PRO BASKETBALL—Chicago's Raging Bull, Michael Jordan, continued his stampede on the court, this time by scoring his team's final 18 points in a 101-99 win over the Knicks to break the NBA consecutive-points record of 16 set by Leon Wood of Washington last January. The last two of his 40 points came on a 20-foot jumper with :01 left to clinch the win. Jordan's play in that game eclipsed a gutty performance by Knick guard Gerald Wilkins, who twice tied the game, at 97 and 99, in the final 33 seconds. Jordan slowed the pace the next night in a 93-84 win over Washington with a season-low (but still team-high) 22 points. The two wins moved the Bulls closer to division-leading Atlanta (page 32). The Midwest Division race tightened, largely because Denver won three of three at home in Fat City. Guard Lafayette (Fat) Lever, who leads the league's guards in rebounding, pulled down double-figure boards in each of the wins against the Nets (125-112), Portland (142-128) and Phoenix (132-120) and also scored a total of 80 points in the games. The Lakers, with the best record (9-1) in the league, downed Dallas 114-110, San Antonio 117-108, New Jersey 111-95 and Milwaukee 127-117 to run their winning streak to nine games.
BOWLING—GEORGE BRANHAM III of Arleta, Calif., defeated top-seeded Mark Roth 195-191 to win $33,260 and his first national PBA tournament, in Glendale Heights, Ill. Branham is the first black champion in PBA history.
BOXING—MIKE TYSON, 20, became the youngest world heavyweight champion ever when he TKO'd Trevor Berbick at 2:35 of the second round to win the WBC crown, in Las Vegas (page 18).
Bernardo Pinango of Venezuela successfully defended his WBA bantamweight crown with a 15th-round KO of Simon Skosana of South Africa, in Johannesburg.
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Shin Hi-Sop of South Korea knocked out Henry Brent of Brooklyn in the 13th round to retain his IBF flyweight title, in Chunchon, South Korea.
PRO FOOTBALL—In a showdown of division leaders, Raul Allegre booted four field goals to lead the Giants past Denver 19-16 for their fifth straight win, one that kept them tied with Washington atop the NFC East. Allegre, who also kicked the game-winner the week before, clinched the win with a 34-yarder with :06 left. The Redskins, showing no ill effects after a Monday night (Nov. 17) 14-6 marathon win over San Francisco, rolled over the Cowboys 41-14 (page 14). The Raiders pulled to within one game of Denver in the AFC West by downing the Chargers 37-31 in OT on Thursday on a 28-yard TD run by Marcus Allen. Cincinnati remained tied with Cleveland for the AFC Central lead by getting past the slumping Vikings 24-20. Stanley Wilson rushed for two TDs for the Bengals. Bernie Kosar threw for 414 yards and two TDs, including the game-winner in OT, to move the Browns past the Steelers 37-31. Chicago beat the cellar-dwelling Packers, 12-10, on a 32-yard field goal by Kevin Butler with 2:37 to play. Jim McMahon, back after missing the previous three games with a shoulder injury, had no TDs and three interceptions, and was replaced by Mike Tomczak in the final quarter. The Rams stayed atop the NFC West by beating the Saints 26-13 on Mike Lansford's four field goals. They got help from the defense as safety Nolan Cromwell had two interceptions and forced a fumble. Jerry Rice set a 49er team record when he caught his 13th TD pass of the season in a 20-0 shutout of the Falcons. The Patriots made it six straight with a 22-19 win over Buffalo, on yet another successful last-ditch pass from Tony Eason—this time to rookie Greg Baty with 1:40 on the clock. The Pats remained in second in the AFC East behind the Jets, who played the Dolphins on Monday. Detroit rookie Chuck Long came off the bench and made his first NFL pass a memorable one, a 34-yard TD to Leonard Thompson, as the Lions downed Tampa Bay 38-17. Elsewhere, the St. Louis Cardinals, behind Neil Lomax's three TDs, triumphed over the Kansas City Chiefs 23-14; Warren Moon threw three TDs in Houston's 31-17 victory over winless Indianapolis; and Seattle topped Philadelphia 24-20.
