PRO BASKETBALL—Led by the scoring heroics of Karl Malone (page 9), the Jazz dominated three games—by an average score of 120-93-and ran its winning streak to nine. After coasting through a 102-94 win over the Rockets, Utah ripped the Knicks 115-89 as Malone scored 26 points and John Stockton had 10 points, 19 assists and six steals. A 144-96 win over the Bucks—the worst defeat ever for Milwaukee—gave the Jazz a two-game lead on the Spurs in the Midwest Division. New York rebounded from its loss to the Jazz—the Knicks' worst beating of the year and their fifth in a row—to defeat the Nuggets 110-96. New York stayed a game ahead of the charging 76ers, whose Charles Barkley averaged 31.3 points a game for the week, in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia's four victories (103-88 over the Cavs, 125-103 over the Magic, 120-109 over the Bulls and 125-101 over the Bullets) extended its winning streak to eight. In the Pacific Division the Trail Blazers, despite three wins, couldn't close on the Lakers, who also won thrice. L.A. opened with a 118-97 defeat of the Knicks in which it shot 58% and held Patrick Ewing to 12 points. The next night, Magic Johnson scored 26 of his 32 points in the second half of a 120-111 win over the Pacers. It was Laker coach Pat Riley's 500th NBA win. Two nights later, Cleveland coach Lenny Wilkens got his 700th career victory when the Cavs beat the Timberwolves 85-84. The Pistons recaptured first place in the Central Division by defeating Chicago 107-95 and then hammering out a 107-103 victory over the Suns that ended Phoenix's club-record winning streak at 10. Detroit finished the week by knocking off Minnesota 85-83.
BOWLING—CHRIS WARREN defeated Steve Cook 201-188 to win a PBA tour event and $20,000 in Pinole, Calif.
BOXING—LINDELL HOLMES won the vacant IBF super middleweight title with a 12-round split decision over Frank Tate, in New Orleans.
Orlando Canizales successfully defended his IBF bantamweight crown with a 12-round split decision over Billy Hardy, in Sunderland, England.
Raul Perez retained his WBC bantamweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Gaby Canizales, in Inglewood, Calif.
PRO FOOTBALL—The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS defeated the Denver Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV, in New Orleans (page 14).
GOLF—TOMMY ARMOUR III shot a 17-under-par 267 to beat Jim Thorpe by five strokes and win the Phoenix Open. He earned $162,000.
HOCKEY—The Islanders—for the past two months the NHL's hottest team, with a 19-5-2 record—hit a minislump. New York dropped two in a row, losing 4-2 to the Whalers and 5-2 to the Bruins, before bouncing back with a 9-3 defeat of the Penguins. That victory set up a match with the Devils for sole possession of the Patrick Division lead. The Islanders got two goals from Bryan Trottier but had to settle for a 4-4 tie that left both teams with 53 points. In the Adams Division, Boston ran its league-leading point total to 65 with three wins, including a 9-2 romp over the Nordiques in which Glen Wesley broke a 2-2 tie at 8:07 of the second period with the second of eight unanswered goals for the Bruins. The Blackhawks split two games with the Sabres, losing 3-2 at home and winning 4-2 in Buffalo, where former Sabre Adam Creighton had two goals and an assist to pace Chicago. A 6-4 loss to Hartford left the Hawks' lead in the Norris Division at five points over the Maple Leafs. The Flames won both of their games: 8-5 over the Rangers behind rookie Paul Ranheim's two goals and two assists, and 3-1 over the North Stars. The Oilers' Mark Messier set up three goals during a five-minute third-period rally as Edmonton beat the Kings 7-6. That win helped the Oilers stay tied with Calgary for the Smythe Division lead. Pittsburgh was 1-3, but Mario Lemieux was soaring: He extended his point-scoring streak to 39 games, tying Wayne Gretzky for the second-longest such streak in NHL history.
INDOOR SOCCER—Dallas ran its record, the best in the MISL. to 16-10 and its lead in the Western Division to 3� games over St. Louis with a 4-3 OT win over Wichita. Sidekick Kevin Smith's goal with six seconds left in regulation forced the overtime, and Tatu scored his 32nd goal of the year to give Dallas the victory. Eastern Division-leading Baltimore beat Kansas City 8-4 to complete a 2-1 week and make its margin over Wichita two games.
MARATHON—ROSA MOTA won the Osaka ( Japan) International Women's Marathon in 2:27:47. She finished 1:49 ahead of Katsuyo Hyodo.