PRO BASKETBALL—Three days of rest and 65% fourth-quarter shooting helped the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks to a lopsided 25th straight home victory, 114-95 over the Pacers, though Indiana's trapping defense made life difficult for Patrick Ewing, who shot only once in the second half. Earlier in the week, also at home, Ewing had scored 18 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter to lead New York to a 124-119 win over the Suns. After a 110-106 victory in Philadelphia, Phoenix had a rough time on the road. The loss to the Knicks, along with two others—to the Pacers (121-116) and the Bucks (100-93)—left the Suns 5½ games behind the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. The Cavaliers took the best record in the league to L.A. and got it tarnished by an embarrassing loss, 105-103, to the Clippers, who had won only once in their previous 33 games. The defeat reduced the Cavs' margin in the Central Division to one game over the Pistons, whom Isiah Thomas led to victory over the Nuggets (129-112). SuperSonics (112-96), 76ers (111-106) and Bullets (110-104) with 103 points. The Jazz, No. 1 in the Midwest, routed the second-place Rockets 117-80 and then overcame 10 blocked shots by Manute Bol, the league leader in that category, to beat the Warriors 126-112.
BOWLING—MIKE AULBY beat Brad Snell 246-202 in the title game to win a PBA event and $30,000 in North Olmsted, Ohio.
BOXING—In a bloody bout with Lucio Lopez of Argentina. RAUL (Jibaro) PEREZ of Mexico won a 12-round unanimous decision to retain his WBC bantamweight title, in Los Angeles.
GOLF—TOM KITE defeated Davis Love III on the second hole of a playoff to win a PGA Tour event and $144,000 in Orlando, Fla. They finished regulation play at six-under-par 278.
March 20, 1989
HOCKEY—The Rangers fell victim to newly traded players, and the Capitals overtook New York for the Patrick Division lead. First, the Sabres' Clint Malarchuk, just acquired from Washington, made 32 saves in a 2-0 Buffalo defeat of the Rangers. Then, following a 3-2 New York loss to the Red Wings, the Caps beat the Rangers 4-2 as right wing Dino Ciccarelli (who, along with defenseman Bob Rouse, had been traded to Washington earlier in the week in a deal with the North Stars for right wing Mike Gartner and defenseman Larry Murphy) put the Capitals ahead 2-1 early in the third period. Later, Doug Wickenheiser, who started the season as a Ranger, scored Washington's final goal. The Flyers, who picked up goalie Ken Wregget from the Maple Leafs for two first-round draft choices in 1989, stood fourth in the Patrick. The Flames, who lead the Smythe Division, enjoyed an undefeated week, during which they overtook the Canadiens and then fell behind again in the race for the NHL's best record. One of Montreal's three victories, a 5-2 defeat of the Nordiques in which Brian Hayward of the Canadiens had 35 saves, clinched the Adams Division title. With four points during the week, Steve Yzerman helped Detroit sustain a wide lead in the Norris Division (page 38).
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore increased its lead over Dallas and San Diego to 5½ games with a 4-3 victory over Tacoma. San Diego midfielder Branko Segota scored four goals and had three assists in a 10-6 win over Wichita that pulled the Sockers into a tie for second place with Dallas. Off the field, the MISL fined Dallas $25,000 for missing a game in Kansas City on March 5 after an ice storm in Texas grounded the Sidekicks' plane.
SAILING—RUMOURS, a 45-foot Frers sloop co-skippered by Tim Woodhouse and Gary Snider of Marblehead, Mass., beat 12 other boats to win the IMS class of the six-race Southern Ocean Racing Conference series off Florida. BLUE YANKEE, a 43-foot Judel/Vrolijk sloop sailed by Bob and Joan Towse of Stamford, Conn., outsailed seven boats to win the IOR class.
SKIING—VRENI SCHNEIDER of Switzerland won the giant slalom and slalom in Shiga Kogen, Japan, to become the first skier to get 14 World Cup victories in a season. Her total surpassed the old record of 13 set in 1979 by Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden, who retired on Friday after the men's slalom, which RUDOLF NIERLICH of Austria won. Earlier in the week Norway's OLE CHRISTIAN FURUSETH won the men's GS.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL took 57 minutes to beat Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-3 in the final match to win a men's tour event and $59,500 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Manuela Maleeva defeated Jenny Byrne 6-4, 6-1 in the final of a women's tour event to earn $50,000 in Indian Wells, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—At the NCAA Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, HOLLIS CONWAY of Southwestern Louisiana set an American record of 7'9¼" in the high jump, surpassing by half an inch the mark established by Jimmy Howard in 1986; MICHAEL JOHNSON of Baylor won the 200 meters in a U.S.-record time of 20.59 seconds, .01 better than the standard set by Joe DeLoach last month. In the women's 4 x 400-meter relay the Illinois team of SHAYLA BAINE, ANGELA McCLATCHEY, RENEE CARR and CELENA MONDIE set a U.S. record of 3:36.21, .98 faster than the mark set by Texas in 1988. Arkansas got its sixth consecutive men's title, and LSU won women's honors.
In Athens, ROGER KINGDOM of the U.S. equaled the world indoor record of 7.36 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles set by his compatriot Greg Foster in January 1987.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By U.S. Customs agents in Columbus, Ohio, on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, LUIS O. BATISTA FREITAS, 33. A Brazilian national who lives in Marina del Rey, Calif., Freitas was named Mr. Universe in 1987 and was in Columbus to attend the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic bodybuilding contest (page 13).
FINED: By the NBA, Houston Rocket center AKEEM OLAJUWON, $5,000 for punching Seattle SuperSonic forward Michael Cage in the mouth during a game on March 3.
NAMED: As winner of the AAU's Sullivan Award to the top U.S. amateur athlete in 1988, sprinter FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER, 29, who won three gold medals at the Summer Games in Seoul and set world records in the 100-and 200-meter dashes last year.
SUSPENDED: For one game by the University of Oklahoma after his arrest in Norman on March 5 for public intoxication, senior basketball guard MOOKIE BLAYLOCK. Blaylock, who entered a no-contest plea in municipal court to an amended charge of disturbing the peace, received a six-month deferred sentence and was ordered to pay $69 in administrative fees and court costs.
DIED: Former Olympic sprinter HILDA STRIKE SISSON, 78, of Canada, who earned a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics; of a heart attack; in Ottawa. In 1980 it was discovered that the gold medalist in that event, Stella Walsh of Poland, was a hermaphrodite and should have been disqualified from competing as a woman. Despite speculation that Sisson would be awarded the gold, she never was.