PRO BASKETBALL—Boston stretched its winning streak to seven with four wins, including a 98-91 victory over Philadelphia and a 132-124 defeat of Detroit in which Larry Bird scored a season-high 47 points. The 76ers won three times, beating New Jersey, Indiana and New York, but still fell six games back of the Celtics in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, in the Central, last place Indiana couldn't win at all. The Pacers lost to Utah, New York, Philadelphia and division-leading Milwaukee. The Bucks also beat Atlanta but lost to second-place Detroit 111-102, leaving the Pistons just two games back. By dropping three games, Denver lost the top spot in the Midwest to Houston. During the Nuggets' sole victory, 129-114 over Utah, Alex English (page 57) scored his 15,000th career point and 32 others. The Jazz won three games, two of them by a point, to move within 1½ games of Denver. In the Pacific Division, the Lakers won both their games, over Seattle and Chicago, to remain in first, 4½ games ahead of Portland, which beat Phoenix and Chicago and lost to San Antonio.
CROSS-COUNTRY—The University of Wisconsin won both the men's and women's team titles at the NCAA championships in Milwaukee. Wisconsin senior TIM HACKER ran the 10,000-meter men's course in 29:17.8 to win the individual title, and North Carolina State freshman SUZIE TUFFEY covered 5,000 meters in 16:22.5 to win among the women. Five days later, PAT PORTER and LYNN JENNINGS won the men's and women's titles, respectively, at the TAC championships in Raleigh, N.C. (page 32).
PRO FOOTBALL—A crowd of 19,856 braved near-blizzard conditions in Green Bay to watch the Packers blank Tampa Bay 21-0. Packer quarterback Lynn Dickey passed for 299 yards and ran for a touchdown. Detroit, the NFC Central runner-up behind Chicago, won its sixth home game this season, 31-20 over the Jets on Thanksgiving Day. Eric Hippie passed for four TDs. Minnesota scored four times in the fourth quarter to overcome a 23-0 deficit and beat Philadelphia 28-23. Dallas clinched its 20th straight winning NFL season and took over first place in the NFC East with a 35-17 defeat of St. Louis. Cowboy quarterback Danny White threw for four TDs. New Orleans routed the NFC West-leading Rams 29-3 in Wade Phillips's debut as interim coach. San Francisco moved within one game of the Rams with a 35-8 win over Washington. Cleveland, which had been tied with Pittsburgh for the AFC Central lead, took sole possession of the top spot by beating the Giants 35-33 while the Steelers lost 31-23 to Denver. Cincinnati, coming off two losses, pulled out of the division cellar with a 45-27 win over Houston. Fullback Larry Kinnebrew ran for three TDs and Boomer Esiason passed for three more for the Bengals. New England moved into a tie with the Jets for the AFC East lead by downing Indianapolis 38-31 as Tony Eason passed for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Denver's win over Pittsburgh enabled the Broncos to keep pace with the AFC West-leading Raiders, who won in Atlanta 34-24. The Raiders' Marcus Allen rushed for 156 yards, his sixth straight 100-yard game, to take over the league rushing lead with 1,392 yards, 49 more than Atlanta's Gerald Riggs. Seattle lost to San Francisco 19-6 on Monday night but came back to whip Kansas City 24-6; and San Diego routed Buffalo 40-7.
HARNESS RACING—NIHILATOR ($2.20), driven by Bill O'Donnell, paced a mile at Garden State Park in 1:53 to beat Chairmanoftheboard by 2¾ lengths and win the last race of the Breeders Crown series. The 3-year-old colt, who won 35 of 38 career starts and earned $3,225,653, retired after the race and will stand at stud at Almahurst Farm in Lexington, Ky.
