PRO BASKETBALL—Central Division-leading Milwaukee went 4-0, with Sidney Moncrief leading the team in scoring in three of the games. Moncrief wound up with 31 points as he rallied the Bucks from an 11-point deficit to defeat San Antonio 120-115. The red-hot Pistons won all four of their games and pulled into a tie for second place with Atlanta. Detroit's Joe Dumars hit a 22-foot baseline jumper with one second left to down Cleveland 109-107. A 113-106 win over Portland extended Detroit's winning streak to seven and a club-record 11 at home. Atlanta won two of four games. Dominique Wilkins scored 38 points in a 106-98 win over Indiana and added 27 more to lead the Hawks past New Jersey 112-83. In the Midwest Division, Houston's lead dropped to 2½ games over Denver. The Rockets, 2-2, beat Golden State and Dallas. With Akeem Olajuwon out with a sprained right knee, Ralph Sampson made his first start at center in two years and scored 25 points in a 116-110 win over the Warriors. Denver won its three games, including a 102-100 defeat of Boston on T.R. Dunn's game-winning free throws with 11 seconds left. Third-place Dallas, 1-3, dropped to 6½ games behind Houston. The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Lakers, 2-1, increased their margin over Portland to 14½ games. Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got another NBA record when he played in his 1,304th career game, a 117-111 overtime victory in Philadelphia. Elvin Hayes held the previous record. The Trail Blazers lost all three of their games. Third-place Phoenix, 1-3, beat Boston 108-101. The Celtics, the Atlantic Division leader, had a 2-2 week. Larry Bird had his third triple double in two weeks in a 115-110 triumph over Golden State—36 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists (page 12). Second-place Philadelphia won two of four games. Charles Barkley scored 26 points and had 21 rebounds to lead the Sixers to a 97-87 victory over Washington. Struggling New Jersey lost three of four and remained a distant third.
BOBSLED—The East German team of WOLFGANG HOPPE and DIETMAR SCHAUERHAMMER won the world two-man championship with a four-run time of 3:21.11, in Koenigsee, West Germany. Ralph Pichler and Celest Poltera of Switzerland finished second, :01.09 behind the East Germans.
BOWLING—PETE WEBER defeated top-seeded Dennis Jacques 276-227 to win the St. Louis Open and $18,000.
GOLF—DOUG TEWELL beat Clarence Rose by seven strokes to win the Los Angeles Open and $81,000. His 270 total was 14 under par (page 20).
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Mary Beth Zimmerman beat Donna Caponi and Cathy Kratzert by one stroke to win an LPGA tournament and $37,500 in Phoenix. She had a 10-under-par 278 total.
HOCKEY—Philadelphia swept its three games and increased its Patrick Division lead over Washington to 11 points. The Flyers' Tim Kerr tied an NHL record for power-play goals in a season when he scored his 28th, in a 5-3 win over Los Angeles. Philadelphia beat Washington 3-1, despite getting only four shots in the first period. The Capitals, 1-2-1, beat the New York Islanders 5-4. The third-place Islanders lost two of three games and trailed the Flyers by 18 points. Pittsburgh, 2-1, beat Winnipeg and Detroit. The Penguins' Mario Lemieux had two assists in a 5-3 loss to St. Louis and extended his club-record consecutive-game scoring streak to 18 (page 34). In the Adams Division, Montreal regained first place, two points ahead of Quebec. The Canadiens, 1-1-1, beat Hartford 6-3. The Nordiques lost their four games. Boston won two of three games to stay one point ahead of Buffalo for third place. In a 6-5 win over Edmonton, the Bruins' Keith Crowder scored a hat trick, and Barry Pederson got the game winner at 2:12 of overtime. The Sabres, 2-1, beat the Islanders 5-1 on John Tucker's two goals and Phil Housley's three assists. Chicago stayed on top of the Norris Division by winning two of three games. The Black Hawks' Denis Savard tied Stan Mikita's 18-year-old club record for goals scored by a center in a season with his 40th, in a 5-2 win over Winnipeg. St. Louis stayed six points behind Chicago after winning three of four games. Goaltender Rick Wamsley stopped 26 shots as the Blues shut out Detroit 5-0. Third-place Minnesota won its three games and stayed three points behind the Blues. Brian Lawton scored a hat trick, and Dennis Maruk had four assists to lead the North Stars past Chicago 6-5. In the Smythe Division, first-place Edmonton was 1-1. The Oilers beat Toronto 9-5. Second-place Calgary, 25 points back, was 1-3. The Flames scored four goals in the third period of a 7-4 win over Boston. Los Angeles, 3-1, beat Montreal 3-2, with Bryan Erickson scoring the game winner at 4:36 of OT.
