PRO BASKETBALL—The Los Angeles Lakers, 3-0, locked up the Pacific Division title. Magic Johnson scored 27 points and had 14 assists to lead L.A. past Seattle 105-92. Portland, 18½ games back, had a 1-2 week. Third-place Phoenix won two of three games, including a 120-109 drubbing of Detroit that snapped the Pistons' club-record home win streak at 15. Guard Walter Davis of the Suns scored 12 of his 32 points in overtime, including the game-winning 15-foot jumper with seven seconds left to beat Milwaukee 127-126. Houston stayed on top of the Midwest Division by going 2-2. The Rockets beat Portland 126-118 behind Ralph Sampson's 32 points and 17 rebounds. Akeem Olajuwon returned to Houston's lineup after missing 14 games because of a sprained ligament in his right knee and scored 19 points as the Rockets whipped the Clippers 148-116. Denver, also 2-2, trailed Houston by one game after beating Washington 101-91 and Sacramento 119-113. Third-place Dallas won three of four games, including its first victory ever over Boston. Rolando Blackman scored 32 points in the Mavericks' 116-115 defeat of the Celtics. Utah, nine games back, beat San Antonio 146-121 but lost to Dallas 108-98. In the Central Division, Milwaukee, 1-2, downed Chicago 125-116 in OT and spoiled the return to the Bulls' lineup of Michael Jordan, who hadn't played since Oct. 29 because of a broken foot. Atlanta won three of four and trailed the Bucks by four games. Kevin Willis had career highs in scoring (39) and rebounding (21) as he led the Hawks to their first victory over Denver in three years 128-116. Third-place Detroit won two of four. The Atlantic Division-leading Celtics cruised to a 4-1 week. In a 135-119 win over the Spurs, the Celtics shot a blistering 80% from the floor in the first half. Philadelphia, 3-1, got 28 points and 15 rebounds from Moses Malone in a 105-95 win over New York. Third-place New Jersey lost two of three games and trailed Boston by 21 games.
BOWLING—MARK BAKER defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. 183-176 to win a PBA tournament and $21,000 in Overland Park, Kans.
BOXING—PATRIZIO OLIVA of Italy scored a 15-round split decision over Ubaldo Sacco of Argentina to win the WBA junior welterweight title in Monte Carlo.
DOG SLEDDING—SUSAN BUTCHER of Manley, Alaska won the 14th annual Iditarod trail race, covering the 1,172 miles from Anchorage to Nome in a record 11 days, 15 hours and six minutes. Joe Garnie was second, 54:11 behind Butcher.
March 24, 1986
GOLF—DAN FORSMAN beat Ray Floyd and Mike Hulbert by one stroke to win a PGA tournament and $90,000 in Orlando, Ha. His total of 202 was 11 under par for the rain-shortened 54-hole tournament.
Chris Johnson beat Jane Geddes by two strokes to win an LPGA tournament and $37,500 in Glendale, Calif. Her 212 total was four under par for the 54-hole rain-shortened event (page 26).
HOCKEY—Philadelphia increased its Patrick Division lead to three points over Washington after having lost possession of first place for a brief time last week. The Flyers won their three games, including a 2-0 win over the Capitals, which put them back on top. Earlier in the week, the Caps, 2-1, had slipped into first past the Flyers, who were idle, when they beat Pittsburgh 5-3. After losing to Philadelphia, which dropped them back to second place, the Capitals defeated St. Louis 5-4. The third-place Islanders won three of four games. In an 8-4 romp over Calgary, right wing Mike Bossy scored four goals, including his 50th of the season, marking the ninth consecutive season that Bossy has scored 50 or more goals. Quebec, 2-0-1, moved past Montreal into first place in the Adams Division, beating Calgary 6-2 and Minnesota 3-2. Montreal lost three of four games and trailed the Nordiques by one point. Rookie center Stephane Richer scored the winning goal at 15:56 of the third period to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over Vancouver. Boston, 2-0-1, moved past Buffalo into third place, six points behind Montreal. In a 5-2 win over Pittsburgh, the Bruins' Charlie Simmer scored two goals, including his 30th of the season. The Sabres, 1-2, trailed the Bruins by two points. In the Norris Division, Chicago stayed on top despite winning only one of three games. The Blackhawks beat the Canucks 5—4 to stay four points in front of St. Louis. The Blues, 1-2, beat Buffalo 3-2 in overtime when defenseman Charlie Bourgeois scored the decisive goal at 2:04. Minnesota won two of three games, including a 4-0 shutout of Edmonton. In a 3-2 win over St. Louis, Minnesota right wing Brian Lawton scored the game winner with 57 seconds remaining. In the Smythe Division, Edmonton, 2-1, downed Winnipeg 8-5 and Detroit 12-3. Calgary, 2-2, beat the New York Rangers and Montreal. The Flames' Dan Quinn had a goal and two assists in the 3-2 win over the Rangers.
