PRO BASKETBALL—Boston increased its Atlantic Division lead over Philadelphia to five games with a 3-0 week. Larry Bird scored 41 points to bring the Celtics back from a 27-point second-quarter deficit to beat Atlanta 125-122 in overtime. The Sixers continued to play well, winning two of three, including a 120-118 victory over Chicago on Maurice Cheeks's jumper with six seconds left in OT. New Jersey, 2-2 for the week, split back-to-back games with the Sixers, losing 123-105 and then snapping the Sixers, five-game win streak 123-89 as Otis Birdsong scored 27 points. Washington reached .500 by winning four of five games. In the Midwest Division, Houston had its 20-game home-win streak snapped by Utah 105-102. The Jazz were the last team to beat Houston at home—last April 28. Denver struggled on the road, winning only one of four games. Central Division-leading Milwaukee won two of three games. Terry Cummings scored 35 points to lead the Bucks over Washington 114-98 and 23 in a 122-109 win over Golden State. The second-place Atlanta Hawks won two of three games. Detroit got back on track and won all three of its games. The Pistons beat the Lakers 118-115 on Kelly Tripucka's three-pointer with two seconds left. Before losing to the Pistons, the Pacific Division-leading Lakers beat Phoenix and the Clippers. Second-place Portland won three of four games and trailed the Lakers by 8½ games.
BOWLING—DEL WARREN defeated Mark Williams 256-218 to win the Greater Los Angeles Open and $18,000 in Torrance, Calif.
BOXING—SAMART PAYADAROON of Thailand won the WBC super bantamweight title with a fifth-round KO of Lupe Pintor of Mexico in Bangkok.
Tim Witherspoon won the WBA heavyweight championship by beating Tony Tubbs on a majority decision in a 15-round fight in Atlanta.
January 27, 1986
GOLF—DONNIE HAMMOND sank a 12-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death hole to defeat John Cook and win $108,000 and the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Desert, Calif. At the end of regulation play Hammond and Cook were tied at 335, 25 under par, for 90 holes.
HOCKEY—Minnesota moved into a tie for second place with St. Louis in the Norris Division after a 2-1-1 week. The North Stars and the Blues now trail the first-place Black Hawks by one point. Last-place Detroit lost to Toronto 7-4 in a game marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the third period that resulted in 10 game misconducts and 227 penalty minutes. Patrick Division leader Philadelphia won only one of three games. In the Flyers' lone victory, 3-2 over New Jersey, Tim Kerr scored his 200th career goal. Runner-up Washington gained a little on the Flyers by winning two of three games. After dropping a 4-3 decision to Calgary, the Capitals beat New Jersey 4-3 and Philadelphia 5-2. The New York Islanders, 1-2 for the week, beat the Flyers 4-3 on Bryan Trottier's game-winner with one second left. The New York Rangers had a successful western road trip, winning all three of their games. Goalie John Vanbiesbrouck won his 20th game of the season, tops in the NHL, with a 5-4 decision over Edmonton. Montreal moved past Quebec into the Adams Division lead by winning two of three games. The Nordiques suffered through an 0-3 week. Fourth-place Hartford, which trails Boston by two points, won two games, including an 11-6 drubbing of Quebec. The 11 goals tied a club single-game record. Scotty Bowman made a successful reentry into the coaching ranks as the Buffalo Sabres beat Montreal 5-4 in overtime. Bowman replaced rookie coach Jim Schoenfeld, who was fired. Edmonton, still far out in front of the rest of the Smythe Division, won twice before losing to the Rangers. Second-place Calgary won three of four and trailed the Oilers by 23 points.
HORSE RACING—LADY'S SECRET ($3.60), Chris McCarron up, beat Shywing by two lengths to win $65,850 and the El Encino Stakes at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old filly ran the 1 [1/16]-mile race in 1:41 [4/5].
