PRO BASKETBALL—In its next to last regular-season game, Chicago clinched the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls did it with a 105-103 win over Washington, a result that rendered meaningless their season-ending 104-97 loss to Cleveland, the other team that had been vying for the playoff berth. The Celtics, the Bulls' first-round playoff opponents, finished with a win in Boston—135-107 over New Jersey—to set an NBA mark for the best single-season home record (40-1). Julius Erving passed the career 29,000-point mark when he popped in 27 in a 130-122 Sixer win over Indiana. Dominique Wilkins scored a career-high 57 points as Atlanta downed New Jersey 126-117 and added 34 more two nights later in the Hawks' 50th win of the season—108-91 over Indiana—to become the first Hawk to win the league scoring title since Bob Pettit did it in 1959. With a 30.33-point-a-game average, Wilkins edged out Utah's Adrian Dantley (29.83) and Denver's Alex English (29.80), both of whom sat out their final games with injuries. The Knicks ended up with their worst loss of the season—116-78 to Milwaukee—and a 23-59 record, the NBA's worst. They also tied the team mark for most defeats in a season set by the 1962-63 Knicks. New York, Cleveland and Indiana failed to qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. A 114-102 victory over Phoenix earned San Antonio the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth and an opening-round matchup against the Lakers—although the Spurs' 35-47 season was the worst in that franchise's history. Los Angeles went 3-1 on the week to close out the season with 62 wins, second in the league only to Boston's 67. The Clippers, Phoenix, Seattle and Golden State were the Western teams that missed the playoffs.
BOWLING—PETER HAKIM defeated Storm DeVincent 216-206 to win the Long Island Open in Garden City, N.Y.
BOXING—HILARIO ZAPATA of Panama defeated Shuichi Hozumi of Japan to retain his WBA flyweight title, in Nirasaki, Japan.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS shot a nine-under-par 279 to finish one stroke ahead of Greg Norman and Tom Kite and win his sixth Masters, in Augusta (page 18).
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Patty Sheehan came through with a birdie putt on the final hole to defeat Pat Bradley by one stroke to win an LPGA event and $30,000 in San Diego. Sheehan had a 72-hole total of 10-under-par 278.
HOCKEY—All but two of the best-of-five Stanley Cup opening-round playoffs ended in three-game sweeps. Toronto upset Norris Division winner Chicago 5-3, 6-4 and 7-2, while Hartford won its first postseason series ever, upsetting Adams Division champion Quebec 3-2, 4-1, 9-4 (page 26). The Islanders, down 2-0 in their series against Washington, were hoping for a repeat of last year's opening round, in which they overcame a similar deficit against the Caps to win the series. But the Caps won the third game 3-1 to sweep their series, despite Islander Mike Bossy's NHL-record 83rd postseason goal. Boston lost its 17th consecutive playoff series to Montreal, the Canadiens triumphing 3-1, 3-2 and 4-3. Rookie goaltender Mike Vernon helped Calgary avenge last year's opening-round loss to Winnipeg by stopping 84 shots in the Flames' three wins over the Jets. He extended his unbeaten streak to 11 games in the 5-1, 6-4 and 4-3 victories. Edmonton swept Vancouver in the Smythe Division semifinal. The Oilers went ahead 2-0 at the start of each game and won by scores of 7-3, 5-1 and 5-1. The Rangers, who lost six of seven regular-season games against Philadelphia, stunned the Patrick Division winners with three last-period goals in 38 seconds to back up John Vanbiesbrouck's 31 saves and go up 2-1 in their series. But the Flyers, led by Peter Zezel's three goals and one assist, trounced New York 7-1 the next night to tie the series at two games apiece. Minnesota forced a fifth game in its series with St. Louis when a 7-4 North Star victory over the Blues left both teams with two victories.
HORSE RACING—TIFFANY LASS ($8.80), ridden by Gary Stevens, beat Lotka by 2½ lengths to win the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old filly, who won $164,640, covered the 1[1/6] miles in 1:42.
Precisionist ($3.60), Chris McCarron up, beat Greinton by a neck to win the San Bernardino Handicap and $148,200 at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old horse covered the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:47[3/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego got off to a 2-0 start in its Western Division semifinal series with St. Louis, defeating the Steamers 7-6 on a Gary Collier overtime goal and 5-3. Kim Roentved scored four goals to lead Wichita to a 6-5 win over Tacoma in their opener. The Stars edged the Wings 5-4 later in the week to tie the series at one game apiece. In the East, Minnesota took a 2-0 lead over Dallas in their semifinal series with 5-3 and 7-2 victories over the Sidekicks. Cleveland and Baltimore were tied 1-1 at week's end in their first-round best-of-five series. The Force opened with a 7-2 win before losing 8-3 to the Blast.
MOTOR SPORTS—MICHAEL ANDRETTI drove his March 86C to his first Indy-car victory at the Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Prix. Averaging 80.965 mph over the 1.67-mile, 11-turn circuit, Andretti finished .38 second ahead of Al Unser Jr. in a Lola T8600. Geoff Brabham placed third, giving the top three finishes to sons of champion race drivers.
Dale Earnhardt, driving a Chevrolet, crossed the finish line less than a second ahead of Darrell Waltrip, also in a Chevrolet, to win the TranSouth 500. Earnhardt averaged 128.944 mph over the 367 laps on the 1.366-mile Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway oval.
POLO—Defending champion WHITE BIRCH FARM of Greenwich, Conn. scored on a penalty shot with 15 seconds left to defeat Retama of San Antonio 8-7 and win the World Cup championship, at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
SAILING—DODGE MORGAN of Portland, Maine landed in St. George, Bermuda to complete a 150-day solo circumnavigation of the globe in his 60-foot sloop, American Promise, bettering by 142 days the 15-year-old record set by Chay Blyth of England in British Steel (page 54).
TENNIS—ANDERS JARRYD defeated Boris Becker 6-7, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 to win the WCT finals and $150,000 in Dallas.
Steffi Graf upset Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 7-5 to win her first tour event and $38,000, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The Wade Trophy, as college basketball's outstanding female player for 1985-86, to 5'5" senior point guard KAMIE ETHRIDGE of NCAA champion Texas.
DIED: JOHN A. (Snooks) KELLEY, 78, who had a 501-243-15 record as Boston College's hockey coach from 1932 to '42 and 1946 to '72; of cancer; in Boston. Kelley, who refused to recruit Canadians, nevertheless led the Eagles to eight New England championships, eight Beanpot titles and the 1949 NCAA title.