PRO BASKETBALL—With 86 points in three games, Karl Malone led the Jazz, pacesetters in the Midwest Division, to lopsided victories over the Cavaliers (98-83), Trail Blazers (102-95) and Heat (118-96) before he and his mates were beaten 114-98 by the Spurs in San Antonio. The loss to Utah meant that Cleveland briefly had to relinquish its Central Division and NBA leads to the Pistons, whose nine-game winning streak was halted by a 117-100 loss to the Bucks and who trailed the Cavs by one game at week's end. Patrick Ewing scored 31 points to help extend the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks' home winning streak to 26 games with a 116-110 defeat of the SuperSonics. But the second-place 76ers snapped the streak, Charles Barkley scoring a season-high 43 points in a 121-112 victory. The Lakers' A.C. Green topped off an eight-point L.A. comeback in the final 3:42 by hitting a last-second free throw for a 97-96 win over the Rockets. Magic Johnson handled another close call for the Lakers, leaders by four games in the Pacific Division, when he scored with 18 seconds left to break a 102-102 lie with the Mavericks. Final score: 106-103, L.A.
BOWLING—PETE WEBER beat Dave Ferraro 221-216 in the title game to win the PBA National Championship and $54,000, in Toledo.
CROSS-COUNTRY—At the world championships in Stavanger, Norway, JOHN NGUGI of Kenya beat Tim Hutchings of Great Britain by 28 seconds to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive title, running the 12-kilometer course in 39:42. KENYA won the men's team honors. ANNETTE SERGENT of France finished the six-kilometer race in 22:27, seven seconds ahead of Nadezhda Stepanova of the Soviet Union, to win the women's crown. The U.S.S.R. won the women's team title.
CYCLING—MARTIN VINNICOMBE of Australia set a world-indoor record with a time of 1:02.823 in a 1,000-meter time trial in Launceston, Australia. He shaved .132 of a second off the mark set in 1980 by Lothar Thorns of East Germany.
March 27, 1989
GOLF—At The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra, Fla., TOM KITE shot a nine-under-par 279 for 72 holes to win his second title in two weeks. He beat Chip Beck by a stroke and earned $243,000 (pane 26).
Lori Garbacz beat Nancy Lopez by four strokes with a 14-under-par, 72-hole total of 274 to win the LPGA Tucson Open and $45,000.
HOCKEY—The Capitals took a five-point lead in the Patrick Division, having won five of six games since they acquired right wing Dino Ciccarelli from the North Stars on March 7. Ciccarelli scored six goals and had three assists in victories over the Adams Division-leading Canadiens (4-1) and the Whalers (8-2). A 4-3 Rangers win over the Smythe Division-leading Flames on Monday provided only brief respite from the team's recent woes. Losses to the lowly Jets (6-3) and Nordiques (8-3) dropped New York out of its share of the Patrick Division lead. By week's end the Rangers had lost seven of their last eight games and were in third. The second-place Penguins earned their first playoff berth in seven seasons with a 2-1 defeat of the Devils. With a 3-2 Blues victory over the Red Wings and another Detroit loss (5-3 to the Blackhawks), the Red Wings' lead over second-place St. Louis in the Norris Division was reduced to eight points. The Flames beat the Kings 9-3 in another first place-second place faceoff, which included a melee that resulted in the ejection of six players and the assessment of 132 penalty minutes.
INDOOR SOCCER—First-place Baltimore lost twice, which tightened the league standings. Hector Marinaro scored all of L.A.'s goals in the Lazers' 3-2 victory over Baltimore, and San Diego forward Zoran Karic scored a hat trick, too, in the Blast's second defeat, a 5-4 win for the Sockers. With another victory, 4-3 over Dallas on Sunday night, second-place San Diego reduced Baltimore's lead to 3½ games. On Tuesday MISL commissioner Bill Kentling informed the league that he will not seek to renew his three-year contract when it expires at the end of May.
MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP, driving a Chevrolet, beat Dale Earnhardt, also in a Chevy, by .65 of a second to win a NASCAR event and $63,500 at the Atlanta International Raceway. Waltrip averaged 139.684 mph for 328 laps on the 1.522-mile oval.
TENNIS—MILOSLAV MECIR defeated Yannick Noah 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in the final match to win the Champions Cup and $136,700, in Indian Wells, Calif.
In Boca Raton, Fla., STEFFI GRAF beat Chris Evert 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win a women's tour event and $60,000 (page 33).
TRACK & FIELD—At the Australian championships in Brisbane, KERRY SAXBY broke her own year-old world record in the 5,000-meter walk by 12.77 seconds with a time of 20:32.75.
MILEPOSTS—DISMISSED: As basketball coach at Marquette, BOB DUKIET, 41, who had a 39-46 record for his three seasons. He was offered a job as assistant to the athletic director.
FIRED: As basketball coach, at Utah, LYNN ARCHIBALD, 42, whose record over six years was 98-86; and at Illinois State, BOB DONEWALD, 46, after his first losing campaign (13-17). Donewald, whose 11-season record was 208-121, is contesting the school's action.
NAMED: As basketball coach at Arizona State, BILL FRIEDER, 47, who took the job before resigning from the same position at Michigan, thus incurring the wrath of Michigan athletic director Bo Schembechler. Schembechler barred Frieder from coaching the Wolverines in the NCAA tournament and named assistant coach STEVE FISHER, 44, as his replacement on an interim basis. Frieder's record for nine seasons at Michigan was 191-87 (page 13).
As Washington State football coach, MIKE PRICE, 42, who led Weber State to a 46-44 record from 1980 to '88.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach, at Kentucky, EDDIE SUTTON, 53, following the Wildcats' first losing season (13-19) in 62 years. Sutton's record for four years at Kentucky was 90-40. The NCAA is investigating the basketball program. As Brigham Young basketball coach, LADELL ANDERSEN, 59, whose record over six seasons with the Cougars was 114-71. Assistant coach ROGER REID, 41, will replace him.
As football coach at Pennsylvania, ED ZUBROW, 38. Zubrow, who led the Quakers to a 23-7 record in three seasons, will take a job in the Philadelphia school system (page 13).
SOLD: By Texas Rangers principal owner Eddie Chiles, his 53% share of the team, to a group of investors led by George W. Bush, a Dallas energy consultant and son of President Bush. The sale is subject to the approval of both leagues.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, catcher JOEL SKINNER, 28, and outfielder TURNER WARD, 23, to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder MEL HALL, 28.