PRO BASKETBALL—Without the Iceman, George Gervin, the Midwest Division-leading Spurs might have been on the rocks. But Ron Brewer came off the bench for the injured—bruised right thigh—Gervin to replace him quite nicely. In San Antonio's 128-102 win over Cleveland, Brewer scored 39 points, six better than his previous career high. He then did one better, getting 40 points in a 103-96 defeat of New York. Despite the absence of its all-star, holdout Marques Johnson, Milwaukee kept the Central Division lead, also with help from a veteran. Brian Winters scored a total of 47 points as the Bucks won twice, 98-90 over Washington and 105-102 over San Diego. Close behind Milwaukee was Detroit, which, with Isiah Thomas leading the way (page 75), beat New Jersey 109-103 before losing for the first two times this season. One of the Pistons' losses, by an 86-82 score, was the Bullets' first victory of 1981-82; the other was a 129-88 loss to Boston. The win was the third straight for the Celtics, who also beat Chicago 115-93 and Indiana 111-94 behind Larry Bird's 54-point scoring. The victories left Boston atop the Atlantic Division lead with Philadelphia, which won twice, 107-99 over Indiana and 112-99 over Washington, before losing its first game of the season, 106-99 to Atlanta. That was a sweet victory for the Hawks, who hadn't won in Philadelphia in five games and who had lost by two points to the 76ers in their season opener. Philly's loss left Pacific Division leader Portland with the league's only unblemished record as the Blazers extended their win streak to six.
BOWLING—MARK ROTH beat Boysie Huber to win a $100,000 tournament in Cleveland, 206-188.
BOXING—LARRY HOLMES retained his WBC heavyweight crown with an 11th-round technical knockout of Renaldo Snipes in Pittsburgh and WBA light heavyweight titlist MICHAEL SPINKS retained his crown with a seventh-round knockout of Vonzell Johnson in Atlantic City (page 32).
Tadashi Mihara scored a 15-round decision over Rocky Fratto to win the vacant WBA junior middleweight crown in Rochester, N.Y.
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Hilario Zapata retained his WBC light flyweight title with a 10th-round TKO of Netrnoi Vorasing in Kortat, Thailand.
PRO FOOTBALL—Denver took outright possession of the AFC West lead 4:10 into a 23-20 sudden-death win over Cleveland. The Broncos, who earlier in the week had defeated Minnesota 19-17, thus broke from a three-way tie. with K.C., which lost its OT game 16-13 to Chicago, and San Diego, which fell 40-17 to Cincinnati. The Bengals' victory, highlighted by Cornerback Louis Breeden's record-tying 102-yard interception return, gave them a two-game lead in the AFC Central as Pittsburgh lost 24-21 to Seattle. Steeler Back Franco Harris gained 61 yards during the loss to become the third player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards. Another milestone was reached by Miami's Don Shula, who became the fourth NFL coach to win 200 games. The AFC East-leading Dolphins beat a jinx and the Patriots 30-27 in their OT match. It was Miami's first victory in New England since 1975. The Jets stayed on the Dolphins' tail as Richard Todd threw for 277 yards and three TDs in beating Baltimore 41-14. It was the ninth straight loss for the Colts—or Dolts, as Baltimore fans now call them. NFC East leader Philadelphia chalked up the season's biggest score in beating St. Louis 52-10. The Eagles' Ron Jaworski completed four TD passes, including two to Harold Carmichael. Minnesota's Tommy Kramer also had a big day, throwing for 228 yards as the Vikings wrested the NFC Central lead from Tampa Bay 25-10 (page 38). San Francisco Safety Dwight Hicks intercepted an Atlanta pass with 1:43 remaining to salvage a 17-14 victory over the Falcons. The win gave the 49ers a commanding three-game lead over Atlanta and L.A. in the NFC West. The Rams fell 21-13 to New Orleans; George Rogers had three TD runs for the victors. San Francisco's victory also extended its win streak to seven, longest in the NFL. Houston snapped a three-game losing string by beating Oakland 17-16; Detroit, which has never won in Washington, lost there 33-31; and Green Bay beat the Giants for the second time in a row, 26-24.
