Pro Basketball—In the NBA Eastern Conference final, Boston, at home, won the first two games handily from Detroit. Robert Parish scored 31 points to lead the Celtics past the nervous Pistons 104-91 in Game 1, and Larry Bird scored the same number in Game 2, which Boston took 110-101. The Pistons returned the favor at the Silverdome, winning a fight-marred Game 3 122-104 behind Adrian Dantley's 25 points and Game 4 145-119. Dantley led the winners again, with 32 points. Los Angeles twice outlasted Seattle to stretch its Western Conference final lead to 3-0. James Worthy led the Lakers in both wins. He scored 30 points in Game 2, a 112-104 victory, and added a career-high 39 at Seattle, where L.A. held on 122-121 (page 34).
BOXING—LESLIE STEWART of Trinidad won the WBA light heavyweight title with a ninth-round TKO of Marvin Johnson of Indianapolis, in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
GOLF—JANE GEDDES defeated Betsy King by one stroke to win the LPGA Championship and $52,500, in Mason, Ohio. Geddes finished the tournament, her second major victory, at 13-under-par 275.
Dave Barr shot a 23-under-par 265 to win the Atlanta Golf Classic and $108,000, beating Larry Mize by four strokes.
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Chi Chi Rodriguez swept to his third consecutive senior tournament victory, at the Silver Pages Classic, by a three-shot margin over Bruce Crampton, in Oklahoma City. Rodriguez, with a 16-under-par 200, earned $37,500.
HOCKEY—Edmonton roared to a three-games-to-one lead over Philadelphia in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Oilers won 4-2 and 3-2 on their home rink. In Philly, the Flyers came back with a 5-3 victory, but the Oilers won Game 44-1 (page 26).
HORSE RACING—LEO CASTELLI ($5.20), ridden by Jose Santos, nipped Gone West by half a length to win the $220,600 Peter Pan Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont. The colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile course in 1:48.
Grecian Flight ($25.60), Craig Perret up, beat Fiesta Gal by 1¾ lengths to win the $189,300 Acorn Stakes at Belmont. The 3-year-old filly took the first leg of the distaff triple crown by finishing the mile in 1:35[1/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—Defense keyed the winning performances in the opening games of the best-of-seven MISL division finals. In the West, Tacoma led San Diego 5-3 in the third quarter when it went up two men for 44 seconds. The Stars couldn't capitalize, however, and the Sockers scored two late goals to steal a 6-5 victory at the Tacoma Dome. In the East, Cleveland defender Bernie James shut out Dallas scoring wizard Tatu, and two fourth-quarter goals put the Force past the visiting Sidekicks 5-3.
MOTOR SPORTS—AL UNSER SR., driving a March-Cosworth, joined A.J. Foyt as a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner by finishing 4.496 seconds ahead of Roberto Guerrero, also in a March-Cosworth. Unser averaged 162.175 mph over the 2.5-mile oval (page 30).
Kyle Petty, in a Ford Thunderbird, drove to a one-lap victory over Morgan Shepherd, in a Buick LeSabre, to win the Coca-Cola 600, in Harrisburg, N.C. Petty, who averaged 131.483 mph on the 1.5-mile quad-oval, earned $89,405.
SOFTBALL—TEXAS A & M beat UCLA 4-1 to win the Women's College World Series, in Omaha.
COLLEGE TENNIS—At the NCAA Division I men's championships in Athens, Ga., host GEORGIA defeated UCLA five matches to one to win its second title in three years. ANDREW BURROW of Miami beat Dan Goldberg of Michigan 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 for the individual crown (page 68).
At Los Angeles, PATTY FENDICK of Stanford defeated Shaun Stafford of Florida 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to win her second consecutive NCAA Division I women's championship. Earlier, STANFORD defeated Georgia five matches to one for the team title.
TENNIS—CHRIS EVERT outlasted Manuela Maleeva 6-3,4-6,6-2 to win the Geneva Open and $20,000.
Czechoslovakia beat the United States 2-1 for the World Team Cup, in Dusseldorf. First prize was $300,000.
TRACK & FIELD—ROBERT EMMIYAN of the U.S.S.R. became the second long jumper ever to surpass 29 feet, at a meet in Tsakhkadzor, Armenia (altitude: 5,130 feet). His leap of 29' 1" was only I'A inches short of Bob Beamon's 1968 record and exceeded his previous best by 10 inches.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUITTED: Los Angeles Raider wide receiver JAMES LOFTON, 30, of a charge of second-degree sexual assault, in Brown County (Wis.) Circuit Court.
CONVICTED: Green Bay Packer cornerback MOSSY CADE, 25, of two charges of second-degree sexual assault, in Brown County (Wis.) Circuit Court. He was acquitted of a third similar charge.
HIRED: As coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, the worst (12-70) team in the NBA in 1986-87, GENE SHUE, 55, fourth in career coaching wins. Shue has a 20-season record of 757-768, including two years with the then San Diego Clippers (1978-80).
As coach of the Calgary Flames, TERRY CRISP, 44, who for the last two seasons has coached the Moncton Golden Flames of the AHL. He replaces Bob Johnson, 56, who resigned to become executive director of the Amateur Hockey Association of the U.S. Johnson was 193-155-52 in five seasons. Calgary was 46-31-3 this season and lost to Winnipeg in the opening round of the NHL playoffs.
INDICTED: By a federal grand jury in San Diego, University of Miami strength and conditioning coach PAT JACOBS, 31, on charges of importing and distributing steroids; and British three-time Olympic runner DAVID JENKINS, 35, (who now lives in Carlsbad, Calif.) on the same charges (page 21).
NAMED: As the NBA's Most Valuable Player, Los Angeles Laker guard EARVIN (Magic) JOHNSON, 27, who averaged 23.3 points and a league-leading 12.2 assists per game.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Dallas Mavericks, DICK MOTTA, 55, third in NBA career coaching victories, with a 19-year record of 808-750. This season the Mavs were 55-27 but lost in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to Seattle. Motta trails Red Auerbach (938) and Jack Ramsay (826) in career victories.
TRADED: By the Los Angeles Dodgers, reliever TOM NIEDENFUER, 27, to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder JOHN SHELBY, 29, and pitcher BRAD HAVENS, 27.
By the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback JEFF KEMP, 27, to the Seattle Seahawks, for an undisclosed draft choice.