AUTO RACING—PARNELLI JONES bounced a Ford Bronco nearly the length of Baja California in 16 hours 47 minutes 35 seconds to win the Mexican 1,000 (page 28).
Bobby Unser recovered from a poor start to win the 150-mile Best Western, a USAC championship car race. Unser averaged 127 mph over the Phoenix International Raceway course, breaking the 116.80 record set in 1970 by Swede Savage.
BASEBALL—The appointment of two managers, the naming of the two Cy Young Award winners and two major trades were the highlights of a post-World Series week. WHITEY HERZOG, director of player development for the New York Mets, was named manager of the Texas Rangers, the sport's worst team with a 54-100 record. He succeeds Ted Williams. DANNY OZARK, since 1942 a player, coach or minor league manager in the Los Angeles Dodger system, was named to manage the Philadelphia Phillies, succeeding interim Manager Paul Owens, who retains his job as general manager. STEVE CARLTON, whose 27-10 record for the Phillies was the best in baseball, was the National League winner of the Cy Young Award while GAYLORD PERRY of the Cleveland Indians, a former National Leaguer, had a 24-16 record and was the American League winner. The Mets traded Pitchers GARY GENTRY and DANNY FRISELLA to the Atlanta Braves for Second Baseman FELIX MILLAN and Reliever GEORGE STONE. In a seven-man transaction, Pitcher JIM LONBORG, the 1967 Cy Young winner, was the key figure as Milwaukee traded him to the Phillies for Third Baseman DON MONEY.
PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: It was a night for the Philadelphia 76ers to win a game since the Celtics (the last unbeaten team), the Knicks (who were riding an eight-game streak) and the Bulls (who had six straight) all finally lost. But the 76ers lost for the 12th lime under new Coach Roy Rubin. Atlanta was the culprit, 128-120, as Pete Maravich scored a season-high 44 points. There was a ray of light in the darkness, however, since John Q. Trapp scored 23 points and Leroy Ellis added 18. Both came to the 76ers earlier in the week in a trade with the Lakers for Bill Bridges and Mel Counts. The league's leading scorer, Nate Archibald, turned in another outstanding performance with a 35-point, 15-assist game as Kansas City- Omaha became the first team to stop the Celtics 118-107 (page 26). Rick Barry's 26 points helped Golden Stale beat the Knicks 127-104, extending the Warrior victory string to five and maintaining their slight edge over the Lakers in the Pacific Division. Houston, Atlanta and Baltimore continued to make the Central Division the closest of the four. Otto Moore scored 30 points for the Rockets against Detroit, in a 118-108 triumph. Chicago, still on the heels of the Bucks in the Midwest, was a 101-99 loser at Buffalo as Dick Garrett's layup in the last 36 seconds ended the teams six-game losing streak. Now if the 76ers could get with it.
ABA: The Nets spent more time in airplanes than on the court. After a 105-97 loss at Carolina in which Billy Cunningham hit 17 of 25 shots and scored 41 points, the Nets lost to Dallas 106-99. Carolina remained in first place in the East Division and former NBA stars Cunningham and Joe Caldwell led the way. Kentucky continued to be a disappointing team, losing its sixth game in II outings, this one to Utah (125-122), which was battling the Pacers for first in the West. Jimmy Jones scored 27 points for the Stars in their win. At Memphis the night before, Jones had missed two of three free throws in the final three seconds as the Stars lost to the Tams 118-117 in overtime. Memphis snapped a six-game losing streak as Bunny Wilson, dropped by the Pistons of the NBA earlier in the week, scored 29 points.
PRO FOOTBALL—AFC: Unbeaten MIAMI, behind a pair of touchdown runs by Mercury Morris, continued its domination of the Eastern Division by defeating Buffalo 30-16. The New York Jets (5-3) lost to Washington 35-17 as Joe Namath was intercepted three times. In a meeting of Central Division leaders, PITTSBURGH was a 40-17 victor over Cincinnati. CLEVELAND moved into a second-place tie with the Bengals (both are 5-3) as Leroy Kelly scored twice in a 20-0 win over Houston. KANSAS CITY (5-3), a 27-14 winner over Oakland (4-3-1), gained the top position in the West.
NFC: WASHINGTON defeated a New York team for the second straight week when it topped the Jets behind touchdown passes of 45, 70 and 89 yards by Billy Kilmer. DALLAS (6-2) remained a game behind the Redskins with a 34-28 triumph over San Diego. The NEW YORK Giants (5-3) kept pace by beating Denver 29-17. ST. LOUIS and PHILADELPHIA doddered along to a 6-6 tie in which field goals accounted for the points. DETROIT and GREEN BAY (both 5-3) remained in a tie for first place with the Lions topping the Bears 14-0 and the Packers holding on for a 34-24 win over San Francisco. MINNESOTA remained a game behind with its 37-6 victory over New Orleans. In a Western Division meeting, LOS ANGELES pulled away from second-place Atlanta by beating the Falcons 20-7.
GOLF—MIKE HILL finished with a 273 on rounds of 67-68-69-69 to win the $25,000 first prize in the Texas Open at San Antonio.
HARNESS RACING—Driver Stanley Dancer sent SUPER BOWL ($3.80) to the front for a 1:57[4/5], wire-to-wire mile victory in the $50,000 Pacific Trot at Hollywood Park. The purse of $22,500 for the colt's 18th straight win brought his earnings to $439,211, the most ever for a trotter in one year (page 82).
HOCKEY—WHA: It is unlikely the Sheehan family of East Weymouth, Mass. will ever forget Friday, Nov. 3. Bobby Sheehan of the New York Raiders scored two goals and assisted on another in a 9-6 win over Winnipeg to run his season total to 21, best in the league. And before the game he received word that his mother had won the Massachusetts State Lottery to increase her earnings by $50,000—a best in any league. Sheehan's good fortune was not enough for the Raiders to overtake Cleveland in the East Division. Skip Krake put the Crusaders ahead with a 35-foot slap shot at 6:15 of the final period to break a 3-3 deadlock in a 5-3 victory over Quebec. Winnipeg, Alberta and Los Angeles all headed the West Division but earlier in the week the two last-place teams, Minnesota and Philadelphia, defeated the top clubs, Winnipeg 3-0 and Cleveland 7-5.