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What Were the Sports Highlights
in June 1976, 1986, 1991 and 1996?


June Sports Trivia



1976

• Under Team Captain John Havlicek the Boston Celtics won an exciting three-overtime game at home then put the Phoenix Sunderellas away to take their 13th NBA title.

• The strongest man in the free world, 237 pound Mark Cameron had 28 inch thighs, a dragon tattooed on one hip and was expected to have a good shot at getting a medal at the Montreal Olympics.

• Johnny Rutherford won $250,000 in prize money for his second Indy victory when the rain finished the race just one lap past the point 252.5 miles.

• High jumper Dwight Stones set the world record, clearing 7'7" at the NCAAS.

• Beating Harold Solomn and Eddie Dibbs, Adriano Panatta won the French Open.

• Hitting a heroic iron out of the rough on the final hole, 22 year old Jerry Pate became the youngest man to win the US Open Championship since Jack Nicklaus in 1962.

1986

• The Montreal Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup beating the Calgary Falmes in five games.

• Larry Bird and Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics overpowered the Houston Rockets to win their 16th NBA final series with a sixth game rout of Houston.

• Bobby Rahal sailed by Kevin Logan and triumphed at record speed to win the Indy 500 at 170.722 mph.

• Ivan Lendl and Chris Evert Lloyd won French Open titles.

• At 43 Raymond Floyd became the oldest US Open champion.

• Len Bias, a 22 year old Maryland All-American and Celtic to be, died 40 hours after being drafted on June 17 of cardiorespiratory arrest brought on by the use of cocaine. Police labeled his death suspicious and assigned the case to the homicide unit.


1991

• Michael Jordan and the Bulls reached their first NBA final by sweeping the defending champs the Detroit Pistons.

• The Los Angeles Lakers thrashed the Portland Trail Blazers to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

• Beating the Minnesota North Stars 8-0 in Game six of the final series the Pittsburg Penguins and Mario Lemieux were Stanley Cup champs. It had eluded Pittsburg for 23 years and Lemieux for seven years.

• Rick Mears hammered his way to a fourth Indianapolis 500 victory by making a daring pass.

• The NBA finals were dominated by LA's Magic Johnson and Chicago's Michael Jordan. In the end the Bulls defeated the Lakers to win their first ever NBA title.

• Payne Stewart won the US Open golf tournament.

• In tennis Jim Courier railed the heavily favored Andre Agassi to win the French Open.


1996

• Goaltender Patrick Roy received raves as the Colorado Avalanche came up big against the Red Wings with a 3-2 series lead in the Western conference finals.

• In NBA playoffs the Seattle SuperSonics added Utah Jazz to their tally of victims finshing them off in game 7 to win the NBA Western Conference.

• The Chicago Bulls sparked by guard Michael Jordan's 45 points made a four game sweep of the Orlando Magic to win the Eastern Conference.

• The Colorado Avalanche swept the Florida Panthers to win the Stanley Cup.

• Tennis stars Steffi Graf and Yevgeny Kafelnikov made history at the French Open. Graf for winning a landmark 19th Grand Slam singles title after two weeks of gruelling play and Kafelnikov for being the first Russian to win a Grand Slam tournament.

• Chicago beat Seattle in six games to win a fourth NBA title in six years.


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