PRO BASKETBALL—In the closing week of the regular season, George Gervin pumped in 35 points to lead San Antonio to the 118-106 triumph over Dallas that enabled the Spurs to nail down their second straight Midwest Division title. Gervin finished as the NBA's top scorer (32.3 points a game) for the fourth time in five seasons. By clinching the division crown, San Antonio earned a bye in this week's playoff mini-series, along with earlier division winners Boston (Atlantic), Milwaukee (Central) and Los Angeles (Pacific). Meanwhile, New Jersey (4-0 for the week) and Atlanta (2-2) wrapped up the last two Eastern Conference playoff spots. In the Western Conference, a six-team race for the final four berths ended on Saturday night. Along with San Antonio, the qualifiers were Houston (2-2), Phoenix (3-1) and Denver (2-2) (page 20).
BOWLING—PETE WEBER won his first PBA title by beating Pete McCordic 210-199 in a $100,000 tournament in Windsor Locks, Conn.
BOXING—TADASHI TOMORI won the WBC junior flyweight title on a split decision over Mexico's Amado Ursua in Tokyo.
DIVING—At the U.S. indoor championships in Milwaukee, RON MERRIOTT won the one-and three-meter springboard events and DAN WATSON was the 10-meter platform titlist. Among the women, MEGAN NEYER retained her three-meter crown and also swept the one-meter competition. WENDY WYLAND won the platform title.
April 25, 1982
GOLF—KATHY WHITWORTH shot a seven-under-par 281 to defeat Patty Sheehan by nine strokes in the $150,000 Women's International at Hilton Head, S.C. It was Whitworth's 82nd career win, tying her with Mickey Wright as the LPGA's alltime winningest golfer.
Lanny Wadkins fired an eight-under-par 280 to beat four other players by three strokes and win the $350,000 Tournament of Champions at Rancho La Costa, Calif.
HOCKEY—After a 3-2 overtime win at Montreal sent upstart Quebec into the quarterfinals, the Nordiques' momentum seemed to die. They were defeated 4-3 and 8-4 at Boston, first on Ray Bourque's 20-footer with :55 to play and then when Bruin rookies Keith Crowder and Barry Pederson erupted for two goals apiece. But on Sunday Wilf Paiement's overtime goal gave Quebec a 3-2 win. After eliminating Edmonton in Game 5 of the preliminary round, Los Angeles also got off to a shaky start in the quarters, losing 3-2 at Vancouver on Gary Lupul's third-period goal and 4-3 at home, in OT But L.A. did win the second game 3-2, when Steve Bozek scored in overtime, and thus trailed 2-1 in the series. Chicago beat St. Louis 5-4, as Doug Wilson ripped a 25-footer by Blues Goalie Mike Liut for the deciding score. St. Louis got even as Liut stopped 25 shots in a 3-1 triumph, but the Black Hawks pulled ahead again on Sunday, peppering Liut with 33 shots on goal in a 6-5 victory. In the Battle of New York, the Islanders and Rangers split Games 1 and 2 on Long Island, the Rangers winning 5-4 as Reijo Ruotsalainen blasted home a 50-footer with 1:58 to go in the opener, and the Islanders storming back in a 7-2 rout that featured a pair of Duane Sutter goals. On Sunday, Bryan Trottier scored in overtime and the Islanders regained the home-ice advantage in a 4-3 victory.
HORSE RACING—AIR FORBES WON ($3.20), Angel Cordero up, beat Shimatoree by a neck to win the $175,200 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. The colt ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:51 (page 22).
Rockwall ($83.60), Heriberto Valdivieso up, beat Water Bank by half a length to win the $200,000 California Derby, running the 1‚⅛ miles at Golden Gate Fields in 1:48[3/5].
MARATHON—ALBERTO SALAZAR beat Dick Beardsley by 2 seconds to win the 86th Boston Marathon in the record time of 2:08.13. The victory equaled the narrowest in the race's history, and Salazar's time was only 38 seconds off his own world record. CHARLOTTE TESKE of West Germany placed first among the women in 2:29.33.
SOCCER—Fort Lauderdale took sole possession of first place in the NASL's Southern Division by beating Jacksonville 4-2 on three goals by Brian Kidd. Toronto and the Cosmos stayed unbeaten in the Eastern Division, the Blizzard chilling Tulsa 1-0 with a last-minute goal by Juan Carlos Molina and the Cosmos getting a goal and an assist from Chico Borja to upend Tampa Bay 2-0. Portland and San Diego also maintained their perfect records. The Timbers cut down Chicago 2-1 in a shoot-out, and San Diego, which had won its first two games by 1-0 scores, blanked San Jose 3-0.
INDOOR SOCCER—St. Louis wrapped up the MISL Western Division title by beating second-place Wichita 5-4 on Redmond Lane's goal in overtime. In the Eastern Division, New York raised its league-best record to 35-7 by defeating New Jersey 7-4, Buffalo 7-4 and Philadelphia 6-2.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Mel Purcell 6-2, 6-1 in the $200,000 Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles.
TRACK & FIELD—BOB ROGGY set an American record of 307'6" in the javelin throw in San Jose, Calif. He surpassed the American mark of 300 feet set by Mark Murro in 1970.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As basketball coaches; at Arizona State, BOB WEINHAUER, 42, who had a 5-year record of 99-45 at Pennsylvania and won four Ivy League titles; at Mississippi, LEE HUNT, 47, after four years as an assistant coach at Alabama-Birmingham; at Furman, JENE DAVIS, 35, after four years as an assistant coach at Indiana; and at St. Bonaventure, JIM O'BRIEN, 32, after five seasons as an assistant coach at Connecticut.
REVEALED: The death on March 23 of FRED BOWMAN, 25, a boxer who fell into a coma after a fight in Atlantic City on Feb. 28, 1981 and never regained consciousness; in Youngstown, Ohio.
SIGNED: By the San Francisco 49ers, RENALDO (Skeets) NEHEMIAH, 23, world-record holder in the 110-meter hurdles (12.93); to a four-year contract worth a reported $500,000. The 49ers intend to play him at wide receiver (page 30).
DIED: ARTHUR (Vic) HANSON, 78, football and basketball All-America at Syracuse and the only athlete ever inducted into the halls of fame of both college sports; after a long illness; in Syracuse.