PRO BASKETBALL—As the Pistons and the Bulls began a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals, Detroit jumped to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Piston defense shut down all the Bulls except Michael Jordan, who scored 34 points in the 86-77 Chicago defeat. The Pistons were paced by Joe Dumars, who personally outscored the Bulls 18-17 in the third period as Detroit erased a four-point halftime deficit. Chicago was held to only 34 points in the second half and shot 37.8% for the game. Earlier in the week, the Pistons earned their fourth straight trip to the conference finals by dismantling the Knicks in the fifth and final game of their best-of-seven conference semifinal series. New York took an eight-point first-period lead, but reserve forward Mark Aguirre of Detroit scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second period and Vinnie Johnson added 14 points as the Pistons pulled away to a 95-84 win. The Bulls also finished off a semifinal opponent in the fifth game, eliminating the 76ers 117—99. Chicago, which trailed by a point at halftime, broke the game open with a 14-2 run at the beginning of the second half. Jordan, who averaged 43 points in the series, scored 37 in Game 5 and added six steals, while Philly's Charles Barkley was limited to 17 points. In the Western Conference semis, Pat Riley—who was named the NBA's Coach of the Year—and his Lakers failed to prevail for the first time in four seasons. In the decisive fifth game at the L.A. Forum against the Suns, the Lakers led by five points with 3:56 to play, but Kevin Johnson brought Phoenix back, finishing with a team-high 37 points as the Suns won 106-103. Magic Johnson's 43 points were not enough to prevent Los Angeles's earliest exit from the playoffs since 1981. In Monday's opener of the Western finals, Phoenix faced the Trail Blazers, who earned their berth by knocking off the Spurs 108-105 in overtime of the seventh game of their semifinal series (page 40).
BOWLING-CHRIS WARREN defeated Brian Voss 224-213 to win a PBA event and $18,000 in Seattle.
BOXING—PERNELL WHITAKER scored a unanimous 12-round decision over Azumah Nelson to retain his WBC and IBF lightweight titles, in Las Vegas.
EQUESTRIAN—ANNE KURSINSKI, riding Starman, had two penalty-free rides and a jump-off time of 28.472 seconds to defeat Chris Kappler, aboard Concorde, by .257 of a second and win the Empire State Grand Prix, in North Salem, N.Y. The event was part of the U.S. equestrian team selection trials for the world championships, in Stockholm in August.
May 27, 1990
GOLF—BEN CRENSHAW shot a final-round four-under-par 66 for an eight-under total of 272 to beat Corey Pavin, Nick Price and John Mahaffey by three strokes and win a PGA Tour event and $180,000 in Fort Worth.
Cindy Rarick defeated Beth Daniel by one point in an LPGA event employing a modified Stableford scoring system, in High Point, N.C. She took home $60,000.
Lee Trevino had a final-round three-under-par 69 for a 13-under total of 203 to outshoot Gary Player by six strokes and win a Senior tour event and $45,000 in Houston.
HARNESS RACING-DORUNRUN BLUEGRASS ($5.40), driven by Ron Pierce, defeated TK's Skipper by 1½ lengths to win The Graduate, at the Meadowlands, and earn $102,750. The 4-year-old pacer covered the mile in 1:51[3/5].
HOCKEY—In the Stanley Cup finals, the Edmonton Oilers jumped to a 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins (page 18).
HORSE RACING-SUMMER SQUALL ($6.80), with Pat Day up, broke away from Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled in the stretch to win the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico, by 2¼ lengths and earn $445,900. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1[3/16] miles in 1:53[3/5] (page 24).
Bayakoa ($3), Laffit Pincay in the saddle, took command in the stretch to defeat Stormy But Valid by four lengths to win the Hawthorne Handicap, at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old mare ran the mile in 1:34 and won a purse of $61,400.
Royal Reach ($5.20), Chris McCarron up, beat Live The Dream by 1¾ lengths to win the Seabiscuit Stakes and $50,100, at Hollywood Park. The 3-year-old colt had a time of 2:00[3/5] for the 1¼ miles.
LACROSSE—HOBART defeated Washington College of Chestertown, Md., 18-6 to win its 11th consecutive NCAA Division III championship.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, driving a Chevy Lumina, beat Ken Schrader, also in a Lumina, by less than a second to win a NASCAR event and $325,000 in Concord, N.C. Earnhardt averaged 163.001 mph for 70 laps of the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.
ROWING-HARVARD beat Wisconsin by 4.1 seconds over the 2,000-meter course to win the men's eight-oared championship at the eastern intercollegiate sprints, in Worcester, Mass.
SOCCER—In a World Cup tune-up match, the U.S. team defeated Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in New Haven, Conn.
TENNIS-MONICA SELES defeated Steffi Graf 6-4, 6-3 to win the German Open and $100,000, in West Berlin. In achieving her fifth straight tournament title, Seles broke Graf's 66-match victory streak, which dated back to last June.
Thomas Muster routed Andrei Chesnokov 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 to prevail in the Italian Open and earn $160,000, in Rome.
Debbie Graham of Stanford beat Nicole Arendt of Florida 6-3, 6-3 to win the NCAA women's singles championships, in Gainesville, Fla. STANFORD won its fifth straight women's team title by beating Florida 5-1.
TRACK & FIELD—RANDY BARNES of the U.S. set a world record in the shot put with a throw of 75'10¼", in Los Angeles. He broke the previous record of 75'8" held by Ulf Timmermann of East Germany since 1988 (page 71).
MILEPOSTS-APPROVED: By New York Yankee outfielder DAVE WINFIELD, 38, a trade that sent him to the California Angels in exchange for pitcher MIKE WITT, 29. Winfield had objected to the trade when it was announced May 11, claiming that his rights as a player with 10 years in the majors and the last five seasons with the same team prevented the Yankees from trading him without his approval. He accepted the deal after negotiating a three-year contract extension with the Angels.
NAMED: As coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, former Boston Celtics coach K.C. JONES, 58, who had been an assistant to BERNIE BICKERSTAFF, 46. Bicker-staff was named the Sonics' vice-president of operations; in his five seasons as coach, the team had a 202-208 record.
As coach of the Calgary Flames, DOUG RISE-BROUGH, 36, who had been a Flame assistant for two seasons.
DIED: NASCAR sportsman-division driver DAVID GAINES, 27; of massive head injuries suffered in a multicar accident during a practice run at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.