PRO BASKETBALL—Denver forward Calvin Natt said, "It was mah-velous, simply mah-velous." He was talking about his teammate Alex English, who scored a career-high 54 points in a 127-113 win over Midwest Division-rival Houston. The Nuggets also beat the Lakers 121-120 and Sacramento 122—118 to move into first place. Houston beat Indiana 126-97 but lost to Denver, Seattle 122-103 and Portland 125-118, and dropped to second. Utah moved into third place past San Antonio after beating Cleveland 121-113 and Atlanta 116-106. Adrian Dantley tied his season-high scoring mark of 41 points in the Jazz's win over the Hawks. In the Central Division, Detroit moved a bit closer to first-place Milwaukee by beating New York 109-98, Golden State 115-96 and Philadelphia 119-114. The Bucks went west and beat Seattle 116-106 and Sacramento 131-97, but lost to the Clippers 116-112 before beating Phoenix 140-138 (OT). Chicago beat Indiana 121-114 and Golden State 135-108. Boston kept its Atlantic Division lead, defeating Utah, archrival Philadelphia 110-103 and New York 113-104. New Jersey finally won on the road, defeating Portland 108-102, Phoenix 104-96 and Sacramento 118-103. The 76ers continued to struggle, losing to Boston and Detroit. The Knicks experienced the agony of victory; they beat Washington 98-94, but Patrick Ewing sprained his left ankle and missed the next two games, losses to Detroit and Washington 102-94. The Lakers stretched their Pacific Division lead, winning three and losing one, while Portland went 1 and 3. The Clippers had lost eight in a row when they signed Norm Nixon to a reported $2.7 million five-year contract. The next night they beat the Bucks.
PRO FOOTBALL—CFL: The British Columbia Lions beat Hamilton 37-24 to win the Grey Cup in Montreal (page 68).
NFL: Olympic sprinter Ron Brown tied an NFL record by running back two kickoffs for touchdowns in the NFC West-leading Rams' 34-17 victory over Green Bay. Brown returned the game's opening kick 98 yards and another, in the second quarter, 86 yards. Earl Campbell had some of the old zip; he rushed for 160 yards as the Saints beat the Vikings 30-23 to snap a six-game losing streak. Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert threw his first NFL touchdown pass with :50 left in the game. In the NFC Central, the unbeaten Bears barreled on, routing Atlanta 36-0. That's 80-0 for Chicago the last two Sundays. Walter Payton made it seven straight games with better than 100 yards rushing—he had 102—tying O.J. Simpson and Campbell for the NFL record. Tampa Bay beat Detroit in overtime on Donald Igwebuike's 24-yard field goal. Phil Simms threw two touchdown passes and rookie George Adams rushed for 113 yards as the Giants trounced the Cardinals 34-3. The Giants had lost the Monday night game to Washington 23-21, but they stayed at the top of the NFC East, along with Dallas, which beat Philadelphia 34-17. Cowboy quarterback Danny White threw three touchdown passes in that one. Washington, despite quarterback Joe Theismann's disabling injury in the Giants' game, followed up with a 30-23 victory over Pittsburgh. Backup QB Jay Schroeder led them to both victories. In the AFC West, the Raiders moved into a tie with Denver by beating the Broncos in overtime 31-28 (page 26). Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 20-7 victory over the Colts. Cleveland gained a first-place tie with the Steelers by beating Cincinnati 24-6 as running back Kevin Mack rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Houston's Tony Zendejas kicked a 51-yard field goal with two seconds left to beat San Diego 37-35. The Jets took sole possession of first place in the AFC East by defeating New England 16-13 in OT (page 22). Dan Marino threw two touchdown passes to lead the Dolphins over Buffalo 23-14.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER won the Quadel Seniors Classic by three strokes over Ken Still and Jim Ferree with an 11-under-par 205 for 54 holes in Boca Raton, Fla. (page 28).
December 2, 1985
PRO HOCKEY—Smythe Division leader Edmonton beat Quebec 5-4, Montreal 5-4 (OT) and New Jersey 3-2. Second-place Calgary tied Minnesota 3-3 and lost to Montreal 4-3. The Patrick Division-leading Flyers (page 30) had their 13-game winning streak snapped by the Islanders 8-6. Washington had a perfect week, beating Pittsburgh twice, 4-3 and 3-1, and Quebec 3-0, and gained two points on Philadelphia. Goalie Pete Peeters won twice, including the shutout. Ranger forward Bob Brooke had his first hat trick in a 7-3 win over Toronto, and the Rangers split a weekend series with their local rivals, the Islanders, winning 5-0 on the road before dropping a 4-3 overtime decision at home. Boston stayed atop the Adams Division despite a mediocre week; the Bruins lost to Montreal 6-2 and tied the Islanders 4-4 but beat Philadelphia 5-4. Buffalo beat Hartford 2-0 and Quebec 7-5, moving four points in front of the third-place Nordiques, who lost to Edmonton, Buffalo and Washington. In the Norris, Chicago moved into a tie for first place, beating the Canucks 2-0 and St. Louis 7-3 and tying Los Angeles 4-4. In the game against Vancouver, Black Hawk goalie Murray Bannerman faced only four shots in the final period as he scored his eighth career shutout.
INDOOR SOCCER—The Minnesota Strikers stayed on top of the Eastern Division after splitting back-to-back games with the Cleveland Force. In the second game, Cleveland's Craig Allen scored four goals and had one assist to lead the Force to a 9-5 win. In the West, first-place San Diego beat Dallas 5-3 and lost to Wichita. Wings forward Erik Rasmussen netted five goals and had two assists in Wichita's 11-9 victory.
TENNIS—Defending champion MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated second-seeded Hana Mandlikova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to win $26,000 and the New South Wales Open in Sydney, Australia.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: On drug charges, MIKE BELL, 28, a defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs (page 72).
FIRED: As football coach at the University of Pittsburgh, FOGE FAZIO, 46. In four years at Pitt, Fazio's record was 25-18-3.
HIRED: As manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, JIM LEYLAND, 40. Leyland, a former third-base coach for the Chicago White Sox, succeeds Chuck Tanner, who was fired after the Pirates' 57-104 season.
NAMED: As the National League's Most Valuable Player, by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, WILLIE McGEE, 27, of the St. Louis Cardinals. McGee led the league in batting (.353), hits (216) and triples (18); and as the American League's MVP, DON MATTINGLY, 24, of the New York Yankees. Mattingly batted .324 and led the league with 145 RBIs.
RESIGNED: As head football coach of the New Orleans Saints, O.A. (Bum) PHILLIPS, 62. In his five years at New Orleans, Phillips's record was 27-52. His son, Wade, 38, was named interim head coach.
TRADED: By the Hartford Whalers, right wing RAY NEUFELD, 26, to the Winnipeg Jets for defenseman DAVE BABYCH, 24.
DIED: MAURICE PODOLOFF, 95, the first commissioner of the NBA (1949-63); in New Haven, Conn. Podoloff was also president of the American Hockey League from 1936 to 1952.