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PRO BASKETBALL—After missing three games with a strained back, Boston's Larry Bird was a little shaky. For about 10 shots, anyway. Bird missed 9 of his first 10 but still scored 21 points in his return, a 123-117 win over New Jersey. He added 25, 35 and 32 points, respectively, as Boston beat Dallas 117-108, Cleveland 133-128 in OT and Houston 122-99 to remain comfortably atop the Atlantic Division. Dallas fans did a lot of nail-biting as the Mavs were edged 119-115 in double overtime by Indiana a night after their team nipped Milwaukee 124-122 in OT. A 108-103 victory over New York and the loss to the Celtics left the Mavs, Midwest Division leaders, 2� games up on Utah. In the Central, Dominique Wilkins celebrated his 27th birthday with a 53-point performance as division-leading Atlanta beat the Los Angeles Clippers 125-115. But two losses, 96-93 to Philadelphia and 100-91 to Milwaukee, against a 130-91 rout of the Bucks, put the Hawks just half a game ahead of Detroit. The Clippers actually won a game—their fifth this season—by stopping Denver 123-105. But they still trailed the Pacific Division-leading crosstown Lakers, who beat Golden State 129-109 and Washington 115-101, by 24� games.
HOCKEY—After the Great One was outpolled by upstart Mario Lemieux of Pittsburgh in the voting for starting center on the All-Star team, Wayne Gretzky exploded with a goal and three assists in Edmonton's 7-4 drubbing of Toronto. The win was the fifth straight for the Smythe Division leaders, who also beat Detroit 5-3 and Quebec 4-1 before falling to Buffalo 6-5 in OT. The Oilers led by eight points. Winnipeg, which had one-goal victories over Washington, Pittsburgh and New Jersey, overtook Calgary, 0-4 on the week, for second place. Minnesota had a slim lead in the Norris Division, after tying St. Louis 4-4, beating Toronto 3-2 and Chicago 3-2 and losing to Winnipeg 5-3. In the Adams, Hartford lowlighted its slide out of first place by handing the Devils their first win in 10 games, 7-5, and losing 6-1 to Washington, as the Caps scored on 5 of their first 12 shots. That loss left Hartford five points behind Montreal, which was 2-1-1 on the week. After a split with the second-place New York Islanders, Philadelphia still had a huge 15-point lead in the Patrick Division.
HORSE RACING—VARIETY ROAD ($50.80), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, beat Broad Brush by a neck to win the $163,800 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1? miles in 1:49.
INDOOR SOCCER—Cleveland, which was tied with Dallas for first place in the East, scored three unanswered second-half goals to beat the Sidekicks 5-3 and gain the lead outright. The Force then added a 5-4 OT win over Baltimore. In the West, Preki had two hat tricks as first-place Tacoma defeated St. Louis 5-4 and New York 6-5 in OT.
SAILING—America's Cup: Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes took advantage of strong winds to beat New Zealand 4-1 and win the challenger finals. Kookaburra III led Australia IV 4-0 in the best-of-nine defender series (page 10).
SPEED SKATING—In Davos, Switzerland, NICK THOMETZ skimmed .32 of a second off Eric Heiden's seven-year-old American 1,000-meter record, winning a World Cup race in 1:13.28; BONNIE BLAIR bettered her own American 1,000 mark by nearly two seconds with a 1:20.56 in an international meet in Davos.
SKIING—In World Cup competition, MARKUS WASMAIER of West Germany won his first downhill event, in Wengen, Switzerland; PIRMIN ZURBRIGGEN of Switzerland upped his overall lead with a giant slalom win in Adelboden, Switzerland; and his countrywoman MICHELA FIGINI won a downhill in Pfronten, West Germany.