PRO BASKETBALL—The Pacific Division-leading Lakers won one game before their eight-game winning streak was snapped by Denver 124-120. Second-place Portland won two of three games. Seattle had a 1-3 week, the lone victory coming over the Clippers. Phoenix triumphed in two of three games, including a 123-113 win over Golden State. The Suns suffered their most serious loss when guard Walter Davis, who tied his career high with 43 points against the Warriors, entered a southern California clinic for treatment of a substance abuse problem. Houston continued to lead the Midwest Division with victories over Utah and Dallas. The second-place Nuggets beat the Clippers and the Lakers before losing to Dallas 127-100. Utah, 2-1 for the week, took sole possession of third place in the division. In the Central Division, Milwaukee stayed ahead of Detroit with victories over Seattle and Sacramento. The Pistons suffered through a 1-3 week. Atlanta moved closer to Detroit by winning two of four. Cleveland played giant killer by beating Milwaukee 128-124 and Boston 109-99. The Celtics won three of four games to remain on top of the Atlantic Division. New Jersey beat Sacramento, New York and Indiana, and moved into second place. Washington rose to third place with two wins, including a 110-108 victory over Milwaukee, decided when the Bullets' Cliff Robinson hit a jumper at the buzzer in overtime. The Sixers lost ground, winning only one of three games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—Fresno State routed Bowling Green 51-7 in the California Bowl in Fresno (page 34). Augustana beat Ithaca 20-7 to win its third consecutive NCAA Division III title and its 37th straight game. North Dakota State beat North Alabama 35-7 for the NCAA Division II title.
PRO FOOTBALL—Chicago improved its record to 14-1 with a 19-6 victory over the New York Jets, but Walter Pay ton was held to 53 yards rushing, ending his NFL-record string of 100-yard-plus games at nine. Bronco running back Sammy Winder scored on a one-yard run with 22 seconds left to give Denver a 14-13 win over Kansas City. Dallas clinched the NFC East title by beating the Giants 28-21 (page 28). Green Bay defeated Detroit 26-23 on Al Del Greco's 27-yard field goal as time ran out. Pittsburgh came back from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit to defeat Buffalo 30-24 as Steeler running back Walter Abercrombie scored on a two-yard run with 47 seconds left in the game. Bernie Kosar threw three touchdown passes and ran for his first NFL touchdown to lead the Browns over Houston 28-21 and into a one-game lead over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the NFC Central. Washington beat the Bengals 27-24 as receiver Art Monk set a Redskin record for receptions (13) and reception yardage (230). Indianapolis snapped a six-game losing streak with a 31-23 victory over Tampa Bay. Atlanta broke its three-game losing streak by beating the Vikings 14-13. San Francisco defeated New Orleans 31-19 to keep its playoff hopes alive. The Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle 13-3 as Marcus Allen rushed for 109 yards, his eighth consecutive 100-yard game, one behind Payton's record. Rams quarterback Dieter Brock threw for four touchdowns and Eric Dickerson ran for 124 yards and two TDs as L.A. routed St. Louis 46-14. San Diego beat Philadelphia 20-14.
GOLF—HAL SUTTON and RAY FLOYD won the first hole of sudden-death to beat the teams of Tom Purtzer-Jim Colbert, John Fought-Pat McGowan, Gary Hallberg-Scott Hoch and Charlie Boiling-Brad Fabel to win the PGA Team Invitational tournament and $55,000 apiece in Boca Raton, Fla.
December 23, 1985
HOCKEY—Smythe Division-leading Edmonton had a 3-1 week, including a 12-9 victory over Chicago in which NHL scoring leader Wayne Gretzky had seven assists to tie his and Billy Taylor's NHL single-game record. The game's 21 goals tied the 65-year-old record for most goals in a game. Second-place Calgary had back-to-back victories over Los Angeles. Vancouver ended a 10-game winless streak by beating the Flames 4-3. St. Louis, tops in the Norris Division, beat Edmonton 7-3, snapping the Oilers' 12-game unbeaten streak. Despite losing two of three games, the Black Hawks remained in second place in the division. Minnesota beat Detroit 10-2 with Brian Bellows scoring four goals. Quebec was 2-1-1 to become the Adams Division's sole leader. The Bruins beat the Rangers 4-2 but lost to Philadelphia and fell to second. Montreal slipped to third place, beating Hartford and Chicago and losing to Philadelphia. The Flyers, leading the Patrick Division, won three games. Second-place Washington won twice, over Toronto 3-2 and Los Angeles 5-4. The Islanders, 1-0-2 for the week, moved past the Rangers, who lost two of three games.
