PRO BASKETBALL—The Los Angeles Lakers ran their win streak to 14 by routing San Antonio 133-115, beating Dallas 103-89, squeaking past Detroit 106-104 and rallying in the fourth quarter to defeat Indiana 101-98. Hottest of the red-hot Lakers was guard Byron Scott, who averaged 26 points a game. With a 25-6 record, Los Angeles had the best mark not only in the Pacific Division but also in the NBA. Central Division leader Atlanta, whose 24-8 record was second-best in the league, split home-and-away games with second-place Detroit. In Atlanta the Hawks held the Pistons to a .369 shooting percentage and defeated them 81-71. Detroit's 71 points were the fewest scored by an NBA team in a game this season—and the fewest scored by the Pistons since the 1954-55 season. In the Pontiac Silverdome the next night, Isiah Thomas scored six of his 18 points in the final 4:32 to lead Detroit to a 90-87 victory over the Hawks, who played without Dominique Wilkins. He was out with a sore right knee. Subsequent Atlanta wins over Cleveland, 101-97, and Denver, 113-105, put it three games up on the Pistons. In the Atlantic Division, Larry Bird contributed 104 points in comfortable Boston wins over Utah, New York and Washington before the Knicks held him to a total of nine in the final three periods of New York's 106-98 derailing of the Celtics. The Knicks' victory over imposing Boston came only a night after they folded against the hapless Nets. New York was out-scored 65-48 in the second half as New Jersey won for only the sixth time this season, 118-111. Despite a 2-2 week, Dallas increased its Midwest Division lead to 2½ games over Houston and Denver, who are tied for second. In the Nuggets' lone win, a 98-93 defeat of the Nets, Alex English had 35 points to boost his career total to 20,024 and become the 14th NBA player to score more than 20,000 points. Creeping up on Dallas was Houston, which got 27.2 points and 15 rebounds a game from center Akeem Olajuwon as it won three of four.
BOWLING—AMLETO MONACELLI of Venezuela beat Mark Roth 216-189 to win the title match and $33,000 in a PBA tournament in Las Vegas.
BOXING—LEO GAMEZ of Venezuela won the newly created WBA minimum-weight title (less than 105 pounds) by scoring a unanimous decision over Kim Bong-Jun of South Korea, in Pusan, South Korea.
FIGURE SKATING—At the U.S. championships in Denver, BRIAN BOITANO of Sunnyvale, Calif., won his fourth straight men's title; DEBI THOMAS of San Jose, Calif., regained the women's crown she had lost last year; JILL WATSON of Bloomington, Ind., and PETER OPPEGARD of Los Angeles successfully defended their pairs championship; and SCOTT GREGORY of Wilmington, Del., and SUZANNE SEMANICK of Bridgeville, Pa., repeated as winners in ice dancing (page 38).
January 18, 1988
PRO FOOTBALL—In the NFC playoffs Minnesota stunned San Francisco 36-24, and Washington defeated Chicago 21-17. In the AFC playoffs Cleveland beat Indianapolis 38-21, while Denver mauled Houston 34-10 (page 14).
HOCKEY—Boston took sole possession of first place in the Adams Division when, with 53 seconds left in overtime, Cam Neely backhanded the puck past St. Louis goalkeeper Rick Wamsley to beat the Blues 2-1. Earlier in the week the Bruins had tied Edmonton 2-2 and beaten Pittsburgh 3-2 to go 4-0-2 in their last six games and take a one-point lead over Montreal, which had been in first place since Oct. 25. In the Norris Division first-place Detroit beat St. Louis 4-2 for its third win over the second-place Blues in seven days. The Red Wings also defeated Los Angeles 5-3 and Pittsburgh 7-5 to lead St. Louis by eight points. Against the Penguins, Detroit forward Steve Yzerman had two goals and three assists to extend his point-scoring streak to 22 games, the longest in the NHL this season. Calgary held on to its three-point lead over Edmonton in the Smythe Division by winning all its games. The Flames whipped Winnipeg 6-1, beat the Islanders 7-4 as Brett Hull had two goals and two assists, and drubbed Washington 8-2 with Hakan Loob contributing two goals and two assists. The Patrick Division race got tighter and tighter. Philadelphia, which began the week in a first-place tie with the Islanders, finished it with a one-point lead, not over the Islanders—who earned one point in three games and slipped to fourth—but over New Jersey and Washington. The Caps ran their win streak to five before losing to Calgary.
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego stretched its Western Division lead over Los Angeles to 4½ games with a 4-0 week. The Sockers beat Chicago 5-4 on Jacques Ladouceur's overtime goal, came back from a 3-1 halftime deficit to defeat St. Louis 7-5, did in Minnesota 4-2 as Ladouceur had two goals and two assists and, led by Branko Segota's hat trick, swamped L.A. 9-4. That gave San Diego a 16-6 record, easily the league's best. In the Eastern Division first-place Cleveland lost to Wichita 6-4 before bouncing back to beat second-place Minnesota 9-4 and take a 1½-game lead over the Strikers and Baltimore.
TENNIS—PAM SHRIVER beat Helena Sukova 6-2, 6-3 to win the $40,000 first prize at the New South Wales Open, in Sydney.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As football coach at Arizona State, LARRY MARMIE, 45, who had been the Sun Devils' defensive coordinator.
As winners of the 1987 Eclipse Awards: 2-year-old colt, FORTY NINER; 2-year-old filly, EPITOME; 3-year-old colt, ALYSHEBA; 3-year-old filly, SACAHUISTA; older male horse, FERDINAND; older filly or mare, NORTH SIDER; sprinter. GROOVY; steeplechaser, INLANDER; male turf horse, THEATRICAL; female turf horse, MIESQUE; owners, EUGENE V. and JOYCE KLEIN; trainer, D. WAYNE LUKAS; jockey, PAT DAY; apprentice jockey, KENT DESORMEAUX; breeder, NELSON BUNKER HUNT.
As Horse of the Year and Trotter of the Year by the U.S. Trotting Association and the U.S. Harness Writers Association, MACK LOBELL, who won two legs of trotting's triple crown—the Hambletonian and the Yonkers Trot; and as Pacer of the Year, CAMTASTIC, who won 13 of 14 starts.
SIGNED: By the New York Yankees, free agent first baseman JACK CLARK, 32, to a two-year contract worth a minimum of $3 million. In 131 games with the St. Louis Cardinals last year, Clark had 35 home runs, 106 RBIs and a National League-leading .597 slugging percentage.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL for 10 games, Minnesota North Star forward DINO CICCARELLI, 27, for high-sticking Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman Luke Richardson in an attempt to injure him. After the incident, authorities in Toronto issued a warrant for Ciccarelli's arrest on assault charges.
DIED: Hall of Famer (Pistol) PETE MARAVICH, 40, of a heart attack suffered while playing pickup basketball, in Pasadena, Calif. In his three seasons at LSU (1967-68 to '69-70), Maravich scored 3,667 points and had an average of 44.2 points a game. Both are still NCAA records. Then, during his 10 years in the NBA, he averaged 24.2 points a game and was selected to play in the All-Star Game five times; in 1976-77 he won the league scoring title with a 31.1 average (page 9).