BASKETBALL—Chicago Guard Reggie Theus can't seem to get off the number 111, and because of that the revitalized run-and-gun Bulls shot up in the Central Division standings. For the second time this month he scored 111 points in a three-game stretch—all Chicago wins—and increased his season average to 30.0 points per game, good for third place in the scoring race behind leader Adrian Dantley of Utah. Theus opened with 29 points in a 125-120 win over Golden State and then hit a career-high 42 on 17-of-24 shooting in a 127-111 romp over Utah. His biggest points, however—all 40 of them—were made in a 131-128 victory over Central Division rival Detroit. The Bulls reached .500 with that win and trailed the Pistons and Bucks by just 1½ games. Philadelphia stayed atop the Atlantic with wins over Detroit and Milwaukee. After a 2-2 week, San Antonio led Kansas City in the Midwest Division by one-half game, with Dallas, which beat Los Angeles 118-117 on Mark Aguirre's three-point bank shot from the corner with one second left, two games back. In the Pacific Division, Phoenix had its five-game win streak snapped 118-107 by Denver and still trailed front-running and once-beaten Seattle by 2 games.
BOWLING—STEVE FEHR closed with six straight strikes to defeat Steve Cook 240-196 and win a $110,000 PBA event in Glendale Heights, Ill.
BOXING—DWIGHT MUHAMMAD QAWI, the former Dwight Braxton, retained his WBC light-heavyweight crown with an 11th-round TKO of Eddie Davis in Atlantic City.
PRO FOOTBALL—As action resumed after the NFL players' strike, the kickers were clearly in midseason form. Cleveland clipped New England 10-7 on Matt Bahr's 24-yard field goal with no time left, and Cincinnati couldn't kick after beating Philadelphia 18-14, mainly because Jim Breech did. His three field goals were the difference against the Eagles. Chicago upset Detroit 20-17 on John Roveto's three-pointer with five seconds left, and a final-period field goal from 21 yards by Uwe von Schamann gave undefeated Miami a 9-7 win over Buffalo (page 24). Pittsburgh became another American Conference unbeaten by humbling Houston 24-10. Ken Stabler's 13-of-18 passing performance for New Orleans killed off Kansas City 27-17. Washington and Green Bay emerged as the only unbeatens in the National Conference. The Skins struggled past the New York Giants 27-17 on two Joe Theismann TD passes, while the Pack's Lynn Dickey did in Minnesota 26-7 by completing 15 of 22 passes for 244 yards and a score (page 30). Baltimore got blasted by the New York Jets 37-0 as the Jets' Freeman McNeil ran for 123 yards and a pair of TDs. Dallas withstood 13,439 no-shows and three Bill Capece field goals to beat Tampa Bay 14-9, and Atlanta sent Los Angeles reeling 34-17. Seattle shocked Denver 17-10, with Jim Zorn hitting Steve Largent from 34 yards out with 49 seconds left for the game-winner. San Francisco won its first game since Super Bowl XVI, smacking St. Louis 31-20. Joe Montana relived his playoff heroics, throwing for 408 yards and three TDs (page 28).
November 29, 1982
HOCKEY—Minnesota's Neal Broten, who last year set an NHL record for most points (98) by a U.S.-born player, had to be wondering where the magic went after he scored only three goals in the North Stars' first 18 games. Then, last week, Broten had four goals and two assists as Minnesota went 3-0 and grabbed a share of the Norris Division lead with Chicago. Broten scored two goals in an 8-3 defeat of Los Angeles and put in the game-winner in a 2-1 besting of Buffalo. He finished up with a goal and two assists in a 5-1 drilling of New Jersey, which has now gone 16 games without a win. In New York, another red-hot center—Mike Rogers—led the Rangers to two trouncings of Toronto. Rogers scored in a 6-1 rout that extended Toronto's winless road streak to 20 games and then had a hat trick in the Rangers' 6-3 rematch victory. The Rangers ended the week by blasting the New York Islanders, still first in the Patrick Division despite a 5-6-2 record in their last 13 starts, 7-3. Adams Division leader Montreal enjoyed its third straight 3-0 week, which kept the Canadiens safely ahead of surging Boston and Buffalo. The Bruins went three for four, and Buffalo won two of three. Edmonton stayed atop the Smythe Division thanks largely to eight points from Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's runaway points leader with 53, 15 more than Marian Stastny of Quebec.
HORSE RACING—PRINCE SPELLBOUND ($6.40), Marco Castaneda up, and THE HAGUE ($48.40), Fernando Toro in the irons, won split divisions in the $800,000 Turf Cup at Hollywood Park. Prince Spellbound and The Hague, three-year-old colts, ran the 1‚Öú-mile turf course in 2:14 and 2:13[2/5] to beat Majesty's Prince and Caterman, respectively.
MOTOR SPORTS—In the final event of the NASCAR season, TIM RICHMOND won the Western 500, averaging 99.823 mph in a Buick over the 2.6-mile Riverside (Calif.) International Raceway oval. By virtue of his third-place finish, DARRELL WAL-TRIP wrapped up his second straight driving title, 4,489 points to 4,417 for Bobby Allison.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Baltimore tied in the Eastern Division with Buffalo and New York when it defeated Los Angeles 6-3 Sunday night. In the West, division-leading Phoenix edged Cleveland 8-7. A former member of the Force, Ruben Astigarraga, led the Inferno with two goals and two assists.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By unanimous vote of an eight-man selection committee, the Outland Trophy as college football's outstanding lineman, to Nebraska Center DAVE RIMINGTON, the first two-time winner in the 37-year history of the award.
FIRED: As football coach at TCU, FA. DRY, 53, following a 3-8 season. In six years, Dry had a 12-51-3 record with the Horned Frogs.
NAMED: As the National League's Most Valuable Player, Atlanta Brave Centerfielder DALE MURPHY, 26, who batted .281, tied for the league lead with 109 RBIs and hit 36 home runs.
TENTATIVELY SETTLED: The 57-day strike of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) against the league, pending a simple majority ratification vote by the 1,500 NFLPA members (page 19).
SIGNED: To a one-year contract to manage the Oakland A's, former major league Infielder STEVE BOROS, 46.
By Oakland, free-agent Relief Pitcher TOM BURG-MEIER, 39, to a two-year contract for a reported $600,000. Burgmeier, the first 1982 free agent to sign, was 7-0 for Boston last season.
DIED: South Plantation High basketball player GEORGE WADE, 15, a 6'10" center; of a ruptured aortic aneurysm; in Plantation, Fla. Wade collapsed during a layup drill and was dead upon arrival at a local hospital.
Duk Koo Kim, 23, four days after losing a WBA lightweight title fight against Ray Mancini; of a severe brain injury; in Las Vegas. Kim never regained consciousness following a 14th-round TKO by Mancini and, after 2½ hours of surgery, he was kept alive by a life-support system. He was declared legally dead Wednesday night at the request of his mother, Sun-Yeo Yang, after four Korean acupuncturists were unsuccessful in a last-ditch effort to save his life. Kim had a 17-2-1 record. He was the fourth boxer to die this year from ring-related injuries and the 351st since 1945.
Former Minneapolis-Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Senators-Texas Rangers owner ROBERT SHORT, 65; of cancer; in Minneapolis. Short bought the Lakers in 1957 for less than $100,000, moved them to L.A. and sold them to Jack Kent Cooke for $5.4 million in 1965. Best known for talking Ted Williams out of retirement in 1969 to manage the Senators, he moved the club to Texas in 1972.