XV WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: 10 km, Women—1) VIDA VENTSENE (U.S.S.R.), 2) Raisa Smetanina (U.S.S.R.), 3) Marjo Matikainen (Finland).
SKI JUMPING: 70 meters—1) MATTI NYKANEN (Finland), 2) Pavel Ploc (Czechoslovakia), 3) Jiri Malec (Czechoslovakia).
SPEED SKATING: 500-meter sprint, Men—1) JENS-UWE MEY (East Germany), 2) Jan Ykema (the Netherlands), 3) Akira Kuroiwa (Japan).
February 22, 1988
PRO BASKETBALL—Although there were no significant changes at the top of the standings—Boston of the Atlantic Division and the Los Angeles Lakers of the Pacific maintained comfortable leads of 11½ and 9½ games, respectively, over their nearest rivals, while Atlanta of the Central Division and Dallas of the Midwest clung to narrow margins—there were plenty of surprises as the league began the second half of its schedule. Philadelphia, loser of eight of its last 10 outings, met up with the Hawks in the best game of the week. The individual shootout: Dominique Wilkins of Atlanta, 49, Charles Barkley of Philly, 47. Wilkins, still incensed about losing the All-Star Game Slam Dunk contest two days earlier, took a perfect half-court inbounds pass and scored to give the Hawks a 112-110 lead with two seconds remaining. Barkley then threw up a long three-pointer at the buzzer, only to have it bounce hard off the iron. Michael Jordan came down to earth after his MVP All-Star performance, scoring only 20 points (nearly 14 below his average) in an 89-74 loss to Detroit. "I have to admit, I'm completely drained," said Jordan. It was Chicago's lowest point production of the season. Larry Bird had his first triple double of the year—39 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists—as Boston defeated San Antonio 136-120. On Sunday, the Lakers blew a 20-point lead against the Celtics, then rallied to win 115-106. New York continued its schizophrenic ways, losing a 16th consecutive road game, 98-87 at Detroit, while extending its home winning streak to seven games with a 120-103 defeat of Cleveland.
BOXING—JAMES (Buddy) McGIRT defeated Frankie Warren with a 12th-round TKO in a scheduled 15-round bout to win the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS beat Richard Zokol by one stroke to win $108,000 and the Hawaiian Open in Honolulu. Wadkins shot a 17-under-par 271.
Patty Sheehan fired a six-under-par 282 to win $33,750 and the LPGA's Sarasota Classic. Sheehan finished three strokes ahead of runners-up Jody Rosenthal and JoAnne Carner.
HOCKEY—"That was a scary performance," said Wales Conference All-Star coach Mike Keenan after Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux scored three goals and assisted on his team's other three scores during the Wales's 6-5 overtime victory over the Campbell Conference in the All-Star Game in St. Louis. Lemieux's six points were an All-Star Game mark. Also showing little regard for the record book were New York Ranger Marcel Dionne and Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky. Dionne scored his 718th goal in a 4-4 tie with the Islanders and moved past Phil Esposito into second place on the alltime goal-scoring list. He now needs 83 to pass No. 1 goal producer Gordie Howe. Gretzky picked up six assists as the Oilers went 2-1 for the week, which left him two short of Howe's NHL career record of 1,049 assists. There were no changes among the division leaders, although Philadelphia, tops in the Patrick, lost both its games, 3-2 to Calgary and 7-4 to Toronto. The Maple Leafs' win was only the third in their last 24 games. Boston, No. 1 in the Adams, won 7-4 at Edmonton but was defeated by lowly Vancouver, 6-5. The loss snapped a five-game Bruins winning streak. Norris Division-leader Detroit beat New Jersey 4-3 and lost 5-3 to St. Louis. Smythe pacesetter Calgary, forced to leave home when the Olympics moved in, lost to Washington 5-4 in overtime. That gave the Flames a 2-3 record so far in their 11-game exile.
INDOOR SOCCER—As the MISL headed into its All-Star break, San Diego (1-2 for the week) was a solid 6½ games ahead of Kansas City in the Western Division. The race in the East remained tight as Minnesota beat Cleveland 5-1 on Sunday to tie the Force for the division lead.
MOTOR SPORTS—Fifty-year-old BOBBY ALLISON, driving a Buick Regal, beat his 26-year-old son Davey, in a Ford Thunderbird, by 2½ lengths to win the Daytona 500. He averaged 137.531 mph for 200 laps on the 2.5-mile, high-banked Daytona Speedway and earned $202,940 (page 48).
TENNIS—Top-seeded STEFAN EDBERG defeated Miloslav Mecir 7-6, 6-2 to win $60,000 and a Grand Prix tournament played in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Martina Navratilova beat Pam Shriver 6-0, 6-3 to win a women's tour event and the $50,000 first prize, in Dallas.
TRACK & FIELD—At the Vitalis/U.S. Olympic Invitational in East Rutherford, N.J., DOINA MELINTE of Romania set a women's indoor world record by running the mile in 4:18.86, breaking Mary Decker Slaney's 1982 mark by 1.64 seconds. JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE extended her own American women's indoor long jump record by two inches with a leap of 23'½" (page 64).
The next day, at a meet in Fairfax, Va., JOYNER-KERSEE ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.88 seconds to break Stephanie Hightower's 1983 American indoor record for women by .14 of a second.
Three East Germans set indoor world records at an international meet in Vienna: HEIKE DRECHSLER surpassed her own 1987 women's long jump mark by two inches, jumping 24'2¼"; RONALD WEIGEL took 16.38 seconds off the 5,000-meter-walk standard, set by Mikhail Schennikov of the Soviet Union in '87, with a clocking of 18:11.41; and CHRISTINE WACHTEL established a record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:56.40, two seconds better than the old mark set by Olga Vakhrusheva of the U.S.S.R. in 1980.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, MATT GUOKAS, 43, who was 119-88 in his 2½ seasons and 20-23 in 1987-88. He was replaced by one of his assistants, JIM LYNAM, 46.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For one season, by the NCAA, the University of Illinois football program, for various recruiting violations. The Illini received no sanctions and can still play in a postseason bowl, but another violation within five years could lead to the NCAA's so-called death penalty.
TRADED: By the San Diego Padres, relief pitcher GOOSE GOSSAGE, 36, and a minor leaguer, to the Chicago Cubs for third baseman KEITH MORELAND, 33, and a minor leaguer.
By the St. Louis Cardinals, lefthanded pitcher RICK HORTON, 28, and outfielder LANCE JOHNSON, 24, to the Chicago White Sox for righthanded pitcher JOSE DeLEON, 27.