PRO BASKETBALL—A Knick edge in a sibling rivalry helped New York beat the Hawks 113-109: The Knacks' Gerald Wilkins scored a season-high 29 points, four more than his older brother. Atlanta forward Dominique. The Knicks then defeated Seattle 118-97 to stay atop the Atlantic Division and extend their home record to 9-0. Meanwhile, the Pacific Division-leading Lakers spent the week on the road and also won, knocking off the Hornets 103-89, the Heat 102-75, the Celtics 119-110 and the Nets 99-92. In the Midwest, the Jazz started the week by losing to the Cavaliers 113-110 as Cleveland's Craig Ehlo sank two three-pointers in the last 4.3 seconds of overtime. Utah won its next three games to overtake the Spurs for the division lead. The Bulls also won three in a row as—who else?—Michael Jordan scored a total of 112 points in victories over the Mavs (105-97), the Magic (124-113) and the Hornets (115-104). Those triumphs moved Chicago a half game past the Pacers for the Central Division lead (page 34).
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—GEORGIA SOUTHERN defeated Stephen F. Austin 37-34 for its third Division I-AA title in five years, in Statesboro, Ga.
At the Independence Bowl, in Shreveport, La., Oregon rallied to beat Tulsa 27-24.
PRO FOOTBALL—Only one of the eight remaining playoff berths was claimed: The Giants clinched a wild-card spot by beating the Cowboys 15-0. The shutout was the first in four years for New York, which took a half-game lead over the Eagles in the NFC East. Mark Rypien threw a 60-yard touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Redskins rallied to defeat the Falcons 31-30. Washington was eliminated from postseason contention, nonetheless, when Jim Everett threw for 273 yards and two TDs as the Rams beat the Jets 38-14. The AFC West-champion Broncos locked up the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs by crushing the Cards 37-0. The Colts created a logjam atop the AFC East by defeating the Dolphins 42-13 behind Jack Trudeau's career-high four touchdown passes. The victory left Indianapolis tied with Miami and Buffalo for the division lead. The Packers' 40-28 win over the Bears guaranteed Green Bay, the NFC Central coleader with the Vikings, its first winning season since 1982. Barry Sanders rushed for 104 yards and a TD to lead the surging Lions to a 33-7 trouncing of the Bucs. The Seahawks stayed mathematically alive in the playoff hunt by upsetting the Raiders 23-17. David Krieg threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns for Seattle. Roy Bennett intercepted a Steve DeBerg pass in the end zone with 12 seconds left to preserve the Chargers" 20-13 victory over the Chiefs. In other games: The NFC West-champion 49ers beat the Bills 21-10; the Steelers downed the Patriots 28-10; the Bengals buried the AFC Central-leading Oilers 61-7; and the Browns defeated the Vikings 23-17 in overtime (page 26).
HOCKEY—It took skill, teamwork and a bit of luck, but the Oilers stayed atop the Smythe Division. After Edmonton escaped with a 3-3 tie with the Flames—Oiler rookie forward Martin Gelinas scored with 28 seconds left in the third period to pull Edmonton even—five different Oilers scored in a 5-1 drubbing of Quebec. Then Blues defenseman Paul Cavallini accidentally put the puck into his own net with 6:55 remaining in regulation to give Edmonton a 3-3 tie with St. Louis. The Oilers finished the week by losing 6-5 to the Norris Division-leading Blackhawks. Earlier in the week Chicago had defeated the Canadiens 3-1, but then its four-game winning streak was snapped as center Steve Yzerman's hat trick helped the lowly Red Wings to an 8-4 victory. The hottest team in the NHL was New Jersey, which swept the Islanders in a home-and-away series, 7-2 and 5-2, and then beat the Kings 7-5 and the Bruins 3-1. In the Adams Division, the first-place Sabres had a 2-1 week, splitting with Boston and defeating the Flyers 4-3. Despite that loss, Philadelphia took the lead in the Patrick Division from the Rangers, who fell to the Blues (3-1), the Islanders (4-3, after having led 2-0) and the Canadiens (2-0).
HORSE RACING—GRAND CANYON ($3.60), Angel Cordero Jr. up, won the Hollywood Futurity by 6� lengths over Farma Way. The 2-year-old colt ran the mile at Hollywood Park in 1:33 and earned $495,000.
INDOOR SOCCER—Dallas increased its Western Division lead to 2� games over San Diego when the Sidekicks beat Tacoma 5-4 in overtime—Mark Karpun got the game-winning goal at 3:09 into sudden death—and the Sockers lost by the same score to Wichita. In the Eastern Division, Baltimore held on to its one-game lead by defeating Kansas City 4-3.
SKIING—PIRMIN ZURBRIGGEN won a World Cup men's Super G event in Sestriere, Italy, beating Lars-B�rje Eriksson by .11 of a second, and a downhill, outracing Franz Heinzer by .54 of a second in Val Gardena, Italy.
In women's World Cup action, PETRA KRON-BERGER won a downhill in Panorama, B.C.
TENNIS—WEST GERMANY defended the Davis Cup by defeating Sweden 3-2, in Stuttgart.