PRO BASKETBALL—Atlanta went three for three for the week to remain the NBA's only unbeaten team, with wins over Milwaukee (107-98), Phoenix (106-86) and Washington (110-91). The victory over Phoenix was achieved without Dominique Wilkins, who was nursing a sprained ankle suffered Tuesday against the Bucks. Also sidelined with a sore ankle was Houston AU-Star forward Ralph Sampson, but Tower-mate Akeem Olajuwon kept the Rockets from crumbling with a total of 51 points in two wins over Sacramento (100-84, 102-90) and a game-high 31 points in a loss to the Clippers. Michael Jordan, whose 39.4 scoring average leads the league (page 16), had another average night against Phoenix, with 39 points, including two free throws with 51 seconds on the clock to give the Bulls a lead they never relinquished. Indiana snapped a two-year-old eight-game losing streak against Philadelphia with a 125-121 double-OT win behind a career-high 44-point shooting performance by John Long. The Pacers went to Boston the next night and attempted to break a more serious losing streak—18 games over eight years at the Garden, where, incidentally, the Celtics had won 42 straight. The Pacers failed, 133-102. Larry Bird led all scorers with 38 points, and had 32 on Friday as the Celts edged Washington 88-86. Two hometown crowds gave standing O's as jerseys were hoisted to the rafters in tribute to former players: in Philadelphia, No. 24, that of four-time AU-Star forward Bobby Jones, and in Seattle, No. 32, that of the Sonics' alltime scoring leader, Downtown Freddie Brown.
BOWLING—TOM BAKER of Buffalo won $27,000 in the first event of the PBA's fall tour with a 212-205 victory over top-seeded Steve Wunderlich in Rochester, N.Y. It was Baker's seventh overall title.
EQUESTRIAN—At the 103rd National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, GREAT BRITAIN won the team championship with 73 points. The U.S. was runner-up with 62 points.
PRO FOOTBALL—Quarterback Ken O'Brien passed for 322 yards and three TDs as the Jets upped their league-leading record to 9-1 with a 28-14 win over Atlanta. O'Brien's 17 straight completions broke a club record held by Joe Namath. The Patriots (7-3), led by Tony Eason's 240 passing yards and two second-half TDs, beat the winless Colts 30-21. The 8-2 Bears won a game without Jim McMahon as Mike Tomczak ran and passed for two TDs in a 23-3 win over the Bucs. Doug Flutie made his NFL debut with 4:29 left in the fourth quarter—his only pass attempt was a third-down incompletion—and Walter Payton rushed for 139 yards despite a dislocated toe. In the NFC West, the Rams, coming off a 20-17 win over the Bears on Monday, stayed on top despite a 6-0 upset by the last-place Saints on two field goals by Morten Andersen. The Giants showed no signs of letdown following their consecutive wins over division rivals Washington and Dallas as they downed the Eagles 17-14. Joe Morris had two TDs and rushed for more than 100 yards for the fourth straight game. The defense, led by Lawrence Taylor's three sacks, shut the Eagles out through three quarters. The Giants remained tied for first place in the NFC East with Washington, which beat the Packers 16-7. Jim Plunkett replaced Marc Wilson in the second half and threw two TD passes to Dokie Williams as the Raiders edged the Cowboys 17-13. San Francisco's Joe Montana made his first appearance since rupturing a disk in his back nine weeks ago and demolished St. Louis 43-17, passing for three TDs and 270 yards (page 22). In the biggest upset of the day, San Diego broke an eight-game losing streak and dealt the Broncos their second loss of the season. John Elway was intercepted three times and fumbled once, and Charger veteran Rolf Benirschke kicked three field goals in the 9-3 win—the first pro victory for new coach Al Saunders. With head coach Hank Bullough shuffling off from Buffalo last week, the 3-7 Bills gave new coach Marv Levy a 16-12 victory over the 3-7 Steelers in his debut. Kansas City's Bill Kenney settled down after a shaky first quarter and threw for 256 yards and three TDs as the surging Chiefs downed the Seahawks 27-7. Minnesota avenged an earlier loss to the Lions with a 24-10 win in Detroit. Warren Moon passed for 310 yards as Houston edged Cincinnati 32-28. A victory would have assured the Bengals of at least a tie atop the AFC Central with the Browns, who played Miami on Monday.
