PRO BASKETBALL—Following a 118-92 loss to the Jazz, the Suns ripped the Warriors 139-121 and the 76ers 120-95 to whittle the Lakers' Pacific Division lead to a mere 1½ games. In their Sunday face-off. Byron Scott scored 29 points to lead the Lakers to a 134-122 victory, which put L.A. 2½ games ahead again. The Lakers fared worse than the Suns in Salt Lake City, where Darrell Griffith scored 19 points in leading the Jazz to a 50-32 halftime advantage en route to a 105-79 win. Even following Utah's downbeat 128-89 loss to the Pacers, the Jazz held the lead over the Rockets in the Midwest Division, thanks to four Houston losses, including a 110-90 blowout by the Central Division-leading Cavaliers. Cleveland went on to slash the Nets 130-111 and the Trail Blazers 128-91 in their 19th and 20th consecutive home victories. Against Portland, Brad Daugherty paced the Cavs with 12 points in a 44-point fourth period. Cleveland's most prolific quarter of the year. The Knicks, too, had 20 straight home victories following wins over the Rockets (120-115) and the Hornets (139-114). But New York had no such luck in Baltimore, where the Bullets, who were based there from 1963-64 to '72-73, relied heavily on their bench, which outscored the Knicks' subs 67-22, to pull off a 130-127 upset. New York rebounded with a team-record 21st home win in a row: 122-110 over the Celtics. After shaky starts for their new clubs, Adrian Dantley, now of the Mavericks, and Mark Aguirre, now of the Pistons, led their teams in scoring, with 32 and 31, respectively, as Dallas beat Washington 127-93 and Detroit nailed New Jersey 113-95 (page 34).
BOWLING—WAYNE WEBB defeated Amleto Monacelli 216-207 in the championship game to win a PBA event and $27,000 in Peoria, Ill.
BOXING—MIKE TYSON defeated Frank Bruno by a TKO in the fifth round to retain his heavyweight title, in Las Vegas (page 14).
Roberto Duran won a 12-round split decision over Iran Barkley to take the WBC middleweight crown and his fourth world title, in Atlantic City (page 18).
March 6, 1989
GOLF—BILL GLASSON shot a final-round 72 for a 13-under-par total of 275 to beat runner-up Fred Couples by a stroke and win a PGA Tour event and $234,000, in Miami (page 20).
A final-round 67 gave BETSY KING a seven-under-par 52-hole total of 202 and a two-stroke victory over Jane Geddes at a rain-shortened LPGA event in Princeville, Hawaii. The winner took home $60,000.
HOCKEY—The Rangers, Penguins and Capitals batted around the Patrick Division lead, with New York finishing the week in first, one point ahead of Pittsburgh. The Penguins, who began the week on top, fell to a third consecutive loss, 2-1 at the hands of the North Stars, and then watched a six-goal lead over the Norris Division-leading Red Wings dissolve into a 6-6 tie. In that game Detroit forward Steve Yzerman scored twice to set a club single-season record with 57 goals. Pittsburgh blew another big lead in a 5-5 tie with the Islanders, then lost 8-6 to Hartford. With an eye to making a season-ending rush, the Rangers, after protracted negotiations, acquired 27-year-old Czech defenseman Miloslav Horava, who became the fifth player from his country to join the NHL since the Calgary Olympics. The last-place Islanders had no choice but to look further ahead, to the '90s: They dished veteran goalie Kelly Hrudey, 28, to the Kings in exchange for 20-year-old goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick and defender Wayne McBean, also 20. Hrudey made his debut for Los Angeles in a 4-1 loss to the Oilers, which helped Edmonton inch into a second-place tie with the Kings in the Smythe Division, 24 points behind the Flames, who—were there any doubters?—clinched a playoff berth. The Adams Division-leading Canadiens won three times, 6-3 over the Jets, 6-1 over the second-place Sabres and 5-2 over the Canucks. With the defeat of Buffalo, which ended a five-game Sabre winning streak, goalie Patrick Roy remained unbeaten at home this season, with 20 wins and two ties. In their only game, the Bruins pounded the Whalers 9-1 to remain in third place in the Adams Division.
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego coach Ron Newman must wish he were paid per goal. As the guiding hand of the one All-Star team in the MISL's so-called All-Star Game (hapless, Tatu-less Dallas versus the best of the six other MISL teams), he started his week with an 8-1 victory and then returned to his regular post to keep the Sockers within striking range of first-place Baltimore. San Diego lost 10-9 in double overtime to Los Angeles and maintained its eight-goal scoring minimum by beating Dallas 8-2 and L.A. 8-1. Newman can thank newly reacquired midfielder Waad Hirmez for six of his 33 goals for the week.
SPEED SKATING—At the world sprint championships in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, BONNIE BLAIR of the U.S. won the women's title with victories in both 500-meter races and second-and third-place finishes in the 1,000's, for a world-record total of 159.435 points. In the men's competition, IGOR ZHELEZOVSKI of the U.S.S.R. set a world mark with 145.945 points for victories in the two 1,000-meter races and a 500, and a tie for third in the other 500 (page 32).
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Tim Mayotte 7-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the final to win the U.S. Pro Indoor Championships and $132,000, in Philadelphia.
John McEnroe beat Jakob Hlasek 6-3, 7-6 to win $52,200 at the Lyon (France) Grand Prix.
Zina Garrison beat Larisa Savchenko 6-1, 6-1 to win a women's tour event and $50,000 in Oakland.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As football coach at South Carolina, SPARKY WOODS, 35, who guided Appalachian State to a 38-19-2 record from 1984 through '88.
SENTENCED: By a federal court judge in San Diego, to 2½ years in federal prison, former San Diego Charger running back CHUCK MUNCIE, 34, for selling cocaine. Two days later, in a San Diego municipal court, Muncie received a concurrent one-year sentence and was told to pay the $3,000 cost of prosecution for failing to comply with a 1987 court order to file delinquent state tax returns.
SOLD: By H.R. (Bum) Bright, 68, to Little Rock oilman Jerry Jones, 46, for $140 million, the DALLAS COWBOYS, Texas Stadium leases, the Cowboys' 200-acre training facility and their outstanding debt. University of Miami coach JIMMY JOHNSON, 45, was chosen to be the Cowboys' coach, replacing TOM LANDRY, 64, who led Dallas to a 270-178-6 record, which included two Super Bowl victories, in his 29 years at the helm (page 22).
TRADED: By the Portland Trail Blazers, forward KIKI VANDEWEGHE, 30, to the New York Knicks for the Knicks' 1989 first-round draft pick; by the Dallas Mavericks, forward DETLEF SCHREMPF, 26, and a second-round draft pick in either 1990 or '91, to the Indiana Pacers for forward HERB WILLIAMS, 31; and by the Sacramento Kings, forward ED PINCKNEY, 25, and center JOE KLEINE, 27, to the Boston Celtics for guard DANNY AINGE, 29, and center BRAD LOHAUS, 24.