ARENA FOOTBALL—Chicago, a 35-29 winner over Detroit as Bill Stone set a league single-game record with three rushing touchdowns, remained undefeated at 4-0. The Bruisers also took sole possession of first place when Los Angeles thrashed Pittsburgh 66-32 behind the 16-for-19 passing and nine TD tosses of Matt Stevens. New England won its first game of the season by beating New York 24-13.
PRO BASKETBALL—"This was one of the toughest series I've ever played in." said a physically and psychologically spent Michael Cooper after he and his Los Angeles Laker teammates finally disposed of Utah 109-98 in the seventh and final game of their NBA quarterfinal playoff series. It was Cooper's game-winning shot in the final seconds of Game 5—his only field goal of the night—that gave the Lakers a 111-109 victory and a 3-2 series lead. But the Jazz came back strong in Game 6. Utah held Los Angeles to 38% shooting en route to a 108-80 blowout in Salt Lake City. The Lakers came within eight points of their lowest playoff point production ever. But fortunately for Los Angeles, the magic returned when the Lakers most needed it: Magic Johnson not only scored 23 points and had 16 assists in the Lakers' final-game victory, but he also revitalized L.A. with his renewed aggressiveness. "He's the greatest guard in history." said Utah's Bob Hansen, the man who drew the defensive assignment against Johnson. Los Angeles, bidding to become the first repeat NBA champion in 19 years, advanced to the Western Conference championship, in which it faces Dallas. The Mavericks advanced by edging Denver 110-106 on Mark Aguirre's game-clinching three-pointer in Game 5 and then coasting to a 108-95 win in the next game to eliminate the Nuggets four games to two. In one of the two Eastern Conference matchups, Detroit did in Chicago four games to one by holding the Bulls' Michael Jordan, the NBA scoring champ, to 24, 23 and 25 points in the last three games. The Pistons" opponents in the conference championship round, the Celtics, beat Atlanta four games to three in the other Eastern series (page 22).
BOWLING—STEVE COOK rolled a 193 in the title game to beat Rod Pasteur by 18 pins and win a PBA event in Phoenix. Cook's victory was worth $27,000.
GOLF—SHERRI TURNER defeated Amy Alcott by one stroke to win the LPGA Championship, in Kings Island, Ohio. Turner shot a seven-under-par 281 and earned $52,500.
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Lanny Wadkins shot a 10-under-par 270 to win the Colonial National Invitation and $135,000, in Fort Worth. Ben Crenshaw, Mark Calcavecchia and Joey Sindelar tied for second, one stroke back.
HOCKEY—The Edmonton Oilers took a three-wins-to-none lead over the Boston Bruins in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup finals (page 16).
HORSE RACING—RISEN STAR ($15.60), Eddie Delahoussaye in the saddle, defeated Brian's Time by 1¼ lengths to win the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico, The 3-year-old colt covered the 1[3/16] miles in 1:56[1/5] and earned $413,700. Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors finished third, beaten by 2½ lengths (page 32).
Aptostar ($4), Robbie Davis up, beat Topicount by three lengths to win the Acorn Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and $109,980 at Belmont. Aptostar ran the mile in 1:34[4/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego, which dominated the MISL regular season by winning 11 more games than any other team, began the week on the brink of playoff elimination. The Sockers trailed Kansas City three games to one in the best-of-seven Western Division finals. On Saturday, however, San Diego regained its winning form by embarrassing the Comets 7-1 in K.C. The Sockers were led by forward Juli Veee, who scored two goals and had two assists. Defensively, the Sockers' Kevin Crow, who had just been named the MISL's defensive player of the year, led San Diego in holding the Comets scoreless through nearly three quarters. The Sockers scored three open-net goals in the last six minutes when the Comets, in a desperate move to add more scoring power, pulled their goalkeeper out for a sixth attacker. At week's end San Diego still faced a 3-2 deficit but had the home field advantage in Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7. The Western winner will face a well-rested Eastern Division champion, Cleveland, for the MISL title: the last time the Force played was May 15.
LACROSSE—HOBART routed Ohio Wesleyan 18-9 to earn its ninth consecutive NCAA Division III championship, in Delaware, Ohio. The Statesmen, who finished the season 14-4, have won more consecutive NCAA team-sport titles than any other school in any NCAA sport.
Temple trounced Penn State 15-7 to win the NCAA women's championship, in Haverford, Pa.
MOTOR SPORTS—TERRY LABONTE drove his Chevrolet to a .97-of-a-second victory over Sterling Marlin, in an Oldsmobile, to win a NASCAR event in Concord. N.C. Labonte, who earned $200,000, averaged 139.228 mph for 135 laps on the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway oval.
TENNIS—SWEDEN beat the U.S. 2-1 to win the World Team Cup, in Düsseldorf, West Germany. In the final-round matches, Kent Carlsson of Sweden defeated Aaron Krickstein 6-4, 6-3; Tim Mayotte of the U.S. lost to Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-2; and doubles partners Ken Flach and Robert Seguso of the U.S. beat Sweden's Anders Jarryd and Edberg 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.
TRACK & FIELD—ULF TIMMERMANN of East Germany set a world record by putting the shot 75'8" during a meet in Canea, Crete. Timmermann surpassed by six inches the nine-month-old mark of Alessandro Andrei of Italy.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the Atlanta Braves, manager CHUCK TANNER, 58, whose team had the worst record (12-27) in the National League. Tanner was replaced by RUSS NIXON, 53, who had been managing the Braves' Double A team in Greenville. S.C.
As coach of the St. Louis Blues, JACQUES MARTIN, 35, who had a 66-71-23 record over two seasons.
HIRED: As basketball coach at New Mexico, DAVE BLISS, 44, who had a record of 219-163 in 12 seasons at Oklahoma and Southern Methodist.
NAMED: As NBA Coach of the Year, the Denver Nuggets' DOUG MOE, 49, who guided the team to a 54-28 regular-season record before losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the Midwest Division playoff finals. Moe beat out Los Angeles Lakers coach Pal Riley, 41 votes to 25.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Montreal Canadiens, JEAN PERRON, 41, who led the Canadiens to the NHL's second-best regular-season record in 1987-88 (45-22-13) before they were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the Adams Division finals. In Perron's three years, the Canadiens were 126-84-30 and won the Stanley Cup in 1986.
TRADED: By the Chicago Cubs, first baseman LEON DURHAM, 30, to the Cincinnati Reds for lefthanded relief pitcher PAT PERRY, 29.