PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: After Boston beat Chicago in four games, all three remaining quarterfinal playoff series went the full seven. Philadelphia finally eliminated Milwaukee (page 24) to move into the semifinals against the Celtics. In the Western Conference, the underdog Rockets took a 3-2 lead over the Spurs on a 123-117 triumph at San Antonio's HemisFair Arena behind 36 points by Calvin Murphy and 34 by Moses Malone. Ma-lone scored 36 the following night, but the Spurs got 26 from George Gervin to win 101-96 in Houston's Summit and even the series at 3-3. The Rockets won the series clincher 105-100, Murphy getting 42 points, to become the first NBA team since the St. Louis Hawks in 1966-67 to make the semis with a losing record—40-42 in Houston's case—in regular-season play. Kansas City, which was also 40-42 during the regular season, soon became the second. Ahead 3-1 in their series with Phoenix, the Kings lost 101-89, with the Suns' Truck Robinson getting 20 rebounds, and 81-76 before winning their place opposite Houston in the semis with a 95-88 triumph on Sunday.
WBL: In the best-of-five league championship series, the Nebraska Wranglers won the opener 89-72 over Dallas as the Wranglers' Rosie Walker and Marie Kocurek each got 19 points and the Diamond star, Nancy Lieberman, sprained her right ankle in the second quarter and missed the rest of the game. Wearing high-topped sneakers, Lieberman scored 31 points in the Diamonds' 106-93 Game 2 victory at Omaha and had 19 points in a 96-88 third-game triumph in Dallas. The Diamonds had a 12-point lead going into the fourth quarter of Game 4, but Nebraska rallied, taking the lead with 1:19 left and clinching the 94-93 win on a nine-footer by Charlotte Lewis, with 12 seconds remaining.
BOWLING—WAYNE WEBB defeated Mark Roth 227-199 to win the $95,000 Greater Hartford Open in Windsor Locks, Conn.
DIVING—At the U.S. Indoor Championships in Columbus, Ohio, GREG LOUGANIS won the one-and three-meter springboard events—for the fourth and third time, respectively, and BRUCE KIMBALL repeated as the 10-meter platform winner. DIANE DUDECK placed first in the women's one-meter, while MEGAN NEYER was No. 1 in the women's three-meter. WENDY WYLAND triumphed in the platform competition.
April 26, 1981
GOLF—LEE TREVINO defeated Ray Floyd by two strokes to win the $300,000 Tournament of Champions in Carlsbad, Calif. He had a 15-under-par 273.
Amy Alcott carded a two-over-par 221 to win a $106,000 tournament in Kawasaki, Japan by two strokes over Ayako Okamoto.
Beth Daniel survived a five-way playoff to win a $100,000 LPGA tournament in Orlando, Fla. She shot a seven-under-par 281 in regulation play.
Dave Eichelberger, who tied Bob Murphy and Mark O'Meara with a 17-under-par 271 in regulation play, won the $100,000 Tallahassee Open in sudden death.
HOCKEY—In the first week of the NHL best-of-seven quarterfinal Stanley Cup play, Minnesota went up 3-0. The North Stars beat Buffalo 3-2, Steve Payne getting the game-winner 22 seconds into overtime, 5-2 with Steve Christoff and Dino Ciccarelli scoring two goals each, and 6-4 in Bloomington. The Islanders kept Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky in check for two games—he had only 2 points in Games 1 and 2—en route to triumphs of 8-2 with Clark Gillies and Denis Potvin scoring twice each, 6-3 with Potvin getting a hat trick, but then lost 5-2 as Gretzky scored thrice. St. Louis won the first game of its series with the Rangers 6-3, and the teams were tied 3-3 at 8:29 into the third period of Game 2 when Blues defenseman Jack Brownschidle tripped New York Right Wing Anders Hedberg. Result: a penalty shot, the eighth in Stanley Cup history and the first since 1979. Hedberg took the puck at center ice, skated straight at Goalie Mike Liut, faked right and scored through Liut's legs. The final score: Rangers 6, Blues 4. New York went up two games to one with a 6-3 victory on Sunday. In the opener of the Flyers-Flames series, Philadelphia got a 4-0 shutout from Goalie Rick St. Croix, who turned away 35 shots. Calgary then won 5-4 and 2-1. Pat Riggin, in the nets for the Flames, turned away 47 shots in Game 3.
HORSE RACING—OBRAZTSOVY ($3.40), ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, defeated Exploded by a neck to win the $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap on the wet grass at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old covered the 1¾ miles in 2:50[2/5].
Pleasant colony ($27.40), Jeffrey Fell aboard, beat Highland Blues by three lengths—and favorite Cure the Blues by eight—to win the $163,800 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[3/5] (page 32).
Paristo ($17.80), David Ashcroft up, defeated Pass the Tab by half a length to win the $155,500 Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park. The 3-year-old colt did the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[3/5] (page 32).
MARATHON—TOSHIHIKO SEKO of Japan won the 85th Boston Marathon in 2:09:26, the best time ever recorded in the United States. ALLISON ROE of New Zealand placed first among the women in 2:26:46. It was the second-fastest marathon ever run by a woman.
SOCCER—Of the 10 NASL games of the week, five were shutouts. Minnesota Goaltender Tino Lettieri had seven saves in the Kicks' 1-0 triumph at Chicago. Hubert Birkenmeier, goalie of the Cosmos, got his shutout 3-0 at Dallas as his teammate Seninho (short for Arsenio Jardim) scored twice. Tulsa's Zeljko Bilecki blanked Calgary 1-0, and Washington's Jimmy (Dracula) Brown shut down Fort Lauderdale by the same score. The lone goal in that game came on a header by Diplomat David McGill. The star of Tampa Bay's 2-0 shutout of Jacksonville was Goaltender Winston DuBose, a native of nearby Orlando. Elsewhere, Vancouver beat Portland 2-1 on an overtime goal by Peter (Thunderfoot) Lorimer, and Montreal defeated Toronto 2-1 on two goals by Forward Andy Parkinson.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach at Georgia Tech, BOBBY CREMINS, 33, who had a 100-70 record in six seasons at Appalachian State.
As basketball coach at Rice, TOMMY SUITTS, 33, who has been an assistant with the Owls for two years. He replaces Mike Schuler, who resigned to become an assistant with the New Jersey Nets.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Drake, BOB ORTEGEL, 40, who had a seven-year record of 91-103, to become an executive with a pizza chain.
As coach of the Canadiens, CLAUDE RUEL, 42, who guided Montreal to a 45-22-13 regular-season record and elimination by Edmonton in the first playoff round.