HORSE RACING—At Santa Anita, VARIETY ROAD ($7.20), Chris McCarron up, beat favorite Ferdinand by half a length to win the San Rafael Stakes and $68,300. The 3-year-old ran the mile race in 1:35[3/5]. LADY'S SECRET ($5.20), Jorge Velasquez up, beat Johnica by 2¾ lengths to win the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap and $180,000. The 4-year-old filly ran the 1‚⅛ miles in a stakes-record 1:47.
Skip trial ($7.60), ridden by Randy Romero, beat Proud Truth by a nose to win the Gulfstream Park Handicap and $180,000. The 4-year-old covered the 1-mile course in 2:03[1/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore remained on top of the MISL's Eastern Division after losing to Los Angeles and beating Tacoma. Cleveland moved to within half a game of the Blast with victories over Tacoma and Wichita. The Force's Craig Allen had two goals and two assists in the 8-5 win over the Wings. Third-place Dallas, 2½ games back, beat Los Angeles 8-7 in overtime. In the Western Division, Pittsburgh scored a 4-3 double-overtime win over first-place San Diego, snapping the Sockers' four-game winning streak. Wichita, 1-1, beat Chicago 11-3 and trailed San Diego by seven games. Forward Erik Rasmussen tied a league record with seven goals to lead the Wings over the Sting.
MOTOR SPORTS—KYLE PETTY, driving a Ford, averaged 71.101 mph around the .542-mile Richmond Fairgrounds track to win a 400-mile NASCAR race and $37,800.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT LLOYD defeated Steffi Graf 6-4, 6-2 to win the women's title at the International Players Championships in Boca Raton, Fla. IVAN LENDL defeated Mats Wilander 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4 to win the men's title. Each winner received $112,500.
TRACK & FIELD—At a meet in Los Angeles, DIANE DIXON established a world indoor best of 1:02.29 in the 500-yard run. The previous best of 1:02.3 was set by Valerie Brisco-Hooks in 1985. SERGEI BUBKA of the Soviet Union set a world indoor best in the pole vault at 19'5¾", bettering Billy Olson's two-week-old mark by one-quarter of an inch. It was the seventh time—and third by Bubka—that the record was broken this season.
At the European indoor championships in Madrid, MARIS BRUZHIKS of the Soviet Union set a world indoor best of 57'6½" in the triple jump, eclipsing Charlie Simpkins's mark of 57'5" in January. NELLIE COOMAN of the Netherlands ran the 60-meter dash in :07, breaking the world indoor mark of :07.04 set by Marita Koch of East Germany in 1985.
Johnny Gray set a world indoor best of 2:04.39 in the 1,000-yard run at a meet in San Diego. The old mark of 2:04.7 was set by Don Paige in 1982.
MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: As manager of the San Diego Padres, DICK WILLIAMS, 56, who in 1984 guided the Padres to their only National League championship. His record after four seasons was 337-311.
RETIRED: Boston Red Sox pitcher BRUCE KISON, 36, who last year was 5-3 with a 4.11 ERA. He had a 115-88 record and a 3.66 ERA in 14 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels and Boston.
DIED: CHARLES (Red) RUFFING, 81, a baseball Hall of Famer who pitched for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox from 1924 to 1947; in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Ruffing appeared in seven World Series for the Yankees and won seven games, trailing only Whitey Ford (who had 10) for most victories. His lifetime record was 273-225 with a 3.80 ERA.
Bob Guelker, 62, soccer coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and one of only three college soccer coaches to win 300 games; of a heart attack in St. Louis. Guelker started the soccer program at St. Louis University in 1959 and led the Billikens to three NCAA championships before going to SIU in 1967. At SIU, he led the soccer teams to an NCAA Division II title in 1972 and a Division I title in '79.