PRO BASKETBALL—The Spurs' first victim was Pacific Division-leading Phoenix, fresh off its eighth straight win, 109-108 over Indiana. With James Silas scoring 30 points, including the 10,000th of his ABA-NBA career, San Antonio took a 19-point lead after three periods against the Suns and then benched all its starters in coasting to a 114-84 victory. Los Angeles, second in the Pacific, came next, losing 112-109 as the Spurs' George Gervin had 30 points. The wins increased San Antonio's Midwest Division lead to three games over Utah, which beat Kansas City 107-104 and Cleveland 112-96 before falling 109-102 to the Knicks. Adrian Dantley (33.6 points per game) had 100 points in the Jazz' three games to remain ahead of Moses Malone (29.3) and Denver's David Thompson (27.3) in the league scoring race. In the Central Division, first-place Milwaukee won two of three, while the other division teams went a collective 4-15, leaving the Bucks with a 3½-game edge over the Pacers. Milwaukee defeated Indiana 135-121, with Marques Johnson going for 40 points, and beat Boston 102-101, but, in between, the Bucks saw their 10-game winning streak end with a 98-96 loss to lowly (3-12) Detroit. The heretofore struggling Bullets, who were 2-9 entering the week, suddenly caught fire, beating injury-plagued Atlanta 122-98, Dallas 116-95 and the Pistons 114-88. Never mind that their three opponents' combined record was 10-36, Washington shot a team-record 64% from the floor against the Mavericks, and Elvin Hayes hit 12 of 16 field-goal tries in scoring 29 points against Detroit. Still, the Bullets gained little ground on the Atlantic Division leader, Philadelphia, which also defeated the Pistons, 107-103 behind Julius Erving's 36 points, and beat K.C. 117-100. For the seventh time in four seasons, Sixers Guard Doug Collins was felled by a serious injury, this time a stress fracture of the right foot. The second-place Knicks, unbeaten in six home games this season, won two of three on the road. New York lost 111-102 to the Kings, and then beat Denver 124-115 and Utah 109-102. Four Knicks had 21 or more points in the Denver win, and all five Knick starters scored in double figures against the Jazz.
BOWLING—MIKE DURBIN defeated Bo Bowden 227-186 to win the $75,000 PBA Northern Ohio Open in Cleveland.
BOXING—HILMER KENTY retained his WBA lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Vilomar Fernandez in Detroit.
Sergio Palma successfully defended his WBA super-bantamweight championship in Buenos Aires by stopping Ulises Morales in the ninth round.
November 17, 1980
PRO FOOTBALL—Detroit made its 34-0 loss to the Vikings a team effort: Gary Danielson was sacked eight times, the offense turned the ball over five times, the defense gave up 346 passing yards, and Billy Sims rushed for only 21. All five NFC Central teams are now within two games of each other, with the Lions in first at 6-4 and the Vikings next at 5-5. The NFC East-leading Eagles, on the other hand, have a seven-game margin over the last-place Giants, who did Philadelphia a favor by beating Dallas 38-35. Giant Phil Simms' 351 passing yards offset 183 on the ground by Cowboy Tony Dorsett and dropped Dallas two games behind the Eagles. Philly handed the Saints their 10th loss, 34-21. Cleveland defeated Chicago 27-21 on Monday night and Baltimore 28-27 to take the AFC Central lead; Brian Sipe threw for 510 yards in the victories to replace Otto Graham as holder of the Browns' career record for passing yardage. Pittsburgh, last in the AFC in pass defense, surrendered 302 yards in the air to Doug Williams but held on to beat Tampa Bay 24-21. In the NFC West, Atlanta moved into sole possession of first place by edging St. Louis 33-27, while Los Angeles lost 35-14 to Miami, The Falcons won when Ray Strong ran 21 yards for a touchdown 4:42 into overtime. The AFC West has a lone leader, too, following Oakland's 28-17 victory over Cincinnati and San Diego's 20-13 loss to Denver. Arthur Whittington returned a kickoff 90 yards for one Raider TD, and Jim Plunkett ran four yards for another as Oakland won its fifth in a row and opened a one-game advantage over the Chargers. Elsewhere, Buffalo beat the Jets 31-24 on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Joe Ferguson to Frank Lewis with six seconds left; Chicago's Vince Evans threw three TD passes, and Walter Payton ran 50 yards for a score as the Bears defeated Washington 35-21; the 49ers lost their seventh straight, 23-16 to Green Bay; and Kansas City beat Seattle 31-30 on a last-minute touchdown.
