BASKETBALL—In the NBA's two-out-of-three mini-series, Philadelphia was the first winner. The 76ers defeated Washington 111-96 as the man in the plastic mask, Caldwell Jones, scored 18 points and had 26 rebounds while keeping his broken nose protected. Philly swept the series with a 112-104 victory as Julius Erving, nursing a sore left knee and right ankle, scored 31. In the 76ers' semifinal opener against Atlanta, they beat the Hawks 107-104 after trailing by six points with nine minutes to play. In other Eastern Conference mini-series, Houston and San Antonio were even—the Rockets won the opener 95-85, the Spurs the second game 106-101—before Houston won the final 141-120 behind Moses Malone's 37 points and 20 rebounds. Seattle won its mini-series over Portland despite the heroics of Trail Blazer newcomer Billy Ray Bates in the second game. With five seconds to play, Bates, who joined Portland as a free agent on Feb. 19, sank an 18-foot jump shot to tie the score at 89-89. He then poured in six of the Blazers' 16 points in overtime to lead them to a 105-95 triumph. Seattle, which had prevailed 120-110 in the series opener, then won the third game 103-86. In the other Western Conference series, Phoenix beat Kansas City two games to one (page 22).
BOWLING—ALVIN LOU defeated Mark Roth 259-203 to win a $125,000 PBA tournament in Milwaukee.
BOXING—MIKE WEAVER knocked out defending champion John Tate in the 15th round in Knoxville, Tenn. to win the WBA heavyweight title (page 20). On the same card, EDDIE GREGORY won the WBA light-heavyweight crown by stopping defending champ Marvin Johnson in the 11th round.
Larry Holmes retained his WBC heavyweight crown with an eighth-round knockout of Leroy Jones in Las Vegas.
Pipino Cuevas successfully defended his WBA welterweight crown with a fifth-round knockout of Harold Volbrecht in Houston.
Jorge Lujan kept his WBA bantamweight title with a ninth-round TKO of Shuichi Isogami in Tokyo.
Sammy Serrano of Puerto Rico knocked out Kiyoshi Kazama in the 13th round to retain the WBA junior lightweight title in Nara, Japan.
GOLF—DONNA CAPONI YOUNG shot a 13-under-par 275 to win the $250,000 Colgate-Dinah Shore Winners Circle in Rancho Mirage, Calif. by two strokes over Amy Alcott (page 54).
Craig Stadler shot a 13-under-par 275 to win the $250,000 Greensboro ( N.C.) Open by six strokes.
GYMNASTICS—NEBRASKA defeated runner-up Iowa State 563.30 to 557.65 to win the NCAA championships in Lincoln, Neb. Cornhusker Jim Hartung won the individual all-around title.