April left mouths agape. Sugar Ray Leonard, after five years without a serious bout, danced and feinted his way past middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler to win the richest prizefight in history—purse: $25.5 million.
In Georgia, Augustans watched as local boy Larry Mize sunk a 140-foot chip shot in a sudden-death playoff to defeat Greg Norman in the Masters. The Milwaukee Brewers, no April fools, opened the season with 13 straight wins, one a Juan Nieves no-hitter. Baseball's grim news was that Mets ace Dwight Gooden would spend a month in a New York drug-rehabilitation center.
Masai tribesmen were careful to look before crossing the plain during a rally in Kenya.
In a novel Soviet pastime, Kiev edged Moscow 5-4 for the first U.S.S.R. title.
After 16 seasons and 30,026 points in the pros, the luminous Dr. J gracefully bowed out.
Sugar Ray Leonard's victory was a disarming surprise to Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
Larry Mize's miracle chip in sudden death earned him a green Masters jacket.