BASEBALL—TRADES: Baltimore sent Pitcher Dave McNally to Montreal, received Outfielder Ken Singleton and Pitcher Mike Torrez; Houston sent First Baseman Lee May to Baltimore, received Enos Cabell and Rob Andrews; the Chicago White Sox sent Dick Allen to Atlanta; the New York Mets sent Pitcher Tug McGraw to Philadelphia, received Centerfielder Del Unser; Detroit sent Woodie Fryman to Montreal, received Catcher Terry Humphrey and Pitcher Tom Walker; Montreal sent Centerfielder Willie Davis to Texas, received Pitcher Don Stanhouse and Infielder Pete MacKanin; Montreal sent Ron Fairly to St. Louis, received Infielder Rudy Kinard and First Baseman Ed Kurpiel; San Diego sent Infielder Derrel Thomas to San Francisco, received Infielder Tito Fuentes and Pitcher Butch Metzger; Boston sent Outfielder Tommy Harper to California, received Infielder Bob Heise.
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year, the New York Knicks were catching the rest of the league with its guard down, with Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe and Henry Bibby doing most of the damage. The trio pumped in 64 points in a 96-88 win over Philadelphia and then hit 61 more against Portland. The Trail Blazers played their last seven games without Bill Walton, who had talked about quitting. Atlantic leader Buffalo beat the Blazers, too, but led the Knicks by only half a game. Golden State, the Pacific pacesetter, won twice and lost an overtime tussle, as Rick Barry (page 26) continued to star. Last-place Los Angeles put 13-year-veteran Bill Bridges on waivers. Detroit edged past Kansas City-Omaha, which was winless for the week, and led the Midwest Division by 1½ games. Milwaukee continued its ascent, winning three games, including a 99-96 victory over Chicago. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 29 of his 35 points in the second half to help beat the 76ers and had 36 in a win over Buffalo. Washington, the leader in the Central Division, won twice and had the best won-lost record in the league. Houston and New Orleans did not win at all. Against Seattle, the Jazz lost Pete Maravich because of a sprained ankle and the game to the SuperSonics 121-108. Boston won twice. The Celtics' Dave Cowens exchanged punches with L.A.'s Kermit Washington, and both were ejected from that game. Cleveland won a couple, dropped one. Atlanta put Lou Hudson on the injured reserve list but did beat Phoenix 91-85.
ABA: The Spirits of St. Louis suspended 11-year veteran and player representative Joe Caldwell for "conduct detrimental to the best interests of the club, the ABA and pro sports in general" and then beat Kentucky, the Eastern Division leader, 126-122. The Spirits used an all-rookie front line against the Colonels, with Maurice Lucas getting 30 points and Marvin Barnes 28. The New York Nets closed to within one game of Kentucky by winning both of its contests. Western leader Denver maintained its torrid pace, beating San Diego, Utah and Memphis. San Antonio held second place with wins over Memphis and Virginia. Indiana's George McGinnis scored 37 points in a 104-100 victory over Utah. Moses Malone had 25 for the Stars.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: The Miami Dolphins clinched their fourth straight AFC East title with a 17-16 victory over the stubborn Baltimore Colts. Joe Namath's second touchdown pass of the game, a 36-yarder to Jerome Barkum, and Linebacker Ralph Baker's 67-yard scoring run with an interception gave the red-hot New York Jets a 20-10 upset victory over Buffalo, which had already clinched the American Conference wild-card playoff berth. Pittsburgh took the AFC Central title with a 21-17 win over New England behind Franco Harris' 136 yards rushing and a rugged defense. St. Louis was blanked by New Orleans 14-0 and needed a Washington loss to Los Angeles Monday night to stay alone atop the NFC East, the only division still undecided. Dallas was alive with a 41-17 trouncing of Cleveland. NFC Central champ Minnesota beat Atlanta 23-10. Greg Landry hit Charlie Sanders with an eight-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds left to give Detroit a 23-19 win over Cincinnati. Philadelphia handed the New York Giants their fifth straight setback, 20-7. AFC West champ Oakland nipped Kansas City 7-6, and San Francisco beat Green Bay 7-6. The league's leading rusher, Otis Armstrong, ran for 183 yards and scored three touchdowns in Denver's 37-14 win over Houston. San Diego came from behind to whip Chicago 28-21.
