PRO BASKETBALL—Boston was off to its best start since 1972, when it went 10-0. Larry Bird averaged 29 points as the 6-0 Celtics beat New York 96-87, Indiana 120-106, Cleveland 128-114 and the Pacers again, 103-98. Boston was the only Atlantic Division team whose record was over .500. The night after giving Washington an NBA-record 60 points on free throws, the Knicks gave rookie coach Rick Pitino his first win by beating Milwaukee 93-89. New York was a sorry 1-5, but New Jersey was an even sorrier 0-4, making it the only team in the league without a win. After Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins outscored Central Division leader Chicago's Michael Jordan 35 to 29 in the Bulls' 105-95 win over the Hawks, Jordan came back with a total of 104 points in two wins over the Nets (105-96 and 103-85) and a 111-110 loss to Indiana. Houston jumped into the Midwest Division lead with a 4-0 week, during which it defeated Portland 118-111, Sacramento 116-114, Utah 101-93 and Seattle 108-106. Like Boston, the Los Angeles Lakers surged to a big lead in their division, the Pacific. The Lakers' 4-0 week included wins over San Antonio 133-124, the LA. Clippers 111-82, Golden State 118-110 and San Antonio 147-130. In L.A.'s second victory over San Antonio, Magic Johnson became the Lakers' alltime assists leader. His 10 assists gave him 6,245, seven more than Jerry West.
BOWLING—DEL BALLARD JR. beat Walter Ray Williams Jr. 229-214 to win $33,000 in a PBA event in Chicago.
PRO FOOTBALL—In the logjammed AFC East, where all five teams began the weekend 4-4, Eric Dickerson rushed 30 times for 154 yards and a touchdown to help Indianapolis rout Miami 40-21. The New York Jets joined the Colts at 5-4, beating Kansas City 16-9 behind Freeman McNeil, who ran for 184 yards. Dallas beat New England 23-17 in OT as Herschel Walker rambled for 173 yards—his NFL best—60 of them on the decisive TD run 1:50 into overtime. In a showdown between former University of Miami teammates, Bernie Kosar completed 24 of 34 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns to pace Cleveland, tied with Houston for tops in the AFC Central, to a 27-21 win over Buffalo and its quarterback, Jim Kelly, who connected on 22 of 35 for 222 yards. New Orleans pulled to within a game of NFC West-leading San Francisco when Morten Andersen kicked a 40-yard field goal with 1:06 left to give the Saints a 26-24 win over the 49ers. Despite five turnovers, Seattle beat Green Bay 24-13 to improve its record to 6-3. Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 23-17 and moved into second in the NFC Central. Darrell Green made three interceptions to help NFC East leader Washington hold off Detroit 20-13. Warren Moon threw for 252 yards and two TDs as Houston, the AFC Central coleader, defeated Pittsburgh 23-3. Raul Allegre kicked field goals of 52 and 53 yards to give the New York Giants a 20-17 win over Philadelphia; the Los Angeles Rams defeated St. Louis 27-24; Cincinnati beat Atlanta 16-10; and San Diego beat the LA. Raiders 16-14 (page 14).
GOLF—ANDY BEAN shot a final-round 67 for a 72-hole total of 267, which was 21 under par and three strokes better than that of Lanny Wadkins, to win $150,000 in a PGA event in Kapalua, Hawaii.
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HARNESS RACING—MACK LOBELL ($2.80), driven by John Campbell, beat Napoletano by 12¾ lengths to win the Breeders Crown Trot for 3-year-old colts and $221,331. He trotted the mile in 1:54[1/5] to break by four-fifths of a second the world record for the mile on a‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àöœÄ-mile track, set by Express Ride in September.
HOCKEY—Montreal, whose 26 points led the NHL at week's end, ran its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 3-1 win over Toronto and a 0-0 tie with Hartford before losing to Boston 3-2. Goalie Patrick Roy's return from an eight-game suspension for slashing highlighted the final game in the Canadiens' 2-1-1 week. Roy stopped 33 shots—16 in the third period—to shut out Chicago 3-0 and increase Montreal's Adams Division lead to six points. In the Patrick Division the New York Islanders wrested sole possession of first place from New Jersey (page 20) by running their winning streak to four games with 4-3 victories over Washington and St. Louis, and a 7-3 defeat of Winnipeg. The Devils finally lost at home, 6-4, to Detroit, which was paced by Bob Probert's two goals and four assists. Philadelphia and the New York Rangers continued to flounder. When Toronto shut out the Flyers 6-0, it marked the third time this season Philadelphia had failed to score. The Flyers were held without a goal only three times in 106 games last season. The Rangers' losing streak reached eight—then-worst since the 1961-62 season—before they beat the Jets 6-4. Though shut out by Montreal, Chicago beat Detroit 6-3 and Edmonton 5-4, moving into a tie for the Norris Division lead with Toronto, which was 1-3 for the week. Edmonton increased its Smythe Division lead to four points by tying Los Angeles 4-4, coming back from a 4-1 third-period deficit to beat the Blues 6-5 in OT and then losing to Chicago 6-4.
HORSE RACING—CAROTENE ($47.60), ridden by Jose Santos, beat Nashmeel by half a length to win the Yellow Ribbon Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita. She ran the 1¼ miles on the turf in 2:03[4/5] to earn the $240,000 purse.
INDOOR SOCCER—Dallas, which lost last year's league MVP, Tatu, for the season after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, led the East with a 3-1 record after beating Wichita 3-1 and then losing to St. Louis 7-4. Tacoma beat Kansas City 8-5 and Los Angeles 7-5 to lead the West with a 3-1 record. In Tacoma's game against L.A., Steve Zungul scored twice and had two assists to become the first MISL player to amass 400 career assists.
MARATHON—KATRIN D‚Äö√†√∂‚àö¬±RRE of East Germany won her third Tokyo International Women's Marathon with a time of 2:25:24. She finished 1:10 ahead of Carla Beurskens of the Netherlands.
POWERBOATING—TOM GENTRY skippered his Gentry Turbo Eagle to victory in the Superboats Class, and STEVE CURTIS, in Cougar, won the Open Class at the Key West World Offshore Championships (page 28).
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL beat Anders Jarryd 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to win $75,000 in a Grand Prix event in Wembley, England.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, reliever STEVE BEDROSIAN, 29, of the Philadelphia Phillies. Bedrosian, who led the majors with 40 saves, including a major league record of 13 in a row, edged Rick Sutcliffe of the Chicago Cubs by two points, the narrowest margin of victory in the award's history; and as American League Cy Young Award winner for the second straight year, ROGER CLEMENS, 25, of the Boston Red Sox. Clemens, who was 20-9 with 256 strikeouts and a 2.97 ERA, is the first pitcher to win consecutive Cy Young Awards since Jim Palmer in 1975 and '76.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, outfielder DAN PASQUA, 26, catcher MARK SALAS, 26, and a minor league pitcher, to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers RICHARD DOTSON, 28, and SCOTT NIELSEN, 28.
By the New York Knicks, guard RORY SPARROW, 29, to the Chicago Bulls for a second-round pick in the 1988 draft.