PRO BASKETBALL—Knick center Patrick Ewing scored 135 points in victories over the Hornets (119-108), Warriors (129-111) and Suns (122-112) and a loss to the SuperSonics (127-122) before he and his Atlantic Division-leading teammates met the Lakers, pacesetters in the Pacific Division. Ewing had foul trouble and played only 30 minutes in that game but still scored a game-high 29 points as the Knicks lost 115-104. New York's trans-Hudson rivals, the last-place Nets, were held to their lowest point total ever in their eighth straight loss—105-68 to the Jazz. Utah subsequently tumbled from the top in the Midwest Division as the result of a 100-88 loss to the Central Division-leading Pacers in which Indiana allowed the Jazz only eight points in the second period, its best defensive quarter ever. The Nuggets replaced Utah in the lead by decisively beating the Warriors (141-120) and the Trail Blazers (146-113) and barely hanging on to defeat the Bucks (103-102). Rocket center Akeem Olajuwon had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 110-104 defeat of the Lakers, which stopped L.A.'s winning streak at nine, and was doing even better against the Hornets (21 points and 10 rebounds) when he picked a fight with Charlotte rookie center J.R. Reid early in the third quarter. Both men were ejected from the game, and the NBA fined Olajuwon $5,000 for starting the fight and Reid $1,000 for elbowing and fighting. Reid also received a $1,000 fine for elbowing the Heat's Billy Thompson in a Nov. 21 game. Danny Manning, the No. 1 draft pick in 1988, returned to action for the Clippers, against the Bucks, 11 months after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a game with the same team. This time his 21 points were not enough to keep Milwaukee from prevailing, 117-103. Manning's entrance followed the exit of Maverick coach John MacLeod, who was fired and replaced by assistant coach Richie Adubato. The Celtics went 2 for 2 to remain within a game of the Knicks (page 42).
PRO FOOTBALL—The Oilers overcame a Pittsburgh snowstorm and the Steelers, 23-16, to move into the AFC Central lead. Houston's Lorenzo White came off the bench to rush for a career-high 115 yards—and the winning touchdown with 21 seconds left to play. Redskins cornerback A.J. Johnson, a rookie, returned a third-quarter interception 59 yards for his first NFL touchdown as Washington beat the Cardinals 29-10. The Lions' 21-14 victory over the Saints marked the first time since 1986 that Detroit has won consecutive games. Jason Staurovsky's five field goals led the Patriots to a 22-16 defeat of the Colts, and Jeff Jaeger boosted the Raiders' playoff hopes with a 26-yard overtime field goal in L.A.'s 16-13 win over the AFC West-champion Broncos. The Chargers missed a chance to force overtime when Chris Bahr's 37-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds remaining went wide in a 20-17 loss to the Jets. The AFC East-leading Bills were idle. In other games: The 49ers, who beat the Giants 34-24 on Monday night, Nov. 27, ripped the Falcons 23-10 to hold on to first place in the NFC West, whose second-place Rams defeated the Cowboys 35-31; the Bengals shut out the Browns 21-0; the Vikings knocked off the Bears 27-16 to remain tied for the NFC Central lead with the Packers, who edged the Buccaneers 17-16 (page 34). The Chiefs beat the Dolphins 26-21 as NFL rushing leader Christian Okoye ran for 148 yards (page 74).
HOCKEY—The Adams Division-leading Sabres enhanced the best record in the league with a 3-1 week in which the Bruins put them to the test. Boston peppered Buffalo goaltender Clint Malarchuk with 25 shots in the first period, and he stopped them all. In the next period, although the Bruins took only five shots, they got three past the shell-shocked Malarchuk and went on to rout the Sabres 5-1. Buffalo bounced back against the Devils in what turned out to be a fraternal face-off. Devils right wing Sylvain Turgeon hoped his two points on two goals would get the better of his little frère, Pierre, a Sabre center. But Pierre rose to the occasion with a hat trick and five points in a 6-4 Sabre win. In the Smythe Division, the Oilers overtook the first-place Flames when they beat the Maple Leafs 5-3 on Sunday. Edmonton goalie Bill Ranford made 37 saves in that game. The North Stars stayed atop the Norris Division despite losses to the Flames (5-2), Oilers (6-1) and the Canucks (6-5). In the Patrick Division, the Rangers were one point and $10,000 ahead of the second-place Flyers, who, along with the Jets, were fined that sum by the NHL as punishment for flagrantly violating the league bylaw that prohibits teams from lending each other players. In September, Philadelphia traded goalie Pete Peeters and center Keith Acton to Winnipeg—supposedly in exchange for future considerations, but, in reality, to protect the two players from the waiver draft. Five days later, following the draft, the Jets sent Peeters and Acton back to the Flyers and received a 1991 sixth-round draft pick.
December 11, 1989
INDOOR SOCCER—Wichita forwards Chico Borja and Dale Ervine each scored in the last two minutes in San Diego to clinch a 5-3 victory that moved the Wings into first place in the Eastern Division. Dallas held on to the Western Division lead with a 1-1 week that brought its record to 7-4.
SKIING—In World Cup competition: ALBERTO TOMBA of Italy won the slalom and URS K‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√´LIN of Switzerland, the giant slalom in Waterville Valley, N.H., before the men's circuit moved north to Mont-Ste.-Anne, Que., where G‚Äö√†√∂‚àö‚à´NTHER MADER and THOMAS STANGASSINGER, both of Austria, prevailed in the GS and the slalom, respectively. In women's competition in Vail, Colo., REGINE M‚Äö√†√∂‚àö¬±SENLECHNER of West Germany won the super giant slalom and ANITA WACHTER of Austria, the GS.
SOCCER—After an hour of overtime, VIRGINIA and SANTA CLARA remained tied 1-1 and became the first NCAA cochampions since 1968 (page 96).
TENNIS—STEFAN EDBERG upset Boris Becker 4-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1 to win the Masters and $285,000, in New York City (page 80).
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The 1989 Heisman Trophy, to Houston's junior quarterback, ANDRE WARE, 21, who set 13 NCAA records this season, including most passing yards (4,699), most total yards (4,661) and most completions in a season (365) while leading the Cougars to a 9-2 record.
The Jesse Owens Award to the top U.S. track and field athlete of 1989, ROGER KINGDOM, 27, whose 12.92 in the 110-meter hurdles broke Renaldo Nehemiah's eight-year-old world record.
DEFECTED: From Romania to the U.S., NADIA COMANECI, 28, winner of three gold medals in women's gymnastics in the 1976 Summer Olympics (page 40).
DISMISSED: As football coach at Utah, JIM FASSEL, 40, who had guided the Utes to a 25-33 record since 1985, and as football coach at Wisconsin, DON MORTON, 42. The Badgers won six games and lost 27 in his three years.
RESIGNED: As football coach at Kentucky, JERRY CLAIBORNE, 61, who had led the Wildcats to a 41-46-3 record since 1982 (page 126).
SIGNED: By the California Angels, lefthanded pitcher MARK LANGSTON, 29, to a five-year contract worth $16 million, which made him the highest-paid player in baseball history (page 64).