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A Roundup of the Week April 2-8
Compiled by Tim Crothers
April 16, 1990
PRO BASKETBALL—The league's hottest player and team. Michael Jordan and the Bulls, soared to within 2� games of the Pistons, the leaders in the Central Division. Chicago beat the Pacers 109-102, the Magic 111-104 and the Mavs, who fell 109-108 when the Bulls' John Paxson canned a three-pointer at the buzzer. Jordan averaged 36.7 points in the three games, which stretched Chicago's winning streak to seven games. Meanwhile, the Pistons lost two of four games, including a 100-97 defeat at the hands of the Cavaliers, who also knocked off the Hawks 101-95 to move ahead of Atlanta in the battle for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers still led the Atlantic Division by 2� games over the Celtics despite a 114-104 loss to the Knicks that snapped an eight-game Sixer winning streak. The Pacific Division-leading Lakers ran the NBA's best record to 57-17 with three victories, stretching their unbeaten streak to six. Utah finished the week with a three-game lead on San Antonio in the Midwest Division. Four teams, the Nuggets, the SuperSonics. the Rockets and the Warriors, contended for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference. Denver, which won one of three games, and Seattle, which included a 136-134 OT upset of the Trail Blazers among its two wins, had the edge at week's end.
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April 16, 1990

A Roundup Of The Week April 2-8

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FIRED: As basketball coach at Howard University, A.B. WILLIAMSON, 44, the winningest coach (240-182) in school history. Williamson's Bison had a 17-39 record over the past two seasons.

NAMED: As basketball coach at Florida, LON KRUGER, 37, who guided Kansas State to an 81-45 record over four seasons; at K State, DANA ALTMAN, 31, who had once been one of Kruger's assistants; and at Miami ( Fla.), LEONARD HAMILTON, 41, who coached Oklahoma State to a 56-63 record over the past four seasons.

REINSTATED: By the University of Oklahoma, following a nationwide public outcry and threats of legal action, the Sooners' women's basketball program, which had been dropped because of a lack of fan support (page 14).

SUSPENDED: By The Athletics Congress, steeplechaser HENRY MARSH, 36, for two years, for failing to report for a mandatory drug test. Marsh, a member of four U.S. Olympic teams, plans to appeal the suspension (page 14).

TRADED: By the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder BILLY HATCHER, 29, to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher MIKE ROESLER, 26, and a minor leaguer; and catcher JUNIOR ORTIZ, 30, and a minor leaguer to the Minnesota Twins for a minor leaguer.

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