PRO BASKETBALL—In the next-to-last week of the NBA regular season, Boston wrapped up its third consecutive Atlantic Division championship with a 106-103 victory over New Jersey, and Los Angeles clinched the Pacific Division title by beating Seattle 107-104 on Sunday. That was the Lakers' fourth straight victory. Also rolling were Milwaukee and Washington. The Central Division champ Bucks nailed down their 12th victory in 14 games, 118-100 over Detroit, as Sidney Moncrief scored 35 points and Bob Lanier 26. Before that, in what was possibly a preview of the Eastern Conference final matchup, Moncrief and Lanier each had 26 points as the Bucks upended Boston 122-116. Meanwhile Washington went unbeaten in four games to overtake New Jersey for third place in the Atlantic Division and sew up a playoff spot. In the Midwest Division, San Antonio beat Kansas City twice to open a two-game lead over Houston (1-2 for the week) and Denver (1-3). Worse off were Cleveland, which suffered its 15th straight loss, 117-114, to New York, and San Diego, which set a club record for consecutive losses (17), in a 132-119 defeat at Golden State.
BOWLING—ART TRASK scored a 216-200 victory over top-seeded Marshall Holman to win the $100,000 Cleveland Open in North Olmsted, Ohio.
BOXING—MICHAEL SPINKS successfully defended his WBA light-heavyweight title with an eighth-round knockout of Murray Sutherland in Atlantic City.
Jiro Watanabe, 27, of Japan won the WBA junior bantamweight title in a unanimous 15-round decision over Panama's Rafael Pedroza in Tokyo.
GOLF—CRAIG STADLER beat Dan Pohl on the first hole of sudden death to win the 46th Masters Tournament in Augusta, (page 16).
HOCKEY—In the NHL's three-out-of-five preliminary series, none of the four divisional champions skated through. Smythe Division titlist Edmonton, which had a regular-season record of five wins, one loss and two ties against Los Angeles, scored eight goals in Game 1 of its series with L.A., but that wasn't enough as the Kings pumped in 10, including four by the Triple Crown Line of Charlie Simmer, Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor and two by rookie Daryl Evans. Edmonton won Game 2, 3-2 in overtime, and then led 5-0 in Game 3 in the third period. But L.A. stormed back into contention on goals by Jay Wells, Doug Smith, Simmer and Mark Hardy, tied the game on Steve Bozek's score with five seconds to play and won it in sudden-death overtime on a shot by Evans. At week's end the Oilers needed back-to-back wins at L.A. and at home to survive. Adams Division winner Montreal won its opener over Quebec 5-1, but then solid Nordique checking diffused the Canadiens' high-flying attack, Goaltender Daniel Bouchard stopped 55 of 58 Montreal shots and Quebec won Games 2 and 3, 3-2 and 2-1. On Sunday Montreal won 6-2 and the series was even. The Patrick champion Islanders drubbed Pittsburgh twice at home, 8-1 and 7-2, but failed on six power plays and were upset 2-1 in Game 3 on Rick Kehoe's bad-angle overtime goal and lost 5-2 in Game 4 on Sunday. Boston eliminated Buffalo, the Rangers knocked off Philadelphia and St. Louis beat Winnipeg. Vancouver swept Calgary, getting a pair of game-winning goals from Dave (Tiger) Williams. Most startlingly, lowly Chicago eliminated Norris champion Minnesota (page 61).
HORSE RACING—HOSTAGE ($33.40), with Jeffrey Fell aboard, upset favored El Baba to win the $284,300 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1? miles in 1:51[3/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—As the MISL season advanced into its final two weeks, Memphis and Buffalo clinched the sixth and seventh of the eight playoff berths. The Americans, third in the Western Division behind St. Louis and Wichita, beat Cleveland 7-6 in overtime and Kansas City 6-5. Buffalo, fourth in the Eastern Division behind New York, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, sewed up its berth with a 10-4 triumph at Philadelphia. New York stretched its win streak to seven games and moved to within one victory—or one Pittsburgh defeat—of wrapping up its third straight division title by beating Buffalo 5-4 in overtime and Baltimore twice, 8-5 and 7-2. The Arrows' Steve Zungul booted eight goals in the three games to lift his league-leading total to 100, eight shy of the single-season record, which he set last year. There were no heroes in St. Louis, which lost its sixth straight game, 5-4 to Denver. The Avalanche victory kept it in the race with Phoenix (1-0 for the week) and Kansas City (1-2) for the final playoff spot.
SOCCER—The NASL's top four goal scorers of last season all had big games as the 1982 schedule got into full swing. Giorgio Chinaglia, who won the league goal-scoring crown a year ago, had two goals to lead the Cosmos to a 3-2 victory over Jacksonville. Fort Lauderdale's Brian Kidd, third in goals in 1981, also had a pair as the Strikers beat Tampa Bay 3-2. And 1981's No. 4 goal scorer, Frantz Gerber, got the only tally in a 1-0 Tulsa triumph over Montreal. Mike Stojanovic, second in goals last season, didn't score as San Diego beat 1981 Soccer Bowl champion Chicago 1-0 in overtime. But Stojanovic did assist on Gert Wieczorkowski's game-winner.
SWIMMING—At the U.S. Short Course Championships in Gainesville, Fla., American records were established by JEFF KOSTOFF in the men's 1,000-yard freestyle (8:49.97), by DAVE BOTTOM in the men's 100-yard backstroke (48.94) and by CRAIG BEARDSLEY in the men's 200-yard butterfly (1:43.81) (page 70).