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PRO BASKETBALL—Seattle ended a four-game losing streak by beating Washington 105-87, but that win proved to be only a brief respite for the struggling Sonics, who had begun the week by surrendering the Pacific Division lead to Los Angeles with a 108-101 loss to the Lakers. Seattle also labored through a 3�-hour, four-overtime game with Atlanta, only to lose 127-122. The Sonics finished their long week on an upbeat, downing Boston 103-100. The Lakers stayed ahead of Seattle by beating Golden State 126-106 and Denver 132-131. Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia won all three of its games, as did Milwaukee, the Central Division front-runner, which ran its win streak to 12 games. George Gervin of Midwest Division-leading San Antonio scored 49 and 38 points, respectively, in wins over Detroit (126-112) and Denver (126-121). His 39 points were not enough, however, when lowly San Diego beat the Spurs 118-101. Clipper Charlie Criss, at 5'6" the smallest player in the NBA, had a career-high 34 points in that win.
BOWLING—ART TRASK defeated Al Stonum 223-173 to win a $150,000 PBA tournament in Peoria, Ill., for his second victory this year.
BOXING—SUGAR RAY LEONARD defeated Bruce Finch on a third round TKO in Reno to retain his undisputed world welterweight crown (page 18).
HOCKEY—Great is hardly a sufficient description of the Oilers' Wayne Gretzky and his latest feats. Gretzky began the week with five-point performances in wins over Norris Division-leading Minnesota (7-4) and Hartford (7-4). Against the Whalers, he broke the single-season scoring record of 164 points he set last season and ran his total to 75 goals and 91 assists. That left him one goal short of Phil Esposito's 11-year-old NHL mark for goals in a season. Gretzky tied the mark in a 7-3 win over Detroit that gave Smythe Division leader Edmonton 89 points, best in the league. While Colorado Rocky owner Peter Gilbert kept talking of moving his team to New Jersey, the feckless Rockies started moving on the ice. Behind the superb goalkeeping of Chico Resch, the Rockies tied Adams Division front-runner Montreal 3-3 to stop a Canadien win streak at 11 games. The Canadiens went on to win two other games and tie a third to run their unbeaten string to 16. With a 4-4 tie against the New York Rangers, Colorado ran its own modest unbeaten string to a season-high four games. Then, in a 3-2 loss, the Rockies came within 47 seconds of preventing the New York Islanders from setting an NHL record for consecutive victories—15 (page 14).
HORSE RACING—Eddie Delahoussaye rode THE BART ($5) to a 1�-length victory over Castle Royale in the $175,750 Hialeah Turf Cup. The 6-year-old ran the 1� miles in 2:26.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVE MARCIS drove a Chevy to victory in the rain-shortened $187,655 Richmond 400 Grand National, averaging 72.91 mph around the .54-mile oval. He beat Richard Petty in a Pontiac by 12 seconds.
SKIING—At the World Nordic Championships in Oslo, BERIT AUNLI won the women's 10-km. cross-country; THOMAS ERIKSSON the men's 30-km. cross-country; THOMAS SANDBERG the men's Nordic combined; and ARMIN KOGLER the 70-meter jump.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: New York slid in front of Pittsburgh in the Eastern Division by beating Cleveland 6-4 and Phoenix 10-2, while the Spirit suffered a 5-4 loss to New Jersey. St. Louis, atop the Western Division, beat Baltimore 7-4 before losing to Denver 5-3.