December 9, 1985
PRO HOCKEY—Boston remained atop the Adams despite being shut out twice in a row by division rival Quebec. Rookie goaltender Clint Malarchuk had 27 saves in a 3-0 Nordique win, his first NHL shutout, and 33 more in a 2-0 victory two days later. Peter Stastny scored all but one of Quebec's goals in the two games with a hat trick, the ninth of his six-year NHL career, in the first game and a goal in the second. Quebec, Montreal and Buffalo were tied for second, one point behind Boston. Last-place Hartford routed L.A. 9-0 as goalie Mike Liut got his 12th career shutout. St. Louis center Bernie Federko had his 500th and 501st career assists as the Norris-leading Blues topped Toronto 5-1. After beating Vancouver 5-3 and tying L.A. 4-4, Chicago was just one point behind the Blues. Detroit snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Buffalo as rookie Petr Klima scored his 10th and 11th goals. The Red Wings also beat St. Louis 5-3 but took a 10-1 beating from Montreal the next night. Calgary defeated Quebec 3-1, the Rangers 5-2 and the Islanders 4-3, and lost to Edmonton 5-3. The Flames were eight points behind the Smythe-leading Oilers, who tied Vancouver 5-5 and beat Hartford 8-5. Washington, now seven points behind the Patrick Division-leading Flyers, extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory over Montreal, then lost 5-2 to the Rangers before defeating the Devils 6-2.
INDOOR SOCCER—Tacoma took over sole possession of second place in the Western Division behind San Diego. Preki scored two goals in the Stars' 8-5 win over Minnesota and had two more as they edged Cleveland 5-4. In the East, Minnesota defeated Dallas 7-5 and remained atop the division despite losing to Tacoma the next night.
MARATHON—MASANARI SHINTAKU of Japan defeated countryman Hiromi Taniguchi by 10 seconds to win the Fukuoka International in 2:09:51, in Fukuoka, Japan.
VOLLEYBALL—The U.S. went undefeated in seven matches to win the men's World Cup championship, held in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan.
MILEPOSTS—BETROTHED: NBC football commentator AHMAD RASHAD and actress PHYLICIA AYERS-ALLEN, co-star of NBC's The Cosby Show. Rashad proposed on the air at the start of the telecast of the Jets-Lions game on Thanksgiving Day. Ayers-Allen got the word and accepted his proposal in a TV hookup at half-time.
DISQUALIFIED: Entrymates LASHKARI and SHERNAZAR, the fourth-and sixth-place finishers, respectively, in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Turf at Aqueduct, after Lashkari tested positive for etorphine, a banned substance, in the postrace drug test.
NAMED: As football coach at Notre Dame, LOU HOLTZ, 48, the Minnesota coach for the past two years. Holtz will succeed Gerry Faust, 50, who resigned with a 30-26-1 five-season record (page 24).
As National League Rookie of the Year, by a unanimous vote of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, St. Louis Cardinal outfielder VINCE COLEMAN, 25, who hit .267, scored 107 runs and stole a major league rookie record 110 bases; as American League Rookie of the Year, Chicago White Sox shortstop OZZIE GUILLEN, 21, who hit .273 and committed the fewest errors (12 in 150 games) of any regular AL shortstop in 100 or more games.
RESIGNED: JIM GARRETT, 55, the first-year football coach at Columbia, after the winless Lions became the first Ivy League football team to lose 10 games in one season.
SENTENCED: Tulane students BOBBY THOMPSON, MARK OLENSKY and DAVID ROTHENBERG, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the school's point-shaving scandal (Rothenberg also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine), to day-time incarceration for three months, probation, fines of up to $2,500 and community service, by Criminal District Court Judge Alvin Oser, in New Orleans. Each was also ordered to give the money he made from the point-shaving scheme—from $4,000 to $5,600—to charity.
TRADED: By the Texas Rangers, infielder WAYNE TOLLESON, 30, and pitcher DAVE SCHMIDT, 28, to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher ED CORREA, 19, infielder SCOTT FLETCHER, 27, and a player to be named later.
DIED: En route home from the NCAA crosscountry championships in Milwaukee, three members of the runner-up Iowa State women's team, SUSAN BAXTER, 22, SHERYL MAAHS, 20, and JULIE ROSE, 21; their two coaches, RON RENKO, 34, and PAT MOYNIHAN, 29; their student trainer, STEPHANIE STREIT, 21; and the pilot, BURTON WATKINS, 56, when their private twin-engine plane crashed in Des Moines in foul weather.
Johnny (Blood) McNally, 82, the colorful Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback who played for five teams and led the Green Bay Packers to the NFL championship in 1929, in Palm Springs, Calif.