COLLEGE SOCCER—UCLA defeated American University 1-0 to win its first NCAA Division I championship, in Seattle. Bruin sophomore Andy Burke scored the game winner with 3:55 left in the eighth OT The match took 2:46:05, 6:49 longer than the previous longest championship game in 1982.
INDOOR SOCCER—Minnesota stayed on top of the Eastern Division by winning two of three games. In the Western Division, Wichita took over first place with wins over Kansas City 7-2 and Tacoma 1-0 in OT. Tacoma dropped from a first-place tie to third after losing both of its games. San Diego is in second place, 1½ games behind Wichita, after losing to Cleveland 3-2 and beating Kansas City 8-3.
TENNIS—HENRI LECONTE defeated Kelly Evernden 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 to win $21,250 and the New South Wales Open in Sydney. Defending champion Manuela Maleeva defeated Bonnie Gadusek 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 to win $42,000 and the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By tennis pro JOHN McENROE, 26, that he and actress TATUM O'NEAL, 22, are expecting a baby.
AWARDED: The 1985 Outland Trophy as college football's best interior lineman, to Boston College noseguard MIKE RUTH, 21.
NAMED: As captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, TOM GORMAN, 39. He succeeds Arthur Ashe, who captained the team from 1981 to 1985.
As football coach at the University of Pittsburgh, MIKE GOTTFRIED, 41, who resigned at Kansas, where he had a three-year record of 15-18-1. He succeeds Foge Fazio, who was fired by Pitt on Nov. 24. Gottfried was succeeded at Kansas by assistant coach BOB VALESENTE, 45.
TRADED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, pitcher JOAQUIN ANDUJAR, 33, to the Oakland A's for catcher MIKE HEATH, 30, and pitcher TIM CON-ROY, 25; by the Seattle Mariners, infielder DARNELL COLES, 23, to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher RICH MONTELEONE, 22; by the Philadelphia Phillies, catcher OZZIE VIRGIL, 29, and minor league pitcher PETE SMITH, 19, to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher STEVE BEDROSIAN, 28, and outfielder MILT THOMPSON, 26; also by the Phillies, pitcher JOHN DENNY, 33, and minor league pitcher JEFF GRAY, 22, to the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher TOM HUME, 32, and outfielder GARY REDUS, 29; by the Boston Red Sox, pitcher MARK CLEAR, 29, to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder ED ROMERO, 28; also by the Red Sox, pitcher CHARLIE MITCHELL, 23, to the Minnesota Twins for utilityman MIKE STENHOUSE, 27; by the San Francisco Giants, infielder MANNY TRILLO, 34, to the Chicago Cubs for infielder DAVE OWEN, 27; by the New York Yankees, pitcher RICH BORDI, 26, and infielder REX HUDLER, 25, to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder-DH GARY ROENICKE, 31, and infielder-outfielder LEO HERNANDEZ, 26; also by the Yankees, pitcher JOE COWLEY, 27, and catcher RON HASSEY, 32, to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher BRITT BURNS, 26, minor league shortstop MIKE SOPER, 20, and minor league outfielder GLEN BRAXTON, 18; by the Los Angeles Dodgers, catcher STEVE YEAGER, 37, to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher ED VANDE BERG, 27; also by the Dodgers, outfielder CANDY MALDONADO, 25, to the San Francisco Giants for catcher ALEX TREVINO, 28; by the Cleveland Indians, infielder MIKE FISCHLIN, 30, to the Yankees for a player to be named later.
DIED: ROGER MARIS, 51, who broke Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record when he hit 61 for the New York Yankees in 1961; of cancer; in Houston (page 26).
John (Jake) Nevin, 75, the head athletic trainer at Villanova from 1929, who was in a wheelchair at courtside as the Wildcats won last season's NCAA basketball championship; of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; in Bryn Mawr, Pa. In a ceremony last month in Nevin's honor, Villanova renamed its field house, which was built three years after he began working for the school, the John (Jake) Nevin Field House.