PRO BASKETBALL—Boston and Philadelphia remained neck and neck in the Atlantic Division as each went undefeated on the week to tie for the lead at 8-1. Larry Bird and Robert Parish were the keys to the Celtics' triumphs, combining for 149 points in victories over Washington (90-84), Kansas City (115-100), New Jersey (111-97) and Cleveland (92-91). For the 76ers, it was Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins who starred. Erving had 27 points in a 109-102 win over New York, Dawkins had a career-high 19 rebounds in a 105-85 defeat of Kansas City, Erving and Dawkins had 39 points between them in beating Chicago, 117-90, and Dr. J sank a jump shot with 37 seconds left to clinch a 95-93 win over Detroit. The Pistons rebounded from three straight losses behind rookies Isiah Thomas and Kelly Tripucka, who combined for 86 points, in wins over Cleveland, 130-99, and Atlanta, 117-104. The two triumphs kept Detroit close on the tail of Central Division-leader Milwaukee, which went 3-1 on the week. The Bucks' victories, 100-88 over New Jersey, 95-85 over New York and 98-96 over Cleveland, came surprisingly when Milwaukee was without its leading scorer, Brian Winters, who had pulled a muscle. Midwest Division leader San Antonio survived nicely without its injured leading scorer, George Gervin. Gervin's replacement, Ron Brewer, finished off a three-game stretch, in which he had 123 points, with 44 in a 128-102 defeat of Los Angeles. Then Gervin returned to action and showed the Spurs who was boss as he scored 47 points in a 119-112 win over Seattle. He added 23 points in a 110-105 defeat of Portland that kept San Antonio two games ahead of Utah, whose Adrian Dantley had 99 points in three games. Pacific Division leader Portland extended its undefeated streak to seven in handing Dallas its fifth consecutive loss, 117-95, but then the going got rough for the Trail Blazers on the road. They lost 122-115 to San Diego and 119-115 to Los Angeles. That was one of four wins for the Lakers, who were paced by the scoring of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mitch Kupchak (page 56).
BOWLING—FRANK ELLENBURG beat Wayne Webb 209-182 to win a $95,000 PBA tournament in Syracuse, N.Y.
BOXING—AARON PRYOR retained his WBA junior welterweight title with a seventh-round technical knockout of Dujuan Johnson in Cleveland.
Wilfred Benitez scored a 15-round unanimous decision over Carlos Santos to retain his WBC junior middleweight crown in Las Vegas.
November 23, 1981
PRO FOOTBALL—Cincinnati, cellar-dweller in the AFC Central last year, remained atop the division, two games ahead of Pittsburgh, by beating Los Angeles 24-10. Bengal Fullback Pete Johnson ran for two touchdowns and caught a 3-yard pass for a third as Cincy won its third straight. The Rams were thus unable to gain ground on Atlanta and division-leading San Francisco in the NFC West, both of which also lost. The Falcons fell to Pittsburgh 34-20 as Steeler Terry Bradshaw threw a career-best five TD passes, while the 49ers were upset 15-12 by the Browns. The loss stopped San Francisco's victory streak at seven. Minnesota's Tommy Kramer passed for 287 yards to pace the NFC Central-leading Vikings to a 20-10 triumph over New Orleans. The win put Minnesota two games ahead of Tampa Bay, Green Bay and Detroit; the Bucs lost 24-7 to AFC West leader Denver; the Pack edged Chicago 21-17 and the Lions beat Dallas 27-24. The Cowboys, who had defeated Buffalo 27-14 earlier in the week, thus dropped from their tie with Philadelphia for the NFC East lead. The Eagles beat Baltimore 38-13, Ron Jaworski throwing for two touchdowns and Wilbert Montgomery running for two, as the Colts lost their 10th straight. Last season the Jets finished where the Colts now are—at the bottom of the AFC East—but by beating New England 17-6, this year's Jets came within one game of division-leading Miami, which lost 33-17 to Oakland. The Jets also surged ahead of Buffalo, which suffered its second loss of the week—24-0 to St. Louis, as Cardinal Ottis Anderson ran for 177 yards and two TDs. Elsewhere, Washington defeated the Giants 30-27 in OT, and Kansas City outlasted Houston 23-10.
