PRO BASKETBALL—Since becoming a starter on Dec. 7, Center Wayne Cooper has led the Portland Trail Blazers to six straight wins, including a 107-103 victory over the L.A. Lakers on Dec. 14. Cooper held Los Angeles' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to two points in the fourth quarter, outscored him 17-14 on the game and out-rebounded him 6-4. Portland, 15-7 after an 0-4 start, now trails Pacific Division leaders L.A. and Seattle by only 4½ games. Washington is another club catching fire. The Bullets roasted Chicago 108-102, Detroit 119-110 and Philadelphia 100-97 for their eighth, ninth and 10th wins in 13 starts, but were still 6½ games behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. For Midwest Division-leading San Antonio, winner of six of its last eight games, diversity made the difference, as George Gervin (29 points), Johnny Moore (29) and Mike Mitchell (26), respectively, paced the Spurs in wins over Houston (102-93), Denver (120-108) and Utah (110-103). San Antonio may have won one off the court, too. Commissioner Larry O'Brien upheld its protest of a 137-132 double-overtime loss to Los Angeles Nov. 30. O'Brien ruled the last three seconds of regulation time be replayed on April 13, the action resuming with the Spurs ahead 116-114. O'Brien accepted San Antonio's contention that when Laker Guard Norm Nixon faked the second of two free-throw attempts and caused players from both sides to enter the foul lane prematurely, Referee Jack Madden incorrectly called a double lane violation and a jump ball. The game will resume with Nixon at the line with one free throw. In the Central Division, Milwaukee still leads, but second-place Detroit slipped to only a game and a half ahead of third-place Atlanta.
BOXING—OSSIE OCASIO scored a unanimous 15-round decision over Young Joe Louis to retain his WBA cruiserweight title in Chicago.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—The EASTERN KENTUCKY Colonels beat Delaware 17-14 to win the NCAA Division I-AA title in Texas. OHIO STATE won the Holiday Bowl 47-17 over Brigham Young in San Diego. AUBURN edged Boston College 33-26 in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla. FRESNO STATE beat Bowling Green 29-28 in the California Bowl in Fresno.
PRO FOOTBALL—Mark Moseley shattered an NFL record—and probably the New York Giants' playoff hopes—when, with four seconds left, he converted his 21st consecutive field-goal attempt, a 42-yarder, as NFC co-leader Washington defeated the Giants 15-14. Moseley's kick, which broke Garo Yepremian's record set in 1978-79 with the Dolphins and Saints, left the Giants at 3-4 with two weeks remaining and the Redskins tied with Dallas for first in the NFC at 6-1. The Cowboys had an easy time with New Orleans 21-7, while Green Bay slipped to 4-2-1 after tying improving Baltimore 20-20. Neil O'Donoghue stoked St. Louis' playoff aspirations with a 48-yard field goal with 25 seconds left as the Cards trimmed Chicago 10-7 to run their record to 4-3. In his first NFL start, Quarterback Paul McDonald led Cleveland to a 10-9 win over slumping Pittsburgh, while Wilbert Montgomery set an Eagles record with a 90-yard TD run—the longest in the NFL in 10 years—as Philly blasted Houston 35-14, six days after the Oilers had lost to Dallas 37-7. Atlanta's 17-7 win over San Francisco virtually snuffed out the 49ers' flickering playoff hopes. And Minnesota edged Detroit 34-31. In the AFC, the Los Angeles Raiders, a division-leading 6-1, claimed Round One of their intracity battle with the Rams. Marcus Allen ran for three TDs, including an 11-yard game-winner with 29 seconds left, in a 37-31 win. New England used a club-record second straight shutout, 16-0 over Seattle, to run its record to 4-3. Buffalo fell to the same mark as Tampa Bay, behind two Doug Williams touchdown passes, rallied for a 24-23 victory. In Denver, Kansas City upset the Broncos 37-16 as Quarterback Bill Kenney threw for two scores. The Dolphins stopped the Jets' winning streak at five, 20-19, on Uwe von Schamann's 47-yard field goal with three seconds left in the game.
