Despite finishing fifth at the Tour championship in Pinehurst, N.C., Fred Couples clinches PGA Player of the Year honors, his second consecutive Vardon Trophy (for best scoring average) and the money title, with $1,344,188.... Willie Mtolo, who until May had been unable to compete outside his native South Africa because of sanctions against apartheid, wins the New York City Marathon in 2:09:29. Lisa Ondieki of Australia, the women's champion, finishes in 2:24:40, setting a course record.

They Said It
Carol James, alter her husband. University of Washington football coach Don James, was injured on the sideline: "It's easier to replace a husband than a linebacker at this time of the season."

Having reconsidered his decision to return to the NBA amid concerns voiced by fellow players, including Utah's Karl Malone, Magic Johnson re-retires.

L.A. Dodger first baseman Eric Karros, who hit .257 with 20 homers and 88 RBIs, is named National League Rookie of the Year.

They Said It
Bob Ford, of the "Philadelphia Inquirer," after leaden-legged veteran center Mark Eaton of the Utah Jazz was injured jumping for a ball: "Now, why would he go and try that after all these years."

After 30 games played over a two-month span, Bobby Fischer gets the elusive 10th win needed for victor over Boris Spassky and the $3.35 million prize in their exhibition series.

No. 1-ranked Washington loses 16-3 to Arizona, its first defeat in 23 games.

Major league baseball owners vote to keep the Giants in San Francisco, again dashing St. Petersburg's hopes of bringing baseball to the Tampa Bay area.

They Said It
Michael Jordan, on why he majored in geography: "I knew I would be going places, and I just wanted to know where I was when I got there."

Chicago Cub pitcher Greg Maddux, who had a 20-11 record with a 2.18 ERA, is named the National League Cy Young Award winner.

Riddick Bowe knocks down Evander Holyheld in the 11th round and goes on to win a unanimous decision and become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

They Said It
Tom Hammond, NBC announcer, before Notre Dame routed Boston College 54-7: "You know this is a big game when you see a sign saying, The Pope needs four tickets.' "

In the baseball expansion draft the Colorado Rockies make Atlanta Brave pitcher David Nied the first player chosen. The other new National League team, the Florida Marlins, selects Nigel Wilson of the Toronto Blue Jays as its No. 1 choice.

Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds is named National League Most Valuable Player for the second time in three years.

Dennis Eckersley, the Oakland A's ace reliever, who racked up 51 saves in 54 appearances and who earlier won the American League Cy Young Award, is named the league's MVP as well.

They Said It
Jim Bouton, former major league pitcher, on the sad state of affairs in baseball: "The reason baseball calls itself a game, I believe, is that it is too screwed up to be a business."

Five months after being diagnosed with cancer, basketball coach turned announcer Jim Valvano returns to ESPN to broadcast a quarterfinal game of the preseason NIT between Iowa State and Florida State.

Coyote, the boat manned by solo around-the-world sailor Michael Plant, is discovered floating upside down 460 nautical miles north of the Azores. Plant, who left New York bound for France on Oct. 16, is still missing, and on Nov. 25 the U.S. Coast Guard will discontinue its search and announce that he is presumed dead.

They Said It
Cleveland Brown coach Bill Belichick, discounting talk about a quarterback controversy before his team's game with the San Diego Chargers: "I don't think there's a problem. I don't think there's anybody in this organization not focused on the 49ers.... I mean, Chargers."

After suffering his ninth concussion in eight NFL seasons, New York Jet wide receiver Al Toon, 29, retires from football.

During a game against the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jet defensive end Dennis Byrd suffers a neck injury that results in paralysis of his legs and partial paralysis of his upper body.

PHOTOJIM GUNDA flaming crash during his final ride, on Nov. 15, barely put a dent in Richard Petty's regal farewell. PHOTOTIM DEFRISCOOn Nov. 10 Denver rookie LaPhonso Ellis delivered a message to the Mailman. PHOTORICHARD MACKSONOn Nov. 15, 49er Jerry Rice again showed why he has more TDs than any other NFL receiver.