PRO BASKETBALL—Los Angeles surged past struggling Seattle and into the Pacific Division lead. After seven Lakers had hit in double figures in a 128-122 win over Utah and again in a 128-107 defeat of Golden State, Seattle, just 4-5 since its 12-0 start, lost 101-100 to Golden State when Lewis Lloyd hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. In the Atlantic Division, Larry Bird was in full flight, scoring 24 of his 33 points in the first half as Boston routed Philadelphia 123-97. The Celtics finished the week tied for first with the 76ers after beating Denver 126-112 on Sunday. Earlier, the Nuggets were held, in a 98-90 loss to Washington, to fewer than 100 points for the first time in a league-record 136 games dating back to Jan. 18, 1981. Kansas City stayed in first in the Central Division by beating San Antonio 122-110. Utah set an NBA record by making all 39 of its free throws against Portland, but still lost 137-121. Milwaukee stayed in control in the Midwest Division, 2½ games in front of injury-riddled Detroit.
BOXING—MICHAEL DOKES won the WBA heavyweight title with a first-round TKO over defending champion Mike Weaver in Las Vegas (page 50).
Bobby Chacon scored a 15-round unanimous decision over Rafael Limon to win the WBC super featherweight crown in Sacramento.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—WISCONSIN defeated Kansas State 14-3 to win the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.
December 20, 1982
PRO FOOTBALL—The New York Jets bombed Detroit 28-13 on Monday night and then shellacked Tampa Bay 32-17 on Sunday as Freeman McNeil ran for two touchdowns (page 28). The wins kept the 5-1 Jets in a tie for the AFC lead, with the Los Angeles Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals. The Raiders squeezed by Kansas City 21-16 when, with 25 seconds left, Quarterback Jim Plunkett completed a third-and-20 pass for 35 yards and the game-winning TD. Cincinnati kept pace, winning 23-10 over Cleveland, while Miami fell to 4-2, losing 3-0 to New England on John Smith's fourth-quarter field goal. Quarterbacks Dan Fouts of San Diego and Joe Montana of San Francisco combined for 806 yards passing and the two teams totaled an NFL record 65 completions, as the Chargers outlasted the 49ers 41-37. Buffalo shut down Pittsburgh 13-0, holding the Steelers to minus two net yards passing, while Seattle sent the Chicago Bears deeper into hibernation 20-14. Denver edged the Los Angeles Rams 27-24, with Quarterback Steve DeBerg rallying the Broncos from a 21-0 deficit by completing an NFL-record-tying 17 straight passes. In the NFC, first-place Washington beat St. Louis 12-7 to run its record to 5-1. Nine sacks and five interceptions helped Detroit shock Green Bay 30-10. Minnesota rallied to bump off winless Baltimore 13-10, while the New York Giants defeated Philadelphia 23-7. And Atlanta pounded New Orleans 35-0 (page 22).
HOCKEY—Washington capitalized on its team-record nine-game unbeaten streak to challenge the New York Rangers and Philadelphia for second place in the Patrick Division behind the front-running New York Islanders. Victories over New Jersey (6-4) and Boston (4-3) together with ties with the Rangers (4-4) and Winnipeg (3-3) moved the Capitals into a tie for third place, just four points back of No. 2 Philly. Quebec, third in the Adams Division behind Montreal and Boston, won twice on the strength of its Stastny Connection. Brothers Peter, Marian and Anton combined for 10 goals and 16 assists in wins over the Bruins (10-5) and Pittsburgh (7-4). Chicago beat Quebec 7-3 Sunday night to take possession of first place in the Norris Division. Lowly Hartford and Detroit did some unexpected damage. The Whalers knocked off the Canadiens and the Flyers, both by 7-4 scores. Detroit upended the Islanders 2-0 as rookie Goalie Corrado Micalef stopped 26 shots for his first NHL shutout. Edmonton upped its Smythe Division lead to four points over Los Angeles, though Wayne Gretzky's record streak of games in which he scored a point or more ended at 30.
