PRO BASKETBALL—In a week abbreviated by the NBA All-Star break, the division front-runners maintained their positions, though the four-day midseason hiatus may have been the only break Dallas got. On Monday the Mavericks were beaten 108-103 by woeful New Jersey, which thereby broke its 26-game losing streak on the road. Three days later Dallas fell to another last-place team, Sacramento, 118-101. Between those defeats, the Mavericks lost another, 115-105, to Midwest Division runner-up Denver, which moved to within two games of Dallas. Events took a more predictable turn in the Atlantic Division, where first-place Boston extended its home winning streak over Indiana to 23 games with a 118-103 rout. The Celts were beaten the next night in Milwaukee, 111-101. In the Central Division, pacesetting Atlanta lost its fourth straight, falling to Portland 121-118. Hawks point guard Doc Rivers then provided much-needed relief in Seattle, getting a career-high 37 points in a 119-109 victory over the Sonics. In the Pacific Division, Magic Johnson sparked the Los Angeles Lakers to a 110-101 victory over Chicago, and two days later he had his sixth triple double of the season—18 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists—in a 117-86 clipping of the other Los Angeles team. In Sunday's All-Star Game, Michael Jordan scored 40 points to earn MVP honors and pace the East to a 138-133 win over the West.
BOWLING—MARSHALL HOLMAN beat Ron Bell 275-211 in the title game to win a PBA event and $23,000, in Venice, Fla.
BOXING—YU MYONG-WOO of South Korea retained his World Boxing Association junior flyweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over Wilibardo Salazar of Mexico, in Seoul.
Frank Tate successfully defended his International Boxing Federation middleweight crown with a 10th-round technical knockout of Tony Sibson, in Stafford, England.
In Atlantic City, MARLON STARLING successfully defended his WBA welterweight title by scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over Fujio Ozaki of Japan, and GREG HAUGEN reclaimed the IBF lightweight title from Vinny Pazienza with a 15-round unanimous decision (page 46).
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ fired a five-under-par 283 to win $30,000 and an LPGA event in Boca Raton, Fla. Runner-up Marta Figueras-Dotti of Spain finished two strokes back.
Steve Jones beat Bob Tway on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $126,000 in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The two completed regulation play at 280, eight under par (page 42).
HOCKEY—In the Norris Division, Steve Yzerman paced Detroit to victories over Chicago, 6-4, Calgary, 5-1, and Montreal, 5-4. Yzerman, whose total of 43 goals at week's end was nine fewer than that of league-leader Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh, scored three against the Canadiens, including the game-winner. The Red Wings' win over Calgary extended the Smythe Division-leading Flames' losing skid to three games. Calgary also fell to New Jersey 5-4 and to Winnipeg, 9-0. The latter game was marred by 128 penalty minutes. Philadelphia remained atop the Patrick Divison with wins over Toronto, 6-1, and St. Louis, 4-2. The defeat snapped the Blues' club-record seven-game winning streak. In the Adams Division, Boston went 4 for 4 with victories over Chicago, 5-3, Montreal, 7-3, Quebec, 3-2, and New Jersey, 6-3, to reclaim first place from the Canadiens. Marcel Dionne of the New York Rangers got his 717th career goal in a 6-3 win over Pittsburgh; it tied him with Phil Esposito for second on the NHL alltime scoring list.
HORSE RACING—ALYSHEBA ($3.80), with Chris McCarron up, beat Candi's Gold by three lengths to win the Strub Stakes and $275,000, at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1� miles in 2:00[2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Western Division-leading San Diego lost 4-2 to Los Angeles to snap a nine-game winning streak. The Sockers rebounded with a 6-2 victory over Tacoma. In the East, Cleveland lost to Chicago 2-1 and Minnesota 5-1 but remained first with wins over St. Louis, 3-2, and Baltimore, 4-1.