PRO BASKETBALL—After three weeks, 10 teams remain winless on the road. Kings of the travel-weary were—who else?—Kansas City and San Diego, both of which lost four away games last week. The Clippers' road losing streak is now 19 games, dating back to Feb. 17. Even league champion Philadelphia was a rudely treated visitor to Detroit. Sixer Andrew Toney and the Pistons' Kelly Tripucka collided and gave each other 10-stitch head cuts. The 76ers' other headache was Vinnie Johnson, who scored 26 points in Detroit's 120-116 win. Tripucka bounced back to score a club-record 20 first-quarter points in a 131-106 pasting of K.C. The Pistons lost only to Boston, which got 39 points from Larry Bird in a 126-118 victory. The Celtics, who lead the Atlantic Division, then won No. 8 of eight in a row, a 116-101 rout at Chicago. Milwaukee stayed atop the Central Division by winning three of four, including a 108-107 win over Seattle. Adrian Dantley paced Utah to two wins and left the Jazz half a game behind Dallas in the Midwest Division. His 18 fourth-quarter points rallied the Jazz past Houston 118-109 and his 34-point night helped cut Portland's four-game winning string 136-122. The Trail Blazers snapped back to beat Atlanta 135-105 and stay close to Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles, which won four games. It was Atlanta's fifth straight loss on the road. Commissioner Larry O'Brien announced he will hit the road Feb. 1 after 8½ years on the job (page 19).
BOWLING—JOE SALVEMINI beat Steve Cook 231-191 to win the $100,000 Syracuse Open.
BOXING—MARVIN HAGLER successfully defended his undisputed middleweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Roberto Duran in Las Vegas (page 30).
PRO FOOTBALL—A stroke of Luck gave Houston its first victory of the year. Quarterback Oliver Luck, playing in his second pro game, started in place of Gilford Nielsen and completed 18 of 26 passes for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 27-17 win over Detroit. Lynn Dickey tied Green Bay's one-season TD passing record with his 23rd and 24th touchdown tosses in the Packers' 29-21 victory over Minnesota. The record was set, of course, by Cecil Isbell in 1942. The Pack and Vikes, both 6-5 on the season, are now tied for the NFC Central lead. Neil Lomax threw TD passes of 15, 23, seven and 63 yards to Roy Green in St. Louis' 33-28 upset of Seattle. The Cardinals, who ranked 12th in the NFC in total offense before the game, gained 408 total yards. Buffalo's Joe Ferguson threw a 33-yard scoring pass to Joe Cribbs with 22 seconds left to beat the Jets 24-17. Washington dominated the Giants for three quarters, jumping to a 30-point lead before cruising to a 33-17 win. On Monday night Detroit beat the Giants 15-9. Washington, 9-2, thus drew even with Dallas for the NFC East lead. The Cowboys lost 24-23 at San Diego despite a 14-point fourth-quarter comeback. Charger Quarterback Ed Luther completed 26 of 43 passes for 340 yards. The Raiders came back from deficits of 10-0 and 20-19 to defeat Denver 22-20 and hold onto the AFC West lead at 8-3. Los Angeles' Chris Bahr kicked a 39-yard field goal with four seconds left to clinch the win. San Francisco shut out New Orleans 27-0 and took over the NFC West top spot with a 7-4 mark. Joe Montana threw three TD passes, and Defensive End Fred Dean sacked the Saints' Dave Wilson six times. New Orleans gained only 129 total yards. New England upset Miami 17-6, outgaining the Dolphins 386-222 and limiting Dan Marino to a 14-for-37, 141-yard passing effort. Miami is now tied with Buffalo as the AFC East leaders at 7-4. Cleveland shut out Tampa Bay 20-0; Kansas City defeated Cincinnati 20-15; Chicago edged out Philadelphia 17-14; and Pittsburgh, the AFC Central leader, beat Baltimore 24-13 (page 24).
November 21, 1983
HOCKEY—At week's end four points separated the five teams in the NHL's Norris Division. Chicago grabbed sole possession of first place, despite a five-game losing streak, by beating Edmonton, the Smythe Division leader, 5-3. One of those defeats, 3-0 to Montreal, was the first shutout against the Black Hawks at home in four seasons. Boston converted four of six power plays to win 6-4 at Quebec and gain breathing space over the Nordiques in the Adams Division. The Islanders stretched their winning streak to seven before losing at home 4-2 to Pittsburgh, which is 0-8-1 at home and 5-3-1 away. The New York Rangers remained in the Patrick Division lead with a 6-3 win over Detroit. Los Angeles, trying to stem its worst start in 12 seasons (3-8-5), defeated St. Louis 6-2, with Right Wing Dave Taylor marking his initial 1983-84 appearance with two goals. He had missed the first 16 games of the season with a broken right wrist. L.A. then won 6-4 over Montreal, which is off to its worst start (7-9-0) in 42 seasons. The loss at Chicago ended Edmonton's winning streak at eight games. Oiler Right Wing Jari Kurri scored four times in 7-4 victories over Quebec and Washington, and Wayne Gretzky got his 20th career hat trick in a 7-3 rout in Detroit.
HORSE RACING—ALL ALONG ($2.80), Walter Swinburn up, beat Welsh Term by 3¼ lengths to win the $250,000 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel. The 4-year-old filly covered the 1½-mile turf course in 2:35 (page 71).
Zalataia ($22.80), Freddy Head up, beat John Henry by half a length to win the $400,000 Oak Tree Invitational at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old filly covered the 1½-mile grass course in 2:29[1/5].
INDOOR SOCCER: MISL—Western Division leader St. Louis steamed to a 4-3 win at Tacoma, as Tony Glavin scored at 1:05 of the overtime. It was his seventh goal in the Steamers' three games. Cleveland moved into a half-game lead in the East with an 8-2 win at New York. Baltimore and Memphis tied for second after the Americans beat the Blast in OT 5-4 on Toni Carbognani's second goal of the game.
NASL—The season began with Chicago beating San Diego 6-4 in a match of league favorites. The Sting then won 4-3 in overtime over Tulsa.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE beat Jimmy Connors 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 to win a $315,000 Grand Prix tournament at Wembley, England.
Chris Evert Lloyd defeated Bonnie Gadusek 6-0, 6-4 to win a $125,000 tournament in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Mats Wilander beat Tomas Smid 6-1, 7-5 to win the $315,000 Stockholm Open.
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: The sale of the DETROIT TIGERS, by the American League, to pizza magnate Thomas Monaghan for a reported $43 million by John Fetzer, who had owned the Tigers for 27 years.
DISMISSED: As football coach at Stanford, PAUL WIGGIN, 48, who will finish the season. The Cardinal has a 16-27 record in nearly four seasons under Wiggin and is 1-9 this year. "I did not resign," said Wiggin, who had submitted his resignation at the school's request. "I was fired."
FIRED: As coach of the Winnipeg Jets, TOM WATT, 48. General Manager JOHN FERGUSON, 45, was named as Watts's interim replacement.
NAMED: As Most Valuable Player in the National League, Atlanta Braves Centerfielder DALE MURPHY, 27, who had 36 home runs, 121 RBIs and a .302 batting average. He became the fourth NL player to win the award in two consecutive years.
As manager of the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, SADAHARU OH, 43, who hit 868 home runs for the Giants in a 22-year career that ended in 1981.