PRO BASKETBALL—There were no surprises in the East this week, as the Celtics beat the Knicks 101-90 and notched their 48th straight home win, against San Antonio, 111-96. Boston's only loss was a 102-100 game to the 76ers. Charles Barkley starred for Philadelphia in a 116-112 victory over Portland, leading the 76ers in points (31), rebounds (21), assists (8) and blocked shots (7). The Hawks stayed atop the Central Division with a 113-107 win against the Lakers, Atlanta's first victory in the Forum in eight years, and a 97-88 decision over the Jazz. Sandwiched between those games was a 120-106 loss to the Suns. Even Michael Jordan's combined 118 points couldn't keep the Bulls from losing to the Nuggets 109-107, the Lakers 110-103 and the Warriors 113-106. In that Denver game, guard Lafayette (Fat) Lever had a victory-clinching reverse layup at the buzzer. In the Midwest, the Mavericks, who've won seven of their last eight, moseyed their way to the top past the slumping Jazz (0-4) by beating them 118-107, the Kings 129-117 and the Nets 119-94. In the Pacific Division, the Lakers rebounded from their loss to the Hawks with three wins, 126-93 and 137-115 over the Clippers and the defeat of the Bulls. Sneaking up on the first-place Lakers were the Warriors, who moved into second after defeating Utah 111-106, Sacramento 103-97 and Chicago. And in Milwaukee, the Bucks downed the Bullets 122-103 to give coach Don Nelson his 500th career victory, a milestone he reached in 817 games, faster than any of his 10 predecessors in the 500-win department.
BOWLING—DAVE FERRARO of Kingston, N.Y., won $27,000 and his first PBA championship with a 254-221 victory over John Gant, in Columbus, Ohio.
FIGURE SKATING—KATARINA WITT of East Germany won the women's title at the International Free Skating Competition in Tokyo, while ANGELO D'AGOSTINO of the U.S. was the men's winner.
PRO FOOTBALL—On Thanksgiving Day the Cowboys were turned into turkeys by the Seahawks, 31-14, when Seattle scored on all four of its first-half possessions. Earlier that day the Packers beat the Lions 44-40. The Bears clinched their third straight NFC Central crown when Kevin Butler connected on a 42-yard FG at 3:55 into OT to edge the Steelers 13-10 (page 20). It was a similar scenario in Cleveland, where newly acquired Mark Moseley booted a 29-yarder with :16 left in OT for a 13-10 win over Houston. The Browns thus gained sole possession of first place in the AFC Central. Denver widened its AFC West lead as John Elway fired three TDs to down the Bengals 34-28. The Raiders were upset by Philadelphia 33-27 on a one-yard QB sneak by Randall Cunningham at 8:07 of OT. The Redskins locked up a home wild-card berth with a 20-17 squeaker over the Cardinals on Max Zendejas's 27-yard field goal with :04 on the clock. The Skins retained at least a share of the NFC East lead with the Giants, who played on Monday. In a showdown between two of the AFC and NFC front-runners, the Jets, coming off a 45-3 Monday night rout by the Dolphins, were beaten by the Rams 17-3. Eric Dickerson rushed for 107 yards and scored his 55th career TD, tying a club record set by Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch from 1949 to '57. The Jets were joined atop the AFC East by the Patriots, who beat the Saints 21-20 when Mosi Tatupu picked up a blocked punt with 3:51 left and ran it in for a lead they never relinquished. The Bills ended a 22-game road losing streak with a 17-14 defeat of the Chiefs. Elsewhere, Atlanta unraveled Miami 20-14; Minnesota's Wade Wilson passed for 339 yards and three TDs in a 45-13 win over Tampa Bay; and San Diego subdued the Colts 17-3.
HOCKEY—It was business as usual for most of the front-runners. League-leading goalie (15 wins) Ron Hextall kept the Flyers on top in the Patrick Division with wins over Montreal 4-2, Washington 4-2 and the Islanders 6-5. Quebec dropped a 4-2 game to the Rangers but defeated Washington 4-3 and Montreal 2-1 to take first place in the Adams from the Habs, who went winless for the week. Toronto stayed atop the Norris despite going one for four—a 3-1 win over Detroit, a 3-2 loss to Boston and back-to-back losses to Minnesota, 6-3 and 7-2. In the Smythe, Edmonton had a pair of 6-5 losses, to Chicago and Calgary. Calgary's Paul Reinhart scored his first career hat trick and his 100th career goal, against Edmonton. The Oilers won one battle with a 4-3 win over Winnipeg but lost the war when the Jets moved into sole possession of first after beating Calgary 4-3 and Vancouver 6-3. Petri Skriko, playing for the last-place Canucks in the tough Smythe Division, had a hat trick in a 5-3 win over the Kings, his third three-goaler in five games. Another cellar-dweller, Washington, in the equally tough Patrick Division, skated to a 2-2 tie with Boston to extend its unbeaten OT streak to 30 games, second in NHL history to the Bruins' 37, set from 1934 to '38.
SKIING—In Park City, Utah, MICHAELA GERG of West Germany won a World Cup women's giant slalom race, while CORINNE SCHMIDHAUSER of Switzerland finished first in the slalom (page 38). In Sestriere, Italy, INGEMAR STENMARK, 30, of Sweden won a World Cup men's slalom race and RICHARD PRAMOTTON of Italy was the giant slalom winner.
WATER POLO—STANFORD beat Cal 9-6 for the NCAA title, in Long Beach, Calif.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the New York Knicks, HUBIE BROWN, 53, who had a 4-12 record this season and was 104-202 in five seasons. He was replaced by his assistant of two years, Bob Hill, 38.
As coach of the 0-13 Indianapolis Colts, ROD DOWHOWER, 43. His two-year record with the team was 5-24. He was replaced by former New England coach Ron Meyer, 45.
As football coach of the University of Texas, FRED AKERS, 48, who had a 5-6 record for '86, the Longhorns' first losing season in 30 years. Akers was 86-31-2 in 10 seasons (page 42).