PRO BASKETBALL—The Celtics, leaders in the Atlantic Division, were pounded by the Bucks 119-91 as Larry Bird was held to five points, his lowest total in four years. The next night, Bird scored 45 in a 135-126 thrashing of the Hornets. Then, after whipping the Jazz 114-89, the Celtics fell behind the Bullets 84-79 before going on a 13-0 spree to come away with a 102-90 victory. With a revived Kiki Vandeweghe scoring 20 or more points thrice, the Knicks won three of four games to finish the week a game behind Boston. Milwaukee, which began the week at the top of the Central Division, ran its winning streak to five games before falling 112-95 to the Nets. The Bucks then lost 99-94 to the Cavs, as Cleveland went on a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to clinch its fourth straight win and a share of first in the Central Division with the Pistons. Detroit took sole possession of the top spot with a 91-83 win over the Hawks in which Atlanta got only one basket in the last 8:21 of play. In the Midwest Division, the Mavericks went into a nosedive, losing 109-103 to the Magic, who snapped an NBA-record 16-game home-loss streak, and 105-93 to the Heat, who got 30 points and 21 rebounds from Rony Seikaly. Those Dallas defeats opened the way for the Spurs to move into first on the strength of a 122-93 victory over the Kings in which seven San Antonio players scored in double figures. David Robinson's 40 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots then helped the Spurs blow away the Suns 128-114. The Pacific Division-leading Trail Blazers remained unbeaten after eight games by hammering the Knicks 141-125—Portland converted 11 of its first 12 shots against New York and never trailed—and nailing the defenseless Nuggets twice, 155-129 and 143-112 (page 34).
BOWLING—JIMMY JOHNSON beat Robert Lawrence 243-227 to win a PBA tour event and $33,000 in Glendale Heights. Ill.
PRO FOOTBALL—The 49ers and the Giants both extended their season records to 10-0. San Francisco, the leader in the NFC West, defeated the Buccaneers 31-7. The Niners' Joe Montana made the record book by becoming the first NFL quarterback to pass for 3,000 yards or more in seven seasons. NFC East-leading New York won its 13th consecutive regular-season game by dominating the Lions 20-0. Phil Simms of the Giants completed 13 of 18 passes and threw for two touchdowns. Despite three rushing touchdowns by Cleveland Gary, the Rams lost to the Cowboys 24-21 on Ken Willis's 23-yard field goal with 4:24 remaining. Anthony Dilweg replaced an injured Don Majkowski at quarterback for the Packers in the first half and passed for three TDs in the final seven minutes, including a one-yard toss to Ed West with 16 seconds left to play, as Green Bay beat the Cardinals 24-21. The NFC Central-leading Bears made it six wins in a row on the foot of Kevin Butler, who kicked a decisive 44-yard field goal at 13:14 in OT to defeat the Broncos 16-13. Viking kicker Fuad Reveiz converted a 24-yard field goal as time expired to seal a 24-21 Minnesota win over the Seahawks. In the AFC East, the Colts rallied for a 17-14 victory over the Jets. Indianapolis, which trailed by 14 points midway through the third quarter, swept into a tie on two Jeff George touchdown passes and won on Dean Biasucci's field goal with 1:46 to go. While the Raiders, who lead the AFC West, were idle, the second-place Chiefs scored their first offensive touchdown in 10 quarters—on a 90-yard Steve DeBerg pass to wide receiver J.J. Birden on Kansas City's third play of the game—en route to routing the Chargers 27-3. In other games: The Oilers beat the Browns 35-23; the Bengals look over first place in the AFC Central with a 27-3 thumping of the Steelers; the Eagles knocked off the Falcons 24-23; the Redskins, who had lost to Philadelphia 28-14 on Monday night, rebounded to overwhelm the Saints 31-17; and the AFC East-leading Bills beat the Patriots 14-0 (page 40).
GOLF—The U.S. defeated Europe 11½-4½ to win the first Solheim Cup competition, in Orlando, Fla. (page 96).
November 26, 1990
HOCKEY—The Rangers remained firmly atop the Patrick Division by tying the Flyers 1-1 early in the week. New York goalie Mike Richter got 33 saves and Ray Sheppard had two goals to beat the North Stars 4-2. In defeating Winnipeg 6-4, the Rangers' Brian Leetch had four assists and New York's penalty killers held the Jets scoreless in five of five power-play opportunities. The Blackhawks, leaders in the Norris Division, did far better when they had the manpower advantage. Chicago's Michel Goulet and Frantisek Kucera each had a power-play goal in a 3-2 victory over the Red Wings. Goulet also scored a tie-breaking goal in a 4-3 beating of the Capitals. Washington was limited to only three shots on goal in the final period of that game. Steve Thomas then got a hat trick to help the Blackhawks crush the struggling Nordiques 7-2. The loss was Quebec's 13th straight, just four shy of the NHL record set by the Caps in 1975; the victory ran Chicago's unbeaten streak to seven and lifted the team into a tie with (he Rangers for the NHL lead in points, with 32. Despite a 3-1 loss to the Whalers, who had three goals in a 1:48 span of the third period, the Bruins retained the Adams Division lead. Dave Christian scored twice in less than live minutes midway through the first period to help Boston drub Quebec 6-0, and then Andy Moog turned away 32 shots to help Boston gain a 1-1 tie with the second-place Canadiens. In the Smythe Division, the Flames briefly drew into a tie for first place with the Kings before Los Angeles regained sole possession of the No. 1 spot by beating the Sabres 4-2. The Kings allowed Buffalo only 14 shots on goal. L.A. won its ninth home game in a row and its fifth consecutive overall, 2-1 over the Penguins.
MOTOR SPORTS—MORGAN SHEPHERD, driving a Ford Thunderbird, beat Geoff Bodine, also in a Ford Thunderbird, by 2.52 seconds to win a 500-mile NASCAR event and $62,250 in Hampton, Ga. Shepherd averaged 140.911 mph for 328 laps of the 1.522-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway oval. By finishing third, DALE EARNHARDT became the 1990 NASCAR driving champion (page 93).
TENNIS—MONICA SELES defeated Gabriela Sabatini 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to win the women's indoor championships, in New York City. The victory was worth $250,000 (page 42).
Andre Agassi beat Stefan Edberg 5-7, 7-6, 7-5, 6-2 to win the indoor ATP World Championships and $600,000, in Frankfurt (page 44).
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The formation of a new college basketball conference, the GREAT MIDWEST, which will begin play in the 1991-92 season. Its members will be Alabama-Birmingham, Cincinnati, DePaul, Marquette, Memphis State and St. Louis.
ARRESTED: Los Angeles Laker forward JAMES WORTHY, 29, for solicitation of prostitution, in Houston.
NAMED: As the National League Cy Young Award winner, Pittsburgh Pirate righthander DOUG DRABEK, 28; and as the American League Cy Young winner, Oakland Athletics righthander BOB WELCH, 34.
SUSPENDED: Indefinitely, by the stewards at Hollywood Park, from all California tracks, jockey PATRICK VALENZUELA, 28, pending "psychological and medical evaluations." Valenzuela was suspended for 60 days last year for testing positive for cocaine.
DIED: ALYDAR, 15, who finished second to Affirmed in all three Triple Crown races in 1978 and went on to sire 45 stakes winners; by lethal injection; in Lexington, Ky. (page 30).
Northern Dancer, 29, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in 1964 and sire of 143 stakes winners; by lethal injection; in Chesapeake City, Md. (page 30).