PRO BASKETBALL—Milwaukee increased its Central Division lead over Atlanta to five games by winning three times. Forward Terry Cummings scored 20 points to lead the Bucks back from an 18-point third-quarter deficit to beat Indiana 103-97. The Hawks beat Sacramento 123-114 and Portland 110-101, but lost twice, too. Detroit won three of four to pull within two games of Atlanta. The Pistons, led by Isiah Thomas's 34 points, defeated Philadelphia 134-133 in OT. In the Midwest Division, Houston maintained its four-game lead despite losing two of three. Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon scored 27 and 25 points, respectively, to lead the Rockets to their lone victory, 113-100 over Atlanta. Denver, also 1-2, beat Golden State behind Calvin Natt's 27 points. Third-place Dallas won three of four games and moved to within 1½ games of the Nuggets. The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Lakers won two of four games. Forward Mike McGee scored 34 points as the Lakers beat Phoenix 126-100. Second-place Portland lost all four of its games and fell 12½ games behind the Lakers. In the Atlantic Division, Boston increased its lead over Philadelphia to 8½ games. The Celtics had their 13-game win streak snapped by Sacramento 105-100. Then Larry Bird scored 31 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had 11 assists in a 107-98 win over Seattle. In a 120-119 win over Portland, Bird repeated the triple-double with 47 points, including a game-winning 10-foot jumper with three seconds left in overtime, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. The Celtics finished the week with a 105-99 win over the Lakers behind Bird's 22 points and 18 rebounds (page 16), Philadelphia, 2-1, beat Chicago and New York. Charles Barkley scored 29 points and had 17 rebounds to lead the Sixers past the Knicks 95-92. Philadelphia held New York to just 34 points in the second half. Third-place New Jersey fell further off the pace by losing two of three games.
BOWLING—STEVE COOK defeated Frank Ellenburg 245-211 to win a PBA tournament and $38,000, in Venice, Fla.
BOXING—LIVINGSTONE BRAMBLE TKO'd Tyrone Crawley at 2:57 of the 13th round to retain the WBA lightweight title, in Reno.
Barry McGuigan of Northern Ireland retained his WBA featherweight title with a 14th-round TKO over Danilo Cabrera of the Dominican Republic, in Dublin.
February 24, 1986
GOLF—PATTY SHEEHAN beat Juli Inkster and Pat Bradley by three strokes to win the LPGA Sarasota Classic and $30,000. Her total of 279 was nine under par.
Corey Pavin shot a final-round 66 to beat Paul Azinger by two strokes to win the Hawaiian Open and $90,000, in Honolulu. He finished with a 16-under-par 272.
HOCKEY—Montreal and Quebec continued their neck-and-neck struggle for the lead in the Adams Division. The Nordiques gained a one-point advantage over the Canadiens by winning two of three games. Montreal went 1-2 to drop out of first place. Boston, 1-2, beat Minnesota 5-3 and took sole possession of third place. Chicago, 3-1, remained on top of the Norris Division, six points ahead of St. Louis. Left wing Al Secord scored two goals in a 27-second span in the first period—the second was his career 200th—to lead the Black Hawks past Boston 5-4. Chicago's Curt Fraser completed his first NHL hat trick with the game-winner at 3:29 of overtime to beat Toronto 5-4. The Blues were 2-1-1, the wins coming over Minnesota and Boston. Bernie Federko and Mark Hunter each had two goals to lead St. Louis to a 5-1 win over the Bruins. Brian Bellows tied the North Stars' consecutive-game scoring record at 17 with an assist in a 4-1 win over Hartford; he broke the record with a goal in a 5-3 loss to Boston. Edmonton won all three of its games to widen its Smythe Division lead to 27 points over Calgary. In the last game of a nine-game goal-scoring drought, the worst of his career, Wayne Gretzky compensated by matching his NHL record for assists in a game with seven as the Oilers beat Quebec 8-2. The Flames beat Winnipeg 4-2 in a 1-1-1 week. Patrick Division-leading Philadelphia moved eight points in front of Washington. The Flyers, 2-1, defeated the New York Islanders 6-3, snapping a four-game losing streak against their division rivals. But the Islanders won two other games and trailed Washington by six points. Goaltender Billy Smith got his first shutout since March 1984 with a 1-0 win over Vancouver. The Capitals lost to Pittsburgh and beat Los Angeles.
HORSE RACING—In the Canadian Turf at Gulfstream Park, AMERILAD ($11.60), Jose Velez up, beat favorite Flying Pidgeon by a neck to win the first division and $57,060. The 5-year-old went the 1[1/16]-mile distance in 1:40[1/5]. In the second division, VANLANDINGHAM ($3.60), Don MacBeth up, beat Ends Well by half a length to win $56,460. The 5-year-old tied the course record with a 1:40 clocking.
INDOOR SOCCER—In the MISL's Eastern Division, Baltimore stayed on top despite losing its two games. Cleveland beat Dallas 6-3 in a 1-2 week and trailed the Blast by 1½ games. Third-place Minnesota was 1-2. Western Division-leading San Diego pulled 7½ games ahead of Wichita by winning two of three. The Wings beat Minnesota 5-4 but lost their other two games.
MOTOR SPORTS—GEOFF BODINE, in a Chevrolet, averaged 148.124 mph around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval to win the Daytona 500 and $192,715. He finished 11.26 seconds ahead of Terry Labonte's Oldsmobile (page 12).
SAILING—AUSTRALIA III finished with 22.7 points to win the seven-race 12-meter world championship in Fremantle, Australia. New Zealand KZ5 was second with 32.8 points, and America II finished third with 36.7 points (page 30).
SPEED SKATING—Defending champion HEIN VERGEER of The Netherlands won the overall title at the world championships in Inzell, West Germany.
Geir Karlstad of Norway set a world record of 14:12.14 for 10,000 meters. The old mark of 14:21.51 had been set by Igor Malkov of the Soviet Union in 1984.
TRACK & FIELD—JIM HEIRING established a world indoor best of 5:41.26 in the one-mile walk at the Millrose Games in New York City. The previous mark of 5:46.21 was set by Ray Sharp in January 1983 (page 60).
Marita Koch of East Germany bettered her own 3-year-old world indoor best of 22.39 in the women's 200 meters with a 22.33 clocking at a meet in Senftenburg, East Germany.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As coach of the NFL St. Louis Cardinals, GENE STALLINGS, 50, who was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys since 1972. He succeeds Jim Hanifan, who was fired in December.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, relief pitcher NEIL ALLEN, 28, catcher SCOTT BRADLEY, 25, minor-leaguer GLEN BRAXTON, 18, and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Chicago White Sox for catcher RON HASSEY, 32, and minor-leaguers MATT WINTERS, 25, ERIC SCHMIDT, 23, and CHRIS ALVAREZ, 19.