PRO BASKETBALL—The Pacific Division-leading Lakers won three games, giving them an 18-2 record and the best start in their history. Second-place Portland dropped three of four games. The lone victory was over Boston, 121-103, the Celtics' first home loss of the season. Golden State had a 1-4 week, a rare bright note coming when Purvis Short scored his 10,000th career point in a 107-100 loss to Dallas. In the Midwest, the Rockets won two games in the Summit Arena, extending their home-win streak to 12. Second-place Denver was 2-2. The Nuggets beat the 76ers, 123-121, for the first time in Philadelphia since joining the league in 1976. The Mavericks were 2-2 for the week. Milwaukee continued to lead the Central despite winning only one of three games. Atlanta won its two and edged closer to second-place Detroit. Atlantic-leading Boston won two games on the road, and Philadelphia moved into sole possession of second place by winning two of four games. New Jersey's Micheal Ray Richardson scored 33 points and had a dozen assists in a 118-106 victory over Portland. The Knicks held Denver's Alex English to 12 points in a 111-94 win. Then the Knicks collapsed, scoring only 40 points in three consecutive quarters. First they lost to Milwaukee 105-95, scoring 14 points in the final quarter. Then they were held to 26 points in the first half of a 107-83 loss to Indiana.
BOWLING—DAVE HUSTED defeated Mark Baker 268-238 to win the Touring Players Championship and $20,000 in Saginaw, Mich. By finishing 24th in the tournament, MIKE AULBY earned $1,400, bringing his season total to $201,200. He is the first player on the PBA tour to win more than $200,000 in a season.
BOXING—DONALD CURRY, the WBA and IBF world champion, knocked out WBC champ Milton McCrory in the second round in Las Vegas to unify the world welterweight title (page 28).
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—On the final weekend of the regular season, Oklahoma beat SMU 35-13 as Sooner quarterback Jamelle Holieway rushed for 126 yards, including TD runs of 38 and three yards, and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to split end Lee Morris. Napoleon McCallum gained 219 yards on 41 carries to lead Navy to a 17-7 upset of Army. BYU's Robbie Bosco completed 25 of 37 passes for 310 yards as the Cougars defeated Hawaii 26-6. In a 35-15 win over East Carolina, LSU's Dalton Hilliard ran for 170 yards and three touchdowns and became only the fourth player in SEC history to rush for more than 4,000 (4,050) career yards. In Melbourne, Australia, Wyoming beat Texas-El Paso 23-21.
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PRO FOOTBALL—Miami, New England and the New York Jets remained deadlocked for the AFC East lead at 10-4. Dan Marino threw for 345 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Dolphins over Green Bay 34-24. Packer wideout James Lofton caught four passes for 91 yards. That gave him a season total of 1,045 yards and made him the fifth player in NFL history with five 1,000-yard seasons. New England routed Detroit 23-6 for its fifth straight home victory. Ken O'Brien threw for 370 yards and three TDs as the Jets beat Buffalo 27-7. In the AFC Central, Cincinnati (7-7) moved into a first-place tie with Cleveland by whipping the Cowboys 50-24. The Bengals' 22 first-quarter points were the most ever scored against Dallas in an opening period. The Raiders broke a tie with Denver for first in the AFC West by beating the Broncos 17-14 as Chris Bahr kicked a 26-yard field goal 4:55 into overtime (page 22). Seattle snapped Cleveland's three-game winning streak 31-13 on Dave Krieg's four touchdown passes. San Diego beat Pittsburgh 54-44. Kansas City, led by Todd Blackledge's three touchdown passes, routed Atlanta 38-10. The Giants moved back into a first-place tie with Dallas in the NFC East by beating Houston 35-14. Joe Morris scored three TDs and became only the second running back in Giant history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season. His 129 yards gave him a total of 1,054. The Redskins beat Philadelphia 17-12 as George Rogers gained 150 yards and scored one touchdown. St. Louis ended a four-game losing streak with a 28-16 win over New Orleans. Chicago rebounded from its 38-24 Monday night loss to Miami to beat Indianapolis 17-10. Walter Payton rushed for 111 yards and extended his NFL record to nine consecutive 100-yard games. Minnesota, led by Tommy Kramer's 309 passing yards, beat Tampa Bay 26-7. James Wilder gained 94 yards to raise his career total to 4,034. He is the first Buccaneer to go over the 4,000 mark.