December 27, 1982
HOCKEY—Despite a slight reshuffling of the ranks in three of the NHL's four divisions, no new leaders emerged. The Norris Division remained stable as Chicago, led by league goals leader Al Secord (27), swept three games to stay five points in front of Minnesota. Buffalo broke a third-place tie with Quebec in the Adams Division with back-to-back wins over the Nordiques. Boston stayed on first-place Montreal's heels by trouncing Buffalo 8-1 and then Los Angeles 4-0. Washington kept coming in the Patrick Division with a 3-0-1 week, extending its club-record unbeaten string to 13 games by beating Philadelphia 3-1 to tie the Flyers for second. A day after receiving their 1981-82 Stanley Cup rings, the Patrick-leading Islanders ripped the New York Rangers 5-2. Mike Bossy broke a seven-game goal-scoring drought—equaling the longest of his career—with a hat trick. Vancouver vaulted into second behind Edmonton in the Smythe, a division so tight all five clubs are within 12 points of one another.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: The four-time defending champion New York Arrows continued their climb in the Eastern Division standings. Now 8-3, the third-place Arrows beat Buffalo 3-2 and second-place Baltimore 5-4 to draw within 1½ games of first-place Cleveland. In the Western Division, Phoenix defeated San Diego 5-1 but lost to Wichita 5-4. The Inferno, 8-3, is the only Western team with a record of better than .500.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Chris Evert Lloyd 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to win the $300,000 Toyota championships in New Jersey (page 30).
Ivan Lendl won a $300,000 WCT event in Hartford, Conn. by beating Bill Scanlon 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As football coach at Indiana, LEE CORSO, 47, who compiled a 41-68-2 record during his 10 years there, including a 5-6 mark in 1982.
Ken Hayes, 49, eight games into his fourth season as the basketball coach at Oral Roberts. Hayes, 3-5 this year, had a 50-43 overall record with the Titans.
RETIRED: College football's alltime winningest football coach, PAUL (BEAR) BRYANT of Alabama, 69, effective after the Crimson Tide's Dec. 29 game against Illinois in the Liberty Bowl. Bryant's 38-year career record at Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946-53), Texas A&M (1954-57) and Alabama (1958-82) stands at 322-85-17, including six national championships during his 25 seasons at Alabama. Bryant will be replaced by RAY PERKINS, 41, an All-America wide receiver with the Crimson Tide in 1966. Perkins has had a 22-33 record in three-plus seasons as coach of the New York Giants. He will be replaced on the Giants by the team's defensive coordinator, BILL PARCELLS, 41 (page 24).
SIGNED: By the Chicago White Sox, free-agent Pitcher FLOYD BANNISTER, 27, formerly of the Seattle Mariners, to a reported five-year, $4.5 million contract; by the New York Yankees, free-agent Pitcher BOB SHIRLEY, 28, who played with the Cincinnati Reds last season, to a three-year, estimated $1.7 million deal, with an option on a fourth year.
TRADED: By Cincinnati, Pitcher TOM SEAVER, 38, to the New York Mets for Pitcher CHARLIE PULEO, 27, and two minor-leaguers; by San Francisco, Second Baseman JOE MORGAN, 39, and Relief Pitcher AL HOLLAND, 30, to Philadelphia for Pitcher MIKE KRUKOW, 30, and two minor-leaguers.
By Golden State, Guard WORLD B. FREE, 29, to Cleveland for Guard RON BREWER, 27.
DIED: Innovator in Grand Prix car design and construction and the founder of Lotus Cars Ltd., COLIN CHAPMAN, 54; of a heart attack; in Norfolk, England. Chapman's Lotus MK25, built in 1962, was the first racing car to have its engine integrated with its body in the monocoque design. He is also credited with helping develop a number of Grand Prix racing's finest drivers, including Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti.