COLLEGE BASKETBALL—MICHIGAN beat Seton Hall 80-79 to win the NCAA men's championship in Seattle (page 16). and TENNESSEE defeated Auburn 76-60 in the women's title game in Tacoma, Wash. (page 80).
St. John's defeated St. Louis University 73-65 to win an unprecedented fifth NIT championship, in New York City.
PRO BASKETBALL—The Pistons whipped Dallas 90-77 at home, then swept the Midwest Division-leading Jazz (108-104 in double OT), the SuperSonics (111-108) and the Clippers (117-101) on the road to maintain a two-game lead over the Cavaliers in the Central Division. Cleveland won three of four games, including a 109-100 victory over the Bulls, which ended a six-game Chicago winning streak. Michael Jordan had 37 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against the Cavs, and 28 points. 12 assists and 14 rebounds—his fifth straight triple double—in Chicago's 106-95 win over the Nets. The Mavericks snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 105-102 victory at Indiana, then nipped Miami 98-96 in Reunion Arena when Adrian Dantley, who had 25 points, hit a 19-foot bank shot as time expired. The Suns crushed the visiting Lakers 127-104 to clinch their first playoff berth in four years. Phoenix, which at week's end trailed pace-setting L.A. by 3½ games in the Pacific Division, improved its record at home against Western Conference foes to 26-0. The Atlantic Division-leading Knicks cruised to three victories in four games, but the one defeat—a 134-114 loss to the Warriors in Madison Square Garden—assured Golden State the distinction of being the only team to sweep a series from the Knicks in 1988-89.
BOWLING—MIKE AULBY defeated Jim Pencak 195-178 in the championship match to win a PBA event and $100,000, in Edmond. Okla.
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BOXING—At the U.S. Amateur Championships, in Colorado Springs, the winners in the 12 weight classes were, at 106 pounds, MARK JOHNSON, Washington, D.C.; 112, BRIAN LONON, Fort Hood, Texas; 119, TONY GONZALES, National City, Calif.; 125, FRANK PENA, Aurora, Colo.; 132, SHANE MOSELEY, Pomona. Calif.; 139, RAY LOVATO, Sacramento; 147, RAUL MARQUEZ, Houston: 156, CHRIS BYRD, Flint, Mich.: 165, RAY LATHON, St. Louis; 178, JEREMY WILLIAMS, Long Beach, Calif.; 201, JAVIER ALVAREZ, San Antonio; 201+, EDDIE DONERLSON, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
FENCING—COLUMBIA won the NCAA men's championship, with 88 points to runner-up Penn State's 85, in Evanston, Ill.
GOLF—MIKE SULLIVAN shot a final-round seven-under-par 65 for an eight-under-par total of 280 to win a PGA event and $144,000, in Woodlands, Texas, by one stroke over Craig Stadler.
Juli Inkster shot a nine-under-par 279 to win the LPGA Dinah Shore tournament, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. and $80,000. She defeated Tammie Green and JoAnne Carner by five strokes (page 34).
COLLEGE HOCKEY—HARVARD defeated Minnesota 4-3 in overtime to win the NCAA title in St. Paul (page 74).
HOCKEY—The dismissal of Ranger coach Michel Bergeron, a move called unlikely a few weeks ago by general manager Phil Esposito, became a reality when Esposito fired the coach with two games left in the regular season. Esposito reportedly decided to fire Bergeron and install himself as coach while watching the Red Wings' 4-3 win over the Rangers, which assured Detroit of its second straight Norris Division title. Two nights later, the Penguins, who finished second in the Patrick Division, five points behind Washington, beat the Rangers 5-2 to spoil Espo's return to the bench and clinch the home-ice advantage in this week's Stanley Cup series against New York. The Canadiens, the Adams Division champions, skated to a 5-2 victory over the Bruins and beat the Sabres 4-2. The Flyers then tied Montreal 2-2 in the Forum to assure the Flames—who are the Smythe Division titlists—of the President's Trophy, given to the team with the best regular-season record. Calgary, which finished with 117 points, two more than the Canadiens, also signed Sergei Priakin, who on Friday became the first Soviet player permitted by his government to appear in an NHL game (page 38).
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore's drive to clinch the regular-season title hasn't been a blast. In a 6-3 loss to Kansas City, the Comets' Barry Wallace burned the Blast for three goals, while in Wichita's 6-3 defeat of Baltimore, the Wings' Chico Moriera scored twice. The Blast also played a doubleheader of sorts with the Comets, losing 6-5 in overtime in the resumption of a game suspended on Dec. 27 and then winning 6-4 in the regularly scheduled match.
MOTOR SPORTS—HARRY GANT drove an Olds-mobile to victory in a 500-mile NASCAR event in Darlington, S.C. He beat Davey Allison, in a Ford, by 1.31 seconds to win $65,035.
SWIMMING & DIVING—TEXAS won its second straight NCAA men's title with 475 points, 79 better than Stanford, in Indianapolis (page 82).
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL was declared the men's champion and awarded the $111,750 first prize at the International Players Championship in Key Biscayne, Fla., after Thomas Muster, who was to have met Lendl in the finals, injured both knees in a car crash and had to withdraw. GABRIELA SABATINI won the women's title and $100,000 with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 triumph over Chris Evert.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To New Zealand, the America's Cup, by a New York State Supreme Court judge who ruled that the San Diego Yacht Club, the U.S. defender, violated the Cup's Deed of Gift when it chose to sail a catamaran against New Zealand's monohull in September's Cup challenge, which the U.S. entry won (page 11).
DISMISSED: As football coach at Western Carolina, BOB WATERS, 50, after leading the Catamounts to a 116-94-6 record over 20 seasons, the last of which he spent in a wheelchair while battling Lou Gehrig's disease (page 11).
NAMED: As basketball coach at Indiana State, TATES LOCKE, 51, who had been an assistant at Indiana, replacing RON GREENE, 50, who resigned after leading the Sycamores to a 4-24 record in 1988-89; at Auburn. TOMMY JOE EAGLES, 40, who guided Louisiana Tech to an 87-40 record in four seasons; at Vanderbilt, EDDIE FOGLER, 40, who had a 61-32 record in three years at Wichita State; at Cincinnati, BOB HUGGINS, 35, who had a 97-46 mark in five years at Akron. He replaces TONY YATES. 51, who was fired after guiding the Bearcats to a 70-100 record over six years.
RESIGNED—As basketball coach at Wake Forest, BOB STAAK, 41; he had a 45-69 record in his four seasons with the Demon Deacons.
TRADED: By the Seattle Mariners, first baseman-designated hitter STEVE BALBONI, 32, to the New York Yankees for a minor league pitcher.
DIED: NICK BREMIGAN, 43, an American League umpire since 1974; of a heart attack; in Garland, Texas.