GOLF—LARRY and LAURIE RINKER won the Mixed Team Classic by two strokes over Craig Stadler and Lori Garbacz with a 21-under-par 267 in Largo, Fla. (page 44).
PRO HOCKEY—Smythe Division leader Edmonton had a 3-0-1 week. Second-place Calgary beat Hartford 8-5 and Chicago 5-2. Los Angeles's Marcel Dionne scored his 500th goal as a King—he previously had 139 with the Red Wings—in a 3-2 victory over Winnipeg. Despite losing two of three games, St. Louis remained atop the Norris. Minnesota's Tony McKegney had a hat trick in a 9-2 win over the division's No. 2 team, the Black Hawks, and the North Stars now trail Chicago by two points. Detroit's rookie goaltender Mark LaForest made a successful NHL debut by stopping 35 shots in a 4-1 victory over the Flyers. Toronto won two of three games, including a 6-3 defeat of the Flyers, its first win in the Spectrum since Oct. 12, 1980. Quebec moved to the top of the Adams and extended its winning streak to five by beating Vancouver and the Islanders. Third-place Montreal moved to within one point of the Bruins with wins over Vancouver and Toronto. Canadien goaltender Doug Soetaert got his 100th career victory, a 7-0 shutout of Vancouver. Philadelphia stayed atop the Patrick and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Rangers. Washington beat St. Louis and Vancouver to hold second place. Islander defenseman Denis Potvin scored his team's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Quebec, tying him with Bobby Orr for most points scored by a defenseman (915). New Jersey tightened its defense after a 10-7 loss to Toronto and beat Vancouver 4-1 and Pittsburgh 5-1.
INDOOR SOCCER—Minnesota stayed on top of the East with 3-2 wins over Los Angeles and San Diego. In the West, Tacoma and Wichita moved past San Diego into a first-place tie. Tacoma beat Baltimore 4-3 in overtime. Erik Rasmussen scored three goals to lead Wichita over Los Angeles 8-3.
TENNIS—STEFAN EDBERG defeated Mats Wilander 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Australian Open; MARTINA NAVRATILOVA defeated defending champion Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for the women's title. The winners each received $100,000 (page 70).
MILEPOSTS—CONFERRED: The 1985 Heisman Trophy, on Auburn running back BO JACKSON, 23, who rushed for 1,786 yards and scored 17 touchdowns this season; and the Lombardi Award as the nation's top college football lineman, on University of Oklahoma noseguard TONY CASILLAS, 22.
FIRED: As football coach at San Diego Slate, DOUG SCOVIL, 57. In five seasons with the Aztecs, Scovil's record was 24-32-3.
As head coach of the Houston Oilers, HUGH CAMPBELL, 44. In his two years at Houston, Campbell's record was 8-22.
NAMED: As football coach at Vanderbilt, WATSON BROWN, 35, succeeding George MacIntyre, who resigned with a 25-52-1 seven-year record.
As football coach at Minnesota, defensive coordinator JOHN GUTEKUNST, 41, replacing Lou Holtz, who resigned to become coach at Notre Dame.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, outfielder BILLY SAMPLE, 30, to the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder MIGUEL SOSA, 25.
By the Washington Capitals, center DOUG JARVIS, 30, to the Hartford Whalers for left wing JORGEN PETTERSSON, 29.
DIED: BURLEIGH GRIMES, 92, a Hall of Famer who had a 270-212 record as a pitcher for seven major league teams from 1916 to 1934; of cancer; in Clear Lake, Wis. Grimes won 20 or more games five times and managed the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938.
Bill Wambsganss, 91, an infielder who played for three major league teams from 1914 to 1926 and, in 1920, as a Cleveland Indian, made the only unassisted triple play in World Series history; in Lakewood, Ohio.
Lloyd (Bud) WINTER, 76, who coached track at San Jose State from 1940 to 1970; of a heart attack; in Houston. At San Jose State, Winter produced 102 NCAA All-Americas and 27 Olympians, including medal-winning sprinters Lee Evans, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.