PRO BASKETBALL—The Boston Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets four games to two to win their 16th NBA championship (page 12).
BOXING—In a tripleheader of championship bouts at the Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., a pair of new champions were crowned, and a third retained his title. BERNARDO PINANGO of Venezuela won a unanimous 15-round decision over Gaby Canizales to take the WBA bantamweight title; BUSTER DRAYTON defeated Carlos Santos in a 15-round majority decision to earn the IBF junior middleweight crown; and JIMMY PAUL also won a 15-round majority decision, over Cubanito Perez, to retain his IBF lightweight title.
CYCLING—ROBERTO VISENTINI of Italy won the Tour of Italy, completing the 22-leg, 3,858-kilometer event in 102 hours, 33 minutes and 55 seconds. Greg LeMond of the U.S. was fourth, 2:26 behind the leader.
GOLF—BOB TWAY hit a wedge two feet from the pin and tapped in the par putt on the final hole to defeat former Oklahoma State teammate Willie Wood by one stroke and win the Westchester Classic in Harrison, N.Y. Tway, who earned $108,000 for the victory, shot a 12-under-par 272.
June 15, 1986
In spite of a final-round 77 that included bogeys on three of the last five holes, JULI INKSTER easily won an LPGA event in Malvern, Pa. Inkster, who had been the leader since the first round, shot a seven-under-par 281 to finish three strokes ahead of Mary Beth Zimmerman and earn the $67,500 winner's share.
HORSE RACING—DANZIG CONNECTION ($18), with Chris McCarron up, splashed home on a sloppy Belmont Park track to give trainer Woody Stephens his fifth consecutive Belmont Stakes victory (page 48). The 3-year-old ran the mile and a half in a slow 2:29[4/5] to finish 1¼, lengths ahead of long shot Johns Treasure and earn the $338,640 winner's purse for owner Henryk deKwiatowski.
Stephens's Belmont binge continued in the $140,250 Hempstead Handicap as ENDEAR ($9.40), with Eddie Maple aboard, defeated Lady's Secret by six lengths. The 4-year-old filly ran the muddy 1‚⅛ miles in 1:48[3/5].
La Koumia ($7.60), with Ray Sibille up, defeated favored Estrapade by 1¾ lengths in the $141,900 Gamely Handicap at Hollywood Park. The 4-year-old filly covered the 1‚⅛ miles on the turf in 1:45[4/5] to establish a track record.
Val Danseur ($6), with Gary Stevens as the jockey, covered the 1½ mile course in 2:27[2/5] to tie the track record and beat Rivlia by two lengths in the Rolling Green Handicap at Golden Gate Fields. The victory was worth $89,000 to the winner.
MOTOR SPORTS—TIM RICHMOND, driving a Chevrolet, defeated Dale Earnhardt, also in a Chevrolet, finishing under a yellow flag, to win a NASCAR event at Pocono International Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Richmond averaged 113.279 mph over the 200-lap course to earn the $46,705 winner's purse.
SOCCER—Favorite BRAZIL and DENMARK became the first teams to advance to the 16-team second round in World Cup play (page 54).
SQUASH—LISA OPIE of England whipped Heather Wallace of Scotland 7-9, 9-4, 9-5, 9-2 to win the women's U.S. Pro Softball Squash championships in New York City. JAHANGIR KHAN of Pakistan was the men's champion, with a 9-5, 9-4, 9-7 victory over Ross Norman of New Zealand.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Mikael Pernfors 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to win the men's singles title at the French Open in Paris. In the women's singles, CHRIS EVERT LLOYD beat Martina Navratilova 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 for her seventh such title, extending to 13 her streak of consecutive years in which she has won at least one of the four grand slam tournaments (page 20).
TRACK & FIELD—SOUTHERN METHODIST won the 4 X 400-meter relay to clinch an overall men's team victory, 53-52, over Washington State at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis. TEXAS was the women's winner, 65-55 over Alabama.
WATERSKIING—MIKE TOLZMAN set a professional tour record with a combined 1,213 points in the freestyle jumping competition at a tour event in Madison, Wis. Tolzman's victory snapped Scott Clack's streak of 17 straight freestyle jumping wins.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: BRAD PARK, 37, as coach of the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit, which finished last in the NHL this season, was 8-29-2 during Park's brief tenure.
PLEADED GUILTY: Race car driver John Paul Sr., 47, to a charge of attempted first degree murder in the 1983 wounding of a federal drug witness. The guilty plea was the result of an agreement with prosecutors in which Paul will receive a sentence of not more than 20 years, to run concurrently with any sentences later imposed for other offenses with which he is charged.
RESIGNED: After 45 years as baseball coach at USC, ROD DEDEAUX, 71. Dedeaux, whose teams won 11 NCAA championships and 28 conference titles, is the winningest coach in college baseball history, with a record of 1,332-571-11.
RETIRED: ROD CAREW, 40, after turning down an offer to play for the San Francisco Giants. Carew's career credentials are Hall of Fame caliber: In 19 seasons with Minnesota and California, he won seven batting titles and had 3,053 hits for a lifetime batting average of .328.
TRADED: By the Boston Bruins, the rights to free agent center BARRY PEDERSON, 25, to the Vancouver Canucks for right wing CAM NEELY, 21, and Boston's choice of Vancouver's first-round draft pick in either 1986 or '87. Pederson had 76 points in 79 games for the Bruins last season.
By the Philadelphia Flyers, right wing RICH SUTTER, 22, defenseman DAVE RICHTER, 26, and a third-round draft choice in 1986, to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman J.J. DAIGNEAULT, 20, a fifth-round draft choice in 1987, and, depending upon Boston's choice in the Pederson-Neely deal, a second-round draft pick in 1986 or '87.
DIED: Iowa State tennis coach JIM DOERR, 29, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident, in Ames, Iowa. Doerr had been at Iowa State for three years and had records of 60-51 and 52-49 with the men's and women's teams, respectively.
Bryan (Bitsy) Grant, 75, of cancer, in Atlanta. Grant, whose nickname was derived from his diminutive stature (5'4"), was a four-time U.S. clay-court champion and the winner of more than 50 national amateur tennis tournaments in his career.
Aurel Joliat, 84, in Ottawa. Joliat, who played for the Montreal Canadiens for 16 seasons, was the left wing on three Stanley Cup-winning teams, including Montreal's first as an NHL team in 1923-24. Joliat was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945.