PRO BASKETBALL—Streaks, both winning and losing, were the order in the NBA. Truck Robinson scored a career-high 51 points, the most by an NBA player this season, to lead New Orleans to a 140-118 win over New Jersey that ended a five-game Jazz losing string. Having lost four straight, Milwaukee, paced by Marques Johnson's 24 points, defeated Portland 123-93. Kent Benson chipped in with a career-high 23. With Bob McAdoo sidelined with a sore toe, his substitute, Spencer Haywood, played 40 minutes, tossed in 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Knicks picked up a fifth consecutive victory, 96-79 over Detroit. Three days later, Boston snapped New York's streak with a 109-98 win. But then New York made it six victories in seven games under new Coach Red Holzman by defeating New Orleans 103-96. Atlanta beat San Diego 113-107 and handed Denver its sixth consecutive loss, 113-111. Denver broke its losing streak with a 103-100 defeat of Seattle. The Lakers ran their second-longest winning streak ever to 14 with a 121-114 victory over Houston, before Washington handed Los Angeles its first defeat since Oct. 24 by a score of 113-103. Cleveland, whose losing streak increased to eight in a 110-108 defeat by Phoenix, broke out of its slump by beating even more hapless Indiana. The Pacers' 104-98 loss to the Cavaliers was the ninth in their last 10 games.
BOXING—MIGUEL CANTO of Mexico retained his WBC flyweight title by defeating Tacomron Vibonchai of Thailand on a split decision in Houston.
CROSS-COUNTRY—ALBERTO SALAZAR of Oregon upset two-time champion Henry Rono of Washington State for the individual title at the NCAA championships in Madison, Wis. Texas-El Paso beat Oregon by 16 points for the team championship. JULIE BROWN of Northridge, Calif. won the AAU 1978 senior women's title in Memphis, outrunning defending champion Jan Merrill. GREG MEYER of Boston beat Salazar to win the AAU men's championship in Seattle. MARY DECKER of Colorado won the AIAW championship in Denver (page 28).
PRO FOOTBALL—Houston's Earl Campbell rushed for four touchdowns, including a 12-yard scoring run with 4:46 remaining in the fourth period and an 81-yarder three minutes later, as the Oilers beat Miami in a Monday night game 35-30. He ran for 199 yards on 28 carries to increase his season's total to 1,143, highest in the league. On Sunday, Houston defeated Cincinnati 17-10 for its fourth straight victory (page 20). Detroit got six sacks, four of them by Doug English, against Denver Quarterback Craig Morton as the Lions edged the Broncos 17-14. With a season-high 13 points in the first quarter, Dallas moved past Washington 37-10 and into first place in the NFC Eastern Division. Ron Jaworski directed touchdown drives of 62 and 54 yards in Philadelphia's 14-10 victory over St. Louis, the Eagles moving into a second-place tie with Washington in that same division. Rallying from a 17-7 deficit, Buffalo scored 27 fourth-quarter points to beat the Giants 41-17. Kansas City had its first shutout in five years, a 23-0 triumph over San Diego. The Chiefs intercepted Charger Quarterback James Harris, who was subbing for injured Dan Fouts, five times. The Chicago defense sacked Tampa Bay Quarterback Mike Rae eight times for 61 yards in losses, on its way to a 14-3 victory. Steve Bartkowski fired a one-yard pass to Jim Mitchell with five seconds remaining as Atlanta defeated New Orleans 20-17. Matt Robinson completed 17 of 26 passes for 257 yards to lead the Jets to a 24-13 victory over Miami. It was the Dolphins' second loss to New York this season. The Jets intercepted three Bob Griese passes and forced him into a crucial fumble. Cleveland pulled an upset over Los Angeles, defeating the Rams 30-19. With 10 seconds remaining, Fran Tarkenton threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Ahmad Rashad to put Minnesota and Green Bay in a 10-10 tie for the game and for the NFC Central Division lead. New England gained a two-game lead over second-place Miami in the AFC East with a 35-14 win over Baltimore. Efren Herrera kicked a 46-yard field goal with two seconds remaining as Oakland suffered its second defeat of the season at the hands of Seattle, this one by 17-16.
December 4, 1978
GOLF—ANDY BEAN shot a 13-under-par 275 to win a $300,000 tournament in Miyazaki, Japan. He beat Graham Marsh of Australia by five strokes.
