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PRO BASKETBALL—While the Bulls had an up-and-down week, the hot-handed Pistons moved into a tie with Chicago for the Central Division lead by romping over the Magic 121-81. Earlier the Bulls had overwhelmed the Heat 117-106, in part because of Michael Jordan's 13 third-period points, but Chicago fell apart against the Nets as New Jersey's Reggie Theus converted eight free throws in the final 1:23 to dump the Bulls 99-95. Chicago rebounded in its second game of the week against Miami, thrashing the Heat 108-87 as Jordan scored 26 points and then sat out the final period. The Bird-less Celtics remained atop the Atlantic Division despite a slump that ran their recent record to six losses in seven games. Detroit, even without Isiah Thomas, who will miss at least 12 weeks with an injured right wrist, outgunned Boston 101-90. The Celtics ended a four-game losing streak in another game against the Pistons, with runs of 12-0 and 20-4 in the fourth period of a 111-94 victory. Then Hersey Hawkins of the 76ers had a career-high 38 points, nine steals and eight rebounds in leading Philadelphia to a 116-94 rout of the Celtics. Boston finished the week by falling to the Lakers 104-87 as Magic Johnson just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds. The Spurs, leaders in the Midwest Division, capitalized on David Robinson's eight points, two blocks and one steal during a four-minute span late in the fourth period to push past the Clippers 106-100. Robinson scored 30 points and helped hold the Cavaliers scoreless for almost two minutes down the stretch of a 111-103 San Antonio victor over Cleveland. Terry Cummings had 26 points, including two three-point baskets in the final two minutes, as the Spurs held off the Timberwolves 112-105. Terry Porter, Clyde Drexler and Cliff Robinson of the Pacific Division-leading Trail Blazers got crucial baskets in the final two minutes of a 123-116 defeat of the Suns. The Portland bench then outscored the Kings' bench 61-32 as the Blazers beat Sacramento 121-96.
BOWLING—BRIAN VOSS defeated Mark Thayer 50-45 in a two-frame roll-off to win a PBA tour event and $21,000 in Pinole, Calif. Voss and Thayer had finished the regulation 10 frames tied at 179.
BOXING—MAURIZIO STECCA regained the WBO featherweight title by knocking out Juan Armando Reyes at 2:30 of the fifth round, in Sassari, Italy.
HOCKEY—The league leaders struggled early in the week. The Rangers, sitting atop the Patrick Division, couldn't beat the Patrick's last-place club, the Islanders, who outshot them 40-26 en route to a 3-2 win. In their next game, the Rangers squandered five power-play opportunities against the Oilers, but Kevin Miller's two goals and Mike Richter's 27 saves helped to pull New York past Edmonton 4-3. Boston, No. 1 in the Adams Division, had a three-game winning streak snapped as the Sabres fired off six goals in a row to erase a 3-0 deficit for a 6-4 triumph. Boston then beat the Whalers 3-0 as Ray Bourque became the highest-point-scoring defenseman in Bruin history, passing Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, with a third-period assist. It gave Bourque 889 points in his 11�-year career. Three was again the magic number for Boston, this time against the slumping Flames, as the Bruins scored three times in the first period, eventually winning 5-2. The Smythe Division-leading Kings were outplayed by the Oilers 4-2, as Mark Messier and Esa Tikkanen each had a goal and two assists for Edmonton. Los Angeles got back on track by beating the Canucks 5-1 and 5-1. In the latter victory, Wayne Gretzky of the Kings celebrated his 30th birthday with three goals and two assists, which ran his league-leading point-scoring total to 98,17 ahead of his closest rival, John Cullen of the Penguins. The hat trick was the 48th of Gretzky's career. The Sabres got their second win of the week against a division leader and their fifth straight victory when they upended the Norris Division-leading Blackhawks 5-4. Buffalo goalie Darcy Wakaluk stopped a Dave Manson penalty shot in the third period to help preserve the win. Doug Wilson then became the second defenseman in the 65-year history of the Blackhawks to score three goals in a game, as Chicago bounced back against the Maple Leafs, 5-1. By week's end, scoring leader Brett Hull of the Blues became only the fifth player in NHL history to score 50 goals in the first 50 or fewer games of the season when he got his 49th and 50th in his 49th game, a 9-4 St. Louis defeat of the Red Wings (page 49).
SKIING—In men's competition at the World Alpine Championships, in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria, FRANZ HEINZER of Switzerland won the downhill in 1:54.91. STEFAN EBERHARTER of Austria the Super G in 1:26.73 and MARC GIRARDELLI of Luxembourg the slalom in 1:55.38. In the women's division, PETRA KRONBERGER of Austria was the downhill champ, with a time of 1:29.12, and SABINE GINTHER of Austria came out on top in the combined, in 1:18.23.
TENNIS—In the Australian Open, in Melbourne, BORIS BECKER won the men's championship and $271,200 by beating Ivan Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, and MONICA SELES, 17, became the youngest women's winner by defeating Jana Novotna 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Seles took home $234,806 (page 38).
ELECTED: To the Pro Football Hall of Fame, EARL CAMPBELL, 35, who in eight years in the NFL with the Houston Oilers and the New Orleans Saints (1978-85) ran for 9,407 yards (10th on the alltime list); JOHN HANNAH, 39, an offensive guard who in his 13 seasons (1973-85), all with the New England Patriots, appeared in eight Pro Bowls and was a 10-time All-Pro selection; STAN JONES, 59, a guard and defensive tackle who in his 12 seasons with the Chicago Bears ('54-65) and one with the Washington Redskins ('66) was All-NFL four times and played in seven Pro Bowls; TEX SCHRAMM, 70, who was president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys for 29 years (1960-88), during which the Cowboys won two Super Bowls and had 20 consecutive winning seasons; and JAN STENERUD, 48, who became the first pure placekicker to make the Hall. He played 19 years (1967-85) with three teams (the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings), ranks second in career points, with 1,699, and holds the career field goal record, 373.