April left mouths agape. Sugar Ray Leonard, after five years without a serious bout, danced and feinted his way past middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler to win the richest prizefight in history—purse: $25.5 million.
In Georgia, Augustans watched as local boy Larry Mize sunk a 140-foot chip shot in a sudden-death playoff to defeat Greg Norman in the Masters. The Milwaukee Brewers, no April fools, opened the season with 13 straight wins, one a Juan Nieves no-hitter. Baseball's grim news was that Mets ace Dwight Gooden would spend a month in a New York drug-rehabilitation center.