PRO BASKETBALL—Led by Gus Williams' 27 points, Seattle ended a Milwaukee string at 10 with a 114-101 victory. The Bucks, who enjoy a seven-game lead in the Midwest Division, then dropped a 118-117 overtime decision to Philadelphia before beating Pacific leader Portland 98-89 and San Diego 133-104. Quinn Buckner poured in a pro career-high 40 points against the Clippers, who earlier had gotten 45 from Lloyd Free in a 114-102 defeat of Phoenix. That was San Diego's only win in four tries, and things aren't likely to get any better soon. The Clippers learned that Bill Walton, who has yet to play this season, will be out for at least another six weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. Following their win over Milwaukee, the Sixers lost 106-98 to Detroit, which hadn't won in five games, and handed Kansas City its fourth straight defeat, 110-102, despite a 35-point effort from Otis Birdsong. Then, in a battle for first in the Atlantic, Philly edged Boston 95-94, behind Julius Erving's 37 points. The night before, the Celtics had run their win streak to six and extended K.C.'s skid to five straight losses with a 127-119 victory. Birdsong again was outstanding in defeat with 32 points, while Cornbread Maxwell scored 27, Dave Cowens 25 and Nate Archibald 21 for the Celtics. Central Division leader Atlanta beat Washington 109-105 for its ninth win in 10 games and Los Angeles defeated Denver 126-122 in overtime as rookie Earvin Johnson had 31 points (page 30).
PRO FOOTBALL—Chuck Muncie ran for 117 yards on 18 carries and Archie Manning completed 15 of 22 passes as New Orleans beat hapless San Francisco 31-20. The game's top rusher, though, was the 49ers' Paul Hofer, who carried the ball 17 times for 147 yards while a healthy O. J. Simpson watched from the sidelines. The victory gave the Saints sole possession of first in the NFC West, a game ahead of Los Angeles, which lost 27-23 in Chicago after being up 16-0. Bear rookie Wide Receiver Rickey Watts, who had never caught a pass in the NFL, made his first start and had six catches for 147 yards. Seattle also jumped out to a 16-0 lead in its game against Cleveland and then watched it turn into a one-point deficit before rallying for a pair of fourth-period TDs and a 29-24 win. The Browns' Mike Pruitt finished with 141 yards on 15 carries. Earl Campbell rambled for 107 yards on 32 carries and passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season in leading Houston to a 31-17 defeat of Oakland. Oiler Quarterback Dan Pastorini, who had been in a passing slump, completed eight of 13, including scoring tosses of 55 and 35 yards to Ken Burrough. On Monday night the Oilers had beaten Miami 9-6. Field goals in the waning moments gave Washington and San Diego victories. The Skins needed a 39-yarder from Mark Moseley, with 36 seconds to play, to pull out a 30-28 win over St. Louis, which scored three unanswered touchdowns after falling behind 27-7. Washington's early dominance was due in part to the play of Cornerback Lemar Parrish, who had a pair of interceptions and recovered a fumble in the Redskin end zone for a touchback. The Chargers' game-winning field goal, a 32-yarder, came with 19 seconds on the clock. It was Mike Wood's fourth of the day and gave San Diego 26 points, two more than the 2-9 Bengals. Neil O'Donoghue's 28-yard field goal with 3:56 remaining brought Tampa Bay to within five points of Detroit. Then on the first play following the ensuing kickoff, Buc Linebacker Dana Nafziger recovered Lawrence Gaines' fumble. Nine seconds later Doug Williams threw a 23-yard pass to Larry Mucker in the corner of the end zone, and the Bucs had a 16-14 victory. Green Bay beat Minnesota for the first time since 1974. The Pack's Terdell Middleton gained 135 yards on 27 carries in the 19-7 victory, and Defensive End Mike Butler recovered a fumble and returned it 70 yards for a TD. Terry Bradshaw completed 17 of 29 passes for 232 yards and three TDs, and the Steel Curtain had four sacks as Pittsburgh overwhelmed Kansas City 30-3. Seven more sacks—this time by the Miami defense—lifted the Dolphins to a 19-0 win over Baltimore. The Colts were the fourth team the Dolphins have held without a touchdown this season. The victory moves Miami back into a tie for first in the AFC East with New England, which was crushed by Denver 45-10. The Broncos opened up a 38-7 halftime lead behind the 12-for-13 passing of Craig Morton and a swarming defense that forced two fumbles deep in New England territory and blocked a punt. Denver's Rick Upchurch, who returned three punts for 30 yards, became the league's career punt-returning leader with 2,219 yards and a 12.7-yard average. Cornerback Terry Jackson returned a blocked punt 47 yards for the Giants' first score in a 24-3 defeat of Atlanta, and Buffalo edged the Jets 14-12. The margin of difference: two missed extra points by New York's Toni Linhart.
