PRO BASKETBALL—In a week abbreviated by the NBA All-Star break, the division front-runners maintained their positions, though the four-day midseason hiatus may have been the only break Dallas got. On Monday the Mavericks were beaten 108-103 by woeful New Jersey, which thereby broke its 26-game losing streak on the road. Three days later Dallas fell to another last-place team, Sacramento, 118-101. Between those defeats, the Mavericks lost another, 115-105, to Midwest Division runner-up Denver, which moved to within two games of Dallas. Events took a more predictable turn in the Atlantic Division, where first-place Boston extended its home winning streak over Indiana to 23 games with a 118-103 rout. The Celts were beaten the next night in Milwaukee, 111-101. In the Central Division, pacesetting Atlanta lost its fourth straight, falling to Portland 121-118. Hawks point guard Doc Rivers then provided much-needed relief in Seattle, getting a career-high 37 points in a 119-109 victory over the Sonics. In the Pacific Division, Magic Johnson sparked the Los Angeles Lakers to a 110-101 victory over Chicago, and two days later he had his sixth triple double of the season—18 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists—in a 117-86 clipping of the other Los Angeles team. In Sunday's All-Star Game, Michael Jordan scored 40 points to earn MVP honors and pace the East to a 138-133 win over the West.
BOWLING—MARSHALL HOLMAN beat Ron Bell 275-211 in the title game to win a PBA event and $23,000, in Venice, Fla.
BOXING—YU MYONG-WOO of South Korea retained his World Boxing Association junior flyweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over Wilibardo Salazar of Mexico, in Seoul.
Frank Tate successfully defended his International Boxing Federation middleweight crown with a 10th-round technical knockout of Tony Sibson, in Stafford, England.
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In Atlantic City, MARLON STARLING successfully defended his WBA welterweight title by scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over Fujio Ozaki of Japan, and GREG HAUGEN reclaimed the IBF lightweight title from Vinny Pazienza with a 15-round unanimous decision (page 46).
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ fired a five-under-par 283 to win $30,000 and an LPGA event in Boca Raton, Fla. Runner-up Marta Figueras-Dotti of Spain finished two strokes back.
Steve Jones beat Bob Tway on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $126,000 in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The two completed regulation play at 280, eight under par (page 42).
HOCKEY—In the Norris Division, Steve Yzerman paced Detroit to victories over Chicago, 6-4, Calgary, 5-1, and Montreal, 5-4. Yzerman, whose total of 43 goals at week's end was nine fewer than that of league-leader Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh, scored three against the Canadiens, including the game-winner. The Red Wings' win over Calgary extended the Smythe Division-leading Flames' losing skid to three games. Calgary also fell to New Jersey 5-4 and to Winnipeg, 9-0. The latter game was marred by 128 penalty minutes. Philadelphia remained atop the Patrick Divison with wins over Toronto, 6-1, and St. Louis, 4-2. The defeat snapped the Blues' club-record seven-game winning streak. In the Adams Division, Boston went 4 for 4 with victories over Chicago, 5-3, Montreal, 7-3, Quebec, 3-2, and New Jersey, 6-3, to reclaim first place from the Canadiens. Marcel Dionne of the New York Rangers got his 717th career goal in a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh; it tied him with Phil Esposito for second on the NHL alltime scoring list.
HORSE RACING—ALYSHEBA ($3.80), with Chris McCarron up, beat Candi's Gold by three lengths to win the Strub Stakes and $275,000, at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1¼ miles in 2:00[2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Western Division-leading San Diego lost 4-2 to Los Angeles to snap a nine-game winning streak. The Sockers rebounded with a 6-2 victory over Tacoma. In the East, Cleveland lost to Chicago 2-1 and Minnesota 5-1 but remained first with wins over St. Louis, 3-2, and Baltimore, 4-1.
SPEED SKATING—At the World Sprint Championships in West Allis, Wis., DAN JANSEN of West Allis won the men's overall title, and CHRISTA ROTHENBURGER of East Germany won the women's crown.
TRACK & FIELD—THOMAS SCH‚Äö√†√∂‚àö¬±NLEBE of East Germany set an indoor world record of 45.05 seconds in the 400 meters, at an international meet in Sindelfingen, West Germany. He surpassed his own 1986 mark by .36 of a second.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To pro football's Hall of Fame, receiver FRED BILETNIKOFF, 44, whose 589 catches for the Oakland Raiders from 1965 through '78 are seventh on the NFL's career reception list; MIKE DITKA, 48, who played with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys from 1961 through '72 and is the first tight end to be elected to the Hall; linebacker JACK HAM, 39, an eight-time Pro-Bowler and a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers' famed Steel Curtain defense; and former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle ALAN PAGE, 42, who in '71 became the first defensive player to be named the league's MVP.
To the Basketball Hall of Fame, WES UNSELD, 42, a center for the Baltimore and Washington Bullets from 1968-69 through '80-81, who led the Bullets to the '78 NBA title; center CLYDE LOVELLETTE, 58, who paced Kansas to the '52 NCAA title, led the U.S. to the Olympic crown that same year and played on three NBA championship teams in 11 seasons with the Minneapolis Lakers, St. Louis Hawks, Cincinnati Royals and Boston Celtics; guard BOBBY McDERMOTT, who died in 1963 at the age of 49 after starring on various pro teams in the '30s and '40s; and Oregon State coach RALPH MILLER, 68, whose 627 victories by the end of last week were tops among active coaches in Division I.
NAMED: As coach of the Green Bay Packers, LINDY INFANTE, 47, who had been the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns for the past two seasons.
As football coach at Illinois, JOHN MACKOVIC, 44, who previously coached Wake Forest (1978-80) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1983-86).
As coach of the Hartford Whalers, LARRY PLEAU, 40, who had been coaching the Whalers' Binghamton affiliate in the AHL. He replaced Jack Evans, whose 4¼-year record was 163-174-37; he was 22-25-7 for 1987-88.
DIED: Former NHL defenseman and coach BARCLAY PLAGER, 46; of cancer; in St. Louis. Plager, a four-time All-Star, played with the St. Louis Blues from 1967-68 through '76-77 and coached them in '77-80 and '82-83.
Former Pro Bowl running back NICK PIETROSANTE, 50, who played for the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns from 1959 through '67; of cancer; in Royal Oak, Mich. As the Lions' top draft pick, Pietrosante was the NFL Rookie of the Year.