PRO BASKETBALL—Philadelphia got 25 points from Andrew Toney and 27 points and 18 rebounds from Moses Malone as the Sixers beat Los Angeles 113-107 in Game 1 of the NBA championship series. The defending champion Lakers advanced to the championship round by ousting San Antonio in the Western Conference finals in six games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 28 points and Magic Johnson's 15 rebounds and 16 assists led L.A. to a 101-100 series-clinching triumph at San Antonio, after the Spurs had stayed alive with a 117-112 victory in Game 5 in Los Angeles.
BOWLING—BOB HANDLEY defeated Ray Shackelford 248-204 to win the $100,000 Houston Open.
BOXING—LARRY HOLMES successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with a split decision over Tim Witherspoon; MICHAEL DOKES fought to a draw with Mike Weaver to retain his WBA heavyweight championship; and OSSIE OCASIO kept his WBA junior heavyweight crown with a unanimous decision over Randy Stephens, in Las Vegas.
Bruce Curry won the WBC super lightweight championship on a unanimous decision over Leroy Haley in Las Vegas.
May 29, 1983
PRO FOOTBALL—Rookie Running Back John Barnett's one-yard touchdown plunge with 3:32 left gave Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles a 14-10 victory at Denver, spoiling the debut of Gold interim Coach Charley Armey and handing Denver its fifth straight defeat. On Monday night Boston had snapped its three-game losing streak with a 17-9 win over Denver; Gold owner Ron Blanding fired Coach Red Miller three days later. Tampa Bay beat Oakland 29-9 to maintain its one-game lead in the Central Division. Quarterback Mike Kelley, making his first professional start, threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns for the Bandits. Chicago remained a game back of Tampa Bay in the Central with a 19-13 overtime defeat of New Jersey when reserve Quarterback Tim Koegel raced five yards for a touchdown on a fake field-goal attempt 3:53 into OT. New Jersey also lost 31-24 to Michigan on Monday after leading 17-3 at halftime. The surging Panthers rallied to their sixth consecutive victory thanks to three second-half TD runs by Running Back John Williams—including a one-yard game-winner with 3:43 left to play. Washington fell twice and extended its losing streak to seven. The Federals lost 34-27 at Oakland as Invader Quarterback Fred Besana threw four touchdown passes, and 21-14 to Boston. Atlantic Division leader Philadelphia beat Arizona 24-7.
GOLF—CALVIN PEETE shot a 10-under-par 206 for 54 holes to win the rain-shortened $400,000 Atlanta Open by two shots over Jim Colbert, Don Pooley and Chip Beck.
Pat Bradley won a $125,000 LPGA tournament in Clifton, N.J., shooting a 7-under-par 212 to beat Stephanie Farwig by one shot.
HOCKEY—The New York Islanders defeated Edmonton 4-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final to sweep the best-of-seven series four games to none and win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup (page 32).
HORSE RACING—DEPUTED TESTAMONY ($31), ridden by Donald A. Miller Jr., won the $346,200 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico by 2¾ lengths over Desert Wine. The 3-year-old covered the 1[3/16] miles in 1:55[2/5] (page 74).
Batna ($51), with Lisa Ruch aboard, won the $116,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico by a length over Lovin Touch. The 3-year-old filly covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST, driving a Renault turbo, won the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps by 23.18 seconds over Patrick Tam-bay, in a Ferrari turbo.
Darrell Waltrip wheeled a Chevrolet to victory in the $187,805 Valleydale 500 in Bristol, Tenn., averaging 93.445 mph on the .533-mile Bristol International Raceway oval, to beat Bobby Allison, in a Buick, by two seconds.
SOCCER—NASL: Chicago, one of three teams to open the NASL season late because of indoor soccer commitments, is off to a fast outdoor start. The Sting defeated Toronto 2-1 in double overtime and then nipped Seattle 3-2. Perry Van der Beck's goal with 5:00 left gave Team America a 2-1 victory over San Diego. The Sockers, who are playing in the MISL indoor finals, fielded just four regulars in their 1983 outdoor debut. Western Division leader Vancouver brightened Golden Bay's opener with a 2-1 loss to the Earthquakes. The Eastern Division-leading Cosmos got their second victory over Tulsa in six days, 2-1, as Giorgio Chinaglia scored his 11th goal of the season with 7:12 left to play. Toronto beat Tampa Bay, No. 2 in the Southern Division, 3-0 as Goalkeeper Jan Moller had his first shutout. Seattle edged Team America 3-2, and Fort Lauderdale defeated visiting Montreal 2-1.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Baltimore stormed back from the brink of elimination to defeat San Diego twice and even its best-of-five league championship series with the Sockers at two victories each. The Blast, who were scoreless in the first two games of the finals, beat the Sockers 4-3 in Game 3, snapping a 12-game San Diego winning streak and handing the Sockers, the reigning NASL indoor champions, their first-ever indoor playoff loss. Heinz Wirtz scored one goal and assisted on two others for Baltimore, including Dave Mac Williams' goal at 13:39 of the third period, which proved to be the game-winner. In Game 4, Joe Fink had a pair of goals, including one 1:03 into overtime, to lead the Blast to a 7-6 win. But Baltimore traveled to San Diego for Game 5 without Goalkeeper Scott Manning, who broke his foot in the first quarter of Game 4.
TENNIS—JIMMY ARIAS defeated Jose Higueras 6-2, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 to win the $375,000 Italian Open in Rome.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As coach of the Golden State Warriors, JOHN BACH, 57, replacing AL ATTLES, for whom he'd been an assistant for four seasons and who resigned last month to become the Warriors' general manager; and as coach of the Detroit Pistons, CHUCK DALY, 52.
PLACED ON PROBATION: By the NCAA, the University of Arizona football team, for rules violations involving cash payments to athletes. The Wildcats will be banned from all bowl games for two years and television appearances during the 1984 and 1985 seasons.
REINSTATED: As coach of the Montreal Canadiens, BOB BERRY, 39, at the request of Serge Savard, the Canadiens' new general manager. Berry, who had had an 84-46-30 record in two seasons with Montreal, had been demoted to a scouting position April 13 by club President Ronald Corey.
SUSPENDED: Indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, Baltimore Colt Quarterback ART SCHLICHTER, 23, after he admitted placing bets on at least 10 NFL regular-season and postseason games, as well as on other sporting events (page 30).
DIED: CLAIR BEE, 87, author, innovator and the college basketball coach with the highest winning average (.827) in history; in Cleveland (page 22).