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A roundup of the week April 16-22


BASKETBALL—MEN: Steve Alford (Indiana), New Castle, Ind.; Charles Barkley (Auburn), Leeds, Ala.; Johnny Dawkins (Duke), Washington; Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), Cambridge, Mass.; Vern Fleming (Georgia), Long Island City, N.Y.; Lancaster Gordon (Louisville), Jackson, Miss.; Michael Jordan (North Carolina), Wilmington, N.C.; Joe Kleine (Arkansas), Slater, Mo.; Jon Koncak (SMU), Kansas City; Maurice Martin (St. Joseph's), Liberty, N.Y.; Tim McCormick (Michigan), Clarkston, Mich.; Chris Mullin (St. John's), Brooklyn; Sam Perkins (North Carolina), Latham, N.Y.; Chuck Person (Auburn), Brantley, Ala.; Terry Porter (Wisconsin-Stevens Point), Milwaukee; Alvin Robertson (Arkansas), Barberton, Ohio; John Stockton (Gonzaga), Spokane; Wayman Tisdale (Oklahoma), Tulsa; Jeff Turner (Vanderbilt), Brandon, Fla.; Leon Wood (Cal State-Fullerton), Santa Monica, Calif. WOMEN: Cathy Boswell (Illinois St.), Shorewood, Ill.; Denise Curry (UCLA), Davis, Calif.; Anne Donovan (Old Dominion), Ridge-wood, N.J.; Teresa Edwards (Georgia), Cairo, Calif.; Kamie Ethridge (Texas), Lubbock, Texas; Patty Jo Hedges (Kentucky), Louisville; Lea Henry (Tennessee), Damascus, Ga.; Janice Lawrence Louisiana Tech), Lucedale, Miss.; Pam McGee USC), Flint, Mich.; Carol Menken-Schaudt (Oregon St.), Eugene, Ore.; Cheryl Miller (USC), Riverside, Calif.; Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech), Tick-paw, La.; Cindy Noble (Tennessee), Clarksburg, Ohio; La Taunya Pollard (Long Beach St.), E. Chicago, Ind.; Tresa Spaulding (BYU), Meridian, Ind.; Joyce Walker (LSU), Seattle; Lynette Woodard (Kansas), Wichita, Kans.

PRO BASKETBALL—"Our days are dwindling down," admitted Kansas City coach Cotton Fitzsimmons after his team lost 109-102 to Los Angeles to trail 0-2 in their best-of-five opening-round playoff series. "One more mistake will be fatal." Alas, Easter Sunday proved deadly for these Kings. With a 108-102 victory, the Lakers completed their sweep in K.C. Elsewhere in the Western Conference, Seattle (86-88, 95-92, 104-94), Denver (121-123, 132-116, 121-117) and Phoenix (113-106, 116-122, 106-103) held 2-1 leads over Dallas, Utah and Portland, respectively. In the Eastern Conference, both Washington, on the strength of a 111-108 overtime win, and Atlanta, with a 103-94 victory, managed to stay alive after falling 2-0 behind Boston and Milwaukee, respectively. New York and Detroit split a pair before the Knicks won Game 3, 120-113; and the Nets seemed absolutely inspired against a less than inspiring Philly (page 66).

BOWLING—MIKE DURBIN defeated Mike Aulby 246-163 to win a $200,000 PBA event in Akron.

BOXING—DONALD CURRY retained his WBA welterweight crown when Elio Diaz failed to answer the bell for the eighth round in Fort Worth.

PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: Southern Division-leading Birmingham won its eighth straight game by beating Oklahoma 41-17 as Stallion quarterback Cliff Stoudt threw for five TDs, tying the league record. Although Houston, tops among USFL teams in rushing offense, lost star running back Sam Harrell in Monday's 35-27 victory over Oakland—he broke his left leg in the third quarter after picking up 154 yards and two touchdowns—the Gamblers kept rolling against Arizona five days later, this time passing for 334 yards in a 37-24 win. Meanwhile, Chuck Hutchison, coach of Oakland, was just praying for either side to win as the 0-8 Invaders faced the 0-8 Federals. "God forbid there should be a tie," he said. There wasn't. Washington got off the schneid with a 31-17 victory. Only 2:46 remained when Jacksonville linebacker Douglas West tackled Memphis running back Alan Reid in the end zone for a safety to five the Bulls a 12-10 victory over the Showboats. Tampa Bay thrashed New Orleans 35-13 on Monday; then, six days later, the Breakers broke Pacific Division-leading Denver 20-18. Chicago blitzed Los Angeles 49-29; Philadelphia, No. 1 in the Atlantic Division, beat San Antonio 20-14; and New Jersey defeated Pittsburgh 14-10. Central Division pacesetter Michigan had the week off.

GOLF—NICK FALDO shot a 14-under-par 270 to win the $400,000 Sea Pines Heritage Classic, on Hilton Head Island, S.C., by one stroke over Tom Kite.

Vicki Bergon shot a 13-under-par 275 to end up one stroke ahead of Betsy King and win a $150,000 LPGA event in St. Petersburg, Fla.

HOCKEY—Who would have guessed it? By shutting down Edmonton's offense—Wayne Gretzky, playing with the flu, was held to three goals and five assists in Games 3, 4, 5 and 6—Calgary rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit to win the fifth (5-4) and sixth (5-4 in OT) games and bring its Smythe Division final series down to just one game. But, as Flames right wing Jim Peplinski asked, "How often does anyone beat Edmonton three times in a row?" Not often. Indeed, Gretzky scored once and had two assists as the Oilers finally won the series—7-4 in the seventh game—and the right to face Minnesota, the Norris Division champ, in the Campbell Conference championship. After the North Stars shut out the Blues 6-0 in Game 5 and St. Louis returned the favor with a 4-0 win two nights later to even the series at 3-all, Steve Payne scored six minutes into the overtime of the seventh game to win the title for the North Stars, 4-3. The Islanders had a considerably easier time of it in the Patrick Division finals; they won their series against Washington in five games. After losing the opener, the Isles reeled off 5-4 (in OT), 3-1, 5-2 and 5-3 triumphs. New York will face Adams Division winner Montreal, 4-2 victor in a bloody series with Quebec (page 70), for the Wales Conference title.

HORSE RACING—ALTHEA ($8), Pat Valenzuela in the saddle, won the $600,250 Arkansas Derby by five lengths over Pine Circle at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old filly, who was the first horse of her sex to win this Derby in its 48-year history, equaled the track record of 1:46[4/5] for 1‚⅛ miles.

Leroy S. ($26.80), Jean Cruguet up, beat Raja's Shark by half a length to win the $300,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:51[2/5].

MARATHON—GEOFF SMITH beat Gerry Vanasse by more than four minutes to win the 88th Boston Marathon in 2:10:34. LORRAINE MOLLER was first among the women, with a 2:29:28.

SOCCER—MISL: On Tuesday, Memphis beat Cleveland 7-6. On Wednesday, citing poor attendance figures and mounting debts, the Americans' managing partners, Robert Ryan and Charles Kelley, sold the team to a group of investors from Las Vegas. It was all downhill after that, as Memphis fell 9-2 to Pittsburgh and 8-2 to Eastern Division champion Baltimore. In the West, St. Louis won the title by splitting with Los Angeles, 6-5 and 4-5, and beating Phoenix 6-3 to finish one game ahead of Wichita.

TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-0 to win the $250,000 WTA Championships on Amelia Island, Fla. (page 22).

Henrik Sundstrom upset Mats Wilander 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 to win a $325,000 Grand Prix event in Monte Carlo.

MILEPOST—DIED: ANDERS HAUGEN, 95, ski jumper who captained the 1924 and '28 U.S. Winter Olympic teams; of kidney failure; in Yucaipa, Calif. In 1974, 50 years after he'd been declared the fourth-place finisher, Haugen was awarded a bronze medal when a scoring error was discovered.