Right Con ($11.20), Rafael Maza up, beat Nostalgia's Star by 1¼ lengths to win $101,800 and the San Fernando Stakes also at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1 ‚⅛ miles in 1:48 [2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego stayed on top of the MISL's Western Division with victories over Tacoma and Baltimore. In the 6-4 win over Baltimore, forward Juli Veee had four assists, three of which came in a 45-second span. Second-place Wichita gained half a game on the Sockers by winning its three games. Wings forward Chico Borja scored one goal and had three assists in a 6-5 win over Kansas City. In the Eastern Division, Baltimore moved half a game ahead of Minnesota by winning two of three games. The Blast beat Tacoma 8-5 and Los Angeles 4-3. Minnesota, 1-1 for the week, beat Cleveland 5-3, with forward Thompson Usiyan scoring two goals and assisting on two others. Dallas beat Pittsburgh 5-4 in double overtime. The game lasted 87 minutes and 24 seconds, the longest in league history.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Boris Becker 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to win $100,000 and the Masters in New York (page 70).
TRACK & FIELD—Four world indoor records were set at the Sunkist Invitational meet in Los Angeles: BILLY OLSON pole-vaulted 19'3½", surpassing Sergei Bubka's two-day-old mark by½"; GREG FOSTER ran the 50-yard hurdles in 5.88, breaking Renaldo Nehemiah's record by .04; CHARLIE SIMPKINS triple-jumped 57'5", bettering Willie Banks's mark by 3½"; and JOHNNY GRAY shaved .1 off his own 880-yard record, with a 1:46.8 (page 18).
Antonio McKay set a world indoor best of 45.45 in the 440-yard dash on a six-laps-per-mile track in an invitational meet in Johnson City, Term. The previous best of 45.6 was set by Fred Newhouse in 1970.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Directors, the Broderick Cup honoring the outstanding college woman athlete of 1985, to JACKIE JOYNER, 23, of UCLA. Joyner, a hurdler and triple jumper, was the individual high scorer at last year's track and field championships and was a four-year starter on the UCLA women's basketball team.
FIRED: By the Buffalo Sabres, rookie coach JIM SCHOENFELD, 33, who had a 19-19-5 record. He was replaced by general manager SCOTTY BOWMAN, 52, whose 718-302-207 record with St. Louis (1967-71), Montreal ('71-79) and Buffalo ('79-85) made him the NHL's winningest coach.
TRADED: By the Portland Trail Blazers, guard DARNELL VALENTINE, 26, to the Los Angeles Clippers for a 1986 first-round draft choice; the teams also swapped second-round picks in the 1988 draft to complete the deal.
By the Minnesota Twins, second baseman TIM TEUFEL, 27, and minor league outfielder PAT CROSBY, 21, to the New York Mets for minor league outfielder BILLY BEANE, 23, and minor league pitchers BILL LATHAM, 25, and JOE KLINK, 23; also by the Twins, designated hitter DAVE ENGLE, 28, to the Detroit Tigers for infielder CHRIS PITTARO, 24. and outfielder ALEJANDRO SANCHEZ, 26.
By the Hartford Whalers, center GREG MALONE, 29, to the Quebec Nordiques for right wing WAYNE BABYCH, 27.
DIED: JIM CROWLEY, 83, the last surviving member of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen backfield, who coached at Michigan State from 1929 to '33 and at Fordham from '34 to '43 and later was a successful businessman and county industrial commissioner; in Scranton, Pa. At Fordham, Crowley coached the defensive line known as the Seven Blocks of Granite, which included Vince Lombardi and didn't allow a touchdown in the 1937 season. The other members of the Four Horsemen, so named by Grantland Rice after Notre Dame defeated Army 13-7 in 1924, were Harry Stuhldreher. Don Miller and Elmer Layden.
Jack Gallagher, 64, a sportswriter and columnist for The Houston Post since 1949; of cancer; in Houston. He had been a special correspondent for SI since the mid-'50s and was elected president of the Football Writers Association of America last June.
Mike (Big Bear) Garcia, 62, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians (1948-59), the Chicago White Sox (1960) and the Washington Senators (1961); of diabetes and kidney failure; in Cleveland. Garcia won 20 games with the Indians in '51 and 22 games in '52.