PRO BASKETBALL—Knicks forward Johnny Newman scored a career-high 35 points in a 126-117 defeat of the Bulls to kick off a 4-0 week for New York that took it from last place to first in the Atlantic Division. Chicago showed signs of recovery when Michael Jordan scored 52 points in a 110-104 win over the Celtics. But after another win and a loss, Chicago was still fifth in the Central Division, whose first-place Pistons and second-ranked Cavaliers were the only remaining undefeated teams in the league. The Rockets won four straight to climb from last to a tie for first in the Midwest Division with the Mavericks and Nuggets. The Lakers were also undefeated for the week and took their accustomed spot atop the Pacific Division.
BOWLING—JOE BERARDI defeated Don Genalo 247-211 to win the PBA Open and earn $21,000 in Indianapolis.
BOXING—SUGAR RAY LEONARD knocked out Donny Lalonde in the ninth round to win the WBC's light heavyweight and super middleweight titles in Las Vegas (page 36).
PRO FOOTBALL—All five AFC West teams won, leaving intact the three-way tie for first among the Raiders, Seahawks and Broncos. Denver demoralized the Browns by converting four first-half Cleveland turnovers into 20 points on the way to a 30-7 win. It was the Broncos' 10th straight victory over the Browns, who also lost to the Oilers 24-17 the preceding Monday night. Despite a 31-28 defeat by the Chiefs, who got a 39-yard field goal from Nick Lowery with two seconds left in the game, the AFC Central-leading Bengals lost no ground in the division, as the 2-9 Steelers and 7-4 Oilers also suffered narrow losses. The Eagles came from behind four times to beat Pittsburgh 27-26, and with one second to play, the Seahawks' Norm Johnson kicked a 46-yard field goal to drill the Oilers 27-24. The 3-8 Chargers defeated the 3-8 Falcons 10-7, thus breaking their own six-game losing streak and Atlanta's two-game winning streak. While the Dolphins were idle, the Patriots beat the Jets 14-13 to inch past New York and Miami, and get slightly closer to the also idle Bills, who led the AFC East with a 9-1 mark. The Colts kept pace with the Pats by beating the Packers 20-13. The Cardinals' Neil Lomax threw for 353 yards and two touchdowns as Phoenix upended the Giants 24-17 and tied them for the NFC East lead. The Redskins fell into a third-place tie with the Eagles by losing 34-14 to the NFC Central-leading Bears, who held Washington to 49 yards in the first half while building a 20-0 lead. The Vikings burst to a 17-0 first-quarter lead in their 43-3 rout of the Cowboys. After the Buccaneers' 23-20 victory over the 2-9 Lions, Detroit coach Darryl Rogers was fired. Defensive coordinator Wayne Fontes is the interim coach. In a 9-3 loss to the Raiders, the 49ers failed to score a touchdown for the first time in two years, and the NFC West-leading Saints held the Rams to only 60 yards rushing during a 14-10 New Orleans victory (page 20).
November 21, 1988
GOLF—CURTIS STRANGE defeated Tom Kite on the second hole of sudden death to win the final PGA Tour event of the season and $535,000, at Pebble Beach, Calif. (page 42).
HOCKEY—The Oilers had four victories, including one in which left wing Esa Tikkanen scored a pair of shorthanded goals in 12 seconds, an NHL record, and added a third late in the game as Edmonton beat the Maple Leafs 6-2. The wins brought the Oilers within one point of the Smythe Division-leading Flames. The Bruins' lead in the Adams was reduced from six points to three as Boston tied the Rangers 4-4 after squandering an early three-goal lead and lost to the Flames 2-1. After a 2-2 week, the Penguins shared the Patrick Division lead with the Rangers, and the Red Wings took over first in the Norris Division as the Leafs lost two straight (page 73).
INDOOR SOCCER—In Baltimore's home opener, rookie forward Rusty Troy scored three goals to lead the Blast to a 6-4 win over the Tacoma Stars that left Baltimore tied for first with Los Angeles and Wichita. The Stars occupied the basement, just below Kansas City, whose assistant coach, Tony Glavin, assisted on a goal in a 4-2 loss to San Diego as he played his second game in four years.
POWERBOATING—DON JOHNSON steered Gentry Eagle to victory in the Superboat class, while STEFANO CASIRAGHI skippered Gancia dei Gancia to a win in the open class, in the American Power Boat Association Offshore World Cup off Key West, Fla. (page 26).
TENNIS—JAKOB HLASEK beat Jonas Svensson 6-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, 7-5 in the final to win a tour event and $67,000 in London.
Martina Navratilova defeated Chris Evert 6-2, 6-2 in the title match of a women's tour event to earn $50,000, in Chicago.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, OREL HERSHISER, 30, of the Los Angeles Dodgers: and as Cy Young winner in the American League, Minnesota Twins lefthander FRANK VIOLA, 28.
As manager of the Houston Astros, former Texas Rangers coach ART HOWE, 41; as manager of the Seattle Mariners, former Oakland A's coach JIM LEFEBVRE, 45; and as general manager and senior vice-president for baseball operations of the Pittsburgh Pirates, LARRY DOUGHTY, 48, who was a top aide to ex-general manager Syd Thrift.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL for 10 games, Detroit Red Wings right wing MIROSLAV FRYCER, 29, for slashing Philadelphia Flyers left wing Murray Craven, 24, who suffered an eye injury, in a game on Nov. 4.
By the NFL for 30 days each for their second substance abuse policy violations, Buffalo Bills linebacker HAL GARNER, 26, and Houston Oilers nosetackle DOUG SMITH, 28.
By the California Horse Racing Board for 180 days, and fined $2,000, after having a horse test positive for cocaine, trainer ROGER STEIN, 34.
TRADED: By the Pittsburgh Penguins, defenseman DOUG BODGER, 22, and a junior hockey player, to the Buffalo Sabres for goalie TOM BARRASSO, 23, and a third-round pick in 1990.
By the Montreal Canadiens, a minor league player to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman J.J. DAIGNEAULT, 23; also by the Canadiens, left wing JOHN KORDIC, 23, and a sixth-round 1989 draft choice to the Toronto Maple Leafs for center RUSS COURTNALL, 23.
By the Pittsburgh Pirates, first baseman RANDY MILLIGAN, 26, to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later.
DIED: DAVID BAUER, 64, founder of Canada's national hockey team in 1963; of cancer; in Goderich, Ont. Bauer, a Roman Catholic priest, coached Canada's fourth-place '64 Olympic team and managed its '68 bronze medal-winning squad.
Former Green Bay Packers fullback (1932-41) and Pro Football Hall of Fame member CLARKE HINKLE, 79. Hinkle was All-Pro four times.