ARENA FOOTBALL—Chicago, the league's top team, extended its perfect record to 5-0 and maintained a one-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh. Against Detroit, Chicago breezed to a 24-0 half-time advantage before the Drive exploded for 31 points and a one-point fourth-quarter lead. With 2:21 remaining, Osia Lewis scored on a one-yard run as the Bruisers prevailed 36-31. Pittsburgh beat New York 46-36, thanks to the arm and legs of Gladiator quarterback Mike Hohensee; he completed 22 of 37 passes for four touchdowns and ran for another score. New England, which lost to Los Angeles 27-20, remained tied for last place with New York. Each had a 1-4 record.
PRO BASKETBALL—The NBA's perennial powerhouses, Los Angeles and Boston, were both struggling in their conference finals. The Lakers, tied 2-2 with Dallas in the Western Conference matchup, won their first two games by an average margin of 18.5 points. But when the series shifted to Dallas, the Mavericks bushwacked L.A. 106-94 and 118-104 in Games 3 and 4. Similarly, Boston fought for survival in the Eastern Conference finals, down two games to one against Detroit. The Celtics' troubles started in Game 1, in which the Detroit Pistons whipped them 104-96 to snap a 21-game, 5½-year losing streak in the Boston Garden. In Game 2, a 119-115 double-overtime Celtics win, the hero wasn't Larry Bird, as usual, but Kevin McHale. Boston needed McHale's improbable last-second three-pointer—only the second trey of his career in 22 attempts—to send the game into the second overtime. The Pistons successfully muzzled Bird in Game 3 and won 98-94. In the three outings, Bird hit only 35.1% of his shots for a shockingly low 18.3 points per game (page 32).
BOWLING—PETE McCORDIC rolled a 258 in the title match to win the Fresno (Calif.) Open, his first PBA victory in 15 years on the tour. McCordic beat Rey Perez by 28 pins and earned $18,000.
BOXING—DONNY LALONDE successfully defended his WBC light heavyweight title by stopping Leslie Stewart in the fifth round of a scheduled 12-round match, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
June 5, 1988
COLLEGE GOLF—UCLA won its first NCAA men's team championship with a three-stroke victory over runners-up Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas-El Paso. The Bruins finished 40 over par at 1,176. E.J. PFISTER of Oklahoma State shot an even-par 284 to win individual honors. Three rivals tied for second place three strokes back.
GOLF—CURTIS STRANGE fired a 14-under-par 274 to win the Memorial Tournament, in Dublin, Ohio. He defeated Hale Irwin and David Frost by two strokes and earned $160,000 (page 84).
Sherri Turner beat JoAnne Carner and Ok-Hee Ku by two strokes to win an LPGA event and $48,750 in Corning, N.Y. Turner shot a 15-under-par 273.
HARNESS RACING—MACK LOBELL, driven by John Campbell, led from start to finish to win $169,500 and the Elitlopp harness race in Stockholm. The 4-year-old colt, who last year trotted the fastest mile ever (1:52[1/5]), covered the mile at Solvalla Racetrack in 1:54[3/5] and beat Sugarcane Hanover of Norway by 4½ lengths. It was the first time in nearly two decades an American-owned trotter had won the prestigious event.
HOCKEY—The Edmonton Oilers beat the Boston Bruins 6-3 to complete a 4-0 sweep for the Stanley Cup championship (page 42).
HORSE RACING—SEEKING THE GOLD ($3.40), Pat Day in the saddle, beat Tejano by two lengths to win the 35th Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[3/5] and earned $140,880.
INDOOR SOCCER—San Diego midfielder Brian Quinn scored a hat trick as the Sockers beat Kansas City 8-5 to win the MISL Western Division championship. San Diego had forced a deciding seventh game three days earlier when it defeated the Comets 6-1 in Game 6. The Sockers, the only team in MISL history ever to win a playoff series after trailing 3-1, will face Eastern Division champion Cleveland for the MISL title starting June 1.
MOTOR SPORTS—RICK MEARS won the Indianapolis 500, driving his Penske-Chevrolet to victory over Emerson Fittipaldi in a March-Chevrolet. Mears averaged 149.809 mph over the 2.5-mile Brickyard oval (page 24).
Alain Prost steered his McLaren-Honda to a 7.104-second win over Ayrton Senna, also in a McLaren-Honda, to win the Grand Prix of Mexico. Prost averaged 118.19 for 67 laps and 184 miles around the 2.75-mile road circuit.
Darrell Waltrip, driving a Chevrolet, won a 600-mile NASCAR event and $104,250 in Concord. N.C. He averaged 124.460 mph for 400 laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway oval and beat Rusty Wallace, in a Pontiac. by two car lengths.
SWIMMING—ALLISON HIGSON of Canada set a 200-meter breaststroke world record in Montreal with a time of 2:27.27. The 15-year-old broke by .13 of a second the 1986 mark of Silke Horner of East Germany.
COLLEGE TENNIS-Top-seeded STANFORD beat No. 2 Louisiana State 5-2 to win the NCAA men's team championship, in Athens. Ga. It was Stanford's seventh title in the past 12 years. ROBBY WEISS of Pepperdine defeated UCLA's Brian Garrow 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 for the individual crown.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To CBS, the U.S. television rights to the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, for $243 million. Runner-up NBC bid $175 million. ABC, which paid $309 million to broadcast the 1988 Winter Games from Calgary and lost $65 million on that venture, did not participate in the bidding (page 30).
FIRED: As manager of San Diego. LARRY BOWA, 42, whose Padres had a 16-30 record this season and an 81-127 mark over the last 1½ years. Bowa was replaced by the Padres' vice-president of baseball operations, JACK McKEON, 57 (page 48).
LAUNCHED: The San Diego Yacht Club-sponsored Stars & Stripes '88, a 60-foot catamaran with an 84-foot solid-wing sail, which could become the first multihull to ever sail in an America's Cup match. The legality of the multihull is being disputed by New Zealand in New York State Supreme Court, and a decision is pending.
NAMED: As the NBA's Most Valuable Player, the Chicago Bulls' MICHAEL JORDAN. 25. Jordan, the league scoring champion (35.0 points per game), was also this season's NBA Defensive Player of the Year and led the Bulls to a 50-32 season record before being eliminated in the Central Division finals. Jordan received 47 first-place votes; next were Larry Bird of Boston and the Lakers' Magic Johnson, with 16 each.
SUSPENDED: For four days by the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers' PEDRO GUERRERO, 31, for flinging his bat at New York Mets pitcher David Cone after being hit by one of Cone's pitches. Guerrero was also fined $1,000.