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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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SENTENCED: To four years in prison by a U.S. District Court judge in Pittsburgh, former bartender JEFFREY MOSCO, 30, following his guilty plea to three counts of distributing cocaine. Mosco was the last of the seven defendants to be sentenced, all of whom were either convicted or pleaded guilty in last year's baseball drug trials in Pittsburgh.

TRADED: By the Milwaukee Brewers, first baseman-catcher TED SIMMONS, 36, to the Atlanta Braves for catcher RICK CERONE, 31, and two minor-leaguers.

DIED: GEORGE OWEN JR., 84, a member of both the U.S. National Hockey League and National Football Foundation halls of fame; in Milton, Mass. Owen was an All-America in hockey, football and baseball for Harvard in the early 1920s. A defenseman, he led the Boston Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 1929.

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