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A roundup of the week Nov. 8-14
November 22, 1982
BASKETBALL—The outcome was predictable when Seattle, the Pacific Division leader, tangled with hapless Houston on Sunday. Thanks to midweek losses to San Diego, New York and Cleveland, the Rockets, 0-7, held the dubious honor of being the NBA's only complete pushover. Meanwhile, the SuperSonics used wins over Chicago, Dallas and San Antonio to run their record to 9-0. With Gus Williams scoring 20 points, they made it 10-zip by beating Houston 102-99. Los Angeles stayed two games back by clubbing Cleveland 111-98 that same night to complete a 3-0 week. The Cavs did have cause for celebration, though. Earlier they ended their 24-game consecutive losing streak with a 132-120 overtime win over slumping Golden State. A day earlier, Ted Stepien announced that the Cleveland franchise was up for sale. He has reportedly lost $7 million during his two years of ownership. Atlantic Division leader Philadelphia's only loss in four games knocked them from among the unbeatens. Indiana Swingman Billy Knight scored 30 in that 117-108 sinking of the 76ers. After seven straight losses, the Knicks finally triumphed, 88-87, over Washington; they then won again, 112-100, against Detroit, which nonetheless retained the Central Division lead (page 71). Bernard King played like one, scoring 46 points in the New York wins. Out west, the San Diego Clippers shocked Midwest-leader San Antonio 109-105 on rookie Forward Terry Cummings' jumper with 29 seconds remaining.
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November 22, 1982

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 8-14

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John McEnroe beat Brian Gottfried 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the finals of a $200,000 Grand Prix tournament in Wembley, England.

MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the American League's Most Valuable Player, Milwaukee Shortstop ROBIN YOUNT, who was second in the league with a .331 average, had a league-leading 210 hits, hit 29 homers and drove in 114 runs. Yount received 27 of the 28 first-place votes; the other went to Reggie Jackson of California, who was sixth in the voting.

FIRED: As football coach at Michigan State, FRANKLIN (Muddy) WATERS, 59; effective at the end of the 1982 season. Waters has a three-year record of 10-22 with the Spartans, including a 2-8 mark this season pending a final game with Iowa.

RESIGNED: As athletic director at Wichita State, TED BREDEHOFT, 50, for what a university spokesman termed "the good of the school." Wichita State is serving a three-year NCAA probation, imposed last February, for basketball recruiting violations and is the target of additional inquiries into both its basketball and football programs.

As soccer coach at St. Louis University, HARRY KEOUGH, 55, following a 9-7-2 season, the worst of his 16-year career with the Billikens. Keough had a 213-50-23 overall record at St. Louis and won five national collegiate titles.

SIGNED: To a two-year contract to manage Baltimore, JOE ALTOBELLI, 50. In his previous stint as a big league skipper, Altobelli guided San Francisco to a 225-239 record from 1977 to 1979.

TRADED: By the New Jersey Nets, Guard PHIL FORD, 26, and a second-round draft pick in 1983, to Milwaukee for Forward MICKEY JOHNSON, 30, and the negotiating rights to Forward FRED ROBERTS, 22, now playing in Italy; also by the Nets, Forward JAMES BAILEY, 25, to Houston for second-round draft choices in 1983 and 1985.

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