PRO BASKETBALL—Los Angeles won its Western Conference semifinal series with Phoenix 4-1 as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar celebrated his 33rd birthday with 35 points and 16 rebounds in the Lakers' 126-101 clinching victory. With Larry Bird getting 34 points, Boston completed its sweep of Houston in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 138-121 triumph. Philadelphia, trailing 53-43 at the half in its fifth game with Atlanta, rallied behind 21 second-half points by Darryl Dawkins to win its series 4-1 with a 105-100 triumph over Atlanta. In the Seattle-Milwaukee Western semis, the Sonics won the seventh game 98-94 and the series 4-1, while in the Eastern finals the 76ers and Celtics split a pair of games at Boston Garden (page 18).
BOWLING—WAYNE WEBB defeated Gary Dickinson 219-194 to win the $150,000 Tournament of Champions in Akron.
BOXING—AYUB KALULU retained his WBA super welterweight title with an 11th-round TKO of Emiliano Villa in Copenhagen.
DIVING—GREG LOUGANIS of El Cajon, Calif. won the one- and three-meter springboard events, and BRUCE KIMBALL took the 10-meter platform event at the AAU indoor championships in Milwaukee. KAREN GORHAM of Fayetteville, Ark. was the women's one-meter champion, while defending titlist CARRIE FINNERAN of Columbus, Ohio won the three-meter, and CHRISTINE LOOCK of Dallas finished first in the platform.
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GOLF—TOM WATSON shot a 12-under-par 276 to win the $300,000 Tournament of Champions in Carlsbad, Calif. by three strokes over Jim Colbert.
Donna White shot a nine-under-par 283 to win her first LPGA title, a $100,000 tournament in Orlando, Fla. She beat Jane Blalock by one shot.
GYMNASTICS—JULIANNE McNAMARA, 14, of Eugene Ore. won the all-around title at the USGF women's championships in Salt Lake City.
HOCKEY—After Boston earned its ticket to the quarterfinals with a 6-2 triumph over Pittsburgh, its luck went cold. The Bruins started off with two overtime losses to the Islanders—2-1 on Clark Gillies' 20-foot goal at 1:02 of the first OT and 5-4 on Center Bob Bourne's score from 50 feet out at 1:24 of sudden death. That second game was marred by brawling, which resulted in Referee Dave Newell doling out 254 penalty minutes and ejecting eight players. There was more of the same in Game 3. Among four slugging exhibitions, Islander Bryan Trottier had two goals and two assists to lead the Isles to a 5-3 victory. The Rangers lost thrice to Philadelphia, 2-1, 4-1 and 3-0, before Ron Duguay's first playoff hat trick helped them to a 4-2 triumph in Game 4. Meanwhile Buffalo swept Chicago 5-0, 6-4, 2-1 and 3-2 as Gil Perreault flipped in the series-winning goal with 3:06 remaining in the fourth game. Youthful Minnesota gave Montreal a surprise, snapping the Canadien's 24-game unbeaten streak and taking a 2-0 lead in the series as Goalie Gilles Meloche had his first NHL shutout (3-0) and had 40 saves in the North Stars' 4-1 victory. When the action shifted to Minnesota, Montreal evened the series with 5-0 and 5-1 triumphs.
HORSE RACING—PLUGGED NICKLE ($3), ridden by Buck Thornburg, beat Colonel Moran by 1½ lengths to win the $145,500 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old had a 1:50[4/5] clocking for the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles.
Rich Gritch ($186.80), Luke Myles up, outran Skip A Square by a half length to win the $332,000 Golden State Derby at Bay Meadows. The 3-year-old filly ran the 440 yards in 21.83 seconds.
MARATHON—BILL RODGERS won the 84th Boston Marathon with a clocking of 2:12:11. It was the fourth time he placed first in the race (page 14).
MOTOR SPORTS—RICHARD PETTY, driving a Chevrolet at an average speed of 95.501 mph. won a 250-mile NASCAR event at the five-eighths-mile North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. He finished one lap ahead of Harry Gant, who also drove a Chevy.
SOCCER—NASL: Except for California's 5-1 victory over Portland, all of last Saturday's games were tight. In Philadelphia's first game at home, the Fury was shut out 1-0 by Memphis as Rogue Defender Mike Stankovic had the only goal. In three other 1-0 matches, Chicago stung Atlanta on Arno Steffenhagen's first-half goal, Tulsa defeated Detroit 1-0 on Alan Dugdale's shootout score, and Seattle beat San Jose 1-0. The Sounders (3-1), who have yet to allow a goal in regulation or overtime, lead the National Conference Western Division. Fort Lauderdale (4-1), which is first in the American Conference East, edged New England 2-1 in Foxboro on Defender Ken Fogarty's score at 78:55. In the Astrodome, Houston Forward Ruben Morales intercepted an Edmonton pass at 42:19 and drilled it past Goalie John Baretta to lead the Hurricane to its first victory by a 2-1 score. ASL: The expansion Golden Gate Gales defeated New York United 2-1 for their first win ever. Gales Forward Mal Roche had one goal in that game and two in a 3-3 draw with Sacramento, whose scores came on a second-half hat trick by Malcolm Filby.
TENNIS—GENE MAYER defeated Brian Teacher 6-3, 6-2 to win the $175,000 Jack Kramer Open in Fountain Valley, Calif.
Martina Navratilova defeated Hana Mandlikova 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to win a $100,000 WTA tournament in Amelia Island, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As football coach at Arizona, LARRY SMITH, 40, who had a record of 18-26 in four seasons as coach at Tulane.
As basketball coach at Northwestern (La.) State, WAYNE YATES, 42, who had a 93-48 record in five years at Memphis State.
RETIRED: Chicago Black Hawks Center STAN MIKITA, 39, after 22 seasons in which he was the NHL's leading scorer four times and MVP twice. He finished with 541 goals, sixth on the alltime list.
From competitive tennis, ARTHUR ASHE, 36, who won the U.S. Open title in 1968 and the Wimbledon Championship in 1975. He suffered a mild heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery last year.
TRADED: By the Minnesota Vikings, Running Back CHUCK FOREMAN, 29, to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick in 1981; and by the Los Angeles Rams, Running Back LAWRENCE McCUTCHEON, 29, to the Denver Broncos, also for an undisclosed future draft choice.
DIED: VERNE C. LEWELLEN, 78, former Green Bay Packer offensive and defensive back (1924-32) and general manager (1954-59); of cardiac arrest; in Green Bay. He also starred at Nebraska and captained the squad that beat the Notre Dame Four Horsemen team in 1923.