PRO BASKETBALL—No team has been able to repeat as NBA champion in the last 10 years, and Washington quickly threatened to keep the tradition alive. After beating Seattle in the opening game of the best-of-seven playoff finals, the Bullets fell into a scoring swoon, losing 92-82 and 105-95. The SuperSonics evened the series at 1-1, grabbing the home-court advantage in the process, as Gus Williams scored 21 points and Dennis Johnson 20. But the real difference was the Bullets' poor shooting; they scored only 30 points in the second half, and Bob Dandridge and Elvin Hayes were shut out in the final 10 minutes. Things didn't get much better for Washington three days later before 35,298 fans at Seattle's Kingdome. In the first half the Bullets shot 25.5% from the field, and Hayes missed nine of his first 10 field-goal attempts. Williams scored 31 points for Seattle, while teammate Jack Sikma had 21.
GOLF—TOM WATSON fired a one-under-par 71 in the final round to ease to a 285 total and victory in the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Miller Barber finished second, three strokes back (page 24).
Shooting a final-round two-under-par 68 for a 284 total, PENNY PULZ won her first LPGA tournament in six years on the tour, the $100,000 Corning (N.Y.) Classic, by two strokes over Judy Rankin.
Ohio State won its first NCAA championship since 1945, rallying from fifth place on the final day to beat second-place Oklahoma State 1,189-1,191, in Winston-Salem, N.C. GARY HALLBERG of Wake Forest took the individual title by shooting a final-round 73 for a 72-hole total of 287, one under par.
HORSE RACING—DAVONA DALE ($2.60), ridden by Jorge Velasquez, won the first leg of the Filly Triple Crown, the $83,500 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park, by 2� lengths over Eloquent. The winner was timed in 1:36 for the mile (page 22).
LACROSSE—Johns Hopkins defeated Maryland 15-9 to win its second consecutive NCAA title, at College Park, Md. (page 20).
MOTOR SPORTS—RICK MEARS won the 63rd Indianapolis 500, averaging 158.899 mph in a Penske-Cosworth to beat second-place finisher A. J. Foyt, in a Parnelli-Cosworth, by more than a lap (page 16).
Darrell Waltrip, in a Chevrolet, finished 5.6 seconds ahead of Richard Petty, also in a Chevrolet, to win the $363,000 World 600 in Charlotte, N.C.
Jody Scheckter of South Africa, averaging 81.29 mph in a Ferrari, won the 76-lap Monaco Grand Prix by three car lengths over Clay Regazzoni of Switzerland, driving a Williams.
SOCCER—NASL: Johan Cruyff was an immediate Dutch treat for Los Angeles. The day after the star of the Netherlands' 1974 World Cup team signed with the Aztecs, he scored two goals as Los Angeles beat Rochester 3-0. The Aztecs later beat Atlanta 5-2 to move to within two points of Vancouver in the National Conference Western Division. In that game Cruyff had one assist, but had to leave in the first half with a pulled groin muscle. San Jose changed coaches, and the switch paid off in the Earthquakes' first victory of the season, 2-1 over Edmonton, which had beaten Philadelphia 2-1 earlier in the week to go into first place in the American Conference West. San Diego moved back into a tie with the Drillers in that division with a 1-0 defeat of California, losers of four in a row. The National Conference East-leading Cosmos won their fourth game of the year, 2-1 over Portland, in a record-tying 10-at-tempt shootout. Houston built a 14-point lead in the American Central with a 2-1 overtime win over Minnesota, which still maintained its lead in the National Central. Fort Lauderdale crept to within 10 points of American East-leader Tampa Bay by beating Memphis 3-1 on two goals by David Irving.