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PRO BASKETBALL—Philadelphia got 25 points from Andrew Toney and 27 points and 18 rebounds from Moses Malone as the Sixers beat Los Angeles 113-107 in Game 1 of the NBA championship series. The defending champion Lakers advanced to the championship round by ousting San Antonio in the Western Conference finals in six games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 28 points and Magic Johnson's 15 rebounds and 16 assists led L.A. to a 101-100 series-clinching triumph at San Antonio, after the Spurs had stayed alive with a 117-112 victory in Game 5 in Los Angeles.
BOWLING—BOB HANDLEY defeated Ray Shackelford 248-204 to win the $100,000 Houston Open.
BOXING—LARRY HOLMES successfully defended his WBC heavyweight title with a split decision over Tim Witherspoon; MICHAEL DOKES fought to a draw with Mike Weaver to retain his WBA heavyweight championship; and OSSIE OCASIO kept his WBA junior heavyweight crown with a unanimous decision over Randy Stephens, in Las Vegas.
Bruce Curry won the WBC super lightweight championship on a unanimous decision over Leroy Haley in Las Vegas.
PRO FOOTBALL—Rookie Running Back John Barnett's one-yard touchdown plunge with 3:32 left gave Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles a 14-10 victory at Denver, spoiling the debut of Gold interim Coach Charley Armey and handing Denver its fifth straight defeat. On Monday night Boston had snapped its three-game losing streak with a 17-9 win over Denver; Gold owner Ron Blanding fired Coach Red Miller three days later. Tampa Bay beat Oakland 29-9 to maintain its one-game lead in the Central Division. Quarterback Mike Kelley, making his first professional start, threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns for the Bandits. Chicago remained a game back of Tampa Bay in the Central with a 19-13 overtime defeat of New Jersey when reserve Quarterback Tim Koegel raced five yards for a touchdown on a fake field-goal attempt 3:53 into OT. New Jersey also lost 31-24 to Michigan on Monday after leading 17-3 at halftime. The surging Panthers rallied to their sixth consecutive victory thanks to three second-half TD runs by Running Back John Williams—including a one-yard game-winner with 3:43 left to play. Washington fell twice and extended its losing streak to seven. The Federals lost 34-27 at Oakland as Invader Quarterback Fred Besana threw four touchdown passes, and 21-14 to Boston. Atlantic Division leader Philadelphia beat Arizona 24-7.
HORSE RACING—DEPUTED TESTAMONY ($31), ridden by Donald A. Miller Jr., won the $346,200 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico by 2� lengths over Desert Wine. The 3-year-old covered the 1[3/16] miles in 1:55[2/5] (page 74).
Batna ($51), with Lisa Ruch aboard, won the $116,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico by a length over Lovin Touch. The 3-year-old filly covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42[2/5].