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A roundup of the week March 3-9
Compiled by BROOKS CLARK
March 17, 1980
BASKETBALL—Riding a nine-game winning streak, Boston moved three games ahead of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics' sixth triumph in a row came over Detroit 118-115 as Larry Bird had 41 points and M. L. Carr and Dave Cowens each scored in the final 15 seconds of play. Boston then won 137-108 at San Antonio and 103-99 in overtime at Houston. The Celtics' ninth straight victory—111-92 over the 76ers—ended a six-game Philadelphia streak. In that game and in the 76ers' wins over Golden State, 144-99, and Indiana, 120-113, Julius Erving had 111 points. With Seattle (page 22) in hot pursuit, Los Angeles stayed on top in the Pacific Division. After losing at Phoenix 123-115, the Lakers defeated Milwaukee 127-124, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scoring two free throws with nine seconds remaining. That game ended a Bucks' win streak at five. After Los Angeles dispatched Kansas City 117-101, it beat Chicago 101-99 on Magic Johnson's three-point play with 35 seconds to play. It was the Bulls' third close game of the week. They had been stung at Portland, losing 110-107 on rookie Calvin Natt's three-point play with five seconds to go, but redeemed themselves at Golden State. In that game Chicago trailed 105-98 with 54 seconds left when Artis Gilmore scored two points. Ollie Johnson pulled off a three-point play and Ricky Sobers hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the Warriors 106-105. In the Midwest, Kansas City remained 1� games up on Milwaukee despite going 1-2. Following a 94-91 victory at Houston, the Kings sustained their 117-101 loss to L.A. and another, 111-104, to Cleveland. In the Central Division Atlanta was 8� games ahead of Houston and 9� in front of San Antonio after winning three and losing one. The Hawks triumphed over Denver 100-93 on Wayne Rollins' career-high 22 rebounds, lost to the Rockets 93-83 and beat Indiana 99-94 and Houston 97-79, holding the Rockets to their lowest scoring total of the year.
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March 17, 1980

A Roundup Of The Week March 3-9

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SKIING—The University of Vermont defeated Utah 171-151 in Stowe, Vt. and Lake Placid, N.Y. to win the NCAA title.

Middlebury College won its second consecutive AIAW championship, defeating Vermont 286.7-260.4.

TENNIS—In Davis Cup competition in Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA defeated the defending champion U.S. 4-1. Guillermo Vilas beat Brian Gottfried 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening match, and then Jose Luis Clerc handed John McEnroe his first singles loss ever in Davis Cup play 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 13-11 in a 6�-hour match that extended over two days. Peter Fleming and McEnroe narrowed the Argentinians' lead to 2-1 with a 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 doubles rout of Ricardo Cano and Carlos Gattiker before Vilas got the third and clinching point with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over McEnroe. In the final match Clerc defeated Gottfried 7-5, 6-4.

Martina Navratilova defeated Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-3, 6-2 to win a $150,000 tournament in Dallas.

TRACK & FIELD—Texas-El Paso won the first AIAW indoor track and field championship, finishing 15 points ahead of Wisconsin, at Columbia, Mo.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach of Southern Methodist, DAVE BLISS, 36. whose teams went 77-62 in five seasons at Oklahoma. He replaces Sonny Allen, who resigned.

As basketball coach at South Carolina, BILL FOSTER, 49, to replace Frank McGuire, who retired. Foster, whose career record is 320-188, has coached at Blooms-burg (Pa.) State (1960-63), Rutgers (1963-71), Utah (1971-74) and Duke (1974-80).

RESIGNED: As basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh, TIM GRGURICH, 37, who had a 69-70 record in five seasons.

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