PRO BASKETBALL—It was a tough week for the Celtics, leaders in the Atlantic Division, whose 18-game home winning streak was snapped. The Warriors, led by Tim Hardaway's 37 points, won 110-105 at Boston Garden in a seesaw battle in which the lead changed hands 20 times. Then the lowly Nets, who hadn't won a game since Dec. 21, broke their 11-game losing streak with a 111-106 upset of the Celtics at the Garden. Mookie Blaylock had 26 points and Reggie Theus and Derrick Coleman each had 24 for New Jersey. Michael Jordan just missed a triple double, with 34 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, as the Central Division—leading Bulls upended the slumping Bucks 110-97. It was the fourth loss in a row for Milwaukee, which had held the division's top spot for more than a month. Jordan had 29 more points and the Bulls' defense sparkled as Chicago trimmed the Magic 99-88. Chicago held Orlando to only one basket in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter of that win. The Bulls' D was less effective against the Hawks, as Dominique Wilkins scored 34 points and Doc Rivers contributed four treys in Atlanta's 114-105 victory. The Spurs, atop the Midwest Division, had an up-and-down week as the Jazz thrashed them 124-102, helped along by an 18-6 run in the first four minutes of the final period. Utah's John Stockton finished the game with a career-high 28 assists, two short of the NBA record. Riding a 14-0 surge in the beginning of the final quarter, San Antonio then staged a spectacular comeback to shoot down the Mavericks 100-94, even though Dallas had led by as much as 19 points late in the third quarter. But the shaky Spurs couldn't do in the Hornets, as Rex Chapman scored 35 points and Johnny Newman had 30 to lead Charlotte to a 117-110 victory. It was the Nuggets who were up and down when they met the Spurs. Denver scored 67 points in the first half but shot only 16% from the field in the fourth quarter as it came unraveled 117-108. Portland, the leader in the Pacific Division, looked confident as Clyde Drexler came up with a triple double (32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) and the Blazers scored 41 points in the first quarter to pummel the Timberwolves 132-117. With six players in double figures in its next game and a 17-point cushion at halftime, Portland blasted the Bullets 123-99. Milwaukee couldn't hold on to a 10-point fourth-quarter lead in the Blazers' next game and fell to Portland 116-112.
BOWLING—DAVID OZIO defeated Mike Miller 279-224 to win a PBA event and $34,000 in Las Vegas.
BOXING—MELDRICK TAYLOR became the new WBA welterweight champion, with a 12-round unanimous decision over defending titlist Aaron Davis, in Atlantic City (page 63).
Dennis Andries retained his WBC light heavyweight crown with a 12-round unanimous decision over Guy Waters, in Adelaide, Australia.
January 28, 1991
PRO FOOTBALL—In the NFC title game the New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers 15-13; in the AFC final the Buffalo Bills dismantled the Los Angeles Raiders 51-3 (page 18).
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS shot an 18-under-par 270 to defeat John Cook by four strokes and win the Hawaiian Open, in Honolulu. Wadkins got $198,000 for the victory.
Jane Geddes shot a six-under-par 207 to beat Patty Sheehan by three strokes and triumph in the Jamaica Open, in Montego Bay. Geddes earned $75,000.
HOCKEY—In the days before the NHL All-Star Game, which the Campbell Conference won 11-5 over the Wales, the Blackhawks, leaders in the Norris Division, skated to a 2-2 tie with the Devils. In the third period of that game, New Jersey's Kirk Muller got his 14th goal of the season and the 500th point of his career to become the first player in the history of the franchise to reach 500 points. In its next game, Chicago won a battle between the NHL's top two teams as Jeremy Roenick had a goal and two assists in pacing the Blackhawks past the Patrick Division-leading Rangers 3-2. It was Chicago's first win at Madison Square Garden in nearly five years, and it allowed the Blackhawks to enter the All-Star break on a roll—they were 7-1-1 in their last nine games before the break—and with the league's highest point total, 68. Slumping New York blew three Power-play chances and outshot the Oilers 33-24 but ad to settle for a 2-2 tie in overtime. Dave Christian and Ray Bourque of the Bruins, who lead the Adams Division, scored power-play goals on the game's first two shots as Boston routed the Red Wings 6-1. Another power-play score, in the second period by Craig Janney, helped the Bruins end a six-game road winless streak with a 5-4 defeat of the Islanders. Then, in another showdown between division leaders, Boston overpowered the Kings, No. 1 in the Smythe Division, 5-3. Against L.A., Cam Neely got his seventh career hat trick, while Bruin goalie Andy Moog had 34 saves to win his fourth straight game. Earlier in the week, the Kings overpowered the Devils 6-1 as Tomas Sand-Strom helped keep New Jersey winless in its last nine games with his third hat trick of the season. Los Angeles then fell 4-3 to the Whalers; Hartford's Chris Govedaris's first NHL goal was the game-winner. The only bright spot for Los Angeles was Wayne Gretzky's two assists, which extended his scoring streak to eight games (page 36).
