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PRO BASKETBALL—Detroit, tops in the Central Division, routed division-rival Chicago 106-81, out-scoring the Bulls 32-11 in the fourth quarter. The Pistons finished off a perfect week by beating Dallas 114-84 for their 24th win in 25 games. The second-place Bulls downed New York 111-108, behind Michael Jordan's 34 points, and Philadelphia 114-109 for their 11th and 12th wins in 14 games. In the Atlantic Division, the Knicks continued to falter, losing their three games. The Sixers pulled into a tie for first with New York after a 2-2 week. Philadelphia beat the Lakers, for the first time since Dec. 7, 1984, 116-110. Third-place Boston won three of four games and trailed the Knicks and Sixers by one game. Larry Bird had a triple-double (29 points, 18 rebounds, 11 assists) as Boston beat the Nets 122-106. The Pacific Division leaders, the Lakers, won two of four games. In L.A.'s 101-99 victory over Minnesota, Magic Johnson scored a season-high 37 points. Second-place Portland moved to within 1� games of the Lakers by winning its four games. The Blazers beat Houston 109-96 for their ninth straight win. Phoenix, 3-0, ended Utah's 19-game home winning streak, beating the Jazz 114-106; two games later the Suns extended their own home winning streak to 19 by mauling Miami 129-103. In the Midwest, Utah, with a 1-2 week, led San Antonio by three games.
GOLF—JODIE MUDD shot a final-round 69 to beat Mark Calcavecchia by one stroke and win The Players Championship, in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Mudd had a 72-hole, 10-under-par total of 278 and earned $270,000 (page 34).
Colleen Walker won the LPGA Tucson Open by five strokes over Pat Bradley, Betsy King, Kate Rogerson and Heather Drew, and earned $45,000. Walker shot a final-round par 72 for a 12-under-par four-round total of 276.
Jim Dent beat Harold Henning by three strokes to win a Senior PGA tournament and $45,000, which put him over the $1 million mark on the Senior tour, in San Antonio. Dent's final-round 66 gave him a 54-hole total of 11-under-par 205.
HOCKEY—The Patrick Division race was still so tight that no team was yet guaranteed a playoff berth. The division-leading Rangers had a rocky week, which left them eight points in front of New Jersey. The Rangers lost to Los Angeles 6-2, largely as a result of goals by Tony Granato and Tomas Sandstrom, players the Rangers had traded to the Kings earlier in the season; Bernie Nicholls, the Rangers' acquisition from L.A., scored his 100th point of the season. But New York suffered its biggest loss in an 8-2 win over Toronto when defenseman Brian Leetch, the 1988-89 NHL Rookie of the Year, broke his left ankle midway through the first period; he'll be out for the rest of the season. Also in the Patrick, the Islanders hung on to a possible playoff berth by ending their 14-game winless streak with a 6-3 victory over the Rangers. The Isles played Pittsburgh to a 2-2 tie but remained in fifth place in the division, one point behind Washington. In the Norris Division, St. Louis clinched a playoff berth despite a 1-2 week. Rookie goalie Curtis Joseph stopped 33 shots to help the Blues beat Washington 4-1. Even while losing 6-5 in OT to Vancouver, St. Louis secured the berth when Detroit lost to Pittsburgh. Smythe Division-leading Calgary won three games by 5-4 scores—over Winnipeg, New Jersey and Hartford. The league-leading Bruins, after a poor week in which they tied Winnipeg 3-3 and lost to the recently hot L.A., had their lead over the Sabres cut to five points in the Adams Division.
HORSE RACING—In Kentucky Derby preps: WICKED DESTINY ($5.80), ridden by John Lively, held off Seasabb in the stretch to win the Remington Park Derby and $150,000. running the 1[1/16] miles in 1:43, in Oklahoma City: SMELLY ($3.80), Jean Cruguet up, won the Federico Tesio Stakes by 10 lengths and earned $120,000, at Pimlico, with a time of 1:45[1/5] for 1[1/16] miles on a sloppy track; CHAMPAGNEFORASHLEY ($2.80), Jacinto Vasquez aboard, beat Slew of Angels by 1� lengths over 1[1/16] miles to win the Tampa Bay Derby and $90,000, in Tampa, in 1:44[3/5]; HOUSEBUSTER ($3.80), ridden by Craig Perret, beat Summer Squall by one length to win the Swale Stakes and $34,350, at Gulfstream Park, racing seven furlongs in 1:22[1/5]; and UNBRIDLED ($7), ridden by Pat Day, beat Slavic by four lengths to win the 1?-mile Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park in 1:52, to earn $300,000 (page 62).
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, driving a Chevrolet, beat Morgan Shepherd, in a Ford, to the checkered flag by .32 of a second to win a 500-mile NASCAR event at the Atlanta International Raceway. Earnhardt averaged a track-record 156.849 mph for 328 laps around the 1.522-mile oval and earned $85,000.
The tandem of DEREK DALY and BOB EARL, driving a Nissan, beat Geoff Brabham and Chip Robinson, also in a Nissan, by 1:27.82 to win IMSA's 12 Hours of Sebring. The winners averaged 102.933 mph for 301 laps (1,237.11 miles) around the 13-turn, 4.11-mile Sebring International Raceway circuit and shared $60,500.