PRO BASKETBALL—As the NBA regular season ended, the Spurs, with David Robinson getting 30 points and 16 rebounds, beat the Jazz 102-93 and thereby set a club record for wins in a season (56) and a league mark for the biggest increase in victories from one season to the next (35). The win also pulled San Antonio into a first-place tie with Utah in the Midwest Division. By week's end the Spurs had clinched the divisional title, by defeating the Nuggets, 112-108, in Denver for the first time in 11 tries and then knocking off the Suns 108-93 as Terry Cummings scored 27 points. The other drama in the West was the battle for the conference's final playoff spot as the Rockets got 28 points and 12 rebounds from center Akeem Olajuwon to beat the Jazz 100-88 and eliminate the SuperSonics. Olajuwon also won the league rebounding (14.0 per game) and shot-blocking (4.59) crowns. Besides the Spurs, the Jazz—whose John Stockton led the league in assists (14.5)—and the Rockets, the other postseason qualifiers in the West were: the Pacific Division-champion Lakers, who finished with the best record (63-19) in the NBA; the Trail Blazers; the Suns; the Mavericks; and the Nuggets. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers clinched the final playoff spot when Mark Price and Craig Ehlo scored 19 points each and eight Cavs scored in double figures in a 118-104 win over Orlando. A subsequent Cleveland triumph, a 115-99 defeat of the Knicks in which Brad Daugherty scored 26 points, allowed the Cavs to overtake the Pacers for the seventh playoff seeding in the East. The conference's other qualifiers for postseason play were the Bulls and their NBA scoring and steals champion, Michael Jordan (33.6 and 2.77); the Celtics; the Bucks; the Knicks; the Atlantic Division-champion 76ers; and the Central Division-winning Pistons, who were involved in the week's best impression of a hockey game (page 24).
BOWLING—MIKE AULBY defeated Dave Husted 224-193 to win a PBA event and $24,000 in Windsor Locks, Conn.
GOLF—STEVE ELKINGTON shot a final-round six-under-par 66 for a six-under-par total of 282 to beat Jeff Sluman and Mike Reid by two shots and win a PGA event and $225,000 in Greensboro, N.C.
GYMNASTICS—At the NCAA women's championships, in Corvallis, Ore., UTAH defeated Alabama 194.900-194.575 to win the team title. In the NCAA men's competition, in Minneapolis, NEBRASKA won the team crown, 287.40-287.30 over Minnesota.
April 29, 1990
HOCKEY—In the Adams Division finals the Bruins have been all Bourque and no fight. With the return of defenseman Ray Bourque, who had missed four straight playoff games with a deep bone bruise, Boston rallied to beat the Whalers 3-1 in the seventh game of their division semifinal and then jumped out to a 2-0 series lead against the Canadiens. Playing without the brawls that have marred other NHL series, the Bruins were led by Bourque's defense and the stellar goaltending of Andy Moog, who made 20 saves in the 1-0 Game 1 shutout of Montreal and 30 saves in Boston's 5-4 overtime win in their second encounter. Dave Poulin scored the only goal in the opener, and Garry Galley won the second game with a goal 3:42 into overtime. The Capitals and the Rangers split the first two games of their Patrick Division championship series. Bernie Nicholls's hat trick led New York to a 7-3 Madison Square Garden win in Game 1, but Washington capitalized on John Druce's first career hat trick to even the series with a 6-3 victory in the second game. In the Smythe Division finals, Oiler goalie Bill Ranford set the tone against the Kings by saving 58 of 59 shots in the first two games of the series as Edmonton won 7-0 and 6-1. The Oilers' defense wasn't as unyielding in Game 3, so their offense carried the day, as Craig Simpson scored two goals and Edmonton outscored L.A. 4-0 in the second period of a 5-4 triumph. The win gave the Oilers a commanding 3-0 series edge. The Blues' Brett Hull continued to dominate action in the Norris Division. Hull, who at week's end led all playoff scorers, with 10 goals and seven assists, scored the game-winner in St. Louis's 4-3 defeat of the Black-hawks in the opener of the division finals. Chicago then bounced back with a 5-3 victory in Game 2 as former Blues goalie Greg Millen stopped 24 St. Louis shots. But Hull had two goals and two assists, and Gino Cavallini scored his first playoff goal in two seasons with just nine seconds remaining in Game 3 as the Blues won 5-4 to take a 2-1 series advantage.
HORSE RACING—In Kentucky Derby prep races for 3-year-olds, SILVER ENDING ($14.20), Gary Stevens up, squeezed past Real Cash in the stretch to win the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile Arkansas Derby, at Oaklawn Park, by 3¼ lengths, in a time of 1:48 flat, and earn $300,000; and THIRTY SIX RED ($16), Mike Smith in the saddle, beat Burnt Hills by a head to win the Wood Memorial, at Aqueduct. The colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50[2/5] to earn $362,400 (page 34).
MARATHON—ALLISTER HUTTON of Scotland won the men's division of the London Marathon in a time of 2:10:10. WANDA PANFIL of Poland triumphed in the women's competition, in 2:26:31.
MOTOR SPORTS—AL UNSER JR., driving a Lola-Chevrolet, beat Emerson Fittipaldi, in a Penske-Chevrolet, by 1.724 seconds to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.). Unser averaged 84.227 mph for 95 laps of the 1.67-mile, 11-turn road circuit and earned $143,908 (page 70).
Brett Bodine, driving a Buick, beat Darrell Waltrip, in a Chevrolet, by less than a second to win a NASCAR race and $50,682 at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. He drove 400 laps of the .625-mile oval at an average speed of 83.9 mph.
TENNIS—MONICA SELES defeated Katerina Maleeva 6-1, 6-0 to win a women's tour event and $45,000 in Largo, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA, the Philadelphia 76er and the Detroit Piston franchises, $50,000 each; Piston center BILL LAIMBEER and Sixer forward CHARLES BARKLEY, $20,000 apiece; and Detroit reserve forward SCOTT HASTINGS, $10,000, for their roles—the teams were cited for failing to control their players—in a fight in an April 19 game. Piston guard ISIAH THOMAS was assessed $7,500 for throwing two punches earlier in the game. Five other players from each team were assessed $500 apiece for leaving the bench during the brawl. Laimbeer, Barkley and Hastings were also suspended for a game (page 24).
Also by the NBA, Houston Rocket center AKEEM OLAJUWON, $5,000, for pushing Sacramento's Greg Kite in the face during an April 17 game; and Orlando Magic forward JERRY REYNOLDS, $3,500, and Detroit Piston center BILL LAIMBEER, $750, for fighting in an April 14 game. Detroit's JAMES EDWARDS, SCOTT HASTINGS and WILLIAM BEDFORD were also assessed $500 each for leaving the bench during that incident.
NAMED: As basketball coach at Virginia, JEFF JONES, 29, who had been an assistant coach with the Cavaliers since 1982; and at Arkansas-Little Rock, JAMES PLATT, 38, who was an assistant at DePaul for the past six seasons.
TRADED: By the Indianapolis Colts, wide receiver ANDRE RISON, 23, tackle CHRIS HINTON, 28, a 1990 fifth-round draft pick and a '91 first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for the No. 1 choice and a fourth-round selection this year; by the San Francisco 49ers, running back TERRENCE FLAGLER, 25, defensive end DAN STUBBS, 25, and third-and 11th-round draft picks in '90 to the Dallas Cowboys for a second-and a third-round choice this year; and by the San Diego Chargers, running back GARY ANDERSON, 29, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a '90 third-round selection and a conditional second-round pick in '91.