PRO BASKETBALL—Byrne Meadowlands Arena turned into a hall of Kings when Bernard of New York and brother Albert of New Jersey renewed old family ties in the opening round of the teams' best-of-three playoffs. The Kings were the first brother act to play the playoffs since George and Ed Mikan squared off in 1949. Albert raised a little Cain—he led the Nets with 17 points in the first game and 25 in the second—but it was Bernard who proved more able. With Prince Albert in the can (foul trouble), Bernard outran his sibling's slower stand-ins, hitting 11 of 12 shots in the first half of Game 1. He wound up with 40 points in the Knicks' 118-107 victory and had 18 in the 105-99 series clincher. New York didn't fare as well in the first game of the second round, losing to Philadelphia 112-102. Phoenix split two games with Denver, dropping the second 113-99 after Forward Maurice Lucas damaged ligaments in his left foot while backpedaling for a pass. Portland swept Seattle to win its first playoff series since Lucas played power forward on its 1976-77 championship team. But then the Trail Blazers got waylaid 118-97 by Los Angeles in their Western Conference semifinal opener. Boston beat Atlanta 103-95 in Game 1 and 98-79 in Game 3 to win their miniseries (page 24).
BOWLING—DON GENALO beat Roger Haskell 215-189 to win the $110,000 Long Island Open in Garden City, N.Y.
BOXING—ROGER MAYWEATHER successfully defended his WBA junior lightweight title with an eighth-round TKO over Jorge Alvarado in San Jose, Calif.
Eusebio Pedroza retained his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Rocky Lockridge in San Remo, Italy.
PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: The parity the NFL craves has been achieved in the Pacific Division, where Los Angeles, Denver and Arizona are all 4-4 and Oakland is 3-5. The Express kept a certain equilibrium, nipping Central Division front-runner Tampa Bay 18-13 and getting beaten by Michigan 34-24. With Jimmy Jordan in the saddle, starting Quarterback John Reaves having broken his right wrist in the loss to L.A., the Bandits stole past Washington 30-23. Atlantic Division leader Philadelphia edged Boston 23-16, Birmingham routed Oakland 21-9 and the Wranglers wangled a 24-3 win from Denver.
GOLF—LANNY WADKINS shot an 8-under-par 280 to win the $400,000 Tournament of Champions in Carlsbad, Calif., beating Ray Floyd by a stroke.
Hollis Stacy won a $150,000 LPGA event in St. Petersburg, Fla., shooting an 11-under-par 277, six strokes better than Patty Sheehan and Deedee Lasker.
HOCKEY—The puck squirted out from under a herd of Buffalo bodies in front of the Sabres goal, and Boston's Brad Park slapped it in at 1:52 of overtime as the Bruins won the seventh game of the Adams Division finals 3-2. Boston Right Wing Rick Middle-ton set playoff-series records for assists (17) and points (25). He also became the first player in Stanley Cup history to put together two six-point games in the same series. Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky, who a week before had had a seven-point game, got six goals and eight assists in the Oilers' five-game wipeout of Calgary. Edmonton outscored the Flames 35-13 overall. Edmonton met Chicago, which had polished off Minnesota in five games, in the opener of the Campbell Conference championship. The Oilers won 8-4. The Islanders disposed of the Rangers in six games (page 32).
HORSE RACING—BOUNDING BASQUE ($6.60) and SLEW O' GOLD ($4.60) won the first and second divisions, respectively, of the split Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Bounding Basque, with Gregg McCarron in the saddle, defeated Country Pine by a nose to win the $168,300 first division. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚⅛ in 1:51[2/5]. Slew O' Gold, Eddie Maple up, triumphed in the $169,500 second race, beating Parfaitement by a head in 1:51 (page 30).
Paris Prince ($13.80), a 3-year-old colt ridden by Terry Lipham, beat Tanks Brigade by three-quarters of a length to win the $199,300 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. He did the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:51[1/5] Billy Ball, the favorite, placed third.
Princess Rooney ($2.40), Jacinto Vasquez aboard, extended her unbeaten streak to nine races with a 9½-length victory in the $114,050 Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland. She ran the 1[1/16], miles over a sloppy track in 1:45[2/5].
SOCCER—NASL: The league opened with fewer teams (12) than it has had in 10 years, and three don't even begin play until mid-May. The defending champion Cosmos didn't exactly light up the heavens in a 2-1 loss to Toronto. Team America won its maiden game, outdrawing Seattle 1-0 in a shootout.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Baltimore didn't have to suffer the slings of the Arrows for long. It was New York's outrageous fortune to lose Game 3 of its best-of-three quarterfinal playoff series with The Blast 8-3. Meanwhile, Cleveland dispatched Chicago in three games, and San Diego took care of Kansas City in two. St. Louis evened its series with Wichita, winning the second 8-2 after losing the opener 6-5.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat Mark Edmondson 7-6, 6-1 to win a $312,500 tournament in Las Vegas.
Martina Navratilova defeated Andrea Jaeger 6-1, 7-5 to win a $200,000 event in Haines City, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—SUE ADDISON, LEE ARBOGAST, MARY DECKER TABB and CHRIS MULLEN of Athletics West set an American women's record in the 4 x 800-meter relay with a time of 8:17.09 in Walnut, Calif. They eclipsed the U.S. national team's 1979 standard by 2.81 seconds.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, New York Yankee owner GEORGE STEINBRENNER, $50,000 for remarks he made about National League umpire Lee Weyer during a March 25 spring-training game. After a close play at first went against New York, Steinbrenner reportedly shouted to Weyer, "National League umpires will always give the close plays to the National League."
FIRED: By the Detroit Pistons, Coach SCOTTY ROBERTSON, 53, after a three-season 97-149 record. This year the Pistons finished third in the Central Division at 37-45; by the San Diego Clippers, Coach PAUL SILAS, 39, whose teams were 78-168 in his three seasons. Their 25-57 mark this season was the worst in the Pacific Division.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Golden State Warriors, AL ATTLES, 46, the sixth winningest coach in NBA history. He became the team's general manager. In 14 seasons under Attles, the Warriors were 557-518 and won the championship in 1974-75; and as coach of the Houston Rockets, DEL HARRIS, 45, after the Rockets finished at 14-68, the second-most losses ever in the NBA.
SOLD: By the Ralston Purina Co., the ST. LOUIS BLUES, to a group of Canadian businessmen who intend to move the franchise to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The purchase price reportedly was $13 million.
DIED: EMIL (Dutch) LEONARD, 74, who had a 191-181 record in 21 seasons as a pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs; of congestive heart failure; in Springfield, Ill. A brilliant knuckleballer, Leonard had his best seasons with Washington, amassing a 20-8 mark in 1939.
CLARENCE (Buster) CRABBE, 75, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer and self-styled King of the Serials, whose film roles included Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Tarzan, Kaspa the Lion Man and Thunda the Jungle Man; of a heart attack; in Scotts-dale, Ariz. Crabbe placed third in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1928 Games in Amsterdam and won the gold in the 400-meter free in 1932 in Los Angeles.