PRO BASKETBALL—Houston coach Bill Fitch sounded more like a campaign manager than a coach after his Rockets' 113-105 win over New York. Fitch wasn't satisfied with having the NBA All-Star MVP, Ralph Sampson, on his team; he wanted the Rookie of the Year award winner, too. Against the Knicks, Akeem Olajuwon scored 30 points and had a league season-high 25 rebounds, 15 off the offensive boards, another NBA season high. "I love Michael Jordan," said Fitch of Chicago's outstanding guard who's the Rookie of the Year favorite, "but if I were his mother, the best I could do is split the ballot for Rookie of the Year." Houston went 3-0 on the week, as did Midwest Division leader Denver, which is two games ahead of the Rockets. Portland beat Atlantic Division-and NBA-leading Boston 111-103 behind Darnell Valentine's 23 pointy and 21 each from Jim Paxson and Clyde Drexler. The Blazers next knocked off Washington 93-89 and Kansas City 115-96, but were still 12½ games behind the Pacific Division-leading Lakers, who capped a three-win week with a 117-111 defeat of the Celtics. Boston held on to its½-game division lead over Philadelphia with victories over Seattle 110-94 and Golden State 107-100. The Sixers fell 112-107 to lowly Cleveland. Cavalier Roy Hinson had 25 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. But Philadelphia bounced back to beat Detroit 125-114 before an NBA-record crowd of 43,816 in the Silverdome. Central Division leader Milwaukee was a three-time winner, defeating New Jersey 111-103, Indiana 132-128 and Chicago 125-105.
BOXING—LIVINGSTONE BRAMBLE retained his WBA lightweight title with a unanimous, 15-round decision over Ray Mancini in Reno (page 14).
Bill Costello retained his WBC super lightweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Leroy Haley in Kingston, N.Y.
GOLF—WOODY BLACKBURN defeated Ron Streck on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the $400,000 San Diego Open in La Jolla, Calif. Both men completed the 72-hole regulation play with 19-under-par 269s.
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COLLEGE HOCKEY—Minnesota-Duluth clinched its second-straight WCHA title by beating Michigan Tech 7-5 and 4-3. Boston College won the first-ever Hockey East championship with a 5-1 triumph over Northeastern, and ECAC leader RPI ran its winning string to 21 by defeating Princeton 6-3. CCHA champ Michigan State, No. 1 in the nation, had its 22-game unbeaten streak shattered 7-4 by the University of Illinois-Chicago.
PRO HOCKEY—St. Louis stayed a comfortable nine points ahead of second-place Chicago in the bruising Norris Division by beating Toronto 5-3—as Jorgen Pettersson got his sixth career hat trick—and Minnesota 6-4 (page 12). Smythe Division-leading Edmonton, which has the best record in the league, went 0-2. For the first time in five years, the Rangers beat the Oilers in New York, 8-7. The Rangers had six first-period goals, four in a 98-second span. "It's the worst I've played in my four years here," said Edmonton goalie Grant Fuhr. "I looked like a fool." The Oilers then fell 5-4 to Philadelphia on Flyer Tim Young's game-winning 30-foot wrist shot. Calgary beat Winnipeg 8-4 to move one point ahead of the Jets in the race for second place in the Smythe. In the Adams Division, No. 1 Buffalo split with second-place Montreal, losing at home 4-3 and winning away by the same score. Patrick Division leader Washington lost to Winnipeg 5-3 and then Los Angeles 5-2, but beat Calgary 4-3 to remain five points ahead of Philadelphia.
HORSE RACING—LORD AT WAR ($5.80), Bill Shoemaker aboard, beat Al Mamoon by 2½ lengths to win the $265,200 San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita. The five-year-old covered the 1‚⅛-mile distance in 1:48[1/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore in the East and San Diego in the West held on to comfortable leads in their respective divisions. The Blast lost 6-5 in a shootout with Minnesota but then beat Dallas 8-4. The Sockers defeated Chicago 6-5 in overtime and then dumped Wichita 8-1.
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT, in a Ford, won the $1,277,814 Daytona 500 by averaging 172.265 mph around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval. He beat Lake Speed in a Pontiac Grand Prix by half a second (page 20).
SPEED SKATING—HEIN VERGEER of The Netherlands won the 5,000-meter in 7:05.59 to take the men's overall title at the world championships, beating defending champion Oleg Boshev of the Soviet Union 166.931 time points to 167.679, in Hamar, Norway.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-4 to win the $1.8 million International Players Championship in Delray Beach, Fla. Unseeded TIM MAYOTTE won the men's title by defeating Scott Davis, also unseeded, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
TRACK & FIELD—GALINA CHISTYAKOVA of the Soviet Union set a women's world indoor long jump record of 23'9'½" in Moscow. The old mark of 22'11¼" was set by Heike Drechsler of East Germany in 1984.
Marita Koch of East Germany broke two world indoor records in Senftenberg, East Germany, improving her own 1983 mark of 7.08 seconds with a 7.04 60-meter dash, and running a 10.25 100-yard dash, breaking Marlies Gohr's 1983 mark of 10.29.
Valerie Brisco-Hooks ran a women's world indoor record of 1:02.3 in the 500 yards in San Diego, surpassing the old mark of 1:03.3 set by Rosalyn Bryant of the U.S. in 1977 and Janine MacGregor of England in 1982; and JOHNNY GRAY of the U.S. ran a world indoor best 1:46.9 in the 880-yard run, breaking the record of 1:47.9 shared by Randy Wilson of the U.S. (1982), Ralph Doubell of Australia (1969) and Mike Boit of Kenya (1980).
Jimmy Howard broke the U.S. indoor high jump mark of 7'8" he set three weeks ago with a leap of 7'8½" in Richfield, Ohio.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUITTED: By a Los Angeles County jury, of charges of having solicited prostitution from an undercover policewoman, 1976 and 1984 Olympic 400-meter hurdles gold medalist EDWIN MOSES, 29.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Boston Bruins, GERRY CHEEVERS, 43, after 4½ seasons and a 204-126-46 record. General manager HARRY SINDEN, 52, took over as interim coach.
SIGNED: By the Los Angeles Dodgers, free-agent righthander BOBBY CASTILLO, 29, to a one-year contract. Castillo rejoins the Dodgers after three years with the Minnesota Twins.
TRADED: By the Cleveland Cavaliers, PAUL THOMPSON, 23, a guard-forward, to the Milwaukee Bucks for two future draft picks.
DIED: Colorful and often fiery former Brooklyn Dodger (1931-41) and New York Giant (1942-45) righthanded pitcher VAN LINGLE MUNGO, 73, of a heart attack, in Pageland, S.C. He led the National League in strikeouts with 238 in 1936 and had a 120-115 career record and a 3.47 ERA.