BASKETBALL—The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns four games to none in the Western Conference finals, and the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons were tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference playoffs (page 24).
BOWLING—MARC McDOWELL rolled a 234 in the championship game to win the Fresno (Calif.) Open. He defeated Tony Marrese by 38 pins to earn $18,000.
BOXING—VIRGIL HILL stopped Joe Lasisi in the seventh round to retain his WBA light heavyweight title, in Bismarck, N.D. (page 90).
COLLEGE GOLF—San Jose State's PAT HURST sank a four-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the individual title at the NCAA women's championship, in Stanford, Calif. Hurst had an even-par 292 to finish two strokes ahead of Arizona's Susan Slaughter. SAN JOSE STATE, with a 1,208 total, beat Tulsa by one stroke for the team crown.
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GOLF—SCOTT SIMPSON parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to beat Bob Tway by one stroke and win the Atlanta Classic, in Marietta, Ga. Simpson and Tway finished regulation play at 10-under-par 278. The victory earned Simpson $162,000.
Ayako Okamoto shot a final-round 70 for a 16-under-par 272 to beat Beth Daniel by six strokes and win an LPGA event in Corning, N.Y. Okamoto got $48,750 for the victory.
HARNESS RACING—U.S.-bred NAPOLETANO, driven by Stig H. Johansson, led all the way to win the Elitloppet and $170,000, in Stockholm. The 5-year-old colt trotted the mile race at Solvalla Racetrack in 1:57.2 and defeated J.R. Broline by two lengths.
HOCKEY—The CALGARY FLAMES beat the Montreal Canadiens four games to two to win the Stanley Cup (page 44).
HORSE RACING—OPEN MIND ($2.80), Angel Cordero Jr. up, beat Hot Novel by 4½ lengths to win the Acorn Stakes and $111,960 at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old filly ran the mile in 1:35[2/5]. Also at Belmont, IMBIBE ($9.40), ridden by Cordero, won the Peter Pan Stakes by six lengths over Irish Actor. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:48.3 and earned $110,880.
INDOOR SOCCER—Trailing three games to one in a best-of-seven MISL semifinal series, Wichita held off a late surge by Baltimore to win Game 5, 7-5. Wings forward Erik Rasmussen scored two third-period goals to send the series back to Baltimore. There, Blast forward Domenic Mobilio scored four goals, and midfielder Billy Ronson and midfielder Freddie Thompson added two apiece to lead the league's regular-season champions to an 11-1 victory that clinched the series. In the finals, which began early this week, Baltimore was to play defending champion San Diego, which earlier beat Dallas in seven games in the other semis.
MOTOR SPORTS—EMERSON FITTIPALDI, in a PC-18-Chevrolet, won the Indianapolis 500 over Al Unser Jr., who drove a Lola-Chevrolet. Fittipaldi averaged 167.581 mph for 200 laps of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (page 32).
Darrell Waltrip, driving a Chevrolet, won a 600-mile NASCAR event and $126,400 in Concord, N.C. He averaged 144.077 mph for 400 laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway and beat Sterling Marlin, in an Oldsmobile, by .99 of a second.
Ayrton Senna, in a McLaren-Honda, beat Riccardo Patrese, in a Williams Renault, by 15.560 seconds, in the Mexico City Grand Prix. Senna averaged 119.963 mph for the 189.543-mile road race.
SAILING—The 60-foot trimaran Great American, captained by GEORGS KOLESNIKOVS, 46, and crewed by STEVE PETTENGILL, 37, sailed the 14,500 miles from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn in 76 days, 23 hours, surpassing the record set in February by Warren Luhrs, who made the same voyage in 80 days, 20 hours.
COLLEGE TENNIS—STANFORD beat Georgia 5-3 to win its second consecutive NCAA men's tennis championship, in Athens, Ga. DONNI LEAYCRAFT of LSU defeated Nebraska's Steven Jung 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win the men's individual title.
TENNIS—MANUELA MALEEVA defeated Conchita Martinez 6-4, 6-0 to win the European Open, in Geneva. The victory was worth $17,000.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA, Chicago Bulls forward SCOTTIE PIPPEN and New York Knick forward KENNY WALKER for fighting during the third period of the sixth game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Pippen was assessed $3,000 for starting the altercation, and Walker was fined $1,500 for retaliating.
FIRED: As vice-president, coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, PHIL ESPOSITO, 47. Under Esposito, who took over as coach in April when he dismissed Michel Bergeron, the Rangers lost the last two games of the regular season and were beaten in four straight by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.
HIRED: As coach of the Winnipeg Jets, BOB MURDOCH, 42, a former NHL defenseman who coached the Chicago Blackhawks to a 30-41-9 record in the 1987-88 season. He replaces Rick Bow-ness, who served as the interim coach after the Jets fired Dan Maloney on Feb. 7.
NAMED: As the NBA Coach of the Year by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters, the Phoenix Suns' COTTON FITZSIMMONS, 47, who guided the Suns to a 55-27 regular-season record, which was a 27-game improvement over their 1987-88 mark. Fitzsimmons, who also won the award in '79, when he coached the Kansas City Kings, is only the fourth coach to win it twice. He received 36½ votes to beat runner-up Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors by 10 votes.
As the NBA's Most Valuable Player by a national panel of media representatives, the Los Angeles Lakers' EARVIN (Magic) JOHNSON, 29, who averaged 22.5 points, 12.8 assists and 7.9 rebounds during the regular season and led the league with a .911 free throw percentage and 17 triple doubles. Johnson, who also won the award in 1987, received 42½ first-place votes to 27½ for runner-up Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL, for the first 12 games of the 1989-90 season, Philadelphia Flyer goal-tender RON HEXTALL, 25, as a result of his attack on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Chelios during Game 6 of the Flyers-Canadiens Stanley Cup semifinal series.
TRADED: By the Seattle Mariners, pitcher MARK LANGSTON, 28, to the Montreal Expos for pitchers RANDY JOHNSON, 25, BRIAN HOLMAN, 24, and GENE HARRIS, 24.
By the Milwaukee Bucks, forward TERRY CUMMINGS, 28, to the San Antonio Spurs for guard ALVIN ROBERTSON, 26, forward GREG ANDERSON, 24, and future considerations.