PRO BASKETBALL—The Hawks, with the best record in the NBA (7-1), continued to soar with wins over Detroit 105-100 and New Jersey 109-90, following a narrow loss—their first of the season—to division rival Chicago. The Bulls had a one-point lead with 19 seconds on the clock when Michael Jordan, surrounded by Hawks, connected for two, and the Bulls won 112-110. Chicago lost its next two games, to Washington 101-99 and Boston 110-98, despite Jordan's 48 points in the latter. After a 114-110 upset by the Nets, the Celtics won their next three—over Milwaukee 124-116, Chicago and Detroit 118-111. After Larry Bird was ejected in the first period of that Milwaukee game, Fred Roberts came off the bench to score 23 points and pull down 12 rebounds to keep Boston's 44-victory home streak alive. Dallas rolled over Houston 114-85, but the Rockets kept their division lead by beating San Antonio 116-95 and Cleveland 134-106. The Lakers stayed on top of the Pacific Division with a 122-97 win over Seattle and a 113-111 squeaker over Sacramento. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who on Nov. 9 became the first player in league history to score in double figures in 700 consecutive regular-season games, was high scorer with 25 points in the Seattle game. Dallas coach Dick Motta got his 758th career win on Saturday, moving him into third place on the alltime victory list behind Red Auerbach and Jack Ramsay.
BOWLING—HARRY SULLINS beat top-seeded Walter Ray Williams 233-194 to earn $21,000 in a PBA event in Indianapolis.
PRO FOOTBALL—The Jets struggled but made it nine in a row with a 31-16 victory over the winless Colts as Ken O'Brien hit Wesley Walker for three TDs. The Patriots pulled one out when Irving Fryar caught a tipped TD pass from Tony Eason in the end zone with no time on the clock to edge the Rams 30-28. Eason broke club records for completions and attempts, with a 36-for-52 passing day, and Rams QB Jim Everett shone in his NFL debut, completing 12 of 19 passes for 193 yards and 3 TDs. In their first meeting in 10 years, the Giants defeated the Vikings 22-20 as Raul Allegre kicked five field goals, including the game-winner with 12 seconds remaining. The Bears got past Atlanta 13-10 after failing to gain a first down through 24 minutes of the first half. Mike Tomczak settled down after intermission to score once and set up the winning field goal, and the Chicago defense held Atlanta without a first down for 23 minutes. Denver, paced by Gerald Willhite's three TDs, which included a 70-yard punt return, romped past division rival Kansas City 38-17. Dallas's Steve Pelluer was sacked 12 times, tying an NFL record, but rallied the Cowboys from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge San Diego 24-21. Veteran Jim Plunkett passed for three TDs to spark the Raiders to a 27-14 victory over the Browns. The Bengals romped over the Seahawks 34-7 and claimed a share of the AFC Central lead with the Browns. The Steelers, who beat Houston in OT in their last matchup, downed the Oilers again, 21-10, with TD runs by Walter Abercrombie and Earnest Jackson. Green Bay's Randy Wright threw for three TDs in a 31-7 win over Tampa Bay. Rueben Mayes rushed for 131 yards and Morten Andersen kicked three field goals to pace the surging Saints to a 16-7 victory over the Cardinals. The Dolphins rebounded from Monday night's 26-16 loss to the Browns with a 34-24 win over Buffalo behind Dan Marino's four TD passes and 404 yards. And the Lions edged the Eagles 13-11.
GOLF—ANDY BEAN fired a 10-under-par 278, two strokes better than Davis Love III, to win $150,000 and a PGA event, in Kapalua, Hawaii (page 66).
November 24, 1986
HARNESS RACING—The 1986 Breeders' Crown series concluded at Garden State Park. In the 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, MASQUERADE ($21.40), with Richard Silverman driving, finished in 1:55, 1¼ lengths ahead of Robust Hanover, to earn $271,923. GLOW SOFTLY, driven by Ron Waples, won the 3-Year-Old Filly Pace ($67.40), beating Lavish Laura by a head to win $206,193 in 1:56[2/5]. Waples scored again with SUGARCANE HANOVER ($8.20) in the 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot by 1¼ lengths over Everglade Hanover. His time was 1:57[1/5] and he won $230,175. In the 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, SUNSET WARRIOR ($13.20), with Bill Gale driving, was a ¾-length winner over Redskin in 1:55⅗ earning $307,350.
