PRO BASKETBALL—NBA scoring champion Dominique Wilkins led Atlanta to a 2-0 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series lead over Detroit by pouring in 28 points in a 140-122, Game 1 win over the Pistons and 50 in a 137-125 win in Game 2. The 50 points tied the club record for a playoff game (page 30). Boston opened its series against Chicago with a 123-104 victory, in spite of Michael Jordan's 49 points. Even Jordan's 63 points in Game 2—which broke Elgin Baylor's 24-year-old league record for most points in a playoff game—were not enough to beat the Celtics at home, as the Bulls lost 135-131 in double overtime (page 32). Dudley Bradley's three-pointer at the buzzer climaxed an 18-0 Washington run that gave the Bullets a shocking 95-94 win over Philadelphia in the first game of their series. The Sixers came back to beat the Bullets 102-97, evening the series at 1-1. Milwaukee opened its series against New Jersey with successive victories—119-107 and 111-97. The Lakers got off to a 2-0 start in their Western Conference series against San Antonio, humiliating the Spurs 135-88 and 122-94. In Game 1, L.A. set a playoff record for field-goal percentage (66.3), while the Spurs' 18 rebounds—just four in the first half—set a playoff mark for fewest in a game. Sacramento, a 107-87 victim of Houston in its opener, chipped away at a 24-point Rockets lead in Game 2 before succumbing again, 111-103. Utah, playing without the NBA's No. 2 scorer, Adrian Dantley, was twice overpowered by Dallas—101-93 and 113-106—while Denver and Portland split the first two games of their quarterfinal matchup.
BOWLING—STEVE COOK defeated Rey Perez 192-168 to win the PBA's Greater Hartford Open and $18,000.
BOXING—MICHAEL SPINKS retained his IBF heavyweight title by winning a 15-round split decision over Larry Holmes in Las Vegas (page 22).
DIVING—At the U.S. indoor diving championships in Indianapolis, GREG LOUGANIS swept the one-meter, three-meter and 10-meter events for the fourth time. MICHELE MITCHELL won the women's three-meter and platform competitions, her sixth and seventh national titles, and MEGAN NEYER won the one-meter event for the sixth time.
April 27, 1986
GOLF—FUZZY ZOELLER shot an eight-under-par 276 to win a PGA event and $81,000 in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Greg Norman, Chip Beck and Roger Maltbie finished in a tie for second place, one stroke back.
GYMNASTICS—UTAH won its fifth consecutive NCAA women's championship, defeating Arizona State 186.95-186.70 in Gainesville, Fla. PENNEY HAUSCHILD of Alabama and JACKIE BRUMMER of Arizona State tied with an NCAA-record 38.20 points to share the all-around title.
HOCKEY—The Rangers upset Philadelphia 5-2 in the fifth and deciding game of the Stanley Cup opening round to advance to the Patrick Division finals against Washington. New York overcame a 3-1 deficit to edge the Caps 4-3 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. Brian MacLellan, who had just 11 goals in 51 regular-season games with New York, scored in overtime to give the Rangers their first win in their last 26 OTs. Washington, which finished 29 points ahead of the Rangers in the regular season, tied the series two nights later by trouncing the Rangers 8-1. Alan Haworth and Gaetan Duchesne scored two goals each for the Capitals in that game. Greg Paslawski scored a hat trick as St. Louis defeated Minnesota 6-3 in the fifth game of their first-round series. In Game 1 of the Norris final against Toronto, Gino Cavallini and Ron Flockhart scored second-period goals seven seconds apart and Charlie Bourgeois put in two more in the third as the Blues whipped Toronto 6-1. The Maple Leafs responded by shutting out St. Louis 3-0 to tie the series at one apiece. Hartford knocked off Montreal 4-1 to win its fourth straight playoff game, but Guy Carbonneau's two goals in Game 2 enabled the Canadiens to beat the Whalers 3-1 and even their Adams Division series. Calgary, 1-6-1 against Edmonton during the regular season, upset the Oilers 4-1 in the Smythe finals opener, but two-time Stanley Cup champion Edmonton tied the series with a 6-5 overtime victory.
The Soviet Union won all six of its games in the opening week of the world championships in Moscow to clinch the first of four medal-round berths. Sweden (5-1), Finland (4-1-1) and Canada (3-3) also advanced to the playoffs.
HORSE RACING—BROAD BRUSH ($16) beat Mogambo by half a length to win the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct and $178,500. The 3-year-old colt, Vince Bracciale up, ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:50[3/5] (page 56).
Rampage ($10.60), Pat Day up, defeated Wheatly Hall by 1½ lengths to win the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park and $300,000. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48[1/5].
Fobby Forbes ($7.20), with Randy Romero in the saddle, ran 1‚⅛ miles in 1:51 to win the Garden State Stakes by half a length over Zabaleta. The 3-year-old colt won $149,280.
Vernon Castle ($4.80) won the California Derby at Golden Gate Field by four lengths over Imperious Spirit. The 3-year-old son of Seattle Slew, under Eddie Delahoussaye, won $140,025, covering the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48.
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego routed St. Louis 10-4 to win its best-of-five Western Conference semifinal series three games to one. Fran O'Brien scored a sudden-death overtime goal as Tacoma edged Wichita 5-4. The Stars, who picked up another win at week's end to take the series 3-1, are matched against San Diego in the division final. In the East, Baltimore's three third-period goals gave it an 8-6 win over Cleveland, but the Force got revenge by winning the next two and the series. Cleveland will square off against Minnesota, which dispatched Dallas in four games, in the finals of the Eastern Conference.
MARATHON—ROB DE CASTELLA beat Art Boileau by 3:24 to win the 90th Boston Marathon with a time of 2:07:51, a course record. INGRID KRISTIANSEN placed first among the women, finishing with a 2:24:55 clocking, 2:40 faster than Carla Beurskens.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, in a Chevrolet, defeated Ricky Rudd, in a Ford, by one car length to win a 250-mile NASCAR event in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Earnhardt averaged 88.417 mph over 400 laps on the‚Öù-mile course.
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF beat Claudia Kohde-Kilsch 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 in the finals of a WTA event in Amelia Island, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—PLEADED GUILTY: LSU athletic director BOB BRODHEAD, 49, in U.S. District Court in Baton Rouge, to charges of conspiring to intercept radio communications. Brodhead admitted bugging his own office in order to eavesdrop electronically on NCAA investigators. He was fined the maximum $1,000 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, DOM PERNO, 44, who had a 139-114 record in nine years.