SOCCER—NCAA: INDIANA defeated Duke 2-1 to win the national championship (page 54).
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: Cleveland tied Baltimore for first place in the Eastern Division as Force Forward Kai Haaskivi totaled eight points in Cleveland's 8-5 win over St. Louis and 5-3 triumph over Pittsburgh. In the Western Division, Phoenix' 3-0 week left the Inferno with a three-game lead over San Diego and St. Louis.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To Nebraska Center DAVE RIMINGTON, 22, the Vince Lombardi/Rotary Award for the outstanding college lineman of 1982.
FINED: By the NFL, New York Jets Linebacker STAN BLINKA, 25, and Detroit Lion LEONARD THOMPSON, 30, a special-teams player, for dangerous play. Blinka was suspended for one game without pay (about $4,500) for throwing a forearm at Green Bay Packer Wide Receiver John Jefferson's head on Nov. 28. Thompson was fined $1,000 for charging New York Giant Punt Returner Leon Bright during a Nov. 25 game.
CONTRACT NOT RENEWED: As football coach at Army, ED CAVANAUGH, 54. He was 4-7 this year and had a three-season mark of 10-21-2.
HIRED: As football coach at Duke, former Mississippi Coach STEVE SLOAN, 38, who had a five-year record of 20-34-1 with the Rebels.
SIGNED: By the New York Yankees, free-agent Outfielder STEVE KEMP, 28, late of the Chicago White Sox, to a five-year, estimated $5.5 million contract; by Houston, free-agent Outfielder OMAR MORENO, 29, formerly of Pittsburgh, to a five-year, $3.25 million pact; by the Chicago Cubs, free-agent outfielder WAYNE NORDHAGEN, 34, an erstwhile Toronto Blue Jay, to a two-year $450,000 contract.
SUSPENDED: By the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, jockeys JACINTO VASQUEZ, 38, and MICHAEL VENEZIA, 37, for one year and for three months, respectively, effective Dec. 15. Vasquez was suspended for allegedly offering a bribe to Jockey Eddie Maple to fix a race at Saratoga in 1974, while Venezia was penalized for failing to report a bribe offer made to him by convicted-racketeer Con Errico in the spring of 1974 and because he "fraudulently concealed" offers during a 1978 board investigation.
TRADED: By Boston, Third Baseman CARNEY LANSFORD, 25, First Baseman-Outfielder GARRY HANCOCK, 28, and a player to be named later, to Oakland for Outfielder TONY ARMAS, 29, and Catcher-First Baseman JEFF NEWMAN, 34; also by Boston, Pitcher CHUCK RAINEY, 28, to the Chicago Cubs for Pitcher DOUG BIRD, 32; by Philadelphia, Second Baseman MANNY TRILLO, 31, Outfielder GEORGE VUKOVICH, 26, Pitcher JAY BALLER, 22, Catcher GERRY WILLARD, 22, and Shortstop JULIO FRANCO, 21, to Cleveland for Outfielder VON HAYES, 24; by the Indians, Utilityman LARRY MILBOURNE, 31, to the Phillies for a player to be named later; by the Chicago Cubs, Outfielder STEVE HENDERSON, 30, to Seattle for Pitcher RICH BORDI, 23; by the New York Mets, Pitcher MIKE SCOTT, 27, to Houston for First Baseman-Outfielder DANNY HEEP, 25; by the Yankees, Utilityman DAVE COLLINS, 30, Pitcher MIKE MORGAN, 23, and First Baseman FRED McGRIFF, 19, to Toronto for Pitcher DALE MURRAY, 32, and Outfielder TOM DODD, 24.
DIED: Former 100-yard and 100-meter world-record holder HARRY JEROME, 42; of a brain seizure; in Vancouver. Jerome, a Canadian, was the NCAA 220-yard champion in 1962 and 100-meter champ in 1964. After running the 100 meters in 10.0 seconds in 1960, he shared the world record for eight years until Jim Hines ran a 9.95 in 1968.