PRO BASKETBALL—In a matchup of two of the NBA's hottest teams, the SuperSonics defeated the Bucks 112-106 to extend their winning streak to six games and halt Milwaukee's string of victories at four. Seattle remained two games behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division. L.A. suffered its first loss in 18 games at the Forum this season—122-117 to the Knicks, who got a team-high 25 points from Patrick Ewing—and then whipped the Hornets 114-97 at home and the Mavericks 118-93 at Reunion Arena. That defeat was Dallas's worst home court loss ever. The Lakers' win was only the second in their last 11 outings on the road. After upending Los Angeles, New York fell 132-130 at Phoenix and 127-104 at Utah to complete a seven-game, 11-day western road trip with a 2-5 record. The Sixers won all three of their games last week, including a 120-108 triumph over the Bulls in which Chicago's Michael Jordan had 33 points, reaching the 10,000-point milestone faster than anyone except Wilt Chamberlain. The Rockets, who finished the week tied for the Midwest Division lead with the Jazz, broke a four-game road losing streak with a 96-91 win in San Antonio. In the Central Division the first-place Cavaliers rang up a raucous 80-79 victory over the Pistons. Cleveland's Brad Daugherty and Detroit's Bill Laimbeer were each suspended without pay for one game and fined $5,000 after being ejected for fighting.
GOLF—MARK O'MEARA sank a 10-foot putt for a birdie on the final hole to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by a stroke over Tom Kite. O'Meara, who earned $180,000, shot an 11-under-par 277 for the tournament (page 12).
Dottie Mochrie defeated Beth Daniel on the fifth hole of a playoff to win an LPGA event and $45,000, in Boca Raton, Fla.
HOCKEY—The Flames, the NHL's best home-ice team (20-1-4), beat the Patrick Division-leading Rangers 5-3 in the Saddledome to end New York's five-game winning streak and eight-game unbeaten string on the road—the NHL's longest such streak this season. Calgary then eased past the Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime and tied Vancouver 4-4 to extend its Smythe Division lead to 16 points, over the Kings. The Canadiens, 22-point leaders over the second-place Sabres in the Adams, beat Buffalo 2-1 as Montreal goalie Patrick Roy ran his record at the Forum to 15-0-2. The night before, the Sabres dashed to a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens in Buffalo as Rick Vaive scored his 12th goal in 14 games since being acquired by the Sabres in a trade with Chicago on Dec. 26. The Norris Division pacesetters, the Red Wings, were routed 10-5 by the Penguins. Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux ran his league-leading scoring total to 137 points with a goal and three assists (page 28).
February 6, 1989
INDOOR SOCCER—Los Angeles reached .500 (12-12) for the first time since Nov. 25 with a 4-3 overtime victory over Tacoma. Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 OT win over San Diego.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL routed Miloslav Mecir 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 to win the Australian Open men's championship and $140,000, in Melbourne. STEFFI GRAF won the women's title and $135,000 with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Helena Sukova.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To 5-year-old ALY-SHEBA, the richest thoroughbred racehorse ever, the 1988 Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year. He won seven races in "88—six of them Grade I stakes—to increase his career earnings to $6,679,242.
ELECTED: To the Pro Football Hall of Fame, cornerback MEL BLOUNT, 40, and quarterback TERRY BRADSHAW, 40, who during their concurrent 14 seasons (1970 through '83) with the Pittsburgh Steelers played on four Super Bowl-champion teams. Blount, a three-time All-Pro, had 57 career interceptions and was NFL defensive player of the year in '75. Bradshaw, twice the Super Bowl MVP, threw for 27.989 yards and 212 touchdowns. Also elected were tackle ART SHELL, 42, who in 15 seasons ('68 through '82) with the Oakland and L.A. Raiders was named All-Pro three times and played on Super Bowl winners in '77 and '81; and safety WILLIE WOOD, 52, a seven-time All-NFL selection with the Green Bay Packers ('60 through '71). Wood had 48 career interceptions and played on five NFL championship teams.
To the College Football Hall of Fame: halfback DONNY ANDERSON, 45, Texas Tech (1963-65); end PAUL CLEARY, 66, USC ('46-47); fullback LARRY CSONKA. 42, Syracuse ('65-67); halfback CHALMERS (Bump) ELLIOTT, 64, Purdue ('44) and Michigan ('46-47); quarterback ROMAN GABRIEL, 48, North Carolina State ('59-61); center BOB JOHNSON, 42, Tennessee ('65-67); end TED KWALICK, 41, Penn State ('66-68); quarterback ARCHIE MANNING, 39, Mississippi ('68-70); end ED MANSKE, 76, Northwestern ('31-33); quarterback BOB SCHLOREDT, 49, Washington ('58-60); and guard AURELIUS THOMAS, 54, Ohio State ('55-57).
NAMED: As head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. GEORGE SEIFERT, 49, who had been the team's defensive coordinator; he replaces BILL WALSH, 57, who resigned Jan. 26. Also named as head coach: of the Cleveland Browns, BUD CARSON, 57, formerly the New York Jets defensive coordinator; and of the Kansas City Chiefs. MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER, 45, who resigned as the Browns coach on Dec. 27.
SENTENCED: By a Hillsborough (Fla.) County judge, diver BRUCE KIMBALL, 25, a silver medalist in the 10-meter event at the 1984 Summer Olympics, to 17 years in prison and 15 years' probation on two counts of manslaughter while driving under the influence and three counts of causing serious bodily injury while DUI. Kimball pleaded no contest to the charges, which stemmed from an accident last August in which a car he drove plowed into a group of teenagers on a Brandon, Fla., street, killing two of them and severely injuring three.
TRADED: By the Denver Nuggets, forwards CALVIN NATT, 32, and JAY VINCENT, 29, to the San Antonio Spurs for forward DAVID GREENWOOD, 31, and guard DARWIN COOK, 30.
By the Baltimore Orioles, catcher TERRY KENNEDY, 32, to the San Francisco Giants for catcher BOB MELVIN, 27.
By the Boston Bruins, left wing JAY MILLER, 28, and center STEVE KASPER, 27, to the Los Angeles Kings for center BOB CARPENTER, 25.
DIED: WILLIE (Devil) WELLS, 82, a shortstop in the Negro Leagues once described as "the greatest living shortstop not in the Hall of Fame"; of heart failure; in Austin, Texas. In 22 seasons (1924-45) Wells batted .326 with 141 home runs. He was also credited with teaching Jackie Robinson to turn the double play.
Morley Drury, 85, an All-America halfback at Southern California and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame; of a stroke; in Los Angeles. In 1927 Drury became the first Trojan to rush for 1,000 yards in a season; he gained 1,163. No other USC back broke the 1,000-yard barrier until 1965, when Heisman Trophy-winner Mike Garrett gained 1,440.