PRO BASKETBALL—In one Eastern Division best-of-seven semifinals, the Pistons jumped to a three-games-to-none lead over the injury-plagued Bucks. Strong rebounding helped Detroit recover from a 13-point second-quarter deficit in Game 1 and gain an 81-80 edge against Milwaukee—which was playing without starters Terry Cummings and Paul Presley—on Bill Laimbeer's 20-foot jumper with 57 seconds remaining. The Bucks had a chance to regain the lead when Ricky Pierce came to the free throw line with 42 seconds left. Milwaukee had set an NBA team record by converting 82.1% of its foul shots during the regular season, but on this occasion Pierce missed both of his free throws. Laimbeer then sank four foul shots to make the final score 85-80. That was as close as the Bucks would get to victory. Game 2 was tied at 49 at the half before Detroit pulled away to win 112-92. Two days later, the Pistons led all the way to a 110-90 rout of the Bucks, who added to their injury woes when forward Larry Krystkowiak strained ligaments in his left knee 25 seconds into the game. Isiah Thomas scored 26 points for Detroit in that triumph. In Game 2 of a Western Conference semi, the Warriors evened their series with the Suns at a win apiece by beating Phoenix 127-122. Golden State—led by Chris Mullin's 37 points and with 6'8" Larry Smith back at center in place of 7'4" Ralph Sampson, who had played his first 10 minutes of the postseason in Game 1—seemed to have found a way to outrun the bigger Suns. But in Game 3, Phoenix survived a second-half Warrior rally that had made up a 17-point deficit and held on to win 113-104. In Game 4 the Suns dominated, outscoring Golden State 68-38 in the second half to complete a 135-99 blowout. Phoenix's Eddie Johnson, who scored a game-high 34 points, tied a playoff record with six three-pointers. The Lakers swept the SuperSonics in the other Western semi (page 16), and the Bulls pushed the Knicks to the edge of elimination by taking a three-games-to-one lead in the other Eastern semi (page 22).
BOXING—JULIO CÉSAR CHAVEZ, the WBA and WBC lightweight champion, won the WBC super lightweight title when his opponent, Roger Mayweather, quit after 10 rounds, in Los Angeles (page 75).
Mike McCallum won the vacant WBA middleweight title with a 12-round split decision over Herol Graham, in London.
CYCLING—DAG OTTO LAURITZEN of Norway defeated Henk Lubberding of the Netherlands by 1:54 to win the inaugural Tour de Trump. Lauritzen covered the 10-stage, 837-mile course, which stretched from Albany, N.Y., to Atlantic City, in 33 hours, 22 minutes and 48 seconds, and earned $50,000 (page 32).
May 21, 1989
GOLF—BOB TWAY shot an 11-under-par 277 to defeat Fuzzy Zoeller by two strokes and win the Memorial Tournament, in Dublin. Ohio. The victory was worth $160,000.
Cindy Rarick defeated Laura Davies by two strokes to win an LPGA event in Lincroft, N.J. Rarick, who finished with a five-under-par 214, earned $41,250.
HOCKEY—Calgary and Montreal won the Campbell Conference and Wales Conference championships, respectively, to set up the Stanley Cup finals between the two teams with the best regular-season records in the NHL. In the Campbell, the week's action began off the ice, as NHL president John Ziegler fined the Flames and the Blackhawks $10,000 each for the brawls that broke out at the close of Game 3 of their series. In the fourth game, Calgary showed its improved defensive strength in prevailing 2-1 in overtime. The game-winner came on a power play at 15:05 of OT, when Flame defenseman Al MacInnis fired a shot from the right point that Chicago goalie Alain Chevrier never saw. Calgary wrapped up the series two nights later as Flame left wing Brian MacLellan broke a 1-1 tie 5:19 into the third period and Joe Nieuwendyk got his second goal of the night with three minutes to play to cement a 3-1 victory. With that defeat, the Blackhawks were knocked out of the playoffs before reaching the Stanley Cup finals for the 16th straight year. Before Game 5 of the Wales series, the Canadiens led the Flyers three games to one and were playing at home, but that didn't prevent Philadelphia from winning 2-1 on Dave Poulin's goal at 5:02 into overtime. In the sixth game Montreal got superb goaltending from Patrick Roy as it shut down the Flyers' vaunted power play—Philly was 0 for 24 on the power play for the series—and won 4-2 to clinch the series. In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, the Flames, led by MacInnis's two goals and one assist, beat the Canadiens 3-2 (page 24).
HORSE RACING—BLUSHING JOHN ($16.20), Pat Day up, beat Proper Reality by two lengths to win the Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1[3/16] miles in a track-record 1:53[1/5] and earned $420,000.
INDOOR SOCCER—Erik Rasmussen scored four goals, two on assists from Chico Borja, as Wichita beat Tacoma 6-2. The win was the 10th in the last 14 games for the Wings (who had a regular-season record of 23-25) and gave them a three-games-to-one victory over Tacoma in the MISL wild-card series. Wichita thus advanced to a best-of-seven semifinals against the regular-season league champion, Baltimore. The Blast, who had been idle for nearly a month since finishing the regular season, beat the Wings 5-4 in the series opener. The big score was forward David Byrne's goal 5:20 into sudden-death overtime. It was Byrne's second goal of the game. In the other semifinals, San Diego, led by Waad Hirmez's two goals, defeated Dallas, also 5-4 in OT, to take a two-games-to-one lead. Then, in Game 4 the Sidekicks got two goals from midfielder Kevin Smith and one each from five other players to win 7-3 and tie the series.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL beat Jaime Yzaga 6-2, 6-1 to win the rain-delayed Tournament of Champions and $82,450, in New York.
Gabriela Sabatini defeated Arantxa Sanchez 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to win her second consecutive Italian Open and $60,000, in Rome.
Stanford beat UCLA 5-0 to win the NCAA women's championship, in Gainesville, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As commissioner of the Major Indoor Soccer League, EARL FOREMAN, 64, Foreman, who was a cofounder of MISL, served as its first commissioner, from 1978 to '85.
As basketball coach at Eastern Kentucky, MIKE POLLIO, 46, who had a 65-57 record at Virginia Commonwealth during the last four seasons.
RESIGNED: As basketball coach at Maryland, BOB WADE, 44, who guided the Terrapins to a 36-50 record during his three seasons with them. Wade departed amid an NCAA investigation into alleged recruiting violations in his program.
TRADED: By the Pittsburgh Pirates, infielder KEN OBERKFELL, 33, to the San Francisco Giants for lefty reliever ROGER SAMUELS, 28.
DIED: Former WBC lightweight champion ESTEBAN DEJESUS, 37; of AIDS, reportedly contracted from longtime drug use: in San Juan, Puerto Rico. De Jesus had a record of 57-5, with 32 knockouts, and held his title from '76 to '80.