COLLEGE HOCKEY—CORNELL defeated Clarkson 3-2 in overtime to win the ECAC tournament. In the Hockey East championship, BOSTON UNIVERSITY routed Boston College 9-4. DENVER won the WCHA championship, beating Minnesota 3-0 and 3-2.
HORSE RACING—MINEAPPLE ($6.60), Herb McCauley up, beat Darn That Alarm by a head to win the $122,000 Seminole Handicap at Hialeah Park. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1‚⅛-mile race in 1:47[4/5].
My prince charming ($5.80), ridden by Craig Perret, beat Lucky Rebeau by a neck to win the Tampa Bay Derby and $98,100, at Tampa Bay Downs. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1 1/16-mile course in 1:46[3/5].
Variety road ($3.60), Chris McCarron up, beat Big Play by six lengths to win the San Felipe Handicap and $75,350 at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45[2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—The MISL Eastern Division battle tightened after last week's leader, Baltimore, lost its two games. Cleveland, 1-2, beat the Blast and moved into a first-place tie. Minnesota, 1-1, beat the Force 8-7 in overtime and moved to within half a game of the leaders. Dallas won its two matches and also trailed by half a game. The Sidekicks stopped St. Louis 7-1 and Cleveland 6-4. Pittsburgh, 2-1, was a game and a half behind Dallas. San Diego clinched the Western Division title after winning its two games, a 10-6 defeat of Kansas City and a 6-2 drubbing of second-place Wichita. The Wings, 2-1, beat Pittsburgh and Los Angeles and trailed the Sockers by 7½ games.
MOTOR SPORTS—MORGAN SHEPHERD, in a Buick, averaged 132.126 mph around the 1.522-mile Atlanta International Raceway oval to win a 500-mile NASCAR race and $62,350. He finished one car length ahead of Dale Earnhardt's Chevrolet.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Joakim Nystrom 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to win a Grand Prix tournament and $60,000 in Milan, Italy.
Martina Navratilova defeated Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-1 to win a WTA tournament and $40,000 in Dallas.
TRACK & FIELD—At the NCAA indoor championships in Oklahoma City, ARKANSAS won the men's title for the third straight year, outscoring runner-up Villanova 49-22. ALABAMA won the women's title with 41 points, 10 more than second-place Texas.
WRESTLING—IOWA outscored runner-up Oklahoma 158 to 84.75 for its ninth consecutive NCAA championship. The Hawkeyes set records for most team points, largest margin of victory (73.25) and for most national champions with five (page 50).
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the Cleveland Cavaliers, coach GEORGE KARL, 34, whose two-year record was 61-88.
HIRED: As basketball coach at Ohio State, GARY WILLIAMS, 41, who coached Boston College to a 13-15 record this season and a 72-42 record over four years. He succeeds Eldon Miller.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Nebraska, MOE IBA, 46, who in six seasons there was 107-70.
TRADED: By the Boston Bruins, defenseman MIKE O'CONNELL, 30, to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman REED LARSON, 29; by the Calgary Flames, left wing RICHARD KROMM, 21, and defenseman STEVE KONROYD, 25, to the New York Islanders for left wing JOHN TONELLI, 29; by the Detroit Red Wings, right wing RON DUGUAY, 28, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for right wing DOUG SHEDDEN, 24; and by the New Jersey Devils, goal-tender GLENN RESCH, 37, to the Philadelphia Flyers for their third-round choice in this year's draft.