PRO BASKETBALL—Kareem Abdul Jabbar signed a one-year extension on his contract, committing himself to an unprecedented 18th season in the NBA. Jabbar's Pacific Division-leading Lakers celebrated by beating Utah 119-110, Portland 114-102, the L.A. Clippers 127-96 and New Jersey 138-119. The Clippers, on the other hand, lost four games, to Golden State 127-115, Seattle 93-89, the Lakers and Denver 113-109. The Phoenix Suns finally rose, winning their first game of the season, 117-99 over the SuperSonics; they also lost to New York 103-93, Atlanta 108-101 and Golden State 118-105 (page 104). In the Midwest, Denver trailed Houston by half a game after losing to the Rockets 127-119 and beating San Antonio 112-109 and the Clippers. Houston extended its winning streak to seven games by defeating Denver, New Jersey 112-107 and Dallas 122-117. Milwaukee moved into first place in the Central Division, ahead of the Pistons, with wins over Chicago 132-103, Detroit 137-118, Chicago, again, 118-103 and Portland 117-104. The Bulls, without the injured Michael Jordan, continued their losing ways by dropping games to Philadelphia 110-106 and Cleveland 132-128 (OT), as well as the two losses to the Bucks. In the Atlantic Division, the Celtics remained ahead of the pack. Boston had an eight-game winning streak snapped by Indiana 111-109; earlier Boston beat the Pacers 118-114 and Washington 118-114. The Nets have not lost a game at home, and they have not won a game on the road, and unfortunately for them, they spent the week on the road, losing to San Antonio 111-104, Houston, Dallas 110-98 and the Lakers. Led by Patrick Ewing's 25 points, the Knicks ended their 20-game losing streak, which dated back to March 23, by beating the Suns 103-93. The Knicks won again, 103-96 over Atlanta, as Ewing scored 28.
BOWLING—DARRYL BOWER defeated Mike Aulby 213-206 to win a PBA tournament in Indianapolis.
PRO FOOTBALL—Gerald Riggs ran for 123 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons beat the stumbling Rams 30-14. Despite the loss, the Rams stayed on top of the NFC West with an 8-3 record. San Francisco lost a Monday night game to Denver 17-16 but rebounded to beat Kansas City 31-3 on Sunday. The Chiefs' loss was their seventh straight, a club record. New Orleans coach Bum Phillips said Saints' management should replace him if his team didn't win five out of its last six games. He now needs five straight after a 38-14 loss to Green Bay. In the NFC Central, the Bears continued their assault by routing Dallas 44-0 (page 18) while Detroit moved into second place by beating the Vikings 41-21 as quarterback Eric Hipple threw for three touchdowns in the first half. Running back Earnest Jackson gained 162 yards on 34 carries to lead the Eagles over St. Louis 24-14. Denver stayed atop the AFC West by beating San Diego 30-24 in overtime (page 74). Quarterback Marc Wilson threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Allen with 2:50 left to play, giving the Raiders a 13-6 win over the Bengals. Gary Anderson hit on three field goals, extending his string to 10 in a row, and running backs Frank Pollard and Walter Abercrombie both rushed for more than 100 yards as Pittsburgh beat the Oilers 30-7. Cleveland broke a four-game losing streak by beating Buffalo 17-7. The AFC East remained the tightest division as both New England and the Jets improved to 8-3. The Patriots pulled one out against the Seahawks 20-13. In the fourth quarter New England free safety Fred Marion intercepted a Dave Krieg pass on the Patriots' two-yard line and returned it 83 yards to set up a game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass from Steve Grogan to Irving Fryar with 2:39 left. The Jets set a club scoring record in a 62-28 win over the Buccaneers as quarterback Ken O'Brien threw for five touchdowns. The Dolphins stayed one game behind the Jets and Patriots by beating Indianapolis 34-20. It was Miami's 11th-straight over the Colts.
HARNESS RACING—ARMBRO DEVONA ($3), Bill O'Donnell driving, beat Davidia Hanover by 3¾ lengths to win the Breeders Crown Championship 3-Year-Old Filly Trot in Pompano Beach, Fla. She ran the mile at Pompano Park in 1:57[3/5] and earned $209,276.
