BASKETBALL—NBA: Los Angeles took a quick 3-0 lead in its best-of-seven quarterfinal playoff series as it beat Phoenix 119-110 behind 30 points and 12 rebounds by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 131-128 in overtime, and 108-105 as Abdul-Jabbar scored 37 more. Phoenix finally won Sunday 127-101 as Paul Westphal had 25 points, including nine in the last four minutes. Boston, meanwhile, swept three from Houston, 119-101, 95-75 and 100-81, as the Celtics beat the Rockets for the ninth consecutive time. After Philadelphia opened with 107-104 and 99-92 triumphs over Atlanta, the 5'8" mini-Hawk, Charlie Criss, scored 11 points in the fourth period of the third game to lead Atlanta to a 105-93 victory. The 76ers then took a 3-1 lead with a 107-83 victory on Sunday. Seattle and Milwaukee started out with two close ones. After Buck Dave Meyers sent the first game into overtime with two last-second free throws, his teammate Marques Johnson dunked to break a 111-111 tie with six seconds remaining in overtime. Sonic Dennis Johnson countered with a 30-foot three-pointer that swished, putting the score at 114-113 with a second to go. Even then the Sonic victory wasn't secure. Marques got a last shot that narrowly missed. But the Bucks won the next game 114-112 as rookie Guard Sidney Moncrief scored all six Milwaukee points in overtime. After a 95-91 Buck victory and a 112-107 Seattle win, the series was tied at 2-2.
WBL: The NEW YORK STARS, led by Pearl Moore's 27 points, defeated the Iowa Cornets 125-114 in Cedar Rapids to win the league championship series three games to one. Earlier in the series, New York won by scores of 128-96 and 119-99 before Iowa got its only victory, 119-112.
BOWLING—ERNIE SCHLEGEL won his first PBA title in his 12 years on the tour, a 246-214 victory over Nelson Burton Jr. in a $90,000 tournament in Overland Park, Kans.
BOXING—SALVADOR SANCHEZ retained his WBC featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Ruben Castillo in Tucson (page 75).
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Park Chan Hee successfully defended his WBC flyweight crown by gaining a unanimous decision over Alberto Morales in Taegu, South Korea.
GOLF—SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS shot a 13-under-par 275 to win the 44th Masters by four strokes over Gibby Gilbert and Jack Newton (page 26).
Amy Alcott won a $100,000 LPGA tournament in Raleigh, N.C. with a 10-under-par 206, four shots better than Donna Caponi Young.
HOCKEY—In the best-of-five preliminary rounds of the NHL playoffs, there were four sweeps. Philadelphia ripped Edmonton 4-3, 5-1 and 3-2, winning the clincher as Center Ken Linesman scored at 3:56 of the second overtime period. Montreal whaled Hartford 6-1 and 8-4, with Left Wing Yvon Lambert getting two goals, and 4-3 when Lambert hit his second goal of that game 29 seconds into overtime. Minnesota beat Toronto 6-3, 7-2 and 4-3. The North Stars won Game 3 on Wing Al MacAdam's overtime score that came after former U.S. Olympian Steve Christoff had two goals and an assist in regulation play. Chicago blew by St. Louis 3-2, 5-1 and 4-1. Buffalo defeated Vancouver three games to one (page 80), while Atlanta flamed out, losing to the Rangers by the same margin. After falling to the Islanders 8-1 in their series opener, the Kings got their first victory in six playoff games going back to 1977, by a 6-3 score. L.A. then lost 4-3 in overtime on a 45-foot goal by former Olympian Defenseman Ken Morrow, his first in the NHL. The Kings were eliminated by a 6-0 shutout by Isles Goalie Billy Smith. Surprising Pittsburgh defeated Boston twice, 4-2 and 4-1, and were beaten once, 4-1, before losing 8-3 on Sunday to even the series 2-2.
HORSE RACING—CODEX ($10.60), Eddie Delahoussaye up, beat Rumbo by two lengths to win the $330,350 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park. The 3-year-old ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[2/5].
