BASKETBALL‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√ÜThe Pacific Division-leading Trail Blazers ripped Golden State as Clyde Drexler scored half of his 20 points in the first quarter of a 122-94 Portland victory. But at home the Warriors dealt the Blazers their third loss in 25 games, 125-118. Portland was tied 53-53 with the Clippers at halftime the following day when Drexler took off again, scoring 11 of his 24 points in the third quarter as the Blazers cruised 117-107. Portland then beat the Nuggets 132-101. The Spurs, leaders in the Midwest Division, ran their winning streak to seven games with defeats of the Rockets (96-95), the Nuggets (144-109) and the Suns (132-128) but then lost to the Bucks 114-98. Milwaukee led the Central Division despite a rollercoaster week that included a 106-101 defeat of the Pistons and an embarrassing 103-89 drubbing at the hands of the Mavericks. In the Atlantic Division, No. 1 Boston enjoyed a pre-Christmas feast by devouring the 76ers (115-105) and the Hornets (115-96) before having the Hawks for dessert with a 132-104 victory in the conclusion of a Nov. 28 game that had been suspended because of condensation on the Boston Garden floor.
PRO FOOTBALL‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√ÜIn Wisconsin's 2¬¨¬®‚Äö√†√ª weather, the Lions defeated the favored Packers 24-17 to send Green Bay packing from the playoff race. Detroit cornerback Ray Crockett recovered a fumble for a touchdown and made an interception that stopped the Packers' final drive. The Raiders, No. 1 in the AFC West, left chilly LA. (38¬¨¬®‚Äö√†√ª) for Minneapolis, where it was-10¬¨¬®‚Äö√†√ª outdoors but temperate in the Metrodome, to end the Vikings' playoff hopes with a 28-24 victory. The outcome guaranteed that Jerry Burns would have a losing record for the first time in his live years as Minnesota's coach. Frank Reich completed 15 of 21 passes for a career-high 234 yards and two touchdowns as the Bills earned their third straight AFC East title, with a 24-14 victory over the Dolphins. In other games: The NFC West-leading 49ers beat the Rams 26-10 on Monday night and lost to the Saints 13-10; the Colts ran over the Redskins 35-28: the Bengals knocked the Oilers out of a share of the AFC Central lead, 40-20; the Steelers. now alone atop the AFC Central, whipped the Browns 35-0; the Chiefs defeated the Chargers 24-21; the Falcons topped the Rams 20-13; the Jets beat the Patriots 42-7; the Giants, first in the NFC East, upended the Cardinals 24-21; the NFC Central-leading Bears tamped the Buccaneers 27-14; the Sea-hawks broke the Broncos 17-12; and the Eagles tattooed the Cowboys 17-3 (page 24).
HOCKEY‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√ÜThe Kings continued to chase the Smythe Division-leading Flames and even cooled them off a little as Luc Robitaille knocked down a clearing pass and skated in all alone for the winning goal in overtime of a 4-3 game. The Flames' 3-2 loss to the Canucks earlier in the week and a 6-2 defeat by the Oilers left them three points ahead of L.A. The Rangers survived one close call, coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the second period to beat the Capitals 5-3, and then fell 4-1 to the Maple Leafs, 3-1 to the Canadiens, who broke a scoreless game with a three-goal burst in the second period, and tied the Bruins 5-5. Those losses cut New York's Patrick Division lead to two points over the second-place Devils. Boston had a hellish time with the Devils, who got five goals on 13 shots against Bruin goalie Reggie Lemelin. He was yanked in the second period of the 8-3 loss. The Bruins bounced back with a 4-1 win over the Sabres and a 6-2 rout of the North Stars, and finished the week with a seven-point Adams Division lead. Dirk Graham's shorthanded goal with 4:25 to play gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 win over the Capitals, but when Chicago, the Norris Division leader, met the second-place Blues, it was St. Louis that was long on shorthanded successes. The Blues scored three shorthanded goals in a 5-0 whipping of the Blackhawks. Goalie Vincent Riendeau got the shutout for St. Louis, which finished the week three points behind Chicago.
SKIING‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√ÜIn World Cup competition, OLE CHRISTIAN FURUSETH of Norway won slalom races at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, and Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia; ALBERTO TOMBA of Italy, who led the men's overall standings, came out on top in a giant slalom at Kranjska Gora; and PETRA KRONBERGER of Austria, the top woman overall, won a downhill at Morzine, France, where BLANCA FERNANDEZ OCHOA of Spain was victorious in a slalom.
December 31, 1990
MILEPOSTS‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àö√ÜFINED: By the NBA, for $7,500 apiece, Washington Bullet guard DARRELL WALKER for verbally abusing an official in two postgame incidents, and centers PERVIS ELLISON of the Bullets and RIK SMITS of the Indiana Pacers for fighting in a Dec. 19 game. Ellison and Smits were suspended for one game.
FIRED: As coach of the Indiana Pacers, DICK VERSACE, 50, following a 9-16 start this season. Versace was replaced by assistant coach BOB HILL, 42.
RESIGNED: As football coach at Wyoming, PAUL ROACH, 63, effective after the Copper Bowl. Roach, who guided the Cowboys to a 35-14 record in four years, will be replaced by former Washington State assistant head coach and offensive coordinator JOE TILLER, 47. Roach will remain as athletic director.
DIED: FRED WASHINGTON, 23, a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears; of injuries suffered when his car hit a tree; in Lake Forest, Ill.