PRO BASKETBALL—In the Atlantic Division, the pacesetting Knicks won two of three games and took a 5�-game lead over the second-place Sixers, who split their four games. In the second of Philadelphia's victories over the Pacers, guard Maurice Cheeks scored the 10,000th point of his 10-year NBA career. Meanwhile, the third-place Celtics suffered through a brutal western swing, losing all four of their games and dropping 10� games behind New York. The Central Division-leading Cavaliers, who continue to have the league's best record (38-12), won three of four games, including a 129-107 triumph over the Knicks in which they blocked 17 shots. Cleveland's subsequent 118-100 win over the Sixers was its 17th straight at home. The Cavs stumbled on the road, falling to the Hawks 108-100 as Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins scored 32 points. The Rockets stayed one game ahead in the Midwest Division by winning all three of their games, including a 121-111 romp over Denver in which Akeem Olajuwon had 34 points and 15 rebounds. The second-place Jazz went 3-0, too. In Utah's 107-93 beating of the Spurs, Mark Eaton tied his career high of 14 blocks. The Lakers won two of three games and led the Pacific Division by a mere 1� games over the onrushing Suns. Phoenix (page 38) won three straight, including a 135-126 defeat of the Celtics that gave them a sweep of their season series with Boston for only the second time in the Suns' 21-year history. The SuperSonics. third in the Pacific, won three games, the last a 116-115 squeaker over the Trail Blazers that spoiled the debut of Portland coach Rick Adel-man, who replaced the fired Mike Schuler (127-84 in his 2� seasons in Portland).
BOWLING—BRIAN VOSS defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. 245-223 to win a PBA event and $38,000 in New Orleans.
BOXING—PERNELL WHITAKER won the IBF lightweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over defending champion Greg Haugen in Hampton, Va. (page 44).
Simon Brown scored a third-round TKO against Jorge Maysonet to retain his IBF welterweight title in Budapest, Hungary.
GOLF—GREG TWIGGS shot a final-round three-under-par 69 to beat Steve Elkington, Mark Wiebe, Brad Faxon and Mark O'Meara by two strokes and win a PGA Tour event in La Jolla, Calif. He finished at a 17-under-par 271 and received $126,000.
Sherri Turner beat Sara Ann McGetrick by four strokes to win the Hawaiian Ladies Open and $45,000, in Kahuku. Her 11-under-par 54-hole total of 205 was a tournament record.
HOCKEY—The Norris Division-leading Red Wings increased their cushion over St. Louis and Chicago to 11 points despite a 1-2-1 week. During a 4-2 win over the North Stars, a first-period goal by Detroit's Gerrard Gallant gave the line of Gallant, Steve Yzerman and Paul Mac Lean 115 for the year, the most ever by a Red Wing line. The illustrious trio of Alex Delvecchio, Gordie Howe and Frank Mahovlich had set the record 20 years ago. The Smythe Division leaders, the Flames, beat Winnipeg 6-1 but then had their 12-game unbeaten streak snapped by the Bruins 4-3. In the Kings' 11-3 rout of the Nordiques, Wayne Gretzky scored two goals and had five assists, giving him 1,800 career points in a mere 10 years. The only other player to reach the 1,800-point plateau is Howe, who required 26 seasons. The top of the Patrick Division became more congested when both the first-place Penguins and the second-place Rangers won only one of three games. New York was pummeled 10-6 by the lowly Maple Leafs for its sixth loss in seven games but then beat Pittsburgh 5-3. The Caps moved from third into a tie with the Rangers, one point behind Pittsburgh, after beating the Blues and the Oilers. In the Adams Division. Montreal remained on top with a 2-1-1 week. After a 3-2 loss to Quebec, the Canadiens gave 17-year veteran defense-man Larry Robinson a seven-day midseason vacation in the Florida sun while the rest of the team went on the road. Montreal proceeded to beat the Flyers 7-4 and the Blues 4-2, and to tie the Black-hawks 4-4, thereby becoming the first team to clinch a playoff berth. Boston was healthy on defense for the first time in months and had a 3-1 record out west, defeating Los Angeles 7-3 and then sweeping Alberta by beating Calgary (4-3) and Edmonton (4-2) on successive nights.
HORSE RACING—DIXIELAND BRASS ($4.40), Randy Romero up, beat Mercedes Won by 1� lengths to win the Fountain of Youth Stakes and $78,000, at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[3/5] (page 48).
INDOOR SOCCER—First-place Baltimore won twice before losing 6-5 in overtime to Los Angeles. Lazer goaltender Kris Peat made 23 saves, and Hector Marinaro scored the winner 4:44 into sudden death. Dallas suffered through a rough week: The Sidekicks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, lost two games to Baltimore before beating Kansas City 4-3 in double OT, and dropped from second place to third.
MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP, in a Chevrolet, averaged 148.466 mph around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval to win the Daytona 500 and $184,400. He finished 7.64 seconds ahead of Ken Schrader, also in a Chevy (page 46).