PRO BASKETBALL—For the Knicks, the new year has been a time of losing streaks and dissension. New York, which entered 1990 with a 3½-game lead in the Atlantic Division and the second-best record in the league (20-7), stumbled to a 7-9 record during January, lost sole possession of first and closed out the month with a 97—91 loss to the Celtics. That defeat was the Knicks' 23rd straight on the Boston Garden parquet. Patrick Ewing began February by scoring 31 points in a 96-89 victory over the Kings, but after that game, No. 2 point guard Rod Strickland, unhappy at getting only 1:40 of playing time in the second half, asked to be traded. The Knicks' management refused, and Strickland responded with 10 points during 19 minutes of a 112-98 win over the Pacers. However, those victories didn't stop the 76ers from moving into a first-place tie with New York. Philadelphia beat Indiana 112-108 before sweeping a home-and-home series from the Bucks 119-109 and 105-102 to run its winning streak to 11 games. The Midwest Division penthouse also had two occupants after the Spurs streaked to a 4-0 week to move into a tie with the Jazz. The first of those triumphs was an 86-84 defeat of the Lakers that gave San Antonio its first victory at the Forum in more than six years. The Spurs then swept a home-and-home series from the Hornets, 129-95 and 118-107. In the first of those games. Terry Cummings scored a career-high 52 points, and in the second David Robinson scored 27 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked 11 shots. It was his first triple double of this, his rookie season. The Spurs completed the week by edging the Bulls 112-111. Utah beat the Clippers 120-101 and the Mavericks 105-92. but fell to the Trail Blazers 122-98 and the Pistons 115-83. That victory helped Detroit extend its winning streak to seven and its Central Division lead to four games over second-place Chicago. Like the Knicks and Jazz, the Lakers were also having trouble staying on top; their Pacific Division lead over Portland was cut to a half game (page 28).
BOWLING—RANDY PEDERSEN defeated Don Genalo 201-167 to win a PBA event and $28,000 in Grand Prairie, Texas.
BOXING—HECTOR CAMACHO retained his WBO junior welterweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over Vinnie Pazienza, in Atlantic City.
Mike McCallum retained his WBA middleweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over Steve Collins, in Boston.
GOLF—MARK O'MEARA fired a final-round 72 to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am by two strokes over Kenny Perry. O'Meara. who earned $180,000, shot a seven-under-par 281 for the tournament (page 60).
Pat Bradley birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Dale Eggeling and win an LPGA event in Lake Worth. Fla. She earned $45,000.
HOCKEY—The Flames, who started the week tied for first in the Smythe Division with the Oilers, moved to the fore with two victories while Edmonton could get only a win and a tie in four games. Calgary swept a home-and-home series from the Canucks 7-2 and 4-3. In the first of those games. Flame center Joe Nieuwendyk scored two goals and had two assists; in the second, Theoren Fleury fired home the game-winner with nine seconds left in overtime. The Oilers squeezed out a 4-4 tie with the Whalers and a 5-4 overtime win over the Capitals, but fell 7-5 to the Red Wings, who were led by Steve Yzerman's four goals, and 6-3 to the Penguins. Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux had a hat trick and an assist against Edmonton and followed up that performance with a goal and an assist in an 8-4 loss to Toronto, all of which extended his point-scoring streak to 42 games, second-best in NHL history. Another hot scorer was Blues right wing Brett Hull, who ran his recent tally to 29 goals in 27 games. He had four on the week to raise his league-leading total to 49. His 46th came in a 2-1 victory over the Islanders, who nonetheless took sole possession of first in the Patrick Division by defeating Washington 5-3 and the Sabres 1-0. Buffalo couldn't gain any ground on the Adams Division-leading Bruins, even though the Sabres beat Quebec twice, 5-2 and 6-3. Buffalo remained three points behind the Bruins, who split a pair with Montreal, winning 2-1 on the Canadiens' home ice and losing 4-2 in Boston Garden, lost to the Rangers 2-1 and defeated the Nordiques 3-2. The Bruins' game against New York was marred by charges that Ranger left wing Kris King had directed a racial slur at Bruin rookie Graeme Townshend. Townshend, only the third black player in Bruin history, was penalized for roughing after tackling and attempting to hit King following the alleged name-calling. Mike Milbury. the Bruin coach, made a formal complaint to the referee immediately after the incident. King denied making any kind of racial comment. The Blackhawks remained atop the Norris Division; they led the Maple Leafs by four points at week's end, after beating the Kings 7-4 and losing 7-3 to the Jets.
HORSE RACING—FLYING CONTINENTAL ($8), ridden by Corey Black, won the Charles H. Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds, at Santa Anita, by half a length over Quiet American. He ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01 V$ and earned $275,000.
Gorgeous ($2.60), with Eddie Delahoussaye in the saddle, prevailed in the La Canada Stakes by five lengths over Luthier's Launch at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old filly covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50 to win $122,000.
INDOOR SOCCER—Eastern Division-leading Baltimore kept cruising along, defeating Wichita 7-4, Cleveland 7-1 and Tacoma 3-2 in overtime. That streak extended the Blast's lead to three games over the Wings, whose biggest win during the week was a 5-4 overtime victory over Dallas, the Western Division pacesetter.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVY JONES, JAN LAM-MERS and ANDY WALLACE drove a Jaguar to victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona by four laps over the Jaguar of Price Cobb, Martin Brundle and John Nielsen, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (page 48).
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF defeated Arantxa Sanchez 6-1, 6-2 to win the Pan Pacific Open and $70,000, in Tokyo.
The U.S. defeated Mexico 4-0 in the opening round of Davis Cup play in Carlsbad, Calif.
TRACK & FIELD—DANNY EVERETT set a world indoor record of 45.04 seconds for 400 meters, in Stuttgart, West Germany. Everett surpassed by .01 of a second the mark set by Thomas Sch‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√†√ánlebe two years ago.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA, Milwaukee Bucks coach DEL HARRIS, $2,500, for criticizing referees after a game on Jan. 26.
FIRED: As coach of the Charlotte Hornets. DICK HARTER. 58. who guided the Hornets to a 28-94 mark in 1½ seasons, including an 8-32 start in 1989-90. GENE LITTLES, 46, one of Harter's assistants, was named as his interim replacement.
SENTENCED: To five years in prison by a federal judge in Cincinnati, former Pete Rose associate TOMMY GIOIOSA, 31, for conspiring to distribute cocaine, making false statements on his income tax return and conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (page 50).