PRO BASKETBALL—Detroit sat alone atop the Central Division for the first time since April 1984 after the Pistons beat Atlanta, which had led the division all season, 108-98. It was the Pistons' seventh win in eight games and 22nd in 28. Despite sandwiching losses to Utah (112-108) and Sacramento (138-113) around a 100-97 victory over the Clippers, Detroit stayed on top, thanks in part to a schedule that fed the Hawks to the Lakers and the Celtics. Atlantic Division-leading Boston, which rallied from a loss to New York with three straight wins, clinched the East coaching spot in the All-Star Game for K.C. Jones by beating the Hawks 126-106, then extended its Boston Garden winning streak against conference opponents to 55 games by downing Philadelphia 111-96. In the Midwest, Ralph Sampson had 63 rebounds and 99 points, including a season-high 33 against Cleveland, to help Houston to a 4-0 week. But the Rockets remained 4½ games behind Dallas and 2 behind Utah, both 2-0 on the week. The Mavs ruined the Lakers' perfect road trip and snapped L.A.'s six-game winning streak with a 132-117 win. The Lakers had beaten New Jersey 126-115, Atlanta 112-109 and Indiana 118-108. Magic Johnson had his third triple-double of the season—29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds—against the Pacers.
BOWLING—KENT WAGNER beat Pete Weber 268-190 to win $33,000 and his first PBA title, in Las Vegas.
PRO FOOTBALL—The NEW YORK GIANTS defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 to win Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena (page 14).
GOLF—PAUL AZINGER shot a 16-under-par 268 to defeat Hal Sutton by one stroke and win $108,000 at the Phoenix Open.
HOCKEY—Hartford, with four wins, and Boston, 3-0, made Montreal's week unpleasant, but it was the blizzard that buried the East Coast on Thursday that nearly put the Canadiens under. After their bus got caught in snowbound traffic, the Canadiens hiked 30 minutes to Boston Garden to play their third game in four nights. Exhaustion set in—they were outscored 5-1 in the last 30 minutes—and the game ended in a 7-3 rout by the Bruins for Montreal's third loss in four nights. Hartford handed Montreal two more L's, a 5-4 on Ron Francis's overtime goal and a 3-1, and beat Quebec 3-2 and Toronto 3-0 to take over the Adams Division lead. At another snow site just 334 fans made it to the Meadowlands to watch Doug Sulliman score three goals and an assist as New Jersey beat Calgary 7-5. The Devils also upset Philadelphia 4-3 but were only in fourth place in the Patrick Division, behind the Flyers (who tied and beat Chicago 5-5 and 4-3), the Islanders and the Capitals. In the Norris Division, Minnesota stopped Buffalo 5-0 and Los Angeles 6-3 to keep a slim lead over Detroit, which won twice before ending a four-game winning streak with a 5-3 loss to St. Louis. Edmonton defeated Winnipeg 5-3, snapping the Jets' seven-game winning streak, then beat the Rangers 7-4 and Pittsburgh 4-2 for a 10-point edge on the Jets in the Smythe Division.
HORSE RACING—LAUNCH A PEGASUS ($29.20), Jorge Velasquez aboard, beat Arctic Honeymoon by 1½ lengths to win the Seminole Handicap and $60,000 at Hialeah. The 5-year-old horse ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48[4/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Chicago, winner of seven consecutive games, knocked Cleveland and then Dallas out of first place in the East with 3-1 and 6-2 wins. Cleveland beat New York 6-3 to regain a half-game edge by week's end. In the West, Steve Zungul scored six goals in Tacoma's 9-7 win over Kansas City. The Stars also beat Baltimore 5-4 for a six-game lead over San Diego.
LUGE—In Igls, Austria, MARKUS PROCK of Austria won the world singles title; JOERG HOFFMANN and JOCHEN PIETZSCH of East Germany won their third straight doubles championship; and CERSTIN SCHMIDT of East Germany took the women's singles.
SAILING—America's Cup: Kookaburra III completed a 5-0 sweep of Australia IV to earn the right to defend the title against Stars & Stripes.
SKIING—At Kitzbühel, Austria, PIRMIN ZURBRIGGEN of Switzerland won a downhill World Cup event to take the combined title, and BOJAN KRIZAJ of Yugoslavia won a slalom event.
SPEED SKATING—At a World Cup meet in Lake Placid, N.Y., NICK THOMETZ won the 500 meters with a time of 38.01; BONNIE BLAIR swept the women's 500 and 1,000; and KATIE CLASS won the women's 1,500. It was the first World Cup event ever held in the U.S.
TENNIS—At the Australian Open, STEFAN EDBERG defeated Pat Cash 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3 to win his second straight men's title; HANA MANDLIKOVA snapped Martina Navratilova's 58-match winning streak with a 7-5, 7-6 victory in the women's final (page 9).
MILEPOSTS—INDICTED: By a Denton County (Texas) grand jury, Dallas Cowboys kicker RAFAEL SEPTIEN, 33, on charges of aggravated sexual assault on a 10-year-old girl. Septien denied the charges.
NAMED: As head football coach at Wake Forest University, BILL DOOLEY, 52, former coach and athletic director of Virginia Tech. He replaces Al Groh, who resigned.
PLEADED NO CONTEST: To charges of violently resisting arrest and battery on a police officer, New York Mets All-Star pitcher DWIGHT GOODEN, 22, in Tampa. Gooden, who was arrested Dec. 13 along with minor leaguers Vance Lovelace and Garry Sheffield and two others, was given three years' probation and 160 hours of community service.
SIGNED: By the Oakland A's, pitcher VIDA BLUE, 37, to a one-year contract. Blue, who helped the A's to three straight World Series titles in the 1970s, was 10-10 with a 3.27 ERA for San Francisco last season.
SUSPENDED: For one game by the NHL, coaches TERRY SIMPSON, 43, of the New York Islanders, and MIKE KEENAN, 37, of the Philadelphia Flyers, in connection with a bench-clearing incident on Jan. 18. Both teams were fined $5,000, and two players, BRIAN CURRAN and LINDSAY CARSON, were fined $500.
TRADED: By the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing RON DUGUAY, 29, to the New York Rangers for center CHRIS KONTOS, 23.
UPHELD: By the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the legality of the NBA's player draft and salary cap. In affirming a District Court decision involving New Jersey Nets guard Leon Wood, the court held that the draft and cap are governed by labor laws rather than antitrust laws.
DIED: GEORGE (Twinkletoes) SELKIRK, 79, who replaced Babe Ruth in the New York Yankees outfield in 1935; after a long illness; in Pompano Beach, Fla. Selkirk, who had a .290 batting average in nine years with New York, later served as general manager of the Washington Senators.