BASKETBALL—NBA: On the next-to-last Sunday of the regular season, all nine home teams except Boston won. The Celtics lost 101-96 to New Jersey as the Nets' Mike Newlin scored 38 points and the Celtics' Larry Bird was held to eight. In the games of Friday and Saturday, all 10 home teams, including Boston, were victorious. The Celtics clinched the Atlantic Division title and ensured themselves of the league's best record (61-20) with a 130-122 triumph over Cleveland. Philadelphia, three games behind Boston, began the week with Julius Erving on the bench with a sprained right foot. Darryl Dawkins took up the slack with 32 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-108 victory over New York. In his return three days later Erving scored 20 points in the final quarter to help beat Atlanta 84-8), and in another game with the Knicks, he intercepted a pass, drove down the court and put in a layup with one second remaining to give Philly a 103-101 win. That loss was New York's regular-season finale, and it left the Knicks with a 39-43 record. With Washington at 38-43, New York's playoff hopes rested with its not-so-friendly neighbors, the Nets, who could have clinched a postseason spot for the Knicks by beating the Bullets. New Jersey didn't do it. Washington won 93-87 and gained the last Eastern playoff berth because it had a better intraconference record than the Knicks. In the Central Division, San Antonio and Houston, both 10 games behind Atlanta, had clinched their playoff spots earlier in the week. Milwaukee won the Midwest crown when Kansas City lost to Golden State 106-100 (page 86), but the Kings beat the Bucks 116-114 in the teams' final meeting of the season. A 101-96 victory over Utah gave Los Angeles the Pacific Division title. Portland slipped into the last Western Conference playoff berth with a 96-93 triumph at San Diego.
BOWLING—JOHNNY PETRAGLIA defeated Gary Dickinson 235-223 to win the $100,000 PBA national championship in Sterling Heights, Mich.
BOXING—MATTHEW SAAD MUHAMMAD retained his WBC light-heavyweight championship by stopping John Conteh in the fourth round of a scheduled 15-round bout in Atlantic City, N.J.
Antonio Cervantes stopped Miguel Montilla in the seventh round to retain his WBA junior welterweight title in Cartagena, Colombia.
Eusebio Pedroza successfully defended his WBA featherweight crown with a ninth-round knockout of Juan Malvarez in Panama City, Panama.
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ-MELTON shot an even-par 284 to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Costa Mesa, Calif. by two strokes over Debbie Massey and Jo Ann Washam.
COLLEGE HOCKEY—NORTH DAKOTA defeated Northern Michigan 5-2 in Providence to win the NCAA championship. North Dakota had eliminated Dartmouth 4-1 in the semifinals, while Northern Michigan had beaten Cornell 5-4.
HOCKEY—NHL: After losing to Boston 7-2 and the Islanders 5-2 to run its streak to seven games without a win, Philadelphia won 5-2 against Quebec with Brian Propp scoring twice. Then the Flyers, still in first in the league standings with 111 points, fell back to their complacent ways, drawing 3-3 at Washington. Edmonton, on the other hand, is finishing in high gear. In 15th place with three games to play, the Oilers beat Atlanta 5-4 and lowered Olympic Flame Jim Craig's record in the nets to 1-2-1. They then defeated Detroit 5-2 and Toronto 8-5 for a club-record fifth victory in a row. Against the Maple Leafs, a hat trick by Wilf Paiement of Toronto was outweighed by three goals and three assists by Edmonton Center Don Ashby and two goals and four assists by Wayne Gretzky that placed him in a tie with Marcel Dionne of Los Angeles for first place in the NHL scoring race. Fifth-place Minnesota was also hot, running its win streak to seven by beating Colorado 7-1, Toronto 7-2 on Center Bobby Smith's first NHL hat trick, and Winnipeg 2-1. Despite the losses to Edmonton and Minnesota, the Maple Leafs, in 12th place with 71 points, clinched a playoff berth, as did Los Angeles and St. Louis, in 11th and 10th place, respectively.
HORSE RACING—PLUGGED NICKLE ($2.80), Buck Thornburg up, defeated Naked Sky by six lengths to win the $175,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. The 3-year-old covered the 1? miles in 1:50[1/5] (page 24).
Codex ($52.60), ridden by Pat Valenzuela, defeated Rumbo by a neck to win the $184,700 Santa Anita Derby. The 3-year-old ran the 1? miles in 1:47[3/5].