Temperance Hill ($11.20), ridden by Darrell Haire, beat Bold 'n Rulling by a length to win the $178,600 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old was timed for the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles at 1:50[3/5].
Billy Jane ($13.80), ridden by John Lively, defeated Jameela by four lengths to win the $177,150 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park. The 4-year-old filly covered the 1[1/16]-mile course in 1:43[3/5].
Uncool ($28), with Jorge Velasquez aboard, defeated Hold Your Tricks by a half length to win the $171,850 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park. The 5-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[2/5].
Flitalong ($10), ridden by Ramon Encinas, beat Morning Frolic by a length to win the $150,000 Pan American Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The 4-year-old filly had a time of 2:28[2/5] for the 1½ miles.
Ring Of Light ($22), Cash Asmussen up, won the $112,600 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct by 1¼ lengths over Silent Cal. The 5-year-old gelding ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—JOHNNY RUTHERFORD, driving a Chaparral at an average speed of 162.053 mph, won the Twin 200 on the 2.5-mile Ontario (Calif.) Motor Speedway oval. He finished one lap ahead of Tom Sneva, who was driving a McLaren.
David Pearson, averaging 112.399 mph in a Chevrolet, won the Rebel 500 at the 1.366-mile Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway by 3.3 seconds over Benny Parsons, also in a Chevy. The race was shortened to 258 miles because of rain.
SOCCER—NASL: Dallas won a Texas showdown 1-0 over Houston, Midfielder Fleming Lund scoring 4½ minutes into overtime, to stay atop the National Conference Central with the best record (3-0) in the league. Fort Lauderdale won twice at home, 4-1, against New York and 2-0 over Rochester, to remain first in the American Conference East with three victories and one defeat. In three 1-0 games, Detroit beat New England, Vancouver defeated Seattle, and Los Angeles edged Portland.
ASL: In the only three games of the week, N.Y. United got its first win of the season, 1-0 over California, while Columbus defeated Sacramento 2-0 in a rematch of the 1979 championship game and played a 1-1 tie against Golden Gate.
SQUASH RACQUETS—SHARIFF KHAN defeated Michael Desaulniers 15-12, 15-8, 8-15, 15-10 in Salt Lake City to win the North American Open for the fifth straight time.
SWIMMING—At the U.S. Indoor championships in Austin, Texas, world records were established by ROWDY GAINES in the men's 200-meter freestyle (1:49.16), MARY T. MEAGHER in the women's 100 butterfly (59.26) and PAR ARVIDSSON in the men's 100 butterfly (54.15). Seven individual American records were also set (page 67).
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat John McEnroe 7-5, 6-3 to win a $250,000 tournament in Tokyo.
Tracy Austin defeated Regina Marsikova 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 to win a $150,000 tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach at Purdue, GENE KEADY, 43, who had a 38-19 record in two seasons at Western Kentucky. He replaces Lee Rose, who resigned to coach at South Florida.
RESIGNED: As hockey coach at Minnesota, HERB BROOKS, 42, after winning three NCAA titles in seven seasons. Brooks, whose career record is 175-100-20, had taken a leave of absence from Minnesota to coach the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team.
As football coach at Arizona, TONY MASON, 50, under pressure after The Arizona Daily Star and Tucson Citizen alleged that he and some of his assistants had misused University funds and falsified travel expenses. Mason had a 16-18-1 record in his three seasons with the Wildcats, including a 16-10 loss to Pitt in the 1979 Fiesta Bowl.
DIED: ELI (Buck) CANEL, 74, the Latin American radio voice of U.S. baseball and boxing from 1936 until his retirement in 1972; of emphysema; in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Canel, who was born in Staten Island, N.Y. in 1906, worked as a journalist for the Associated Press in Havana, and Agence France-Presse and NBC in New York. He broadcast, in Spanish, Gillette's Cavalcade of Sports and the World Series to countries throughout the Western Hemisphere.