PRO BASKETBALL—Boston and Houston split the first four games of the NBA finals (page 26).
BOWLING—Arizona State won both the male and female titles at the national collegiate championships in St. Louis. The men defeated West Texas State 235-196 in the finals, while the women beat Penn State 181-167.
Nikki Gianulias defeated Cindy Coburn 227-196 in the finals of a $30,000 women's tournament in Rockford, Ill.
GOLF—RON STRECK shot a 15-under-par 198 to win the rain-shortened 54-hole $267,461.25 Houston Open by three strokes over Hale Irwin and Jerry Pate.
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Bruce Lietzke won the $300,000 Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas on the first hole of sudden death over Tom Watson after both golfers had completed regulation play at 281, one over par.
Amy Alcott defeated Sally Little by one stroke in a $125,000 LPGA tournament in Roswell, Ga., finishing with a seven-under-par 209 for 54 holes.
HOCKEY—While Minnesota eliminated Calgary four games to two in one NHL semifinal (page 69), the Islanders completed a sweep of their best-of-seven series with the Rangers. Mike Bossy's two power-play goals helped the Isles to a 5-2 final-game victory and also gave him a league-record 81 goals—one more than Reggie Leach in 1975-76—for the regular season and playoffs combined. New York's 26 power-play scores so far in the playoffs set another NHL mark.
HORSE RACING—PAST FORGETTING ($4.40), Chris McCarron up, won the $203,392 California Miss Sires Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by nine lengths over Golden Bella. Her time for the 1[1/16] miles at Hollywood Park was 1:43[1/5].
El Barril ($4.40), ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, defeated Buckpoint by 1¾ lengths in the $112,700 Dixie Handicap at Pimlico. The 5-year-old covered the 1½ miles in 2:29[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—BENNY PARSONS drove his Ford to a one-length victory over Darrell Waltrip's Buick in a 250-mile, $124,485 NASCAR race at Nashville International Raceway. He averaged 89.756 mph around the .596-mile oval.
POWERBOATING—EDDIE TROTTA, in a 39-foot Cigarette, won the $35,000 Bacardi Trophy race off Southeast Florida by three minutes over Paul Clauser, in a Scarab. Trotta averaged 69.3 mph for the 199 miles.
SOCCER—NASL: California overtook San Diego in the race for the Western Division lead by defeating the Sockers 2-1 on Forward Craig Allen's two goals. Chicago too moved from second place to first, supplanting Tulsa as the Central Division leader with 2-0 and 5-0 victories over Dallas. Sting Goalie Phil Parkes had six saves in the first win, and Rudy Glenn scored twice in the second. The Roughnecks, meanwhile, lost their only game, 1-0 to Minnesota in a shootout after they had out-shot the Kicks 21-2 during regulation play. In the Northwest Division, Portland tied Seattle for first by shutting out San Jose 3-0 and then edged ahead by defeating Los Angeles 3-1, while the Sounders were beating Calgary 1-0. Teofilo Cubillas, the league's No. 2 scorer, with six goals and four assists, had a goal and two assists in Fort Lauderdale's 3-1 win over Montreal, a triumph that left the Southern Division-leading Strikers 12 points ahead of runner-up Tampa Bay. Giorgio Chinaglia remained the NASL's top scorer—he has 12 goals and three assists for the season—and his Cosmos still had the league's best record (7-1) after a 5-1 win over Toronto in which Chinaglia scored three times. Calgary, after five straight losses, finally won for the first time, 2-0 over Minnesota on goals by Carlos Salguero and Ramon Ponce.
ASL: In the week's only game, Cleveland defeated the New York Eagles 7-4 in overtime behind a pair of goals by Walter Schlothauer and another by Ian Hamilton.
TENNIS—EDDIE DIBBS won the $592,000 Tournament of Champions at Forest Hills, N.Y. by defeating Carlos Kirmayr 6-3, 6-2.
Chris Evert Lloyd beat Virginia Ruzici 6-1, 6-2 to win a $100,000 tournament in Perugia, Italy.
VOLLEYBALL—UCLA won the NCAA title 11-15, 15-7, 15-11, 8-15 and 15-13 over USC in Santa Barbara, Calif.
MILEPOSTS—CANCELLED: By the International Auto Sports Federation, the 1981 United States Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen, N.Y. The race directors failed to repay by a May 1 deadline more than $750,000 they had borrowed from racing teams to cover expenses from last year's running.
FIRED: Seattle Manager MAURY WILLS, 48, following the Mariners' 6-18 start this year and their 26-56 performance since his hiring last August. He was replaced by RENE LACHEMANN, 36, former skipper of the Mariners' Spokane farm club of the Pacific Coast League.
HIRED: As University of Rhode Island basketball coach, CLAUDE ENGLISH, 34, replacing Jack Kraft, who resigned April 6. English guided the Rams to a 21-8 record and a National Invitation Tournament berth as acting coach last season after Kraft suffered a heart attack in November.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Colorado Rockies, BILLY MacMILLAN, 38, who will become the team's general manager. In their only season under MacMillan, the Rockies were 22-45-13.
SIGNED: By the Redskins, reportedly to a multiyear contract worth $225,000 per season, former All-Pro Running Back TERRY METCALF, 29. Metcalf had nearly 40 receptions and 700 yards rushing per season for St. Louis (1973-77) before jumping to Toronto of the CFL, where he caught 137 passes and ran for 1,914 yards in three years.
SOLD: To Los Angeles attorney DONALD T. STERLING for approximately $13.5 million, the San Diego Clippers, who drew only 6,283 fans per game at home last season. The sale, by majority owner Irv Levin and his partner, Harold A. Lipton, must be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors.
TRADED: To Cleveland for undisclosed future draft choices, Buffalo Running Back TERRY MILLER, 25, who gained 1,060 yards as a rookie in 1978 but tailed off to 484 in 1979 and 35 last year.
DIED: South African lightweight MOTSI TLADI, 21, after a May 2 fight with Manasse Potse in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Tladi, unbeaten in his last 11 bouts, was counted out in the eighth round and never regained consciousness.
Former boxing manager GEORGE KATZ, 76, whose fighters included heavyweight champion Sonny Liston; of a heart attack; in Abington, Pa.