COLLEGE BASKETBALL—KANSAS defeated Oklahoma 83-79 to win the NCAA men's championship, in Kansas City (page 18).
Louisiana Tech edged Auburn 56-54 for the NCAA women's title, in Tacoma, Wash, (page 40).
Connecticut beat Ohio State 72-67 to win the NIT championship in Madison Square Garden.
PRO BASKETBALL—Detroit and Dallas went into tailspins and both were in peril of losing their division leads. The Pistons were winless in four games, beginning the week by losing 102-100 to the hapless Clippers and ending it with a 112-110 loss to Chicago. In that game Michael Jordan scored 59 points, an NBA high this season. Atlanta won four straight to pull within one game of the Central-leading Pistons, while the Bulls. 3-1 for the week, closed to within 3½ games. Dallas also lost four straight as its Midwest lead dwindled to half a game over Denver, which ran its winning streak to eight games. Two of the NBA's biggest guns had a hand in the Mavericks' skid: Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins drilled them for 40 points in a 120-106 Hawks victory, and Larry Bird scored 32 in a 110-101 Boston win. The Atlantic-leading Celtics won their other three games while division also-rans Philadelphia. Washington and the Knicks battled for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Pacific pacesetter Los Angeles struggled through a Magic-less week—Magic Johnson is out indefinitely with a groin injury—by beating Sacramento 108-104 and splitting a pair (a 122-111 win in L.A., a 106-92 loss in Salt Lake City) with Utah. Seattle clinched one of the Western Conference's two remaining playoff spots with a 106-103 win over Chicago; San Antonio had the other berth all but sewn up.
April 10, 1988
BOWLING—LISA WAGNER rolled a 226 to win $40,000 and the U.S. Open, in Winston-Salem, N.C. She beat Lorrie Nichols by eight pins.
Jeff Bellinger defeated Steve Cook 204-183 to win $39,000 and a PBA event in Milwaukee.
BOXING—LLOYD HONEYGHAN knocked out WBC welterweight champion Jorge Vaca in the third round in London to regain the title he lost to Vaca last October.
Virgil Hill stopped Jean-Marie Emebe in the 11th round to retain his WBA light heavyweight championship, in Bismarck, N. Dak.
EQUESTRIAN—KATIE MONAHAN PRUDENT of Middleburg, Va., riding Special Envoy, beat Michael Matz of Collegeville, Pa., on Chef, by 1.82 seconds to win the American Invitational, in Tampa. She won the first leg of show jumping's triple crown for a record third time and earned $30,000.
GOLF—SANDY LYLE fired a 17-under-par 271 to win $180,000 and the Greater Greensboro Open. He beat Ken Green on the 1st hole of sudden death.
Amy Alcott defeated Colleen Walker by two strokes to win the Dinah Shore, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Alcott, who earned $80,000, shot a 14-under-par 274 (page 72).
COLLEGE HOCKEY—LAKE SUPERIOR STATE beat St. Lawrence 4-3 in overtime to win the NCAA title, in Lake Placid, N.Y. (page 68).
HOCKEY—On the final day of the NHL's regular season, New Jersey won a three-way race with Pittsburgh and the Rangers for the Patrick Division's last slot by beating Chicago 4-3. Getting a big lift from rookie goaltender Sean Burke (page 34), the Devils went unbeaten in their last eight games and were 4-0 for the week, including two wins (4-0 and 7-2) over Pittsburgh. Although the Penguins missed the cut, Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux finished with 168 points to break Wayne Gretzky's seven-year grip on the league scoring title. The Islanders clinched the Patrick title while Philadelphia landed a playoff berth by beating Quebec 7-4. Another last-day playoff spot was up for grabs in the Norris Division. It went to Toronto when Calgary knocked out the other aspirant. Minnesota, 4-1. At 21-49-10, the Maple Leafs have the worst record of any team ever to make the NHL playoffs. In the Adams Division, Hartford earned a playoff berth when Quebec was eliminated with a 3-1 loss to Buffalo, and Montreal clinched the division title with a 3-1 win over Boston.
HORSE RACING—KINGPOST ($44.40), Eugene Sipus in the saddle, beat Stalwars by a head to win $300,000 and the Jim Beam Stakes at Turfway Park. The 3-year-old gelding covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50[4/5] (page 66).
Sea Trek ($73.40), Pat Johnson up, won $73,500 and the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1[1/6] miles in 1:42[3/5] to beat Din's Dancer by a length.
INDOOR SOCCER—Minnesota lost two of three games and saw its Eastern Division lead shrink to two games over the teams tied for second, Dallas and Cleveland. Western Division-leading San Diego lost both its games (6-4 to Tacoma and 5-4 to Minnesota in OT) but was still 11½ games ahead of second-place Kansas City.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST, driving a McLaren-Honda, beat Gerhard Berger, in a Ferrari, by 9.873 seconds to win the Brazilian Grand Prix, in Rio de Janeiro. Prost averaged 117.1 mph for 60 laps on the 3.126-mile course.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER beat Stefan Edberg 6-4, 176, 7-5, 6-2 to win $200,000 and the WCT championship, in Dallas.
Chris Evert defeated Arantxa Sanchez 7-6, 6-4 to earn the $40,000 winner's check at a women's tour event in Tampa.
MILEPOSTS—AGREED TO SELL: By Billy Sullivan, the franchise's founder, the debt-ridden NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, to Reebok International Ltd. chairman Paul Fireman, 44, and Philadelphia businessman Fran Murray, 47, for a reported $85 million.
ANNOUNCED: By National League president A. Bartlett Giamatti, the selection of GARY DARLING and MARK HIRSCHBECK as umpires. Pam Postema, who had hoped to become the first female major league umpire, will remain in the American Association.
FIRED: As basketball coach at UCLA, WALT HAZZARD, 45, who had a four-year record of 77-47, with a 16-14 mark in 1987-88 (page 26).
HIRED: As basketball coach at Hofstra, BUTCH VAN BREDA KOLFF, 64, who in 31 years has coached four colleges—including Hofstra previously, from '55-56 to '61-62—and three NBA teams. Van Breda Kolff had a 64-51 record the last four seasons at Lafayette.
DIED: Former major league slugger TED KLUSZEWSKI, 63; of a heart attack; in Cincinnati. Kluszewski played 15 years (1947-61) with the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Angels, and had 279 career home runs and a .298 lifetime baiting average. In 1954 he led the league with 49 home runs and 141 runs batted in.