PRO BASKETBALL—Houston, the Midwest Division-leader, increased its margin over Denver to five games with a 3-0 week. In the third victory, Akeem Olajuwon scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Rockets past Detroit 117-112. The second-place Nuggets, 2-2 on the week, beat New Jersey and the L.A. Lakers. Eight Nuggets scored in double figures in the 127-115 win over L.A. San Antonio slipped a bit further behind Denver, winning only one of three games. The Spurs' sole victory came against the Nuggets 113-98. In the Pacific Division, the Lakers experienced their worst week of the season, losing three games in a row after beating Chicago 133-118. Second-place Portland won two of three games and trailed the Lakers by seven. Trail Blazer Clyde Drexler hit two free throws, then stole the ensuing inbounds pass with 12 seconds left in the game to clinch a 129-125 victory-over Sacramento. The L.A. Clippers, tied for third in the division, took three of four games, including a 120-109 victory over the Lakers. It was the Clippers' first win over the Lakers since moving from San Diego in May 1984. Milwaukee stayed on top of the Central Division, winning two of three games. Second-place Atlanta. 4½ games back after a 3-1 week, shot 67.5% from the floor in a 131-100 win over Golden State. Detroit struggled to a 2-2 record. In a 129-120 defeat of Dallas, Isiah Thomas scored 17 straight Piston points in the fourth quarter. In the Atlantic Division. Boston enjoyed a perfect 3-0 week. The Celtics beat the Lakers 110-95 (page 76). Golden State 135-114 and Philadelphia 105-103. The Sixers, though, kept the heat on the Celtics by winning their other three games. In a 121-114 win over Cleveland. Maurice Cheeks scored a season-high 30 points and Moses Malone contributed 28. New Jersey fell nine games behind the Celtics after a 1-2 week. Nets guard Micheal Ray Richardson returned from drug rehabilitation and averaged 31 minutes and 16 points in three games.
BOWLING—GARY SKIDMORE, with a strike on his last ball, defeated top-seeded Ron Bell 215-214 to win $33,000 and a PBA tournament in Las Vegas.
PRO FOOTBALL—The CHICAGO BEARS defeated the New England Patriots 46-10 to win Super Bowl XX (page 26).
GOLF—VAL SKINNER, with a final-round 3-under-par 69, beat Sandra Palmer by one stroke to win $30,000 and the first tournament of the LPGA season, in Boca Raton, Fla. She had a 72-hole total of 8-under-par 280.
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Hal Sutton beat Tony Sills and Calvin Peete by two shots to win S90.000 and the Phoenix Open. His total of 267 was 17 under par.
HOCKEY—Philadelphia, 2-1 for the week, remained in first place in the Patrick Division. Flyers rookie goaltender Darren Jensen got his second shutout when he stopped 48 shots, 24 in the third period, to blank St. Louis 1-0. Second-place Washington also won two of three to keep pace with the Flyers. Left wing Bengt Gustafsson scored a goal and had four assists for the Capitals in a 6-3 win over Minnesota. The New York Islanders, 2-0-1, took sole possession of third. During a 7-3 victory over Philadelphia. Denis Potvin scored his 270th career goal, tying Bobby Orr's record for a defenseman. Teammate Mike Bossy scored his 1,000th career point in the Islanders' 7-5 win over Washington. In the tight Adams Division, Montreal had a one-point lead over Quebec after a 2-1-1 week. Canadien Bobby Smith scored at 3:38 of overtime to beat Toronto 3-2. Quebec took its three games, including a 3-2 win over Montreal on Brent Ashton's goal at 2:59 of overtime. Boston, five points behind Quebec, won two of three games. In the Norris Division, Chicago, 1-0-2 last week, increased its lead over St. Louis to seven points. The Blues moved into sole possession of second place despite winning just one of three games. The victory came against Los Angeles 4-3. Minnesota dropped into third after losing all three of its outings. In the Smythe Division, first-place Edmonton cruised, winning two of three games. The Oilers beat New Jersey 7-6 on Wayne Gretzky's game-winner at 1:29 of overtime. Second-place Calgary tied the Devils 6-6 and beat Pittsburgh 5-2, but the Flames still trailed the Oilers by 24 points.
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore stayed on top of the MISL Eastern Division with a 2-1 week. The Blast beat St. Louis 4-2, then trimmed Wichita 6-5 as Ben Collins scored the game-winning goal at 11:52 of the fourth quarter. Second-place Minnesota matched Baltimore with a 2-1 record and stayed just half a game behind the Blast. The Strikers' 5-4 loss to Los Angeles went into a third overtime period before Lazer forward Willie Molano's goal ended it. The game was the longest in league history, lasting 100 minutes and 27 seconds. In the Western Division. San Diego won twice and stretched its lead over Wichita, 0-3, to four games. Socker forward Steve Zungul had an assist during a 6-3 triumph over Pittsburgh to raise his league-leading point total to 54.
HORSE RACING—MOUNTAIN BEAR ($7.80), ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, beat Royal Regatta by a nose to win S67,150 and the San Gorgonio Handicap. The 5-year-old mare ran the 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48[2/5]. SILVEYVILLE ($5), Chris McCarron up, defeated Strawberry Road by a neck to win $63,000 and finish first in the San Marcos Handicap. The 8-year-old covered the 1¼ mile turf course in 2:00[4/5]. PRECISIONIST ($2.60), Chris McCarron up, beat Bare Minimum by 1½ lengths to win $90,000 and the San Pasqual Handicap. The 5-year-old ran the 1[1/16] mile race in 1:41 1/5. All three races were run at Santa Anita.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win $40,000 and a WTA tournament in Worcester, Mass.
TRACK & FIELD—BILLY OLSON broke his own week-old world indoor best in the pole vault by one quarter inch with a jump of 19'3¾" at a meet in Albuquerque.
Heike Drechsler of East Germany established a women's indoor world best in the long jump with a leap of 23'11" at a meet in East Berlin. The old mark of 23'9½" was set by the U.S.S.R.'s Galina Chistyakova last year.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: By the members of the Professional Bowlers Association, as the 1985 Player of the Year. MIKE AULBY, 25; and as PBA Rookie of the Year. TOM CRITES, 23.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Minnesota. JIM DUTCHER, 52, after three of his players were arrested on charges of sexual assault on an 18-year-old woman at the hotel where the team was staying following a game against Wisconsin in Madison. During 11 years at Minnesota he had a record of 190 victories and 112 losses (page 21).
SIGNED: By the Baltimore Orioles, outfielder JUAN BEN1QUEZ, 35, to a one-year, $400.000 contract. The 12-year veteran, who baited .304 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs for California last season, is the first free agent to move to a new team this year.
DIED: FLO HYMAN, 31, the powerful spiker of the U.S. women's volleyball team that won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics; of a heart attack: in Matsue. Japan (page 21).