PRO BASKETBALL—Washington beat the Lakers 114-99, only the third time this season the Pacific Division leaders have scored under 100, but Los Angeles bounced back with a 128-122 win over Denver, a 110-100 victory over Chicago, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored his 36,000th career point, and a 112-110 OT triumph over Philadelphia when James Worthy scored with three seconds on the OT clock. Portland, 3-0 for the week, remained 7½ games behind L.A. despite wins over the Clippers (110-105), Phoenix (124-108) and Milwaukee (124-120). In the Atlantic, Philadelphia kept pace with division-leading Boston as both teams went 3-1. The Celtics lost their second straight, to Utah 109-89, but came on strong to win the next three: Kevin McHale put in 28 points in a 113-96 thrashing of Dallas; Robert Parish scored 30 points to help put Houston away 99-92; and Boston beat San Antonio 121-113, its 16th straight win over the Spurs since 1980. Dominique Wilkins contributed 35 points to Atlanta's 107-103 defeat of Detroit, but Adrian Dantley responded with 75 points in the Pistons' next three wins, 117-105 over Seattle, 102-97 over the Hawks and 122-110 over the Knicks, to give Detroit the Central Division lead (page 14). Dallas held on to the Midwest lead despite early losses to Houston (105-100) and Boston. Mark Aguirre exploded for 41 points in the Mavericks' 122-107 mauling of San Antonio and added 29 more the next night as Dallas downed Golden State 122-111 in OT.
BOWLING—JIM MURTISHAW defeated Hugh Miller 226-199 to win his first PBA event and $23,000, in Venice, Fla.
BOXING—In Wembley, England, LLOYD HONEYGHAN retained his WBC and IBF welterweight titles with a second-round TKO of challenger Johnny Bumphus.
Bobby Czyz knocked out Willie Edwards in the second round to retain his IBF light heavyweight title, in Atlantic City.
March 2, 1987
GOLF—T.C. CHEN defeated Ben Crenshaw on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Los Angeles Open and a first-place check of $108,000. The two finished regulation play at 275, nine under par (page 22).
Cindy Rarick beat Jane Geddes by two strokes to win her first LPGA event, and $45,000, in Kahuku, Hawaii. The winner shot a nine-under-par 207 for 54 holes.
HOCKEY—Buffalo coach Ted Sator "sort of tiptoed into the building" upon returning to Madison Square Garden for the first time since November, when the Rangers dismissed him as their coach, but the Sabres stomped on the New Yorkers 6-3 with help from Phil Housley and Doug Smith, who each scored a pair of goals. Buffalo then moved to within four points of Quebec for the last Adams Division playoff spot with its eighth win in nine games, 5-3 over Hartford. The Whalers also lost 6-3 to Chicago, but two previous victories—over Chicago (5-4) and the Devils (6-3)—boosted Hartford into the Adams lead, two points ahead of Montreal, which was 1-1-1 for the week. Minnesota threatened to take the Norris Division lead from Detroit when the North Stars overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Vancouver 7-3, but two losses—to St. Louis 6-2 and Boston 1-0—left Minnesota four points behind the Red Wings at week's end. Don Maloney and Walt Poddubny each put in two goals to help the Rangers down Detroit 6-2, but the Wings rallied to beat Winnipeg 5-2 and Quebec 6-3. J.J. Daigneault's wrist shot from the circle gave Philadelphia a 3-2 victory over the Islanders, only the second win in seven games for the Patrick Division leaders. After losing to Calgary 5-0 and tying Pittsburgh 4-4 in OT, the Flyers defeated Los Angeles 4-2 as rookie goaltender Ron Hextall won his league-leading 30th game. In Smythe action, Edmonton had a 1-1 week, while Calgary went 3-1 to move to within two points of Winnipeg, 2-1-1 last week (page 54).
HORSE RACING—THEATRICAL ($4.60), with Pat Day in the saddle, defeated Long Mick by a neck to win the Hialeah Turf Cup. The winner, who covered the 1½ miles in 2:28⅗ won $120,000 for the victory.
Bedside promise ($6.80), Gary Stevens up, ran 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[1/5] to win $129,600 and the San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita by 1¼ lengths over Hopeful Word.
INDOOR SOCCER—Paul Child had a hat trick in Baltimore's 12-3 thrashing of L.A., and Drago had one goal and three assists in the Blast's 6-5 win over San Diego and added a hat trick in a 4-3 OT win over Dallas. Baltimore's ninth straight victory, to pull the Blast into a tie for first in the Eastern Division with Cleveland. Gino DiFlorio and Peter Ward each scored two goals to give Cleveland a 6-3 win over Los Angeles, but The Force lost later in the week 6-5 in OT to San Diego before the MISL season's largest crowd, 18,674. Tacoma's lead in the Western Division dwindled to just two games as the Stars lost their third and fourth straight, 6-5 to Minnesota and 7-5 to L.A.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 to win $59,500 and a tour event, in Indian Wells, Calif. (page 50).
Steffi Graf beat Helena Sukova 6-2, 6-3 to win a tour event and $50,000, in Boca Raton, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—EAMONN COGHLAN established a world indoor best of 4:54.07 for the 2,000 meters, in Los Angeles, surpassing by 4.53 seconds Steve Scott's six-year-old mark.
Bruno Marie-Rose of France ran a world indoor record of 20.36 in the 200 meters, in Lièvin, France, bettering by .16 the mark set in 1985 by Stefano Tilli of Italy.
In San Diego, GREG FOSTER ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.47 to equal the world indoor record set last year by Mark McKoy.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To New York Yankee first baseman DON MATTINGLY, 25, a one-year contract worth $1.975 million, the largest in the history of baseball salary arbitration, by arbitrator Arvid Anderson. The Yankees had offered Mat-tingly $1.7 million, a $325,000 raise over last year.
FOLDED: The Major Indoor Soccer League's New York Express, who had gone 3-23 since joining the league in June.
RESIGNED: After an attempted comeback as manager of Kansas City, DICK HOWSER, 50, who missed the latter half of the 1986 season after he underwent surgery for a malignant brain tumor. Howser had a 507-425 career record in eight seasons with the Royals and Yankees, and led K.C. to a world championship in 1985. Succeeding him will be former Minnesota manager Billy Gardner, the Royals third base coach.
RETIRED: Less than a month after signing a one-year contract with the A's, pitcher VIDA BLUE, 37, who helped them to world titles in 1972. '73 and '74, and had a 209-161 career mark.
DIED: FRANK KURTIS, 79, who built the cars of five Indianapolis 500 winners from 1950 to '55; of complications following a heart attack; in Glendale, Calif.