PRO BASKETBALL—Washington politicians routinely flip-flop on the issues, and now the local NBA team has done a major about-face of its own. On Tuesday, the Bullets were embarrassed by the lowly Knicks 119-83, but four days later, Gus Williams's 30-foot three-pointer with five seconds left in OT provided Washington with a 110-108 win over Atlantic Division-leading Boston. In that game Celtic center Bill Walton had his nose broken for the 13th time. Ralph Sampson was showing signs of strain. On Monday, playing center in the absence of injured Houston teammate Akeem Olajuwon, Sampson was thrown out of a 118-105 loss to Seattle when referee Mike Lauerman gave him two technicals. The next night, Sampson took a swing at Denver forward Bill Hanzlik, was ejected again and was later fined $2,000 by the league. Hanzlik hit 17 of 18 free throws in that game to lead the Nuggets to a 128-115 win, and by week's end Denver trailed Houston by only a game in the Midwest Division. The Lakers went 5-0 and clinched their fifth straight Pacific Division title, but it wasn't easy. Magic Johnson scored on a 10-foot hook with three seconds remaining to beat Golden State 112-111. Los Angeles needed two OTs to ward off Sacramento 122-121; then L.A. nipped Seattle 108-106. Atlanta continued to surge, winning its ninth game in 10 tries when Doc Rivers made a 17-footer with two seconds remaining to beat Milwaukee 111-109. That pulled the Hawks within 5½ games of the Bucks in the Central Division. Earlier in the week Atlanta beat Philadelphia twice. The Hawks are only a game behind the 76ers in the race for the No. 3 slot in the playoffs.
BOWLING—WALTER RAY WILLIAMS JR. defeated Steve Cook 215-167 to earn $27,000 in a PBA tournament in Peoria, Ill.
BOXING—MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER defeated John Mugabi of Uganda to retain his world middleweight title in Las Vegas.
Donald Curry defended his WBA welterweight crown with a second-round knockout of Eduardo Rodriguez of Panama in Fort Worth.
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MYUNG—WOO YUH of South Korea won a 15-round unanimous decision over Jose de Jesus of Puerto Rico to retain the WBA junior flyweight title in Seoul.
GOLF—ANDY BEAN sank a six-foot birdie putt on the fourth hole of sudden death to defeat Hubert Green and win the Doral Open and $90,000 in Miami. The two played 72 holes in 12-under-par 276.
Juli Inkster shot a 12-under-par 276 in an LPGA tournament in Princeville, Hawaii to finish one stroke ahead of Amy Alcott and earn the $45,000 first-place money.
HOCKEY—St. Louis blew into Sunday night's Norris Division showdown in Chicago, having exploded for 20 goals in wins over Montreal—Jacques Demers' 100th victory behind the Blues bench—Quebec and Vancouver. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks were red-faced after an 8-3 home-ice rout at the hands of Detroit and a 4-3 loss in Toronto, the NHL punching bag that has iced Chicago five times this season. But Blackhawk right wing Steve Larmer struck quickly for two goals and an assist, leading Chicago to a 4-2 win and a four-point edge over St. Louis. Washington stayed on the fast track by extending its winning streak to seven, the last five coming against its Metroliner cousins in the New York-New Jersey area. After a 4-2 defeat of New Jersey, the Caps got two power-play goals from Larry Murphy in a 6-2 thrashing of the Islanders in Uniondale, then returned home to shut down the Isles 3-1 Sunday. Philadelphia clung to a one-point lead over Washington in the Patrick Division despite being pummeled 7-3 by New Jersey, a team-record fourth straight home-ice victory for the Devils. Buffalo center Gil Perreault found the Jerseyites less daunting Sunday, when he became the 12th player in NHL history to score 500 regular-season goals. The Sabres won 4-3. Quebec pulled within two points of Montreal, the Adams Division leader. Michel Goulet and Anton Stastny combined for five goals in Quebec's 6-3 rout of Hartford. Edmonton, atop the Smythe Division, won four games and, for the fifth straight year, became the first team to reach 100 points. At the other end of the Smythe standings, Winnipeg general manager John Ferguson replaced coach Barry Long, who had been 87-93-25 since assuming the job during the 1983-84 season, and directed the Jets to three consecutive victories.
