MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY, averaging 169.651 mph in a Buick, won the Daytona 500. Bobby Allison placed second in a Pontiac (page 18).
SQUASH RACQUETS—MICHAEL DESAULNIERS beat Sharif Khan 18-16, 12-15, 15-9, 15-11 to win the $10,000 U.S. Pro championship in Detroit.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Guillermo Vilas 6-7, 6-4, 6-0 to win a $300,000 tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.
Andrea Jaeger beat Virginia Wade 6-3, 6-1 to win a $125,000 tournament in Oakland, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—SEBASTIAN COE established a world indoor record of 1:46.0 for the 800 meters in Cosford, England. He surpassed the mark of 1:46.4 set by Carlo Grippo in 1977.
Renaldo Nehemiah lowered his two-week-old world indoor record of 6.01 in the 50-yard hurdles with a time of 5.98 at the Maple Leaf Games in Toronto. At the same meet EVELYN ASHFORD established an American women's indoor record of 5.83 in the 50-yard dash. She beat her own year-old mark of 5.86, which had equalled that of Deandra Carney set in 1978.
MILEPOSTS—MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD: CONNIE KUNZMANN, 24, a forward for the Nebraska Wranglers of the WBL. Kunzmann was last seen leaving an Omaha tavern at 1 a.m. on Feb. 7. She was allegedly killed shortly thereafter by Lance E. Tibke, 25, of Omaha, who is now being held by Omaha police on a charge of second-degree murder. Authorities believe Tibke threw Kunzmann's body into the Missouri River.
DIED: FRANK (Chick) GENOVESE, 66, a scout with the New York and San Francisco Giants since 1948; of cancer; in Orlando, Fla. He was Willie Mays' first pro manager, in Trenton, N.J. in 1950; and as the Giants' Caribbean scout, he signed the Alou brothers—Felipe, Matty and Jesus—Juan Marichal, Tito Fuentes and Manny Mota.
Cecil R. (Tiny) Thompson, 75, goaltender for the Boston Bruins (1928-38) and Detroit Red Wings (1938-40); in Calgary, Alberta. A Hockey Hall of Famer, he was a member of the Bruins' 1928 Stanley Cup-winning team; he won the Vezina Trophy four times and had a career goals-against average of 2.14.