PRO BASKETBALL—The 76ers took the lead in the Atlantic Division by 1½ games with a perfect 4-0 week, while the Knicks lost 3½ games in the standings, slipping from a first-place tie into third, two games behind the second-place Celtics. In a 115-110 Boston victory at Madison Square Garden, New York's Patrick Ewing, who averaged 30 points per game in the Knicks' losses earlier in the week to the Magic (121-118) and the Hornets (106-93), scored a career-high 51 points. But Boston, winner of five games in a row for the first time in two seasons, outscored New York 22-4 during the seven minutes Ewing was out of the game. The Knicks, who ran their losing streak to six games, also lost top rebounder Charles Oakley for six weeks with a fracture of the left hand, injured in the game against Orlando. In the Midwest Division, the Spurs had four wins, beating the Suns 113-102, the SuperSonics 128-106, the Trail Blazers 107-106 and the Central Division-leading Pistons 105-98. But San Antonio, which was paced by center David Robinson with 126 points, 52 rebounds and 24 blocks for the week, failed to gain any ground on the first-place Jazz, which also had a 4-0 week. The Pacific Division-leading Lakers reached the 50-win milestone for the 11th straight season, with a 110-102 victory over the Clippers. Thanks to a 1-3 week by Detroit—which lost to the Rockets, the Spurs and the Mavs and beat the Bucks—the Lakers, who also defeated Charlotte 109-97 and Seattle 116-94, found themselves with the league's best record. During halftime of the Charlotte game, the Lakers honored Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by retiring his number, 33. Phoenix forward Tom Chambers became the 14th player in league history to get 60 or more points in a game; he scored 60 in the Suns' 121-95 rout of Seattle.
BOWLING—JIM PENCAK defeated John Mazza 247-209 to win his second straight PBA event and $31,000, in North Olmsted, Ohio.
CROSS-COUNTRY—At the world championships, in Aix-les-Bains, France, LYNN JENNINGS of the U.S. beat Albertina Dias of Portugal and Yelena Romanova of the Soviet Union by 12 seconds to win the women's title (page 13). Jennings ran the 6-km course in 19:21. In the men's competition, KHALID SKAH of Morocco finished first, nipping Moses Tanui and Julius Korir, both of Kenya, at the tape. Skah ran the 12.2-km course in 34:21.
GOLF—ROBERT GAMEZ capped a final-round 66 with an eagle on the 18th hole and won a PGA Tour event in Orlando, Fla., by one stroke over Greg Norman. Gamez, a Tour rookie who shot a 14-under-par 274, earned $162,000.
Pat Bradley defeated Ayako Okamoto by one stroke to win the Turquoise Classic, in Phoenix. Bradley, who finished with a 12-under-par 280, received $75,000 for her 25th tour victory and became the LPGA's first player to reach $3 million in career winnings.
Bob Charles shot a two-under-par 214 to win a Senior PGA tournament and $72,000 in ChibaKen, Japan. Runner-up Hsu Chisan finished two strokes back.
HOCKEY—The Rangers became the first team in the Patrick Division to earn a playoff berth and, after tying the Maple Leafs 5-5 and beating the Flyers 7-3, were just two points away from winning their first division title in 48 years. The Devils subsequently defeated the Sabres 4-3 to become the second Patrick team to clinch a spot in postseason play. At week's end, four points were all that separated the division's bottom four teams, which were competing for the last two playoff slots. The Islanders, 1-13-5 in their last 19 games, shared the cellar with Philly after an 0-2-1 week. Center Pat LaFontaine had two goals in the Isles' 5-5 tie with the Oilers, to become only the third player in team history to score 50 goals in a season. Despite losses to Buffalo (5-4) and the Capitals (4-1), the Smythe Division-leading Flames became the first NHL team to clinch a division title this season. They also tied Pittsburgh 3-3 and beat St. Louis 5-2 to climb within two points of the Adams Division-leading Bruins in the race for the league's best record. After a 7-3 drubbing of the Nordiques, Boston lost to the North Stars 7-6. Brothers Neal and Aaron Broten led the way for Minnesota, with five goals and one assist. The North Stars also defeated the Kings 5-2 and the Red Wings 5-1 to stay three points ahead of Detroit in the fight for the final Norris Division playoff spot. Playing in his first game after a year's suspension, Bob Probert scored the Red Wings' only goal against Minnesota. He then had the game-winner in Detroit's 5-3 victory over the Norris Division-leading Blackhawks and scored another in a 3-2 loss to Chicago. Probert served three months in federal prison after pleading guilty last fall to importing cocaine, and his day-to-day playing status is determined by his probation officer. With a 3-1 week, the Black-hawks gained a three-point lead over the second-place Blues, who lost three times. In an 8-6 loss to Edmonton, St. Louis's Brett Hull became the sixth player in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season.
At the inaugural women's world championship, in Ottawa, Canada defeated the U.S. 5-2 for the title (page 59).
HORSE RACING—RICHARD R. ($5.20), Jose Santos up, defeated For Really by a nose to win the Bay Shore Stakes and $70,080 at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old colt covered the seven furlongs in 1:22[4/5].
MI Selecto ($18.20), ridden by Jerry Bailey, beat Tour d'Or by a neck in the Gulfstream Park Handicap. The 5-year-old horse ran the VA miles in 2:03[3/5] and earned $180,000.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST, driving a Ferrari, beat Gerhard Berger, in a McLaren-Honda, by 13.564 seconds to win the Brazilian Grand Prix, in S‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬£o Paulo. Prost averaged 117.56 mph for 71 laps of the 2.7-mile circuit.
SWIMMING—TEXAS scored 506 points to second-place USC's 423 to win its third straight NCAA men's championship, in Indianapolis. Mike Barrowman of Michigan, who set a U.S. short-course record of 1:53.77 in the 200-meter breaststroke, was named the meet's outstanding performer (page 52).
Tom Jager established a world record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 21.81 at the inaugural U.S. sprint championships, in Nashville. He surpassed by .17 of a second the mark he set in the meet's semifinal heat.
TENNIS—ANDRE AGASSI defeated Stefan Edberg 6-1, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 to win the men's singles title, and MONICA SELES beat Judith Wiesner 6-1, 6-2 in the women's final of the International Players Championships, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Agassi received $179,000 for his victory, Seles $112,500 (page 36).
TRACK & FIELD—PATRIK BODEN of Sweden set a world javelin record of 292'4", in Austin, Texas. His throw surpassed by 4'9" the mark set in 1987 by Jan Zelezny of Czechoslovakia.
WRESTLING—OKLAHOMA STATE won its second consecutive NCAA title, with 117.75 points, 13 better than Arizona State, in College Park, Md. (page 42).