ARENA FOOTBALL—Undefeated Chicago fell behind New England 9-0 but charged back with 20 points in the second quarter en route to a 30-21 victory. Bruisers quarterback Ben Bennett threw four touchdown passes as Chicago improved its record to 6-0. Detroit held off a second-half comeback by Pittsburgh to win 30-25. The Drive's Dwayne Dixon finished with two touchdown catches and two interceptions.
PRO BASKETBALL—The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-102 to win the NBA's Western Conference crown four games to three, the home team winning every game. In Game 6, the Mavericks survived a Laker rally when center James Donaldson thwarted a drive by forward James Worthy in the game's final seconds to preserve a 105-103 victory. Worthy's 28 points in Game 7 helped the Lakers knock out the tenacious Mavs. Los Angeles shot 53.4% for the series, an NBA playoff record for seven games. The Lakers now play the Detroit Pistons in the NBA finals. By beating the Boston Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference finals, the Pistons gained their first trip to the championship series since 1956, when the franchise was in Fort Wayne, Ind. In Game 5 against Boston, Isiah Thomas scored 35 points, 16 in the fourth period, as the Pistons overcame a 16-point Celtic lead and the Boston Garden mystique to come away with a 102-96 win. In Game 6, with Dennis Johnson, Danny Ainge and Robert Parish hobbled with injuries, K.C. Jones, in what would be his last game as Boston's coach, used all 12 of his players, but his team could not keep up with the younger Pistons, who won 95-90. In 16 playoff games, Detroit has held its opponents to fewer than 100 points 11 times (page 18).
BOWLING—JOE BERARDI and DAVE FERRARO defeated Pete Weber and Brian Voss 214-210 in the championship game to win a PBA doubles tournament in Las Vegas. The winners collected $14,000 each.
GOLF—MORRIS HATALSKY beat Tom Kite on the second hole of a playoff to win a PGA event and $144,000 in Potomac, Md. Both shot a 10-under-par 274 in regulation play.
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Laura Davies defeated Nancy Lopez by three strokes to win an LPGA event and $41,250 in Toledo, Ohio. Davies fired an 11-under-par 277.
HORSE RACING—At Belmont Park, GULCH ($4.80), ridden by Jose Santos, overtook Afleet in the stretch to win the Metropolitan Handicap for the second straight year and to earn $351,600. The 4-year-old colt ran the mile in 1:34[3/5].
Kahyasi, an 11-1 shot, with Ray Cochrane in the saddle, beat Glacial Storm by 1½ lengths to win the Epsom Derby at Epsom Downs, England. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1½ miles in 2:33.84 and made $548,000 for his owner, the Aga Khan.
Dynaformer ($6.80), with Craig Perret aboard, beat Tsarbaby by half a length to win the Jersey Derby at Garden State Park. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02[4/5] to earn $300,000.
INDOOR SOCCER—In the best-of-seven MISL championship series, the San Diego Sockers took a three-games-to-none lead over the Cleveland Force. In the opener at San Diego, Fernando Clavijo scored the winning goal in overtime to give the Sockers a 6-5 victory. Two nights later, Hugo Perez and George Fernandez scored two goals apiece as the Sockers coasted to a 6-1 win. In Cleveland's first home game of the series, the Force's Craig Allen tied the score with 1:55 remaining in regulation. Then, with just 1:28 gone in overtime, Zoran Karic's goal gave San Diego a 3-2 win.
LACROSSE—SYRACUSE defeated Cornell 13-8 to win the NCAA Division I championship, in Syracuse, N.Y.
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT, driving a Ford, finished 21 seconds ahead of Morgan Shepherd, in a Chevrolet, to win a NASCAR race and $53,000 in Dover, Del. Elliott averaged 118.726 mph for the 500 laps around the one-mile oval.
Rick Mears, in a Penske-Chevrolet, finished 5.79 seconds ahead of Danny Sullivan, who also drove a Penske-Chevrolet, to win a CART event in West Allis, Wis. Mears averaged 122.819 mph for the 200 laps over the one-mile oval and earned $47,460.
TENNIS—At the French Open, in Paris, STEFFI GRAF lost only 13 points in defeating Natalia Zvereva 6-0, 6-0 for her second straight women's title. MATS WILANDER beat Henri Leconte 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 to win the men's championship for the third time (page 26).
TRACK & FIELD—At the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore., UCLA won the men's title and LSU the women's, each for the second straight year. The Bruin men scored 82 points, doubling the total of second-place Texas. Among the women, LSU finished three points ahead of UCLA, though the Tigers won only one event (page 60).
Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway won a 10K race in New York City's Central Park with a time of 31:31, 33 seconds faster than Australia's Lisa Martin, who came in second (page 40).
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: MATT GUOKAS, 44, as coach of the NBA expansion team the Orlando Magic, which will begin play in the 1989-90 season. Guokas was fired by the Philadelphia 76ers in February after coaching the Sixers to a 119-88 record in 2½ seasons. As coach of the NBA expansion team the Charlotte Hornets, DICK HARTER, 57, who spent the past five seasons as an assistant in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons after having worked 18 years as a college head coach. The Hornets will begin play in the 1988-89 season.
As coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, PAUL HOLMGREN, 32, a Flyers assistant coach for the past three years under Mike Keenan, who was fired on May 11. Holmgren becomes the youngest head coach in the NHL. As coach of the Montreal Canadiens, PAT BURNS, 36, replacing Jean Perron, who resigned on May 16. Burns coached last season for the Canadiens' affiliate in the American Hockey League.
SOLD: The Portland Trail Blazers, to Seattle businessman PAUL ALLEN, 35, reportedly for $70 million.
SUSPENDED: For three games by the American League, New York Yankee manager BILLY MARTIN, 60, for throwing and kicking dirt on umpire Dale Scott during a game May 30 against the Athletics, in Oakland (page 13).
TRADED: By the Dallas Cowboys, running back TONY DORSETT, 34, to the Denver Broncos for a 1989 draft choice. Dorsett played 11 years for the Cowboys and is the NFL's fourth alltime leading rusher. And by the San Francisco 49ers, center FRED QUILLAN, 32, to the San Diego Chargers for wide receiver WES CHANDLER, 31.
DIED: Former professional hockey player BRIAN SPENCER, 38, who was acquitted last fall of murder charges; of a gunshot wound in the chest following an alleged robbery; in Riviera Beach, Fla.