PRO BASKETBALL—Led by the scoring heroics of Karl Malone (page 9), the Jazz dominated three games—by an average score of 120-93-and ran its winning streak to nine. After coasting through a 102-94 win over the Rockets, Utah ripped the Knicks 115-89 as Malone scored 26 points and John Stockton had 10 points, 19 assists and six steals. A 144-96 win over the Bucks—the worst defeat ever for Milwaukee—gave the Jazz a two-game lead on the Spurs in the Midwest Division. New York rebounded from its loss to the Jazz—the Knicks' worst beating of the year and their fifth in a row—to defeat the Nuggets 110-96. New York stayed a game ahead of the charging 76ers, whose Charles Barkley averaged 31.3 points a game for the week, in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia's four victories (103-88 over the Cavs, 125-103 over the Magic, 120-109 over the Bulls and 125-101 over the Bullets) extended its winning streak to eight. In the Pacific Division the Trail Blazers, despite three wins, couldn't close on the Lakers, who also won thrice. L.A. opened with a 118-97 defeat of the Knicks in which it shot 58% and held Patrick Ewing to 12 points. The next night, Magic Johnson scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half of a 120-111 win over the Pacers. It was Laker coach Pat Riley's 500th NBA win. Two nights later, Cleveland coach Lenny Wilkens got his 700th career victory when the Cavs beat the Timberwolves 85-84. The Pistons recaptured first place in the Central Division by defeating Chicago 107-95 and then hammering out a 107-103 victory over the Suns that ended Phoenix's club-record winning streak at 10. Detroit finished the week by knocking off Minnesota 85-83.
BOWLING—CHRIS WARREN defeated Steve Cook 201-188 to win a PBA tour event and $20,000 in Pinole, Calif.
BOXING—LINDELL HOLMES won the vacant IBF super middleweight title with a 12-round split decision over Frank Tate, in New Orleans.
Orlando Canizales successfully defended his IBF bantamweight crown with a 12-round split decision over Billy Hardy, in Sunderland, England.
Raul Perez retained his WBC bantamweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Gaby Canizales, in Inglewood, Calif.
PRO FOOTBALL—The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS defeated the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV, in New Orleans (page 14).
GOLF—TOMMY ARMOUR III shot a 17-under-par 267 to beat Jim Thorpe by five strokes and win the Phoenix Open. He earned $162,000.
HOCKEY—The Islanders—for the past two months the NHL's hottest team, with a 19-5-2 record—hit a minislump. New York dropped two in a row, losing 4-2 to the Whalers and 5-2 to the Bruins, before bouncing back with a 9-3 defeat of the Penguins. That victory set up a match with the Devils for sole possession of the Patrick Division lead. The Islanders got two goals from Bryan Trottier but had to settle for a 4-4 tie that left both teams with 53 points. In the Adams Division, Boston ran its league-leading point total to 65 with three wins, including a 9-2 romp over the Nordiques in which Glen Wesley broke a 2-2 tie at 8:07 of the second period with the second of eight unanswered goals for the Bruins. The Blackhawks split two games with the Sabres, losing 3-2 at home and winning 4-2 in Buffalo, where former Sabre Adam Creighton had two goals and an assist to pace Chicago. A 6-4 loss to Hartford left the Hawks' lead in the Norris Division at five points over the Maple Leafs. The Flames won both of their games: 8-5 over the Rangers behind rookie Paul Ranheim's two goals and two assists, and 3-1 over the North Stars. The Oilers' Mark Messier set up three goals during a five-minute third-period rally as Edmonton beat the Kings 7-6. That win helped the Oilers stay tied with Calgary for the Smythe Division lead. Pittsburgh was 1-3, but Mario Lemieux was soaring: He extended his point-scoring streak to 39 games, tying Wayne Gretzky for the second-longest such streak in NHL history.
