PRO BASKETBALL—The Spurs extended their Midwest Division lead over the Jazz to two games by beating the Sixers 103-94 and the Timberwolves 109-96. In the game against Minnesota, Caldwell Jones, at 39 the league's oldest player, scored 11 points, got six rebounds and blocked four shots in 25 minutes for San Antonio. His second block was the 1,500th of his career. Also streaking were the Pistons, who went 4-0 on the week and moved into a first-place tie with the Bulls in the Central Division. Detroit knocked off the Magic 115-113 in a game marred by 10 technical fouls and then defeated the Clippers 84-80, the Pacers 122-99 and the Knicks 117-106. Going in the other direction was Indiana, which, in addition to its loss to Detroit, fell three other times to slip to 2½ games out of first. The Knicks had two streaks killed when they were defeated 113-99 by the Suns at Madison Square Garden: their nine-game winning streak and their 12-game home winning streak. Despite losing to Detroit and Phoenix, New York stayed atop the Atlantic Division by beating the Hawks 100-95 and the Clippers 110-109 in overtime. The Trail Blazers were making things interesting in the Pacific Division by going 3-0 and closing to within two games of the first-place Lakers. Portland beat the Heat 119-95, tuned out the Jazz 118-89 and humbled the Kings 124-121. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 114-98 and Miami 132-93, but lost to the Warriors 133-131 as Golden State forward Terry Teagle scored 35 points. Two games earlier Teagle had scored a career-high 44 in a 133-120 defeat of the Jazz.
PRO FOOTBALL—In the AFC semifinals, the Browns defeated the Bills 34-30 (page 40), and the Broncos beat the Steelers 24-23 (page 32); and in the NFC, the 49ers crushed the Vikings 41-13 (page 16), and the Rams overtook the Giants 19-13 (page 24).
GOLF—PAUL AZINGER shot a 16-under-par 272 to defeat Ian Baker-Finch by one stroke and win the Tournament of Champions, in Carlsbad, Calif. Azinger earned $135,000 (page 80).
HOCKEY—The Bruins, who began the week seven points behind the Sabres in the Adams Division, won three straight, beating the Penguins 5-2, the Jets 4-2 and the Capitals 5-3, to set up a first-place face-off in Buffalo at week's end. Boston, which had already won twice there this year, took over the Adams lead by winning 2-1 as Bruin goalie Reggie Lemelin stopped 26 shots. The Devils were also surging, moving to the top of the Patrick Division by fending off the Sabres 5-3 and then defeating the Kings 4-2. Both victories came at the Meadowlands, and they gave New Jersey seven wins in its last eight home games. The Black-hawks remained the Norris Division pacesetters by edging the Oilers 3-2 and then routing the Flyers 8-5. Adam Creighton scored twice against Philadelphia as Chicago went nine games over .500 for the first time in six years. Despite the loss to the Black-hawks, Edmonton remained No. 1 in the Smythe Division, knocking off the Blues 6-4—Oiler Jari Kurri had a goal and two assists to become the 25th NHL player to score 1,000 career points—tying the Whalers 4-4 and losing to the Flames 3-1.
January 15, 1990
INDOOR SOCCER—Western Division leader Dallas snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating second-place St. Louis 2-1. The Sidekicks then crushed Tacoma 5-2 as Tatu, the MISL's leading scorer, with 42 points at week's end, got two goals and an assist. Eastern Division leader Baltimore lost to Cleveland 7-4 but then beat Wichita 7-3 to extend its lead over the Wings to 2/2 games.
SKIING—AUDUN ENDESTAD earned his 12th national cross-country skiing title by winning four events at the U.S. championships, in Anchorage, Alaska.
SPEED SKATING—DAN JANSEN had two first-place and two second-place finishes to win the men's title at the U.S. sprint championships, and BONNIE BLAIR swept her four races to win the women's crown (page 92).
SURFING—CHEYNE HORAN of Australia edged countryman Ross Clarke-Jones in the final heat to win $50,000 and the Pro Surf Championship, the final event in the Association of Surfing Professionals world tour, at Sunset Beach in Hawaii. MARTIN POTTER of England, who finished ninth, clinched his first world title.
TENNIS—THOMAS MUSTER defeated Jimmy Arias 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to win the Australian Hardcourt Championship and $18,000, in Adelaide.
Emilio Sanchez beat Richey Reneberg 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win a men's tour event and earn $18,000 in Wellington, New Zealand.
Natalia Zvereva beat Rachel McQuillan 6-4, 6-0 to win a women's tournament and $27,000 in Brisbane, Australia.
MILEPOSTS—AGREED: To step down as coach of the Houston Oilers, JERRY GLANVILLE, 48, who in the last four years guided the team to a 33-32 record and three consecutive postseason appearances.
FINED: By the NHL, for a pregame brawl on Dec. 28, the CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS and the MINNESOTA NORTH STARS, $25,000 each. Four North Stars and four Black-hawks were also assessed $500 apiece.
By the NBA, Boston Celtics coach JIMMY RODGERS, $1,000, for bumping a referee and not leaving the court quickly enough after being ejected from a game on Jan. 5. Rodgers was also suspended for one game.
NAMED: As coach of the Sacramento Kings, DICK MOTTA, 58, the third-winningest coach in NBA history. He has guided three other NBA teams—most recently the Dallas Mavericks from 1980-81 to 1986-87—in his 19-year career.
As football coach at Wisconsin, BARRY ALVAREZ, 43, who has been Notre Dame's outside linebacker coach and defensive coordinator for the past three seasons.
As Player of the Year, by the Professional Bowlers Association, AMLETO MONACELLI, 28, who won four tour events and $213,815 in 1989.
As Harness Horse of the Year and Pacer of the Year, by the U.S. Harness Writers Association and the U.S. Trotting Association, MATT'S SCOOTER, a 4-year-old horse who won 23 of 30 starts; and as Trotter of the Year, PEACE CORPS, a 3-year-old filly who won 16 of 19 races.
TRADED: By the New Jersey Devils, center AARON BROTEN, 29, to the Minnesota North Stars for center BOB BROOKE, 29; and by the Buffalo Sabres, center JOHN TUCKER, 24, to the Washington Capitals for a future draft pick.
By the Milwaukee Bucks, center RANDY BREUER, 29, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for center BRAD LOHAUS, 24.
DIED: Miami Dolphins owner JOE ROBBIE, 73; of respiratory failure. The only owner in the 24-year history of the Dolphins, Robbie built a club that won two Super Bowls in the 1970s, one of them in 1973 when Miami had a 17-0 record, to become the only NFL team to go through a season undefeated.