PRO BASKETBALL—Houston and Kansas City, both of whom entered the playoffs with 40-42 regular-season records, ended their Western Conference Cinderella championship series with a comeback story. The Rockets, ahead three games to one, trailed 23-12 late in the first quarter of Game 5, but fought back, behind 21 first-half points by Moses Malone (page 28), to tie the score 50-50 at the intermission. Kansas City once again moved in front in the second half, leading 77-73 going into the fourth period. The score was deadlocked 82-82 with 4:35 remaining, when Houston's Robert Reid hit on a drive and Calvin Murphy of the Rockets drove the length of the court for a layup. Houston never trailed again. Final score: 97-88. In the NBA championship series, Houston will face Boston, which won the Eastern Conference title 4-3 with a 91-90 victory over Philadelphia (page 26).
BOWLING—DONNA ADAMEK defeated Nikki Gianulius 201-190 to win the $50,000 U.S. Women's Open in Rockford, Ill.
GOLF—GRAHAM MARSH shot a three-under-par 277 to win a $302,000 tournament in Nagoya, Japan by two strokes over D.A. Weibring.
Sally Little defeated Hollis Stacy and Kathy Whit-worth on the first hole of sudden death to win a $125,000 tournament at Hilton Head Island, S.C. The three finished regulation play at 287, one under par.
May 10, 1981
HOCKEY—Minnesota began its Stanley Cup semifinal series with Calgary by winning 4-1 in the Stampede Corral. Center Tim Young had a goal and two assists to lead a 44-shot Minnesota assault on Flames Goal-tender Pat Riggin. In Game 2 Riggin faced 39 shots and turned away 37 of them en route to a 3-2 Calgary triumph. The North Stars won 6-4 on Sunday behind Steve Christoff's third-period goal, to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The Islanders, meanwhile, went three games up on the Rangers in the Battle of New York (page 58).
HORSE RACING—PLEASANT COLONY ($9), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, defeated Woodchopper by three-quarters of a length to win the 107th Kentucky Derby. The winner's time for the 1¼ miles was 2:02 (page 18).
Plucky Hussy ($44), Manuel Toquinto up, beat Real Speculation by three lengths to win the $248,780 Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park. The 2-year-old filly covered the five furlongs in 58[3/5] seconds.
Caterman ($6), Marco Castaneda aboard, defeated Opus Dei by half a length to win the $137,750 Golden Gate Handicap on the grass at Golden Gate Fields. The 5-year-old gelding ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:41[2/5].
Heavenly Cause ($5), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, beat De La Rose by a nose to win the $124,000 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old filly ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:43[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON, driving his Buick at an average speed of 149.376 mph, won a $346,660 Grand National 500 race on the 2.66-mile Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega. He finished one foot ahead of Buddy Baker, who also drove a Buick.
Nelson Piquet, averaging 101.20 mph over 60 laps of the 3.13-mile circuit, drove a Brabham to victory in the San Marino Grand Prix by 4.6 seconds over Riccardo Patrese in an Arrows.
SOCCER—NASL: After Washington got a 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay and the Cosmos triumphed 3-2 at Atlanta behind two goals by Seninho, the Eastern Division rivals—each had a 5-1 record—had a showdown in the Meadowlands. Francois Van der Elst scored the game winner as the Cosmos won 1-0 and took an 11-point lead in the standings. Fort Lauderdale, the Southern Division leader, defeated second-place Jacksonville 2-1 in a shootout, Arsene Auguste getting the game winner. In Tulsa's 3-1 triumph at Portland, rookie Joe Morrone, the first player picked in the December draft, got the decisive goal for the Roughnecks, who are No. 1 in the Central Division with a 4-2 record. In San Diego's 4-2 victory over San Jose, Kaz Deyna and Julie Veee each had a goal and an assist. California, six points behind the Sockers in the West, beat Vancouver 1-0 on a goal by Steve Moyers with 12 seconds remaining, while Seattle beat Vancouver 3-2 on a Roger Davies score to take a 36-33 lead over the Whitecaps in the Northwest Division points standings.
ASL: In the first two games of the league's 47th season, Carolina tied New York United 2-2 on Mai Roche's goal, and Pennsylvania beat New England 2-0.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Johan Kriek 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to win the $200,000 WCT Finals in Dallas.
Martina Navratilova defeated Andrea Jaeger 7-5, 6-3 to win the $200,000 Tournament of Champions in Haines City, Fla.
WATER POLO—The Soviet Union won the gold medal at the FINA World Cup competition (page 55).
WRESTLING—At the AAU Senior Greco-Roman Nationals in Albany, N.Y., RON CARLISLE pinned Tom Zupancic in 1:19 to win the heavyweight title, and JEFF BLATNICK, winner of the 220-pound class, was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. The other champions were MIKE HOUK at 198 pounds, DAN CHANDLER at 180.5, DAVE SCHULTZ at 163, DOUG YATES at 149.5, ABDURRAHIM KUZU at 136.5, DAN MELLO at 125.5, WILFREDO LEVIA at 114.5 and T.J. JONES at 105.5.
MILEPOSTS—RELEASED: As coach of the Buffalo Sabres, ROGER NEILSON, 46, who in his first season guided them to a 39-20-21 record and into the playoffs, where they lost 4-1 to Minnesota.
PLACED ON PROBATION: By the Big Ten, the University of Illinois; for allegedly deceiving the conference about the academic eligibility of Mini Quarterback David Wilson. Illinois will be banned from postseason play in all sports and cut off from all conference revenue for two years starting on July 1.
DIED: CLIFF BATTLES, 70, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who was a star halfback for West Virginia Wesleyan from 1929 to 1931 and gained 3,542 yards with the NFL Boston Braves (later the Boston and Washington Redskins) from 1932 through 1937; after treatment for a heart condition; in Clearwater, Fla.
Mickey (Toy Bulldog) Walker, 79, who fought 162 (93-19-50) professional bouts in four weight classes from 1919 to 1935 and held the world welterweight championship (1922-26) and middleweight crown (1926-31); of Parkinson's disease; in Freehold, N.J.