PRO BASKETBALL—The Hawks' 103-96 victory over the Pistons snapped Detroit's regular-season home winning streak at 25. The Pistons fell despite the efforts of Isiah Thomas, who scored 32 points, converted three of four three-point attempts, dished out 11 assists and grabbed five rebounds. Then, on the first big day of the Christmas shopping season, Thomas, still in a giving mood, handed out 16 assists, and Joe Dumars scored 19 of his 31 points in the first half as Detroit halted the Cavaliers' five-game winning streak 101-82. The Rockets, with Akeem Olajuwon amassing 21 points, handed injury-depleted Cleveland a second straight defeat 85-75; Chris Dudley, his broken left wrist in a cast, had to play anyhow. While Mark Price was nursing a sprained right ankle, Cleveland opened the season with an 0-4 record, but since his return, the Cavs have gone 5-2. The Midwest Division-leading Jazz also found itself hampered by injury. During Utah's fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games, 103-101 in OT over the Timberwolves, John Stockton, who had the league's longest consecutive-games-played streak among active players, at 418, sprained his ankle. That benched him for the Jazz's 119-97 loss to the Magic and Utah's 92-86 defeat by the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. Los Angeles then ran its winning streak to nine by beating the Spurs 132-112. The 76ers, with three wins on the week, moved into a tie with the Knicks for the Atlantic Division lead: Charles Barkley and Hersey Hawkins paced Philadelphia with 20 points apiece in a 113-103 win over the Heat; the Sixers knocked off the Bullets 121-108 behind Barkley's season-high 32 points and his 15 rebounds; and Barkley added another 24 points to give Philly a 111-103 victory over the Central Division-leading Pacers.
CROSS-COUNTRY—At the TAC championships in San Francisco, PAT PORTER of Alamosa, Colo., ran the 10,000-meter course in 32:08 to win the men's division, and LYNN JENNINGS of Newmarket, N.H., took the women's title by racing 6,000 meters in 21:11 (page 78).
In the NCAA championships in Annapolis, Md., VICKI HUBER of Villanova won the women's division in 15:59.86, a record for the 5,000-meter course, and victorious JOHN NUTTALL of Iowa State ran the 10,000-meter men's course in 29:30.55. Huber and Nuttall also led their respective schools to the women's and men's team titles.
PRO FOOTBALL—Cris Carter made two acrobatic touchdown catches and the Eagle defense forced five turnovers as Philadelphia made the Cowboys look like turkeys in a 27-0 Thanksgiving Day rout. The win left the second-place Eagles 1½ games behind the idle Giants in the NFC East. In the other game that day, Barry Sanders rushed for 145 yards, to increase his rookie-season total to 1,016, and Eddie Murray kicked two field goals to lead the Lions to a 13-10 victory over the AFC Central-leading Browns. After beating the Redskins 14-10 on Monday, Nov. 20, the Broncos clinched their fourth AFC West title of the decade as John Elway threw four first-half touchdown passes to lead Denver over the Seahawks 41-14. Don Majkowski threw two touchdown passes to Sterling Sharpe, and Dave Brown had two interceptions in the final four minutes as the Packers upset the Vikings 20-19 and tied Minnesota for the NFC Central lead. Vinny Testaverde's five-yard touchdown pass to Mark Carrier with 43 seconds left gave the Buccaneers a 14-13 win over the Cardinals. Jeff Jaeger kicked a 32-yard field goal with 5:57 to play, to seal a 24-21 Raider defeat of the Patriots, who got three touchdown passes from Steve Grogan. In other games: The Jets ripped the Falcons 27-7 for their first home victory of the season; the Colts beat the Chargers 10-6; Pittsburgh rallied from a 14-0 deficit to upend the Dolphins 34-14; the Rams edged the Saints 20-17, to trail the idle NFC West-leading 49ers by 1½ games, the Chiefs shut out Houston 34-0; the AFC East-leading Bills defeated the Bengals 24-7; and the Redskins knocked off the Bears 38-14 (page 40).
December 4, 1989
HOCKEY—The Flames, in the Smythe Division, and the Rangers, in the Patrick Division, saw their leads dwindle to two and seven points, respectively. Calgary—0-5-4 in its last nine outings, its longest winless streak in four years—went on a painful four-game road trip last week: Andrew Cassels scored the game-winner in his first NHL appearance as the Canadiens beat the Flames 3-2 for Montreal's second victory in as many meetings between last May's Stanley Cup finalists; the Nordiques came back from a 3-0 deficit behind Joe Sakic's two goals to tie the Flames A-A; the Red Wings snapped a seven-game home winless streak when Steve Yzerman and Gerard Gallant scored 24 seconds apart in the final 1:02 to lift Detroit to a 3-2 victory over Calgary; and the Blues, who trailed Calgary 3-1 with less than five minutes to go, rallied for a 3-3 draw. As for the Rangers: Thomas Steen and Pat Elynuik scored goals late in the third period to give Winnipeg a 3-3 tie with New York; the Adams Division-leading Sabres kept the league's only perfect home record intact by winning their 10th straight at Memorial Auditorium, a 4-1 win over the Rangers; and the Maple Leafs ended a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 defeat of New York on the strength of two goals by Gary Leeman. In a game for first place in the Norris Division, the North Stars beat the Blackhawks 5-3 as Minnesota's Jon Casey made 51 saves.
INDOOR SOCCER—Defending MISL champion San Diego fell out of the Western Division lead—and dropped to a 4-5 season record—with three losses: 4-2 to Wichita, 4-3 to Kansas City and 5-4 to Baltimore. The Eastern Division-and league-leading Blast ran its record to 6-2. Dallas moved into the Western Division's top spot despite an 8-3 defeat at the hands of Cleveland.
TENNIS—MARTIN JAITE defeated Jay Berger 6-4, 6-4 to win a men's tour event and $55,000 in Itaparica, Brazil.
MILEPOSTS—AGREED TO TERMS: The Minnesota Twins and centerfielder KIRBY PUCKETT, 28, of a three-year contract worth $9 million, which would make Puckett, who in 1989 hit an American League-leading .339, the first baseball player to earn $3 million a year.
FINED: $5,000 by the NBA, Philadelphia 76er forward CHARLES BARKLEY, 26, for verbal abuse of a referee and failure to leave the court in a timely fashion after being ejected from a game on Nov. 18.
FIRED: As coach of the Phoenix Cardinals, GENE STALLINGS, 54, under whom the Cardinals were 5-6 this season and 23-34-1 since he took the job in '86. HANK KUHLMANN, 52, who had been the running backs' coach under Starlings, was named as the interim replacement.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America: as the American League's Most Valuable Player, Milwaukee Brewers centerfielder ROBIN YOUNT, 34; and as National League MVP, San Francisco Giants leftfielder KEVIN MITCHELL, 27.
SOLD: By the NCAA to CBS for $1 billion, the rights to telecast the NCAA basketball tournament and 15 other championship events over seven years beginning in 1991 (page 66).
DIED: Atlanta Falcon rookie tackle RALPH NORWOOD, 23, who saw action in the Falcons' first 11 games this season; of injuries suffered in a one-car automobile accident; in Suwanee, Ga.