PROBASKETBALL—While the Bulls had an up-and-down week, the hot-handed Pistonsmoved into a tie with Chicago for the Central Division lead by romping over theMagic 121-81. Earlier the Bulls had overwhelmed the Heat 117-106, in partbecause of Michael Jordan's 13 third-period points, but Chicago fell apartagainst the Nets as New Jersey's Reggie Theus converted eight free throws inthe final 1:23 to dump the Bulls 99-95. Chicago rebounded in its second game ofthe week against Miami, thrashing the Heat 108-87 as Jordan scored 26 pointsand then sat out the final period. The Bird-less Celtics remained atop theAtlantic Division despite a slump that ran their recent record to six losses inseven games. Detroit, even without Isiah Thomas, who will miss at least 12weeks with an injured right wrist, outgunned Boston 101-90. The Celtics ended afour-game losing streak in another game against the Pistons, with runs of 12-0and 20-4 in the fourth period of a 111-94 victory. Then Hersey Hawkins of the76ers had a career-high 38 points, nine steals and eight rebounds in leadingPhiladelphia to a 116-94 rout of the Celtics. Boston finished the week byfalling to the Lakers 104-87 as Magic Johnson just missed a triple-double with22 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds. The Spurs, leaders in the MidwestDivision, capitalized on David Robinson's eight points, two blocks and onesteal during a four-minute span late in the fourth period to push past theClippers 106-100. Robinson scored 30 points and helped hold the Cavaliersscoreless for almost two minutes down the stretch of a 111-103 San Antoniovictor over Cleveland. Terry Cummings had 26 points, including two three-pointbaskets in the final two minutes, as the Spurs held off the Timberwolves112-105. Terry Porter, Clyde Drexler and Cliff Robinson of the PacificDivision-leading Trail Blazers got crucial baskets in the final two minutes ofa 123-116 defeat of the Suns. The Portland bench then outscored the Kings'bench 61-32 as the Blazers beat Sacramento 121-96.
BOWLING—BRIANVOSS defeated Mark Thayer 50-45 in a two-frame roll-off to win a PBA tour eventand $21,000 in Pinole, Calif. Voss and Thayer had finished the regulation 10frames tied at 179.
BOXING—MAURIZIOSTECCA regained the WBO featherweight title by knocking out Juan Armando Reyesat 2:30 of the fifth round, in Sassari, Italy.
PRO FOOTBALL—TheNEW YORK GIANTS defeated the Buffalo Bills 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV, in Tampa(page 14).
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GOLF—NOLAN HENKEshot a 16-under-par 268 to beat Curtis Strange, Gil Morgan and Tom Watson byone stroke and win the Phoenix Open. He earned $180,000 for the victory.
HOCKEY—The leagueleaders struggled early in the week. The Rangers, sitting atop the PatrickDivision, couldn't beat the Patrick's last-place club, the Islanders, whooutshot them 40-26 en route to a 3-2 win. In their next game, the Rangerssquandered five power-play opportunities against the Oilers, but Kevin Miller'stwo goals and Mike Richter's 27 saves helped to pull New York past Edmonton4-3. Boston, No. 1 in the Adams Division, had a three-game winning streaksnapped as the Sabres fired off six goals in a row to erase a 3-0 deficit for a6-4 triumph. Boston then beat the Whalers 3-0 as Ray Bourque became thehighest-point-scoring defenseman in Bruin history, passing Hall of Famer BobbyOrr, with a third-period assist. It gave Bourque 889 points in his 11½-yearcareer. Three was again the magic number for Boston, this time against theslumping Flames, as the Bruins scored three times in the first period,eventually winning 5-2. The Smythe Division-leading Kings were outplayed by theOilers 4-2, as Mark Messier and Esa Tikkanen each had a goal and two assistsfor Edmonton. Los Angeles got back on track by beating the Canucks 5-1 and 5-1.In the latter victory, Wayne Gretzky of the Kings celebrated his 30th birthdaywith three goals and two assists, which ran his league-leading point-scoringtotal to 98,17 ahead of his closest rival, John Cullen of the Penguins. The hattrick was the 48th of Gretzky's career. The Sabres got their second win of theweek against a division leader and their fifth straight victory when theyupended the Norris Division-leading Blackhawks 5-4. Buffalo goalie DarcyWakaluk stopped a Dave Manson penalty shot in the third period to help preservethe win. Doug Wilson then became the second defenseman in the 65-year historyof the Blackhawks to score three goals in a game, as Chicago bounced backagainst the Maple Leafs, 5-1. By week's end, scoring leader Brett Hull of theBlues became only the fifth player in NHL history to score 50 goals in thefirst 50 or fewer games of the season when he got his 49th and 50th in his 49thgame, a 9-4 St. Louis defeat of the Red Wings (page 49).
