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A Roundup of the Week April 3-9
Compiled by Merrell Noden
April 17, 1989
PRO BASKETBALL—Three of the four division leaders seem to have gotten complacent, as only the Pistons, No. 1 in the Central, played better than .500 ball. Detroit, whose 56-18 record at the end of the week was the best in the NBA, had its eight-game winning streak snapped by the Trail Blazers. 118-100, but bounced back by beating the Bulls 115-108 and, in overtime, 114-112. In the latter victory the Pistons' Isiah Thomas and Chicago's Bill Cartwright were ejected for fighting. Cartwright was fined $2,500 and suspended for one game: Detroit's Mark Aguirre was fined $2,000 for "acting as other than a peacemaker"; and Thomas, who was deemed to have started the set-to, was fined $5,000 and suspended for two games. Worse still, Thomas broke his left index finger and may miss the rest of the regular season. The Lakers lost to the Jazz 99-97 and to the Warriors 122-116 and saw their Pacific Division lead over the Suns, who won three straight, shrink to 1� games. In the Atlantic Division the Knicks suffered their fourth loss in their last seven home games, falling to Philadelphia 124-113. New York also lost 115-105 on the road to the Nets, who got 29 points from Chris Morris. Utah, the Midwest Division leader, went 2-2 for the week and lost ground to second-place Denver, which was 3-0 and trailed the Jazz by 3� games. One of the Jazz's defeats came at the hands of the Nuggets, whose Alex English had 26 points in a 110-106 game, giving him 2,001 for the season. English became the first NBA player to score at least 2,000 points in eight consecutive seasons.
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April 17, 1989

A Roundup Of The Week April 3-9

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STEEPLECHASE—LITTIE POLVEIR, a 28-1 long shot ridden by Jimmy Frost, defeated West Tip by seven lengths to win the 150th Grand National, at Aintree, England, The 12-year-old horse was one of 14 in the field of 40 to finish the sodden, 4�-mile, 30-barrier course.

TENNIS—In Davis Cup quarterfinals, defending champion West Germany defeated Czechoslovakia 3-2, Sweden beat Austria 3-2. Yugoslavia nailed Spain 4�-and the U.S. overwhelmed France 5-0 (page 76).

Steffi Graf beat Natalya Zvereva 6-1, 6-1 to win a women's lour event and $60,000, in Hilton Head Island. S.C.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach: at Tennessee. WADE HOUSTON, 44, who had been an assistant coach at Louisville the past 13 years; at Washington, LYNN NANCE, 42, who had a 61-27 mark in three years at St. Mary's in Moraga, Calif.: at Louisiana Tech, JERRY LOYD, 34, a Bulldog assistant for the past three years; at Butler, BARRY COLLIER, 34, who had been an assistant coach al Stanford since 1986; at Wichita State, MIKE COHEN, 45, an assistant coach with the Shockers for the past three years: at Akron, COLEMAN CRAWFORD, 35, an assistant at Tennessee the past two seasons; al San Jose Stale, STAN MORRISON, 49, the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara since 1986; at Wake Forest, DAVE ODOM, 46, who had been an assistant coach at Virginia since 1982; at Marquette, KEVIN O'NEILL, 32, an assistant coach at Arizona for the past three years; al Ball State, DICK HUNSAKER. 35, who had been an assistant with the Cardinals for the past two seasons (Hunsaker replaces RICK MAJERUS, 41. who left Ball State after a two-year record of 43-17 to become the coach at Utah); and at Michigan, STEVE FISHER, 44, who, as interim coach, led the Wolverines to the national title (page 58).

RESIGNED: As basketball coach al Marshall, RICK HUCKABAY, 43, who had a 129-59 record in his six seasons with the Thundering Herd.

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