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A Roundup of the Week March 2-8
Compiled by Cathrine Wolf
March 16, 1987
PRO BASKETBALL—Neither Michael Jordan's firepower nor Atlanta's Wil power could dislodge Detroit from the Central Division lead, but they came close. Jordan hit an off-balance jumper with 14 seconds left in regulation and scored 61 points—an NBA high for this season—as Chicago handed the Pistons their third straight loss, 125-120 in OT. And the second-place Hawks, with Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis combining for 207 points, beat Washington 121-99, Indianapolis 109-108, New Jersey 111-83 and Utah 122-97 to extend their win streak to six. But Detroit rallied with a 125-115 win over Dallas and a 122-119 overtime upset of Boston to hold on to a half-game edge. Wins over the Jazz 123-105 and the Clippers 132-111 kept the Celtics 12 games up on Washington and Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. Midwest leader Dallas improved its Reunion Arena record to 26-5 by downing Phoenix 135-112 and Denver 115-107 before road losses to Detroit and Chicago left the Mavs with a 5'�-game edge over Utah. The Jazz salvaged a 1-3 week with their first win in Milwaukee since 1979, a 124-123 squeaker. Magic Johnson handed out 53 assists as the Lakers beat the Warriors 114-109, the Sonics 138-124 and the Cavs 122-118 for a 9�-game Pacific Division lead over Portland.
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March 16, 1987

A Roundup Of The Week March 2-8

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SKIING—PIRMIN ZURBRIGGEN of Switzerland clinched the season's World Cup downhill title with a victory in Aspen, Colo. He is the first skier to win both the World Cup overall and the World Cup downhill championships in the same year since Karl Schranz did it in 1970.

TENNIS—MILOSLAV MECIR defeated Ivan Lendl 7-5, 6-2, 7-5 to win $112,500 and the International Players Championships. In the women's final, STEFFI GRAF trounced Chris Evert Lloyd 6-1, 6-2 for a $150,000 payday (page 34).

TRACK & FIELD—At the World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, HEIKE DRECHSLER of East Germany set a world record of 22.27 in the 200 meters, eclipsing Marita Koch's 1983 mark of 22.39; BEN JOHNSON of Canada broke his own 60-meter-dash world record of 6.44 with a 6.41 time; GREG FOSTER ran the 60-meter hurdles in 7.46 to shave .01 off the world mark he shared with Mark McKoy; and STEFKA KOSTADINOVA of Bulgaria cleared 6'8�" in the high jump, topping her own world record by half an inch (page 22).

MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, by the Veterans Committee, RAY DANDRIDGE, 73, a Negro League third baseman during the '30s and '40s, who spent five years in the minors after the color barrier was broken.

FINED: By the NHL, the Boston Bruins and the Quebec Nordiques, a total of $32,000 for a bench-clearing brawl during a Feb. 26 game in Boston.

PLACED ON PROBATION: By the NCAA for two seasons, the University of South Carolina's basketball program, after an investigation uncovered a coach-run scheme during the 1982 to '85 seasons in which players sold tickets to boosters.

By the NCAA for the 1987 season, Texas Tech's football program, because of improper gifts and payments made to prospective recruits by boosters and coaches from 1982 to '84.

TRADED: By the Edmonton Oilers, forward MARK NAPIER, 30, and defenseman LEE FOGOLIN, 32, to the Buffalo Sabres for forward NORM LACOMBE, 22, and a minor leaguer, and a draft choice to the Minnesota North Stars for forward KENT NILSSON, 30; by the New York Rangers, forward MARK OSBORNE, 25, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forwards JEFF JACKSON, 21, and LANE LAMBERT, 22, to the Quebec Nordiques for defenseman PAT PRICE, 31.

DIED: DON MacBETH, 37, who was the regular jockey for Eclipse Award winners Chiefs Crown and Deputy Minister, and who had earned more than $40 million in purses during his 19-year career; of cancer; in New York.

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