PRO BASKETBALL—Boston continued to roll, beating Atlanta 132-99 to win their Eastern semifinal series 4-1. Larry Bird had 36 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who held Atlanta to an NBA playoff-record low of six points in the third quarter. The Celtics' opponent for the Eastern title will be Milwaukee, which took three of four games from Philadelphia to win its series 4-3 (page 42). Houston and Los Angeles advanced in the West, beating Denver and Dallas, respectively, in a pair of six-game series. Both winning teams got brilliant performances from their one-two punches: Akeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson for Houston, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson for L.A. Sampson and Olajuwon combined for 69 points and 36 rebounds in Game 5 as the Rockets amassed a playoff-record 66 rebounds in their 131-103 victory. In the 126-122 clincher, Olajuwon had 28 points and Sampson 18 rebounds, but it was guard Lewis Lloyd's outside shooting in overtime—after Sampson had fouled out and Olajuwon had been ejected with two technicals—that enabled the Rockets to gain their first playoff victory ever in Denver's McNichols Arena. Jabbar's 34 points and Johnson's magical 14 assists powered the Lakers to a 116-113 victory in Game 5 as L.A. held the Mavs pointless in the last 2½ minutes. Game 6 brought more of the same, with Jabbar scoring 27 points and Johnson contributing 21, plus a crowd-dazzling 17 assists. In Game 1 of the Western finals, Houston's Twin Towers crumbled while Jabbar and Johnson soared in the Lakers' 119-107 victory (page 56).
BOWLING—MARK FAHY defeated Del Ballard Jr. 222-183 to win $43,600 and an ABC tournament in Las Vegas.
BOXING—RENE ARREDONDO won the WBC super lightweight championship with a fifth-round knockout of previously undefeated Lonnie Smith in Los Angeles.
GOLF—MUFFIN SPENCER-DEVLIN shot a two-under-par 214 to finish one stroke ahead of Debbie Massey, Barb Thomas and Jody Rosenthal and win an LPGA event in Suffolk, Va. The victory was Spencer-Devlin's second on the tour and earned her $37,500.
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Andy Bean shot a final-round 68 to defeat the charging Mark Wiebe by one stroke and win the Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas. Bean, who finished with an 11-under-par 269 total, earned $108,000 for his victory (page 103).
PRO HOCKEY—While the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames were battling for the Campbell Conference title, the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers four games to one to win the Wales Conference championship and advance to their first Stanley Cup final series since 1979 (page 32).
HORSE RACING—CLEAR CHOICE, with Jorge Velasquez in the saddle, held off a fast-closing Tasso, the favorite, to win the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct by 2¾ lengths. Clear Choice, who paid $17.40 to win, covered the mile in an impressive 1:35[3/5] and won $58,050.
INDOOR SOCCER—The defending champion San Diego Sockers advanced to the championship series against the Minnesota Strikers after they defeated the Tacoma Stars 8-5 to win their semifinal series 3-1. The Sockers trailed the Stars 5-2 entering the final period, but Brian Quinn scored two goals in 47 seconds to trigger a rally that produced six unanswered goals. Two nights later, the Sockers defeated the Strikers 7-2 in Game 1 of the final series, but the Strikers bounced back to win the second game 6-1.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST, in a McLaren-TAG-Porsche, won his third consecutive Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, finishing 25 seconds ahead of teammate Keke Rosberg. Prost averaged 83.66 mph to complete the race in 1:55:41.
RUGBY—THE OLD BLUES, a team from Berkeley, Calif. and the Pacific regional champions, shut out the Eastern regional champ. Old Blue of New York City, 20-0 to take the national club crown, in Tampa.
SAILING—UBS SWITZERLAND, an 80.2-foot maxi-boat, won the fourth Whitbread Round-The-World yacht race in 117 days, 14 hours, 31 minutes and 42 seconds to break the record by some two days. The four-leg, 27,000-mile race began and ended in Portsmouth, England.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT LLOYD defeated Kathy Rinaldi 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to win $30,000 and a WTA event in Houston.
Yannick Noah beat Guillermo Vilas 7-6, 6-0 to win $80,000 and a WCT event in Forest Hills, N.Y. Noah beat top seed Ivan Lendl to get to the finals.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: An out-of-court settlement of $1.08 million to JAN KEMP in her successful lawsuit against the University of Georgia, in which she claims she was fired by the school because of her objections to preferential academic treatment given to Georgia athletes. A jury had awarded Kemp $2.58 million on Feb. 12, but U.S. District judge Horace Ward reduced the amount to $679,681 while giving Kemp the right to seek a new trial. In the settlement, the university also agreed to reinstate Kemp as a co-coordinator of the English program in developmental studies, the remedial program in which many athletes are enrolled.
HIRED: As manager of the Seattle Mariners, DICK WILLIAMS, 57, replacing Chuck Cottier, 50, under whom the club had a 9-19 record while striking out 9.3 times per game. Williams previously managed Boston, Oakland, California, Montreal and, until his resignation last March, San Diego.
RELEASED: By the New York Jets, MARVIN POWELL, 30, five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle and recently elected president of the NFL Players Association.
RETIRED: Defensive tackle DOUG ENGLISH, 32, a four-time Pro Bowler for the Detroit Lions, after nine NFL seasons.
Garry Maddox, 36, Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder, who won eight Gold Gloves and had a .285 career batting average in 15 major league seasons.
SENTENCED: In U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, race car driver JOHN PAUL JR., 26, to five years in jail following his conviction for drug-related racketeering charges and five years' probation on false-passport charges. Paul pleaded guilty in exchange for the dropping of four drug-related charges against him and an agreement that he would not be called to testify against his father, John Sr., a race car driver, who also faces drug conspiracy charges.
DIED: TENZING NORGAY, 71, the Sherpa guide who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest; of a lung ailment; in Darjeeling, India.
Bill Cook, 89, captain of the New York Rangers from the team's founding in 1926 until 1937; of cancer; in Kingston, Ont. Cook led his team to Stanley Cup titles in 1928 and 1933 and led the NHL in goals in 1927 and 1933.