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May 20, 1985
PRO BASKETBALL—"The atomic bomb, the F-14 Tigershark, the nuclear sub—nothing has the awesome power of the mighty Los Angeles Lakers," said Portland's Mychal Thompson after L.A. thrashed the Trail Blazers 139-120 to eliminate them from the playoffs. "They're a great, great, great, great talent, and that's what will pull them through. The road to the championship definitely goes through Los Angeles." And so it might. Shooting 64%, a club record and the second-highest playoff percentage in NBA history, the Lakers demolished Denver 139-122 to win the opening game of their Western Conference final. Los Angeles has won eight of its nine playoff games this season by a remarkable 17.6-point average margin while extending its at-home winning streak to 23. Denver had fared better earlier in the week. The Nuggets' 116-104 victory over Utah eliminated the Jazz in five games. Back East, Boston eliminated the Detroit Pistons in a scrappy 4-2 series. Two days later, the Celtics beat Philadelphia 108-93 in the first game of the Eastern Conference final (page 24). Despite the 76ers' one-week layoff after sweeping the Bucks in the semis, neither team was at full strength. Among the Celtics' walking wounded were Larry Bird (bursitis and bone chips in his elbow), Dennis Johnson (sore back) and Cedric Maxwell (recovering from a knee injury). The hurting Sixers included Charles Barkley (bruised thigh and sore foot), Bobby Jones (sore knee) and Maurice Cheeks (recovering from a separated shoulder). "This season has been a very large strain," said Boston coach K.C. Jones. "Last year when we won the championship we were a bunch of enthusiastic puppies. This year I've had to use a whip at practice to get us going. Plus, the other teams—Cleveland. Detroit and Milwaukee—are better than they were. When you're trying to repeat, you become the biggest target in the world."
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May 20, 1985

A Roundup Of The Week May 6-12

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TRACK & FIELD—JOE DIAL, an Oklahoma State senior, pole-vaulted 19'1�" at the Big Eight outdoor meet in Manhattan, Kans. to break Mike Tully's 1984 U.S. record by a half inch. Dial declined to make an attempt at the world record of 19'5�" held by Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union.

MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By DENNIS DIAZ. owner of Spend a Buck, that the Kentucky Derby winner will bypass the Preakness Stakes and a shot at the Triple Crown to race in the Jersey Derby for a possible $2.6 million (page 19).

EXPANDED: The field for the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament, from 32 to 40 teams, beginning next season.

HIRED: As an assistant coach by the Atlanta Hawks, WILLIS REED, 42, who resigned two weeks ago as the head coach at Creighton.

As coach of the Boston Bruins, BUTCH GORING, 35, who was a center with the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins for 16 years. In a related move, Bruin defenseman Mike Milbury, 32, said he would retire to join Goring as a Boston assistant.

As athletic director at Arizona State, CHARLES HARRIS, 34, who held the same position for six years at Pennsylvania. Harris replaces Dick Tamburo, who resigned in March after four ASU teams were placed on conference probation

As basketball coach at James Madison, former JMU assistant JOHN THURSTON, 37, He replaces Lou Campanelli, who resigned last month to become the coach at California.

By Virginia Commonwealth, basketball coach MIKE POLLIO, 42, who took Kentucky Wesleyan to the Division II Final lour three of the last four years. Pollio succeeds J.D. Barnett. the new coach at Tulsa.

ORDERED: By baseball commissioner PETER UEBERROTH, mandatory random drug urinalysis for owners, scouts, coaches, other nonplaying personnel and more than 3,000 minor league players (page 32). Big league players were exempted from the order because testing can be implemented only with the consent of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Ueberroth said he wants baseball to be a leader in eradicating drugs from society and urged the union to join his plan.

DIED: Fifty-two people at a televised city soccer club match in Bradford, England when a flash fire engulfed a 77-year-old wooden grandstand holding 3,000 of the 11,000 spectators. More than 200 other people were injured. Fire officials would not speculate on the cause of the blaze but did say that the grandstand's rear exits had been padlocked.

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