PRO BASKETBALL—Houston defeated defending champion Los Angeles 114-112 to win the Western Conference title four games to one and advance to the NBA championship series against the Boston Celtics.
BOWLING—LARRY LARVICK, a 21-year-old bowling-center manager from Denver, won $250,000 fixed-prize money in an amateurs only, double-elimination bowling tournament in Las Vegas. Larvick defeated Steve Minnick 236-150 in the final. The competition attracted 532 participants, each of whom kicked in a $1,000 entry fee.
BOXING—ALFREDO LAYNE of Panama knocked out Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico in the ninth round to win the WBA junior lightweight title, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Barry Michael Tko'd Mark Fernandez in the fourth round to retain his IBF junior lightweight title, in Melbourne, Australia.
June 1, 1986
GOLF—HAL SUTTON fired a record 17-under-par 271 to win the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio by four strokes over Don Pooley. Sutton, who earned $100,000 for the victory, shattered the previous tournament record by nine strokes.
Laurie Rinker shot a final-round 66 for a 278 total to win $37,500 and an LPGA event in Corning. N.Y. Third-round leader Beth Daniel faltered with a double bogey and two bogeys on three of the last four holes and finished three strokes back, tied with Pat Bradley.
HANDBALL—VERN ROBERTS, 31, of the U.S., defeated Michael Walsh, 20, of Ireland, 21-7, 21-10, to win the men's invitational singles title in the world championships in Kelowna, British Columbia. JOHN KENDLER and PONCHO MONREAL of the U.S. defeated Elias Carillo and Nacho Veloz of Mexico for the doubles crown.
HOCKEY—The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames four games to one to win their 23rd Stanley Cup.
HORSE RACING—Trainer Woody Stephens had a banner week at Belmont Park, with two of his horses winning major stakes. LOTKA ($20.40). ridden by Jerry Bailey, came charging off the pace to win the Acorn Stakes, the first race of New York's triple-crown series for 3-year-old fillies. Lotka, who won $136,080, covered the mile in 1:35[1/5] to finish 2¼ lengths ahead of long shot Dynamic Star. DANZIG CONNECTION ($7.40), with Pat Day in the saddle, scored a¾-length victory over Clear Choice in the Peter Pan Stakes. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48[2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—The defending champion San Diego Sockers rebounded from a three-games-to-one deficit to win two games, 7-4 and 6-3, against the Minnesota Strikers, leaving the MISL final series deadlocked.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT in a Chevrolet defeated Tim Richmond, also in a Chevrolet, by 1:59 to win a NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Earnhardt, who received $98,150 for the victory, averaged 140.406 mph over the 400 1.5-mile laps. There were 39 lead changes in the race.
Nigel Mansell of Britain, driving a Williams-Honda, averaged 126.48 mph over the 185.631-mile, 43-lap course to win the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps. Ayrton Senna of Brazil finished second in a Lotus-Renault.
POKER—BERRY JOHNSTON, 50, won the World Series of Poker and $570,000, defeating Mike Harthcock in the final game of No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, in Las Vegas.
SOFTBALL—CAL STATE-FULLERTON, behind the one-hit pitching of Connie Clark, defeated Texas A & M 3-0 to win the NCAA women's championship. The Titans finished their season at 57-9-1.
TENNIS—STANFORD became the first school to sweep all four NCAA team and individual championships. The Cardinal won the men's title 5-2 over Pepperdine and the women's 5-3 over USC. Stanford senior Dan Goldie beat SMU's Richey Reneberg 6-2, 6-1 for the men's singles crown, while junior Patty Fendick upset Gretchen Rush of Trinity 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the women's singles final. The women's competition took place in Austin, Texas, the men's in Athens, Ga.
Raffaella Reggi of Italy upset Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 to win a $100,000 WTA event in Lugano, Switzerland.
Andres Gomez of Ecuador defeated Henrik Sundstrom of Sweden 6-3, 6-4 to win a $99,900 Grand Prix tournament in Florence, Italy.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: Washington Redskins defensive back VERNON DEAN, 27, on charges of assaulting a police officer and driving with a suspended license, in Fairfax, Va.
IMPOSED: By the NCAA's Disciplinary Committee, a two-year probation for the Memphis State athletic program, during which its men's basketball team will be prohibited from appearing on television and competing in postseason play next year. Other sanctions include the return of $977,417, representing 90% of Memphis State's share of 1985 and '86 NCAA tournament revenue. NCAA violations cited by the committee include recruiting infractions, the improper use of athletic boosters' cars and some $58,000 in grants paid to athletes, well in excess of NCAA limits. The university has 15 days to appeal the proposed penalties.
NAMED: As the new commissioner of the MISL, BILL KENTLING, 46, formerly the general manager of the Wichita Wings. Kentling replaces Frank Dale, who was named to the newly created position of senior league executive.
SIGNED: By the Minnesota Vikings, offensive tackle GARY ZIMMERMAN, 24, after working out a deal in which the USFL Memphis Showboats agreed to release the 6'6", 280-pound Zimmerman from his contract with that team. Zimmerman had lost a lawsuit against the Showboats in which he attempted to get released from his contract.
SOLD: By owner Franklin Mieuli, a controlling interest in the GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS, to investment bankers Jim Fitzgerald and Dan Finnane, both of whom are former owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, for $18 million. Fitzgerald and Finnane had sold their various Midwestern business interests last year. The new owners' first move was to name GEORGE KARL, 35, as the team's coach, replacing John Bach. Karl, who was dismissed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in March, was signed to a three-year contract.
TRADED: By the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback MIKE PAGEL, 25, to the Cleveland Browns for a future draft choice.
DIED: Harness driver DAVID DUNCKLEY, 47, in Mineola, N.Y., from injuries suffered in a four-horse pileup at Roosevelt Raceway. Dunckley won 305 races and $1.7 million in his career.