PRO BASKETBALL—In the first round of the NBA playoffs the Mailman didn't deliver on Sunday. In the deciding game of the Jazz-Suns best-of-five series, Utah's Karl Malone missed several key shots down the stretch, while the Phoenix duo of Johnson and Johnson, Kevin and Eddie, shone. Eddie hit a three-pointer with 24.5 seconds left to give the Suns the lead, and then Kevin sank the game-winner with .8 of a second to go as Phoenix won 104-102. The Suns had grabbed a 2-1 series lead when Kevin scored 29 points to spark a 120-105 victory. But Utah, winless in its last 10 games in Phoenix, fought back in Game 4 with a 105-94 victory on the Suns' floor. Malone had 33 points. Phoenix now faces the Lakers, who knocked off the Rockets in four games. But Houston did break Los Angeles's 20-game first-round playoff winning streak with a 114-108 victory in Game 3 of their series. In that one Sleepy Floyd had 23 points and 18 assists for the Rockets. L.A. then clinched the series with a 109-88 triumph as James Worthy, with 20 points, led seven Lakers in double figures. Also in the Western Conference the Spurs and the Trail Blazers each completed sweeps of their opening-round series. Terry Cummings, David Robinson and Willie Anderson combined for 80 points as San Antonio brushed away the Nuggets 131-120. The Mavericks fell to Portland 106-92 as Roy Tarpley scored just six points on 2-for-12 shooting. The Blazers' Kevin Duckworth suffered a fracture of the right hand in the third quarter of that game, which could sideline him for the rest of the playoffs. Without Duckworth to harass him, Robinson figured to shine in Game 1 of the conference semifinals, but Portland limited him to nine points—it was only the second time this season he was held to single-digit scoring—and took a 1-0 series lead with a 107-94 win. In the Eastern Conference the 76er-Cavalier matchup followed the NBA formula as both teams won at home. Cleveland rebounded from a two-games-to-none deficit as Craig Ehlo scored 25 points and sparked a 22-4 third-quarter run that gave the Cavs a 122-95 Game 3 triumph. Then Mark Price set a Cleveland playoff record with 18 assists in a 108-96 win in Game 4. Hersey Hawkins scored a career-high 39 points and Philadelphia blew out Cleveland 113-97 in the fifth game. With that victory, the 76ers won the right to face the Bulls, who beat the pesky Bucks in four games. Alvin Robertson scored 38 points and Sixth Man Award winner Ricky Pierce had 19 as Milwaukee won Game 3 119-112. But the Bucks went cold in the fourth game, shooting just 27 for 77 from the field as Chicago rolled, 110-86. The Pistons completed their second consecutive playoff series sweep—with Isiah Thomas leading the way with 23 points—in a 108-96 victory that disposed of the Pacers and set up a showdown with the Knicks. New York became only the third team in NBA history to come back from a 2-0 deficit in a five-game series as it broke a 26-game losing streak at Boston Garden and defeated the Celtics 121-114 in Game 5 (page 28).
BOWLING—CHRIS WARREN defeated Dave Ozio 225-203 to win an ABC event and $43,600 in Reno.
GOLF—PAYNE STEWART shot a final-round 67 for an eight-under-par 202 to defeat Lanny Wadkins by two shots and win a PGA Tour event and $180,000 in Irving, Texas.
Ayako Okamoto's final-round 68 beat Pat Bradley and Dawn Coe by one shot as she won an LPGA tournament and $63,750 in Nashville.
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Chi Chi Rodriguez beat Charles Coody and George Archer by one stroke to win a Senior tour event and $67,500 in Las Vegas. Rodriguez shot a final-round 69 for a 12-under-par 204.
HOCKEY—Don't blame the Capitals if, as they entered the Wales Conference finals, they viewed the Bruins with some trepidation. Boston has been in the NHL semifinals 36 times; Washington zero times. The Caps came to the series without a top offensive player, Dino Ciccarelli, and without a stellar defenseman, Kevin Hatcher. Both were injured. What's more, the Bruins held the home-ice advantage and had a streak of six straight playoff wins at Boston Garden. So, not surprisingly, the Bruins led the series 2-0 at the end of the week. The Capitals were a goal up going into the third period in Game 1, but then Dave Poulin and Brian Propp combined for three unanswered goals to give Boston a 5-3 triumph. In Game 2, Bruin goalie Andy Moog got his second shutout of the playoffs and Craig Janney and Cam Neely each had a goal and an assist as Boston cruised to a 3-0 victory. In the Campbell Conference the Blackhawks eliminated the Blues in the seventh game of the Norris Division finals by an 8-2 score. Rookie Jeremy Roenick of the Blackhawks had two first-period goals, and Steve Larmer tied a Chicago playoff record with five points. The Blackhawks held playoff scoring leader Brett Hull of St. Louis to no goals and to only three shots on goal in the decisive game. The Blackhawks thereby advanced to the conference finals against the Oilers, and they took a 2-1 lead in that series. Their 4-3 victory in Game 2 at Edmonton snapped the Oilers' eight-game playoff winning streak (page 50).
HORSE RACING—UNBRIDLED ($23.60), Craig Perret up, overtook Summer Squall heading into the stretch and galloped past him to win the 116th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by 3½ lengths. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02 and earned $581,000 for the victory (page 20).
Seaside Attraction ($18.20), Chris McCarron in the saddle, upset Go for Wand by three lengths in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. The 3-year-old filly covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:54[4/5] and received $156,910.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, in a Chevrolet Lumina, beat Greg Sacks, also in a Lumina, by two car lengths to win a NASCAR event and $98,975 at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Earnhardt averaged 159.571 mph for 188 laps on the 2.66-mile oval.
SOCCER—The U.S. beat Malta 1-0 in a World Cup tune-up match in Piscataway, N.J.
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF defeated Arantxa Sanchez Vicario 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 to win a women's tour event and $70,000 in Hamburg.
Andre Agassi beat Jaime Yzaga 6-2, 6-4 to win a men's tour event and $100,000 in Roswell, Ga.
VOLLEYBALL—SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA upset top-seeded Long Beach State 15-10, 12-15, 15-4, 15-6 to win the NCAA men's title, in Fairfax, Va. (page 84).
MILEPOSTS—BANNED: By the NFL, New Orleans Saints defensive end FRANK WARREN, 30, for at least one year after testing positive for drugs for a third time.
FINED: By the NBA, Chicago Bulls forward HORACE GRANT and Milwaukee Bucks guard ALVIN ROBERTSON, $5,000 each, for throwing punches in a playoff game on May 3. Ten other players involved in the altercation were fined a total of $9,000.
NAMED: As general manager of the Quebec Nordiques, PIERRE PAGE, 42, who resigned as coach of the Minnesota North Stars. He guided the North Stars to a 63-77-20 record over the past two seasons.
TRADED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, outfielder TOM BRUNANSKY, 29, to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher LEE SMITH, 32. By the Houston Astros, pitcher MARK THURMOND, 33, to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later.
By the Detroit Lions, quarterback CHUCK LONG, 27, to the Los Angeles Rams for an undisclosed draft pick.