December 16, 1974
WFL: The Birmingham Americans won the first World Bowl by nipping the Florida Blazers 22-21 at Birmingham before 32,376 fans (page 20).
GOLF—JOHNNY MILLER shot a final-round five-under-par 67 for a 274, to win the Dunlop Phoenix tournament and $33,333, in Miyazaki, Japan.
HOCKEY—NHL: The Philadelphia Flyers, who had been tied with Atlanta for first place in the Patrick Division, mauled the Kansas City Scouts 10-0 and had a 3-3 tie in another game with Kansas City, while the Flames were losing to Montreal, California and Los Angeles. Then a 3-2 Philadelphia victory over Chicago lifted the Flyers into a five-point lead. The New York Rangers moved past the New York Islanders into third, but the rising Rangers could gain no ground on Philadelphia. Vancouver trailed Atlanta 4-2 entering the final period but the Canucks fired 18 shots at Atlanta's goal, netted five of them and prevailed 7-5. The Smythe Division leaders also beat Minnesota, which fell from second place to fourth. Chicago moved into the runner-up spot, followed by St. Louis, which won two games and tied another. As they beat Minnesota 4-1, Los Angeles unleashed 51 shots against 21-year-old rookie goalie Pete LoPresti, whose father Sam set the one-game record for saves with 80 in 1941. Montreal stayed on the Kings' heels in the Norris Division with victories over Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Toronto lost to Pittsburgh 4-2 and had a tie with the Islanders when the New Yorkers scored with nine seconds remaining in the game. The Leafs were playing without three of their defensemen—Ian Turnbull, Rod Seiling and Borje Salming. First-place Buffalo picked up five points on Boston in the Adams Division by winning three, one a 9-2 rout of Washington, while the Bruins lost to Detroit and tied Montreal.
WHA: Houston hiked its lead in the West to 10 points over San Diego after beating Indianapolis, Toronto and Winnipeg to extend its winning streak on the road to nine. Gordie Howe stole the puck and scored the decisive goal midway through the final period of the 3-2 win over the Jets. Winnipeg managed one victory, over Quebec, which remained five points behind Toronto in the Canadian Division. New England had a 2-3 week but beat Cleveland 3-2 to maintain its comfortable lead in the East. Edmonton defeated the Whalers and Vancouver but lost to Phoenix. Minnesota, fourth in the West, had three wins while Michigan, last in that division, upset New England and San Diego.
SKIING—After placing seventh in her specialty, the downhill, won by teammate WILTRUD DREXEL, Austria's ANNEMARIE PROELL captured the giant slalom in World Cup competition in Val d'Isere, France. FRANZ KLAMMER, also of Austria, won the men's downhill.
SOCCER—HOWARD UNIVERSITY won the NCAA title with a 2-1 victory after four overtimes over St. Louis University, the defending champion, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (page 24). Hartwick College placed third, defeating UCLA 3-1.
SURFING—LARRY BERTLEMAN, 18, won the 10th Duke Kahanamoku Classic at Sunset Beach, Oahu. He earned $2,000 for the win in 15-foot surf. Ian Cairns of Australia was second.
TRACK & FIELD—FRANK SHORTER won the Fukuoka (Japan) International Marathon for the fourth consecutive year, in 2:11:31.2. East Germany's Eckhard Lesse finished second.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The Heisman Trophy, to Ohio State's junior Tailback ARCHIE GRIFFIN, and the Outland Trophy, for top interior lineman, to Maryland's RANDY WHITE, a 248-pound defensive tackle.
AWARDED: An NFL franchise in Seattle to SEATTLE PROFESSIONAL SPORTS, headed by businessman Lloyd Nordstrom. The Tampa expansion franchise had anew owner, HUGH CULVER-HOUSE, a Jacksonville attorney who was picked after Philadelphian Tom McCloskey changed his mind about putting up the $16 million. Both clubs begin competition in 1976.
NAMED: Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association, DELMONICA HANOVER, a 5-year-old bay mare that earned more than $252,000 this year.
DIED: MIKE HECK, 20, 7'1" junior center on Creighton University's basketball team; in his sleep, of cardiac complications; in Omaha.
DIED: HAZEL HOTCHKISS WIGHTMAN, 87, "The First Lady of Tennis"; in Chestnut Hill, Mass. In 1923 she donated the Wightman Cup for the annual winner of tennis competition between women from the U.S. and Great Britain. During her playing career, she won 44 national championships, including a women seniors' doubles title at age 67.