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A roundup of the week Nov. 17-23


BASKETBALL: A touring women's team from the People's Republic of China beat Cal State-Fuller-ton 63-60 at UCLA, lost 73-70 to AIAW champion Delta State at Memphis (page 64) and to the U.S. national team 94-82 at Rochester, N.Y.

PRO BASKETBALL—NBA: Buffalo Center Bob McAdoo boosted his Cleveland Coliseum scoring record by one point, getting 50 as the Braves edged the Cavaliers 118-115 in overtime after trailing by 23. In three earlier games McAdoo averaged 41, but in a 104-94 loss to Detroit he was held to 29 and sank to 18 against Portland as the Braves lost 109-104. Atlantic leader Philadelphia posted its fourth win in a row, beating Portland 131-111. The New York Knicks won their fifth straight home game, beating Portland 101-92, but suffered their eighth consecutive road loss at Boston, 110-101, as Celtic John Havlicek scored 28 points and his heir apparent, Glenn McDonald, sparkled with a six-point burst in the last 2½ minutes. Detroit maintained its Midwest lead by winning twice. After beating Portland 120-114, Center Bob Lanier was sidelined with a knee injury, but in the Buffalo game Guard Kevin Porter took up the slack, scoring 17 points. Chicago's eighth straight loss came at the hands of Kansas City 107-98, Nate Archibald tallying 27 points and Sam Lacey pulling down 23 rebounds. Los Angeles moved within half a game of Pacific leader Golden State by defeating Houston 118-110. Don Freeman came off the bench to add 25 points to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 30 in a 116-104 thrashing of Milwaukee (page 79). In the Central Division, Washington beat Atlanta 105-96 and inched into the lead as Phil Chenier scored 22 and Wes Unseld 21 besides grabbing 17 rebounds. In its next game Atlanta beat Philadelphia 115-111 to move back into first place.

ABA: The Virginia Squires, cheered by an on-again. off-again promise of a $200.000 investment by local black businessmen, beat New York 110-100 and Utah 106-98 to snap a seven-game losing streak. Starring in the comeback were Ticky Burden and Willie Wise, who combined for 54 and 62 points. Directing the resurgence was new Coach Bill Musselman, a refugee from the disbanded San Diego Sails. The Eastern Division race was close between Kentucky and New York. The Colonels lost their third straight, to San Antonio 113-106, while the Nets held Denver's David Thompson to 14 points (11 below his average) in beating the Nuggets 128-116. Indiana and Denver ended the week with identical 10-4 marks to lead the West. Denver won its sixth straight, beating St. Louis 119-106, before losing to Indiana 117-112 and New York. The Pacers had already beaten Utah 130-110, with Billy Keller and Billy Knight scoring 59 points between them. Indiana ended the week with a loss to Kentucky and Denver defeated Virginia 144-119. San Antonio topped Kentucky 113-106 and lost to St. Louis 124-122 in overtime.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL—HUDSON HIGH, which won 72 games, the longest high school winning streak ever (SI, Nov. 24), lost to Ishpeming 38-22 in the finals of the Class C Michigan state playoffs.

PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: It went just four yards, but the little pass thrown by Fran Tarkenton to Ed Marinaro broke the completion record of 2,830 held by Johnny Unitas. And by the end of the 28-13 Viking victory over San Diego, Tarkenton had completed 2.841 passes and Chuck Foreman had scored three touchdowns to keep the Vikings undefeated. Green Bay defeated the Giants 40-14. Detroit lost 24-21 to Kansas City in sudden-death overtime as Jan Stenerud kicked a 26-yard field goal. Miami lost to resurgent Baltimore and, even worse, may have lost Quarterback Bob Griese for the season with a torn tendon in his right big toe. New England held O. J. Simpson to 69 yards on 27 carries, but he scored four times from within the three-yard line to lift Buffalo to a 45-31 victory. In the AFC Central race, the once winless Cleveland Browns outscored division-leading Cincinnati 35-23. Brown Quarterback Mike Phipps overcame a 20-9 deficit by completing 23 of 36 passes for 298 yards and two touchdowns. St. Louis leads the NFC East after beating the New York Jets 37-6, the seventh loss in a row for New-York, and the first under new Coach Ken Shipp. Dallas defeated Philadelphia 27-17 to stay within a game of St. Louis. Washington fell behind by two games after a 26-23 overtime loss to Oakland. George Blanda won it on a 27-yard field goal as the Raiders remained the only team in the AFC West with a winning record. Atlanta beat Denver 35-21 as Quarterback Steve Bartkowski, returning after missing three games, threw two touchdown passes to Alfred Jenkins. Los Angeles {page 22) maintained its NFC West lead by crushing Chicago 38-10, and San Francisco downed New Orleans 16-6.