November 17, 1986
HARNESS RACING—MACK LOBELL ($3.80), with John Campbell in the sulky, won $248,425 and the Breeders Crown 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot at Pompano Park by a length over Buckfinder. Mack Lobell raced the mile in 1:59[1/5].
HOCKEY—The NHL teams with two of the best records, Philadelphia (10-3-1) and Edmonton (9-6-1), stayed on top in their divisions, but not before suffering their only losses of the week to the teams that eliminated them from last year's playoffs. Philadelphia, with October's Rookie of the Month Ron Hex-tall in the net, was beaten by the Rangers, behind goalie John Vanbiesbrouck, who had been instrumental in stopping the Flyers in Game 5 of the opening round of the playoffs last April. The Oilers dropped a home-and-home series to Calgary—their nemesis in last year's second playoff round—3-1 and 6-4 (page 24). In another provincial matchup, Montreal took over the top spot from Quebec as the Nordiques lost their first games at home: 6-3 to Winnipeg and 5-1 to Boston. That marked the debut of the Bruins' interim coaches, Mike Milbury and Terry O'Reilly, who replaced Butch Goring. Toronto stayed in first place in the Norris Division with a 6-4 victory over St. Louis. The Maple Leafs' four-game win streak was broken the next night when Minnesota outscored them 4-1. An eagerly awaited confrontation of the league's top goal scorers took place on Saturday: Pittsburgh center Mario Lemieux vs. Minnesota right wing Dino Ciccarelli, tied at 17 apiece going into the game. In the second period Ciccarelli scored the first goal of the game on a power play for his 18th overall and 11th power-play goal, both league-leading stats. Lemieux picked up an assist, and remained the only player in the league with a point in every game—a streak that was broken the following night in a 2-1 loss to Detroit.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY RAHAL's eighth-place finish in the season-ending Indy Challenge gave him CART's season title with 179 points; AL UNSER JR., averaging 106.322 mph in a Lola-Cosworth, won the 200-mile race in Miami, 35.36 seconds ahead of Roberto Guerrero (page 73).
SAILING—America's Cup: In the second round of the challenger series, New Zealand led with 51 points, followed by America II with 46 points. In the defender's series, Kookaburra III held first place with 13 points, and runner-up Australia IV had 12 points.
TENNIS—Top-seeded STEFAN EDBERG defeated countryman Mats Wilander 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 to win $59,500 and the Stockholm Open.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Boston Bruins, BUTCH GORING, 37, who had a 5-7-1 record this season (42-38-13 since taking over in May 1985). Mike Milbury, a defenseman currently ailing, and former Boston captain Terry O'Reilly, a TV color commentator, were named as interim co-coaches.
Joe Kapp, 48, as University of California football coach, effective at the end of this season. Kapp's 1986 record is 1-8; his overall record for five seasons: 19-33-1.
HONORED: As the American League Manager of the Year, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, JOHN McNAMARA, 54, who led the Boston Red Sox to the World Series; and as National League Manager of the Year, HAL LANIER 44, who led the Houston Astros to the National League West title. Lanier is the first rookie manager to be so honored in the National League.
INDUCTED: Into the College Football Hall of Fame, running back ARCHIE GRIFFIN, 32, and former coach BILL EDWARDS, 81. Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, played for Ohio State from 1972 to 1975 and the Cincinnati Bengals from 1976 to '83; Edwards, who coached al Western Reserve, Vanderbilt and Wittenberg, had a 167-45-8 record over 24 years.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Buffalo Sabres SCOTTY BOWMAN, 53. The Sabres were 3-7-2 this year under Bowman and 21-25-3 since he replaced Jim Schoenfeld halfway through last season Bowman, whose 739 overall regular-season wins with Buffalo, Montreal and St. Louis is the highest in NHL history, will remain with the team as general manager and director of hockey operations Assistant coach Craig Ramsey, 35, was named head coach.
Leon Burtnett, 43, after five years as Purdue football coach. Under Burtnett the Boilermakers were 20-33-1 overall and 2-7 this season.