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A roundup of the weeks Dec. 19-Jan. 1
Compiled by IVAN MAISEL
January 09, 1984
PRO BASKETBALL—The rap against rookie Ralph Sampson has been that he stays outside too much. But last week the 7'4" Sampson showed he can do the inside job, and against no less an opponent than Boston. His 27 points and 19 rebounds paced Houston to a 107-94 win. As if to show he wasn't becoming exclusively a Mr. Inside, Sampson tossed in a 50-foot three-point goal with :02 left in the second quarter. Boston rebounded the next night to beat Dallas 114-109 in overtime and take the Atlantic Division lead from Philadelphia, which lost two straight on the road. Center Dan Issel's 28 points led Denver past Philly 101-89, and Seattle forward Tom Chambers and guard Gus Williams scored five points each in OT to lead the Sonics past the Sixers 97-93. Julius Erving of the 76ers scored his 25,000th pro point, a free throw, at Seattle. Utah raced to a 3�-game lead in the Midwest Division by winning its eighth straight, a 113-105 decision over Seattle in which Jazz guard Darrell Griffith scored 20 points in the third quarter. But the Nuggets were again upstarts, stunning Utah 135-130. This time Issel scored 31. Portland fell percentage points behind Los Angeles in the Pacific Division by losing three straight, including a 140-100 wipeout at Detroit in which the Trail Blazers shot 38% from the field and committed 27 turnovers. San Diego snapped its 29-game road losing streak by beating Houston 110-95, behind 28 points each from forward Terry Cummings and guard Norm Nixon and then proved the win was no fluke by triumphing 99-96 at Kansas City. Cummings again had 28. Milwaukee retained the Central Division lead with sub-100-point victories over New Jersey (89-85) and Portland (93-88), but Detroit closed to within two games of the Bucks by winning three straight, including a 103-96 triumph over Chicago that stopped the Bulls' winning streak at seven (page 44).
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January 09, 1984

A Roundup Of The Weeks Dec. 19-jan. 1

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As coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, SAM WYCHE, 38, who guided Indiana University to a 3-8 record in 1983. He replaced FORREST GREGG, 50, who had resigned with a four-year mark of 34-27, including a 7-9 record in 1983, to become coach of the Green Bay Packers. Gregg succeeds BART STARR, 50, who was fired after nine years. The Pack was 52-76-3 under Starr and 8-8 in '83.

As football coach at Memphis State, REY DEMPSEY, 47, who guided Southern Illinois to the 1983 Division I-AA crown.

RESIGNED: As interim coach of the Houston Oilers, CHUCK STUDLEY, 54, who was 2-8 with the team after taking over on Oct. 11. Studley was then hired as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins.

SENTENCED: By a federal judge in Kansas City to the maximum sentence of one year in prison, all but 90 days of which was suspended, and a $5,000 fine, 1971 American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner VIDA BLUE, 34, on a misdemeanor charge for possession of cocaine.

TRADED: By the Kansas City Royals, first baseman WILLIE AIKENS, 29, to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder-designated hitter JORGE ORTA, 33. Aikens is under a one-year suspension by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for having been convicted of attempting to buy cocaine. That suspension will be reviewed on May 15. Aikens will be allowed to work out with Toronto upon his release from federal prison, which he was scheduled to enter on Jan. 3 to begin serving a three-month sentence.

DIED: JIMMY DEMARET, 73, as well known for his flashy wardrobe and sunny personality as for his three Masters victories, in 1940, '47 and '50, and 31 PGA Tour wins; of a heart attack; at Houston's Champions Golf Club, which he and Jack Burke Jr. founded in 1957. Demaret was one of the first Tour players to banter with the gallery during a round, and he also introduced pastel clothing to the tour. "If you're going to be in the limelight," he once said, "you might as well dress for it."

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