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A roundup of the week Jan. 4-10
Compiled by Bruce Anderson
January 18, 1982
PRO BASKETBALL—Milwaukee Reserve Center Harvey Catchings tipped in the winning basket as time expired in a game between the Central Division-leading Bucks and Atlanta. Only problem: Catchings' dramatic accomplishment was tarnished somewhat by the fact that he tipped the ball into the Hawks' basket. The loss hardly hurt the Bucks, who stayed 6� games ahead of Indiana and Atlanta, which won all three of its games. Midwest Division-leading San Antonio split its four games, losing to Portland 115-110 and Utah 130-115 and beating Golden State 123-112 behind George Gervin's 45 points and Kansas City 113-100 as Gervin scored 26. That was the 39th consecutive game in which the Iceman scored 20 or more points. After losing to Chicago 119-113, Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles beat Detroit behind 40 points by Magic Johnson and 31 by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and then lost 118-107 to Milwaukee. Everything else in the Pacific was simply fine: Commissioner Larry O'Brien fined San Diego owner Donald Sterling $10,000 for suggesting that if winning isn't everything perhaps losing is (page 13), the Trail Blazers fined Guard Billy Ray Bates a game's pay for—yawn—oversleeping and missing the first half of a 124-121 loss to Denver. Boston took the Atlantic Division lead from Philadelphia. In the fourth quarter of a Celtics-76ers game, Larry Bird, who had missed 10 shots in a row, suddenly hit four straight, and Gerald Henderson came off the bench to score all nine of his points as Boston won 96-90.
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January 18, 1982

A Roundup Of The Week Jan. 4-10

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FIRED: By the Chicago Bears, Coach NEILL ARMSTRONG, 55, who had a four-year record of 30-34. The Bears were 6-10 in 1981.

NAMED: As football coach at the University of South Carolina, RICHARD BELL, 44, who has been the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator for the Gamecocks since 1975.

As football coach of the U.S. Naval Academy, GARY TRANQUILL, 41, who had been an assistant at West Virginia the last three seasons.

As coach of the Los Angeles Kings, DON PERRY, 51, who had been coach of the Kings' farm team in New Haven, Conn. He replaces Parker MacDonald, 48, who will become assistant general manager of the Kings. The Kings were 13-24-5 this season under MacDonald.

PLACED ON PROBATION: For one year by the NCAA, the University of Wisconsin football program—for recruiting violations. The probation includes a reprimand but does not affect the Badgers' eligibility for postseason games or TV appearances.

TRADED: By the Cleveland Indians, Shortstop TOM VERYZER, 28, to the New York Mets, for Relief Pitcher RAY SEARAGE, 26.

DIED: Former power-hitting Outfielder WALLY POST, 52, who played 15 years in the majors (1949, 1951-64), most of them for the Cincinnati Reds; of cancer; in St. Henry, Ohio. Post had his best season in 1955 when he batted .309, hit 40 home runs and drove in 109 runs.

WILLIAM (Gorilla) JONES, 75, world middleweight boxing champion in 1931 and 1932, and for 40 years Mae West's bodyguard; of a lingering illness; in Los Angeles.

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