COLLEGE BASKETBALL—OLD DOMINION defeated Tennessee 68-53 in Mount Pleasant, Mich. to win the AIAW tournament (page 14).
Western Texas College defeated Jefferson (Ala.) State 85-72 in Hutchinson, Kans. to win the national junior college title.
Georgia's TRUETT-McCONNELL COLLEGE won the women's national junior college tournament by defeating Cloud County (Kans.) Community College 63-61 at Overland Park, Kans.
Dayton defeated the College of Charleston (S.C.) 83-53 in Dayton to win the AIAW Division II crown.
Worcester (Mass.) State beat the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse 76-73 in Spokane, Wash. to win the AIAW Division III championship.
PRO BASKETBALL—The Celtics began their week appropriately with a 117-92 victory over New Jersey on St. Patrick's Day. Boston then beat Indiana 114-102, as the 31-year-old Pete Maravich had 31 points, and Detroit 124-106, as Maravich scored 20 more. "I'm enjoying the game again." he said. "All I ever wanted to do was play basketball the way the Celtics play it." Boston's week ended with a 109-105 loss at Cleveland. That win was the Cavaliers' eighth in a row and ended the Celts' winning streak at four. With 35 victories and 43 losses, Cleveland retained meager hopes of making the playoffs: the Cavs were 1½ games behind Washington (36-41) and three behind Houston and New York, which were tied (38-40) for the fifth and sixth Eastern Conference playoff spots with four games to play. With five playoff berths in the Western Conference already filled, Portland and San Diego were battling for No. 6. Portland took a half-game lead over the Clippers by defeating Milwaukee 123-122, beating Golden State 115-113 in overtime and losing 111-100 to Phoenix. San Diego, still Bill Walton-less and now Lloyd Free-less after All-World sustained a rib injury, was also winless, having lost 127-107 at Denver, 115-101 to Chicago and 107-104 at Seattle.
BOWLING—STEVE MARTIN won his second PBA title by defeating Earl Anthony 248-222 in the $131,000 BPAA U.S. Open championship at Windsor Locks, Conn.
BOXING—HILARIO (Sugar) ZAPATA decisioned defending champion Shigeo Nakajima in Tokyo to win the WBC junior flyweight title.
GOLF—LEE TREVINO shot a 10-under-par 278 to win the $442,000 Tournament Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida by one stroke over Ben Crenshaw (page 18).
Donna Caponi Young shot a two-under-par 286 to win a $200,000 LPGA tournament in Las Vegas by one stroke over Nancy Lopez-Melton.
HOCKEY—Hartford, 13th in the NHL standings with only 25 victories, had two of the league's top teams all tied up. After losing 6-1 to Minnesota, the Whalers put four shots past Montreal Goaltender Denis Herron in the final 13 minutes to gain a draw, tied Philadelphia and played another standoff with the Canadiens. All three games ended in 5-5 scores. Montreal, unbeaten in 14 games, remained third in the NHL with 96 points, and the Flyers held on to first (108 points) even though they had a wrong-way week. Philly started off by squandering a 4-0 lead over Colorado and settling for a 4-4 standoff. It then was shut out for the first time since Jan. 16, 1979, in a 3-0 loss to Toronto. Buffalo, in second place with 97 points, was held to a 3-3 draw by 17th-place Vancouver, and fourth-place Boston played to identical 3-3 ties with Washington and St. Louis. Atlanta became the ninth team to clinch a playoff berth, with an 8-4 triumph over St. Louis, in which Bob MacMillan scored thrice. After the tie with Boston, Washington beat Colorado 4-1 and fell to Minnesota 4-3 to end its unbeaten streak at seven. Chicago snapped a four-game winless string with a 5-2 triumph over Quebec and drew with the Islanders 4-4 to remain tied for fifth place (80 points) with the Islanders and Minnesota (page 50).
HORSE RACING—PRINCE VALIANT ($6.60), with Mike Gonzales aboard, beat Native Uproar by 6½ lengths to win the $153.400 Louisiana Derby in New Orleans. The 3-year-old covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50[2/5].
Private account ($3.60), Jeff Fell up, defeated Lot o' Gold by half a length to win the $150,000 Gulf-stream Park Handicap in Hallandale. Fla. The 4-year-old ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01[2/5].
Sisterhood ($9.20), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, defeated Petron's Love by one length to win the $112,600 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita.
Peregrinator ($20.40), ridden by Chris McCarron, won the $110,300 San Bernardino Handicap by five lengths over Lunar Probe.
INDOOR SOCCER—The NEW YORK ARROWS defeated the Houston Summit 7-4 in Uniondale, N.Y. to win the MISL title.
SWIMMING—STANFORD won the AIAW championship in Las Vegas, defeating Texas 629 to 623, despite four American women's records by the Longhorns' Jill Sterkel: the 50-yard butterfly (24.26 seconds), the 100 butterfly (53.24), the 50 freestyle (22.83) and the 100 freestyle (48.76).
TENNIS—STAN SMITH defeated Johan Kriek 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 to win a $175,000 WCT tournament in Frankfurt. West Germany.
Tracy Austin defeated Martina Navratilova 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to win the $300,000 Avon Championships in New York City (page 44).
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Boston Bruins. Fred Creighton, 46, who had a 40-20-13 record in his first season with the team. General Manager Harry Sinden takes over as interim coach.
By the Detroit Red Wings, Coach BOBBY KROMM, 51, after Detroit had won only 24 of 71 games this season. Kromm, who guided Winnipeg to a WHA championship in 1976, was NHL Coach of the Year in 1978 when the Red Wings made the playoffs.
INDICTED: By a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, former jockey CON ERRICO, 58, on a racketeering charge connected with the alleged bribery of jockeys on nine dates at Aqueduct and Saratoga between 1973 and '75.
TRADED: By the Los Angeles Rams, Fullback JOHN CAPPELLETTI, 27, Heisman Trophy winner in 1973, to the San Diego Chargers for an undisclosed draft choice.
DIED: MANUEL QUINTANA, 49, a Key Biscayne, Fla. real-estate broker, when his Porsche 911 crashed during a trial for the 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race in Sebring, Fla.