A 40-year-old golf tournament held annually in San Diego--the Buick Invitational of California--will hold its final round today at the Torrey Pines Country Club.
Never heard of it? Well, how about the San Diego Open, the Convair-San Diego Open, the San Diego Open Invitational, the Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, the Wickes/Andy Williams San Diego Open, the Isuzu/Andy Williams San Diego Open, the Shearson Lehman Brothers Andy Williams Open, the Shearson Lehman Hutton Andy Williams Open or the Shearson Lehman Hutton Open?
All are previous incarnations of the Buick.
Trivia time: On this day in 1986, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar replaced the NBA's all-time leader in games played when he appeared in No. 1,304, a 117-111 overtime victory at Philadelphia. Whose record did he break?
It's a dog's day: Hours before the New Jersey Nets' Drazen Petrovic finished fourth in an exhibition shootout last week at Orlando Arena, his namesake fared a bit better.
Drazen Petrovich, a 2 1/2-year-old greyhound named after the athlete but with a play on the spelling, finished third in that day's sixth race at Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club in nearby Longwood, Fla.
Add dogs: Theresa Hughes of the Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club says it's not unusual to name dogs after athletes: "We have a lot of them. There were about four of them named after that golfer, Paul Azinger, called Zinger and Azinger. We even have a Connie Chung. It's one of our best dogs."
Not like the past: Ted Williams, the last major leaguer to hit .400 (.406 in 1941), says he once thought a player would equal his mark, but now he doesn't think players are smart enough as hitters. He also has a problem with hitting instructors. Said Williams, 73: "You've got guys in baseball trying to teach batters to hit who have never hit. They (batting instructors) have set back hitters 20 years."
He could be rich: Marty Blake, head of the NBA scouting bureau, had this to say before the 1988 draft: "If I had $100 for every 'next Jerry West' I've seen, I'd have retired long ago. I think Rex Chapman will do just fine in the NBA if he becomes another Danny Ainge."
No picnic here: In the last 35 days, 20-year-old U.S. skier Julie Parisien has broken her wrist, lost four teeth, slammed face-first into a giant slalom gate and blown a shot at an Olympic medal, finishing fourth in the women's slalom. Said Parisien: "I've been through so much in the past month I feel like I'm 40 years old already. This has been amazing."
Encounter of another kind: On Feb. 15, Mauro Panaggio, the winningest coach in Continental Basketball Assn. history, led the Rockford Lightning against the Quad City Thunder, coached by Panaggio's son, Dan. It is cited as the first father-son coaching encounter ever in professional sports.
Trivia answer: Elvin Hayes.
Quotebook: Chris Coleman, the veteran brakeman who replaced Herschel Walker on the U.S. four-man bobsled team: "This morning I felt pretty nauseous. Look, I'm being compared to a man who does 2,000 situps a day."