GOLF—GREG NORMAN won his 10th tournament of the year, firing a 12-under-par 276 to beat countryman Terry Gale by one stroke in the Western Australian Open. The victory, worth $18,000, put his 1986 winnings past the $1.2 million mark.
HOCKEY—The Flyers stayed atop the Patrick Division by tying the Maple Leafs 2-2 and then rolling over the Leafs 6-1 and the Blackhawks 5-1. The Devils, who have had Alain Chevrier in goal for each of their 10 wins, stayed hot with a 3-2 come-from-behind sizzler against the Rangers and a 4-3 win over Detroit for a five-game unbeaten streak, tying a club record. The streak ended on Saturday with a 6-2 loss to Minnesota. Montreal kept its lead in the Adams with a pair of wins over Boston (3-2 in OT and 3-1) and a 4-1 win over Hartford. The 3-1 victory, in which 178 penalty minutes were assessed, resulted in suspensions to Montreal's Ryan Walter, Chris Nilan and Claude Lemieux—the effects of which were felt two nights later when the Habs lost to Detroit 4-3. In the Norris, second-place St. Louis gained some ground on Toronto, which went winless for the week. Edmonton and Winnipeg continued to slip in and out of first place in the Smythe. The Jets' wins over Pittsburgh (3-1) and L.A. (3-2) moved them to the top spot; never before had the club occupied first place this late in a season. Edmonton downed the Rangers 5-4 in OT, handing New York its seventh one-goal loss of the season, and beat Vancouver 5-2. Wayne Gretzky had a hand in every Edmonton score in the Canucks game. His third goal was the 500th of his career, and he reached that milestone sooner than any player in NHL history.
HORSE RACING—JAVA GOLD ($3.20), with Pat Day up, was a 2¾-length winner over Talinum in the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct. The 2-year-old colt covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[3/5] and won $172,680.
Tappiano ($2.80), with Jean Cruguet aboard, beat Soaring Princess by six lengths in the Demoiselle Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. She ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:53[1/5] to earn $104,940.
Auspiciante ($32.80), ridden by Cash Asmussen, won $110,000 in the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile Matriarch Stakes for older fillies and mares at Hollywood Park, by 1½ lengths over Aberuschka.
INDOOR SOCCER—In the Western Division, Los Angeles won two games over defending MISL champion San Diego (4-3 in OT and 5-4) to run its record to 3-0. In the Eastern Division, undefeated Baltimore beat Chicago 5-2 and Wichita 4-3 (in OT). And the New York Express lost in its home debut to Kansas City 4-2 (page 74).
JUDO—At the U.S. International Invitational Championships in Colorado Springs, the U.S. led with five gold medals. Winners in the women's division were BARBARA FEST (158 pounds), CHRISTINE PENICK (145 pounds), JO ANNE QUIRING (114 pounds) and SHERRIE CHAMBERS (106 pounds). JOSEPH WANAG (184 pounds) was the only U.S. winner among the men.
SAILING—America's Cup: The second round-robin defender series ended with Kookaburra III leading with 29 points, followed by Australia TV with 20 points and Kookaburra II with 19. The third round of the defender and challenger series will begin on Dec. 2.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Virginia Slims Championships at Madison Square Garden and won $125,000.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the New York Rangers, TED SATOR, 37, who had a 5-10-4 record this season. Since Sator became coach in 1985, the Rangers were 41-48-10 in regular-season play and 8-8 in the playoffs. General manager Phil Esposito named himself interim coach.
INDICTED: By a federal grand jury in Memphis, former Memphis State basketball coach DANA KIRK, 51, on 11 counts, including income tax evasion, filing false tax returns, mail fraud and obstruction of justice (page 12).
NAMED: As the National League's Most Valuable Player, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, third baseman MIKE SCHMIDT, 37, of the Philadelphia Phillies. Schmidt, who won the award in 1980 and 1981, hit .290 and led the league in home runs (37) and RBIs (119). And as the American League's MVP, ROGER CLEMENS, 24, of the Boston Red Sox, who also won the AL Cy Young Award. Clemens, who led the majors with 24 wins and topped the AL with a 2.48 ERA, became the first starting pitcher in 15 years to win an MVP award.