PRO BASKETBALL—On Super Bowl Sunday, the NBA had a super match of its own—an Atlantic Division showdown between Boston and Philadelphia. Coming in, the Sixers were riding a 13-game winning streak after having drubbed New York 93-82 and Atlanta 122-99 last week. Meanwhile the Celtics suffered a rare loss, a 91-86 upset at the hands of lowly Indiana. Dennis Johnson fouled out of that game, and Larry Bird was caught traveling with 24 seconds left when Boston had a chance to tie. Perhaps the Celtics were a bit overconfident after beating the Lakers 104-102 on Kevin McHale's short banker with one second left in the teams' first meeting since last season's playoffs. "I thank [coach] K.C. [Jones] for going to a struggling man," said McHale, who had been 3 for 12 before sinking the deciding hoop. On Sunday Boston was back on form in beating Philadelphia 113-97, with Bird leading all scorers with 38 points. The Celts, 18-1 at home, reclaimed the division lead. In the Central Division, first-place Milwaukee beat the Lakers 115-105; the Bucks were paced by Terry Cummings' season-high 39 points. The Bucks won their fifth straight, 102-93 over New Jersey, to take a 3½-game lead over Detroit. The Pistons defeated the Knicks 105-89 and the Nets 109-107 for their third and fourth consecutive victories. Chicago's Michael Jordan got his first NBA triple-double in a 122-113 win over Denver: 35 points, 15 assists and 14 rebounds. Jordan averaged 31 points during a 2-2 week for the Bulls. Denver rebounded from the Chicago loss to beat Golden State 115-107, Washington 108-106 and Portland 123-120. The Nuggets thus pulled into first, 1½ games ahead of second-place Houston in the Midwest Division. Rockets Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon teamed for 57 points in a 120-95 win over Utah and 61 in a 121-117 loss to Portland. Kansas City snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Washington 103-98 behind Eddie Johnson's 27 points. Despite two losses, the Lakers, who beat Dallas 110-92 and Golden State 139-109, stayed seven games ahead of second-place Phoenix in the Pacific Division.
BOWLING—PETE WEBER beat Art Trask 176-170 to win the $175,000 PBA tournament in Las Vegas.
BOXING—DONALD CURRY retained his WBA welterweight title by stopping Colin Jones in the fourth round in Birmingham, England (page 70).
PRO FOOTBALL—The San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 38-16 in Super Bowl XIX in Palo Alto, Calif. (page 16).
January 28, 1985
GOLF—CALVIN PEETE beat Doug Tewell and Morris Hatalsky by two strokes to win the $450,000 Phoenix Open with a 14-under-par 270.
COLLEGE HOCKEY—Hockey East leader Boston College beat Providence 5-2 to give its coach, Len Ceglarski, his 500th victory. He's the fourth college hockey coach to reach that plateau. In the WCHA, Minnesota-Duluth bumped Minnesota for the top spot by beating the Gophers 8-6 and tying them 6-6. Top-ranked Michigan State, the CCHA leader, beat Ferris State 7-3 and 3-1.
PRO HOCKEY—St. Louis wasn't singing the blues following a 1-1-1 week because it took sole possession of the Norris Division lead. After blowing a 4-1 lead against Minnesota in a game that ended in a 4-4 tie, the Blues scored six goals in the first period against Winnipeg and coasted to a 6-2 win. "It's tough to play when you're up 6-0," said St. Louis coach Jacques Demers. He found out in the next game, against Toronto, that it's also tough to play when you're losing 6-1 to a last-place team. In the end, the Blues and Maple Leafs decided to fight instead of play. Both benches cleared with 1:23 left to play and the Leafs winning 6-1. Demers had to walk onto the ice to try and coax his players out of the ring, er, rink. Chicago fell to second in the Norris, one point back of St. Louis, after losing to Buffalo 4-3 and Pittsburgh 5-4. Smythe Division-leading Edmonton experienced a midwinter slump of sorts. The Oilers tied the Islanders 3-3 and Vancouver 4-4 before beating the Canucks, 7-5 in a rematch. Second-place Calgary, 17 points back, beat Hartford 5-2 and Boston 4-3 on Jamie Macoun's 40-foot slap shot in the final four minutes. In Los Angeles's 4-3 loss to Toronto, Marcel Dionne moved into a third-place tie with Bobby Hull on the career goal-scoring list; he put in his 27th of the season and his 610th overall. The Kings then beat the Islanders 6-5 behind Dave Taylor's two goals—his second coming with 1:32 remaining in overtime. Washington skated to a 4-0 week and a one-point lead over Philadelphia in the Patrick Division. Craig Laughlin and his shot both went into the goal during the Capitals' 6-3 win over Minnesota. Washington also beat Pittsburgh twice, 6-2 at home and 5-4 away, and devoured the Rangers 7-1, as Bob Carpenter and defenseman Larry Murphy got two goals apiece. The Flyers beat Detroit 7-5 behind Tim Kerr's four goals. "It's like a hot shooter in basketball, everything seems to drop," explained Kerr, who leads the NHL in power-play goals with 15. Montreal returned to winning form, beating Quebec 2-1 in its first victory in eight starts. The Canadiens then defeated Hartford 5-4. A 4-4 tie with New Jersey left Montreal in first place in the Adams Division by two points over Buffalo, which had a 2-0-1 week. The Sabres beat Chicago 4-3 and Hartford 2-0 as goalie Tom Barrasso recorded his sixth career shutout and lowered his goals-against average to 2.56, the best in the NHL.