HORSE RACING—POWDER BREAK ($18.40), Santiago Soto up, beat Uptown Swell by two lengths to win $180,000 in the Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old mare ran the mile-and-a-half turf course in 2:25.
INDOOR SOCCER—Cellar-dwelling Chicago played giant killer in the MISL Eastern Division. The Sting got two goals and an assist from Drago Dumbovic to ease by Baltimore 5-2 and then, in a thriller at Chicago Stadium, edged Cleveland 5-4 in OT. Chicago's Pat McGauley knocked in a header with two seconds left in regulation to tie it up, and Manny Rojas scored 2:21 into OT for the win. The loss kept the Force half a game back of the Blast. San Diego, pacing the West, ran into a Wichita buzz saw. Erik Rasmussen's second consecutive hat trick helped the Wings clip the Sockers 5-4.
SKIING—UTAH beat an 18-team field to win the NCAA combined men's and women's championships in Stowe, Vt.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated Helena Sukova 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 to win the U.S. Women's Indoor Championship and $32,000 in Piscataway, N.J.
The U.S. defeated Ecuador 3-2 in the first round of the 1986 Davis Cup World Group play (page 34). Other teams reaching the quarterfinals were Mexico, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Great Britain, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.
TRACK & FIELD—MARK McKOY of Canada set a world indoor best of 7.47 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, .01 faster than the 1983 mark set by East Germany's Thomas Munkelt in Tokyo.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, BOBBY DOERR, 67, and the late ERNIE LOMBARDI. Doerr, who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1937 to '51, had a career batting average of .288, six 100-RBI seasons and led AL second basemen in fielding four times. Lombardi, a catcher for Brooklyn, Cincinnati, the Boston Braves and the New York Giants in the '30s and '40s, was the NL's Most Valuable Player in 1938, when he hit .342, and had 10 .300-plus seasons, finishing with a .306 career average. He died in 1977 at the age of 69.
FIRED: By Wichita State, basketball coach GENE SMITHSON, 46, who was 155-81 in eight years. The Shockers were 14-14 this season.
GRANTED: By the Florida Supreme Court, a new trial to former NFL running back EUGENE (Mercury) MORRIS, 39, who is serving a 20-year sentence for a 1982 conviction on one count of trafficking in cocaine, one count of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine.
INJURED: When his mount, Highfalutin, fell near the first turn at Aqueduct and another horse stepped on him, jockey ANGEL CORDERO JR., 43. Cordero suffered a broken leg and underwent liver surgery.
NAMED: As basketball coach at Colgate, JOE BAKER, 37. He replaces Tony Relvas, 42, who resigned after the Red Raiders went 1-24, the worst record in Division I this season.
As winner of the John Wooden Award, given to the outstanding college basketball player of the year, St. John's junior center WALTER BERRY.
SENTENCED: To four years in prison by a U.S. District Court judge in Pittsburgh, former bartender JEFFREY MOSCO, 30, following his guilty plea to three counts of distributing cocaine. Mosco was the last of the seven defendants to be sentenced, all of whom were either convicted or pleaded guilty in last year's baseball drug trials in Pittsburgh.
TRADED: By the Milwaukee Brewers, first baseman-catcher TED SIMMONS, 36, to the Atlanta Braves for catcher RICK CERONE, 31, and two minor-leaguers.
DIED: GEORGE OWEN JR., 84, a member of both the U.S. National Hockey League and National Football Foundation halls of fame; in Milton, Mass. Owen was an All-America in hockey, football and baseball for Harvard in the early 1920s. A defenseman, he led the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 1929.