COLLEGE BASKETBALL—GEORGETOWN defeated Houston 84-75 to win the NCAA men's title in Seattle (page 18).
USC beat Tennessee 72-61 to win the NCAA women's championship in Los Angeles (page 46).
Michigan trounced Notre Dame 83-63 to win the NIT in New York City.
PRO BASKETBALL—Just how mad was coach Hubie Brown after his Knicks fell 99-93 to Indiana, the worst team in the NBA? "He was so upset he didn't say anything," said New York forward Truck Robinson. And Brown had every reason to continue to seethe. The Knicks had begun the week with a 97-88 defeat of Dallas behind center Bill Cartwright's career-high 38 points, but after the Indiana loss, New York also fell to Washington (107-79) and Atlanta (109-106), and wound up 12½ games behind Atlantic Division-leading Boston, which had four wins for the week. Detroit guard Isiah Thomas sank an eight-foot jumper with four seconds left to give the Pistons a 107-105 victory over Milwaukee and a tie with the Bucks for first in the Central Division. The win was witnessed by a Silverdome crowd of 35,407, the largest ever for an NBA regular-season single game. Midwest Division-leading Utah clinched a playoff spot for the first time in its 10-year history by beating Seattle 106-96. Despite a 122-115 setback in San Diego, Los Angeles, the Pacific Division pacesetter, remained four games ahead of Portland by beating Houston 115-109, Phoenix 119-97 and Golden State 121-110.
April 9, 1984
BOWLING—DALE EAGLE beat Art Trask 232-199 to win a $125,000 PBA event in Hyattsville, Md.
BOXING—MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER successfully defended his undisputed world middleweight crown with a 10th-round TKO of Juan Domingo Roldan in Las Vegas (page 66).
Wilfredo Gomez won the WBC featherweight title by unanimously decisioning defending champ Juan LaPorte in San Juan, P.R. (page 68).
Payao Poontarat retained his WBC super flyweight title with a 10th-round knockout of Gustavo Espadas in Bangkok.
PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: New Jersey vs. Los Angeles was a game with all the elements. There was the jinx (L.A. had lost all three of its previous home games at the Coliseum), the battle for first (the Generals needed a win to remain tied atop the Atlantic Division with Philadelphia, a 38-24 victor over Tampa Bay), the hype (tickets were two-for-the-price-of-one in hopes of boosting the Express' sagging attendance) and the glamorous All-America rookie quarterback (multimillionaire Steve Young). Young completed 19 of 29 passes for 163 yards and a TD, but the home jinx prevailed as Jersey jolted L.A. 26-10 before 26,024 fans. Elsewhere, Denver lengthened its Pacific Division lead to two games by beating second-place Arizona 17-7. Michigan, which on Monday night had gamboled past the Houston Gamblers 52-34, shot down the San Antonio Gunslingers 26-10 to remain undefeated in the Central Division. But all was not joy in Motown: Panther Anthony Carter, No. 2 in the league in receiving, broke his left arm when San Antonio safety Larry James tackled him in the second quarter. Two other Central Division teams, Oklahoma and Houston, battled for sole possession of second place. In a stunning comeback, the Outlaws, who trailed 28-13 with 1:58 remaining, tied the game on a two-point conversion with no time remaining. Placekicker Efren Herrera kicked a 19-yard field goal in OT to seal a 31-28 victory for Oklahoma. For previously winless Chicago, any win was welcome, even a 21-20 squeaker over still winless Washington. In other games, Birmingham blasted Tampa Bay 27-9; Memphis edged Jacksonville 27-24; and Pittsburgh pummeled Oakland 28-14. Southern Division-leading New Orleans was idle.
GOLF—FRED COUPLES shot an 11-under-par 277 to beat Lee Trevino by a stroke and win the $800,000 Tournament Players Championship in Ponte Vedra, Fla. (page 53).
HOCKEY—What a difference a week can make. Boston, which trailed Buffalo by five points on Monday, won the Adams Division championship by beating Quebec (6-4), Hartford (4-3), Montreal (2-1) and New Jersey (3-1), while Buffalo, 1-2, stumbled into second, losing 4-1 to both Hartford and Quebec before taming Toronto 4-2. The Patrick Division's three-way race among the Islanders, Philadelphia and Washington was resolved when the Isles clinched their fifth title in seven seasons with a 3-1 victory over the Capitals. In that game Mike Bossy scored goals 50 and 51 to extend his record string of 50-goal seasons to seven. Washington then faced Philly on the last day of the season in a battle for the division's second spot; the Caps came out on top 4-1 to wrap up the home-ice advantage in their opening-round playoff series against the Flyers. Chicago's gain literally turned out to be Toronto's loss; when the Maple Leafs fell 4-2 to the Red Wings, the Black Hawks got the 16th and final playoff berth. To avoid Edmonton in the first round of playoffs, Vancouver needed at least a tie against Norris Division leader Minnesota, which is exactly what the Canucks got, 3-3. The Oilers, sultans of the Smythe, concluded the regular season with a 4-3 win at The Forum over Los Angeles to bring their record to 57-18-5, the best in the league.
HORSE RACING—SWALE ($7.40), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, beat favored Dr. Carter by ¾ length to win the $300,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:47[3/5] (page 56).
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, in his Lola T-800 Cosworth, beat Geoff Brabham in a March 84-C Cosworth, by 63.2 seconds to win the $550,000 Grand Prix of Long Beach. Andretti averaged 82.898 mph around the 1.67-mile downtown course (page 75).
SOCCER—MISL: Baltimore and St. Louis remained atop the East and West, respectively, as the Blast beat Phoenix 6-2 and lost to Los Angeles 6-5 and the Steamers fell to both Pittsburgh and Buffalo 5-4.
NASL: In the last game of their best-of-three playoff series, the New York Cosmos defeated the Chicago Sting 8-7 to qualify for the finals. They will face San Diego, a 5-2, 7-2 winner over the Golden Bay Earthquakes, in a best-of-five series.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS beat Johan Kriek 7-5, 6-4 to win a $265,000 Grand Prix tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As coach of the Continental Basketball Association's Bay State Bombardiers, former Celtics and Bucks frontcourt man DAVE COWENS, 35.
As basketball coach at UCLA, WALT HAZZARD, 41. He replaced LARRY FARMER, 33, who resigned after amassing a three-year record of 61-23.
MOVED: After 31 years in Baltimore, the COLTS, to Indianapolis (page 13).
NAMED: As basketball coach at Rhode Island, former Syracuse assistant coach BRENDAN MALONE, 41.
TRADED: By the Chicago Cubs, relief pitcher BILL CAMPBELL, 35, and catcher MIKE DIAZ, 23, to the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielders GARY MATTHEWS, 33, and BOB DERNIER, 27, and relief pitcher PORFI ALTAMIRANO, 31.
By the New York Yankees, GRAIG NETTLES, 39, to the San Diego Padres for pitcher DENNIS RASMUSSEN, 24, and a player to be named later.
By the Miami Dolphins, wide receiver DURIEL HARRIS, 29, to the Cleveland Browns for a 1985 draft pick.