PRO BASKETBALL—It didn't take John Lucas long to make the transition from a World Team Tennis court to a basketball court and from Houston to San Francisco. Acquired as partial compensation for Rick Barry, he has averaged 20.9 points and a league-high 11.7 assists and led Golden State to six straight victories. His finest performances last week were against San Antonio (29 points, 14 assists), and his old teammates, the Rockets (26 points, 15 assists). Houston, which snapped a three-game losing streak with a 110-103 win over Phoenix, has not been as lucky with Barry, who is averaging only 13.3 points a game. Led by Julius Erving and Doug Collins, who scored a total of 57 and 52 points, respectively, in two games, Philadelphia also ran its victory streak to six and strengthened its position atop the Atlantic Division. Seattle (page 24), which began this week with a 103-100 loss to San Diego for its first and only defeat of the year, ended second-place New Jersey's five-game winning streak 102-81, and Washington lost two of four. Los Angeles beat the Bullets 109-93 and then went on to rout Denver 134-107 and New York 147-124, giving the Lakers four consecutive wins. Portland also seems to have come alive, winning twice to extend its streak to four. Rookie Mychal Thompson, who has shared center duties with Tom Owens in place of Bill Walton, had 20 points and 22 rebounds in the Blazers' 119-98 defeat of San Diego, the only Pacific Division team without a winning record. Cleveland, which began the season with four straight wins, broke a six-game losing streak by beating San Diego 112-106, and Chicago beat Indiana 97-84 to end a nine-game losing streak.
BOWLING—By defeating David Ozio to win the $42,500 Regional Champions Classic in Rochester, N.Y., MARK ROTH became the first bowler in PBA history to win eight tournaments in a single season.
BOXING—BETULIO GONZALEZ of Venezuela retained his WBA flyweight title in Maracay, Venezuela with a 12th-round TKO of Martin Vargas of Chile.
PRO FOOTBALL—Pittsburgh had a close call against New Orleans in a matchup between the NFL's leading quarterbacks. The Steelers needed a 24-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to Rocky Bleier—his first TD reception in 10 years in the NFL—with 1:51 to go to overtake New Orleans 20-14. The Saints' Archie Manning hit on 22 of 32 passes for 344 yards, more than twice the average yardage per game allowed by the Steelers. In Denver, Matt Robinson's 75-yard TD pass to Wesley Walker capped a rally that brought the Jets from a 28-7 deficit to a 31-28 win over the Broncos. Fumbles and a leaky secondary were fatal to Dallas, which lost to Miami 23-16 (page 26). Bob Griese was 12 for 18 and Garo Yepremian booted three field goals for the Dolphins. Tim Mazzetti (page 58) booted five field goals in Atlanta's 15-7 Monday night upset of Los Angeles. The Rams, in turn, needed a 27-yard field goal from Frank Corral with three seconds to play to beat Tampa Bay 26-23 on Sunday. It was Corral's fourth three-pointer of the game. Buc Quarterback Doug Williams was sidelined with a broken jaw in the first quarter. San Francisco lost O. J. Simpson with a shoulder separation during the first quarter of its 21-10 loss to Atlanta, which now has won four in a row. Houston held Cleveland to 28 yards rushing and sacked Cleveland Quarterback Brian Sipe seven times in a 14-10 victory. Jim Zorn passed for two TDs, and Sherman Smith rushed for 152 yards as Seattle handed Chicago its seventh straight loss, 31-29. St. Louis beat the Giants 20-10 for its second win of the season. Jim Hart completed 10 of 15 in the first half to lead the Cardinals to a 20-0 lead, and Jim Otis, who scored twice, gained 78 yards to become the leading rusher in team history with 3,664 yards, 56 more than Johnny Roland. A fumbled snap by Green Bay Punter David Beverly led to the game's only touchdown in Philadelphia's 10-3 upset of the Packers. Minnesota moved to within one game of the Packers in the NFC Central by upending Detroit 17-7 as Fran Tarkenton, who lost three caps on his teeth and suffered a cut lip in a collision with Dave Pureifory, was 18 for 27 for 211 yards. Ken Stabler maintained his NFL interception lead by throwing three more against Kansas City, but he rallied the Raiders for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as they beat the Chiefs 20-10 and tied Denver for first place in the AFC West. In other games, Horace Ivory gained 128 yards on 16 carries as New England beat Buffalo 14-10, and Lydell Mitchell gained 101 yards on 28 carries—the first time he has gone over 100 this season—and Rolf Benirschke kicked three field goals to lead San Diego to a 22-13 win over Cincinnati.
