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A Roundup of the Week April 20-26
Compiled by Cathrine Wolf
May 04, 1987
PRO BASKETBALL—"We wouldn't even show up for the next game if the league would let us." joked Denver coach Doug Moe after the Los Angeles Lakers tied a playoff record with 82 first-half points and crushed his team 128-95 in the opener of their best-of-five Western Conference quarterfinal. Sure enough, in Game 2 the seemingly absent Nuggets fell behind 16-4 en route to a 139-127 loss. Utah also took a 2-0 game lead, beating Golden State 99-85 and 103-100 behind Karl Malone's 42 points. Seattle rallied from a 151-129 embarrassment with a 112-110 win for a split in its series with Dallas (page 28). Ralph Sampson scored 23 points in his first start since Feb. 3 as Houston downed Portland 125-115. The Trail Blazers took the second game 111-98 as Clyde Drexler scored 32. Despite rallying from 21- and 11-point deficits, respectively, Chicago fell 108-104 and 105-96 to Boston, which has beaten the Bulls 15 straight. Dominique Wilkins went 9 of 10 from the floor and scored 27 of his 35 points in the second half as Atlanta beat Indiana 110-94. He had 43 more in a 94-93 win. Detroit downed Washington 106-92 and 128-85, with Isiah Thomas pouring in 51 points, and Milwaukee split with Philadelphia, winning 107-104, then losing 125-122 in OT.
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May 04, 1987

A Roundup Of The Week April 20-26

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TENNIS—MATS WILANDER beat Jimmy Arias 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 to win $74,700 and the Monte Carlo Open title, in Monaco.

Chris Evert defeated Martina Navratilova 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), to win $30,000 and a tour event in Houston.

TRACK & FIELD—JOHN TRAUTMANN, DARRON OUTLER, MILES IRISH and MIKE STAHR of Georgetown University ran the distance medley relay in a world best of 9:20.96, at the 93rd Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Arkansas set the previous mark of 9:22.6 in 1986.

MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The probable withdrawal of defending champion GREG LeMOND, from the Tour de France bicycle race, which begins July 1, because of a shotgun wound suffered in a hunting accident on April 20.

AWARDED: By the NBA Board of Governors, four expansion franchises—to Charlotte, N.C., and Miami, which will begin play in 1988, and Minnesota and Orlando, which will start in 1989. Each team will pay a $32.5 million entry fee.

FINED: By baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, Seattle owner GEORGE ARGYROS, $10,000 for a congratulatory call to San Diego manager Larry Bowa. Argyros is trying to sell the Mariners so he can buy the Padres.

FIRED: As coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, DON CHANEY, 41, after a 12-70 season, the second-worst in NBA history. Chaney's mark was 53-132 in just over two seasons.

NAMED: As coach of the Minnesota North Stars, HERB BROOKS, 49, who led the U.S. Olympic team to the 1980 gold medal and directed the New York Rangers to a 131-113-41 record from 1981 to '85. Last season he coached at St. Cloud State.

As basketball coach at George Mason University, RICK BARNES, 32, a former assistant at Ohio State, Alabama and GMU. He succeeds Joe Harrington, who moved to Long Beach State.

TRADED: By the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback STEVE YOUNG, 25, to the San Francisco 49ers for two 1987 draft choices and cash: and by the Houston Oilers, wide receiver TIM SMITH, 30, to the San Diego Chargers for a 1988 draft pick.

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