PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: All looked lost for Phoenix, already down 2-0 in its semifinal series with Seattle, when Center Alvan Adams had to leave in the first quarter of Game 3 with a sprained left ankle. But his replacement, 6'7" Joel Kramer, scored 11 points and sparked the Suns' strong defense with three steals and two blocked shots as Phoenix went on to win 113-103 despite 35 points by Gus Williams. Williams had led Seattle to a 108-93 series-opening win with 27 points, 11 in the final quarter. Three nights later, the Sonics spread the wealth as six players, paced by John Johnson with 21, scored in double figures in a 103-97 triumph. San Antonio beat Philadelphia 111-108 in the seventh and deciding game of their quarterfinal series, with George Gervin scoring 33 points and Larry Kenon 27. The win ended the franchise's 10-year losing streak in playoff series, dating back to when the team was the Dallas Chaparrals of the ABA. In the first game of its semifinal with Washington, the Spurs stayed hot with a 118-97 victory. The defending champion Bullets bounced back to even the series 115-95 (page 79).
The Houston Angels beat the Iowa Cornets 111-104 in the fifth game of their best-of-five series to win the Women's Basketball League championship (page 64).
GOLF—WAYNE LEVI shot rounds of 63 and 71 on Sunday for a 16-under-par 268 at the $300,000 Houston Open to win his first individual victory on the PGA tour, by two strokes over rookie Mike Brannan. The two-round final day was necessary because Friday's play was rained out.
Nancy Lopez fired a final-round 68 for a six-under-par total of 282 to win the $80,000 Women's International at Hilton Head Island, S.C. by three strokes over Donna Horton White.
May 13, 1979
HOCKEY—NHL: Montreal took a 3-2 lead in its best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal series with Boston. With slightly more than three minutes remaining in Game 3, Boston Defenseman Brad Park charged the length of the ice and beat Goalie Ken Dryden with a 20-foot wrist shot that gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory. Jean Ratelle was the star two nights later in Boston's 4-3 win as he scored three goals, including the winner at 3:46 of overtime. Back in the Montreal Forum, the Canadiens regained the series lead with a 5-1 victory in which Guy Lafleur scored the first two goals only 25 seconds apart. The Rangers and Islanders continued their seesaw series, the Rangers winning the third game 3-1, the Islanders pulling even with a 3-2 overtime victory, and the Rangers winning Game 5, 4-3, to take a 3-2 series lead (page 28).
WHA: New England evened its series with Edmonton at three games apiece with an 8-4 victory in which Dave Keon had two goals and two assists. The two previous games in the best-of-seven semifinals had pitted the Whalers' experience against the Oilers' youth. A goal by 41-year-old John McKenzie off a pass from the 39-year-old Keon gave New England a 5-4 win that tied the playoff at 2-2. Two nights later the Oilers took the series lead as 18-year-old Wayne Gretzky scored a hat trick in a 5-2 win.
HORSE RACING—Ron Franklin rode SPECTACULAR BID ($3.20) to a 2¾-length victory over General Assembly in the 105th running of the Kentucky Derby. The 3-year-old was timed in 2:02[2/5] for the 1¼ miles (page 20).
Davona Dale ($2.80), Jorge Velasquez up, won the $115,600 Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs by 4¼ lengths over Himalayan. The winner ran the 1[1/16] miles over a sloppy track in 1:47[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON steered his Thunderbird safely through a 20-car crash 15 miles into the race and went on to win the $276,950 Winston 500 in Talladega, Ala. by more than a lap over Darrell Waltrip in an Oldsmobile. Allison averaged 154.770 mph.
SOCCER—NASL: The New England Teamen, winless and scoreless in their first five games, ended both frustrating streaks with a 2-1 victory over Rochester. Atlanta also won its first game, 4-0 over Tampa Bay. The Cosmos remained unbeaten with two victories, 4-2 over Philadelphia on Giorgio Chinaglia's hat trick and 1-0 over Toronto. Vancouver also won twice, beating San Diego 3-1 and San Jose 2-1. That defeat was the Earthquakes' fifth by one goal in as many games. Tulsa lost its first two games of the season, 2-0 to Washington and 4-3 to Portland.
ASL: The New York Eagles, who began the week as one of the league's two unbeaten teams, played three times and emerged as one of two teams without a win for the week. All of the Eagles' previous games had ended in ties, and they got their fourth in a row, 1-1, at Indianapolis. Then Pennsylvania beat the Eagles 1-0, and two days later Los Angeles defeated them 3-1 on two goals by Jim Rolland. California remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win over Los Angeles, and New Jersey stayed winless by losing 2-0 to Columbus.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Bjorn Borg 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 to win the $200,000 World Championship Tennis finals in Dallas (page 74).
The United States won its fourth consecutive Federation Cup, the women's world team championship, in Madrid by defeating Australia 3-0. In singles, CHRIS EVERT LLOYD beat Dianne Fromholtz 2-6, 6-3, 8-6 and TRACY AUSTIN defeated Kerry Reid 6-3, 6-0. Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals defeated Reid and Wendy Turnbull in doubles.
TRACK & FIELD—RENALDO NEHEMIAH of the University of Maryland established a world record in the 110-meter hurdles at the UCLA Invitational meet in Los Angeles. His time of 13.00 broke his own pending mark of 13.16, set three weeks ago (page 36).
VOLLEYBALL—UCLA defeated Southern Cal 12-15, 15-12, 15-11 and 15-7 to win the NCAA championship and finish its season unbeaten in 31 matches.
WRESTLING—The Minnesota Wrestling Club won its 10th AAU Greco-Roman championship in the last 12 years, at Albany, N.Y., outpointing the New York Athletic Club, which finished second, 67-40.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the NHL Atlanta Flames, FRED CREIGHTON, 45, who had a 156-136-56 record in 4½ seasons. The Flames were 41-31-8 this year.
REINSTATED: By a U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, the six Championship Auto Racing Team members barred from the Indianapolis 500 by the U.S. Auto Club two weeks ago. Judge James Noland made no ruling on CART's allegations that USAC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway conspired to keep the six teams out of the race in violation of antitrust law, but granted a temporary injunction against the ban because of the "severe hardship" the drivers of the CART entries would suffer if they were kept out of the race.
DIED: BILL LUCAS, 43, vice-president and director of player personnel for the Atlanta Braves since 1976; three days after suffering cardiac arrest and a massive brain hemorrhage; in Atlanta. A former minor league second baseman in the Braves' system, Lucas was the highest-ranking black executive in baseball.