HORSE RACING—IN EXCESS ($24.20), Gary Stevens up, won the San Fernando Stakes for 4-year-olds by four lengths over Warcraft, at Santa Anita. In Excess ran the 1 1/8 miles in a stakes-record 1:46 3/5 and earned $128,800.
SKIING—MARC GIRARDELLI of Luxembourg won a men's World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, by 1.56 seconds over Alberto Tomba of Italy. In women's competition PETRA KRONBERGER of Austria won a downhill and a Super G in Meribel, France, beating Carole Merle of France by .78 of a second in the former and Michaela Gerg of Germany by .49 in the latter.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By the Houston police, Boston Red Sox pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner ROGER CLEMENS, 28, on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, after allegedly jumping on the policeman's back and choking him as the officer was trying to arrest Clemens's brother Gary, 39, during a disturbance in a bar in West Houston.
By the Toronto police, sprinter BEN JOHNSON, 29, on charges of assault brought by a former teammate in the Mazda Track Club, Cheryl Thibedeau, after he allegedly choked Thibedeau at the Metro Toronto Track and Field Centre on Dec. 17.
Southern Cal quarterback TODD MARINOVICH, 21, on a charge of possession of nearly a gram of cocaine, in Newport Beach, Calif.
NAMED: As football coach at Long Beach State, WILLIE BROWN, 50, who most recently was the school's secondary coach under the late George Allen.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For two years by the NCAA, MIAMI OF OHIO's men's basketball program, after former coach Jerry Peirson admitted that during the 1988-89 season he had given an A in a theory of basketball course to a player, Karlton Clay-borne, though Clayborne never attended that class. In addition, the Mid-American Conference handed out these penalties: forfeiture of eight games in which Clayborne participated during the 1988-89 season, disallowance of any records he set and return of approximately $4,000 from the '89 conference tournament, in which Miami placed fourth.
DIED: GERNOT REINSTADLER, 20, a World Cup skier from Austria; of internal injuries suffered in a spill near the end of a downhill qualifying race; in Wengen, Switzerland. Reinstadler's death was the first on the World Cup circuit since 1970.
FACES IN THE CROWD
BULLHEAD CITY, ARIZ.
Jack, 10, scored seven goals as Bullhead City beat Kingman 9-1 in an American Youth Soccer Organization match (10-11 age group). In a 10-game season, Jack scored 41 goals for the Cobras, giving him an average of more than four a game.
Venturello, 102, recently rolled a 537 scratch series, for an average of 179 a game. He bowls in three leagues each week and averages in the 140's. Venturello rolled a 300 in 1906 but didn't return to the sport until he retired to Florida in 1966.
MERCER ISLAND, WASH.
Megan, a senior at Mercer Island High, set two swimming records at the girls' high school slate championships: She swam the 50-yard freestyle in 23.17 and the 100 free in 50.54. Megan also has the existing state 200-yard free record of 1:48.52, set in 1989.
SANTO DOMINGO, DOM. REP.
Pe‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬±a, a freshman hitter on the Miami-Dade Wolfson Community College volleyball team, was named the national junior college women's player of the year after leading the Barracudas to a 41-0 season and a national title with 670 kills and 187 blocks.
Judson, 40, a partner in a law firm, set a national masters' record when he ran the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Ala., in the time of 2:17:01. The old mark of 2:17:10, set by Michael Manley of Eugene, Ore., had stood for seven years.
Kennie, a second-year forward at Becker College in Worcester, Mass., scored 33 points in a 79-58 victory over Greenfield C.C. to become the school's alltime leading women's scorer, with 722 points. This season she has averaged more than 25 ppg.