Sport: Low Blow in Los Angeles

That $60,000 basketball brawl

" If I turned my oack and had to guess, I would have said that it sounded like someone had a baseball bat and cracked a concrete wall with it." Thus did National Basketball Association Referee Bob Rakel describe the roundhouse right from Los Angeles Laker Kermit Washington that sent the Houston Rockets' Rudy Tomjanovich to an intensive-care ward. With a broken nose, fractured jaw and skull, and concussion, Tomjanovich, a four-time All-Star and captain of the Rockets, underwent surgery at week's end and may well be out for the season.

Washington will not be playing, either. Though...

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