HORSE RACING—PRECISIONIST ($5.40), Chris McCarron up, won the $163,850 San Fernando Stakes by four lengths over Greinton. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1 ‚⅛ miles at Santa Anita in 1:47 [2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—The windchill factor was—51° in Chicago, but the Sting was hot as it beat Wichita 9-5 for its third straight win and 10th straight home victory. That left Chicago one game back of first-place Baltimore in the Eastern Division. The Breakers lost 6-5 to Las Vegas in their only game of the week. No. 1 San Diego moved one game ahead of Los Angeles in the Western Division with a 5-2 win over Minnesota. The Lazers lost to St. Louis 6-4.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated Manuela Maleeva 6-3, 6-2 to win a $150,000 indoor tournament in Washington, becoming the third player ever to win 100 singles titles. Jimmy Connors (105) and Chris Evert Lloyd (132) are the other two.
TRACK & FIELD—MARY DECKER ran a world-indoor-record 5:34.52 in the women's 2,000 meters in Los Angeles. The old mark of 5:43.30 was set by Yekaterina Podkopayeva in 1983 (page 50).
Thomas Schoenlebe of East Germany ran a world-indoor-record 45.60 in the 400 meters in Paris. The old mark of 45.79 was set by Antonio McKay last February.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Directors, the Broderick Cup, for the outstanding woman college athlete of 1984, co-winners TRACY CAULKINS, 22, a senior swimmer at Florida, and CHERYL MILLER, 21, a junior forward on the USC basketball team. Caulkins won three gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics and set four NCAA individual records at the 1984 NCAA tournament. Miller paced the Trojans to a 29-4 record and the NCAA title with 22 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. She also was a member of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the Games.
BANNED: By the U.S. Cycling Federation, the use of blood-doping by its cyclists (SI, Jan. 21). Olympic cycling coach EDDY BORYSEWICZ and ED BURKE, a sports medicine director, were suspended for 30 days without pay for their involvement with the blood-doping of seven American cyclists at the 1984 Olympics. A third staffer, MIKE FRAYSSE, was demoted from first vice-president to third vice-president for the same reason.
NAMED: As commissioner of the USFL, HARRY USHER, 45, an entertainment lawyer who served as general manager of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, to a three-year contract. Usher replaces CHET SIMMONS, 56, who resigned after 2½ years as commissioner.
SIGNED: By the Boston Red Sox, free-agent pitcher BRUCE KISON, 34, to a one-year contract. Kison, was 4-5 with the California Angels last year.
SUSPENDED: For 10 games by the NHL, Edmonton Oiler center MARK MESSIER, 23, for punching the Calgary Flames' Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheek during a game on Dec. 26.
TRADED: In a four-team deal, by the Kansas City Royals, pitcher FRANK WILLS, 26, to the New York Mets for pitcher TIM LEARY, 26; then the Royals sent Leary and catcher DON SLAUGHT, 25, to the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher JIM SUNDBERG, 33; and then the Brewers sent Slaught to the Texas Rangers for pitcher DANNY DARWIN, 29, and a minor league player to be named later.