PRO BASKETBALL—The Lakers swept a midweek home-and-home series with Phoenix, 97-93 and 99-91, polished off Golden State 121-109 for their sixth straight win, then lost 107-100 to Utah. As a result, L.A. improved its Pacific Division lead to 8½ games over Portland The Trail Blazers, 2-2 for the week, beat New York 122-109 before ending a string of five victories with a 122-116 loss to Boston. Larry Bird scored a season-high 43 points in the Celtics' win, their fifth consecutive, and 34 more in a 115-105 loss to Atlanta. Kevin McHale's 38 points on Sunday led the Atlantic Division leaders to a 112-102 win over Detroit for their 2,000th regular-season NBA victory. Philadelphia dropped three games, making it four straight losses—to Atlanta 112-103, San Antonio 96-94 and Dallas 123-110—to fall to third place in the division, before beating Houston 102-97. Washington, 2-1 for the week, moved up to second Dallas led the Midwest with a 3-1 record, improving its lead over second-place Utah to 4½ games. Rolando Blackman scored 89 points in the Mavericks' wins over Golden State 121-95, Sacramento 108-101 and Philadelphia. Adrian Dantley sank 32 points in Detroit's 120-112 win over New Jersey and added 26 more as the Pistons edged Cleveland 106-105 on an Isiah Thomas free throw with six seconds remaining. Detroit's five-game win streak was snapped by a 123-111 loss to Portland, followed by the loss to Boston. Dominique Wilkins's 103 points in the Hawks' victories over Philadelphia, Boston and Portland (123-102) helped Atlanta retain second place in the division, two games back of the Pistons, while Milwaukee remained in third with a 1-1 week. Michael Jordan's 159-point week, including a team record 58 in a 128-113 thrashing of New Jersey, led Chicago to three wins. Jordan's 26 free throws in the Nets game also broke the Bulls' all-time single-game free throw record of 20.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS fired an 11-under-par 277 to win the Doral Ryder Open and $180,000, in Miami. Seve Ballesteros. Tom Kite and Don Pooley tied for second, three strokes back.
Jane Geddes defeated Cathy Gerring on the first hole of sudden-death play to win the Women's Kemper Open and $45,000, in Princeville, Hawaii. The two had finished regulation play at 276, 12 under par.
HOCKEY—Smythe Division leader Edmonton, the only NHL team to have clinched a Stanley Cup playoff berth, lost to Pittsburgh 5-2, New Jersey 4-2 and Washington 5-2 to narrow its lead to five points over Calgary, which moved into second with a 3-1 week. Flames goaltender Rejean Lemelin stopped 33 shots to extend his undefeated streak to nine games and gain his second shutout of the season, a 2-0 victory over Vancouver, while right wing Lanny McDonald broke a third-period tie to help Calgary edge Philadelphia 4-3. The Flames won their ninth in 10 games, 5-3 over Winnipeg, who the next night returned the favor 6-3. Detroit edged Vancouver 5-4, then won its sixth consecutive home game with a 4-1 defeat of the Rangers. Minnesota's 3-1 week left the North Stars two points behind the Norris-leading Red Wings. Hartford remained atop the Adams by beating Boston 6-4 and Quebec 2-1, and tying New Jersey 5-5. Despite the loss to the Whalers, the Bruins moved to within two points of second-place Montreal by picking up two victories. In a rough game in which 191 second-period penalty minutes were assessed, Boston topped Quebec 6-2. Next the Bruins trounced Buffalo 5-1. Philadelphia held on to its Patrick Division lead, 14 points ahead of the Islanders, despite the loss to Calgary and a 5-4 loss to Minnesota. Tony McKegney had a hat trick and one assist in the Rangers' 6-3 defeat of Buffalo and the game-winner the next night to break a 2-2 tie in New York's 4-2 victory over Toronto. But losses to Detroit and Washington (7-3) put the Rangers two points behind the third-place Caps, who won all three of their outings last week.
March 9, 1987
HORSE RACING—TALINUM ($20.20), Angel Cordero Jr. up, beat Cryptoclearance by half a length to win the Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah and $270,000. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50 (page 70).
North Sider ($6.80), also ridden by Cordero, won $180,000 and the Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita by a head over Winter Treasure. The 5-year-old mare ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48 [4/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Tacoma broke a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Chicago and held on to a 1½-game Western Division lead with a 5-3 win over Minnesota and a 4-2 loss to Kansas City. Cleveland defeated Los Angeles 4-3, then lost to San Diego 6-5 to fall half a game behind Eastern Division-leading Baltimore, which won us only game, 7-6 over Chicago.
SKIING—PIRMIN ZURBRIGGEN of Switzerland finished second in a super-giant slalom race in Furano, Japan, to clinch the World Cup overall title with 294 points.
TRACK & FIELD—At the U.S. indoor championships in New York City, HEIKE DRECHSLER of East Germany jumped 24' ¼" to surpass by 1¼" her own 13-month-old long jump record. MIKE CONLEY of the U.S. bettered the world indoor triple jump record with a 58' 3¼" leap, 3½" over the previous record set in January by Oleg Protsenko of the Soviet Union: DIANE DIXON of the U.S. improved her own year-old American 400-meter mark by .13, finishing a trial heat in 52,00; TIM LEWIS'S time of 19:30.70 in the 5,000-meter race walk broke by 46.85 the American record set in 1985 by Tom Edwards (page 24).
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: Former WBA and IBF junior welterweight champion AARON PRYOR, 32, on charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment and aggravated battery and assault; in Miami.
BARRED: From baseball for the 1987 season, former San Diego pitcher and 1983 Cy Young Award winner, LAMARR HOYT, 32, by commissioner Peter Ueberroth, for involvement in several drug incidents.
FIRED: As coach of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, JOHN MacLEOD, 49, who had a 579-543 record in his 14 years with the team, including a 22-34 mark this season. Succeeding him as interim coach will be Dick Van Arsdale, 44, a former Phoenix guard and forward and color man for the Suns' television and radio broadcasts.
NAMED: As the 57th winner of the AAU's Sullivan Award as the nation's outstanding amateur athlete, heptathlon world-record holder JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE, 25.
Diver GREG LOUGANIS, 27, winner of two golds at the L.A. Olympics, as recipient of the 1987 Jesse Owens International Amateur Athlete Award, given for athletic excellence and international cooperation and understanding.
SENTENCED: To six months in jail by a Superior Court judge in San Diego, 1972 Heisman Trophy winner JOHNNY RODGERS, 35, after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and of being an ex-felon in possession of a weapon. He must also serve three year's probation and pay a $1,000 fine.
SUSPENDED: By the NCAA for the 1987 season, the SMU football program, after an investigation revealed that players had received $61,000 in cash payments from a booster slush fund (page 18).