PRO BASKETBALL—"It didn't take an Einstein to realize that when they were up by 16 points and they were running plays for Kurt Rambis to hit jump shots, we were in trouble," said Sacramento's Derek Smith after the Kings fell 128-92 to the Lakers, setting records for fewest points in the first period (4) and worst shooting in a period (0 for 18). The Kings first scored on two Smith free throws 9:06 into the game and missed 21 field goals before connecting with 11:40 left in the half. The Pacific Division-leading Lakers had it tougher the rest of the week, losing for only the second time in 21 home games this season, 103-99 to Dallas, and dropping their first decision in 11 meetings with Portland, 105-104. The Blazers, 30-19, stretched their winning streak to four but remained six games behind LA. Atlantic Division powerhouse Boston wobbled into the All-Star Game break. Atlanta edged the Celtics 126-123 in overtime after Dominique Wilkins scored 40 of his 54 points in the second half, including 16 of the Hawks' final 17 points in regulation and the game-winning three-point play. Boston just barely held off lowly Cleveland 104-102 the next night. When Detroit lost to Indiana 98-93, the Hawks were tied with the Pistons for the Central Division lead. In the Midwest, Dallas added a 124-94 drubbing of Seattle to its Laker upset to stay two games ahead of Utah, which beat Sacramento 101-95 and the Clippers 126-103. In the highest-scoring All-Star Game ever, MVP Tom Chambers tallied 34 points to lead the West to a 154-149 OT triumph over the East.
BOWLING—BRIAN VOSS beat Ron Williams 208-186 to win a PBA event in Grand Prairie, Texas.
BOXING—MARK BRELAND won the WBA welterweight title by knocking out Harold Volbrecht at 2:07 of the seventh round, in Atlantic City.
FIGURE SKATING—At the U.S. championships in Tacoma, Wash., BRIAN BOITANO won his third straight men's title; JILL TRENARY upset defender Debi Thomas in the women's competition; JILL WATSON and PETER OPPEGARD regained the pairs crown they had won in '85; and SUZANNE SEMANICK and SCOTT GREGORY won the dance (page 63).
February 16, 1987
GOLF—COREY PAVIN sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Craig Stadler and win $108,000 and the Hawaiian Open. The two had completed regulation play at 270,18 under par.
Nancy Lopez qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame by winning her 35th event, the $200,000 Sarasota (Fla.) Classic. She fired a seven-under-par 281 to beat Kathy Baker and Anne-Marie Palli by three strokes.
HOCKEY—For the injury-riddled Philadelphia Flyers, this week's five-day Rendez-Vous break arrived not a second too soon. Playing without seven regulars, the Flyers' losing streak reached four after they fell to Toronto (which had lost its last six games) 8-4, Winnipeg 5-3 and New Jersey 3-2. The Islanders moved in the same direction with a 0-2-1 week and trailed Philly by 15 points in the Patrick Division, as the Rangers, reborn under the reins of G.M.-coach Phil Esposito, got hot on their trail. The Rangers swept Washington 3-2 on Caps goalie Bob Mason's own goal and 5-4 on Tomas Sandstrom's OT score to move into third. They ended the week with a 5-4 loss to Toronto. In the Norris Division, Detroit twice beat Minnesota, 6-4 and 5-3, to take a one-point edge. It was the first time since 1966 that the Red Wings had led a division this late in the season. The North Stars also lost to Edmonton 6-5 in overtime as Wayne Gretzky scored his 50th goal—for the eighth straight season—and then set up Randy Gregg's game-winner. A 3-3 tie with the Islanders and a pair of wins (4-2 and 6-2) over St. Louis left the Oilers 12 points ahead of Winnipeg in the Smythe. Hartford lost to Buffalo 3-1 to fall briefly out of first in the Adams Division, but the Whalers rebounded with victories over Washington (5-2) and Montreal (3-1) and led Boston by 3 points.
HORSE RACING—SNOW CHIEF ($6.80), with Pat Valenzuela up, beat Ferdinand by a nose to win $291,750 and the Strub Stakes, at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old colt covered 1¼ miles in two minutes.
INDOOR SOCCER—Cleveland beat Wichita 7-5 to regain first place in the East, one game ahead of Dallas and Baltimore, winners of five straight. West leader Tacoma downed St. Louis 6-3; San Diego goalie Jim Gorsek got the MISL's third shutout this season in an 8-0 victory over Los Angeles; and Kansas City defeated New York 8-5 in Comets coach Dave Clements' debut. Soviet visitors, Moscow Dynamo, were winless in all three of their games, losing to Baltimore 8-7, Chicago 10-4 and San Diego 7-5.
SAILING—STARS & STRIPES completed a 4-0 sweep of Kookaburra III to bring the America's Cup back to the U.S. (page 10).
SKIING—The Swiss dominated the Alpine World Championships in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, by winning a record 8 of 10 gold medals (page 26).
SPEED SKATING—KARIN ENKE KANIA of East Germany won the overall title by taking the 500-and 1,500-meter races; and teammate ANDREA EHRIG won the 3,000- and 5,000-meter events at the women's world championships, in Milwaukee.
TENNIS—TIM MAYOTTE defeated John McEnroe 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1 to win the U.S. Pro Indoor Championship, in Philadelphia.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Basketball Hall of Fame, WALT (Clyde) FRAZIER, 41, All-Star guard for the 1970 and 1973 NBA champion New-York Knicks; forward RICK BARRY, 42, the only NBA player with more than 1,200 free throws to shoot 90% from the line; guard "Pistol" PETE MARAVICH, 39, the alltime NCAA career and single-season scoring champion; BOB HOUBREGS, 54, a two-time All-America with Washington who played for the Bullets and the Pistons in the '50s; and BOBBY WANZER, 65, a Rochester Royals guard from 1948 to '57.
NAMED: As head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, defensive coordinator MARION CAMPBELL, 57. Campbell, who had a 23-48-1 NFL coaching record with Atlanta and Philadelphia, replaced Dan Henning, who was fired after a 7-8-1 season.
TRADED: By the Montreal Expos, pitcher JEFF REARDON, 31, and catcher TOM NIETO, 26, to the Minnesota Twins for pitcher NEAL HEATON, 26, catcher JEFF REED, 24, and two minor leaguers; by the Toronto Blue Jays, second baseman DAMASO GARCIA, 30, and pitcher LUIS LEAL, 29, to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher CRAIG McMURTRY, 27.
DIED: JOHN LEYBOLDT, 40, former Buffalo Bills placekicker and the team's No. 2 alltime scorer; of a heart attack; in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Don Aronow, 59, two-time world offshore powerboat champion and designer of the Cigarette boat, which is popular with both racers and drug smugglers; of gunshot wounds; in Miami (page 7).
Michael Burke, 68, president of the New York Yankees from 1966 to '73, and later president of the New York Knicks; of cancer; in Dublin, Ireland.