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BASKETBALL—NBA: Los Angeles took a quick 3-0 lead in its best-of-seven quarterfinal playoff series as it beat Phoenix 119-110 behind 30 points and 12 rebounds by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 131-128 in overtime, and 108-105 as Abdul-Jabbar scored 37 more. Phoenix finally won Sunday 127-101 as Paul Westphal had 25 points, including nine in the last four minutes. Boston, meanwhile, swept three from Houston, 119-101, 95-75 and 100-81, as the Celtics beat the Rockets for the ninth consecutive time. After Philadelphia opened with 107-104 and 99-92 triumphs over Atlanta, the 5'8" mini-Hawk, Charlie Criss, scored 11 points in the fourth period of the third game to lead Atlanta to a 105-93 victory. The 76ers then took a 3-1 lead with a 107-83 victory on Sunday. Seattle and Milwaukee started out with two close ones. After Buck Dave Meyers sent the first game into overtime with two last-second free throws, his teammate Marques Johnson dunked to break a 111-111 tie with six seconds remaining in overtime. Sonic Dennis Johnson countered with a 30-foot three-pointer that swished, putting the score at 114-113 with a second to go. Even then the Sonic victory wasn't secure. Marques got a last shot that narrowly missed. But the Bucks won the next game 114-112 as rookie Guard Sidney Moncrief scored all six Milwaukee points in overtime. After a 95-91 Buck victory and a 112-107 Seattle win, the series was tied at 2-2.
WBL: The NEW YORK STARS, led by Pearl Moore's 27 points, defeated the Iowa Cornets 125-114 in Cedar Rapids to win the league championship series three games to one. Earlier in the series, New York won by scores of 128-96 and 119-99 before Iowa got its only victory, 119-112.
BOXING—SALVADOR SANCHEZ retained his WBC featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Ruben Castillo in Tucson (page 75).
Park Chan Hee successfully defended his WBC flyweight crown by gaining a unanimous decision over Alberto Morales in Taegu, South Korea.
GOLF—SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS shot a 13-under-par 275 to win the 44th Masters by four strokes over Gibby Gilbert and Jack Newton (page 26).
HOCKEY—In the best-of-five preliminary rounds of the NHL playoffs, there were four sweeps. Philadelphia ripped Edmonton 4-3, 5-1 and 3-2, winning the clincher as Center Ken Linesman scored at 3:56 of the second overtime period. Montreal whaled Hartford 6-1 and 8-4, with Left Wing Yvon Lambert getting two goals, and 4-3 when Lambert hit his second goal of that game 29 seconds into overtime. Minnesota beat Toronto 6-3, 7-2 and 4-3. The North Stars won Game 3 on Wing Al MacAdam's overtime score that came after former U.S. Olympian Steve Christoff had two goals and an assist in regulation play. Chicago blew by St. Louis 3-2, 5-1 and 4-1. Buffalo defeated Vancouver three games to one (page 80), while Atlanta flamed out, losing to the Rangers by the same margin. After falling to the Islanders 8-1 in their series opener, the Kings got their first victory in six playoff games going back to 1977, by a 6-3 score. L.A. then lost 4-3 in overtime on a 45-foot goal by former Olympian Defenseman Ken Morrow, his first in the NHL. The Kings were eliminated by a 6-0 shutout by Isles Goalie Billy Smith. Surprising Pittsburgh defeated Boston twice, 4-2 and 4-1, and were beaten once, 4-1, before losing 8-3 on Sunday to even the series 2-2.
Temperance Hill ($11.20), ridden by Darrell Haire, beat Bold 'n Rulling by a length to win the $178,600 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. The 3-year-old was timed for the 1? miles at 1:50[3/5].