PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: When the season began, three NBA coaches—Red Auerbach (938), Red Holzman (574) and Dick Motta (502)—had won 500 or more games. Now there are five. San Diego's Gene Shue and Portland's Jack Ramsay picked up their 500s on the same night when the Clippers beat Phoenix 117-110 and the Trail Blazers defeated Los Angeles 114-99. Also that evening, New York edged Houston 130-125 to end the Rockets' seven-game winning string and give Holzman his 500th triumph with the Knicks. Holzman got his 501st against Cleveland, which had won three in a row. Led by Ray Williams, who had 29 points and 13 assists, and Michael Ray Richardson, who had 16 assists, New York set a team assist record with 45 in the 133-113 victory. Ramsay and Shue are still looking for their 501st wins. Before beating L.A., Pacific Division leader Portland had edged Seattle 100-95, but the Sonics avenged that loss on their home court by a score of 94-90. In addition to defeating Phoenix, San Diego beat Midwest leader Milwaukee 112-96 behind Swen Nater's 21 rebounds and Brian Taylor's 23-point effort that included five three-pointers. The Clippers then lost 107-91 to Kansas City, which got 36 points from Otis Birdsong. Earlier, K.C. dropped a 128-120 decision to Phoenix that ended a King victory streak at five. The Suns, who have won seven of nine, also knocked off the Nuggets, 115-101, as Walter Davis pumped in 40. Philadelphia's Julius Erving had 41 points in a 113-102 win over the Rockets, who two days before had beaten the Sixers 97-94. San Antonio took over the lead in the Central Division from Atlanta, which dropped three in a row. The Hawks' final defeat was to Atlantic leader Boston by a score of 106-101 (page 18).
WBL: Anita Ortega poured in 41 points to lead San Francisco to a 98-91 win over California. Three nights later she had 30 points and 13 rebounds in a 107-105 loss to Chicago. Defending champion Houston remained undefeated by beating California 108-84.
CROSS-COUNTRY—At the AAU championships in Raleigh, N.C., ALBERTO SALAZAR won the men's title with a time of 30:27.8 over 10,000 meters, and MARGARET GROOS was the women's winner, covering the 5,000 meters in 16:53.9. HENRY RONO of Washington State covered the 10,000-meter course in Bethlehem, Pa. in 28:19.4 to win the NCAA title for the third time. Texas-El Paso took the team title. In Tallahassee, Fla., JULIE SHEA won the AIAW championship with a time of 16:35.0 over the 5,000 meters. Her North Carolina State squad placed first in the team competition (page 98).
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—Charles White rambled for 194 yards as Southern Cal whipped UCLA 49-14 and earned a Rose Bowl bid. Unbeaten BYU won the WAC title and a Holiday Bowl spot with a 63-14 rout of San Diego State. Florida State also finished at 11-0 by defeating Florida 27-16. In other intrastate rivalries, Arizona edged Arizona State 27-24, South Carolina beat Clemson 13-9, North Carolina routed Duke 37-16, and Tulane defeated LSU for only the second time in 31 years. The score: 24-13. Notre Dame knocked off Miami 40-15 in the third Mirage Bowl before 80,000 fans in Tokyo, and Missouri Western State snuck by William Jewell 72-44 in the first Moila Shrine Classic. Elsewhere, it was Arkansas 31, SMU 7; Houston 14, Texas Tech 10; Texas 13, Baylor 0; Tennessee 20, Kentucky 17; Missouri 55, Kansas 7; Temple 42, Villanova 10; and Oklahoma 17, Nebraska 14 (page 24).
