PRO BASKETBALL—The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 111-94 in Inglewood, Calif. to take a three-games-to-none lead in the best-of-seven NBA finals (page 30).
BOWLING—TOM MILTON defeated Steve Cook 248-177 to win the $100,000 Denver Open.
BOXING—MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER retained his undisputed middleweight championship with a fourth-round knockout of Wilford Scypion in Providence (page 46).
PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: Denver snapped its five-game losing streak and made the debut of new Gold Coach Craig Morton a success with a 21-19 win over Birmingham. Quarterback Fred Mortensen ran for two touchdowns, and Safety David Dumars returned a third-quarter interception 78 yards for what proved to be the winning score. Birmingham, which had beaten Michigan 23-20 in overtime Monday night, saw its five-game winning streak come to an end. The Philadelphia Stars must wait another week to clinch the Atlantic Division title. Boston upset the Stars 21-17 when Quarterback Johnnie Walton hit Wide Receiver Frank Lockett with a 14-yard TD pass on the game's last play. In a battle between teams that will have to wait till next year, New Jersey defeated Washington 32-29 when Kicker Dave Betz, in his first game for the Generals after replacing the waived Dave Jacobs, booted a 50-yard field goal as time expired. Oakland beat Los Angeles 20-10 to move into a first-place tie with the Express in the Pacific Division.
June 5, 1983
GOLF—HALE IRWIN shot a seven-under-par 281 to win the $415,000 Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio by one stroke over Ben Crenshaw and David Graham.
Posting a tournament-record 16-under-par 272, PATTY SHEEHAN won a $150,000 LPGA event in Corning, N.Y. by eight strokes over Cindy Hill.
HORSE RACING—SKI GOGGLE ($7), ridden by Chris McCarron, won the $115,600 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park by 7½ lengths over Princess Rooney. The 3-year-old filly ran the mile in 1:35.
LACROSSE—SYRACUSE defeated Johns Hopkins 17-16 in Piscataway, N.J. to win the NCAA Division I championship (page 81).
MOTOR SPORTS—TOM SNEVA, averaging 162.117 miles per hour in his March-Cosworth, won the Indianapolis 500 by 11.1 seconds over Al Unser Sr. in a Penske-Cosworth (page 38).
Neil Bonnett raced his Chevrolet to victory in the $488,010 World 600 in Harrisburg, N.C. He averaged 140.707 mph on the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway to beat Richard Petty by .8 second.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: San Diego won the MISL championship, defeating Baltimore 3-1 in San Diego to win their best-of-five playoff series three games to two. It was the Sockers' second consecutive indoor championship (page 76).
SOCCER—NASL: Home cooking doesn't agree with the Sounders. San Diego defeated Seattle 1-0 in the Kingdome to hand the Sounders their fifth consecutive home loss. Socker Goalkeeper Volkmar Gross got his first shutout of the season and Lorenz Hilkes scored the game's lone goal at 60:56. San Diego had gotten a taste of its own home remedy two nights earlier, when Toronto blanked the Sockers 3-0 on Jan Moller's second shutout of the year. The celebrated showdown between the Cosmos' Giorgio Chinaglia and Golden Bay's Steve Zungul in the Meadowlands never materialized. The Eastern Division-leading Cosmos rocked the Earthquakes 5-1, with Chinaglia scoring his 12th goal of the year and Zungul drawing the collar on five shots. The Quakes bounced back to beat Team America 1-0 in Washington on Stan Terlecki's 20-foot score from the left corner with 3:15 remaining. The loss prevented Team America from taking first place in the Southern Division from Tulsa, which snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Montreal. Vancouver, tops in the West, whipped Chicago 3-1 thanks to some spectacular goalkeeping from Tino Lettieri, who missed his fourth shutout in seven games when the Sting's Karl-Heinz Granitza scored with 4:53 to play. On Sunday, the Sting lost to Toronto 3-2 as the Blizzard's Colin Miller, in his first NASL start, had two goals, including the game winner in overtime.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT LLOYD defeated Kathy Horvath 6-4, 7-6 to win the $150,000 German Open in Berlin.
TRACK & FIELD—GALINA SAVINKOVA established a women's world record in the discus with a throw of 240'4" in Leselidze, U.S.S.R. She surpassed by 4'9" the mark set by Maria Petkova-Vergova in 1980.
MILEPOSTS—PLACED ON PROBATION: For one year by the NCAA, the VIRGINIA TECH football team, for recruiting violations involving eight current players. The Gobblers will be eligible for bowl game and television appearances in 1983, but the eight players will be ineligible for postseason competition.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Boston Celtics, BILL FITCH, 49, three days after Celtics owner Harry Mangurian announced that the club was for sale. Fitch had a 242-86 record with Boston in four seasons and guided the Celtics to the NBA championship in 1981.
SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE: By the Florida Parole Commission, former NFL Defensive Lineman DON REESE, 31, on June 21. Reese has served nearly five months of a six-month-to-five-year sentence for violating parole on a 1977 conviction for drug trafficking and possession. He had been some two months short of completing four years of probation resulting from those charges when he described the use of cocaine by himself and other NFL players in the June 14, 1982 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. His use of the drug constituted a technical violation of parole. He has been incarcerated since Jan. 25.
DIED: JACK STEWART, 66, a former defenseman for the Detroit Red Wings; of stomach cancer; in Detroit. In 10 seasons (1938-50) with the Red Wings, Stewart scored 30 goals, had 79 assists and was selected for the NHL's All-Star team four times. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964.