PRO BASKETBALL—Julius Erving scored a team-high 24 points against Milwaukee, but it wasn't enough to extend Philadelphia's season—or his career—as the Bucks beat the 76ers 102-89 and claimed their first-round playoff series, 3-2. The teams had split games, 121-120 Milwaukee and 124-118 Philly, earlier in the week. In the only other five-game series, Golden State beat Utah 110-95 and 98-94 to even the series before Golden State won 118-113 on Sunday, to become the first team in 31 years to come back from 0-2 in a five-game series. Reserve guard Terry Teagle scored 30 points in Game 3, and Purvis Short came off the bench for 32 in Game 4 for the Warriors. Akeem Olajuwon had 62 points, 20 rebounds and 13 blocked shots as Houston beat Portland 117-108 and 113-101 to wrap up that series 3-1. Olajuwon's 28-point, 16-rebound effort, however, fell short in the Rockets' second-round opener against Seattle. Tom Chambers, who had 31 points in the SuperSonics' 124-98 first-round clincher over Dallas, scored 9 of his 24 points in OT to give Seattle a 111-106 win. Indiana won its first playoff game since joining the NBA 11 years ago, 96-87 over Atlanta, but the Hawks, spurred by Dominique Wilkins's 30 points, came back to oust the Pacers 101-97. Detroit, Boston and L.A. all swept their opening series, although only the Lakers, who crushed Denver, were overwhelming winners (page 50). The Pistons edged Washington 97-96 on Rick Mahorn's free throw with four seconds remaining in the third game, while Boston rallied from a 77-70 fourth-period deficit to eliminate Chicago 105-94. Detroit opened its semifinal round with a 112-111 win over the Hawks.
BOXING—BOBBY CZYZ retained his IBF light heavyweight title with a sixth-round TKO over Jim MacDonald, in Atlantic City.
GOLF—PAUL AZINGER fired a final-round 64 to finish at 271, 17 under par and one stroke ahead of Hal Sutton, to win $225,000 and the Las Vegas Invitational.
Cindy Hill shot a 17-under-par 271 for a three-stroke victory, worth $33,750, over Jane Crafter, in an LPGA event in St. Petersburg, Fla.
May 10, 1987
HOCKEY—The Edmonton Oilers beat Winnipeg 4-2 to wrap up their fourth Smythe Division title in five years and went home to rest up for the NHL semifinals, but the other division playoffs went the seven-game distance (page 34). The New York Islanders rallied from a two-game deficit with 2-1 and 4-2 victories over Philadelphia before the Flyers quashed the Isles' dreams with a 5-1 drubbing on Saturday in the Patrick Division finale. In the Adams, Montreal's Ryan Walter scored twice in each of his team's wins as the Canadiens sandwiched 3-2 and 5-3 victories around a 3-2 loss to oust Quebec from the playoffs. Walter wristed in a 15-footer with 2:39 left to play in Game 5 and had two more in a 3:35 span of the second period in the clincher. Detroit became the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-1 game deficit when goalie Glen Hanlon had 30 saves on Sunday in a 3-0 win that wrapped up the Norris title. After Mike Allison scored at 9:31 of overtime to give Toronto a 3-2 win and a 3-1 game edge, the Red Wings bounced back with their first playoff shutout in 21 years, 3-0, and a 4-2 win that featured tough guy Bob Probert's first playoff goal.
Sweden edged the U.S.S.R. on goal differential to claim its first world championship since 1962, in Vienna. Both teams completed the medal round with 1-0-2 records after the Swedes beat Canada 9-0 and the Soviets hipped Czechoslovakia 2-1. But Sweden outscored its opponents 14-5, while the Soviets, who had been shut out 0-0 by Canada and tied 2-2 by Sweden earlier in the week, outscored opponents 4-3. Czechoslovakia, 1-1-1 in the medal round, won the bronze, ahead of Canada, 0-2-1. The U.S. finished seventh.
HORSE RACING—ALYSHEBA ($18.80), with Chris McCarron up, won the 113th Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs, by three-quarters of a length over Bet Twice. The 3-year-old colt, who earned $618,600, ran the 1¼ miles in 2:03[2/5] (page 26).
Buryyourbelief ($18), Jose Santos aboard, scored a 2¾-length victory over Hometown Queen to win $155,415 and the Kentucky Oaks, at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old filly covered 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50[2/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—On the last day of the regular season, Craig Allen and Paul Kitson scored two goals each to give Cleveland a 6-4 victory over Baltimore and the Eastern Division title. Wichita lost to Western Division champ Tacoma, 6-4, after which the Wings proceeded to lose their shirts—on purpose. The financially troubled franchise raised $20,375 by auctioning team shirts and the game ball to the hometown crowd.
MOTOR SPORTS—NIGEL MANSELL of Britain, driving a Williams-Honda, beat Brazil's Arton Senna Da Silva, in a Lotus-Honda, by 27.5 seconds to win the San Marino Grand Prix, in Imola, Italy. Mansell averaged 120.2 mph and covered the 187 miles in 1:31:24.076.
Davey Allison, driving a Ford Thunderbird, beat Terry Labonte, in a Chevy Monte Carlo, by .65 of a second to win a NASCAR race shortened from 500 to 473.4 miles because of darkness, in Talladega, Ala. He averaged 154.214 mph for 178 laps over the 2.66-mile Alabama International Raceway tri-oval. Several spectators were hurt, and the race was stopped for 2½ hours, when a tire on Bobby Allison's Buick exploded on the 21st lap, sending the car into the grandstand catch fence.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Miloslav Mecir 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 to win $51,000 and the German Open, in Hamburg, West Germany.
Chris Evert beat Kate Gompert 6-3, 6-2 to earn $30,500 and the Eckerd Open title, in Largo, Fla. (page 93).
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NCAA, INDIANA UNIVERSITY for basketball coach Bob Knight's fist-banging at the scorer's table during a March 22 tournament game. The $10,000 fine will be deducted from the $1,003,375 tournament share due 1987 NCAA titlist Indiana.
NAMED: As coach of the Sacramento Kings, BILL RUSSELL, 53, former Boston Celtic player-coach and TV broadcaster. He succeeds interim coach Jerry Reynolds, who replaced the fired Phil Johnson in February. As coach of the Phoenix Suns, JOHN WETZEL, 42, a Suns assistant for eight years, who was passed over in February when John MacLeod was fired and Dick Van Arsdale was named interim coach.
RESIGNED: As coach of the New York Rangers, TOM WEBSTER, 38, who had a 5-7-4 record in a one-year stint limited by an inner ear disorder.
DIED: GUS JOHNSON, 48, high-flying captain of the Baltimore Bullets, considered the prototype of today's power basketball player; of brain cancer; in Akron, Ohio. A five-time NBA All-Star, he averaged 17.4 points and 12.7 rebounds with the Bullets from 1963 to '72 before finishing his career with Phoenix and the ABA's Indiana franchise.
Hernell (Jeep) Jackson, 23, star guard on the Texas-El Paso basketball team; of unknown causes during a charity game; in El Paso.