December 3, 1979
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: Ron Jaworski threw three touchdown passes and Leroy Harris rushed for 137 yards on nine carries to lift Philadelphia to a 21-10 win over Green Bay and into sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Washington and Dallas, which were tied with the Eagles, both lost. The Giants beat the Skins 14-6 behind the running of Billy Taylor, who finished with 126 yards on 26 rushes, and Houston handed Dallas its third straight defeat, 30-24, on Thanksgiving Day (page 26). The victory kept the Oilers in a tie for the lead in the AFC Central with Pittsburgh, which edged Cleveland 33-30 in overtime. Matt Bahr's fourth field goal of the day—a 37-yarder with just nine seconds remaining in the extra period—provided the Steelers' margin of victory. Also hot for Pittsburgh were Franco Harris, who galloped for 151 yards on 32 carries, and Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who completed 30 of 44 passes for a career-high 364 yards. Bradshaw's Cleveland counterpart, Brian Sipe, had 23 completions in 38 attempts for 333 yards. Quarterback Dan Fouts hit on 27 of 43 passes for 350 yards and three TDs as San Diego crushed Kansas City 28-7 and took over the lead in the AFC West, a game ahead of Denver, which was a 14-10 loser to Oakland. After completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lou Piccone with 11 seconds on the clock to tie Buffalo with New England, Quarterback Joe Ferguson hooked up with Jerry Butler on a 51-yard completion to set up Nick Mike-Mayer's 29-yard field goal 9:15 into overtime that clinched a 16-13 win for the Bills. The loss dropped the Pats into a tie for the top spot in the AFC East with Miami. The Dolphins upended Baltimore 28-24 as Bob Griese, who had been benched during the previous week's defeat in Cleveland, tossed a pair of TD passes after replacing an injured Don Strock in the second quarter. Sid Justin ran 80 yards for a touchdown following a botched field-goal attempt, and Running Back Wendell Tyler went 71 yards for a score after taking in a short pass to spark Los Angeles to a 26-20 defeat of San Francisco. That win, along with a 20-14 Monday night victory over Atlanta, kept the Rams in a tie with New Orleans for the lead in the NFC West. The Saints routed the Falcons 37-6 behind a defense that forced six turnovers and sacked Atlanta Quarterback June Jones III five times. With 19 seconds remaining, his team down by seven points and all his receivers covered, Tampa Bay Quarterback Doug Williams scampered 13 yards for a touchdown to send the game into overtime. Or so he thought. Wally Hilgenberg blocked the ensuing point-after attempt to preserve a 23-22 win for Minnesota. The Vikings also blocked a punt, a field-goal try and another extra-point attempt. Detroit beat Chicago 20-0 for its second triumph of the season, and hapless Cincinnati defeated even more hapless St. Louis 34-28.
CFL: EDMONTON defeated Montreal 17-9 to win the Grey Cup for the second year in a row.
HOCKEY—A nine-game Boston victory streak came to an end in Montreal, where the Bruins have not WOE since Oct. 30, 1976. Canadien Pierre Larouche, who had a hat trick and two assists in an earlier 7-0 rout of Winnipeg, scored one goal and set up the other two in Montreal's 3-1 victory over Boston. The win gave Montreal a six-point lead in the Norris Division over Los Angeles, which beat Vancouver 5-1 for its only triumph. Before meeting the Canadiens, the Bruins knocked off Hartford 5-4 and beat Quebec twice, 5-3 and 7-4. Jean Ratelle, who turned 39 last month, scored three times in the second victory over the Nordiques. Philadelphia beat L.A. and Vancouver and tied Edmonton 2-2 to extend its unbeaten string to 20 games.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Chris Evert Lloyd 6-3, 6-3 to win a $110,000 tournament in Brighton, England.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: Winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation's outstanding collegiate lineman, North Carolina State's JIM RITCHER, the first center to earn the award in its 34-year history.
Winner of the American League's MVP award, California's DON BAYLOR, 30, who hit .296 with 36 home runs and a league-leading 139 RBIs.
SIGNED: By Houston, righthanded Pitcher NOLAN RYAN, 32, to a contract reportedly worth $4.5 million over four years, which would make him the highest-paid free agent in baseball history. Ryan, who has a 13-year career record of 167-159 and a 3.16 ERA, won 16 and lost 14 while leading the A.L. with 223 strikeouts last season for California. He holds the major league record for most strikeouts in a season (383) and most 300-strikeout seasons (five) and shares the record with Sandy Koufax for the most no-hitters (four).
As a free agent by San Diego, righthanded Pitcher RICK WISE, 34, who won 15 of 25 decisions last season for Cleveland and had a 3.72 ERA, to a five-year contract estimated to be worth $2 million.
As a free agent by California, righthander BRUCE KISON, 29, who had a 13-7 record and a 3.19 ERA with Pittsburgh last season. Kison received a five-year contract for a reported $2 million.