SKIING—In men'scompetition at the World Alpine Championships, in Saalbach-Hinterglemm,Austria, FRANZ HEINZER of Switzerland won the downhill in 1:54.91. STEFANEBERHARTER of Austria the Super G in 1:26.73 and MARC GIRARDELLI of Luxembourgthe slalom in 1:55.38. In the women's division, PETRA KRONBERGER of Austria wasthe downhill champ, with a time of 1:29.12, and SABINE GINTHER of Austria cameout on top in the combined, in 1:18.23.
TENNIS—In theAustralian Open, in Melbourne, BORIS BECKER won the men's championship and$271,200 by beating Ivan Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, and MONICA SELES, 17, becamethe youngest women's winner by defeating Jana Novotna 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Seles tookhome $234,806 (page 38).
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By the Los Angeles police, former Dodger pitcher and Hallof Famer DON DRYSDALE, 54, for driving under the influence of alcohol.
ELECTED: To thePro Football Hall of Fame, EARL CAMPBELL, 35, who in eight years in the NFLwith the Houston Oilers and the New Orleans Saints (1978-85) ran for 9,407yards (10th on the alltime list); JOHN HANNAH, 39, an offensive guard who inhis 13 seasons (1973-85), all with the New England Patriots, appeared in eightPro Bowls and was a 10-time All-Pro selection; STAN JONES, 59, a guard anddefensive tackle who in his 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears ('54-65) and onewith the Washington Redskins ('66) was All-NFL four times and played in sevenPro Bowls; TEX SCHRAMM, 70, who was president and general manager of the DallasCowboys for 29 years (1960-88), during which the Cowboys won two Super Bowlsand had 20 consecutive winning seasons; and JAN STENERUD, 48, who became thefirst pure placekicker to make the Hall. He played 19 years (1967-85) withthree teams (the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the MinnesotaVikings), ranks second in career points, with 1,699, and holds the career fieldgoal record, 373.
FINED: By theNBA, Phoenix Sun forward XAVIER McDANIEL, $1,500, for starting a fight bythrowing a forearm at the Portland Trail Blazers' Jerome Kersey in a game onJan. 22.
REVOKED: By anindependent arbitration panel, a two-year ban by The Athletics Congress ofHENRY MARSH, 36, the American-record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase,for failing to make himself available for a drug test in December 1989.
UPHELD: By TAC, atwo-year suspension of RANDY BARNES, 24, the world-record holder in the shotput, for testing positive for steroids in August.
DIED: Football'sGalloping Ghost, HAROLD (Red) GRANGE, 87; of complications from pneumonia; inLake Wales, Fla. Grange, one of the 17 charter members of the Pro Football Hallof Fame, starred as a running back, first at Illinois from 1923 to '25 and thenfor the Chicago Bears for seven seasons (page 9).
FACES IN THE CROWD
Joda, 12, a point guard for Coleman-Trainor in the 13-year-old division of theHuntington YMCA Buddy Basketball League, scored 55 points in a 63-61 defeat ofGuaranty Bank. He shot 22 for 26 from the field and 11 for 11 from theline.
Allison, 6, a wing on her American Youth Soccer Organization team forsix-year-olds, the Mighty Munchkins, scored all eight goals in an 8-1 win inmidseason. In one three-game stretch she had 21 goals, and she finished theyear with 71.
Ansley, 67, a retired Army sergeant major, shot a 34 on the back nine and a 72overall at the Belleview Mido Country Club in Florida. On the 15th, 16th and17th holes he chipped in from 30, 150 and 75 feet, respectively, for birdie,par, birdie.
Kathy, a senior at Lakeland High, led the Hornets, 24-0 on the year, to thestate Class A field hockey crown by scoring the winning goal in the section,region, semifinal and final games. The Hornets beat Sidney High 1-0 in thetitle match.
Shauntai, 12, won the 12-and-under title in girls' sparring at the NationalJunior Olympics taekwondo meet. She also led the Tri-Valley North Junior Highgirls' basketball team to a 13-1 record, averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds agame.
Jeremy, 14, won the TAC 13-14 age group national cross-country title bycovering a 4-km course in Omaha in 14:14 to finish 15 yards ahead of JosephMuratti from New Britain, Conn., who had beaten Jeremy by a yard in theregionals.