PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: In a week of upheaval, Fred Foster of Detroit learned what Comedian Rodney Dangerfield means when he laments, "I can't get no respect." Foster and Rick Barry of the Warriors jostled for position under the basket in the first quarter and when Barry threw an elbow, Foster retaliated with a right to the head. Barry went down, but Foster went out—of the game. Barry recovered and scored 28 points as Golden State took a 105-98 decision. Later in the week Foster severely sprained his right ankle in a 113-104 loss at Seattle and is expected to be sidelined for 10 days. Seattle's victory was the first for interim coach Morris (Bucky) Buckwalter, who replaced Tom Nissalke. Nissalke was fired after winning only 13 of 45 games and, presumably, getting no respect from his players or Owner Sam Schulman. Baltimore opened a three-game lead over Atlanta in the Central Division and also received good news. Archie Clark, a holdout for 42 games, came to terms and will join the Bullets on their West Coast swing. In the Atlantic Division, New York extended its winning streak to nine games by beating Houston 104-103 on Earl Monroe's jump shot at the buzzer. The Celtics refused to yield first place, however, winning their fifth straight at the expense of Philadelphia 111-95. Milwaukee and Los Angeles remained the leaders in the Midwest and Pacific Divisions, respectively.
ABA: Carolina continued to lead the East Division (page 60) and Utah stretched its hold on first place to 4½ games in the West. Zelmo Beaty scored 21 points and Gerald Goven pulled down 24 rebounds as the Stars defeated Kentucky 105-96. Indiana remained a game behind second-place Denver by scoring 11 straight points in the fourth quarter to edge San Diego 108-107. The Pacers, who have not lost to San Diego in seven outings, trailed 104-97 before the rally. Indiana's Mel Daniels led the scorers with a season-high 36 points.
BOATING—Former world champions DON ARONOW and JIM WYNNE came out of retirement to win the Palm Bay Offshore Invitational race from Miami past Key Largo and back. They averaged 55 mph for the 92 miles in the first stock race in ocean power-boat history.
BOWLING—GARY DICKINSON defeated Barry Asher, 235-216 to win the $7,500 first prize in the $70,000 Don Carter Classic at Arcadia, Calif. Dickinson had four games of 235 or better.
BOXING—In his professional debut, Olympic gold medalist RAY SEALES scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Gonzales Rodriguez in a welterweight bout at Tacoma, Wash.
PRO FOOTBALL—Unbeaten MIAMI won Super Bowl VII by defeating Washington 14-7 (page 16).
GOLF—A 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole gave BRUCE CRAMPTON the $30,000 first prize in the Phoenix Open. Crampton's five-under-par 65 made his 72-hole total 268. Lanny Wadkins and Steve Melnyk tied for second.
HOCKEY—NHL: Buffalo finally lost a game in its Memorial Auditorium and it was to another New York team—something else that has not happened all season. Pete Stemkowski of the Rangers earned a hat trick by slipping his third goal into an unattended net in the last second of a 4-2 victory over the Sabres. Montreal and Boston remained 1-2 in the East while surging Detroit kept the pressure on the Rangers and Buffalo, the 3-4 teams. The Red Wings ran their unbeaten streak to eight games by blasting Vancouver 7-1. Mickey Redmond's hat trick gave him 27 goals for the season and Detroit teammate Bill Collins added a pair of goals. Chicago top team in the West, was upset 3-2 as Philadelphia came from behind with two goals in the final period, the winning one by Gary Dornhoefer. Second-place Minnesota cut the Black Hawks' lead to four points with an 8-1 triumph over the New York Islanders, who have won just four games. Pittsburgh replaced Coach Red Kelly with Ken Schinkel, the team's right winger, and the Penguins responded by beating Los Angeles 3-1 in their first game under their new coach.
WHA: New England took sole possession of first place in the East Division with a 4-3 win over the Raiders. The Whalers spotted New York a 2-0 lead on Ron Ward's 36th goal this season and Norm Ferguson's 23rd. But New England netted everything it needed during a 4½-minute span of the second period when it look a 4-2 lead that held up against still another goal by Ward. A pair of goals by Chris Bordeleau, his 31st and 32nd, powered Winnipeg to a 5-3 defeat of Cleveland. The Jets lead the West Division by seven points over Minnesota.
SKIING—Austria's ANNEMARIE PROELL won two downhill races at Pfronten, West Germany, to maintain the lead with 125 World Cup points.
SPEED SKATING—Norway's LASSE EFSKIND broke the world 1,000-meter record with a 1:17.6 and tied the world 500-meter standard of 38.0 in an international meet at Davos, Switzerland.
TENNIS—After losing the first two sets, ONNY PARUN won the last three to take the New Zealand Open singles title over Patrick Proisy 4-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0, 7-6. Evonne Goolagong cruised past Marilyn Pride for the women's crown 6-0, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—Pole Vaulter STEVE SMITH of the Pacific Coast Club set an American indoor record with a 17'8½" leap in the National Invitation meet at College Park, Md. (page 24).
MILEPOSTS—ADOPTED: For the next three seasons by the American League, a designated pinch hitter rule that allows a pitcher to remain in the game even though someone has batted for him (pane 26).
DROPPED: By the NCAA, the projected 1.6 academic requirement for athletic competition and scholarship. The new criterion is a 2.0 high school average (page 57).
FIRED: After five years with the Atlanta Braves. PAUL RICHARDS, who is replaced by Eddie Robinson as vice-president of baseball operations.
NAMED: As general manager of the Cleveland Indians, PHIL SEGHI, succeeding Gabe Paul, who joined the New York Yankees as one of its new owners.
RESIGNED: JAKE McCANDLESS, as head football coach at Princeton University after four seasons and an 18-17-1 career record. He cited differences with new Athletic Director Royce Flippin Jr. as influencing his decision.
RESIGNED: As head coach of the Detroit Lions after six years, JOE SCHMIDT, who had a 43-34-7 career record.
RESIGNED: As assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers, BART STARR, former All-Pro quarterback, to devote full lime to his career in private business.
RETIRED: After 44 years in sports, JACK CURTICE, 61, as athletic director at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
SWITCHED: From head football coach at Louisville to Indiana, LEE CORSO, succeeding John Pont.
SWITCHED: From head football coach to athletic director at the University of Dayton, JOHN McVAY, who succeeds Tom Frericks, the new executive director of university relations.
DIED: Former lineman, coach and vice-president of the Washington Redskins. ALBERT GLEN (Turk) EDWARDS, 65, an All-America tackle at Washington State; in Kirkland, Wash.
DIED: Former-major league shortstop LYN LARY, 66, who in his 12 major-league seasons did stints with the Yankees, Red Sox, Browns, Senators, Indians, Dodgers and Cardinals; of a heart ailment; in Downey, Calif.