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PRO BASKETBALL—Philadelphia avoided elimination from its NBA Eastern Conference final series with Boston by defeating the Celtics 115-104 in Game 4 at the Spectrum. In the Western Conference finals, Los Angeles beat Denver 120-116 in Game 4 in Denver to take a 3-1 lead in the series (page 24).
BOXING—LARRY HOLMES defeated challenger Carl (The Truth) Williams and retained his heavyweight championship in Reno.
PRO FOOTBALL—Hapless San Antonio not only lost two games in less than a week but also lost coach Jim Bates. Just hours before the Gunslingers' game with Western Conference-leader Oakland in San Antonio, Bates announced his resignation, citing only "personal reasons." Two of those reasons were no doubt the Gunslingers' 3-9 record and management's seeming inability to make ends meet. Gil Steinke, director of football operations, who had been head coach last season, came down from the front office and directed the team to a 24-21 loss to the Invaders. That defeat, coupled with a 21-20 Monday night setback at Orlando in Bates's final game as coach, extended the Gunslingers' losing streak to seven. The defending champion Baltimore Stars, scrambling this year to earn one of the USFL's eight playoff berths, overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit to whip Orlando 34-21. In Tampa, Mike Kelley completed 20 of 28 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns as Memphis clubbed the Bandits 38-14. Denver eased past-New Jersey 28-24 in Mile High Stadium despite the efforts of the Generals' Herschel Walker (page 34), who rushed for 142 yards and three scores. Birmingham moved into a tie for first in the East with Tampa Bay after a 44-7 rout of Los Angeles. The Stallions' Cliff Stoudt threw for 280 yards and tied a USFL record with five TD passes. Arizona got past Portland 30-21 to snap a six-game losing streak.
GOLF—COREY PAVIN shot a final-round two-under-par 68 for a 72-hole total of 266 to win the first-place check of $90,000 in the $500,000 Colonial National Invitation in Fort Worth by four strokes over Bob Murphy.
Jack Nicklaus Jr., 23, defeated Tom McKnight of Galax, Va. 2 and 1 to win the North and South Amateur championship in Pinehurst, N.C. His father won the same tournament, one of the country's most prestigious amateur events, in 1959.
PRO HOCKEY—The Philadelphia Flyers eliminated Quebec from the Stanley Cup playoffs in a bitter Wales Conference championship series, four games to two, to earn their first berth in the Cup finals since 1980. The Flyers nipped the Nordiques 2-1 in Game 5 at Quebec on third-period goals by Joe Paterson and Murray Craven. In Philadelphia's 3-0 series-clinching triumph in Game 6 at the Spectrum, the Flyers' swarming defense held the normally explosive Nords to just 15 shots on goal—the fewest Philly has allowed this season. Defending Cup champion Edmonton skated to its third straight appearance in the finals by winning its Campbell Conference title series with Chicago in six games. The Oilers ripped the Black Hawks 10-5 in Game 5 at Edmonton as right wing Jari Kurri scored a hat trick, and Wayne Gretzky added two goals and two assists. The Oilers then advanced to the finals with an 8-2 win at Chicago in Game 6, Kurri scoring four more goals (page 28).
INDOOR SOCCER—When was the last time a pro sports team had to win four games to clinch a best-of-five series? It happened to the San Diego Sockers in their MISL semifinal series with Minnesota. After beating the Strikers 4-3 in a shootout on May 12 to "win" the series three games to one, the Sockers turned their thoughts to the pursuit of a fourth straight MISL title. But the next day Minnesota filed a protest with league commissioner Francis Dale, arguing that one of the Socker players used during the shootout rounds, midfielder Jacques Ladouceur, was ineligible. Dale upheld the protest and awarded the Strikers the victory, thus forcing a fifth semifinal game in San Diego. The Sockers made short work of the Strikers in that one, winning 7-0. San Diego jumped to a 2-0 lead in the championship series against Baltimore. The Sockers won Game 1 5-4 as Branko Segota scored a pair of goals and Steve Zungul added a goal and two assists. On Sunday, Brian Quinn came through with a hat trick as San Diego beat Baltimore 7-3.