PRO BASKETBALL—The Central Division-leading Cavaliers' string of consecutive wins at home ended at 22 when the Bucks overcame an 89-79 fourth-period Cleveland lead en route to a 103-98 triumph. The victory left Milwaukee six games behind the Cavs in the Central and three behind the second-place Pistons, who handed the Jazz, leaders in the Midwest Division, its only loss (96-85) in a 3-1 week. Center Mark Eaton saved Utah from another defeat when he blocked four shots and pulled down 23 rebounds in an 85-83 win over the Hawks. The only highlight in a 1-3 week for the Rockets, who are second in the Midwest, was an 88-83 defeat of the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. With rookie playmaker Rod Strickland stepping in for injured point guard Mark Jackson and getting 20 points and 14 assists, the Knicks beat the Bulls 122-104 and ran their home winning streak to 23 games and their Atlantic Division lead to 7� games over the 76ers. As usual, Michael Jordan led the Chicago scorers, with 28 points (page 34).
BOWLING—MIKE AULBY beat Curtis Odom 195-182 in the title match at a PBA event in Atlantic City. The victory was worth $27,000.
BOXING—VIRGIL HILL scored a unanimous 12-round decision over Bobby Czyz to retain his WBA light heavyweight title, in Bismarck, N.Dak.
GOLF—BLAINE McCALLISTER shot a final-round 64 for a 22-under-par total of 266 to beat Payne Stewart by four strokes and win a PGA event in Coral Springs, Fla. He earned $144,000.
HOCKEY—When Guy Lafleur decided to unretire last summer, he unsuccessfully sought a shot with the Kings before going to camp with the Rangers; L.A. officials might have had second thoughts when he scored a hat trick in Patrick Division-leading New York's 6-4 defeat of the Kings. L.A. wound up in third place in the Smythe Division behind the first-place Flames and the second-place Oilers, whose 3-0 week included a 3-0 shutout of the Adams Division-pacesetting Canadiens in which Edmonton goalie Grant Fuhr stopped 23 shots. The Red Wings, who are atop the Norris Division, won two close games, 6-5 over the Islanders and 5-4 in overtime against the Blues. Despite a 3-2 victory over the Flames, the Canadiens trailed Calgary in the league standings until they beat the Whalers 6-1 to take the top spot with 97 points (page 38).
HORSE RACING—In Kentucky Derby prep races for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, MERCEDES WON ($32), Earlie Fires up, beat Western Playboy by five lengths to win the Florida Derby, and EASY GOER ($2.60), ridden by Pat Day, defeated Trion by 8� lengths in the Swale Stakes. Mercedes Won, a colt, covered the 1? miles in 1:49[3/5] and earned $300,000. Easy Goer's time of 1:22[1/5] over seven furlongs earned the colt $34,290 (page 28).
INDOOR SOCCER—Surprisingly, league-leading Baltimore struggled with last-place Wichita. On Wednesday rookie defender Mark Mettrick made a 40-foot goal to give the Blast a 3-2 win in overtime. And after it beat second-place San Diego 7-3, the Blast traveled to Wichita and lost 6-5.
MOTOR SPORTS—RUSTY WALLACE, driving a Pontiac, finished 1.6 seconds ahead of Alan Kulwicki, in a Ford, to win a 500-mile NASCAR event at the North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham. Wallace averaged 115.122 mph on the 1.017-mile oval and earned $72,100.
SKIING—In World Cup competition in Furano, Japan, VRENI SCHNEIDER of Switzerland won the slalom for her 12th technical-race victory this season, a record total. Then, with a third-place finish in the giant slalom, behind winning teammate MARIA WALLISER, Schneider clinched her first World Cup women's overall title. In men's competition, RUDOLF NIERLICH of Austria won the giant slalom, and OLE CHRISTIAN FURUSETH of Norway, the slalom.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE beat Brad Gilbert 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 to win a record fifth WCT title and $200,000, in Dallas (page 20).