HOCKEY—In the Patrick Division, the Penguins had two wins, over Boston (2-1) and Quebec (5-2), paced by Mario Lemieux, whose 19 goals are second in the league. Sandwiched between those games was a 5-4 loss to the red-hot Devils, who are off to their best start ever. The Flyers dropped another one-goal game to the Rangers, who again had John Vanbiesbrouck in goal as they won 2-1 and picked up a couple of wins at home over the Capitals (6-2) and, predictably, the Red Wings (7-5), who haven't won at the Spectrum since 1971. In the Adams Division, Montreal downed Quebec 4-3 at the Forum, then defeated the Sabres 4-2 three nights later. The Nordiques won their next game 4-1 over Washington, but then lost to the Penguins 5-2. Toronto returned to home ice and shut out Detroit 6-0, following a 4-2 loss in St. Louis. The Leafs stayed on top in the Norris Division despite continued road trouble. In the Smythe, Edmonton beat the Islanders 3-2 in overtime and then lost to the Bruins 4-3 in OT and the Whalers 6-2. Winnipeg lost the first game of a series with L.A. 4-3, then beat the Kings 6-5 and Vancouver 3-2. Calgary, behind goalie Mike Vernon, beat Vancouver 5-3 and Hartford 4-3, and, without Vernon, dropped a 4-1 decision to L.A. The game-winning goal against Hartford was scored by a rookie making his NHL regular-season debut: Brett Hull, 22, son of the legendary Bobby Hull.
HORSE RACING—LIEUTENANT'S LARK ($76.60), of the U.S., with Robbie Davis up, won the 35th Washington, D.C. International at Laurel Race Course by a neck over Dance of Life, also of the U.S. Lark, a 4-year-old colt, ran the 10 furlongs on the turf in 2:09 to earn $360,000.
INDOOR SOCCER—As the MISL began its ninth season, two-time defending champ San Diego edged Minnesota 4-3 in OT. Wichita downed Tacoma 6-4 behind Erik Rasmussen, who had the season's first hat trick. The New York Express made their MISL debut with an 8-7 loss to Los Angeles.
SAILING—America's Cup: The second-round challenger trials ended with New Zealand leading with 66 points, followed by America II with 56. In the defender series. Kookaburra III led Australia IV 21 points to 18 (page 22).
TENNIS—YANNICK NOAH beat Jonas B. Svensson 6-2, 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 7-5 to win $60,000 in a tour event at Wembley Arena in London.
Martina Navratilova beat Hana Mandlikova 7-5, 7-5 and won $33,000 in a tour event in Chicago.
MILEPOSTS—CHARGED: With theft by deception, distance runner HENRY RONO, 34, after allegedly conning tellers in at least five New Jersey banks.
FIRED: As football coach at Iowa State, JIM CRINER, 46, as a result of a school investigation into alleged NCAA violations. In four seasons at Iowa State, Criner's record was 16-24-2.
HIRED: As coach of the Boston Bruins, former team captain TERRY O'REILLY, 35.
HONORED: As the NL Cy Young Award winner, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, MIKE SCOTT, 31, of the Houston Astros. Scott led the majors with 306 strikeouts and a 2.22 earned run average. His no-hitter on Sept. 25 against the Giants clinched the NL West pennant for the Astros. And as the AL Cy Young winner, by a unanimous vote, ROGER CLEMENS, 24, of the Boston Red Sox. Clemens led the majors with 24 victories and topped the AL with a 2.48 ERA. His 20 strikeouts against Seattle on April 29 set a major league record.
TRADED: By the Seattle SuperSonics, guard GERALD HENDERSON, 30, to the New York Knicks for a 1990 second-round draft choice and the right to switch their first-round draft positions with the Knicks in either 1987 or 1989.
By the Minnesota North Stars, defenseman CURT GILES, 27, left wing TONY McKEGNEY, 28, and a 1988 second-round draft pick, to the New York Rangers for center BOB BROOKE, 25, and a 1988 fourth-round draft choice.
DIED: NHL Hall of Famer FRANCIS (King) CLANCY, 83; of a heart attack; in Toronto. Clancy was a star defenseman with the Ottawa Senators (1921-30) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1930-37) and helped lead the Leafs to their first Stanley Cup crown, in 1932. In a professional hockey career spanning 65 years, Clancy served as player, coach, referee and club official.