PRO BASKETBALL—The Central Division-leading Cavaliers' string of consecutive wins at home ended at 22 when the Bucks overcame an 89-79 fourth-period Cleveland lead en route to a 103-98 triumph. The victory left Milwaukee six games behind the Cavs in the Central and three behind the second-place Pistons, who handed the Jazz, leaders in the Midwest Division, its only loss (96-85) in a 3-1 week. Center Mark Eaton saved Utah from another defeat when he blocked four shots and pulled down 23 rebounds in an 85-83 win over the Hawks. The only highlight in a 1-3 week for the Rockets, who are second in the Midwest, was an 88-83 defeat of the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. With rookie playmaker Rod Strickland stepping in for injured point guard Mark Jackson and getting 20 points and 14 assists, the Knicks beat the Bulls 122-104 and ran their home winning streak to 23 games and their Atlantic Division lead to 7½ games over the 76ers. As usual, Michael Jordan led the Chicago scorers, with 28 points (page 34).
BOWLING—MIKE AULBY beat Curtis Odom 195-182 in the title match at a PBA event in Atlantic City. The victory was worth $27,000.
BOXING—VIRGIL HILL scored a unanimous 12-round decision over Bobby Czyz to retain his WBA light heavyweight title, in Bismarck, N.Dak.
GOLF—BLAINE McCALLISTER shot a final-round 64 for a 22-under-par total of 266 to beat Payne Stewart by four strokes and win a PGA event in Coral Springs, Fla. He earned $144,000.
HOCKEY—When Guy Lafleur decided to unretire last summer, he unsuccessfully sought a shot with the Kings before going to camp with the Rangers; L.A. officials might have had second thoughts when he scored a hat trick in Patrick Division-leading New York's 6-4 defeat of the Kings. L.A. wound up in third place in the Smythe Division behind the first-place Flames and the second-place Oilers, whose 3-0 week included a 3-0 shutout of the Adams Division-pacesetting Canadiens in which Edmonton goalie Grant Fuhr stopped 23 shots. The Red Wings, who are atop the Norris Division, won two close games, 6-5 over the Islanders and 5-4 in overtime against the Blues. Despite a 3-2 victory over the Flames, the Canadiens trailed Calgary in the league standings until they beat the Whalers 6-1 to take the top spot with 97 points (page 38).
HORSE RACING—In Kentucky Derby prep races for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, MERCEDES WON ($32), Earlie Fires up, beat Western Playboy by five lengths to win the Florida Derby, and EASY GOER ($2.60), ridden by Pat Day, defeated Trion by 8¾ lengths in the Swale Stakes. Mercedes Won, a colt, covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[3/5] and earned $300,000. Easy Goer's time of 1:22[1/5] over seven furlongs earned the colt $34,290 (page 28).
INDOOR SOCCER—Surprisingly, league-leading Baltimore struggled with last-place Wichita. On Wednesday rookie defender Mark Mettrick made a 40-foot goal to give the Blast a 3-2 win in overtime. And after it beat second-place San Diego 7-3, the Blast traveled to Wichita and lost 6-5.
MOTOR SPORTS—RUSTY WALLACE, driving a Pontiac, finished 1.6 seconds ahead of Alan Kulwicki, in a Ford, to win a 500-mile NASCAR event at the North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham. Wallace averaged 115.122 mph on the 1.017-mile oval and earned $72,100.
SKIING—In World Cup competition in Furano, Japan, VRENI SCHNEIDER of Switzerland won the slalom for her 12th technical-race victory this season, a record total. Then, with a third-place finish in the giant slalom, behind winning teammate MARIA WALLISER, Schneider clinched her first World Cup women's overall title. In men's competition, RUDOLF NIERLICH of Austria won the giant slalom, and OLE CHRISTIAN FURUSETH of Norway, the slalom.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE beat Brad Gilbert 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 to win a record fifth WCT title and $200,000, in Dallas (page 20).
Steffi Graf won the U.S. Women's Hardcourt Championships, in San Antonio, when she defeated Ann Henricksson 6-1, 6-4 in the finals. She got $40,000 for the victory.
TRACK & FIELD—At the world indoor championships in Budapest, world indoor records were set in the men's 800 meters by PAUL ERENG of Kenya, who ran a 1:44.84 to break the six-year-old mark of Great Britain's Sebastian Coe by .07 of a second; in the men's high jump by JAVIER SOTOMAYOR of Cuba, who cleared 7'11½" to surpass the record set last year by Carlo Thranhardt of West Germany by¼"; in the men's 5,000 walk by MIKHAIL SCHENNIKOV of the U.S.S.R., whose 18:27.10 broke his own mark by .69 of a second; in the women's 3,000 by ELLY VAN HULST of the Netherlands, whose time of 8:33.82 knocked 5.97 seconds off the record established three years ago by Zola Budd of Great Britain; and in the 3,000 walk by KERRY SAXBY of Australia, whose clocking of 12:01.65 shaved .37 off the standard set by Beate Anders of East Germany in January.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By U.S. Customs agents at the Canadian-U.S. border in Detroit, Red Wing forward BOB PROBERT, 23, with 14.3 grams of cocaine in his underwear. Probert, who has been in alcohol rehabilitation five times, was charged in U.S. District Court with one count of importing cocaine and could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine (page 26).
BANNED: By the PGA Tour Policy Board, the use of square-grooved, or U-grooved, irons in all Tour events, beginning on Jan. 1, 1990. Players who use the clubs are able to impart more spin on and, therefore, have more control of a ball hit out of wet rough than they would with V-grooved irons.
ELECTED: To the baseball Hall of Fame, former St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Milwaukee Braves second baseman and Cardinals manager RED SCHOENDIENST, 66, and National League umpire (from 1940 to '71) AL BARLICK, 73. Schoendienst, who played 19 years, led National League second basemen in fielding for a record seven seasons before managing the Cards to two pennants, in 1967 and '68, and the '67 World Series title. He is now a St. Louis coach.
FINED: By the NBA, Detroit Piston forward RICK MAHORN, $5,000, for elbowing Cleveland Cavalier guard Mark Price in the head during a game on Feb. 28.
NAMED: As football coach at the University of Miami, DENNIS ERICKSON, 41, who resigned from his post at Washington State, where he was 12-10-1 in his two seasons (page 24).
SETTLED: By the L.A. Raiders and the NFL, a 10-year-old antitrust case initiated by the L.A. Coliseum and joined by the Raiders in 1980 after the NFL refused to let them move from Oakland to L.A. In 1982 a federal court jury found for the plaintiffs, and the Raiders went to L.A. In '83 damages of $14.4 million were awarded to the Coliseum and $34.5 million to the Raiders. Appeals courts ordered a retrial on the damages to the Raiders, but the two parties agreed on a settlement that reportedly requires the NFL to pay the Raiders some $20 million.