BASEBALL—The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series, four games to two (page 28).
PRO BASKETBALL—Detroit rookie Guard Isiah Thomas treated the opening week of the NBA season as if it were another NCAA final. In the Pistons' 118-113 win over Milwaukee, he hit a 50-foot three-pointer just before the halftime horn, sank four clinching free throws in the final 20 seconds and ended up with 31 points and 11 assists. Thomas added 28 points the following night as Detroit beat the Bulls 119-106. Another rookie, Indiana's 6'11" Herb Williams, helped—well, sort of—keep the Pacers in a tie with Detroit for the Central Division lead. In a 96-94 victory over Chicago he was credited with the winning hoop when, with three seconds remaining, Bull Guard Ricky Sobers accidentally deflected into his own basket a lob-pass intended for Williams. San Antonio, paced by George Gervin's 62 points, won twice, 113-102 over the Kings and 145-120 over Denver, to assume the Midwest Division lead, while Philadelphia and Portland, also each 2-0, took first place in the Atlantic and Pacific divisions, respectively.
BOWLING—MARK ROTH defeated Gil Sliker 200-192 to win the $90,000 Lansing (Mich.) Open.
PRO FOOTBALL—While Dallas was beating the Eagles 17-14 to move into a first-place deadlock with Philly in the NFC East (page 24), the Chargers were defeating Kansas City 22-20 to tie the Chiefs for the AFC West lead. After Nick Lowery's 32-yard field goal with 6:32 remaining had put K.C. ahead 20-19, Rolf Benirschke booted a 22-yarder with 13 seconds to go to give San Diego the win. Cincinnati, which had shared first in the AFC Central with Pittsburgh, took sole possession of it with a 34-21 victory over the Oilers. Bengal Quarterback Ken Anderson completed 21 of 30 passes for 281 yards and three touchdowns and the Cincinnati defense intercepted three Ken Stabler passes before knocking him out of the game completely with an injured left wrist. The Steelers, 26-13 winners over Houston on Monday night, lost 17-14 to the NFC West-leading 49ers when San Francisco's Walter Easley ran one yard for a fourth-quarter TD. S.F. had turned two of Pittsburgh's six turnovers into 10 points in a 29-second span shortly before halftime. Steve Bartkowski threw scoring passes of 47,48 and 60 yards to Alfred Jenkins to lead Atlanta over the Saints 41-10, and Buffalo's Joe Ferguson did much the same thing, hitting Joe Cribbs for TDs of 15,58 and 60 yards in the Bills' 22-13 victory over Cleveland. Miami remained one-half game ahead of Buffalo in the AFC East race by handing Baltimore its eighth straight loss—the Colts' longest losing streak since 1954—27-10. In other games, the Rams beat Detroit 20-13, the Jets upset the Giants 26-7, Washington routed St. Louis 42-21, the Raiders defeated New England 27-17, Tampa Bay beat Chicago 20-10 and the Packers won 34-24 over the Seahawks.
November 9, 1981
HOCKEY—Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky found both pain and profit on a visit to New York. On Tuesday night, in the Islanders' 4-3 win over his Smythe Division-leading Oilers, he was chopped down behind the New York net by Samurai Goalie Billy Smith, whose slashing stickwork sent Gretzky to the bench for the entire final period. But the next day he responded with two goals and two assists in Edmonton's 5-3 victory over the Rangers and found the Oilers willing to raise his annual salary to a reported $750,000. He subsequently took over the NHL scoring lead (27 points) from Quebec's Real Cloutier (23) as well, by putting in four goals in an 11-4 rout of the Nordiques. The Islanders took over first place in the Patrick Division from Philadelphia with a 2-1 triumph over the Adams Division-leading Canadiens, who, with a 6-0-4 record, had been the league's last remaining unbeaten team. Earlier in the week the Flyers had lost 11-2 in Montreal, where Philly has won only twice in its last 16 tries. The 11 goals were the most ever allowed by Philadelphia in a road game. While Minnesota extended its Norris Division lead to four points over Winnipeg by beating Calgary 6-1 and Detroit 5-4, poor Washington (page 75) was proving to be unrivaled as the league's worst entry. Three losses during the week gave the Caps 10 defeats in a row and a 1-11 record.
HORSE RACING—STALWART ($6), Chris McCarron up, won the $234,650 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita by three-quarters of a length over Racing Is Fun. The 2-year-old colt covered the 1[1/16] miles in a time of 1:42[1/5].
Snow Plow ($19.60), ridden by Jack Kaenel, defeated Ambassador of Luck by 2¼ lengths in the $210,835 Selima Stakes at Laurel Race Course. The 2-year-old filly's time for the 1[1/16] miles was 1:46[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP drove his Buick to a one-half car-length victory over Bobby Allison, also in a Buick, in the $196,400 American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham. He averaged 107.399 mph around the 1-mile banked-oval track.
Tom Sneva, averaging 112.266 mph in his March Cosworth, beat Bobby Unser, in a Penske Cosworth, by less than a car length in a $180,000, 150-mile Indy-car race on the one-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway.
TENNIS—VINCENT VAN PATTEN defeated Mark Edmondson 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win a $300,000 tournament in Tokyo.
Tracy Austin won a $125,000 tournament in Stuttgart, West Germany, beating Martina Navratilova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
MILEPOSTS—SOLD: The PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES, by owner Ruly Carpenter for $30.175 million, a record amount for a baseball franchise, to a group of five investors headed by Phillies Executive Vice-President Bill Giles. The National League still must approve the deal.
DIED: PETE REISER, 62, former major league outfielder whose .343 average with Brooklyn in 1941 made him the youngest (22) National League batting champ ever; of a respiratory illness; in Palm Springs, Calif. A .295 hitter in 10 seasons with the Dodgers, Braves, Pirates and Indians, Reiser was most brilliant in his first three full seasons. Thereafter his performance fell off because of injuries sustained in frequent crashes with outfield walls.
Former world lightweight boxing champion (1940-41) LEW JENKINS, 64, who was 65-39-5 in a pro career extending from 1934 until 1950; of cardiac disease; in Oakland, Calif.