GOLF—The U.S. won the World Cup tournament in Athens. The team of Hale Irwin and John Mahaffey had a combined score of 575, five shots better than Sandy Lyle and Ken Brown of Scotland. Irwin also won the individual title with a three-under-par 285.
November 19, 1979
HOCKEY—Philadelphia beat the Islanders 5-2 to extend its victory string to seven games. The Flyers' 11-1-1 record is the league's best, giving them a six-point margin over Atlanta in the Patrick Division. The Flames also defeated the slumping Islanders 5-2 after routing Winnipeg 8-0 in a game that was marred by a 16-minute bench-clearing brawl. Eight players were assessed a total of 147 penalty minutes, and Jet Coach Tom McVie was fined $500 and suspended for three games. During the fight he allegedly made threatening gestures toward Atlanta Coach Al MacNeil and, after removing his coat, tie and false teeth, attempted to scale the glass partition separating the teams. McVie was restrained by one of his players. So far nobody has restrained Los Angeles Center Marcel Dionne, the league's top scorer with 37 points. In four games he picked up nine points, five on a hat trick and two assists in a 5-3 victory over Chicago. St. Louis beat Montreal 5-3, the Blues' first win over the Canadiens since Jan. 12, 1977. Washington is still looking for its first win over the Canadiens, who have a two-point lead in the Norris. Guy Lafleur's two goals gave Montreal a 2-0 win and a 31-0-3 lifetime record against the Caps. Boston, unbeaten in its last six outings, defeated Edmonton twice, 2-1 and 4-2, and Pittsburgh once, 6-1, to move into a tie for first in the Adams with Buffalo and Minnesota. Vancouver remained on top of the weak Smythe with a win and a tie in three starts.
HORSE RACING—BOWL GAME ($9.20), Jorge Velasquez up, won the $200,000 Washington, D.C. International by three-quarters of a length over Trillion. The 5-year-old gelding covered the 1½ miles on the grass at Laurel Race Course in 2:51.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON, averaging 128,044 mph in an AMC Matador, won the Texas 250 in College Station by more than a lap over Richard Childress, in an Oldsmobile, By finishing fourth, A. J. Foyt clinched his second successive USAC stock car driving championship.
TENNIS—TRACY AUSTIN routed Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-0 to win a $100,000 tournament in Stuttgart, West Germany.
Jimmy Connors won the $75,000 Hong Kong Classic with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Pat DuPre.
John McEnroe defeated Gene Mayer 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 to win the $175,000 Stockholm Open.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the NBA Pistons, DICK VITALE, following Detroit's fifth straight defeat and eighth in 12 games this season. As a rookie coach in 1978-79, Vitale guided Detroit to a 30-52 record. Assistant Coach RICHIE ADUBATO will succeed Vitale on an interim basis.
NAMED: As winner of the National League's Cy Young Award, Chicago Cubs Reliever BRUCE SUTTER, 26, who tied the league record for saves with 37, gave up only 67 hits in 101 innings and had a 2.23 ERA.
SIGNED: As free agents by the New York Yankees, First Baseman BOB WATSON, 33, and lefthanded Pitcher RUDY MAY, 35. Watson, a .299 hitter during his 14-year career and a .337 batter in 84 games for Boston last season, received a four-year contract estimated to be worth $1.8 million. May, who won 10 and lost three for Montreal last season and has a 12-year career record of 124-129 with a 3.49 ERA, signed a three-year deal for a reported $1 million.
DIED: CHARLES (Chick) EVANS Jr., 89, a leading amateur golfer for more than 60 years and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame; in Chicago. Evans was the first man to win the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open titles in the same year (1916). A wholesale milk salesman who refused to turn professional, he competed in 50 successive U.S. Amateurs, winning again in 1920. In 1930 he provided the funds to establish the Evans Scholars Foundation, which has helped some 4,000 caddies attend college.