PRO BASKETBALL—Houston's Elvin Hayes, three days shy of 38, missed the only shot he took in a 104-86 loss to New Jersey. So what—the main thing was to put it up there. By doing so Hayes set an NBA career record for field goal attempts of 23,931, passing John Havlicek in that department. But older doesn't have to mean colder. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 36, became the second player to score 30,000 points when Los Angeles beat Portland 117-110 in a game that determined the Pacific Division lead. In the Atlantic, Philadelphia edged ahead of Boston with a 92-91 victory over the Celtics (page 38).
BOWLING—ALETA RZEPECKI SILL won her second LPBT event of the year, the $22,000 Dallas-Fort Worth Classic, beating Pam Buckner 227-212. She also won the 1983 LPBT earnings title, with $42,525, and, by bowling a perfect game in the tournament's first round, a $15,000 automobile.
BOXING—HECTOR (Macho) CAMACHO retained his WBC junior lightweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Rafael Solis in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
PRO FOOTBALL—After New York Giant Running Back Butch Woolfolk's first 100-yard game—he had 159 yards on the day—he seemed more tired than elated. "I don't know if I can do this again," he said. Because the Giants employed a one-back offense in their 23-0 defeat of Philadelphia, Woolfolk had carried the ball 43 times—an NFL record. Chicago's Walter Payton must have felt fatigued himself after his 53rd 100-yard plus performance, which came in a 27-0 victory at Tampa Bay. With 106 yards in the game he moved ahead of O.J. Simpson on the career rushing list with 11,257 yards and surpassed 1,000 yards for the seventh time in nine seasons, an accomplishment equaled only by Jim Brown and Franco Harris, the two who lead Payton in career rushing. Meanwhile, Miami routed Baltimore 37-0 and Buffalo dropped a 27-24 decision to the AFC West-leading Raiders, thereby leaving the Dolphins alone atop the AFC East. Minnesota surprised AFC Central leader Pittsburgh 17-14 and took over the NFC Central lead, while Detroit beat Green Bay in overtime 23-20 to tie the Packers for second. In the NFC East co-leaders Dallas and Washington both won big, the Cowboys 41-21 over Kansas City and the Redskins, whose top-rated rush defense held league-leading runner Eric Dickerson to just 37 yards, 42-20 over the Rams. Los Angeles held on to its share of the lead in the NFC West, however, as San Francisco was beaten by Atlanta 28-24 on the last play of the game: a 47-yard, twice-tipped pass from Steve Bartkowski to, eventually, Billy Johnson. In other games Cincinnati rolled past Houston 38-10, St. Louis bombed San Diego 44-14, Denver sank Seattle 38-27 and Cleveland shut out New England 30-0 (page 40).
HOCKEY—It was the best of teams and the worst of teams when Edmonton, leading the NHL in points (35), hosted helpless New Jersey. There were no surprises in the Oilers' 13-4 rout, except that Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky's three goals—he also had five assists—were surpassed by his teammate Jari Kurri's five. The two lead the league in scoring with 65 and 44 points, respectively; Gretzky is 21 points and six goals ahead of his 1981-82 pace, when he set NHL records of 212 points and 92 goals. New Jersey, in contrast, has the worst first quarter-season mark in NHL history, 2-18. Needless to say, the press has been making life hell for the poor Devils. Said the New York Post, "The team is giving off a stench as pungent as New Jersey's worst toxic waste."
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT drove a Thunderbird to victory in the last NASCAR race of the year, the Western 500 (km) in Riverside, Calif., while BOBBY ALLISON, who finished ninth in a Buick, won his first season driving championship in 22 years of racing stock cars. Darrell Waltrip finished 47 points behind Allison.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL: In a clash of unbeaten teams, Western Division leader St. Louis was forced to use a third-string goalie but still held off Cleveland 7-6 on league point leader Tony Glavin's two goals and one assist. The loss dropped the Force into a tie for first in the East with Memphis, a 4-3 winner in overtime against Pittsburgh.
NASL: After an opening loss, the Cosmos moved their outdoor-season goalie, Hubert Birkenmeier, into the field. Against San Diego he had two of the Cosmos' five goals. But the Sockers shelled his replacement in the nets, David Brcic, for 14 goals. The Cosmos recovered to beat first-place Chicago 4-2 while San Diego edged Golden Bay 11-9 to tie the Earthquakes for second.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As Most Valuable Player in the American League, Baltimore Orioles Shortstop CAL RIPKEN JR., 23, who was last season's Rookie of the Year. This year he hit .318, with 27 home runs and 102 runs batted in and, along with First Baseman Eddie Murray, second in the MVP balloting, led the Orioles to the world championship.
As commissioner of the National Basketball Association, DAVID J. STERN, 41, currently the league's No. 2 man. Stern will succeed the retiring Larry O'Brien on Feb. 1.
SENTENCED: To three months in federal prison on a misdemeanor charge of trying to buy cocaine, three members of last season's Kansas City Royals: outfielders WILLIE WILSON and JERRY MARTIN and First Baseman WILLIE AIKENS.
UPHELD: By the International Yacht Racing Union, the legality of unorthodox "winged" keels of the sort pioneered by Australia II in her America's Cup victory this fall. "This decision will change the shape of 12-meter yachts dramatically," said Gary Mull, one of two Americans on the 14-member IYRU keelboat committee. "The advantages that wings give a boat are enormous."
DIED: CHARLIE GRIMM, 85, who played 20 seasons (1916-36) as a major league first baseman, mostly for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs, and managed for another 19, mostly with the Cubs; of cancer; in Scottsdale, Ariz. Grimm, who entertained fans with his banjo playing and practical jokes, was anything but.