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A roundup of the week May 21-27


MARATHON—MEN: Pete Pfitzinger, West Newton, Mass.; Alberto Salazar, Eugene, Ore.; John Tuttle, Auburn, Ala. (page 72).

MODERN PENTATHLON—Dean Glenesk, Santa Maria, Calif.; Greg Losey, Calistoga, Calif.; Mike Storm, Arlington, Va.; Rob Stull, Damascus, Md.

ROWING—QUADRUPLE SCULLS, WOMEN: Virginia Gilder, New York City; Joan Lind, Long Beach, Calif.; Anne Marden, Concord, Mass.; Kelly Rickon, San Diego; Lisa Rohde, Hubbard, Neb.

YACHTING—SOLING: Robbie Haines, San Diego. STAR: Bill Buchan, Seattle.

PRO BASKETBALL—Milwaukee averted a sweep in the NBA Eastern Conference finals with a 122-113 win over Boston on Monday but lost the fifth game at Boston two nights later, 115-108. Los Angeles beat Phoenix 99-97 to clinch the NBA Western Conference title, then flew to Boston to hand the Celts their first home-court loss, 115-109, in nine playoff games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 32 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Lakers took a 1-0 lead in the championship series.

BOXING—ALBERT DAVILA scored an 11th-round knockout over Enrique Sanchez to retain his WBC bantamweight title in Miami Beach, Fla.

Eusebio Pedroza successfully defended his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Angel Mayor in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: It was a memorable Memorial Day weekend for many teams: Pacific Division-leading Denver halted a five-game losing streak with a 27-20 win over San Antonio; Oakland won its fifth straight, a 17-14 edging of Oklahoma; Washington, now 2-12, clearly the league's worst team, fell 15-6 to Pittsburgh; and Philadelphia, the Atlantic Division pacesetter, avenged last year's 24-22 championship-game loss to Michigan by pounding the Panthers 31-13. Jacksonville was losing 41-7 to Houston with two minutes remaining in the half when Bulls owner Fred (Bubba) Bullard wandered onto the field to give the officials a piece of his mind and received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 15 yarder that helped set up the Gamblers' third field goal of the half. Houston, No. 1 in the Central Division, went on to win 54-7. Elsewhere, New Jersey defeated Pittsburgh 16-14, Memphis beat Tampa Bay 31-21, Los Angeles nipped Arizona 24-17 and Southern Division-leading Birmingham stopped New Orleans 31-14.

GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS defeated Andy Bean in the third hole of sudden death to win the $500,000 Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Both completed regulation with eight-under-par 280s.

Joanne Carner won a $150,000 LPGA event in Corning, N.Y. with a seven-under-par 281, beating Ayako Okamoto by four strokes.

Houston scored a one-stroke victory over Oklahoma State for the NCAA men's team title in Houston (page 78), while MIAMI beat Arizona State by seven strokes for the women's team crown in Tarpon Springs, Fla. JOHN INMAN of North Carolina and CINDY SCHREYER of Georgia were the men's and the women's champions, respectively.

HORSE RACING—MISS OCEANA ($6.40), Eddie Maple up, edged Life's Magic by a neck to win the $181,200 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Alydar ran the mile in 1:35[4/5].

LACROSSE—JOHNS HOPKINS defeated Syracuse 13-10 to win the NCAA title in Newark, Del.

MOTOR SPORTS—RICK MEARS, driving a Cosworth-powered March 84C, averaged an unofficial 163.612 mph around the 2½-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval to win the Indianapolis 500. Roberto Guerrero, also driving a Cosworth March 84C, was second, two laps behind Mears (page 18).

INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: A sellout Wichita crowd of 9,800 saw the Wings beaten 5-4 by St. Louis as Steamer defender Tony Bellinger scored 1:55 into OT. St. Louis won the Western final series 3-0.

SOCCER—NASL: Minnesota beat San Diego 2-0 on goals by Alan Willey and Brian Kidd to stay No. 1 in the West; Vancouver earned a 5-3 win over Golden Bay; Tampa Bay and Chicago were victors in 3-2 shootouts over New York and Tulsa, respectively; and the Sting became the Eastern Division pacesetter with a 3-2 win over the Earthquakes.

SWIMMING—KRISTIN OTTO and JENS-PETER BERNDT of East Germany set world records in the women's 200-meter freestyle and men's 400 IM, respectively, in Magdeburg. Otto's 1:57.75 beat Cynthia Woodhead's 4-year-old mark by .48; Berndt's 4:19.61 took .17 off Ricardo Prado's 1982 standard.

TRACK & FIELD—SERGEI BUBKA of the U.S.S.R. raised the world record in the pole vault to 19'2¼" in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, surpassing by three-quarters of an inch the 1983 standard held by Thierry Vigneron of France.

Brian Oldfield took sole possession of the American shotput record with a heave of 72'9¾" in San Jose, Calif., exceeding by 6¾" the mark he shared with Dave Laut (page 24).

MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA for illegally making indirect contact with college stars Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Akeem Olajuwon of Houston, the PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS. The Blazers' $250,000 penalty was the largest in league history.

FIRED: As coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, TOM NISSALKE, 49, whose two-year record with the team was 51-113.

NAMED: As coach of the USFL's 2-11 Pittsburgh Maulers, HANK (Doctor of Defense) BULLOUGH, 50. He was most recently defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers.

As coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, MIKE KEENAN, 34. Keenan coached the University of Toronto to the Canadian collegiate championship last season; as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, former Leafs assistant coach DAN MALONEY, 33.

As basketball coach at Miami of Ohio, former assistant coach JERRY PEIRSON, 40. He replaces Darrell Hedric, 51, who became the university's associate director of athletics.

SIGNED: To an estimated five-year, $2.5 million contract as coach of the USFL's Washington Federals, HOWARD SCHNELLENBERGER, 50. The Federals are expected to move next season to Miami, where Schnellenberger coached the University of Miami to a five-year 41-16 record, culminating in a national championship last season.

TRADED: By the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox, 1980 National League batting champion BILL BUCKNER, 34, in exchange for righthanded pitcher DENNIS ECKERSLEY, 29, and a minor-leaguer.

WITHDREW: From the 1984 Summer Olympics, CUBA, the 11th nation to boycott the Games.

DIED: GEORGE ZAHARIAS, 76, a world-class wrestler (The Crying Greek from Cripple Creek) who was best known as husband and manager of Olympic and golf great Babe Didrickson Zaharias; of diabetes, uremia and other complications arising from his 1974 stroke; in Tampa, Fla.