PRO BASKETBALL—For the first time ever Dallas won three straight games as Forward Jay Vincent, who replaced his much more heralded fellow rookie, the injured Mark Aguirre, scored 21, 23 and 34 points, in wins over Milwaukee (109-104), Kansas City (110-94) and Utah (122-110), respectively. The proprietor of Jay Vincent's Records & Tapes has averaged 25.6 points in 20 games as Aguirre's stand-in. All of which does not yet have Midwest Division-leading San Antonio quivering. The Spurs, 2-2, beat Utah 123-104 and Atlanta 115-107 as Mark Olberding had 18 points and 17 rebounds in the first win, and 19 points and 12 boards in the second. While Philadelphia owner Harold Katz mused aloud about luring 45-year-old Wilt Chamberlain out of retirement to replace injured Center Darryl Dawkins, the Sixers won three in a row to pick up 1½ games on Atlantic Division-leading Boston, which won two of four. The Celts beat New York 111-107, as Larry Bird hit 18 of 24 from the field and finished with 39 points. He added 32 in a 112-103 victory over Indiana. Milwaukee, comfortably atop the Central Division, lost two of three, beating Denver 131-125 behind Brian Winter's season-high 40 points but falling to Dallas and Golden State (119-113), which had 36 points from World B. Free. Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles, 2-1, defeated New Jersey 132-113 and Detroit 123-111.
BOWLING—EARL ANTHONY defeated Dave Soutar 218-199 to win a $100,000 PBA tournament in Alameda, Calif.
BOXING—EUSEBIO PEDROZA retained his WBA featherweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Juan LaPorte in Atlantic City.
PRO FOOTBALL—The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-21 to win Super Bowl XVI in Pontiac, Mich, (page 12).
HOCKEY—A week before his 21st birthday, Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky received a new 15-year, $20 million contract that, among other things, provides him with a shopping center in western Canada six years from now. Even at that high a price, Gretzky is a steal: He celebrated the deal by scoring a hat trick and adding two assists as the Smythe Division-leading Oilers, 3-0, beat St. Louis 8-6. The Blues led 5-4 before the Oilers scored four goals in less than two minutes during the third period. Gretzky put in the game winner with 6½ minutes left in a 4-3 win over Vancouver. Buffalo tied Montreal 2-2 and then beat Quebec 5-3 and 3-2 as it ran its unbeaten streak to 10 games and opened a five-point lead over second-place Boston in the Adams Division. Hartford, firmly rooted in the cellar of the league's best division, won its first game against an Adams opponent by beating Quebec 4-2. Glen Sonmor, coach of slumping Norris Division-leading Minnesota, watched four games from a self-imposed exile in the press box. As Sonmor looked on, the North Stars won three and tied one, including a 3-1 victory over Colorado and a 3-3 tie with Los Angeles last week. Upon Sonmor's return behind the bench, the Stars thrashed Chicago 8-4. The New York Islanders, 2-1, reclaimed the Patrick Division lead by beating Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers by 6-1 scores. Philadelphia lost 4-2 to Montreal and tied Quebec, 2-2, and Pittsburgh, 5-5, to fall one point behind the Islanders.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST averaged 128.59 mph in a Renault to win the South African Grand Prix on a 2.6-mile course in Kyalami. He finished 15 seconds ahead of Carlos Reutemann, who drove a Williams.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: After tapping a ball into his own net to give New York a 7-5 edge early in the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh Fullback John O'Hara shed his goat's horns. He tied the game with 44 seconds left and later rammed home the game winner 11:58 into overtime. The 8-7 victory moved the Spirit a half game ahead of New York in the Eastern Division and marked the first time since Dec. 27, 1979 that the Arrows have not led the division. Western Division-leading St. Louis took to the road with mixed results, losing to Phoenix 6-3 and beating Denver 4-2.
NASL: Edmonton took first place in the Northwest Division with an 8-5 defeat of Vancouver. The Drillers later lost to San Diego, 8-3, which had beaten San Jose twice, 7-3 and 8-7, to supplant the Earthquakes atop the Western Division. Central Division-leading Chicago lost 10-9 to Tampa Bay in overtime and stung New York 6-3. Montreal held on to the top spot in the Eastern Division as it beat Jacksonville 5-4 in a second overtime after losing 7-4 to Toronto.
TENNIS—TOMAS SMID defeated John Sadri 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 to win a $300,000 WCT tournament in Mexico City.
TRACK & FIELD—In a meet in Los Angeles STANLEY FLOYD of the U.S. set an indoor world record of 5.22 in the 50-yard dash, clipping .03 off Houston McTear's 1978 mark, and MARY DECKER TABB ran a 4:24.6 mile to set a women's world indoor record. Her time was 3.9 seconds better than the 1975 mark of Francie Larrieu of the U.S. (page 44).
Debbie Brill of Canada high-jumped 6'6¼" in Edmonton to surpass by ¼" the women's world indoor record established by Andrea Matay of Hungary in 1979.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As coach of the Chicago Bears, MIKE DITKA, 42, a former All-Pro tight end with the Bears and an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys for the last nine years.
As Texas A&M football coach, JACKIE SHERRILL, 38, who coached Pittsburgh to a 50-9-1 record in five seasons (page 26). He replaced the fired TOM WILSON, 37, who was 21-19 in 3½ seasons. SERAFINO (Foge) FAZIO, 42, an assistant coach for Pitt since 1977, will replace Sherrill.
As football coach at Southern Methodist, BOBBY COLLINS, 48, who had coached Southern Mississippi to a 48-30-2 mark in seven seasons. JIM CARMODY, 47, an assistant coach for the Buffalo Bills, was named to replace Collins.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For one year by the NCAA, the University of South Florida basketball team, for recruiting violations.
SENTENCED: By a U.S. District Court judge, to a 20-year prison term and a $30,000 fine, JAMES BURKE, 51; to a 10-year prison term, ANTHONY PERLA, 31; and to a four-year prison term, ROCCO PERLA, 23; for conspiracy to engage in racketeering and sports bribery. The three were convicted on charges stemming from point shaving in six Boston College basketball games during the 1978-79 season.
SIGNED: By the California Angels, free-agent Outfielder REGGIE JACKSON, 35, late of the New York Yankees, to a four-year contract worth a reported $4 million. An 11-time All-Star and 1973 American League MVP, Jackson batted .281 and hit 144 home runs in five seasons with the Yankees.
TRADED: By the Atlanta Hawks, Forward AL WOOD, 23, and Guard CHARLIE CRISS, 32, to the San Diego Clippers, for Guard FREEMAN WILLIAMS, 25.
By the Toronto Maple Leafs, Center DARRYL SITTLER, 31, to the Philadelphia Flyers, for the rights to Forward RICH COSTELLO, 18, who now plays for Providence College; a second-round draft choice in 1982 and future considerations.
DIED: NED IRISH, 76, basketball executive and member of the sport's Hall of Fame; of a heart attack; in Venice, Fla. Irish, who was instrumental in bringing big-time basketball to Madison Square Garden, helped raise the college game to the rank of a major national sport. In 1938, he founded the National Invitation Tournament and was one of pro basketball's pioneers, serving as the first president of the New York Knicks (1946-74).