PRO BASKETBALL—The Trail Blazers, on lop in the Pacific Division, were handed their first loss of the season, after 11 wins, 123-109 by the Suns. Portland converted only seven of 26 shots in the final period. The Blazers were back on the beam in their next game: They built a 20-point halftime lead and coasted to a 107-92 defeat of the Timberwolves. Then Portland's Clyde Drexler made four free throws in the final 27 seconds of the third overtime period as the Blazers outlasted the SuperSonics 130-124. Seattle also fell victim to the Midwest Division-leading Spurs, 124-111. The Spurs were then done in by the Lakers, who used an 18-2 surge to take a 24-point third-period lead en route to a 97-80 victory. Then, against the Mavericks, San Antonio's David Robinson had 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 109-97 triumph. The Pistons, first in the Central Division, got 25 points from Bill Laimbeer in a 120-97 rout of the nose-diving Hawks, whose season record fell to 4-10. James Edwards' 22 points paced Detroit to a 90-83 defeat of the Knicks. The Bullets ended Detroit's 10-game winning streak with a 21-7 third-quarter spurt on their way to a 94-83 victory. The Celtics won two of three in a week that saw Larry' Bird become the 15th NBA player to score 20,000 points (page 34).
BOWLING—DUANE FISHER beat Jess Stayrook 248-244 to win a PBA event and $27,000 in Taylor, Mich.
PRO FOOTBALL—The Bears clinched the NFC Central Division title with a 23-17 roller-coaster win over the Lions. The lead changed hands five times before a Jim Harbaugh-to-Neal Anderson 50-yard touchdown pass sealed the victory for Chicago in overtime. The Vikings humbled the Packers 23-7 for their fifth straight win. while the Bucs ended their six-game losing streak by defeating the Falcons 23-17. The decisive play for Tampa Bay was Vinny Testaverde's 35-yard TD pass to Mark Carrier with 39 seconds left. While the NFC East-leading Giants and the 49ers got ready for their Monday clash, San Francisco on Sunday clinched the NFC West title, thanks to the Saints' 17-13 loss at the hands of the Cowboys. After the AFC East-leading Bills were shocked by the Oilers 27-24 on Monday night, they almost lost again, to the gritty Eagles. Philadelphia scored 23 unanswered points—including six on a 95-yard Randall Cunningham-to-Fred Barnett pass play—after Buffalo had built a 24-0 first-quarter lead. But despite that long gainer, Philly came up on the short end of a 30-23 score. The Redskins rolled over the Dolphins 42-20 as Earnest Byner rushed for 157 yards and three TDs. After trailing by 11 in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals rallied to beat the Colts 20-17. The decisive play was an interception by Phoenix's Cedric Mack of a Jeff George pass that resulted in a Cards touchdown. Charger Marion Butts shredded the Jet defense for 159 yards rushing and two TDs in a 38-17 win. The Raiders, tied with the Chiefs atop the AFC West, beat the Broncos 23-20 when Bo Jackson turned on the afterburners for two second-half TDs. In other games, the Rams ripped the Browns 38-23 as Jim Everett threw for four touchdowns; the Steelers fell to the Bengals 16-12; the Seahawks slid past the Oilers 13-10 in OT; and the Chiefs pummeled the Patriots 37-7.
HOCKEY—It was a so-so week for the division leaders but a high-flying one for the Red Wings. The Blackhawks, in front in the Norris Division, were crushed by hot Detroit 5-1 and 4-3. In the latter game, Chicago rallied for three goals in the third period. The Smythe Division-leading Kings also rallied in the final period against the Wings, after trailing 3-1. Still, L.A. fell 4-3. The Kings went one better in their next rally, getting four goals in the third period to pull out a 4-4 tie against the Blues. The Maple Leafs then broke L.A.'s franchise-record home winning streak at 11 with a 4-3 victory, only their second on the road this season. The Patrick Division-leading Rangers, who began the week by blasting the Sabres 5-0, embarrassed themselves by losing 6-3 to the Caps. Rookie Peter Bondra had a hat trick for Washington. New York looked even worse in losing 5-1 to the hard-checking Flyers, who ended the week riding a 5-0-1 surge. The Rangers recovered to knock off Boston, the Adams Division leader, 5-4, though the Bruins outshot New York 37-20. Earlier Boston had come from behind to beat the Oilers 4-2 and run its record against Edmonton at Boston Garden to 6-0-1 dating back to 1986.
SKIING—FRANCK PICCARD of France won a World Cup men's Super G in Valloire, France, defeating Franz Heinzer of Switzerland by .18 of a second. In women's competition in Val Zoldana, Italy, defending overall champion PETRA KRONBERGER of Austria won a giant slalom and a slalom, beating Vreni Schneider of Switzerland in the former and Ingrid Salvenmoser of Austria in the latter, each by 1.14 seconds.
SOCCER—UCLA beat Rutgers, after a 0-0 tie through four overtimes, 4-3 in penalty kicks to win the NCAA championship, in Tampa.
TENNIS—The UNITED STATES beat Australia 3-2 to win the Davis Cup in St. Petersburg, Fla. (page 42).
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The Heisman Trophy, to Brigham Young quarterback TY DETMER (page 52).
DROPPED: By The Athletics Congress, a lifetime ban against two-time world indoor long-jump champion Larry Myricks, 34, for testing positive for a stimulant at three meets during the 1990 indoor season. Myricks will be eligible to compete again on April 13, 1991.
FINED: By the NFL, for misconduct toward Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson in a locker-room incident on Sept. 17. New England Patriots ZEKE MO WATT, $12500: ROBERT PFRRYMAN. $5,000: and MICHAEL TIMPSON, $5,000. The Patriots management was assessed $50,000 for mishandling the incident and its aftermath.
FIRED: As football coach: at Boston College, JACK BICKNELL. 56, who guided the Eagles to a 4-7 record this year and to a 59-55-1 mark and four bowl appearances during his 10 seasons; and at Vanderbilt, WATSON BROWN, 40, under whom the Commodores were 10-45 over the past five years. Colorado offensive coordinator GERRY DINARDO, 38, has been named to succeed Brown.
MODIFIED: A July 1990 decision by the NCAA to ban the defending national champion University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball team from playing in the '91 NCAA tournament. In exchange for being allowed to appear in the tournament next spring, the Runnin' Rebels accepted new penalties that will bar them from playing on live television in the '91-92 season or participating in the '92 NCAAs. The original ban stemmed from recruiting and other violations that were committed in the 1970s, which were the subject of litigation until 1990 (page 46).
NAMED: As football coach at LSU, CURLEY HALLMAN, 43, replacing MIKE ARCHER, 37, who announced his resignation on Nov. 24. Hallman was succeeded in his old post at Southern Mississippi by JEFF BOWER, 37, formerly the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.
RESIGNED: As football coach at Purdue, FRED AKERS, 52, who guided the Boilermakers to a 2-9 record this year and to a 12-31-1 record during his four seasons; and as football coach at Mississippi State, ROCKEY FELKER. 37, who led the Bulldogs to a 5-6 record this season and a 21-34 mark in his five seasons with them.
RETIRED: Because of leg injuries sustained over the past three years, three-time Olympian TAMARA McKINNEY, 28. McKinney, a slalom and giant slalom specialist and a member of the U.S. ski team for 13 years, had 18 World Cup victories, the most ever by a U.S. skier.