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A Roundup of the Week April 11-17
Compiled by Duncan Brantley
April 25, 1988
PRO BASKETBALL—"I feel unstoppable," said New York's Patrick Ewing after he scored 41 points in a 127-107 win over Indiana. And no wonder: Ewing had gotten no fewer than 36 points in four of the Knicks' last six games and was the key man in crucial victories last week over the Central Division's two top teams, Detroit (114-111 in overtime) and Atlanta (95-93). Those wins helped move New York past Indiana into seventh place in the Eastern Conference playoff race with one week remaining in the regular season. The Pacers dropped to ninth—which put them out of the postseason picture, at least temporarily. Washington went 3-1 for the week, including a 98-92 victory over Atlantic-leading Boston, to match New York's 37-42 record. The pair occupied the conference's last two playoff slots. At week's end, only 1� games separated New York, Washington, Indiana and Philadelphia. By going 3-1, the Pistons moved four games ahead of Atlanta (1-3) in the Central. Figure this one out: Another of that division's teams, Milwaukee, clinched a playoff berth even though it lost all four of its games. Denver jumped into the Midwest Division lead when Dallas lost two games earlier in the week. For insurance, the Nuggets whipped the Mavericks 133-122 on Sunday.
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April 25, 1988

A Roundup Of The Week April 11-17

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MARATHON—In the Rotterdam Marathon, BELAINE DENSIMO of Ethiopia ran the distance in the fastest time ever, 2:06:50. That was 22 seconds faster than the world-best run by Carlos Lopes of Portugal on the same course three years ago. In the Boston Marathon, IBRAHIM HUSSEIN of Kenya won in 2:08:43, and ROSA MOTA of Portugal finished first among the women in 2:24:30 (page 98). In the London Marathon, HENRYK JORGENSEN of Denmark came out on top in 2:10:20, and INGRID KRISTIANSEN of Norway was the women's champion, breaking the tape in 2:25:41.

MOTOR SPORTS—AL UNSER JR., driving a March-Chevrolet, beat Bobby Rahal, in a Lola-Judd, by one lap and 33.482 seconds to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach, in Long Beach, Calif. Unser averaged 83.655 mph for 95 laps on the 1.67-mile road circuit and earned $91,160.

SWIMMING—YANG WENYI of China set a women's 50-meter freestyle world record with a clocking of 24.98 in Guangzhou, China. She surpassed the 1986 mark of Romania's Tamara Costache by .3 of a second.

TENNIS—JOHN McENROE beat Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-2 to win the Japan Open and $122,250 in Tokyo. It was McEnroe's first tournament victory in more than 18 months.

Martina Navratilova routed runner-up Gabriela Sabatini 6-0, 6-2 to win $60,000 and a women's tour event in Amelia Island, Fla.

MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the International Amateur Athletic Federation, that Great Britain's athletes will be suspended from all international track and field meets, including the Seoul Olympics, unless the British Amateur Athletic Board suspends runner Zola Budd for at least one year. Budd, a native of South Africa who is now a British citizen, is accused of having taken part in a race last June in South Africa, which is off limits to IAAF members because of its apartheid policy.

HIRED: As basketball coach, at UCLA, JIM HARRICK, 49, who had a 167-97 record in nine seasons at Pepperdine; at Rutgers, former New Jersey Nets assistant BOB WENZEL, 38.

As manager of the Baltimore Orioles, FRANK ROBINSON, 52, who replaced Cal Ripken Sr. (page 94).

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