COLLEGE BASEBALL—Miami trounced top-ranked Stanford 17-3 in the first week of play at the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Mississippi State beat Oklahoma State 12-3, Texas defeated Arizona 2-1 and it took 14 innings for Arkansas to edge South Carolina 1-0. In the second round, South Carolina was eliminated by OSU 16-11, and Arizona got bumped by Stanford 9-2.
PRO BASKETBALL—The Lakers beat the Celtics 136-111 in Game 3 of the NBA championships in Los Angeles to lead the series 2-1 (page 36).
PRO FOOTBALL—New Jersey's 17-7 win over Memphis was hardly worth it for the Generals, who lost their little general, Doug Flutie, early in the game after Showboat Reggie White, who's 110 pounds heavier than the 172-pound Flutie, tackled him. Flutie suffered a fractured collarbone on the play and could be out for the rest of the USFL season. Coach Walt Michaels was philosophical: "The mark of a team that's gaining in stature is a team that can rise up when people are lost for injuries or other reasons." Herschel Walker certainly rose up with 209 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. Walker broke the single-season USFL rushing record of 1,812 yards, which he set as a rookie in 1983. He now has 1,967 yards and 12 100-yard games for the 10-5 Generals. The defending champion Baltimore Stars (8-6) inched closer to a playoff berth with a 17-12 win over Jacksonville. On Monday night Eastern Conference leader Birmingham beat Orlando 41-17 as Stallion quarterback Cliff Stoudt threw for three touchdowns and 213 yards. "We're in a position to control our own destiny," Stoudt said. The 4-11 Renegades bounced back to stun injury-depleted Tampa Bay 37-7 for the Bandits' third straight loss. Oakland, tops in the Western Conference, trounced Portland 38-20, Arizona handed San Antonio its eighth consecutive "L," while cellar-dweller Los Angeles fell to Denver 27-20. The game attracted 3,059 fans to the 92,500-seat Memorial Coliseum, the smallest crowd in league history.
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ shot a 273 to win the $250,000 LPGA Championship by eight strokes over Alice Miller, in Kings Island, Ohio (page 56).
June 9, 1985
Bill Glasson sank a 50-foot putt on the final hole to edge Larry Mize and Corey Pavin by one stroke with a 278 at the $500,000 Kemper Open in Bethesda, Md.
HOCKEY—The Edmonton Oilers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 to win their second consecutive Stanley Cup (page 46).
HORSE RACING—SPEND A BUCK ($2.10), Laffit Pincay Jr. aboard, won the $1 million Jersey Derby by a long neck over Creme Fraiche at Garden State Park to earn the $600,000 first-place purse, plus a $2 million bonus. The $2.6 million payday was the largest in racing history. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02[3/5].
Forzando II ($49.20), with Don Macbeth up, took the $346,000 Metropolitan Handicap by 5¼ lengths over Mo Exception at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old colt ran the mile in 1:34[2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—The San Diego Sockers won their fourth consecutive indoor title, beating the Baltimore Blast 4-1 in the finals. In Game 5 the score was tied 3-3 in the fourth quarter when Socker coach Ron Newman turned to Steve Zungul and, as he recounted later, said, "Come on, Stevie, score a couple for us." Zungul responded with two goals for the 5-3 win. He scored 13 goals and had 21 assists in the playoffs, and won MVP honors for the playoffs (his fourth time) and the season (his fifth). San Diego goalie Jim Gorsek set a MISL playoff record for the lowest goals-against average with 2.44. After the game, several of the Sockers pulled off their jerseys and flung them into the crowd of 12,948 in the San Diego Sports Arena.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, driving a Lola-Cosworth, beat Tom Sneva, in an Eagle-Cosworth, by 12.72 seconds to win a 200-mile Indy Car race in Milwaukee. Andretti averaged 124.162 mph around the one-mile oval track.
Terry Labonte, driving a Chevrolet, won a 400-kilometer NASCAR race by five seconds over Harry Gant, also in a Chevrolet, in Riverside, Calif. Labonte averaged 104.276 mph on the 2.62-mile road course. It was his first victory of the 1985 season.
ROAD RACING—FRANCIE LARRIEU SMITH won the 10K L'eggs Mini Marathon by three seconds over Grete Waitz in a time of 32:23 in New York City (page 53).
TRACK & FIELD—The Arkansas men's team and the Oregon women's team won their first NCAA outdoor titles, in Austin, Texas. Arkansas beat second-place Washington State 61 points to 46. Oregon had 52 points, and Florida State and Louisiana State tied for second with 46. Razorback MIKE CONLEY won both the triple jump (with the longest jump of his career, 58'1¾") and the long jump (27'2") for the second year in a row. Houston's CAROL LEWIS jumped a meet-record 22'1" for her second long jump title. LATANYA SHEFFIELD of San Diego State ran an American 400-meter-hurdles record 54.66. That mark erased Judi Brown-King's 1984 record of 54.93.
Mary Decker Slaney set an American record of 15:06.53 in the 5,000 meters in Eugene, Ore., breaking her 3-year-old record of 15:08.26.
Ramona Pagel set an American shotput record of 62'9¼" at a meet in Los Angeles. She bettered the mark of 62'7¾", which was set by Maren Seidler in 1979.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Chicago Bulls, KEVIN LOUGHERY, 45, after two seasons and a 65-99 record.
NAMED: As coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, DON CHANEY, 39, who had been interim coach since the firing of Jim Lynam in March.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, BILLY CUNNINGHAM, 42. In eight seasons Cunningham had a 454-196 record and won the 1983 NBA title.
SIGNED: By the Chicago Cubs, pitcher LARRY GURA, 37, who was waived by the Kansas City Royals on May 18, to a one-year contract.
SOLD: The Denver Nuggets, to businessmen SIDNEY SHLENKER and ALLEN BECKER of Houston, by Red McCombs for an undisclosed amount of money. Shlenker, who is a part owner of the Houston Rockets, will be required to sell his share in that franchise.
STRIPPED: Of its 1984 SEC football title, FLORIDA, which is on three-year NCAA probation for recruiting violations, by a 6-4 vote of member school presidents.
TRADED: By the Minnesota North Stars, GILLES MELOCHE, 34, to the Edmonton Oilers for right wing PAUL HOUCK, 21.
DIED: At the European Cup Soccer Championships at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, 38 people, after rioting broke out in the stands (page 20).