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PRO BASKETBALL—The Los Angeles Lakers advanced to the Western Conference final for the sixth straight year, with a 118-106 Game 5 victory over Golden State. Houston pulled to within one game of Seattle in their best-of-seven semifinal series with a 112-107 win; however, Akeem Olajuwon's 49 points and 25 rebounds couldn't keep the Rockets from losing to the Sonics 128-125 in the double-overtime, series-clinching Game 6. Seattle, which finished 26 games behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division during the regular season, fell to Los Angeles in the Western Conference final opening game 92-87. In the Eastern Conference, Detroit wrapped up its semifinal series with Atlanta in five games. Down 12 points in the fourth quarter of Game 5, the Pistons rallied to outscore the Hawks 14-4 in the last four minutes and won 104-96. Milwaukee, behind three games to one in its semifinal series with Boston, beat the Celtics at the Garden for the first time in more than two years, 129-124, to end Boston's string of home wins at 31 and their playoff win streak at 14. Two nights later the Celtics played without center Robert Parish, who had sprained his left ankle in the previous game. The Bucks evened things up at three games apiece with a 121-111 victory, but the series ended with a 119-113 Boston win. The Celtics will meet Detroit in the conference final (page 22).
BOXING—EVANDER HOLYFIELD scored a third-round TKO over defending titleholder Rickey Parkey to win the IBF cruiserweight championship, in Las Vegas.
HOCKEY—Edmonton polished off Detroit four games to one to win the Campbell Conference championship series and advanced to the Stanley Cup finals. Mike Krushelnyski scored the Game 4-winner at 18:46 of the second period as the Oilers edged the Red Wings 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena. Mark Messier then put in two goals, including his 10th of the playoffs, to help the Oilers rally from a two-goal deficit and clinch the series with a 6-3 Game 5 win. Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky was held to two assists in the five contests. Montreal stayed alive in its Wales Conference final series by defeating Philadelphia 5-2 in Game 5, but the Flyers rallied in Game 6 to eliminate the defending champion Canadiens in a fight-marred 4-3 victory. Montreal's Claude Lemieux shot a puck into an empty Flyer net at the conclusion of the warmup period and set off a 15-minute pregame brawl that involved 36 players from the Philadelphia and Montreal benches. The fracas cost the two teams $24,500 in fines assessed by the NHL (page 17). In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Gretzky opened the scoring for Edmonton with his 68th career playoff goal, which tied him with Gordie Howe for fourth on the alllime list, to lead the Oilers to a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia (page 42).
HORSE RACING—ALYSHEBA ($6), Chris McCarron up, defeated Bet Twice by half a length to win the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. The 3-year-old Kentucky Derby-winning colt ran the 1[3/16] miles in 1:55[4/5] to win $421,000 (page 30).
INDOOR SOCCER—Steve Zungul, the leading scorer in the playoffs, with 17 points, tallied three goals in just over six minutes to lead Tacoma to a 4-2 win over Wichita in the deciding game of its best-of-five Western Division semifinals. San Diego tied its Western series with Kansas City, defeating the Comets 5-2 in Game 4. Cleveland beat Minnesota 6-5 to take a two-games-to-one lead in their Eastern semifinal. A hat trick by the Force's Alan Willey sent the game into overtime, and Michael King kicked in the game-winner. But the Strikers drew even at week's end with a 5-3 victory. Andy Chapman scored his second goal of the game, in OT. to give Baltimore a 3-2 win over Dallas and a 2-1 lead in the other Eastern series before the Sidekicks tied the series with a 4-3 OT victory.
LACROSSE—HOBART defeated Ohio Wesleyan 9-5 in the Division III final, in Geneva, N.Y., to win its eighth straight title and set an NCAA record for consecutive national team championships in a team sport. The previous mark of seven was held by UCLA's basketball teams from 1967 to '73.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAIN PROST of France drove his McLaren- Porsche to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, defeating Sweden's Stefan Johansson, also in a McLaren- Porsche, by 24.76 seconds and tying Jackie Stewart's record of 27 Formula One victories. Prost, who averaged 127.522 mph, covered the 185.469-mile course in 1:27:31.21.