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A roundup of the week Dec. 5-11
December 19, 1983
PRO BASKETBALL—New Jersey Guard Otis Bird-song and Dallas Forward Mark Aguirre each sang themselves a winning rendition of Happy Birthday to You. Birdsong celebrated turning 28 with 10 fourth-quarter points to lead the Nets past Philadelphia 100-93. Aguirre reached 24 with a 25-footer at the buzzer and 40 points overall to pace the Midwest Division-leading Mavs past Golden State 126-123 in overtime. The Sixers held on to the Atlantic Division lead with a 97-87 win over Central Division-leading Milwaukee. The loss snapped a seven-game Bucks streak. Boston stayed on Philly's heels by winning four games but lost Forward Larry Bird for an undetermined time when he strained ligaments in his right knee in a 119-90 rout of Denver. Los Angeles remained atop the Pacific Division despite a 109-98 loss to New York.
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December 19, 1983

A Roundup Of The Week Dec. 5-11

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MILEPOSTS—ENDED: After 100 days, a lockout by the NBA of its referees (page 9).

NAMED: As winner of the 1983 Lombardi Trophy and the Outland Award, both given to the nation's best college football lineman, Nebraska Offensive Guard DEAN STEINKUHLER, 22.

TRADED: During baseball's winter meetings in Nashville, by the Boston Red Sox, Pitcher JOHN TUDOR, 29, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Outfielder MIKE EASLER, 33; by the Minnesota Twins, Outfielder GARY WARD, 30, to the Texas Rangers for pitchers MIKE SMITHSON, 28, and JOHN BUTCHER, 26, and a minor-leaguer; by the Rangers, Catcher JIM SUNDBERG, 32, to the Milwaukee Brewers for Catcher NED YOST, 28, and a minor-leaguer; by the New York Mets, Pitcher CARLOS DIAZ, 25, and utility man BOB BAILOR, 32, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor-leaguers; by the Dodgers, Pitcher JOE BECKWITH, 28, to the Kansas City Royals for three minor-leaguers; by the Royals, Pitcher MIKE ARMSTRONG, 29, and a minor-leaguer to the New York Yankees for two minor-leaguers; by the Yankees, two minor-leaguers and cash to the California Angels for Shortstop TIM FOLI, 33; by the Montreal Expos, Pitcher RAY BURRIS, 33, to the Oakland A's for a minor-leaguer and cash; by the A's, Third Baseman-Outfielder WAYNE GROSS, 31, to the Baltimore Orioles for Reliever TIM STODDARD, 30; by the Philadelphia Phillies, First Baseman TONY PEREZ, 41, to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later, and Reliever RON REED, 41, to the Chicago White Sox for cash or a player to be named later; by the Toronto Blue Jays, Outfielder BARRY BON-NELL, 30, to the Seattle Mariners for Pitcher BRYAN CLARK, 27; by the Mariners, Second Baseman TONY BERNAZARD, 27, to the Cleveland Indians for Outfielder GORMAN THOMAS, 33, and Second Baseman JACK PERCONTE, 29; by the Indians, Catcher JIM ESSIAN, 32, to the A's for a minor-leaguer; and by the San Francisco Giants, Outfielder CHAMP SUMMERS, 35, to the San Diego Padres for Second Baseman JOE PITTMAN, 29, and a minor-leaguer. In a three-way deal, the Padres sent Reliever GARY LUCAS, 29, to the Expos, who in turn dealt Pitcher SCOTT SANDERSON, 27, to the Chicago Cubs, who sent Pitcher CRAIG LEFFERTS, 26, and two minor-leaguers to the Padres.

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