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A Roundup of the Week March 7-13
Compiled by Duncan Brantley
March 21, 1988
PRO BASKETBALL—The Los Angeles Lakers, the Pacific Division leaders, who had won 82% of their games this season, began the week in familiar fashion with victories over Philadelphia (110-104) and New York (104-99). But in Chicago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got just one rebound. Magic Johnson aggravated a groin pull that put him out of action for three games, and L.A. lost 128-107. Then the Lakers lost at home to Dallas by a score of 110-101. Still, coach Pat Riley, whose team had a 49-12 record at week's end, was anything but daunted by defeat. "This season is not about winning back-to-back titles: it's about greatness." he said. "I honestly think this could be the best team ever." Pacesetting Boston won all three of its games, while Washington. New York and Philadelphia remained jammed within half a game of each other in second through fourth places in the Atlantic Division. During a 124-118 beating of Sacramento, Sixers forward Charles Barkley received two technicals and was ejected by referee Ken Mauer for unsportsmanlike conduct. "He got upset because I told him I make more money than he does," Barkley said of Mauer. Evidence that the Knicks are competitive again was apparent when the Lakers arrived in New York: Scalpers were getting $200 apiece for courtside seats. Knick guard Mark Jackson, the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors, was the key man in two wins, hitting late shots to beat the Bulls 110-98 and the Jazz 108-105. Dallas retained its Midwest Division lead, but runner-up Denver dropped three of its four games and suddenly found itself in a dogfight with Houston for second place. Central Division leader Detroit exploded to a 17-point first-period lead over Phoenix and coasted to a 116-88 triumph, but Piston center John Salley missed the second half because of an irregular heartbeat. "It's nothing to worry about," he said, "except it's my heart."
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A Roundup Of The Week March 7-13

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FIRED: As basketball coach at Weber State, LARRY FARMER, 37. The Wildcats were 9-21 this season and 34-54 during Farmer's three years.

PLACED ON PROBATION: For two years by the NCAA, the basketball program at Minnesota, for various violations by players and coaches between 1981 and '87. The penalty was reduced from three years to two because of the university's thorough in-house investigation as well as its cooperation with the NCAA.

REJECTED: By the San Diego Yacht Club, a proposal by New Zealand syndicate chief Michael Fay to stage the 27th America's Cup defense in San Diego in the spring of 1989 instead of in September '88 in Long Beach, Calif. The proposal also would have opened the regatta to half a dozen other challengers from abroad. Although the SDYC still plans to race this September, it has decided to switch the venue to San Diego.

REMOVED: As coach of the Sacramento Kings, BILL RUSSELL, 54, who was transferred to the front office and appointed vice-president in charge of basketball operations. One of Russell's assistants, JERRY REYNOLDS, 44, replaced him.

DIED: Boston Marathon runner, coach and organizer for 58 years, JOHN (Jock) SEMPLE, 84; of cancer; in Peabody, Mass.

Former University of Kansas track star GLENN CUNNINGHAM, 78, of an apparent heart attack; in Menifee, Ark. Cunningham, the 1933 Sullivan Award winner, won the 1,500-meter silver medal at the 1936 Olympics and ran a world-record 4:06.8 mile in '34.

At least 70 people, during a stampede in which 15,000 spectators rushed to escape a sudden hailstorm at a soccer tournament in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was reported that all but one of the stadium's eight exits were locked and the victims were either trampled to death or died of suffocation.

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