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PRO BASKETBALL—In last season's Western Conference finals, Los Angeles humiliated San Antonio in four straight games on the way to the NBA title. This year, the vengeful Spurs took four of five regular-season games from the Lakers, but L.A. got a leg up in their conference-final rematch with a 119-107 Game 1 victory. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Norm Nixon scored 30 points each for the Lakers, offsetting a combined 51 points from San Antonio's Mike Mitchell and Johnny Moore. The Spurs had reached the conference championships by knocking out Denver in five games, including a 145-105 pasting of the Nuggets in Game 5 at San Antonio. George Gervin's 26 points led seven Spurs in double figures as San Antonio established five-game playoff records for points (664), field goals (274), field-goal percentage (51.6) and assists (181), and a single-game playoff record 51 assists in Game 5. The Nuggets averted a shutout by winning Game 4 in Denver, 124-114, with Kiki Vandeweghe scoring a game-high 37 points. With Norm Nixon getting a career-high 36 points, the Lakers beat Portland 116-108 to win their Western semifinal series from the Blazers in five games. Milwaukee completed a four-game sweep of Boston in the Eastern semis with a 107-93 victory in Milwaukee, but dropped a 111-109 overtime decision at Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Maurice Cheeks had 26 points for the Sixers, while Marques Johnson led the Bucks with 30 points.
BOXING—SANTOS LACIAR retained his WBA flyweight championship with a second-round knockout of Shuichi Hozumi in Tokyo.
PRO FOOTBALL—USFL: Michigan, the league's hottest team, defeated Arizona 2-1-10 for its fifth consecutive victory. The Panthers are now 6-4, and just a game back of Central Division co-leaders Chicago and Tampa Bay. Michigan reserve Quarterback Whit Taylor, pressed into service after starter Bobby Hebert sustained a head injury in the second quarter, passed for 198 yards and a 51-yard touchdown to Derek Holloway. In Chicago, Tim Spencer and Kevin Long each rushed for two touchdowns as the Blitz crushed Washington 31-3 to hand the Federals their sixth straight loss. Tampa Bay kept pace with Chicago in the Central with a 17-10 victory over Oakland. The Invaders had knocked Arizona out of sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division by outgunning the Wranglers 34-20 on Monday night. Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak and took over first place in the Pacific with a 23-20 win over slumping Boston. Mike Rae hit Kris Haines for a six-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds to play to send the Breakers to their third straight loss. In Philadelphia, David Trout's 18-yard field goal with 13:42 left to play gave the Atlantic Division-leading Stars a 6-3 win over Denver, in the first USFL game in which a touchdown was not scored.
HOCKEY—Edmonton bounced Chicago out of their best-of-seven Campbell Conference-final series in four straight games to become the first former WHA team to reach the Stanley Cup finals. The Oilers scored four goals in the first 17 minutes of Game 4, two of them by Jaroslav Pouzar, to coast past the Black Hawks 6-3. Edmonton now faces the three-time defending champion Islanders, who roared to their fourth consecutive appearance in the finals by knocking off Boston in six games (page 72).
HORSE RACING—SUNNY'S HALO ($7), ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, won the $531,000 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by two lengths over Desert Wine. The 3-year-old covered the 1� miles in 2:02[1/5] (page 30).
Princess Rooney ($2.40), Jacinto Vasquez aboard, won the $179,950 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs by a length and a quarter over Bright Crocus. The 3-year-old filly covered the mile and one-eighth in 1:50[4/5] (page 34).
MOTOR SPORTS—DEREK BELL and STEFAN BELLOF, racing in a Porsche 956 turbo, won a 1,000-kilometer Grand Prix endurance race in Silverstone, England. Averaging 123.20 mph on the 2.932-mile course, they completed the race in 5:2:42.9, defeating Bob Wollek and Stefan Johannson, who also drove a Porsche, by 53 seconds.
Darrell Waltrip drove a Chevrolet to victory in the $173,105 Marty Robbins 420-mile NASCAR race. He averaged 98.562 mph around the .596-mile Nashville International Raceway oval, beating Bobby Allison, who drove a Buick, by a lap.