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A Roundup of the Week Nov. 26-Dec. 2
Compiled by Amy Nutt
December 10, 1990
PRO BASKETBALL—The Trail Blazers, on lop in the Pacific Division, were handed their first loss of the season, after 11 wins, 123-109 by the Suns. Portland converted only seven of 26 shots in the final period. The Blazers were back on the beam in their next game: They built a 20-point halftime lead and coasted to a 107-92 defeat of the Timberwolves. Then Portland's Clyde Drexler made four free throws in the final 27 seconds of the third overtime period as the Blazers outlasted the SuperSonics 130-124. Seattle also fell victim to the Midwest Division-leading Spurs, 124-111. The Spurs were then done in by the Lakers, who used an 18-2 surge to take a 24-point third-period lead en route to a 97-80 victory. Then, against the Mavericks, San Antonio's David Robinson had 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 109-97 triumph. The Pistons, first in the Central Division, got 25 points from Bill Laimbeer in a 120-97 rout of the nose-diving Hawks, whose season record fell to 4-10. James Edwards' 22 points paced Detroit to a 90-83 defeat of the Knicks. The Bullets ended Detroit's 10-game winning streak with a 21-7 third-quarter spurt on their way to a 94-83 victory. The Celtics won two of three in a week that saw Larry' Bird become the 15th NBA player to score 20,000 points (page 34).
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December 10, 1990

A Roundup Of The Week Nov. 26-dec. 2

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FIRED: As football coach: at Boston College, JACK BICKNELL. 56, who guided the Eagles to a 4-7 record this year and to a 59-55-1 mark and four bowl appearances during his 10 seasons; and at Vanderbilt, WATSON BROWN, 40, under whom the Commodores were 10-45 over the past five years. Colorado offensive coordinator GERRY DINARDO, 38, has been named to succeed Brown.

MODIFIED: A July 1990 decision by the NCAA to ban the defending national champion University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball team from playing in the '91 NCAA tournament. In exchange for being allowed to appear in the tournament next spring, the Runnin' Rebels accepted new penalties that will bar them from playing on live television in the '91-92 season or participating in the '92 NCAAs. The original ban stemmed from recruiting and other violations that were committed in the 1970s, which were the subject of litigation until 1990 (page 46).

NAMED: As football coach at LSU, CURLEY HALLMAN, 43, replacing MIKE ARCHER, 37, who announced his resignation on Nov. 24. Hallman was succeeded in his old post at Southern Mississippi by JEFF BOWER, 37, formerly the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State.

RESIGNED: As football coach at Purdue, FRED AKERS, 52, who guided the Boilermakers to a 2-9 record this year and to a 12-31-1 record during his four seasons; and as football coach at Mississippi State, ROCKEY FELKER. 37, who led the Bulldogs to a 5-6 record this season and a 21-34 mark in his five seasons with them.

RETIRED: Because of leg injuries sustained over the past three years, three-time Olympian TAMARA McKINNEY, 28. McKinney, a slalom and giant slalom specialist and a member of the U.S. ski team for 13 years, had 18 World Cup victories, the most ever by a U.S. skier.

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