PRO BASKETBALL—Philadelphia's two centers were too much for New Jersey, and Houston's one center, Moses Malone, wasn't enough as the 76ers and Atlanta swept through the first round of the playoffs. Grabbing 48 rebounds, Philadelphia beat the Nets 111-101 as Caldwell Jones had 24 points and 21 rebounds and Darryl Dawkins scored 19 and pulled down 16. Julius Erving's 28 points led Philadelphia to a 122-114 series-opening victory, despite 38 points by New Jersey's John Williamson. Although Malone had 49 points and 41 rebounds in two games, the Hawks made short work of the Rockets, 109-106 and 100-91. The second win was Atlanta's 17th straight at home. Walter Davis scored a total of 79 points, including 23 in Phoenix' 101-91 clinching victory, as the Suns eliminated Portland in three games. The Suns had won the series' first game 107-103, and the Trail Blazers came from behind to take the second 96-92. The Lakers won the deciding game of their playoff with Denver 112-111 (page 34). In opening games of the second round, Elvin Hayes scored 31 and Bob Dandridge 30 as Washington beat Atlanta 103-89 and San Antonio topped Philadelphia 119-106 behind George Gervin's 31 points and Larry Kenon's 30.
BOWLING—JOHN PETRAGLIA defeated Steve Cook 214-200 to win a $100,000 PBA tournament in Palatine, Ill.
BOXING—VICTOR GALINDEZ regained his WBA light heavyweight title when champion Mike Rossman failed to answer the bell for the 10th round in New Orleans (page 74).
DIVING—GREG LOUGANIS of El Cajon, Calif. won the men's one-and three-meter titles and finished second to KENT VOSLER of Ohio State in the 10-meter platform competition at the AAU indoor championships in Austin, Texas. CYNTHIA POTTER of Dallas was the women's one-meter champ, CARRIE FINNERAN of Ohio State won the three-meter, and BARB WEINSTEIN of the University of Michigan finished first in the 10-meter.
April 23, 1979
GOLF—FUZZY ZOELLER sank a six-foot birdie putt on the 2nd hole of sudden death to win the Masters in Augusta over Ed Sneed and Tom Watson. They finished regulation play at 280, eight under par (page 30).
HOCKEY—NHL: Toronto and the New York Rangers swept their preliminary playoff series, while Pittsburgh and Philadelphia survived scares on their way to the quarterfinals. The Maple Leafs set a playoff record by scoring three goals in 23 seconds of the first period en route to a 7-4 series-ending rout of Atlanta. In the first game of the best-of-three playoff, the two teams set a more dubious record with 224 minutes in penalties as Toronto edged the Flames 2-1 on two goals by Walt McKechnie. The Rangers eliminated Los Angeles in two straight, clinching the series with a 2-1 overtime victory on Phil Esposito's second goal of the game. Two nights earlier the Rangers had bombed the Kings 7-1. George Ferguson scored the tying and winning goals as the Penguins beat the Sabres 4-3 in sudden death in Buffalo to sew up a mini-series victory. Neither team could win on home ice, with Pittsburgh winning the first game 4-3 and Buffalo the second 3-1. Vancouver, the playoff team with the worst record, shocked the Flyers with a 3-2 win in Philadelphia, but the Flyers recovered with 6-4 and 7-2 victories. In the quarterfinals, Montreal will play Toronto, the Islanders will meet Chicago, the Bruins will face Pittsburgh and the Rangers will take on the Flyers.
WHA: Edmonton clinched its first regular-season title—and the league's last—when second-place Quebec lost 5-2 to New England. On the same night the Oilers' Wayne Gretzky scored a hat trick in the third period of a 6-4 loss to Winnipeg, which won all three of its games to move into third place. In the fight for the league's last playoff spot, Cincinnati moved back ahead of Birmingham with a 6-2 victory over the Nordiques, while the Bulls lost to the Jets 2-1.
HORSE RACING—FLYING PASTER ($2.40), ridden by Donald Pierce, won the $279,250 Hollywood Derby by 10 lengths over Switch Partners at Hollywood Park. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in a stakes-record 1:47[3/5].
Golden Act ($4.80), Sandy Hawley up, beat Smarten by a neck to win the $178,000 Arkansas Derby for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park. The colt was timed in 1:50 for the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles (page 78).
San Juan Hill ($24.40), ridden by Don Brumfield, edged 1-to-5 favorite Alydar by a nose to win the $169,550 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park. The winner was timed in 1:43[3/5] for the mile and [1/16]th.
MARATHON—BILL RODGERS won his third Boston Marathon in a record time of 2:09.27 (page 26).
SOCCER—NASL: The league carried on in the face of a player strike that affected seven of its 24 teams and made an instant hero out of 19-year-old Hermes Kouropoulos. Houston, which had only nine roster players, signed Kouropoulos in the emergency, and he scored two goals and assisted on two others in the Hurricane's 6-2 win over San Diego, which used its regular lineup. The only other struck team to win—by a 2-0 score—was Minnesota, but the Kicks' opponent was decimated Portland. Detroit's Bob Rohrbach scored four goals in a 6-0 win over Memphis, which could field only one regular and was forced to employ 37-year-old Coach Eddie McCreadie as a player. Fort Lauderdale also had to use its coach, 44-year-old Ron Newman, in its 4-0 loss to Washington. The Cosmos won their third game without a loss, 3-2 over Atlanta, but their wins have been either in overtime or as a result of shootouts.
ASL: Los Angeles edged the New York Apollo 3-2 on Billy McNicol's goal in the second overtime to avenge last year's 1-0 loss in the championship game. Earlier in the week the Apollo, which leads the Eastern Division, tied Western Division leader California 1-1 and beat Sacramento 1-0 on a goal by Mike Mancini, the league's leading scorer with two goals and two assists.
SWIMMING—TRACY CAULKINS of Nashville set five of the 15 U.S. records established at the AAU national short-course championships in Monterey Park, Calif. (page 90).
TENNIS—BJORN BORG trounced Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 to win a $175,000 WCT tournament in Monte Carlo.
Tracy Austin defeated Kerry Reid 7-6, 7-6 to win the $150,000 Family Circle tournament at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Jimmy Connors beat Eddie Dibbs 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 to win a $50,000 Grand Prix event in Tulsa, Okla.
TRACK & FIELD—RENALDO NEHEMIAH of the University of Maryland set a world record in the 110-meter high hurdles, in San Jose, Calif. His time of 13.16 seconds broke the mark of 13.21 established by Cuba's Alejandro Casanas in 1977.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the New Orleans Jazz, ELGIN BAYLOR, 44, who had an 86-135 record in three full seasons with the Jazz. New Orleans won only 26 of 82 games this season.
HIRED: As basketball coach at the University of Detroit, WILLIE McCARTER, 32, a former NBA player and assistant to Dave Gaines, who resigned two weeks ago to coach at San Diego State.