PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Paced by the first of two straight 34-point efforts by Phil Ford, Kansas City ended a six-game skid with a 110-103 victory over Philadelphia. However, Ford's performance didn't delight the K.C. fans nearly as much as that of the visitors' Darryl Dawkins. With 38 seconds gone in the second half, the 6'11", 258-pound center jammed the ball through the hoop on what appeared to be just another of his dunks. Only this time the force behind the shot shattered the tempered safety glass backboard into thousands of tiny pieces and bent the support pole. An hour and 13 minutes later, after the crowd had given Dawkins a standing ovation and workmen had erected a new backboard, the game continued. The next day, the Kings announced that Dawkins' display of strength would cost the Sixers the price of a new backboard. Chicago and San Antonio also stuck it to Philly. The Bulls beat Philly 106-103 for their second win in 13 starts, and the Spurs edged the 76ers 106-105 for their fourth victory in a row. Earlier, San Antonio had defeated Golden State 131-127 behind George Gervin's 47 points, and New York 136-132. Houston got 45 points from Moses Malone in a 128-127 triumph over Chicago. The Rockets, winners of seven straight, also beat the Knicks 133-130 as Malone hit for 37, the Warriors 133-92 and the Hawks 102-100 to move within 1½ games of first-place Atlanta and a game of second-place San Antonio in the Central Division. Los Angeles won three of four and took over the top spot in the Pacific from Portland, which split four games. The Trail Blazers lost 101-92 to Midwest leader Milwaukee, which got 34 from Marques Johnson, and 98-97 to Phoenix, which got 32 from Walter Davis. Ray Williams, who had pumped in 38 in a losing effort against Houston, scored 35 to lead New York to its first win in six games, a 113-109 defeat of Boston. That was the only loss in three starts for the Celtics, who replaced Philadelphia atop the Atlantic Division.
WBL—Two months after being cut by the NBA Pacers, Ann Meyers, the four-time All-America guard from UCLA, signed a three-year contract with the New Jersey Gems for a reported $130,000. The next night, she came off the bench to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds in a 98-90 loss to Washington that was the Gems' season opener. Bertha Hardy had 31 points and 14 rebounds for the 1-1 Metros.
BOWLING—MARSHALL HOLMAN beat Steve Martin 246-191 to win the $130,000 World Open.
BOXING—LUIS IBARRA won the WBA flyweight title in Maracay, Venezuela with a unanimous decision over three-time champion Betulio Gonzalez.
November 26, 1979
Alexis Arguello successfully defended his WBC super featherweight title in Inglewood, Calif. with a seventh-round knockout of Bobby Chacon.
Eusebio Pedroza of Panama knocked out John Aba of New Guinea in the 11th round to retain his WBA featherweight crown in Port Moresby.
PRO FOOTBALL—Suddenly there's a race in the NFC East. Two defeats in six days erased the Cowboys' 1½-game lead and dropped them into a three-way tie with the Redskins and the Eagles. After losing 31-21 to Philadelphia on Monday night, Dallas was beaten 34-20 in Washington. Skins Quarterback Joe Theismann threw three touchdown passes, and the Washington defense forced five turnovers and had six sacks. The Eagles kept pace by defeating St. Louis 16-13. The decisive score came on a 40-yard, fourth-period pass from Ron Jaworski to Keith Krepfle. Pittsburgh, which had sole possession of first in the AFC Central for four weeks, also found itself in a tie for first after getting trounced 35-7 in San Diego. The Chargers picked off five Terry Bradshaw passes and converted four of them into TDs en route to scoring the most points against a Pittsburgh team since 1974. Houston, which routed Cincinnati 42-21, moved up to share the top spot with the Steelers. The Oilers jumped out to an early 21-7 lead behind the 10-for-14 passing of Dan Pastorini, who left the game in the second quarter with a scratched right eye. Pittsburgh and Houston have a one-game lead over Cleveland, which was a 30-24 overtime winner over Miami. After tossing a 34-yard scoring pass to Ozzie Newsome with 1:21 left in regulation play to tie the game, Brian Sipe threw 39 yards to Reggie Rucker with 1:59 gone in the extra period for the winning score. Sipe finished