PRO BASKETBALL—In the last week of the regular season, Denver clinched the final Western Conference playoff berth with a 142-114 win over Portland. The Nuggets will pair off against the first-place Lakers, who finished the season with 65 wins. Other first-round matchups in the conference include Dallas-Seattle, Portland-Houston and Utah-Golden State. Boston defeated Atlanta 118-107 on Sunday to earn the top seed in the East and the home court advantage throughout the conference playoffs. The Celtics will next play Chicago. The Bulls' Michael Jordan scored 61 points in a 117-114 loss to Atlanta, to become the second player ever to score 3,000 points in a season. The Hawks will face seventh-place Indiana. Washington Bullets coach Kevin Loughery had his 500th career coaching win, 110-101 over Cleveland, and the Bullets clinched sixth in the East to meet third-place Detroit. Julius Erving had 38 points in his final regular-season home game—a 115-111 loss to Indiana—to become the third pro player ever to score 30,000. Erving ended his career with 30,026 regular-season points after the Sixers' 108-102 season finale win over Washington. Philadelphia will next face Milwaukee, which for the seventh straight year ended its season with at least 50 wins.
BOWLING—BOB HANDLEY defeated Jimmy Keeth 247-201 to win the Greater Hartford Open and $23,000.
BOXING—MIKE McCALLUM scored a 10th-round TKO over Milton McCrory to retain his WBA junior middleweight title, in Phoenix.
Julio Cesar Chavez of Mexico retained his WBC junior lightweight title when he stopped Francisco Tomas Da Cruz of Brazil at 2:34 of the third round, in Nimes, France.
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Lloyd Honeyghan successfully defended his WBC and IBF welterweight titles with a 12-round unanimous decision over Maurice Blocker, in London.
DIVING—At the U.S. indoor championships in Baton Rouge, DOUG SHAFFER, KENT FERGUSON and MATT SCOGGIN won the 1-meter, 3-meter and 10-meter events, respectively, upsetting Greg Louganis, the defender in all three, who had three seconds. In the women's competition, KIM FUGETT won the 1-meter, MEGAN NEYER placed first in the 3-meter, her 13th national championship, and MICHELE MITCHELL successfully defended her 10-meter title (page 40).
GOLF—DAVIS LOVE III defeated Steve Jones by one stroke to win his first PGA event and $117,000, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Love's total of 271 was 13 under par.
Jan Stephenson shot a one-under-par 215 to beat Ayako Okamoto and Jane Geddes by one stroke and win the Santa Barbara Open and $45,000.
HOCKEY—For the fourth straight year the first-place finisher in the Adams Division was eliminated in the opening round of the playoffs, when Hartford fell to Quebec 5-4 in overtime of Game 6. In the fifth game, John Ogrodnick's hat trick and Risto Siltanen's five assists—which tied a playoff record for defensemen—led Quebec to a 7-5 victory. The two teams broke an NHL record for most penalties in a Stanley Cup playoff series, with 202. Trailing by three goals in the second period of the next game, the Nordiques came back to bump the Whalers out of the playoffs. Quebec will next face Montreal, which swept Boston 4-0, in the division finals. Edmonton wrapped up its best-of-seven Smythe semifinal series with Los Angeles by winning the fifth game. Glenn Anderson and Esa Tikkanen each scored twice in the 5-4 victory, and the nine goals brought the series total to 52, an NHL record for most goals in a five-game playoff series. Joe Mullen's goal at 4:38 of the third period gave Calgary a second win in its semifinal with Winnipeg before the Jets, who had beaten the Flames in six of their eight regular-season meetings, wrapped up the series in six games with a 6-1 win. Winnipeg will meet Edmonton in the Smythe finals. Toronto, which finished fourth in the Norris in regular-season play, beat St. Louis 2-1 and 4-0 to eliminate the Blues—who had finished the regular season atop the division—in six games. The Maple Leafs will now pair off against Detroit, which took Chicago 4-0, in the Norris finals. Philadelphia, which lost three of its last four postseason series with the Rangers, knocked New York out in six, winning the last two 3-1 and 5-0 to set up a Patrick Division final against the Islanders. In the fifth-longest game in history—more than 128 minutes—Pat LaFontaine scored at 8:47 of the fourth overtime to give the Islanders a 3-2 win in the seventh game of their series against Washington (page 26).
HORSE RACING—GULCH ($9.20), with Jose Santos in the saddle, covered 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49 to win $354,300 and the Wood Memorial, one of the weekend's Kentucky Derby preps, by a head over Gone West, at Aqueduct. At the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, Pat Day rode DEMONS BEGONE ($2.40) to a 3½-length victory over Lookinforthebigone. The colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[3/5] to win $300,000 (page 36).
INDOOR SOCCER—Preki, Cico, Gerry Gray and Rick Davis scored in Tacoma's 4-3 win over L.A.; then the Stars clinched the Western Division title with a 2-1 win over San Diego. Dallas took the third playoff berth in the East, while Minnesota went 3-0 and Chicago went 1-2 to remain in fourth and fifth, respectively, in the race for the last spot.
MARATHON—TOSHIHIKO SEKO of Japan won the 91st Boston Marathon in 2:11:50. ROSA MOTA of Portugal placed first among the women in 2:25:21 (page 34).
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF defeated Hana Mandlikova 6-3, 6-4 to win $40,000 and a WITA event, in Amelia Island, Fla.
TRACK & FIELD—JOHN BRENNER broke the American shot put record with a toss of 73'½", beating Brian Oldfield's three-year-old mark by 2¾", in Los Angeles.
Joe Dial bettered his own one-year-old U.S. pole vault record by half an inch, jumping 19'4¾", in Lawrence, Kans.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, BOB BERRY, 43, who had an 88-127-25 record in his three seasons with the team. The Penguins went 30-38-12 this year and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
INDICTED: By a Maricopa County grand jury, on charges that include conspiracy to traffic in and/or possess cocaine, three members of the NBA's Phoenix Suns: center JAMES EDWARDS, 31, and guards JAY HUMPHRIES, 23, and GRANT GONDREZICK, 24, and former Suns GARFIELD HEARD, 38, and MIKE BRATZ, 31 (page 24).
RETIRED: From stud, winner of the 1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, 26-year-old NORTHERN DANCER, who since 1965 has sired 23 champions and 124 stakes winners, more than any stallion in history (page 14).
TRADED: By the Green Bay Packers, wide receiver JAMES LOFTON, 30, to the Los Angeles Raiders for a third-round choice in this year's draft and a future draft choice.