PRO BASKETBALL—Last season's playoff finalists got off on different feet as the NBA opened its 39th season. Larry Bird scored 10 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and eight in the last two minutes as the defending champion Boston Celtics defeated the Detroit Pistons 130-123. But the Los Angeles Lakers had a hard time of it in Texas, losing to the San Antonio Spurs 113-112 and then to the Dallas Mavericks 107-96. Moses Malone totaled 45 points and 39 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers' victories, 111-101 over the Cleveland Cavaliers and 111-108 over the Atlanta Hawks. The New York Knicks unveiled a new face, 6'10½" Eddie Wilkins, a sixth-round draft choice from Gardner-Webb College, who scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 137-118 pounding of the Pistons. Another Wilkins, Dominique, spoiled the New Jersey Nets' home opener by scoring 34 points—including 16 in the fourth period—to spur the Hawks to a 119-104 victory. The next night, the Nets took out their frustration on the Cavaliers, with Otis Birdsong pouring in 31 points and Darryl Dawkins 26 for a 131-106 victory. Rookie sensation Michael Jordan scored a crowd-pleasing 16 points, but it was Orlando Wool-ridge's 28 and Quintin Dailey's 25 that led the Chicago Bulls to a 109-93 victory over the Washington Bullets. Kiki Vandeweghe blazed a new trail for Portland, scoring 47 points on 19-of-23 floor shooting to spark a 140-119 victory over the Kansas City Kings. Terry Cummings got 34 as the Milwaukee Bucks squeaked past Chicago 108-106. Gus Williams hit a shot from the top of the key with three seconds left to give the Bullets a 104-102 win over the Indiana Pacers. And rookie Akeem Olajuwon scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half to lead the Houston Rockets past the Mavericks 121-111 (page 18).
PRO FOOTBALL—Barefoot kicker Rich Karlis booted a 35-yard field goal as time ran out in OT to give Denver a 22-19 victory over the Raiders that dropped L.A. to second in the AFC West behind the 8-1 Broncos. Los Angeles, now 7-2, had to earn the loss; it blew a scoring chance in overtime when Frank Hawkins fumbled the ball away on the Bronco seven. A field goal brought another dramatic win, this one a 53-yarder by New Orleans's Morten Andersen that lifted the Saints out of the NFC West cellar with a 16-14 defeat of Cleveland. After a Monday-night loss to the Rams, 24-10, Atlanta dropped Sunday's game to Pittsburgh, 35-10. For their part, the Rams were shut out for the first time since 1981, losing to San Francisco 33-0. The Niners' Joe Montana completed 21 of 31 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns. In a two-minute span in the second period he connected on scoring passes of 64 yards to Roger Craig and six yards to Freddie Solomon. In the AFC East, New England beat the Jets 30-20 and moved into a second-place tie with that team. Undefeated Miami stayed that way, hammering Buffalo 38-7. Dan Marino passed for 282 yards and three TDs, and broke Bob Griese's team single-season yardage record of 2,473 early in the second quarter. He finished the day with 2,672. St. Louis shot down the Philadelphia Eagles 34-14 (page 22) to tie Dallas (6-3) for first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys' Danny White celebrated his return as starting quarterback by completing 21 of 32 passes for 262 yards and two TDs as Dallas trounced Indianapolis 22-3. The Giants beat Washington 37-13 and are now tied with the Skins (at 5-4) in the division, one game behind Dallas and St. Louis. Bill Kenney threw for 332 yards and two TDs as Kansas City edged Tampa Bay 24-20 in a game with an NFL-record 100 passes. It was the Bucs' third straight defeat. The Chicago defense, ranked No. 1 in the league, made a club-record 11 sacks in a 16-7 win over Minnesota. Otis Wilson was credited with 2½ sacks, and Richard Dent had two. Lynn Dickey passed for four TDs, Eddie Lee Ivery rushed for 116 yards and rookie safety Tom Flynn intercepted three passes as Green Bay snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 41-9 victory over Detroit. Larry Kinnebrew scored four close-in TDs as Cincinnati crushed winless Houston 31-13.
HOCKEY—Edmonton (7-0-2) remained the only unbeaten team in the NHL, tying Washington 3-3 and then routing Los Angeles 8-2. Gord Sherven, the only rookie to crack the line-up of the Stanley Cup champions, scored a pair of goals and assisted on Mike Krushelnyski's tying power-play goal against the Caps. Against the Kings, Jari Kurri scored a team-record five points in one period, the second, including two goals. Wayne Gretzky's four points in that game increased his league-high total to 27. The Islanders were crushed by the Boston Bruins, 8-3 (page 74). The Devils had a hellish week. They were routed 11-2 by the Rangers and then lost 4-2 to the Flyers. The Whalers lost at Calgary 9-4 and at Winnipeg 8-4 but had better luck in the U.S., handing the North Stars their fifth straight defeat, 5-3. That win moved the Whalers into a first-place tie with Montreal in the Adams Division.
ROAD RUNNING—ORLANDO PIZZOLATO of Italy won the 15th New York City Marathon, in 2:14:53, on a warm, muggy day. New Zealand's Rod Dixon, the '83 winner, suffered from stomach cramps, as did Pizzolato, and dropped out about 100 yards from the 21-mile mark. GRETE WAITZ of Norway won the women's race (2:29:30) for the third consecutive time and the sixth in seven years.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the New England Patriots, coach RON MEYER, 43, who had been involved in an ongoing feud with his players and the day before had dismissed defensive coordinator Rod Rust. Meyer, who was in his third season as head coach and had an 18-16 record, was replaced by Hall of Fame receiver Raymond Berry, who was a Pats assistant coach in 1978-81. Berry immediately rehired Rust (page 60).
NAMED: As executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, effective February 1985, GENERAL GEORGE D. MILLER, 54, former vice commander-in-chief of the Strategic Air Command. He replaces Col. F. Don Miller (no relation), 64.
PLACED ON PROBATION: By the NCAA, the University of Florida, for 59 violations of NCAA football rules, for three years. The NCAA said that Florida had special funds for items not permitted under the rules; that free room and board were provided to players not on scholarship; that sales of players' complimentary tickets were arranged; that there was illegal recruiting; and that Gator coaches illegally spied on opponents' practices. Florida will be ineligible for postseason play and live television appearances and will lose 20 football scholarships over the next two years.
REPRIMANDED: By the NCAA, the University of Florida's basketball programs for both men and women, for four recruiting violations.
RETIRED: After 15 seasons in the NFL, New Orleans Quarterback KEN STABLER, 38. In his 10 years with the Raiders, Stabler led them to the playoffs five times and the Super Bowl once.
TRADED: To the Bruins by the L.A. Kings, left wing CHARLIE SIMMER, 30, in exchange for Boston's 1985 first-round draft pick. Simmer scored 44 goals last season and had 56 goals in both 1979-80 and 1980-81. It's the first time in their 17 years that the Kings have received a No. 1 pick in a trade.
DIED: HOWARD SAMUELS, 64, president and chief operating officer of the North American Soccer League, of a heart attack. He was the first president of the New York City Offtrack Betting Corporation, serving from 1971 to 1974.