PRO BASKETBALL—Defending champion Washington defeated Seattle 99-97 in the first game of their best-of-seven NBA playoff finals at Landover, Md. By beating San Antonio 108-100 and 107-105 to clinch the Eastern Conference title, the Bullets had become only the third NBA team to win a playoff series after trailing 3-1 (page 28). The SuperSonics won their second straight Western Conference title with a 114-110 victory over Phoenix in the seventh game of their series.
BOWLING—DIANE SILVA of Albuquerque, N. Mex. won the Women's U.S. Open in Phoenix with an eight-game block of 11,775 pins, beating second-place finisher Bev Ortner of Tucson by 57 pins.
GOLF—AL GEIBERGER shot a final-round 73 for a six-under-par 274 and a one-stroke victory over Gene Littler and Don January in the $300,000 Colonial National Invitation tournament in Fort Worth.
Nancy Lopez sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole of a five-way sudden-death playoff to win a $100,000 LPGA tournament in Clifton, N.J., her fourth tour victory this year. She finished regulation play tied at three-under-par 216 with Mickey Wright, Jo Ann Washam, Hollis Stacy and Bonnie Bryant. Lopez and Wright birdied the first hole of sudden death.
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GYMNASTICS—BART CONNER of Oklahoma won the men's all-around title and three of six events in the USGF championships in Dayton. LESLIE PYFER of Eugene, Ore. won the women's all-around title.
HOCKEY—NHL: Montreal won its fourth straight Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers in the fifth game of their best-of-seven series. After losing the opener of the playoff finals, the Canadiens came back to win 6-2, 4-1 and 4-3 in overtime (page 26).
WHA: In the league's last game, Winnipeg beat Edmonton 7-3 on two goals apiece by Barry Long and Willy Lindstrom to win the AVCO Trophy in six games. After the defending champion Jets took the first two games of the best-of-seven finals, the Oilers rallied for an 8-3 victory. Winnipeg then assumed a 3-1 lead in games by beating Edmonton 3-2. The Oilers stayed alive as center Ron Chipperfield scored a playoff-record five goals in a 10-2, Game-5 victory over the Jets (page 44).
HORSE RACING—SPECTACULAR BID ($2.20), ridden by Ron Franklin, won the $235,000 Preakness by 5½ lengths over Golden Act. The 3-year-old was timed in 1:54[1/5] for the 1[3/15] miles (page 24).
AFFIRMED ($2.60), Laffit Pincay up, won the $272,400 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park by five lengths over Syncopate. The winner was timed in 1:41[1/5] for the 1[1/16] miles.
Jorge Velasquez rode DAVONA DALE ($2.20) to a 4¼-length victory over Phoebe's Donkey in the $111,800 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico. The 3-year-old filly's time for the 1[1/16] miles was 1:42[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, averaging 111.269 mph in a Mercury, beat Cale Yarborough, driving a Chevrolet, by two seconds to win the $149,025 Mason-Dixon 500 in Dover, Del.
SOCCER—NASL: It was Giorgio Chinaglia Day at Giants Stadium, and the center-forward rose to the occasion with two goals in the Cosmos' 3-1 victory over Tulsa. The win moved the Cosmos nine points ahead of Washington in the Eastern Division of the National Conference. The Diplomats had tied for the division lead with a 4-1 defeat of Memphis on two goals and an assist by Joe Horvath. Fort Lauderdale broke Minnesota's seven-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory, but the Kicks still lead the Central Division of the National Conference by 14 points over Tulsa. Vancouver stayed on top of the Western Division with its fourth triumph in a row, a 2-0 defeat of Philadelphia. In the American Conference, San Diego lost its fourth consecutive game, although it held on to the lead in the Western Division. Tampa Bay, the leader in the Eastern Division by 19 points over the Strikers, split two games, beating the Sockers 1-0 on an Oscar Fabbiani goal and losing 1-0 to Los Angeles.
ASL: California remained the only unbeaten team and increased its lead in the Western Division to 19 points with a pair of 2-0 victories over the New York Eagles and the Los Angeles Skyhawks. Joey Fink, the leading scorer in the ASL with seven goals, had both of the Sunshine's scores in the win against the Eagles, who had a busy week, beating Columbus twice, 2-1 and 4-2, to move into first place in the Eastern Division.
TENNIS—VICTOR AMAYA beat Dick Stockton 6-4, 7-5 in the men's finals, and MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated Tracy Austin 6-1, 6-1 for the women's title at a $175,000 tournament in Kobe, Japan.
Chris Evert Lloyd defeated Caroline Stoll 6-1, 6-1 to win a $75,000 tennis tournament in Vienna.
Jose Higueras of Spain beat Harold Solomon 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 to win the $175,000 West German International championship in Hamburg.
TRACK & FIELD—JAN MERRILL of Connecticut College ran to an American women's record in the 5,000 at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. Her time of 15:33.8 broke by 1:07 the mark set by Kathy Mills of Penn State last year (page 78).
VOLLEYBALL—The International Volleyball Association opened its fifth season with three new teams, the Salt Lake City Stingers, the Albuquerque Lasers and the San Jose Diablos. In Salt Lake City, the largest opening-night crowd in the history of the league—5,044—saw the Stingers beat Albuquerque as well as its main attraction, Wilt Chamberlain, in four games. Denver, bolstered by the acquisition of Canadian National Team star Garth Pischke, took over first place in the Continental Division with three victories. Seattle moved into first place in the Western Division with two wins, and defending champion Santa Barbara also won twice.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the NASL Memphis Rogues, EDDIE McCREADIE, 39, who had a 12-26 record in one and a half seasons. His interim replacement is midfielder Charlie Cooke.
FIRED: As head coach of the California Surf of the NASL, JOHN SEWELL, 42, who had a 51-74-1 record in 5¼ seasons. He was replaced by assistant coach and team captain Peter Wall, 34.
SETTLED: The job action by 52 major league baseball umpires against the American and National Leagues that kept the umps off the field for the first 45 days of the season. The umpires and leagues agreed to a three-year contract calling for an average annual salary increase of $7,000, boosts in per diem and, for the first time, vacation time during the season.
TRADED: By the Washington Redskins, Running Back MIKE THOMAS, 25, NFL Rookie of the Year in 1975 and the team's second-leading alltime rusher (3,360 yards), to the San Diego Chargers for an undisclosed 1980 draft choice.
DIED: RAY BLADES, 82, former St. Louis Cardinals player (1922-32) and manager (1939-40); in Lincoln, Ill. In 10 seasons as a Cardinal outfielder, Blades batted .301 and appeared in three World Series.