HARNESS RACING—KEYSTONE PIONEER ($11.60), driven by Bill Haughton, won the $100,800 American Trotting Classic at Hollywood Park by 1¾ lengths over Gettysburg. The six-year-old mare finished the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 2:15[2/5].
HOCKEY—Foreign ice presented no problem for Toronto, Washington and the New York Islanders. The Maple Leafs won 4-3 at Atlanta, the Capitals triumphed 4-3 at St. Louis and the Islanders routed the Rockies 7-1 in Denver. Two days later, Colorado lost another game, to Vancouver, and also its second-year coach, Pat Kelly, who was fired after the defeat. Kelly guided the Rockies to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time last season, but this year the Rockies were 3-14-4 under him. New Coach Aldo Guidolin promptly directed Colorado to a 6-3 triumph over Toronto. The Buffalo Sabres got hat tricks from Jerry Korab and Andrè Savard in a 9-2 win over Minnesota, but the North Stars did not play as badly as it might seem. Korab scored two of his three goals while the Sabres had two-man advantages, and Savard one of his while Buffalo was a man up. Philadelphia ended Buffalo's eight-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 victory. Five days earlier the Flyers handed the Red Wings their 12th consecutive loss at the Spectrum, 4-3. The last time Detroit won in Philly was on Nov. 13, 1971. Goaltender Glenn Resch turned away 31 shots as the Islanders closed within a point of Patrick Division—leading Atlanta by beating Minnesota 4-1, and Montreal, first in the Norris Division, scored five goals in the first 10:08 seconds of an 8-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Then the Canadiens themselves were bombed 8-3, by Smythe Division leader Chicago. Boston defeated Buffalo 5-2 and tied the Capitals 5-5 to stay atop the Adams Division.
WHA: Following a 6-3 loss to Edmonton, Cincinnati defeated Birmingham 6-5 and moved into a tie with New England for first place. The following night Robbie Ftorek scored two goals as he took over the league scoring lead and Cincinnati beat Birmingham 4-3 to take over the league lead. Quebec, which started the week with 21 points and in first place, lost 4-1 and 4-3 to Edmonton and ended the week with 21 points and third place. Indianapolis defeated the Stingers 6-3 to snap a seven-game losing streak.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS defeated Ilie Nastase 6-2, 6-4 to win the $125,000 Gunze World Tournament in Tokyo. TRACY AUSTIN beat Martina Navratilova 6-1, 6-1, for the women's title.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: Football coaches BILL MALLORY, 43, of Colorado; MIKE McGEE, 40, of Duke; and JIM STANLEY, 43, of Oklahoma State. Mallory compiled a five-year record of 35-21-1; McGee an eight-year record of 37-47-4; and Stanley a six-year record of 35-31-2.
HIRED: Former NHL defenseman, ALDO GUIDOLIN, 46, as coach of the Colorado Rockies, replacing Pat Kelly, who was fired last Thursday. The Rockies are 3-14-4 and have the fewest points, 10, in the league.
NAMED: As the National League Rookie of the year, BOB HORNER, 21, Atlanta Braves third baseman. Horner, who came to the majors on June 16, only two days after signing out of Arizona State, had 63 RBIs and 23 homers and set a major league record for rookie award winners by hitting a home run every 14.04 times at bat. Willie McCovey had the previous best of one every 14.77 at bats in 1959. In the American League, Detroit Tiger Second Baseman LOU WHITAKER, 20, as Rookie of the Year. Whitaker batted .285, drove in 58 runs and scored 71 times.
RESIGNED: Effective at the end of this season, DAVE GAVITT, 41, as basketball coach at Providence College. He will continue to be Providence's athletic director and coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team. Since taking over the Friars in 1969, Gavitt has had a 200-68 record.
SIGNED: By the New York Yankees, free agent TOMMY JOHN, 35, to a three-year contract for a reported $1.375 million. John, a lefthanded pitcher, has a 16-year major league record of 171-133, and was 17-10 for the Dodgers last season.
DIED: GEORGE WILSON, 64, of a heart attack, in Detroit. A star end for the Chicago Bears (1937-46), Wilson coached the Detroit Lions (1957-64), whom he led to the NFL championship in his first season, and the Miami Dolphins (1966-69).