PRO BASKETBALL—At week's end the Clippers stood two defeats from equaling the NBA record for consecutive losses in a season (20), established by the 1972-73 Sixers. L.A. fell four times, including loss No. 18 (116-107 to the Warriors), which made the Clippers' losing streak the longest of this season, surpassing Miami's 17 straight defeats between Nov. 5 and Dec. 14. Meanwhile, the other team in L.A., the Pacific Division-leading Lakers, won three of four to maintain a four-game lead over the Suns. The Lakers' lone setback came in Phoenix, where the Suns, led by Eddie Johnson, who finished with 32 points, raced to a 70-49 halftime lead en route to a 114-97 victory. The Rockets moved into first place in the Midwest Division with a 124-122 win over Denver. In the Central Division, the second-place Pistons, who trailed the Cavaliers by 3½ games at week's end, defeated Chicago 113-102 for their 13th triumph in their last 15 home games. Earlier, Detroit beat the Bulls 104-98 in overtime to snap a six-game losing streak on the road and got 27 points from Isiah Thomas in a 124-106 rout of Philadelphia. The Bucks won three times, including a 117-104 win over the Kings in which Milwaukee's Larry Krystkowiak and Sacramento's Jim Petersen were ejected, suspended for a game, and fined ($3,500 and $5,000, respectively) for fighting. Atlanta also won three games, the most significant being a 118-116 overtime win in Phoenix. The Knicks, also three-game winners, extended their lead over the Sixers in the Atlantic Division to 4½ games (page 22).
BOWLING—RANDY PEDERSEN defeated Dave Ferraro 225-209 in the final match to win a PBA event in Miami and the $30,000 top prize.
BOXING—MARLON STARLING won the WBC welterweight title with a ninth-round knockout of Lloyd Honeyghan in Las Vegas. On the same card, MARK BRELAND won the vacant WBA welterweight crown with a first-round knockout of Lee Seung Soon.
GOLF—MARK CALCAVECCHIA shot a 12-under-par 272 to win the Los Angeles Open, and $180,000, by one stroke over Sandy Lyle.
HOCKEY—The Canadiens skated to three victories in three games and went into the NHL All-Star break with a 26-point Adams Division lead over the second-place Sabres. After winning 5-1 in Pittsburgh and 6-1 in Quebec. Montreal rallied from a three-goal, second-period deficit to beat the Rangers 7-5 in the Forum. The Canadiens prevailed despite a triumphant return by the Rangers' Guy Lafleur, the Hall of Fame rightwinger who scored 518 goals in 14 seasons with Montreal (1971-72 to '84-85) before retiring from the NHL for three seasons. Lafleur had two goals and an assist against his old club, but Shayne Corson had a hat trick for the Canadiens, including the game-winner with 10:47 to play. The following night New York, which began the week in the Patrick Division lead, lost to the North Stars 5-3 to fall into a second-place tie with the Capitals, one point behind the first-place Penguins. Washington, which earlier had tied Minnesota 4-4 and knocked off the Rangers 4-3 on Mike Ridley's goal at 1:51 of overtime, shut out the Whalers 1-0 behind goalie Pete Peeters's 31 saves and then lost 3-1 to the Flyers. Pittsburgh rallied from its loss to Montreal to beat the Flyers 5-3 in Philadelphia—it was the Penguins' first win in the Spectrum since 1974—and the Bruins 5-2 in Boston. The Flames had four straight wins to extend their lead over the Kings in the Smythe Division to 21 points. Calgary got a hat trick from Joe Mullen in an 8-5 victory over L.A. and defeated the stumbling Red Wings 3-2 in OT. Calgary then swept back-to-back home games with Vancouver, 5-2 and 5-4. Detroit, whose lead in the Norris Division shrank to six points over the second-place Blues, won 6-2 in Winnipeg to end a four-game losing streak.
HORSE RACING—NASR EL ARAB ($6.40), ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, won the Charles H. Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds, at Santa Anita, by four lengths over Perceive Arrogance. He ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02[1/5] to win $275,000.
INDOOR SOCCER—First-place Baltimore defeated Dallas 6-4 at home and then won by a 5-1 score in Tacoma. The second-place Sidekicks rebounded to beat Wichita 5-3 on fourth-quarter goals by Mark Karpun and Marcio Leite. San Diego fell out of a tie for second with Dallas by losing 8-2 to Kansas City and 4-3 to Tacoma in double overtime.
MOTOR SPORTS—DEREK BELL, BOB WOLLEK and JOHN ANDRETTI drove a Porsche 962 to victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona by 1:26.672 over the Jaguar XJR-9 of Price Cobb, Andy Wallace, John Nielsen and Jan Lammers, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (page 30).
SKIING—At the World Alpine Championships in Vail, Colo., TAMARA McKINNEY of the U.S. got the gold medal in the women's combined event; MARC GIRARDELLI of Luxembourg was the men's combined titlist: MARIA WALLISER of Switzerland was first in the women's downhill; and HANSJ‚Äö√†√∂‚àö¬±RG TAUSCHER of West Germany won the men's downhill (page 14).
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated Lori McNeil 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 to win the Pan Pacific Open title and $50,000, in Tokyo.
The U.S., competing in the World Group for the first time in two years, defeated Paraguay 5-0 in the opening round of Davis Cup play in Fort Myers, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE twice equaled the world indoor best in the women's 55-meter hurdles by running a 7.37 in her qualifying heat and again in the finals at the Millrose Games, in New York City (page 32).
Radion Gataullin of the Soviet Union broke his own world indoor pole vault record by clearing 19'9" in Gomel, Byelorussia. Gataullin's vault was three quarters of an inch better than the mark he set on Jan. 22.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Effective April 1, BILL WHITE, 55. as president of the National League. White, who will be the first black to head a major pro sports league, was a five-time All-Star first baseman with the New York and San Francisco Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies from 1956 through '69. He has been a baseball broadcaster since 1971 (page 7).
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Arizona State, STEVE PATTERSON, 40. In four seasons Patterson guided the Sun Devils to a 48-57 record, including a 10-9 mark this year. One of his assistants, BOB SCHERMERHORN, 45, was named the interim coach.
DIED: JOE MORRISON, 51, the football coach at South Carolina, who for 14 seasons (1959 through '72) was a versatile wide receiver and running back with the New York Giants; of a heart attack; in Columbia, S.C. In his 16 seasons of coaching at Tennessee-Chattanooga, New Mexico and South Carolina, he had a combined 101-72-7 record.
Glenna Collett Vare, 85, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame; in Gulfstream, Fla. Vare won the U.S. women's title six times between 1922 and '35. The Vare Trophy, awarded to the player with the lowest average on the LPGA tour, is named for her.