PRO BASKETBALL—The four-day All-Star break didn't cool off the Central Division-leading Pistons. They had seven players in double figures—but not one with more than 20 points—as they beat the Nuggets 106-96. Detroit then ripped the Heat 97-79 to extend its winning streak to 11 games, the longest in the franchise's history. The Bulls, second in the Central, snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the Heat 107-95 but then lost to the expansion Magic 135-129 in overtime. Michael Jordan had 49 points in the loss. Chicago then beat Miami for a second time, 119-105. The Knicks held a one-game lead over the 76ers in the Atlantic Division, winning two of three games. The defeat, 124-105 at the hands of the Rockets, broke a six-game New York winning streak and provided a showcase for surging Otis Thorpe of Houston. He had a career-high 26 rebounds against New York; and two nights later, in a 104-102 defeat by the Spurs, he had 33 points to run his scoring average over the Rockets' last eight games to 24.2. Before his hot streak, Thorpe's five-year career average was 15.9. The Sixers' Charles Barkley, sporting a new diamond stud in his left ear, had a sparkling 30 points in a 122-112 win over the Nets. Philly then beat the SuperSonics 100-96 in OT. Only four overtime points were scored, all by the 76ers; it was the lowest OT total in NBA history. In the Celtics' 107-94 win over the Rockets, Larry Bird missed a free throw after making 71 straight, stopping him eight shy of the NBA record for consecutive foul shots made. The Jazz, first in the Midwest Division, beat the Timberwolves 110-104 and the Kings 110-106 as Karl Malone continued his pre-All-Star-break tear with 81 points. The Pacific Division-leading Lakers narrowly stayed on top by winning two of three games; they beat Sacramento 101-92 and Boston 116-110, but fell 132-128 in double overtime to the Trail Blazers, who won three of four games on the week and pulled to within 1½ games of L.A. Terry Porter had 26 points for Portland in its victory over the Lakers. Meanwhile, the once-powerful Hawks continued to struggle, losing three of four to fall 13½ games off the lead in the Central Division (page 56).
BOWLING—BRIAN VOSS defeated Scott Devers 245-214 to win a PBA tournament and $31,000 in Sunrise, Fla.
GOLF—DAN FORSMAN shot a final-round par 72 to beat Tommy Armour III by two strokes and win a PGA Tour event in La Jolla, Calif. Forsman finished the tournament at 13-under-par 275; he earned $162,000.
Jane Crafter rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Nancy Lopez by one stroke and win the Inverrary Classic, in Lauderhill, Fla. Crafter shot a 54-hole score of seven-under-par 209 and won $60,000.
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Greg Norman beat Nick Faldo, Mike Clayton and John Morse by two strokes to win the Australian Masters, in Melbourne. Norman, who won the event for the sixth time, had a 19-under-par total of 273 and earned $72,000.
HOCKEY—The Flames broke a tie with the Oilers, who had a symmetrical 1-1-1 week, and look a one-point lead in the Smythe Division by beating the Islanders 4-2 and the Blackhawks 4-1 (as Mike Vernon made 30 saves) before losing to the Jets 5-1. Chicago nonetheless stayed two points ahead of the second-place Blues in the Norris Division by winning its three other games. The Blackhawks' Adam Creighton scored his 30th goal of the season, in a 4-1 win over Buffalo, and Chicago also defeated the Islanders, 3-1, running their unbeaten streak at the Nassau Coliseum to eight, and the Penguins 6-4. The loss to the Blackhawks was one of three without a win for the Isles, but they remained on top of the Patrick Division, two points ahead of the Rangers. The one bright spot for the Islanders: Bryan Trottier became the 15th NHL player to score 500 career goals, in a 4-2 loss to the Flames. In a 4-3 Pittsburgh win in OT over the Rangers, Mario Lemieux had his 46-game scoring streak stopped just five short of the NHL record held by Wayne Gretzky, whose Kings continued lo struggle (page 26). Lemieux was stopped not by the Rangers but by a herniated disk, which forced him to leave the game after two periods. The injury is expected to sideline him for an indefinite length of lime. In the Adams Division, where the Bruins remained the leaders, the Canadiens beat the Whalers 7-3 for their 22nd home-ice victory this season, the most in the league.
HORSE RACING—BAYAKOA ($3), Chris McCarron up, beat Gorgeous by six lengths to win the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap and $180,000, at Santa Anita. The 6-year-old mare ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles on a sloppy track in 1:48[2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore stayed on top in the Eastern Division by beating San Diego 7-6 in double overtime on a goal by defenseman Glenn Carbonara. The Blast lost to Kansas City 5-1 in a game in which Comets forward Dale Mitchell became the fifth player to score 300 goals in his MISL career. Western Division-leading Dallas won twice, 7-5 over Tacoma and 8-0 over Cleveland, and increased its lead over St. Louis to 4½ games.
MOTOR SPORTS—DERRIKE COPE, driving a Chevrolet, averaged 165.761 mph around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval to win the Daytona 500 and $188,150. He beat Terry Labonte, in an Oldsmobile, to the checkered flag by 1½ car lengths (page 24).
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Tim Mayotte 6-3, 6-0 to win the SkyDome World tournament and $167,500, in Toronto.
Martina Navratilova defeated Manuela Maleeva 6-3, 6-2 to win a women's tour event and $100,000 in Chicago.
Boris Becker routed Carl-Uwe Steeb 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 to win the Belgian Indoor Championship and $77,500, in Brussels.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the Bowlers of the Year, by the Bowling Writers Association of America, MIKE AULBY, 29 and ROBIN ROMEO, 32. Aulby earned a PBA year-record $298,237, and Romeo won $113,750, an LPBT alltime high.
SIGNED: By DAVID STERN, 47, a $27.5 million contract that will extend his NBA commissioner-ship for five more years. Stern, the league's commissioner since 1984, got a $10 million signing bonus and will receive a $3.5 million annual salary.
SUSPENDED: For eight games by the NHL, Winnipeg Jets forward LAURIE BOSCHMAN, for high-sticking L.A. King forward Tomas Sandstrom in a game on Feb. 8.
TRADED: By the Sacramento Kings, guard KENNY SMITH, 24, and forward MIKE WILLIAMS, 26, to the Atlanta Hawks for forward ANTOINE CARR, 28, guard SEDRIC TONEY, 27, and a 1991 second-round draft choice.
DIED: CLARENCE (Hap) DAY, 88, who played defense for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1926-27 to '36-37 and was the only Maple Leaf to serve as their captain, coach and general manager. Day was captain of Toronto's first Stanley Cup team, in 1932, and coached the Maple Leafs to five NHL championships between '42 and '49. He was the first Leaf to score a hat trick. Day was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '61.