PRO BASKETBALL—The Celtics, sitting atop the Atlantic Division, relied on their big frontcourt players to beat the Rockets 108-95. Kevin McHale scored 22 of his 32 points in the first half. In Boston's next game, against the Kings, it turned to a pressing defense, keyed by guards Dee Brown and Brian Shaw, to jump out to a 91-68 third-quarter lead en route to a 115-105 victory. Then small forward Reggie Lewis stepped to the fore, making seven of his first eight shots and amassing 28 points in a 113-102 defeat of the Cavaliers, running the Celtics' winning streak to six games. The Nets ended their NBA-record 34-game road losing streak, dating back to Dec. 23, 1989, by edging the Suns 116-114. In the Central Division, the Pistons moved into sole possession of first place with a 106-90 defeat of the Heat, solidifying their position with a 108-100 win over the Pacers in OT. Detroit then pushed its winning streak to seven games, defeating the Bullets 97-88 and the Kings 105-92. David Robinson of the Midwest Division-leading Spurs had 30 points, including 13 in the first period, in a 114-100 thrashing of the Timberwolves, and 32 more, plus 13 rebounds, in a 107-104 victory over the Mavericks. The Lakers moved above the .500 plateau for the first time this season with a 115-89 defeat of the Magic; however, they were still five games behind the Pacific Division-leading Trail Blazers (page 48).
CANADIAN FOOTBALL—The WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 50-11 to win the Grey Cup, in Vancouver.
CROSS-COUNTRY—At the TAC championships, in New York City, BOB KEMPAINEN finished first in the 10-km race, in 30:22.43, and LYNN JENNINGS won a fourth straight women's title by running the 6-km course in 19:07.00 (page 99).
At the NCAA championships, in Knoxville, Tenn., SONIA O'SULLIVAN of Villanova won the women's division with a time of 16:06 for the 5-km course, and JONAH KOECH of Iowa State ran the 10-km course in 29:05 to prevail in the men's race. O'Sullivan led VILLANOVA to the women's team title, while ARKANSAS beat out Iowa State for the men's crown.
December 3, 1990
PRO FOOTBALL—In a week of upsets, the Bengals fell 34-20 to the lowly Colts—and into a tie with the Steelers for first place in the AFC Central. Jeff George's three TD passes and Eric Dickerson's 143 rushing yards did Cincinnati in. Pittsburgh manhandled the Jets, getting 22 first downs to New York's eight en route to a 24-7 win. The Patriots, with the worst record (1-10) in the NFL, were pummeled 34-14 by the Cardinals as Anthony Thompson rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown. In the AFC East, where the division-leading Bills were idle, the Browns took it on the chin again as the Dolphins, sparked by Dan Marino's two first-quarter TD passes, rolled to a 30-13 victory. In the AFC west, the Seahawks outlasted the Chargers 13-10 in overtime; Norm Johnson kicked the decisive 40-yard field goal. The Broncos' woes continued as the Lions unleashed Barry Sanders for 147 yards rushing in a 40-27 pounding. In an NFC East matchup, the rapidly improving Cowboys defeated the Redskins 27-17 as Washington's porous defense allowed Dallas's Emmitt Smith to gain 132 yards and two touchdowns. The resurgent Packers won their third in a row, by a 20-10 score over the Buccaneers. Reserve Anthony Dilweg completed 13 of 22 passes and threw for two Green Bay TDs. The Saints' Steve Walsh engineered an 86-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter to clinch a 10-7 defeat of the Falcons. In other games: The Vikings crushed the NFC Central-leading Bears 41-13; the Raiders, after getting by the Dolphins 13-10 on Monday night, fell 27-24 to the Chiefs, who thus tied L.A. for the AFC West lead; the Eagles embarrassed the NFC East-pacesetting Giants 31-13 (page 44); and the 49ers, leaders in the NFC West, lost to the Rams 28-17 (page 40).
HOCKEY—With Dave Christian scoring two goals, the Bruins, leaders of the Adams Division, defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2 to hand Toronto its eighth loss in its last 10 games. Boston then came out on the short end of a 4-3 score in a game against the Whalers, who took advantage of overlapping third-period major penalties assessed to the Bruins. During the resulting power play, Hartford's Ron Francis and Pat Verbeek had two goals apiece. The next night Boston again let a three-goal lead slip away against the Whalers but recovered to win 4-3 on Ken Hodge's score at 10:14 of the third period. The Norris Division-leading Blackhawks used solid defense to pull out a 3-1 victory over the Oilers. Edmonton had only 19 shots on goal. However, Chicago lost 4-1 to the Canucks, who got solid goaltending from rookie Troy Gamble and Kirk McLean. Chicago rebounded to whip the Flames 5-3 behind Adam Creighton's two power-play goals. Tomas Sandstrom of the Smythe Division-leading Kings had two hat tricks in three games. The first came in a 5-4 defeat of the Devils, in which Los Angeles blew a 4-0 lead before Sandstrom assisted on the decisive goal with 4:33 to play; the second helped L.A. beat the injury-riddled Canadiens 4-2. The Rangers, No. 1 in the Patrick Division, had three ties to extend their unbeaten streak to nine (page 54).
TENNIS—GUY FORGET and JAKOB HLASEK defeated Emilio Sanchez and Sergio Casal 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to win the ATP Tour Doubles Finals and $305,000, in Sanctuary Cove, Australia.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA, for fighting in a game on Nov. 16, Dallas Maverick center JAMES DONALDSON, $3,000, and Los Angeles Laker guard BYRON SCOTT, $1,000.
By the American League, for too vehemently objecting to a ball call by umpire Terry Cooney during the fourth game of the League Championship Series, Boston Red Sox pitcher ROGER CLEMENS, $10,000. Clemens was also suspended from the first five games of the 1991 season.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America, as the American League's Most Valuable Player, Oakland Athletics outfielder RICKEY HENDERSON, 31; and as National League MVP, Pittsburgh Pirate leftfielder BARRY BONDS, 26.
REINSTATED: By the NFL, defensive end DEXTER MANLEY, 31, after one year of a lifetime suspension for thrice violating the league's substance abuse policy. Manley, who upon reinstatement was waived by his old team, the Washington Redskins, was signed by the Phoenix Cardinals, for whom he will become eligible to play on Dec. 9.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL for five games, New York Ranger defenseman MARK HARDY, for swinging his stick at Winnipeg Jet left wing Doug Evans in a Nov. 16 game.
DIED: Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 1988 and third-generation race-car driver BILLY VUKOVICH III, 27; of injuries suffered in a crash during practice at Mesa Marin Raceway; in Bakersfield, Calif. Vukovich's grandfather, who won the 500 in 1953 and '54, was killed in a crash while leading the '55 race; his father was runner-up at Indy in '73.
Bo Diaz, 37, a two-time All-Star catcher who played for four major league teams, most recently the Cincinnati Reds from 1985 to '89; of head and neck injuries suffered in a freak accident; in Caracas, Venezuela. Diaz was adjusting a satellite dish at his house when the dish fell and crushed him.
Fred Shero, 65, coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1971-72 to '77-78 and the New York Rangers for two-plus seasons; of cancer; in Camden, N.J. Shero, who guided the Flyers to Stanley Cup titles in '74 and '75, was a Ranger defenseman for three seasons in the late '40s (page 35).