PRO BASKETBALL—The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Lakers won their two games in a week that culminated in the 36th All-Star Game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who extended his record number of appearances in the NBA All-Star Game to 15, led the Lakers to a 117-95 rout of Houston with a season-high 46 points. It was the Lakers' 14th straight win in Houston; they haven't lost there since November 1980. Portland lost two games and dropped 10½ games back. Phoenix, a distant third, beat Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers. In the Midwest Division, Houston remained in first on the strength of a 104-102 win over Denver. The Rockets' Akeem Olajuwon scored 23 points in that game, including the go-ahead three-point play with 56 seconds left. Denver, though, moved half a game closer to Houston after beating Portland and San Antonio, and trailed the Rockets by four. Bill Hanzlik hit two free throws with one second left to clinch the Nuggets' 119-118 squeaker over Portland. Third-place Dallas, seven games back, beat Portland 115-111 behind Mark Aguirre's game-high 29 points. In a 124-119 defeat of Seattle, Spurs center Artis Gilmore scored 30 points, including five in overtime. The Central Division tightened up as first-place Milwaukee split two games, losing to Boston and beating Chicago. Atlanta, 2-0, moved to within 3½ games of the Bucks. In the Hawks' 105-104 win over Cleveland, guard Randy Wittman tipped in a missed shot with one second left in the game. Detroit, 6½ back, also won twice to gain a game on the division leader. The Pistons scored the final eight points in a 111-109 overtime victory against Washington. Atlantic Division-leading Boston continued its torrid play. The Celtics whipped Milwaukee 112-93 and Washington 103-88 to extend their winning streak to 13 games. Philadelphia won twice but stayed eight games back. The Sixers buried New Jersey 142-107 as Moses Malone scored 29 points and Julius Erving added 28. Third-place New Jersey dropped 12½ games off the pace after losing three games.
BOWLING—DAVID OZIO defeated Darryl Bower 207-195 to win $27,000 and a PBA tournament in Miami.
BOXING—MARVIN JOHNSON scored a seventh-round TKO over Leslie Stewart to win the WBA light heavyweight championship at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He is the first fighter to win the light heavyweight title three times.
FIGURE SKATING—Defending champion BRIAN BOITANO retained the men's title and DEBI THOMAS won the women's title at the U.S. Championships in Uniondale, N.Y. GILLIAN WACHSMAN and TODD WAGGONER won the pairs competition, and RENEE ROCA and DONALD ADAIR the ice dancing (page 22).
February 17, 1986
GOLF—BOB TWAY defeated Bernhard Langer with a par on the second hole of sudden death to win $81,000 and the Andy Williams Open in San Diego. He shot a 12-under-par 204 for the 54-hole, rain-shortened tournament.
HOCKEY—In the Smythe Division, Edmonton, despite a 1-2 record, stayed 24 points ahead of Calgary. In a 6-4 defeat of New Jersey, Wayne Gretzky had three assists to become the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 800 career-assists mark. The Flames beat Los Angeles twice, 7-2 and 7-3. Chicago increased its Norris Division lead to seven points with a 1-1-1 week, while second-place St. Louis lost two of its three games. Minnesota won its two games and trailed the Blues by four points. Defenseman Bob Rouse scored his first goal of the season at 4:15 of overtime to lead the North Stars over Toronto 8-7. Montreal's Adams Division lead was cut to one point after the Canadiens lost two of three. Their lone victory was over Detroit, 5-3. Second-place Quebec applied pressure to Montreal by winning three games. The Nordiques' Peter Stastny scored two goals and had three assists in an 8-5 win over the Black Hawks. Boston, 0-3 for the week, fell seven points behind Quebec. In the Patrick Division, Philadelphia, 1-0-2, got its only win when it fought back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat St. Louis 4-3. Washington took its two games and stayed within six points of the Flyers. The Capitals, who haven't lost to Montreal in the Capital Centre since February '79, again beat the Canadiens there, 3-2. They also beat Edmonton 5-4, with left wing Bengt Gustafsson scoring the game-winner at 3:42 of overtime. The New York Islanders trailed Washington by eight points after splitting two games. The Isles' Mike Bossy had two goals in a 4-3 win over Los Angeles.
HORSE RACING—CREME FRAICHE ($5), ridden by Eddie Maple, beat Skip Trial by two lengths to win $77,280 and the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old ran the 1‚⅛-mile race in 1:51[1/5].
Lady's secret ($3), Chris McCarron up, beat Shywing by 1¼ lengths to win $120,200 and the La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old filly ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:49[4/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—In the MISL's Western Division, San Diego increased its lead over Wichita to 6½ games. The Sockers beat the Wings 10-6 and Tacoma 8-7 before having their 13-game winning streak snapped by a 4-3 loss to Minnesota. Wichita, 1-1, beat Los Angeles 7-2. Baltimore remained in first in the Eastern Division, beating Kansas City and Minnesota but losing to St. Louis. Cleveland, 2-0, moved past the Strikers into second place. Force forward Craig Allen scored three goals, including the 200th of his MISL career, in a 7-5 defeat of Pittsburgh. Minnesota, 1-2, fell 2½ games back.
TENNIS—BRAD GILBERT upset defending champion Stefan Edberg 7-5, 7-6 to win $45,000 and a Grand Prix tournament in Memphis.
TRACK & FIELD—ZOLA BUDD of Great Britain set a world indoor best of 8:39.79 in the women's 3,000 meters at a meet in Cosford, England. The previous mark of 8:42.30 was set on Jan. 29 by Olga Bondarenko of the Soviet Union.
Billy Olson surpassed the Soviet Union's Sergei Bubka's half-day-old world indoor best in the pole vault by ½", clearing 19'5½" at a meet in East Rutherford, N.J. Bubka's vault of 19'5" at a meet in Moscow had bettered Joe Dial's week-old mark by ¼" (page 18).
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By the Tacoma Stars of the MISL, for $200,000, forward STEVEZUNGUL, 31, from the San Diego Sockers. He is the league's alltime leading scorer and the leader this year with 67 points (30 goals and 37 assists) in 29 games.
NAMED: As head football coach at Holy Cross, MARK DUFFNER, 32, the Crusaders' top assistant for the past five years. He succeeds Rick Carter, who committed suicide a week before.
As winner of the Eclipse Award as 1985 Horse of the Year, 3-year-old SPEND A BUCK. The colt was retired to stud in August after earning $4,220,689 in 15 starts.
SIGNED: By the New York Yankees, to a one-year contract, relief pitcher AL HOLLAND, 33. Last year he was 1-5 with five saves for the Phillies, Pirates and Angels.
TRADED: By the New York Rangers, right wing STEVE PATRICK, 25, to the Quebec Nordiques for right wing WILF PAIEMENT, 30.