INDOOR SOCCER—Dallas ran its record, the best in the MISL. to 16-10 and its lead in the Western Division to 3½ games over St. Louis with a 4-3 OT win over Wichita. Sidekick Kevin Smith's goal with six seconds left in regulation forced the overtime, and Tatu scored his 32nd goal of the year to give Dallas the victory. Eastern Division-leading Baltimore beat Kansas City 8-4 to complete a 2-1 week and make its margin over Wichita two games.
MARATHON—ROSA MOTA won the Osaka (Japan) International Women's Marathon in 2:27:47. She finished 1:49 ahead of Katsuyo Hyodo.
SKIING—HELMUT HOEFLEHNER of Austria won a World Cup downhill event in Val-d'Isère, France, with a time of 2:02.21. Attle Skaardal of Norway was second, in 2:02.86.
In women's World Cup events in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, MICHELA FIGINI of Switzerland won the downhill, in 1:28.20: SIGRID WOLF of Austria triumphed in the Super G, in 1:14.10; and PETRA KRONBERGER of Austria, who placed third in those two races, won the giant slalom (total time for two runs, 2:28.90) to widen her lead in the overall women's World Cup standings to 245 points.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL won the Australian Open men's championship and $200,000 when Stefan Edberg withdrew with an injury in the third set of the finals, with Lendl leading 4-6, 7-6, 5-2, in Melbourne. STEFFI GRAF won her third straight women's title, 6-3, 6-4, over Mary Joe Fernandez, and took home $190,000 (page 64).
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers' CHARLES BARKLEY and the New Jersey Nets' JACK HALEY, $3,500 and $1,000, respectively, for fighting in a game on Jan. 20, and three other Nets, ROY HINSON, CHARLES SHACKLEFORD and PURVIS SHORT, $500 apiece, for leaving their bench during the altercation; the Detroit Pistons' ISIAH THOMAS, $2,500, for slapping Mychal Thompson of the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 21; and the Washington Bullets' DARRELL WALKER, $1,500, for not leaving the court in a timely fashion and for verbally abusing the officials in a game against the Nets on Jan. 17.
NAMED: As football coach at Arkansas, JACK CROWE, 41, who was the offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks last season.
As 1989 Horse of the Year, SUNDAY SILENCE, who as a 3-year-old colt won seven races, including the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
SUSPENDED: For five games by the NHL, New Jersey Devils forward BRENDAN SHANAHAN, for high-sticking Quebec Nordique defenseman Michel Petit in a game on Jan. 13.
TRADED: By the Seattle Mariners, third baseman JIM PRESLEY, 28, to the Atlanta Braves for two minor leaguers.
By the Winnipeg Jets, goaltender DANIEL BERTHIAUME, 24, to the Minnesota North Stars for future considerations; and center-left wing RON WILSON, 33, to the St. Louis Blues for left wing DOUG EVANS, 26.
FACES IN THE CROWD
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.
Laura, 8, who is a forward for the American Youth Soccer Organization's Division 6 Tigers, scored 30 of her team's 39 goals as she led the Tigers to a 10-0 record. She was voted the top player in the division by the league's coaches.
Gerald, a senior at Willingboro High, made the second-best indoor long jump in state high school history (24' 4 l/4"), at the South Jersey indoor track and field meet. The record (25' 5½") was set in 1979 by Carl Lewis, a Willingboro alum.
Henderson coached the Old Turnpike middle school field hockey team to its second straight undefeated season, the seventh in the last 10 years. The Tigers have out-scored their opponents 75-2 while winning 24 games the past two years.
Caj, a senior center at Deering High, scored six goals, including three in the third period, to lead the Rams to a 9-4 come-from-behind hockey defeat of Greely High. Caj has scored 44 goals and had 16 assists in his last 16 games.
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS
Julie, a senior at San Angelo Central High, and John, a senior at McCollough High, tied for highest score and for the title of Best Cheerleader at the National Cheerleaders Association high school championships, in Dallas. In scoring based on five categories (jumps and tumbling, motion technique, cheer incorporation, spirit and expression, and appearance), Julie and John each scored 139 out of a possible 150 points, the highest marks ever earned in individual competition.