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A Roundup of the Week March 6-12
Compiled by Sally Guard
March 20, 1989
PRO BASKETBALL—Three days of rest and 65% fourth-quarter shooting helped the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks to a lopsided 25th straight home victory, 114-95 over the Pacers, though Indiana's trapping defense made life difficult for Patrick Ewing, who shot only once in the second half. Earlier in the week, also at home, Ewing had scored 18 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter to lead New York to a 124-119 win over the Suns. After a 110-106 victory in Philadelphia, Phoenix had a rough time on the road. The loss to the Knicks, along with two others—to the Pacers (121-116) and the Bucks (100-93)—left the Suns 5� games behind the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. The Cavaliers took the best record in the league to L.A. and got it tarnished by an embarrassing loss, 105-103, to the Clippers, who had won only once in their previous 33 games. The defeat reduced the Cavs' margin in the Central Division to one game over the Pistons, whom Isiah Thomas led to victory over the Nuggets (129-112). SuperSonics (112-96), 76ers (111-106) and Bullets (110-104) with 103 points. The Jazz, No. 1 in the Midwest, routed the second-place Rockets 117-80 and then overcame 10 blocked shots by Manute Bol, the league leader in that category, to beat the Warriors 126-112.
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March 20, 1989

A Roundup Of The Week March 6-12

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TRACK & FIELD—At the NCAA Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, HOLLIS CONWAY of Southwestern Louisiana set an American record of 7'9�" in the high jump, surpassing by half an inch the mark established by Jimmy Howard in 1986; MICHAEL JOHNSON of Baylor won the 200 meters in a U.S.-record time of 20.59 seconds, .01 better than the standard set by Joe DeLoach last month. In the women's 4 x 400-meter relay the Illinois team of SHAYLA BAINE, ANGELA McCLATCHEY, RENEE CARR and CELENA MONDIE set a U.S. record of 3:36.21, .98 faster than the mark set by Texas in 1988. Arkansas got its sixth consecutive men's title, and LSU won women's honors.

In Athens, ROGER KINGDOM of the U.S. equaled the world indoor record of 7.36 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles set by his compatriot Greg Foster in January 1987.

MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By U.S. Customs agents in Columbus, Ohio, on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute anabolic steroids, LUIS O. BATISTA FREITAS, 33. A Brazilian national who lives in Marina del Rey, Calif., Freitas was named Mr. Universe in 1987 and was in Columbus to attend the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic bodybuilding contest (page 13).

FINED: By the NBA, Houston Rocket center AKEEM OLAJUWON, $5,000 for punching Seattle SuperSonic forward Michael Cage in the mouth during a game on March 3.

NAMED: As winner of the AAU's Sullivan Award to the top U.S. amateur athlete in 1988, sprinter FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER, 29, who won three gold medals at the Summer Games in Seoul and set world records in the 100-and 200-meter dashes last year.

SUSPENDED: For one game by the University of Oklahoma after his arrest in Norman on March 5 for public intoxication, senior basketball guard MOOKIE BLAYLOCK. Blaylock, who entered a no-contest plea in municipal court to an amended charge of disturbing the peace, received a six-month deferred sentence and was ordered to pay $69 in administrative fees and court costs.

DIED: Former Olympic sprinter HILDA STRIKE SISSON, 78, of Canada, who earned a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics; of a heart attack; in Ottawa. In 1980 it was discovered that the gold medalist in that event, Stella Walsh of Poland, was a hermaphrodite and should have been disqualified from competing as a woman. Despite speculation that Sisson would be awarded the gold, she never was.

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