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A roundup of the week March 3-9
Compiled by IVAN MAISEL
March 17, 1986
PRO BASKETBALL—Washington politicians routinely flip-flop on the issues, and now the local NBA team has done a major about-face of its own. On Tuesday, the Bullets were embarrassed by the lowly Knicks 119-83, but four days later, Gus Williams's 30-foot three-pointer with five seconds left in OT provided Washington with a 110-108 win over Atlantic Division-leading Boston. In that game Celtic center Bill Walton had his nose broken for the 13th time. Ralph Sampson was showing signs of strain. On Monday, playing center in the absence of injured Houston teammate Akeem Olajuwon, Sampson was thrown out of a 118-105 loss to Seattle when referee Mike Lauerman gave him two technicals. The next night, Sampson took a swing at Denver forward Bill Hanzlik, was ejected again and was later fined $2,000 by the league. Hanzlik hit 17 of 18 free throws in that game to lead the Nuggets to a 128-115 win, and by week's end Denver trailed Houston by only a game in the Midwest Division. The Lakers went 5-0 and clinched their fifth straight Pacific Division title, but it wasn't easy. Magic Johnson scored on a 10-foot hook with three seconds remaining to beat Golden State 112-111. Los Angeles needed two OTs to ward off Sacramento 122-121; then L.A. nipped Seattle 108-106. Atlanta continued to surge, winning its ninth game in 10 tries when Doc Rivers made a 17-footer with two seconds remaining to beat Milwaukee 111-109. That pulled the Hawks within 5� games of the Bucks in the Central Division. Earlier in the week Atlanta beat Philadelphia twice. The Hawks are only a game behind the 76ers in the race for the No. 3 slot in the playoffs.
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March 17, 1986

A Roundup Of The Week March 3-9

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SKIING—UTAH beat an 18-team field to win the NCAA combined men's and women's championships in Stowe, Vt.

TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated Helena Sukova 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 to win the U.S. Women's Indoor Championship and $32,000 in Piscataway, N.J.

The U.S. defeated Ecuador 3-2 in the first round of the 1986 Davis Cup World Group play (page 34). Other teams reaching the quarterfinals were Mexico, Sweden, Italy, Australia, Great Britain, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia.

TRACK & FIELD—MARK McKOY of Canada set a world indoor best of 7.47 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, .01 faster than the 1983 mark set by East Germany's Thomas Munkelt in Tokyo.

MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, BOBBY DOERR, 67, and the late ERNIE LOMBARDI. Doerr, who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1937 to '51, had a career batting average of .288, six 100-RBI seasons and led AL second basemen in fielding four times. Lombardi, a catcher for Brooklyn, Cincinnati, the Boston Braves and the New York Giants in the '30s and '40s, was the NL's Most Valuable Player in 1938, when he hit .342, and had 10 .300-plus seasons, finishing with a .306 career average. He died in 1977 at the age of 69.

FIRED: By Wichita State, basketball coach GENE SMITHSON, 46, who was 155-81 in eight years. The Shockers were 14-14 this season.

GRANTED: By the Florida Supreme Court, a new trial to former NFL running back EUGENE (Mercury) MORRIS, 39, who is serving a 20-year sentence for a 1982 conviction on one count of trafficking in cocaine, one count of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine.

INJURED: When his mount, Highfalutin, fell near the first turn at Aqueduct and another horse stepped on him, jockey ANGEL CORDERO JR., 43. Cordero suffered a broken leg and underwent liver surgery.

NAMED: As basketball coach at Colgate, JOE BAKER, 37. He replaces Tony Relvas, 42, who resigned after the Red Raiders went 1-24, the worst record in Division I this season.

As winner of the John Wooden Award, given to the outstanding college basketball player of the year, St. John's junior center WALTER BERRY.

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