November 13, 1978
EQUESTRIAN—The U.S. won the team competition at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden. Ireland was second.
GOLF—WAYNE LEVI and BOB MANN, neither of whom had ever won a tournament on the PGA Tour, combined for a best ball of 254, 34 under par, to win the $200,000 National Team Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. by three strokes over the Wadkins brothers, Lanny and Bobby.
HARNESS RACING—SIROTA ANDERSON ($50.40), driven by Norman Dauplaise, won the $200,000 George M. Levy Memorial Pace at Roosevelt Raceway by half a length over Battling Brad. The 5-year-old gelding was timed in 1:58.
HOCKEY—NHL: Montreal avenged an earlier loss to Atlanta with a 4-2 victory, ending the Flames' 12-game unbeaten streak (page 22). It was the third win in a row for the Canadiens, who had begun the week with a 4-1 loss to Chicago and had gone three games without a victory. The Black Hawks' win was their first over Montreal in three years. The Canadiens also regained first place in the Norris Division as Detroit lost twice, 4-1 to Montreal and 7-3 to Pittsburgh. The New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh 3-2, Colorado 3-0 and Los Angeles 7-3 to run its winning streak to six games. Minnesota also enjoyed a perfect week, defeating Buffalo 2-1 and St. Louis 9-1.
WHA: Things went from bad to worse for last-place Indianapolis. The financially troubled Racers sold three key players—17-year-old rookie Center Wayne Gretzky, Left Wing Peter Driscoll and Goaltender Ed Mio—to Edmonton for a reported $850,000. In their first game for their new team, Gretzky and Driscoll had a goal apiece to lead the Oilers to a 4-3 win over Winnipeg. The highlight of the week for Indianapolis was a 6-6 tie with league-leader New England. Mark Howe had a hat trick and two assists for the Whalers, who lead Quebec by one point. The Nordiques, who began the week in sixth place, won four straight behind the scoring of Real Cloutier, who had a five-point night against Edmonton and leads the league with 24 points.
HORSE RACING—MAC DIARMIDA ($11.80), ridden by Jean Cruguet, defeated Tiller by a head to win the $200,000 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel. The 3-year-old was timed in 2:27 for the 1½ miles.
Exceller ($2.60), Bill Shoemaker up, won the $150,000 Oak Tree Invitational at Santa Anita by a length over Star of Erin II. The 5-year-old covered the 114-mile turf course in 2:24[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 124.312 mph in a Chevrolet, DONNIE ALLISON won the Dixie 500 in Hampton, Ga. by one foot over Richard Petty's Chevrolet.
POWER LIFTING—The U.S. won the team title at the World Powerlifting Championship in Turku, Finland. Great Britain was second.
TENNIS—BRITAIN defeated the U.S. 4-3 to win the Wightman Cup in London (page 60). Virginia Wade and Sue Barker beat Chris Evert and Pam Shriver 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 in the deciding match.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: PETE McCULLEY, 46, rookie head coach of the 1-8 San Francisco 49ers. Offensive Coordinator FRED O'CONNOR, 39, was named interim coach.
NAMED: Winner of the American League Cy Young Award, RON GUIDRY, 28, of the New York Yankees. The lefthander got all 28 first-place votes to become the fourth unanimous selection in baseball history. His 25-3 record and 1.74 ERA were the best in the majors last season.
RETIRED: BOBBY HULL, 39, left wing for Chicago of the NHL (1957-72) and Winnipeg of the WHA (1972-78). Three times NHL scoring champion, twice NHL and WHA MVP, he is eighth leading scorer in NHL history, and his 1,012 goals in both leagues are second only to Gordie Howe's 1,038. Hull will remain with the Winnipeg Jets as vice-president and part owner.
SENTENCED: Track veterinarian MARK GERARD, 44, of Muttontown, N.Y., to one year in jail for entering a ringer in two races at Belmont Park in last year's Lebón/Cinzano affair. Gerard was also fined $1,000.