PRO BASKETBALL—The Bucks started the week off well, with a 99-96 defeat of the Bullets, but lost three straight and surrendered the Central Division lead. Milwaukee fell behind the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics by as many as 28 points, battled back to within four points by the end of the third period but sagged down the stretch to lose 110-102. The Bucks were then pounded 120-105 by the 76ers, whose Charles Barkley scored 37 points. Milwaukee's third loss, which left the Bucks half a game behind onrushing Chicago, came against the on-again, off-again Pacers. Indiana scored 44 points in the third period, eventually overwhelming Milwaukee 118-110. Boston's Kevin McHale, starting his first game of the season because Larry Bird was out with an inflamed disk that will bench him indefinitely, scored 28 points to lead the Celtics to their fourth consecutive win by crushing the Knicks 101-87. McHale had another big night in the aforementioned Boston defeat of the Bucks, scoring 30 points, getting 10 rebounds and blocking five shots. Reggie Lewis scored the last four points of the game on free throws to seal a 109-107 victory against the Clippers, but Boston ended the week with a loss, 116-99, at the hands of Washington, whose Bernard King, the league's top scorer, with an average of 31.2 a game, had 37 points to run his total for the week to 112 in three games (page 30). David Robinson, arguably the NBA's top center, got 31 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Midwest Division-leading Spurs past the 76ers 111-102 in overtime. Robinson's 35 points and 16 rebounds were wasted in a 109-98 loss to the Hawks, who received 40 points from Dominique Wilkins. Robinson then poured in a career-high-tying 43 points, got 12 rebounds and snuffed 10 shots for the fifth triple double in his two years in the NBA as he led San Antonio past the injury-riddled Magic 117-111. Robinson got his second triple double of the week—22 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks—in a 112-92 whipping of the Jazz. The Trail Blazers, leaders in the Pacific Division, had eight players in double figures as Portland blew out the Rockets 123-97. Playing without Akeem Olajuwon, who is out indefinitely with facial and eye injuries suffered during a Jan. 3 game against the Bulls, Houston missed 11 of its first 15 shots. Rolando Blackmail and Alex English each scored 24 points as the Mavericks ended a nine-game losing streak with a 109-99 victory over the Blazers. Portland couldn't get back on track as Bill Laimbeer's basket with 0.3 of a second remaining in overtime lifted the Pistons to a 100-98 win in a rematch of last season's playoff finalists.
PRO FOOTBALL—In the AFC divisional playoffs, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Miami Dolphins 44-34, and the Los Angeles Raiders beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-10; in the NFC, the New York Giants routed the Chicago Bears 31-3, and the San Francisco 49ers upended the Washington Redskins 28-10 (page 14).
GOLF—PHIL MICKELSON, a 20-year-old junior at Arizona State, shot a 16-under-par 272 to defeat Tom Purtzer and Bob Tway by one stroke in the Tucson Open and become only the second amateur since 1954 to win a PGA Tour event. Purtzer and Tway split the first prize of $180,000 and the second prize of $108,000.
HOCKEY—The Patrick Division-leading Rangers had luck on their side as they won a tight-checking 3-2 decision over the Flyers on two goals that caromed into the Philadelphia net. But then the Blues got a tie-breaking goal from Adam Oates with 11:11 to play in the third period for a 3-2 win over the Rangers, who then suffered their second loss in a row as Red Wings Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman each scored twice in a 6-3 Detroit victory. The Bruins, first in the Adams Division, scored three times during a 17-shot first-period barrage and went on to beat the Jets 5-2. But, like New York, Boston could not sustain its success. The Nordiques erased a two-goal deficit with three goals of their own in a five-minute span in the second period to blow by the Bruins 4-2. Craig Janney and Dave Christian, with four goals between them, helped Boston avenge that loss by sinking Quebec 5-3, but the Bruins skidded again when low-scoring Philly defenseman Terry Carkner, who at week's end had only seven goals on the season, found the net twice to lead the Flyers past Boston 3-1. In the Smythe Division, the Flames were similarly erratic: After beating the Maple Leafs 5-3, Calgary lost 5-1 to the Penguins and then fell 4-2 to the Caps. Los Angeles replaced the Flames at the helm of the Smythe with a 6-2 drubbing of Vancouver. The Blackhawks, leaders in the Norris Division and the first NHL team to reach 30 wins this season, shredded the Toronto defense with five power-play goals en route to a 7-2 triumph and received a decisive score from Steve Thomas midway through the third period in beating the Jets 3-1.
January 21, 1991
SKIING—In World Cup events: MARC GIRARDELLI of Luxembourg won a slalom and FRANZ HEINZER of Switzerland won a downhill in men's competition in Kitzbühel, Austria; VRENI SCHNEIDER of Switzerland won a giant slalom and NATASA BOKAL of Yugoslavia and PETRA KRONBERGER of Austria won slaloms in women's competition in Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia.
SWIMMING—At the world championships, in Perth, Australia, MIKE BARROWMAN of the U.S. established a world record of 2:11.23 in the 200-meter breaststroke, surpassing the mark he set last year by .30 of a second; TAMAS DARNYI of Hungary swam to a world record of 4:12.36 in the 400 individual medley, cutting 2.39 seconds off the mark he set in the 1988 Olympics, and to another in the 200 IM, with a 1:59.36, which was .75 faster than the '89 mark of David Wharton of the U.S.; MELVIN STEWART of the U.S. set a world record in the 200 butterfly when he shaved .55 off the one set by Michael Gross of West Germany in '86; and JOERG HOFFMANN of Germany shattered the world record in the 1,500 freestyle with a clocking of 14:50.36, more than four seconds better than the 1983 mark of Vladimir Salnikov of the U.S.S.R. (page 32).
TENNIS—GUY FORGET defeated Michael Stich 6-3, 6-4 to win the men's championship and $32,400 at the New South Wales Open, in Sydney. JANA NOVOTNA beat Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 6-4, 6-2 to win the women's title and $45,000.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, ROD CAREW, 45, a seven-time American League batting champion with the Minnesota Twins and the California Angels between 1967 and '85, who had 3,053 hits and a career batting average of .328; FERGUSON JENKINS, 47, who between '65 and '83 had a 284-226 record and seven seasons of 20 or more wins; and GAYLORD PERRY, 52, who between '62 and '83 had a 314-265 record with eight teams and was the only pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues (page 9).
FINED: By the International Tennis Federation. ANDRE AGASSI, $25,000, for withdrawal without good cause, from the Grand Slam Cup in Munich in December.
FIRED: As coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, BUDDY RYAN, 56, who was 10-6 this year and 43-35-1 in Ms five seasons with the Eagles. RICH KOTITE, 48, who had been Philadelphia's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, was named to replace Ryan.
NAMED: As football coach at Syracuse, PAUL PASQUALONI, 41, who had been the Orangemen's linebackers coach the last four years.
DIED: ALAN WIGGINS, 32, a switch-hitting second baseman for the San Diego Padres from 1981 to '85 and the Baltimore Orioles from '85 to '87; of pneumonia, tuberculosis and other medical complications; in Los Angeles. Wiggins helped San Diego win the National League pennant in '84 by stealing 70 bases and scoring 106 runs. He was suspended from baseball for 30 days in '82 after an arrest for cocaine possession and indefinitely in '87 for reportedly failing a drug test.