COLLEGE BASKETBALL—LOUISVILLE defeated Duke to win the NCAA men's championship, in Dallas (page 28).
Texas beat Southern Cal 97-81 to win the NCAA women's title, in Lexington, Ky. (page 94).
Ohio State defeated Wyoming 73-63 to win the NIT, in New York City.
PRO BASKETBALL—The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Lakers clinched the best win-loss record in the Western Conference for the fifth straight season with a 124-102 win over San Antonio. Dallas became the fourth Western team to secure a playoff berth, beating the Knicks 110-105 as Mark Aguirre poured in 38 points, and Utah went 3-1 for the week to earn the fifth spot. Houston held on to its Midwest Division lead despite a 114-107 loss in Boston during which Rocket forward Ralph Sampson was taken to the hospital on a stretcher after a bad fall. He was released later that evening with a severely bruised back but was sidelined the rest of the week, ending his consecutive-game streak—he had never missed a game in his three NBA seasons—at 236. The Atlantic Division-leading Celtics reached 60 wins for the third straight season with a 116-97 victory over Washington, and Boston's K.C. Jones became the first NBA coach to win 60 games four times. Later in the week Boston beat New Jersey 122-117 to tie the 36-year-old league record for consecutive home victories at 27. Milwaukee, the top team in the Central Division, beat Philadelphia 116-94, a particularly costly loss for the Sixers, whose center, Moses Malone, suffered a fracture of the orbit of his right eye when he was inadvertently hit by Milwaukee center Randy Breuer's fist. Malone was expected to be out for two weeks. New Jersey and Washington both earned playoff spots, and Cleveland had a 2-1 week to stay ahead of Chicago and Indiana in the battle for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East. New York, 0-3 for the week, lost Rory Sparrow for the rest of the season when the guard broke his left ankle in the team's loss to Dallas. Later in the week the Knicks tied a team record by dropping their fifth consecutive home game, 106-96 to Chicago.
April 7, 1986
BOXING—GILBERTO ROMAN of Mexico won the WBC junior bantamweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision over champion Jiro Watanabe of Japan, in Itami, Japan.
CROSS-COUNTRY—LYNN JENNINGS of Durham, N.H. won the Five-Mills women's 4-kilometer race in San Vittore Olona, Italy in 17:27, three seconds faster than Zola Budd of Great Britain. In the men's 9.5-kilometer race, ALBERTO COVA of Italy finished in 30:38 to defeat countryman Gelindo Bordin by 12 seconds.
GOLF—JOHN MAHAFFEY fired a 13-under-par 275 to win the Tournament Players Championship at Ponte Vedra, Fla. by one stroke over Larry Mize (page 36).
COLLEGE HOCKEY—MICHIGAN STATE won the NCAA championship by knocking off Harvard 6-5 (page 92).
PRO HOCKEY—In a game marred by 98 penalty minutes, Mike Bossy scored his 57th and 58th goals of the season to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-3 win over Washington and a playoff berth. Despite the loss, a win and a tie helped the Capitals finish the week tied for first with Philadelphia in the Patrick Division, but they lost their third-leading scorer, Bengt Gustafsson, for the season. He broke his right leg after being tripped by Islander defenseman Denis Potvin. "It's not something I tried to do...I'm deeply sorry," said Potvin afterward. The Rangers defeated New Jersey 5-4 and the Oilers 4-2 to move ahead of Pittsburgh in their struggle for the fourth and final division playoff berth. Minnesota went 2-1 to move within one point of Norris Division-leading Chicago. The North Stars lost 1-0 to Quebec, beat Toronto 6-1, then defeated Detroit 5-4 on Dino Ciccarelli's three power-play goals. Quebec went 2-1 for the week to clinch a playoff berth and extend its Adams Division lead over the 1-1-1 Canadiens to six points. In the Smythe Division, Wayne Gretzky came through with three assists during a 7-2 Edmonton victory over Detroit to reach the 200-point for the fourth time in his career. Winnipeg was an 8-4 winner over Vancouver and a 6-3 loser to Calgary to drop to fourth place. Meanwhile, the Canucks, who were 3-1 for the week moved up to third place, leaving Los Angeles in the cellar.
HORSE RACING—TURKOMAN ($4.40), with Chris McCarron in the saddle, came from behind to win the Widener Handicap at Hialeah Park, finishing half a length ahead of Darn That Alarm. The 4-year-old covered the 1¼ miles over an extremely fast track in 1:58⅗ breaking by one second the 26-year-old track record set by Bald Eagle.
Rare Brick ($2.60), ridden by Mike Smith, defeated Clear Choice by a head to win the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The 3-year-old colt, who won $68,760, ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:43[1/5] (page 80).
INDOOR SOCCER—Cleveland fell 8-4 to Baltimore before whipping Dallas 9-3 to stay atop the Eastern Division. Dallas, also 1-1 for the week, remained a half game behind and both teams clinched berths in the playoffs. Pittsburgh pulled out of last place with victories over Minnesota (8-4) and Chicago (3-1). In the West, St. Louis moved ahead of Tacoma into third place behind San Diego and Wichita, though both the Steamers and the Stars secured playoff spots.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER upset Ivan Lendl 7-6, 6-3 to win a Grand Prix event in Chicago, ending Lendl's 29-match win streak.
Joakim Nystrom defeated Anders Jarryd 6-0, 6-3 to win a Grand Prix tournament in Rotterdam.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As basketball coach at Boston College, JIM O'BRIEN, 35, who had a 67-51 four-year record at St. Bonaventure; at Pittsburgh, PAUL EVANS, 41, who had a 119-160 record in six years at Navy and this season led the Midshipmen to a 30-5 record and the NCAA East regional finals; at Southern Cal, GEORGE RAVELING, 48, who had a 54-38 record in three years at Iowa; at Nebraska, DANNY NEE, 40, who in six years at Ohio University went 99-63; and at Fresno State, assistant coach RON ADAMS, 38.
RESIGNED: As football coach at Northwestern, DENNIS GREEN, 37, to become an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers. The Wildcats named defensive coordinator Francis Peay, 41, interim coach.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, designated hitter DON BAYLOR, 36, to the Boston Red Sox for designated hitter MIKE EASLER, 35.
DIED: JULIAN K. (Dooley) ROOSEVELT, 61, a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1974 and of its executive committee since 1982; of liver cancer; in Glen Cove, N.Y. Roosevelt, a two-time Olympic yachtsman who won a gold medal in the 6-meter in the 1952 Games, was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee board for 31 years. Both within the IOC and USOC he campaigned to keep politics and professionals out of the Games.