PRO BASKETBALL—The Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 111-98 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals to sweep the best-of-seven series. In the Western Conference finals, Houston beat Los Angeles 105-95 in Game 4 to lead that series three games to one (page 18).
BOXING—At the world amateur championships in Reno, TEOFILO STEVENSON, 35, of Cuba won his third world title by stopping Alex Garcia, 24, of the U.S. at 1:06 of the second round. Nonetheless, American boxers made their best showing at the world championships since 1982, winning three gold medals. KELCIE BANKS won the 125-pound title with a 4-1 decision over Jesus Sollet of Cuba: KENNETH GOULD won at 147 pounds with a 3-2 decision over Cuba's Candelario Duvergel; and DARIN ALLEN beat Henry Maske of East Germany 4-1 to win the 165-pound title.
Gilberto Roman of Mexico retained his WBC super flyweight title with a 12-round decision over Edgar Monserrat of Panama, and JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, also of Mexico, retained his WBC super featherweight crown with a fifth-round TKO of Faustino Barrios of Argentina, in Paris.
GOLF—DAN POHL sank an eight-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Payne Stewart and win $108,000 at the Colonial National Invitation, in Fort Worth. Pohl and Stewart finished regulation play, which had been cut to 54 holes because of a rainstorm, at five-under-par 205.
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Becky Pearson won an LPGA event in Chatham, N.J., with a seven-under-par 212. PAT BRADLEY shot 217 and finished tied for 11th to earn $3,425 and become the first woman golfer to surpass $2 million in career winnings (page 16).
HOCKEY—Brian Skrudland scored a goal nine seconds into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. In Game 1 the Flames whipped the Canadiens 5-2 (page 54).
HORSE RACING—SNOW CHIEF ($7.20), ridden by Alex Solis, rebounded from his disappointing performance in the Kentucky Derby to win the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico by four lengths over Derby winner Ferdinand, The 3-year-old colt's time for the 1[3/16] miles was 1:54[4/5] (page 24).
Lady's Secret ($3.40), with Pat Day in the saddle, won the Shuvee Handicap and $81,780 in prize money at Belmont by 3½ lengths over Endear. The 4-year-old filly, a daughter of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:41[4/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—The Minnesota Strikers moved to within one victory of upsetting defending champion San Diego in the MISL finals. The Strikers rallied to beat the Sockers 4-3 in Game 4 in Bloomington, Minn. and took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. With 30 seconds to play, defender Gregg Thompson scored the game-winning goal for the Strikers, who since entering the MISL two years ago are 12-0 in playoff games at home. Forward Alan Willey ignited Minnesota's 7-2 romp over San Diego in Game 3 by scoring the game's first four goals. It was Willey's third hat trick and second four-goal performance in the playoffs.
LACROSSE—Junior midfielder Mike Guy scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals to lead Hobart to a 13-10 victory over Washington College of Maryland and give the Statesmen their seventh straight NCAA Division III title, in Geneva, N.Y. Hobart, which has now defeated Washington in the title game three straight years, finished with a 15-1 record, including a 16-13 victory over Syracuse, the top-ranked Division I team at the time. The Statesmen's loss was their season opener to Johns Hopkins, defending Division I champion.
ROAD RACING—ED EYESTONE won the 7.46-mile Bay-to-Breakers race in San Francisco in a record 34:32.5. In the women's division, GRETE WAITZ completed the course in a record 38:40.5 to defeat defending champion Joan Benoit.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Emilio Sanchez 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 to win the Italian Open in Rome.
Sixteen-year-old STEFFI GRAF defeated Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-3 to win the German Open in Berlin.
TRACK & FIELD—At the Pepsi Invitational in Los Angeles, GABRIEL TIACOH of the Ivory Coast won the 400 meters in 44.32, the fastest time in the event in two years. VALERIE BRISCOE-HOOKS was victorious in the 100 meters in 10.99 and the 200 meters in 22.54.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: STAN ALBECK, 55, after one season as coach of the Chicago Bulls. Albeck guided the Bulls to a 30-52 record and a berth in the NBA playoffs despite the loss of All-Pro guard Michael Jordan for 64 games with a broken foot. Albeck's replacement was expected to be former Philadelphia 76er guard DOUG COLLINS, 34.
NAMED: JOHN THOMPSON, 44, the basketball coach at Georgetown, as coach of the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. Thompson was an assistant coach on the 1976 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Montreal.
New York Knick center PATRICK EWING, 23, as the NBA Rookie of the Year. Ewing missed 32 games because of assorted injuries, but averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game, both bests in the league among first-year players.
Jim Calhoun, 44, as basketball coach at the University of Connecticut, replacing Dom Perno, who resigned. Calhoun guided Northeastern to a record of 250-137 and five NCAA tournament berths in 14 seasons.
DIED: JOHNNY GOTTSELIG, 80, a leftwinger with the Chicago Black Hawks from 1928 to 1945 who coached the team for four seasons; of a heart attack; in Chicago. Gottselig had 177 goals and 195 assists in his career and a 62-104-21 record as coach.
John F. Bassett, 47, the former principal owner of the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits and other professional sports franchises; of cancer; in Toronto. Bassett, who sold his controlling interest in the Bandits last year, previously had interests in the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League and the Ottawa Nationals of the World Hockey Association. He was the father of tennis star Carling Bassett.
Joe Sparma, 44, who helped quarterback Ohio State to an unbeaten season and the Big Ten football title in 1961 and later had a 52-52 record and a 3.95 ERA in seven years as a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers and Montreal Expos; of complications following heart surgery; in Columbus, Ohio.
Ludmila Pakhomova, 39, who with her husband Alexander Gorshkov won six world ice dancing championships in the 1970s and the gold medal in the event in the 1976 Olympics; of leukemia; in Moscow.
Grand Prix driver ELIO DE ANGELIS, 28; of injuries suffered when he crashed his Brabham-BMW Formula One racer at the Paul-Ricard circuit; in Marseille, France.