BASKETBALL—The losing streak of the Cleveland Cavaliers continued, compliments of Detroit (128-119), Chicago (118-111) and New Jersey (99-91). The loss to Detroit, No. 22 in a streak extending back to last season, broke an NBA record set by the Pistons over the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons. Another of the league's doormats, San Diego, fared slightly better, although it didn't win either. In a 130-111 loss to Philadelphia, Clipper Guard Randy Smith eclipsed Johnny Kerr's consecutive-game streak by playing his 845th straight game. San Diego also signed its first-round pick, 6'10" Power Forward Terry Cummings, to a four-year, $1.6 million deal. Cummings made an immediate impact, scoring 39 points in his first two starts. But it wasn't enough to stop another streak: San Diego has now lost 19 straight on the road. Milwaukee still paced the Central Division, but Chicago Guard Reggie Theus had the week to remember, scoring 111 points in three games. In the Atlantic Division, Boston and Philly, both unbeaten at the tip-off, waged a double-overtime war that the 76ers won 119-115 as Julius Erving and Moses Malone shared 56 points. In the Midwest Division, where San Antonio holds the lead, Dallas' 4-2 start is its best in the Mavs' three-year history. Their 3-1 week was marred only by a 112-100 loss to Phoenix. Los Angeles, unbeaten since an opening loss to Golden State but still trailing undefeated Seattle in the standings, dumped Denver twice, 135-134 and 131-108. Rookie James Worthy got 42 points in those games and won the first on a tip-in in OT.
BOWLING—WAYNE WEBB routed Pete Weber 266-215 to win his 10th PBA career title, the $100,000 Columbia Open in Sterling Heights, Mich.
Donna Adamek edged Nikki Gianulias 192-189 to win the $25,000 Belleville (Ill.) Open.
BOXING—ELEONCIO MERCEDES was awarded a split 15-round decision over defending champion Freddie Castillo to win the WBC flyweight title in Los Angeles.
November 15, 1982
EQUESTRIAN—At the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, the UNITED STATES won the four-nation competition with 112[1/6] points, defeating second-place France by 60 points.
GOLF—NANCY LOPEZ shot a nine-under-par 216 to win the $200,000 Japan Classic. Lopez defeated Amy Alcott by six strokes.
HOCKEY—Calgary and Edmonton usually share only an intense intraprovince rivalry, but last week the two Alberta cities, in effect, worked together. The Flames and Oilers helped their Smythe Division to a 6-2-1 record in interdivisional games, a slightly better mark than that of the Adams Division (5-4), and light years ahead of those of the Norris (3-3-3) and talent-laden Patrick (1-6-4) divisions. Under new Coach Bob Johnson, the Wizard of Wisconsin (where he won NCAA titles in 1973, '77 and '81), Calgary is hitting its stride. It dumped New Jersey, 0-7-2 in its last nine games, 6-3 as Lanny McDonald scored three times for the Flames. Three nights later McDonald moved into the league goal-scoring lead by bagging his 15th and 16th goals, including the game-winner with 65 seconds left, in a 7-5 beating of Winnipeg. Calgary then tied the New York Rangers 2-2 on Paul Reinhart's slap shot with 1:22 remaining. The Flames finished the week by losing 5-2 at Winnipeg to trail division-leading Los Angeles by two points, while Edmonton grounded the Jets 7-2 early in the week before knocking off the Rangers 5-1, thanks to four third-period goals. In the Patrick, the division-leading New York Islanders' 30-game home unbeaten string was broken. The Pittsburgh Penguins, who stopped a league record 15-game Islander winning streak last season, did the honors again. The score was 3-1 as Pat Boutette rang up his 14th goal. New York's lone goal came from Bryan Trottier on an assist from NHL Player of October Mike Bossy, who had 24 points in 12 games during the month. The assist gave Bossy his 600th career point after only slightly more than five seasons. Philadelphia also beat the Islanders 6-3 to move within five points of first. Finally, when division leaders Montreal (Adams) and Minnesota (Norris) met, the Canadiens had a blast. Montreal, enjoying its second straight 3-0 week, defeated the North Stars, who lead the surprising Chicago Black Hawks (page 72) by two points, 8-3.
HORSE RACING—SLEWPY ($58.60), Angel Cordero Jr. up, upset previously unbeaten Copelan to win the $326,500 Young America Stakes at the Meadowlands. The 2-year-old covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:43[2/5] to defeat Bet Big by 3½ lengths. Copelan was fourth.
April's Run ($3.40), with Cash Asmussen aboard, beat Majesty's Prince by 6½ lengths to take the $250,000 Washington D.C. International at Laurel. The 4-year-old filly ran the 1½ miles in 2:31.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY ALLISON averaged 130.885 mph in a Chevy to win a 500-mile NASCAR race on the 1.522-mile Atlanta International Raceway oval. Allison won by .66 second over Harry Gant in a Buick.
Tom Sneva, in a March-Cosworth, averaged 110.997 mph on the one-mile Phoenix International Raceway oval to win the Phoenix 150 Indy car race for the third consecutive year. He finished six seconds ahead of Rick Mears.
TENNIS—PAUL McNAMEE scored a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Guillermo Villas to win a $300,000 WCT tournament in Towson, Md.
The UNITED STATES defeated Britain 6-1 in the best-of-seven Wightman Cup series.
WEIGHTLIFTING—At the World Powerlifting Championships in Munich, LAMAR GANT of Greeley, Colo. set a world record with a 518-pound squat in the 123-pound class.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To Milwaukee righthanded Pitcher PETE VUCKOVICH, 30, the 1982 American League Cy Young Award. He had an 18-6 record with a 3.34 ERA in 223‚Öî innings.
CONVICTED: By a six-member Dade County, Fla. jury, former Miami Dolphin (1969-75) and San Diego Charger (1976) Running Back EUGENE (Mercury) MORRIS, 35, on one count of trafficking in cocaine, one count of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine stemming from his participation in a $120,000 drug deal in August 1981. Morris faces a minimum of 15 years in prison without parole and could receive a 55-year term.
FAILED TO RENEW: By major league baseball owners, a third seven-year term for Commissioner BOWIE KUHN, 56, whose current reign ends on Aug. 13, 1983, after 14½ years of service. Kuhn failed to obtain the mandatory 75% support of the owners in each league. The American League vote was 11-3; the National League 7-5.
FINED: By the NBA, New Jersey Net Coach LARRY BROWN, $1,500 for verbally abusing Referee Dick Bavetta following the Nets' 95-93 exhibition loss to Washington on Oct. 23.
SIGNED: To a one-year contract to manage the California Angels, JOHN McNAMARA, 50, who has previously managed in Oakland (1969-70), San Diego (1974-77) and Cincinnati (1979-82). He guided the Reds to a four-year 279-244 record and a National League West title in 1979; former Gold Glove Third Baseman DOUG RADER, 38, to manage the Texas Rangers, succeeding Interim Manager Darrell Johnson; to a two-year contract as skipper of the Cleveland Indians, former New York Yankee Coach MIKE FERRARO, 38. While managing in the Yankees' farm system (1974-78), he won three divisional titles.
DIED: Former New York Highlander, Yankee and Cincinnati Reds pitcher and longtime University of Michigan baseball coach, RAY FISHER, 95; of natural causes; in Ann Arbor, Mich. Fisher pitched in the majors from 1910 to 1920 and had a record of 97-93. He was the oldest surviving member of both the Yanks and the Reds.