PRO BASKETBALL—The Celtics won their 14th NBA championship by defeating Houston four games to two in their best-of-seven series (page 34).
BOWLING—KATSUKO SUGIMOTO won a $60,074 international women's tournament in Baltimore 166-158 over Virginia Norton.
GOLF—FUZZY ZOELLER shot a six-under-par 274 to win the $300,000 Colonial National Invitation in Fort Worth by four strokes over Hale Irwin (page 94).
Kathy Whitworth birdied the second hole of sudden death to defeat Alice Ritzman in a $125,000 LPGA tournament in Paramus, N.J. Both golfers finished regulation play at 211, eight under par.
May 24, 1981
HOCKEY—The Islanders took a 3-0 lead over Minnesota in the best-of-seven finals of the Stanley Cup playoffs (page 26).
HORSE RACING—PLEASANT COLONY ($5.00), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, caught Bold Ego in the stretch to win the 106th Preakness at Pimlico. The 3-year-old colt's time for the 1[3/16] miles was 1:54[3/5] (page 32).
Laffit Pincay Jr. rode JOHN HENRY ($2.80) to a three-quarter-length victory over Caterman in the $200,000 Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old ran the 1½ miles in 2:27[4/5].
Dame Mysterieuse ($4.20), Eddie Maple up, won the $112,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico by three lengths over Wayward Lass. The 3-year-old filly covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[1/5].
LACROSSE—MARYLAND defeated Ursinus 5-4 to win the AIAW Division I championship in University Park, Pa. Delaware beat Lehigh 8-4 for the Division II title, while Trenton (N.J.) State won the Division III final 7-6 over Franklin & Marshall.
MOTOR SPORTS—JODY RIDLEY drove his Ford to a 22-second victory over Bobby Allison's Buick in the $187,410 Mason-Dixon 500 in Dover, Del. He averaged 116.595 mph around the one-mile Dover Downs International Speedway oval.
Carlos Reutemann, in a Williams, won the Belgian Grand Prix in Zolder by 36 seconds over Jacques Laffite in a Talbot-Ligier. Reutemann's average speed for 55 laps of the 2.6-mile course was 119.48 mph.
Bobby Unser, in a Penske PC-9B, won the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 with a 4-lap average qualifying run of 200.545 mph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mike Mosley qualified second at 197.141 mph, and A.J. Foyt was third at 196.078.
ROAD RACING—CRAIG VIRGIN finished first among 27,300 official entrants in the 7.63-mile Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco with a time of 35:07, four seconds under his own course record. JANET OEHM was the women's winner in 41:47.
SOCCER—NASL: Several teams tried new twists to fight sagging attendance. Northwest Division-leading Portland chopped $2.50 off its general admission ticket prices and drew 10,510—more than twice the crowd for the Timbers' previous home NASL game—to a 2-0 win over Calgary. Dale Mitchell and John Bain, the league's fourth- and fifth-leading scorers, respectively, each had a goal, and Stuart Lee, the No. 6 scorer, had an assist. California made its game against San Jose the opening act for a Beach Boys concert, thus attracting 25,230 fans, but lost to the Earthquakes 2-1 as George Best collected a goal and an assist. The Cosmos, whose attendance is down almost 6,000 per game from last year's average of 42,805, padded their Eastern Division lead by beating Tulsa 2-1 on a pair of goals by Giorgio Chinaglia, and helped their gate by playing another first-place team, the Chicago Sting. As 42,385 in Giants Stadium watched, Chinaglia scored a penalty-kick goal, but that wasn't enough as the Cosmos bowed to the Central Division leaders 3-2 in overtime. Neill Roberts and Mike Connell scored shoot-out goals for Tampa Bay in the Rowdies' 1-0 victory over the Southern Division's top team, Fort Lauderdale.
ASL: With a 3-1 win over Cleveland in which Ken McDonald scored twice, Pennsylvania regained sole possession of the Liberty Conference lead. Earlier in the week the Stoners had fallen into a tie for first with New England by losing 2-1 to Freedom Conference leader Carolina while the Sharks were beating Rochester 4-0 behind Steve Reid's three unassisted goals.
TENNIS—PETER McNAMARA upset Jimmy Connors 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to win the $200,000 German Open in Hamburg.
Brian Teacher won the men's title at a $200,000 tournament in Tokyo by beating Bill Scanlon 2-6, 6-1, 7-6. ANDREA JAEGER defeated Tracy Austin 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 to take the women's final.
Dick Stockton defeated Roscoe Tanner 6-3, 6-2 in the finals of a $110,000 tournament in Tulsa.
Chris Evert Lloyd won the finals of the $100,000 Swiss Open in Lugano 6-1, 6-1 over Virginia Ruzici.
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville won its fourth straight NCAA Division II championship, in Little Rock, Ark. SIUE's Ken Flach won the singles title.
TRACK & FIELD—BEN PLUCKNETT of the U.S. broke the world discus record, set by Wolfgang Schmidt of East Germany in 1978, by two inches with a throw of 233'7" at the California Relays in Modesto. At the same meet, BRIAN OLDFIELD put the shot 72'3" to surpass the U.S. record of 71'8½" set by Terry Albritton in 1976.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: Of first-degree murder and two illegal gun-possession charges by a San Juan, Puerto Rico superior court, former WBC lightweight champion (1974-76) ESTEBAN DeJESUS, 29, who was sentenced to life in prison. DeJesus was found guilty of fatally shooting 18-year-old Roberto Cintron Gonzalez last Nov. 27 after a traffic dispute.
HIRED: As coach of the Winnipeg Jets, former Vancouver assistant TOM WATT, 45, who replaces associate coaches Mike Smith and Bill Sutherland.
As head coach of the Minnesota Kicks, former assistant GEOFF BARNETT, 34. Club President Freddie Goodwin had been serving as coach.
Gary Garner, 37, formerly an assistant at Missouri, to coach the Drake University basketball team.
DIED: HAMILTON P.B. (Tex) MAULE, 66, longtime SI writer (1956-75) who was noted for his coverage of pro football and was the author of 31 books; of a heart attack; in New York City.