAN ( Sweden), 2) Aleksandr Batyuk-Aleksandr Zavyalov-Vladimir Nikitin-Nikolai Zimyatov ( U.S.S.R.), 3) Kari Ristanen-Juha Mieto-Harri Kirvesniemi-Aki Karvonen ( Finland); 20 km—1) H�M�L�INEN, 2) Raisa Smetanina ( U.S.S.R.), 3) Jahren; 50 km—1) WASSBERG, 2) Svan, 3) Karvonen.
FIGURE SKATING: Men—1) SCOTT HAMILTON ( U.S.A.), 2) Brian Orser ( Canada), 3) Jozef Sabovtchik (Czech.); Women—1) KATARINA WITT (E. Ger.), 2) Rosalynn Sumners ( U.S.A.), 3) Kira Ivanova ( U.S.S.R.); Dance—1) JAYNE TORVILL-CHRISTOPHER DEAN (Gr. Britain), 2) Natalya Bestemyanova-Andrei Bukin ( U.S.S.R.). 3) Marina Klimova-Sergei Ponomarenko ( U.S.S.R.).
HOCKEY: 1) U.S.S.R., 2) Czech., 3) Sweden.