PRO BASKETBALL—Boston's front lint' returned the 4-1 Celtics to the forefront of the NBA. Larry Bird and Robert Parish scored a combined average 54 points per game as the Celts easily beat Milwaukee 119-105, Washington 120-117 and Indiana 121-105. Otherwise it was a surprisingly good week for the Pacers: Guard Butch Carter scored 42 in a 116-108 win over Houston, and Indiana then held World B. Free to 19 in a 99-87 defeat of Cleveland. Three nights after Milwaukee Center Bob Lanier knocked down Detroit's Bill Laimbeer with a $5,000 punch (page 26), the Bucks knocked Philadelphia from the undefeated ranks 104-94. The Sixers bounced, back to win at New Jersey 119-112 behind Julius Erving's 32 points and 15-for-19 shooting and Moses Malone's 27 points and 22 rebounds. Nets Center Darryl Dawkins blocked a club record 13 shots in the losing effort. Dallas won three of four outings, capping the week with a 107-102 win over Los Angeles. Still, the Mavericks lost 105-84 to Cleveland; Dallas hasn't beaten the Cavs in their four years in the league.
BOWLING—BRIAN VOSS defeated Pete McCordic in a two-frame roll-off to win the $100,000 Greater Detroit Open. They had finished the final round tied at 176.
EQUESTRIAN—At the 100th National Horse Show in New York, the UNITED STATES won its 11th straight Nation's Cup; despite a broken collarbone. LESLIE BURR, 27, clinched the Grand Prix Rider of the Year award; and her horse, ALBANY, won Grand Prix Horse of the Year honors.
PRO FOOTBALL—It was a Wilder scene when previously winless Tampa Bay beat NFC Central leader Minnesota 17-12: lilies Running Back James Wilder gained 219 yards in 31 carries, including a 75-yard TD jaunt. The Rams' Erie Dickerson ran for 127 yards and set an NFL scoring record for rushing TDs by a rookie with his 16th and 17th scores of the season in L.A.'s 21-14 win over Chicago. With a 62-yard effort, the Bears' Walter Payton became the fourth NFL rusher to gain 11,000 yards in his career. The 6-4 Rams thus joined Sail Francisco and New Orleans atop the NFC West Miami's Dan Marino (page 49) threw for two TDs to pace the AFC East leaders past the 49ers 20-17, while the Saints beat Atlanta 27-10. New Orleans Quarterback Dave Wilson, playing for an injured Ken Stabler, threw for 146 yards, and Running Back George Rogers gained 137 yards on 20 carries. Dallas' Danny White completed 21 of 24 passes for 268 yards and two TDs in a 27-20 Cowboy win over Philadelphia that enabled 9-1 Dallas to remain a game ahead of Washington in the NFC East. On Monday night the Redskins edged San Diego 27-24 on a 37-yard held goal with :04 left by Mark Moseley, who had missed four attempts earlier in the game. Washington then ripped St. Louis 45-7. The Chargers did no better Sunday, losing 26-3 to AFC Central-leading Pittsburgh, which has won six straight. The Steelers allowed San Diego only 218 total yards. In the AFC West, the Raiders, 7-3, took sole possession of first with a 28-20 win over Kansas City. Los Angeles' Jim Plunkett came in for Marc Wilson, who had sustained a broken left shoulder and will be out for six weeks, and led the Raiders on second-half scoring drives of 85 and 75 yards. Baltimore surprised the New York Jets 17-14. Green Bay whipped Cleveland 35-21, New England beat Buffalo 21-7, Cincinnati demolished 0-10 Houston 55-14, and Seattle thumped Denver 27-19 (page 82).
HOCKEY—Boston, the Adams Division leader, got hot at one end of the ice—the Bruins scored 26 goals in skating past St. Louts 9-5, Montreal 10-4 and Los Angeles 7-3—but didn't fare so well at the other. Goalie Pete Peelers struck his head on the crossbar against the Blue and was lost for a week. Out longer than that will be Vancouver Left Wing Dave (Tiger) Williams, who received an eight-game suspension for holding his stick across the throat of prone Calgary Defenseman Paul Baxter. Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky keeps finding new ways to score. In the Smythe Division-leading Oilers' 11-3 romp over Washington, the Great One knocked the puck out of the air with his stick and into the net—off the drop for a face-off. Gretzky added four goals and three assists in an 8-5 win at Winnipeg. Los Angeles showed signs of awakening, upsetting Philadelphia 6-5 behind Rookie Left Wing Brian McClellan's four goals. The Flyers held onto the Patrick Division lead by defeating Hartford 4-2. Norris Division pacesetter Chicago lost three of three, but remained in first because Toronto did the same. Both the Black Hawks and Maple Leafs were beaten by last-place Minnesota, which got five goals and five assists from Dino Ciccarelli. Chicago's last loss came at the hands of New Jersey, which broke a 10-game losing streak with a 6-3 win.
HORSE RACING—SWALE ($6.60), Eddie Maple up, beat Disastrous Night by a nose to win the $412,300 Young America Stakes at the Meadowlands. The 2-year-old colt ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:45[1/5].
Sangue ($6.00), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, beat L'Attrayante by 1½ lengths to win the $400,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Santa Anita. The 5-year-old mare ran the 1-mile turf course in 2:02[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, driving a Monte Carlo SS, won a 500-mile Grand National event at Atlanta International Raceway, edging Buddy Baker, in a Thunderbird, by .50 second. Bonnett averaged 137.641 mph for 328 laps around the 1.52-mile oval.
INDOOR SOCCER—MISL defending champion San Diego opened the season clearly in another league: the indoor NASL, which has yet to begin play Three NASL teams played in the MISL last season, but the NASL will play a seven-team schedule of its own in 1983-84. With the Sockers gone, Baltimore is the MISL favorite. The Blast lived up to that billing with an 8-6 win over Buffalo in their season opener.
TENNIS—The UNITED STATES, led by captain Martina Navratilova and by Pam Shriver, who each won two singles matches and teamed up to win the doubles, beat Great Britain 6-1 to win its fifth straight Wightman Cup, in Williamsburg, Va.
MILEPOSTS—DESTROYED: ROVING BOY, 3, winner of the 1982 Eclipse Award as the country's top 2-year-old horse: after breaking both hind legs in a fall shortly after crossing the finish line first in the Alibhai Handicap; at Santa Anna Race Track.
GRANTED: In Cook Country Circuit Court in Chicago, a 10-day temporary restraining order that delayed the NHL's 20-game suspension of Chicago Black Hawks Center TOM LYSIAK, 30, for tripping Linesman Ron Foyt with his stick on Oct. 30 (page 22).
NAMED: As winner of the National League Cy Young Award, righthander JOHN DENNY, 30, of the Philadelphia Phillies, who had a 19-6 record and a 2.37 ERA.
As Managers of the Year, TONY LaRUSSA, 39, of the American League Western Division champion Chicago White Sox, and TOM LASORDA, 56, of the National League Western Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
TRADED: By the Philadelphia 76ers, Center MARK McNAMARA, 24, to the San Antonio Spurs for a second-round draft choice in 1988.
DIED: GEORGE HALAS, 88, a founding father of the NFL; owner of, coach of (326-151-30 in 40 seasons) and end (1920-29) with the Decatur Staleys/Chicago Staleys/Chicago Bears; and a member of Pro football's Hall of lame since 1963; pancreatic cancer; in Chicago (page 17).