GOLF—TATSUKO OHSAKO shot a nine-under-par 213 to win the $175,000 Japan Classic in Hanayashiki by three strokes over Pat Bradley.
HOCKEY—Victories over the Bruins, Kings and Whalers boosted Philadelphia's unbeaten streak to 10 games and gave the Flyers the NHL lead with 22 points. After defeating Boston 4-2 on two goals by Rick MacLeish, Philly stunned Los Angeles 8-2 as MacLeish had a hat trick and Bill Barber scored twice. The Kings, who were out-shot 45-22, had not lost in 10 games. Two nights later the Flyers moved ahead of L.A. in the standings by beating Hartford 5-4 while the Kings lost 3-0 to Montreal. A close third, with 20 points, were the Canucks, who recovered from a 3-2 loss to Buffalo by defeating Edmonton 4-3, Minnesota 3-2 and the Rangers 6-4. Ivan Boldirev caromed a shot off an Oiler defenseman into the net to beat Edmonton, while Stan Smyl scored two power-play goals in the Canucks' win over the North Stars. In New York, the goalies made headlines. The Rangers, mired in 17th place with only three wins, left erstwhile No. 1 Goaltender John Davidson at home to practice and lose weight when they headed off on a four-game road trip. His replacement, Doug Soetaert, yielded nine goals in a loss and a tie. The Islanders called Roland Melanson up from Indianapolis of the CHL on Monday, stuck him in the nets the next night against Detroit and came away with a 6-4 victory. Denis Potvin had five assists for the winners. Melanson triumphed in his next two starts as well, 4-2 over Boston and 7-3 over Chicago. Mike Bossy put in two goals against the Bruins, whose winless streak reached nine, and scored three against the Black Hawks. Toronto broke a slump by edging Pittsburgh 2-1, but the Penguins were the ones with the new hero. U.S. Olympic team captain Mark Johnson scored Pittsburgh's only goal against the Leafs, had two in a 4-4 tie with Edmonton and put in another during a 5-3 victory over the Red Wings.
HORSE RACING—ARGUMENT ($6.80), Lester Piggott aboard, won the $250,000 Washington D.C. International by a length over The Very One. The 3-year-old French colt covered the 1½ miles in 2:30[1/5].
Astrious ($11.40), ridden by Terry Lipham, won Santa Anita's $149,800 Oak Leaf Stakes over Irish Arrival in a photo finish. The 2-year-old filly was timed in 1:43[4/5] for the 1[1/16], miles.
Cash Asmussen rode PLANKTON ($11.80) to a nose victory over Sugar and Spice in the $109,000 Ladies' Handicap at Aqueduct. The 4-year-old filly covered the 1¼ miles in 2:03.
MOTOR SPORTS—TOM SNEVA, averaging 99.925 mph in a Phoenix-Cosworth, won a 150-mile, $75,000 Indy car race in Phoenix by nine seconds over Mario Andretti in a Penske.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Brian Teacher 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to win the men's title at a $125,000 tournament in Hong Kong. WENDY TURNBULL beat Marcie Louie 6-0, 6-2 in the women's finals.
Tracy Austin beat Sherry Acker 6-2, 7-5 to win a $125,000 tournament in Filderstadt, West Germany.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner for a record-tying third time, Phillie lefthander STEVE CARLTON, 35, whose 24 victories, 286 strikeouts and 304 innings pitched led the league. He also won the award in 1972 and 1977.
RETIRED: Japan's most renowned baseball player, SADAHARU OH, 40, after hitting 868 home runs and leading the Yomiuri Giants to 12 Japan Series titles in 21 seasons. The 5'9", 160-pound first baseman, a lefthanded batter and .301 career hitter, was the Central League MVP nine times and its homerun champ 15 times. He will remain with the Giants as assistant manager.
After 12 NBA seasons with Boston (1969-78), Golden State (1979-80) and Kansas City (1980), Guard JO JO WHITE, 34, a seven-time All-Star who scored 17.2 points per game and played on the Celtics' 1974 and 1976 league championship teams. He was named the playoff MVP in '76.
DIED: Of respiratory complications, British bantamweight JOHNNY OWEN, 24, who had been in a coma at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles since being knocked out on Sept. 19 by WBC champ Lupe Pintor.