HOCKEY—Norris Division-leading Minnesota spent the week hip-checking old club records out of the books. During a 15-2 win over Winnipeg, the North Stars scored eight times in the second period to set a team mark for goals in a period. The 15-goal total, also a club record, was one fewer than the NHL standard of 16 set by Montreal in 1920. Center Bobby Smith had four goals and three assists in that win for yet another Minnesota mark: seven points in a game. The North Stars then scored twice in seven seconds during a five-goal rally that tied Quebec 5-5. The two goals matched the time for the fastest pair of scores in club history, and they helped Minnesota remain the NHL's only unbeaten team at home. The Patrick Division-leading Islanders beat Winnipeg 5-3 and Toronto 4-3 to remain undefeated on the road before losing to the Flyers, 5-4—in Philadelphia. At home, the Islanders were forced to settle for a 5-5 tie with Smythe Division-leading Edmonton as Oiler Wayne Gretzky added a goal to his three assists by scoring with 39 seconds left to play. Gretzky was held to one shot on goal during a 5-2 loss to the Bruins (page 44), which shared the Adams Divison lead with Montreal, after he scored twice in a 4-4 tie with Hartford. For the hapless Whalers, the tie was one of three winless efforts on the week. Philadelphia ended a four-game losing streak by beating Hartford 5-3, and the Whalers handed Washington its first victory in 15 games, 4-0.
HORSE RACING—PRINCELET ($28.60), William Nemeti up, won the $336,800 Meadowlands Cup by three-quarters of a length over Niteange. The 3-year-old ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02[2/5].
POWERBOATING—JERRY JACOBY drove Ajac Hawk, a 37'6" Cigarette, at an average of 70.9 mph over a 208-mile course off Key West, Fla. to win the American Power Boat Association's World Cup offshore championship. He finished 31 seconds ahead of Jerry Kilpatrick in a Squadron (page 90).
TENNIS—GENE MAYER won a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in Stockholm with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over his older brother, Sandy.
Jimmy Connors beat John McEnroe 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2 to win a $175,000 tournament in London.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As National League Cy Young Award winner, Los Angeles lefthander FERNANDO VALENZUELA, 21, who led the league in innings pitched (192‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬®), strikeouts (180), complete games (11) and shutouts (eight). He is the first rookie and youngest player ever to receive the award.
As manager of the Montreal Expos, JIM FANNING, 54, who guided the Expos to their first National League East title as interim skipper after replacing the fired Dick Williams on Sept. 8.
As the eighth coach of the Washington Capitals in as many years, BRYAN MURRAY, 38, who had been coach of the Caps' Hershey, Pa. farm team.
TRADED: By the K.C. Kings, Center SAM LACEY, 33, to New Jersey for Forward MIKE WOODSON, 23, and a 1982 first-round draft choice.
By the Philadelphia Flyers, Center MEL BRIDGMAN, 26, to Calgary for Defenseman BRAD MARSH, 23. Calgary also sent Wing ERIC VAIL, 28, to Detroit for Wing GARY McADAM, 25, and two fourth-round draft choices, in 1982 and 1983.
By the Toronto Maple Leafs, Defenseman IAN TURNBULL, 27, to Los Angeles for Wing BILLY HARRIS, 29, and Defenseman JOHN GIBSON, 22.
By the Cleveland Indians, Second Baseman DUANE KUIPER, 31, to the San Francisco Giants for Pitcher ED WHITSON, 26.
DIED: BENJAMIN (BUTCH) GEARHART, 36, winner of five Professional Bowling Association events between 1967 and '73; of injuries suffered in a car accident; near Fort Lauderdale, Fla.