PRO BASKETBALL—Chicago clinched the sixth Eastern Conference playoff berth when Michael Jordan's 36 points led his team to a 101-75 thrashing of Washington. The Bulls finished the week with losses to Indiana, Washington and Atlanta. The Pacers' sixth straight win, a 99-94 victory over the Bulls, earned Indiana the seventh playoff spot. Washington took the eighth and final berth, despite a 103-86 loss to Boston, when Cleveland was eliminated after falling 108-99 to Philadelphia. In the Central Division, Atlanta's 2-1 week gave the Hawks a 1½-game edge over Detroit, which went 1-2. Four playoff openings remained in the West at the start of the week, and Houston sewed up the first one when Phoenix lost 110-95 to Utah. Chris Mullin's three overtime baskets helped Golden State edge San Antonio 120-119 and sent the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Dallas reached 50 wins in a season for the first time in the team's seven-year history with a 136-116 defeat of Golden State before clinching the Midwest Division title when the Suns defeated second-place Utah 110-95 later in the week. At the end of the week, two Pacific Division teams—Seattle and Phoenix—battled with Midwest contender Denver for the remaining Western Conference places. San Antonio and Sacramento were eliminated. The Sonics, 1-2 this week, led the Nuggets (3-1) by 2 games and Phoenix (3-1) by 5½ in that race.
BOWLING—RANDY PEDERSEN won his second straight PBA event by beating Rowdy Morrow 232-211, in Washington, D.C.
BOXING—LEE SEUNG-HOON of South Korea retained his IBF junior featherweight title with a 10th-round knockout of Jorge Diaz of Mexico, in Seoul.
CURLING—CANADA defeated West Germany 9-5 to win the men's world title, in Vancouver.
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GOLF—BETSY KING defeated Patty Sheehan on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Dinah Shore tournament and $80,000, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Both players finished regulation play tied at five-under-par 283 (page 57).
Scott Simpson won the Greater Greensboro Open, beating Clarence Rose by two strokes. Simpson fired a six-under-par 282 to win $108,000.
HOCKEY—In the last week of the regular season Sylvain Turgeon scored twice and Ron Francis assisted on three goals to help Hartford clinch the Adams Division title with a 5-3 victory over the Rangers. Buffalo lost 5-3 to St. Louis, ending the Sabres' playoff hopes, while Quebec reserved a playoff spot by defeating the Islanders 4-1; the Nordiques will meet the Whalers in first-round action. Montreal clinched second place in the division with its eighth straight win, 3-1 over Boston, and will face off against the Bruins. In the Norris, St. Louis topped Detroit on Sunday to win a last-minute division title; the Red Wings finished in second place. Toronto earned a berth in the playoffs by beating Chicago 3-1, and the Blackhawks, winless in their previous seven games, rallied to defeat the Maple Leafs 5-2 the next night to earn the last spot and oust Minnesota from contention. The Red Wings will play the Blackhawks, and St. Louis will take on Toronto in the opening round. The Rangers went 0-3 last week and finished fourth in the Patrick; that pairs them against division-winner Philadelphia in Cup action. The Islanders, who finished third in the division, will face second-place Washington. Edmonton, the Smythe champions, will play Los Angeles, while Calgary will meet Winnipeg.
HORSE RACING—On a day of major prep races for the May 2 Kentucky Derby, upset victories were the rule. Bill Shoemaker rode TEMPERATE SIL ($9.40) to a 5½-length win over the favorite. Masterful Advocate, covering the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile Santa Anita Derby distance in 1:49. At the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct, GONE WEST ($8.60), ridden by Robbie Davis, ran a mile in 1:34[3/5] to finish one length ahead of Shawklit Won, while last year's 2-year-old champ, Capote, was fourth. CRYPTOCLEAR-ANCE ($7.40), with Jose Santos in the saddle, defeated No More Flowers by a head to win the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The colt ran 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[3/5] (page 26).
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego earned the third Western Division playoff berth with a 4-3 win over Chicago and jumped 1½ games ahead of Kansas City with victories over Tacoma and Chicago. Drago had two goals and two assists in the 7-4 Baltimore victory over Wichita that moved the Blast 1½ games ahead of Cleveland in the East.
SWIMMING—At the men's NCAA swimming and diving championships in Austin, Texas, MATT BIONDI of California set three U.S. records and PABLO MORALES won his 11th individual NCAA title to lead STANFORD to its third consecutive championship. The Cardinal outscored Southern California 374-296 (page 52).
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Miloslav Mecir 6-4, 6-3 to win a Grand Prix event and $55,000, in Milan.
Helena Sukova beat Lori McNeil 6-0, 6-3 to win a tour event and $33,300, in Piscataway, N.J.
TRACK & FIELD—In Sydney, KERRY SAXBY of Australia finished the 5,000-meter walk in 21:16 to lower by 10.5 seconds the women's world record set in 1986 by Guan Ping of China.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Minnesota North Stars, LORNE HENNING, 35, who had a 30-39-9 record with two regular-season games remaining. GLENN SONMOR, 57, the team's director of player development, was named to succeed him on an interim basis.
SIGNED: By the Boston Red Sox, 1986 Cy Young winner ROGER CLEMENS, 24, ending a 29-day contract stalemate; and by the Cleveland Indians, lefthanded pitcher STEVE CARLTON, 42, who was released for the second time by Philadelphia last month after allowing 13 hits and 7 earned runs in 14 exhibition-game innings.
TRADED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, outfielder ANDY VAN SLYKE, 26, catcher MIKE LAVALLIERE, 26, and minor league pitcher MIKE DUNN to the Pittsburgh Pirates for catcher TONY PENA, 29; by the San Francisco Giants, outfielder DAN GLADDEN, 29, and a player to be named later, to the Minnesota Twins for three minor league players; and by the Chicago Cubs, pitcher DENNIS ECKERSLEY, 32, and infielder DAN ROHN, 31, to the Oakland A's for three minor league players.
DIED: HENRI COCHET, 85, winner of five French singles, two Wimbledons and one U.S. National as one of the Four Musketeers who dominated French tennis in the mid-1920s through the early '30s; after a long illness; in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.
Texas oilman and entrepreneur CLINT MURCHISON JR., 63, who founded the Dallas Cowboys in 1960 and owned the team until 1984; of complications caused by pneumonia; in Dallas.
Tommy Davis, 52, San Francisco 49er kicker and punter from 1959 to '69, who kicked an NFL-record 234 consecutive extra points; of cancer; in San Bruno, Calif.