November 25, 1985
HOCKEY—Rightwinger Joe Mullen scored two game-winning goals as St. Louis took sole possession of first place in the Norris Division. The Blues beat Toronto 4-3 on Mullen's goal at 2:57 of overtime, Quebec 5-3 and Vancouver 6-5 on a Mullen goal at 2:09 of OT. The Blackhawks beat the Rangers 5-4 in overtime and Quebec 6-4, lost to Toronto 6-4 and tied Minnesota 5-5. The Maple Leafs set a club record of 13 consecutive winless games before beating Chicago (page 60). In the Adams Division, the Bruins stayed in first place without winning a game; they lost to Buffalo 6-4, then tied Toronto 6-6 and Washington 2-2. Despite beating the Bruins, the Sabres failed to gain ground because of losses to Quebec 3-1 and Toronto 5-3. The Patrick Division-leading Flyers, still in shock over the death of goalie Pelle Lindbergh, nevertheless won three games to extend their club-record win streak to 13. The wins came over Edmonton 5-2, Hartford 5-2 and the Islanders 5-4 (OT). Washington, chasing the Flyers, beat Edmonton 5-2 and Vancouver 5-3 and tied Boston. Caps center Alan Haworth set a club record by scoring a goal in nine consecutive games before being blanked by the Canucks. Vancouver, third in the Smythe Division, shut out the Red Wings 5-0 before dropping three straight—to Pittsburgh 6-3, Washington and St. Louis. The Oilers had a rare bad week, losing to Washington and Philadelphia before tying the Islanders and beating the Rangers 3-2 (OT).
HORSE RACING—VANLANDINGHAM ($16.20), with Don MacBeth up, beat Yashgan by one length to win the Washington, D.C. International in Laurel, Md. and $240,000. The 4-year-old horse led all the way, covering the mile-and-a-half grass course in 2:35[3/5].
INDOOR SOCCER—The Minnesota Strikers beat the Kansas City Comets 5-4, lost to Wichita 8-5 and stayed atop the Eastern Division. Despite the loss to Minnesota, Kansas City moved into a tie with San Diego—both teams have 3-1 records—in the Western Division by beating the Chicago Sting 8-7 (OT).
MOTOR SPORTS—RICKY RUDD, driving a Ford Thunderbird, averaged 105.065 mph to win $37,875 and the Western 500. By finishing seventh in the final event of the season, DARRELL WALTRIP won NASCAR's point championship and $250,000 (page 16).
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Boris Becker 6-7, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win $60,000 and a Grand Prix tournament in Wembley, England.
MILEPOSTS—HONORED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, DWIGHT GOODEN, 21, of the New York Mets. Gooden led the majors in wins (24), earned run average (1.53) and strikeouts (268); and as the American League Cy Young Award winner, BRET SABERHAGEN, also 21, of the Kansas City Royals. Saberhagen, who like Gooden was in his second year in the majors, won 20 games and had a 2.87 ERA.
RELEASED: By the Milwaukee Brewers, pitcher ROLLIE FINGERS, 39. He holds the big league record for saves (341) and was the 1981 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner.
TRADED: By the Boston Bruins, goalie PETE PEETERS, 28, to the Washington Capitals for goalie PAT RIGGIN, 26.
By the New York Mets, pitchers CALVIN SCHIRALDI, 23, and WES GARDNER, 24, outfielder JOHN CHRISTENSEN, 25, and a minor-leaguer to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher BOBBY OJEDA, 27, and three minor-leaguers.
By the Detroit Tigers, infielder BARBARO GARBEY, 28, to the Oakland A's for outfielder DAVE COLLINS, 33.
DIED: OWEN CHURCHILL, 89, who won the U.S.'s first Olympic yachting gold medal when he skippered the eight-meter Angelita to victory in 1932; in Los Angeles.
Riggs Stephenson, 87, an infielder for the Cleveland Indians and an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs from 1921 to 1934, who had a career batting average of .336; in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Philadelphia Flyers' PELLE LINDBERGH, 26, last season's winner of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie, at the conclusion of an operation in Stratford, N.J. to remove his organs for transplant. Lindbergh's parents, Sigge and Anna Lisa, gave doctors permission to remove their son's organs two days after he was pronounced brain dead from injuries suffered in an automobile accident (page 13).