COLLEGE BASKETBALL—UNLV defeated Duke 103-73 to win the NCAA men's championship, in Denver (page 24).
Stanford defeated Auburn 88-81 to win its first women's NCAA championship, in Knoxville (page 48).
PRO BASKETBALL—On Friday, three days after losing 130-111 on the road to the second-place Trail Blazers, the Pacific Division-leading Lakers bounced back at home by outrebounding Portland—the NBA's top rebounding team—55-46 and outscoring it 135-106. Magic Johnson, who sprained his right ankle in the first game and played only 14 minutes, had his 121st career triple double in the second game, with 25 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. Johnson scored 33 more points as L.A. hammered its other top Western Conference rival, the Midwest Division-leading Jazz, 119-103. Charles Barkley scored 38 points to lead the 76ers to a 149-131 defeat of the Nuggets, which clinched a playoff berth for Philadelphia. Barkley next made 13 of 16 shots and had 31 points as the Sixers ripped the Suns 141-112 for their seventh straight victory. The Celtics, second in the Atlantic Division, dealt the Pistons, the Central Division leaders, their fourth loss in five games, 123-111, as Larry Bird scored 33 points and matched his career high with five blocked shots. Detroit played without its leading scorer, Joe Dumars, whose hand injury, suffered in a game on March 24, was diagnosed as a fracture and who will probably be out for the rest of the regular season. The Rockets' Akeem Olajuwon became the third player in league history to get a quadruple double; he led Houston to a 120-94 victory over the Bucks with 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 10 assists.
BOWLING—By rolling three strikes in the final frame, ROBERT LAWRENCE beat Steve Cook 234-233 to win a PBA event in Peoria, Ill. He earned $38,000.
April 8, 1990
FENCING—PENN STATE narrowly defeated Columbia to win the NCAA team championship, in South Bend (page 78).
GOLF—TONY SILLS came from six shots off the pace in the final round to tie Gil Morgan with a 12-under-par 54-hole total of 204, and then beat him on the opening playoff hole for his first PGA Tour victory, in a rain-shortened tournament in The Woodlands, Texas. The victory was worth $180,000.
Betsy King shot a five-under-par 283 to beat Kathy Postlewait and Shirley Furlong by two strokes and win the Dinah Shore tournament, in Palm Springs, Calif. King's purse was $90,000.
Jack Nicklaus shot a 10-under-par 206 and defeated Gary Player by four strokes to prevail in his debut on the Senior tour, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nicklaus took home $120,000 (page 32).
COLLEGE HOCKEY—WISCONSIN beat Colgate 7-3 to win the NCAA men's championship, in Detroit (page 76).
HOCKEY—As the NHL's regular season concluded Sunday, the only playoff matter left unresolved was the postseason availability of the Kings' Wayne Gretzky. Los Angeles, which tied and lost to the Jets 4-4, 1-0, fell to the Canucks 6-3 and lost to the Flames 8-4, played without the services of Gretzky, the league's leading scorer, whose back was injured on March 22 when Islander Alan Kerr checked him into New York's Ken Baumgartner. At week's end it was questionable whether Gretzky would be ready to play in the Kings' playoff opener on Wednesday against the Smythe Division-champion Flames. The Sabres gave the Penguins' Mario Lemieux more time to rest his ailing back—the entire off-season—when they eliminated Pittsburgh from playoff contention by beating the Penguins 3-2 in overtime. Buffalo defenseman Uwe Krupp scored a minute into overtime for that win, which put the Islanders instead of the Penguins into the playoffs. The Blackhawks clinched their first Norris Division title since 1985-86 with a 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. Chicago's Steve Thomas scored his team-leading 40th goal in that game. Craig Janney's goal with 3:09 to play gave the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Whalers as well as the Adams Division title and the best record (46-25-9) in the league. One of the Devils' Soviet defensemen, Viacheslav Fetisov, had one goal and four assists in his best NHL game to date, a 6-4 defeat of the Patrick Division-champion Rangers, which clinched second place in the Patrick for New Jersey. Fetisov's five points tied a club single-game record for a defenseman. Aside from Gretzky, whose 142 points gave him his ninth league scoring championship, the other individual statistical leaders for the season included: goals and power-play goals, Brett Hull of the Blues, with 72 and 27, respectively; assists, Gretzky, with 102; goals-against average, Patrick Roy of the Canadiens and Mike Liut of the Capitals, with 2.53 each; save percentage, Roy, with .912; scoring by a defenseman, Paul Coffey of the Penguins, with 103 points; scoring by a rookie, Sergei Makarov of the Flames, with 86 points; and penalty minutes, Basil McCrae of the North Stars, with 351.
HORSE RACING—SUMMER SQUALL ($3.80), Pat Day up, defeated Bright Again by 3½ lengths to win the Jim Beam Stakes for 3-year-olds and $300,000, at Turfway Park, in Florence, Ky. The colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, driving a Chevrolet, held off Mark Martin, in a Ford, to win a NASCAR event by .34 of a second at the Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway. Earnhardt, who averaged 124.073 mph for 367 laps on the 1.366-mile course, earned $61,985.
SHOW JUMPING—DAVID RAPOSA, riding Seven Wonder, beat 21 other competitors for top honors at the American Invitational, the sport's premier United States event, in Tampa. He received $30,000.
TENNIS—The UNITED STATES defeated Czechoslovakia 4-1 to advance to the Davis Cup semifinals for the second straight year. Aaron Krickstein won both of his singles matches, and Rick Leach and Jim Pugh triumphed in the doubles competition (page 61).
Monica Seles beat Manuela Maleeva 6-4, 6-3 for her second straight tournament victory, at the U.S. Women's Hardcourt Championships, in San Antonio. She earned $45,000.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach: at Texas A&M, KERMIT DAVIS, 30, who over the past two seasons guided Idaho to a 50-12 record and two Big Sky Conference championships; at Colorado, JOE HARRINGTON, 44, who led Long Beach State to a 53-36 record over the past three seasons; at Long Beach State, SETH GREENBERG, 33, who had been one of Harrington's assistants; and at Western Kentucky, RALPH WILLARD, 44, formerly an associate coach at Kentucky.
As president of the NBA Denver Nuggets, CARL SCHEER, 53, who had been president of the Charlotte Hornets for the past three years.
PLACED ON PROBATION: By the NCAA, the HOUSTON BAPTIST gymnastics program, for three years, for a number of rules violations.