BASKETBALL—The spotlight shone mainly on old faces in new places as the NBA opened its 37th season. Erstwhile Rocket Moses Malone, Philadelphia's new hope, had 21 points and 17 rebounds in an opening night 104-89 victory over the New York Knicks, who got 23 points in just 25 minutes from Bernard King, late of Golden State. In San Antonio former Chicago Bull Center Artis Gilmore opened with a 20-point, 16-rebound performance against Utah and followed that with seven points in the last six minutes against Portland. The Spurs won both games. In Milwaukee, former Celtic Dave Cowens contributed eight points in just 20 minutes in a 108-86 victory over New York, and David Thompson, who moved from Denver to Seattle, had a team-high 21 points in the Sonics' 128-95 sinking of Houston. In San Diego two players returned to a familiar place. Bill Walton was back (page 38), as was Randy Smith, who signed as a free agent less than 24 hours before the season opened. Smith, who performed for San Diego in 1978-79, played against both Phoenix and Seattle, stretching his consecutive-game streak to 843, just one shy of the NBA record.
BOWLING—STEVE FEHR edged Earl Anthony 184-183 to win a $110,000 PBA event—his first tour victory—in Indianapolis.
Nikki Gianulias whipped Judy Soutar 210-181 to win a $25,000 LPBT event in Dallas. The victory was Gianulias' fourth this season, an LPBT record, and pushed her 1982 earnings to $43,375, breaking the LPBT mark of $41,270 set in 1981 by Donna Adamek.
BOXING—MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER retained his world middleweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Fulgencio Obelmejias in San Remo, Italy (page 32).
Jeff Chandler knocked out Miguel Iriarte in the ninth round to retain his WBA bantamweight title in Atlantic City.
GOLF—HAL SUTTON defeated Bill Britton on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the $400,000 Walt Disney World Golf Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Sutton and Britton had tied at 269, 19 under par, at the end of regulation play.
HOCKEY—Befitting their first-place standings in the Patrick and Norris divisions, respectively, the New York Islanders and Minnesota North Stars enjoyed 3-0 weeks. The Isles, now 11-2 overall, crushed Calgary 7-2 before putting the double whammy on slumping New Jersey, 4-2 and 8-5 (page 78). Minnesota's wins came compliments of the Devils (5-3), Detroit (7-3) and Philadelphia (3-2). Tom McCarthy's two goals, his fifth and sixth of the year, were the difference against the Flyers. Those wins put the North Stars three points ahead of steady Chicago, 6-2-4 overall, which played three of the league's six ties. In the Adams Division, Quebec won twice, 9-4 over Toronto and 5-4 against the New York Rangers. The Nordiques got four goals from Michel Goulet and three from Marian Stastny. Stastny's eight goals in his last five games have helped Quebec edge within four points of first-place Montreal. The Canadiens and Buffalo set an NHL record for goals in a period by scoring a combined 10 in the first 20 minutes of their 7-7 tie. Four nights later Montreal drew 4-4 with Boston, though it appeared for a while that the Bruins' six-year (to the day), 23-game losing streak at the Forum would end. The last time Boston won there the score was 4-3, just as it was when the Bruins' Wayne Cashman scored at 16:09 of the final period. But when the Canadiens' Pierre Mondou deflected home Larry Robinson's slap shot with one second left, Boston's no-win streak continued. Injury-riddled Los Angeles lost Right Wing Dave Taylor (broken wrist) for at least six weeks and sole possession of the Smythe Division lead. The Kings were tied by Winnipeg, 4-1-1 in its last six starts.
HORSE RACING—JOHN HENRY ($4.80), Bill Shoemaker up, defeated Craelius by 2� lengths to win a $300,000 invitational at Santa Anita. The 7-year-old gelding ran the 1�-mile turf course in 2:24.
Roving Boy ($5), ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, ran a stakes-record 1:41[3/5] for 1[1/16] miles to win the $301,850 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita. The 2-year-old colt defeated Desert Wine by 4� lengths.
Track Robbery ($10), Pat Valenzuela aboard, defeated favored Blush With Pride by nine lengths to win the $170,025 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland. The 6-year-old filly ran the 1? miles in 1:47 4/5.