PRO BASKETBALL—If you want to beat the Midwest Division-leading Rockets, don't play them in Houston. The Rockets have won all 20 of their home games this season, including three last week. In a 124-115 win over Golden State, Akeem Olajuwon achieved a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. Denver, which moved past San Antonio into second place in the division, was also 3-0 while the Spurs were 1-3. In the Pacific Division, the Lakers increased their lead over Portland to nine games by winning two of three outings. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reached the career 34,000-point plateau when he sank a free throw in the second quarter of a 124-102 win over Indiana. Portland won only one of three games—109-106 over New York. Phoenix beat Seattle 114-97 in the completion of a game that had been halted in the second quarter the night before in the first rainout in NBA history. Cause of the rainout: a hole in the roof of the Seattle Coliseum. When the water began collecting at one end of the floor, fans started chanting "Half court. Half court." Later in the week Seattle handed the Lakers their sixth loss, 105-99, on the strength of rookie Xavier McDaniel's 36 points. Milwaukee stayed on top of the Central Division by winning two of three games. Atlanta continued to play well, winning its fifth straight, 110-99 over Detroit. The reeling Pistons won only one of three. In the Atlantic Division, Boston's lead over hot Philadelphia was reduced to four games as the Celtics lost to Detroit 113-109 before defeating Cleveland 126-95 and Atlanta 115-108. The Sixers were 4-0. In a 116-114 win over the Clippers, Moses Malone scored 31 points, 17 of them from the foul line, and Charles Barkley had 29 points and 16 rebounds. New Jersey, third in the division, won two of three games. The Nets snapped Milwaukee's seven-game winning streak with a 106-99 victory.
BOWLING—RANDY PEDERSEN routed top-seeded Dennis Jacques 213-158 to win $27,000 and his first PBA tournament, in Union City, Calif.
PRO FOOTBALL—In the NFC championship game, Chicago beat the Los Angeles Rams 24-0. In the AFC championship game, New England beat Miami 31-14 (page 14).
GOLF—CALVIN PEETE shot a tournament-record 21-under-par 267 to win $90,000 and the Tournament of Champions at La Costa Country Club in Carlsbad, Calif. (page 36).
January 20, 1986
HOCKEY—The Quebec Nordiques strengthened their hold on the Adams Division lead by taking all three of their games, stretching their winning streak to seven. Their 5-3 victory over Edmonton was coach Michel Bergeron's 200th win. Still, only nine points separate the Nordiques and the last place teams, Hartford and Buffalo, in the NHL's tightest division. The second-place Canadiens were 2-2. Montreal's Kjell Dahlin, the NHL's highest-scoring rookie, netted a hat trick and an assist to lead the Canadiens past St. Louis 9-2. In the Smythe Division, first-place Edmonton lost two games before beating Montreal 6-3. Second-place Calgary, also 1-2 for the week, snapped a club-record 11-game losing streak with a 5-4 overtime victory over Vancouver as center Jim Peplinski scored 13 seconds into OT Los Angeles's prolific Marcel Dionne got his 900th assist and his 650th goal in a 4-4 tie against St. Louis. Dionne trails only Gordie Howe (801) and Phil Esposito (717) on the NHL's career goal list. Philadelphia increased its Patrick Division lead to 10 points by winning its three games. Rookie goal-tender Darren Jensen had his first NHL shutout, 4-0 over second-place Washington. The Capitals won just once in three games, beating lowly Detroit 4-3. New York Islander goalie Kelly Hrudey stopped 27 shots in a 9-0 drubbing of Pittsburgh. It was the Islanders' first shutout this season. In an 8-2 win over Detroit, islander center Bryan Trottier scored his 400th career goal, and winger John Tonelli his 200th. In the Norris Division, the Chicago Black Hawks maintained a two-point lead over St. Louis by winning two of three games. The Blues won only one of five. Their 7-2 defeat of Boston was their first win over the Bruins in more than four years.
HORSE RACING—PHONE TRICK ($2.80), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, beat Temerity Prince by 4½ lengths to win $78,200 and the San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old ran the seven-furlong course in 1:20[4/5].
Snow Chief ($2.80), Alex Solis up, beat Variety Road by four lengths to win $70,800 and the California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old colt ran the seven-furlong race in 1:21[3/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—In the MISL's Eastern Division, Baltimore moved into a first-place tie with Minnesota by beating Wichita 6-3 and Chicago 3-0 while the Strikers were losing to Dallas 8-1. Dallas's Tatu scored five goals in that game, giving him 45 points for the season. Tatu was one point behind the league's scoring leader, San Diego's Steve Zungul, whose team increased its Western Division lead to two games over Wichita. The Sockers beat Tacoma 8-2 and St. Louis 10-7, with Zungul scoring five points in each game.
TENNIS—HEINZ GUNTHARDT and BALAZS TAROCZY defeated Paul Annacone and Christo Van Rensburg 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 to win $72,000 and the World Doubles Championship for a record third time, in London. They also won the event in 1982 and '83.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, WILLIE McCOVEY, 48, who is eighth on the alltime home run list with 521. During his 22-year career, McCovey played for San Francisco (1959-73, '77-80), San Diego (1974-76) and Oakland (1976), and was the National League MVP in 1969. McCovey is the 16th player elected to Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility.
NAMED: As winners of horse racing's Eclipse Awards as the best of 1985: 2-year-old colt, TASSO; 2-year-old filly, FAMILY STYLE; 3-year-old colt, SPEND A BUCK; 3-year-old filly, MOM'S COMMAND; older colt, VANLANDINGHAM; older female, LIFE'S MAGIC; male turf horse, COZZENE; female turf horse, PEBBLES; sprinter, PRECISIONIST; steeplechase, FLATTERER; owners, EUGENE V. and JOYCE KLEIN; trainer, D. WAYNE LUKAS; jockey, LAFFIT PINCAY JR.; apprentice jockey, ART MADRID JR.; and breeder, NELSON BUNKER HUNT.
SIGNED: By the Detroit Tigers, outfielder KIRK GIBSON, 28, to a three-year $4.1 million contract. Gibson, who had been seeking a five-year, $8 million package, was one of several free agents who signed with their 1985 teams (page 12). Other signees: also by the Tigers, infielder TOM BROOKENS, 32, to a two-year contract; by the California Angels, DONNIE MOORE, 31, to a three-year contract; by the New York Yankees, pitchers PHIL, 46, and JOE, 41, NIEKRO, to one-and three-year contracts, respectively, and catcher BUTCH WYNEGAR, 29, to a three-year contract; by the Cleveland Indians, infielder TONY BERNAZARD, 29, and pitcher JAMIE EASTERLY, 32, to two-year contracts; and by the Chicago White Sox, catcher CARLTON FISK, 38, to a two-year contract.
TRADED: By the Minnesota Twins, pitchers KEN SCHROM, 31, and BRYAN OELKERS, 24, to the Cleveland Indians for pitchers ROY SMITH, 24, and RAMON ROMERO, 27.