PRO BASKETBALL—"We wouldn't even show up for the next game if the league would let us." joked Denver coach Doug Moe after the Los Angeles Lakers tied a playoff record with 82 first-half points and crushed his team 128-95 in the opener of their best-of-five Western Conference quarterfinal. Sure enough, in Game 2 the seemingly absent Nuggets fell behind 16-4 en route to a 139-127 loss. Utah also took a 2-0 game lead, beating Golden State 99-85 and 103-100 behind Karl Malone's 42 points. Seattle rallied from a 151-129 embarrassment with a 112-110 win for a split in its series with Dallas (page 28). Ralph Sampson scored 23 points in his first start since Feb. 3 as Houston downed Portland 125-115. The Trail Blazers took the second game 111-98 as Clyde Drexler scored 32. Despite rallying from 21- and 11-point deficits, respectively, Chicago fell 108-104 and 105-96 to Boston, which has beaten the Bulls 15 straight. Dominique Wilkins went 9 of 10 from the floor and scored 27 of his 35 points in the second half as Atlanta beat Indiana 110-94. He had 43 more in a 94-93 win. Detroit downed Washington 106-92 and 128-85, with Isiah Thomas pouring in 51 points, and Milwaukee split with Philadelphia, winning 107-104, then losing 125-122 in OT.
BOWLING—PETE WEBER became the youngest bowler to win 10 PBA titles by beating Jim Murtishaw 222-190 in the Firestone Tournament of Champions, in Akron (page 26).
GOLF—JAY HAAS beat Buddy Gardner on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $108,000 and the Houston Open. Haas sank a 60-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to finish regulation tied at 276, 12 under par.
Bruce Crampton and Orville Moody combined for a 29-under-par 251 to share $120,000 and win the Legends of Golf tournament by four strokes over Bobby Nichols and Butch Baird, in Austin, Texas.
May 3, 1987
GYMNASTICS—GEORGIA edged six-time champion Utah 187.90 points to 187.55 to win the NCAA women's title, and KELLY GARRISON-STEVES of Oklahoma won the all-around crown, in Salt Lake City. In the men's competition in Los Angeles, Nebraska's TOM SCHLESINGER won the all-around title and UCLA took team honors, 285.30-284.75 over the Cornhuskers.
Valeri Lyukin won the men's all-around championship to help the Soviet Union sweep both team titles at a dual meet in Denver. KRISTIE PHILLIPS won the women's all-around (page 40).
HOCKEY—Ken Wregget, whose hot goaltending helped the Maple Leafs sweep two games from the Red Wings in Detroit, cooled off when the Norris Division finals moved to Toronto. Shawn Burr's second goal of the game hit Wregget's glove and trickled into the net 49 seconds into the second period to break a 2-2 tie and put Wregget on the bench. Detroit won 4-2 and trailed the series 2-1. In the Smythe Division, Edmonton extended its playoff win streak over Winnipeg to 13 with three victories. Glenn Anderson scored 36 seconds into overtime for a 3-2 win in the opener. Wayne Gretzky, pointless in that game, had five assists in the ensuing 5-3 and 5-2 victories. The Flyers might have clinched a Patrick Division title had they not been caught with too many men on the ice with 48 seconds left in Game 2. Mikko Makela's power-play goal 45 seconds later gave New York a 2-1 win, but the Islanders trailed 3-1 in games at week's end. After dropping the first two games to Quebec, Montreal won 7-2 and then 3-2 in OT to even the Adams Division series (page 20).
Canada beat Finland 7-2 in its final preliminary game to sneak into the medal round of the world championships in Vienna with a 3-3-1 record. The U.S.S.R. (7-0), Czechoslovakia (4-1-1) and Sweden (4-3) also made the playoffs.
HORSE RACING—In the first of two Derby preps, WAR ($8.20), Herb McCauley aboard, was awarded $148,135 and the Blue Grass Stakes after Alysheba, the apparent winner, was disqualified for interference, at Keeneland. Alysheba covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48[2/5] At Churchill Downs, ON THE LINE ($8.60), ridden by Pat Day, beat No More Flowers by 6½ lengths to win $36,855 and the Derby Trial Stakes. The 3-year-old colt covered the mile in 1:36[3/5] (page 42).
INDOOR SOCCER—Joe Waters gave Tacoma a MISL season-record ninth overtime win when his goal at 9:15 beat Los Angeles 6-5. The Stars then lost 5-4 to Wichita and beat St. Louis 6-0 to remain 6½ games up on Wichita in the Western Division. Tatu scored his ninth hat trick as Dallas beat Baltimore 7-3. The Blast also lost 6-1 to Cleveland and leads the Force by half a game in the East.
TENNIS—MATS WILANDER beat Jimmy Arias 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3 to win $74,700 and the Monte Carlo Open title, in Monaco.
Chris Evert defeated Martina Navratilova 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), to win $30,000 and a tour event in Houston.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN TRAUTMANN, DARRON OUTLER, MILES IRISH and MIKE STAHR of Georgetown University ran the distance medley relay in a world best of 9:20.96, at the 93rd Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Arkansas set the previous mark of 9:22.6 in 1986.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The probable withdrawal of defending champion GREG LeMOND, from the Tour de France bicycle race, which begins July 1, because of a shotgun wound suffered in a hunting accident on April 20.
AWARDED: By the NBA Board of Governors, four expansion franchises—to Charlotte, N.C., and Miami, which will begin play in 1988, and Minnesota and Orlando, which will start in 1989. Each team will pay a $32.5 million entry fee.
FINED: By baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, Seattle owner GEORGE ARGYROS, $10,000 for a congratulatory call to San Diego manager Larry Bowa. Argyros is trying to sell the Mariners so he can buy the Padres.
FIRED: As coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, DON CHANEY, 41, after a 12-70 season, the second-worst in NBA history. Chaney's mark was 53-132 in just over two seasons.
NAMED: As coach of the Minnesota North Stars, HERB BROOKS, 49, who led the U.S. Olympic team to the 1980 gold medal and directed the New York Rangers to a 131-113-41 record from 1981 to '85. Last season he coached at St. Cloud State.
As basketball coach at George Mason University, RICK BARNES, 32, a former assistant at Ohio State, Alabama and GMU. He succeeds Joe Harrington, who moved to Long Beach State.
TRADED: By the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, quarterback STEVE YOUNG, 25, to the San Francisco 49ers for two 1987 draft choices and cash: and by the Houston Oilers, wide receiver TIM SMITH, 30, to the San Diego Chargers for a 1988 draft pick.
DIED: LARRY BETHEA, 30, the 1977 Big Ten MVP and a defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys from 1978 to '83; of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; in Hampton, Va.