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A Roundup of the Week May 22-29
Compiled by James E. Reynolds
June 05, 1989
BASKETBALL—The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns four games to none in the Western Conference finals, and the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons were tied 2-2 in the Eastern Conference playoffs (page 24).
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June 05, 1989

A Roundup Of The Week May 22-29

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MOTOR SPORTS—EMERSON FITTIPALDI, in a PC-18-Chevrolet, won the Indianapolis 500 over Al Unser Jr., who drove a Lola-Chevrolet. Fittipaldi averaged 167.581 mph for 200 laps of the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (page 32).

Darrell Waltrip, driving a Chevrolet, won a 600-mile NASCAR event and $126,400 in Concord, N.C. He averaged 144.077 mph for 400 laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway and beat Sterling Marlin, in an Oldsmobile, by .99 of a second.

Ayrton Senna, in a McLaren- Honda, beat Riccardo Patrese, in a Williams Renault, by 15.560 seconds, in the Mexico City Grand Prix. Senna averaged 119.963 mph for the 189.543-mile road race.

SAILING—The 60-foot trimaran Great American, captained by GEORGS KOLESNIKOVS, 46, and crewed by STEVE PETTENGILL, 37, sailed the 14,500 miles from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn in 76 days, 23 hours, surpassing the record set in February by Warren Luhrs, who made the same voyage in 80 days, 20 hours.

COLLEGE TENNIS—STANFORD beat Georgia 5-3 to win its second consecutive NCAA men's tennis championship, in Athens, Ga. DONNI LEAYCRAFT of LSU defeated Nebraska's Steven Jung 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to win the men's individual title.

TENNIS—MANUELA MALEEVA defeated Conchita Martinez 6-4, 6-0 to win the European Open, in Geneva. The victory was worth $17,000.

MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA, Chicago Bulls forward SCOTTIE PIPPEN and New York Knick forward KENNY WALKER for fighting during the third period of the sixth game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series. Pippen was assessed $3,000 for starting the altercation, and Walker was fined $1,500 for retaliating.

FIRED: As vice-president, coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, PHIL ESPOSITO, 47. Under Esposito, who took over as coach in April when he dismissed Michel Bergeron, the Rangers lost the last two games of the regular season and were beaten in four straight by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs.

HIRED: As coach of the Winnipeg Jets, BOB MURDOCH, 42, a former NHL defenseman who coached the Chicago Blackhawks to a 30-41-9 record in the 1987-88 season. He replaces Rick Bow-ness, who served as the interim coach after the Jets fired Dan Maloney on Feb. 7.

NAMED: As the NBA Coach of the Year by a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters, the Phoenix Suns' COTTON FITZSIMMONS, 47, who guided the Suns to a 55-27 regular-season record, which was a 27-game improvement over their 1987-88 mark. Fitzsimmons, who also won the award in '79, when he coached the Kansas City Kings, is only the fourth coach to win it twice. He received 36� votes to beat runner-up Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors by 10 votes.

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