GOLF—PATTY SHEEHAN shot a nine-under-par 213 to win a $250,000 LPGA tournament in Sagamihara, Japan by four strokes over Beth Daniel.
HOCKEY—The Stastny brothers from Czechoslovakia sounds like the name of a circus act, and, indeed, they performed amazing tricks for Quebec last week. In a 6-2 defeat of St. Louis, Peter Stastny scored twice and, just as he'd done in a 5-4 win over Montreal earlier in the week, set up a goal for each of his brothers, Anton and Marian. Marian, a rookie, also had three assists against the Blues. Those Nordique victories set the stage for an Adams Division showdown with Boston, but it was the Bruins who came up with the tricks, prevailing 10-1 for their fourth win in a row. Boston held onto the division lead, but broke its victory string in a 4-1 loss to Norris Division leader Minnesota. The North Stars had been in on streaks all week: They dealt Washington its 11th consecutive loss, 6-1, and then fell 4-2 to Hartford, snapping the Whalers' seven-game winless string. Philadelphia couldn't break its loss streak; it fell 6-2 to the Rangers and 7-2 to Pittsburgh. Thus the Flyers, who had gone unbeaten in their first eight games, had lost four straight. Nonetheless, they remained only two points away from the Patrick Division top as the leading Islanders tied Calgary 2-2 and then lost for the first time in seven games, 6-2 to Buffalo. Edmonton rookie Goalie Grant Fuhr's fourth straight victory, a 6-4 defeat of Toronto, gave the Oilers firm hold of the Smythe Division lead and made them the first NHL team to score 10 wins on the season. Edmonton got goals on three of its first four shots against the Maple Leafs, but the scoring boom (page 78) worked against the Oilers at week's end as they were beaten 5-4 by the Rockies, who had four goals in the last 11 minutes.
HORSE RACING—JUMBO PACIFIC, ridden by Steve Harris, beat Excessive Power by a length to win the $424,000 Heritage Place Futurity for quarter horses at Blue Ribbon Downs. The 2-year-old gelding ran the 400 yards in 20:09.
John Henry ($2.80), Bill Shoemaker up, won the $300,000 Oak Tree Invitational at Santa Anita by a neck over Spence Bay. The 6-year-old gelding ran the 1½ miles on grass in 2:23[2/5].
Providential II ($6.40), Alain Lequeux up, defeated April Run by a length to win the $250,000 Washington International at Laurel Race Course. The 4-year-old ran the 1½ miles on grass in 2:31[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, averaging 130.391 mph in a Thunderbird around the 1.522-mile Atlanta International Race oval, won a 500-mile NASCAR event. He finished in 3:49.43, a half car-length ahead of Darrell Waltrip in a Buick.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the Washington Capitals, General Manager MAX McNAB, 57, and Coach GARY GREEN, 28, after the Caps had extended their record to 1-12. ROGER CROZIER was named both acting general manager and head coach.
NAMED: As the American League Cy Young Award winner, Milwaukee righthander ROLLIE FINGERS, whose 28 saves and 6-3 record meant he had a hand in 34 of the Brewers' 62 wins. He is the second relief pitcher in AL history to win the award.
As manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, PAT CORRALES, 40, who guided the Texas Rangers to a 160-164 record from 1978 through 1980.
PLACED ON PROBATION—For two years by the NCAA, the University of Miami football team, for recruiting violations committed from 1976 through 1980. The Hurricanes also cannot appear in a bowl game this year and will have the number of scholarships they can offer next year reduced from 30 to 20.
TRADED: By Cincinnati, Outfielder KEN GRIFFEY, 31, who batted .307 in eight seasons with the Reds, to the New York Yankees for minor league Pitcher BRIAN RYDER, 21, and a player to be named later. Griffey, who was about to become a free agent, was signed to a five-year contract for a reported $4.5 million by New York.