PRO BASKETBALL—It was the matchup many frustrated Bulls' fans had been waiting for. Popular guard Reggie Theus, who had been traded by Chicago to K.C. on Feb. 15, was facing off against his former teammates for the first time. And after a slow start, Theus, a two-time All-Star who had fallen into disfavor with Bulls coach Kevin Loughery, didn't disappoint his old boosters. In 29 minutes, he scored 16 points and had seven assists to pace the Kings to a 115-110 win, their eighth in the 11 games since Theus switched cities. Conversely, Chicago is 2-10. Adding insult to injury, center Steve Johnson, who was sent to Chicago for Theus along with three future draft choices, scored just two points. Central Division leader Dallas' only loss in three starts was 121-120 in double OT to Pacific Division front-runner Los Angeles. A sky hook by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 12 seconds left clinched the triumph. Boston, tops in the Atlantic Division, beat Washington 108-85 even though Larry Bird was out with a sore back. Then Bird was a pain, scoring 85 points in wins over Utah, Milwaukee and Phoenix. In the Midwest Division, Detroit motored along, winning four straight to draw half a game ahead of Milwaukee, who struggled to a 1-3 week.
BOWLING—GARY SKIDMORE beat Mark Roth 242-188 to win a $125,000 PBA event in Kansas.
BOXING—TIM WITHERSPOON scored a 12-round majority decision over Greg Page to win the vacant WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas (page 26).
Carlos DeLeon retained his WBC cruiser-weight crown with a unanimous decision over Anthony Davis in Las Vegas.
March 19, 1984
PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: Marcus DuPree of New Orleans scored his first pro touchdown, on a one-yard sweep on his first carry, in the first quarter of his first game, a 37-14 defeat of Memphis. Another short DuPree TD run helped keep the Breakers, now 3-0, tied for—what else?—first place with Tampa in the Southern Division. The Bandits beat Jacksonville 28-25 on a 30-yard Zenon Andrusyshyn field goal with two seconds left. In Los Angeles, Express quarterback Steve Young, another of the league's ultra-rich newcomers, charted plays from the sideline as the Express blanked Oakland 10-0. Houston whipped Chicago 45-36 as Sam Harrell ran for a league-record 200 yards; New Jersey edged Philadelphia 17-14 to remain unbeaten; Michigan was 3-0 after dusting Denver 28-0; Birmingham pasted Pittsburgh 30-18 as winning quarterback Cliff Stoudt, a former Steeler, survived a harried homecoming (page 64).
GOLF—TOM KITE shot a 16-under-par 272 to win the $400,000 Doral Open in Miami by two strokes over Jack Nicklaus.
HOCKEY—Just before playing Pittsburgh, New Jersey president Bob Butera made mention of the so-called Lemieux Bowl. Mario Lemieux, an 18-year-old center in the Quebec Junior League, had scored 113 goals and 243 points in 63 games, making him a mighty appealing No. 1 draft choice to the NHL team with the worst record. That's where the Devils and Penguins came in. Jersey was 15-45-6 going into the game with 14-47-6 Pittsburgh. "I'm not being accusatory," said Butera, "but I think the Penguins' talent is better than they've shown." A laydown for Lemieux? Well, after the Devils won a wild, brawl-filled game 6-5 to go four points up on the Penguins, losing coach Lou Angotti couldn't wait to answer that question. "Bob Butera's got no blanking class," he said. "What he said about our team is a disgrace. We do everything we can to win every game we can." Alas, everything wasn't enough. Pittsburgh lost twice more during the week, but New Jersey kept pace, falling 8-4 to Toronto and 6-5 in overtime to St. Louis. Buffalo remained atop the Adams Division, four points better than Boston; Detroit jumped over St. Louis into second behind Minnesota in the Norris Division; fourth-place Winnipeg, 43 points behind first-place Edmonton in the Smythe Divison, all but eliminated Los Angeles from the playoff picture by crowning the Kings 7-3. The New York Islanders maintained a two-point edge over Washington in the Patrick Division (page 62).
HORSE RACING—ISLAND CHAMP ($10.20), Alberto Delgado in the irons, beat Forceful Intent by a nose in the $168,600 John B. Campbell Handicap, the richest race in the 70-year history of Bowie Race Course. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1¼ miles in 2:04[2/5].
Pat Day rode PLAY FELLOW ($3.80) to a half-length victory over Courteous Majesty in the $89,925 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. After a five-month layoff, the 4-year-old colt ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49.
MOTOR SPORTS—KENNY ROBERTS, riding a Yamaha, won his second straight Daytona 200 motorcycle race for 500-cc. bikes, edging world champion Freddie Spencer, on a Honda, by 1.24 seconds. Roberts averaged 113.143 in the 52-lap race around the Daytona Motor Speedway's 3.87 mile circuit.
SKIING—In the final World Cup women's races of the season, CHRISTIN COOPER won the giant slalom in Lake Placid, N.Y., and her U.S. teammate, TAMARA McKINNEY, was tops in both the slalom and giant slalom in Waterville Valley, N.H. Among the men, ROBERT ZOLLER was the slalom champion, while INGEMAR STENMARK won the giant slalom in Vail, Colo. BILL JOHNSON finished first in the downhill race in Whistler, B.C. (page 28).
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Kansas City did the splits against Cleveland and Phoenix, beating the Force 6-3 and losing to Phoenix 8-4. The Comets then lost 12-7 to Los Angeles but still remained atop the Western Division, a half game ahead of St. Louis. In the East, Pittsburgh popped past Cleveland into first place by half a game, beating Memphis 14-2 and Buffalo 5-3.
NASL: In their battle for first, Golden Bay and San Diego divided a pivotal intrastate series. San Diego won at home 5-4 on a goal by Hugo Perez. Golden Bay returned the favor 6-5 on Sunday as Steve Zungul scored the winning goal. The teams remained tied with 18-10 records, a game in front of surging Chicago, which beat Tulsa (5-3) and Tampa (6-4).
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE whipped Ivan Lendl 6-1, 6-3 in the final of the $250,000 Belgian Indoor Championships in Brussels.
TRACK & FIELD—At the NCAA Indoor Championships in Syracuse, ARKANSAS won its first men's title, while NEBRASKA won the women's championship for the second straight year (page 58).
WRESTLING—IOWA won an unprecedented seventh straight NCAA title, in East Rutherford, N.J., amassing 123¾ points to 98 for second-place Oklahoma State (page 55).
MILEPOSTS—FINED: New York Ranger coach HERB BROOKS, $1,000 by the NHL for throwing a stick into the stands at a heckling fan during the Rangers' 6-3 home loss to Pittsburgh on Jan. 20.
Former New York Yankee and Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher GEORGE (Doc) MEDICH, $5,000 by an Allegheny (Pa.) County judge for writing false prescriptions to obtain Percodan tablets. Medich, an orthopedic resident at a hospital in Pittsburgh, also was sentenced to two years' probation and faces possible sanctions by medical authorities.
FIRED: As coach of the MISL Phoenix Pride, TONY SIMOES, 40, who had a 37-41 two-year record. He was replaced on an interim basis by general manager TED PODLESKI.
NAMED: As winner of the John R. Wooden Award as the best player this season in college basketball, North Carolina guard MICHAEL JORDAN, 21.