GOLF—SANDRA HAYNIE won the LPGA Fort Myers (Fla.) Classic on the second hole of sudden death, beating Pat Bradley, who had tied her at six-under-par 210 after 54 holes.

PRO HOCKEY—NHL: Buffalo is the pacesetter, the first to have 15 victories with a 7-2 win over Detroit, and the first to have 16 with a 6-2 defeat of Kansas City. Boston is undefeated in its last seven games, but ties with Detroit and the Islanders deadlocked the Bruins with Toronto for second. The tie remained when the Bruins and Maple Leafs met for a 3-3 tie. Despite four goals from Dennis Maruk in a 5-3 defeat of Pittsburgh. California still trails in the division race. Montreal followed Buffalo's lead, beating Toronto 4-2 for its 14th win. Los Angeles trails the Norris Division-leading Canadiens after losing to Chicago 4-2 and Pittsburgh 6-3. The best Detroit could manage was a 3-3 tie with Boston. Washington suffered its seventh loss in eight games when California blanked the Capitals 2-0, the eighth career shutout for Seal Goalie Gilles Meloche. Chicago stayed atop the Smythe Division, increasing its unbeaten streak to 11 by tying Vancouver 1-1. St. Louis inched above .500 as Center Derek Sanderson scored once and assisted twice in a 5-1 trouncing of Detroit after the Blues had lost by the same score to Minnesota. That win by the North Stars snapped a six-game losing streak, but they subsequently lost two more, to Montreal 6-0 and Atlanta 6-3. Philadelphia scored win No. 14 at home against the New York Rangers 4-2. The New York Islanders' 2-2 tie with Boston ended a four-game losing streak. Center Lorne Henning scored on a short-handed 45-footer and tied the game with an unassisted goal.

WHA: Winnipeg closed to within two points of Canadian Division-leading Quebec by beating the Nordiques 3-2, Bobby Hull setting up Ulf Nilsson for his 10th goal of the season with 1:13 gone in overtime. Winnipeg then lost to Cleveland 6-3, while Quebec beat Cincinnati for the second time in the week, 9-6, behind a five-goal second period. Third-place Calgary lost to San Diego 6-2, then defeated Denver 6-2 and Minnesota 6-4. Last-place Toronto hung on to beat Cincinnati 8-7 after leading 7-2 in the third period. Houston settled more firmly in first place, winning two. Larry Lund scored twice in a 3-2 defeat of Winnipeg and once in a 4-2 victory over Edmonton. Minnesota Goalie John Garrett earned his first shutout of the season by turning back 24 New England Whaler shots in a 2-0 win. In the East, New England gained on Cincinnati, beating Phoenix 7-5, while the Stingers lost four straight—twice to Quebec and once to Toronto and Denver 5-3. New England was held to two goals in its last three games, losing to Indianapolis 3-1 and Minnesota 2-0 before beating Phoenix. Crusader John A. Stewart netted an overtime goal at 5:36 to give Cleveland a 4-3 win over Minnesota. The Crusaders then beat Winnipeg 6-3 for a fifth straight home victory.

MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: ALTHEA GIBSON. 48, who in 1957 became the first black to win Wimbledon, as New Jersey Athletic Commissioner.

PRESENTED: To JOE MORGAN of the Cincinnati Reds, the National League MVP award. The second baseman hit .327, stole 67 bases (in 77 attempts) and scored 107 runs.