with 23 completions in 42 attempts for three touchdowns and 358 yards. The loss dropped the Dolphins into second place in the AFC East, a game behind New England, which overwhelmed Baltimore 50-21. In Seattle, Jim Zorn completed 24 of 33 passes for four TDs and 384 yards to lead the Seahawks to a 38-24 victory over New Orleans and become only the third NFL quarterback to throw for more than 10,000 yards in his first four seasons. Denver maintained its share of the AFC West lead with San Diego by beating San Francisco 38-28 behind the heads-up play of Linebacker Bob Swenson. Trailing 21-17 early in the third period, the Broncos scored following his recovery of a fumble on the 49er 35-yard line. He then preserved the win by running 88 yards for a TD with another fumble recovery. Tampa Bay Linebacker Cecil Johnson recovered one fumble and forced another that David Lewis took in for a score, and Doug Williams threw 10-and 42-yard TD passes to Larry Mucker as the Bucs rolled over the Giants 31-3. Oakland's playoff hopes were all but dashed when Jim Breech missed an 18-yard field-goal attempt that would have sent a game against Kansas City into overtime. Instead, the Chiefs got a 24-21 win. In other games, Buffalo beat Green Bay 19-12, Chicago knocked off the Jets 23-13, and Minnesota defeated Detroit 14-7.
HOCKEY—When the Islanders and Rangers last met in May, a berth in the Stanley Cup finals and bragging rights in New York were on the line. The only thing up for grabs in their initial meeting of this season was third place in the Patrick Division, which they shared following the Islanders' 10-5 triumph. The Islanders didn't win any more games and the Rangers lost two others, so both clubs lost ground to division-leading Philadelphia (page 36). Vancouver and Montreal also extended their leads. Three victories in four starts gave the Canucks a six-point margin over Chicago in the Smythe, and Montreal won all three of its games to take a five-point lead in the Norris over the Kings, whom the Canadiens beat 3-1. Montreal also defeated St. Louis 5-2, behind Rejean Houle's hat trick, and Colorado 4-1. Richard Sevigny, who was called up from Montreal's Nova Scotia farm club on the day of the St. Louis game, replaced the injured Bunny Larocque and Denis Herron, and was in the nets for all three wins. The Bruins took sole possession of the top spot in the Adams with three victories that extended their winning streak to six games.
MOTOR SPORTS—BENNY PARSONS, averaging 132.821 mph in a Chevrolet, won the Los Angeles Times 500 in Ontario, Calif. by .42 of a second over Bobby Allison, in a Ford. By finishing fifth, Richard Petty won his seventh NASCAR Grand National title (page 83).
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE won a $175,000 Grand Prix tournament in Wembley, England with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory over Harold Solomon.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: by the NHL Capitals, Coach DANNY BELISLE, following Washington's 10th loss of the season against four wins and two ties. As a rookie coach in 1978-79, Belisle guided the Caps to a 24-41-15 record. GARY GREEN, 26, who had been coaching Hershey of the AHL, replaced Belisle.
By the NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Coach RON NEWMAN, who had a three-year record of 52-34.
NAMED: Co-winners of the National League's Most Valuable Player award, KEITH HERNANDEZ, 26, of St. Louis and WILLIE STARGELL, 38, of Pittsburgh. Hernandez won the league batting title with a .344 average and had 11 home runs and 105 RBIs. Stargell, who was the MVP of the 1979 World Series, hit .281 with 32 homers and 82 runs batted in.
SIGNED: As a free agent by the Dodgers, righthanded Pitcher DAVE GOLTZ, 30, who last season won 14 and lost 13 for Minnesota and has an eight-year career record of 96-79 with a 3.49 ERA. Goltz received a six-year contract estimated to be worth $3 million.
As a free agent by the Dodgers, Reliever DON STANHOUSE, 28, who had 21 saves and a 2.85 ERA last season for Baltimore. Stanhouse received a five-year deal reported to be worth more than $2 million.
As a free agent by the Boston Red Sox, former Montreal Expo First Baseman TONY PEREZ, 37, to a three-year contract reportedly worth more than $1 million. A 16-year veteran, Perez last season batted .270 with 13 home runs and 73 RBIs.