BASKETBALL—The outcome was predictable when Seattle, the Pacific Division leader, tangled with hapless Houston on Sunday. Thanks to midweek losses to San Diego, New York and Cleveland, the Rockets, 0-7, held the dubious honor of being the NBA's only complete pushover. Meanwhile, the SuperSonics used wins over Chicago, Dallas and San Antonio to run their record to 9-0. With Gus Williams scoring 20 points, they made it 10-zip by beating Houston 102-99. Los Angeles stayed two games back by clubbing Cleveland 111-98 that same night to complete a 3-0 week. The Cavs did have cause for celebration, though. Earlier they ended their 24-game consecutive losing streak with a 132-120 overtime win over slumping Golden State. A day earlier, Ted Stepien announced that the Cleveland franchise was up for sale. He has reportedly lost $7 million during his two years of ownership. Atlantic Division leader Philadelphia's only loss in four games knocked them from among the unbeatens. Indiana Swingman Billy Knight scored 30 in that 117-108 sinking of the 76ers. After seven straight losses, the Knicks finally triumphed, 88-87, over Washington; they then won again, 112-100, against Detroit, which nonetheless retained the Central Division lead (page 71). Bernard King played like one, scoring 46 points in the New York wins. Out west, the San Diego Clippers shocked Midwest-leader San Antonio 109-105 on rookie Forward Terry Cummings' jumper with 29 seconds remaining.
BOXING—AARON PRYOR retained his WB A junior welterweight title with a 14th-round TKO of Alexis Arguello in Miami (page 34).
Ray Mancini successfully defended his WBA lightweight crown with a 14th-round TKO of Duk Koo Kim in Las Vegas. Following the fight, an unconscious Kim, 23, was taken to nearby Desert Springs Hospital, where after nearly three hours of brain surgery, doctors said he had little hope of surviving (page 26).
Jiro Watanabe retained his WBA junior bantamweight championship with a 12th-round TKO of Shoji Oguma in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Leo Cruz successfully defended his WBA junior featherweight title with an eighth-round knockout of Benito Badilla in San Juan.
HOCKEY—Three floundering franchises, Washington, Hartford and Toronto, collectively 9-23-9 going into last week, sprang to life. The trio teamed for a 6-0-1 record and joined Winnipeg (2-0), Calgary (2-0) and Norris Division-leading Chicago (3-0) as the league's unbeatens for the week. The Capitals moved one game below .500 by tying New Jersey 2-2, defeating the Devils 3-0 and then beating the slumping but still Patrick Division-leading Islanders 3-1. Washington Goalie Al Jensen, a recent recall from the American Hockey Association, stopped 19 shots in shutting out New Jersey before adding 24 saves against the Islanders. Toronto doubled its pleasure—and its season-win total—by knocking off Detroit 8-2 and Minnesota 4-3. Lady Luck helped the Leafs edge the North Stars when Rick Vaive's pass deflected off a skate for a game-winning goal at 11:24 of the third period. Hartford's Ray Neufeld and Pierre Larouche scored twice in a 7-5 win over Quebec, third behind Adams Division leader Montreal by five points. Only six points separated Smythe leader Edmonton from last place Vancouver. Los Angeles beat Montreal 2-1 as Bernie Nicholls (page 79) collected his 16th goal in 17 games.
HORSE RACING—Eddie Delahoussaye rode MEHMET ($8.80) to a 1-length victory over Thirty Eight Paces in the $400,000 Meadowlands Cup. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01[2/5] to score his second win in the last month over favored John Henry, who finished third.
Pax In Bello ($11.80), Jeff Fell up, broke away down the stretch to defeat Chumming by 1¾ lengths in the $235,500 Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. The 2-year-old colt covered 1‚⅛ miles in 1:50[1/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Buffalo moved into the early-season Eastern Division lead by triumphing twice at home, 11-5 over Baltimore and 6-5 over Kansas City. The New York Arrows stayed half a game back, winning two of three out west: They won 6-4 in San Diego and 5-2 in Los Angeles before dropping a 5-3 decision to Phoenix, leaders of the Western Division with a 2-0 record. In Baltimore, a franchise-record crowd of 11,398 went home happy as Jimmy Pollihan scored with 10 seconds left to clinch a 7-6 win over Pittsburgh.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA and PETER McNAMARA beat Joanne Russell and Sherwood Stewart 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 to win the $460,000 Mixed Doubles Tennis Championship in Houston.
John McEnroe beat Brian Gottfried 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals of a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in Wembley, England.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the American League's Most Valuable Player, Milwaukee Shortstop ROBIN YOUNT, who was second in the league with a .331 average, had a league-leading 210 hits, hit 29 homers and drove in 114 runs. Yount received 27 of the 28 first-place votes; the other went to Reggie Jackson of California, who was sixth in the voting.
FIRED: As football coach at Michigan State, FRANKLIN (Muddy) WATERS, 59; effective at the end of the 1982 season. Waters has a three-year record of 10-22 with the Spartans, including a 2-8 mark this season pending a final game with Iowa.
RESIGNED: As athletic director at Wichita State, TED BREDEHOFT, 50, for what a university spokesman termed "the good of the school." Wichita State is serving a three-year NCAA probation, imposed last February, for basketball recruiting violations and is the target of additional inquiries into both its basketball and football programs.
As soccer coach at St. Louis University, HARRY KEOUGH, 55, following a 9-7-2 season, the worst of his 16-year career with the Billikens. Keough had a 213-50-23 overall record at St. Louis and won five national collegiate titles.
SIGNED: To a two-year contract to manage Baltimore, JOE ALTOBELLI, 50. In his previous stint as a big league skipper, Altobelli guided San Francisco to a 225-239 record from 1977 to 1979.
TRADED: By the New Jersey Nets, Guard PHIL FORD, 26, and a second-round draft pick in 1983, to Milwaukee for Forward MICKEY JOHNSON, 30, and the negotiating rights to Forward FRED ROBERTS, 22, now playing in Italy; also by the Nets, Forward JAMES BAILEY, 25, to Houston for second-round draft choices in 1983 and 1985.