PRO BASKETBALL—And then there were none. Houston, after running its record to 8-0 with a 106-98 win over Cleveland, fell ingloriously to Indiana, 125-117, and became the last team in the league to sustain its initial loss of the season. Denver also dumped the Rockets, 119-102, to move into a first-place tie with them in the Midwest Division. Houston then pulled half a game ahead when it beat San Antonio 141-133; Ralph Sampson scored a career-high 43 points in that triumph. Boston stayed in front of Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division by sweeping its three games, 132-115 over Indiana, 115-99 over New York and 125-105 over Chicago. Despite 51 points by Moses Malone, the 76ers lost to Detroit 137-133 as Kelly Tripucka scored eight of his 45 points in overtime. The Sixers avenged that defeat two nights later by beating the Pistons 101-90. Philly also whipped Chicago, 109-100. The losses to the 76ers and the Celtics dropped the Bulls half a game behind Milwaukee, which was 2-2 on the week, in the Central Division. Phoenix, the Pacific Division leader, handed the Bucks one defeat, 118-106. The Suns also beat New Jersey 98-86.
BOWLING—MIKE AULBY beat top-seeded Gary Skidmore 253-241 to win a $150,000 PBA tournament in Glendale Heights, Ill.
PRO FOOTBALL—CFL: Winnipeg beat Hamilton 47-17 to win the Grey Cup in Edmonton.
NFL: The duo atop the ever-changing NFC East became a trio as the Giants beat St. Louis 16-10, Dallas fell 14-3 to previously winless Buffalo and Washington lost to Philadelphia 16-10. The Giants intercepted four Neil Lomax passes, recovered two Cardinal fumbles and got three field goals from Ali Haji-Sheikh. First-year running back Greg Bell ran for 206 yards on 27 carries to give the Bills their first victory. For the Eagles, rookie Andre Waters ran a kickoff back 89 yards for a TD, and rookie Paul McFadden kicked three field goals. Denver clubbed Minnesota 42-21 as John Elway threw for five TDs. The Broncos remained a game ahead of Seattle in the AFC West. The Seahawks, winners of six straight, beat the Raiders 17-14 and Cincinnati 26-6. Miami, runaway pacesetter in the AFC East, lost for the first time, 34-28 in OT to San Diego. Buford McGee ran 25 yards for the Chargers' decisive touchdown. Chicago beat NFC Central rival Detroit 16-14 on a 19-yard Bob Thomas field goal with two seconds left. The Bears are three games ahead in that division. San Francisco, leader in the NFC West, defeated Tampa Bay 24-17. In other games, New England clobbered Indianapolis 50-17; the Raiders beat K.C. 17-7; Green Bay defeated the Rams 31-6; Cleveland knocked off Atlanta 23-7; and Houston surprised the Jets 31-20.
GOLF—TOM WATSON shot a seven-under-par 281 to defeat Bob Stanton by a stroke to win the $200,000 Australian Open in Melbourne.
PRO HOCKEY—Buffalo coach Scotty Bowman had Washington's number—and it was 45. First at Montreal and later with the Sabres, Bowman had never lost to the Caps. Forty-two wins, three ties, no losses. Washington finally beat Buffalo, 3-2, last week and kept Bowman from equaling Dick Irvin's league record of 690 coaching victories. Montreal slipped past Boston in the Adams Division by beating Vancouver 5-3, Edmonton 4-2 and New Jersey 5-0. Goaltender Steve Penney notched his first NHL regular-season shutout in the win over the Devils. Chicago, the Norris Division leader, beat the Rangers 6-4, Hartford 7-0 and lost to Quebec 5-3. Rookie Warren Skorodenski stopped 32 shots against the Whalers, including nine on two power plays, to get his first big league shutout. Edmonton, leader in the Smythe Division, ended a three-game losing streak with a 7-0 thrashing of Vancouver. Oiler Grant Fuhr made 20 saves to get his first shutout of the season and Edmonton's second. Philadelphia had no shutouts, but the Flyers do have the league's best defense (2.65 goals-against a game) and first place in the Patrick Division. Philly beat Hartford 6-1 and Boston 5-3 before tying the Islanders 3-3.
INDOOR SOCCER—Unbeaten St. Louis hung on to the top spot in the Eastern Division by beating Tacoma 5-2 and Cleveland 6-4. Las Vegas defeated Pittsburgh 12-9 to emerge as the Western Division leader. San Diego clobbered previously unbeaten Los Angeles 11-3 to set up a second-place tie between those two teams, half a game behind Vegas.
MOTOR SPORTS—GEOFF BODINE drove a Chevy Monte Carlo to victory over Tim Richmond, in a Pontiac Grand Prix, to win the $350,000 Western 500 by five seconds in Riverside, Calif. Bodine averaged 98.448 mph for the 119 laps around the 2.62-mile road course. Terry Labonte, who finished third, won the NASCAR Grand National points championship.
TABLE TENNIS—JIANG JIALIANG of China beat Joergen Person of Sweden 21-19, 21-16, 24-22 to win the men's crown, and BRANKA BATINIC of Yugoslavia beat Xi Baoxiang of China 16-21, 21-13, 25-23, 12-21, 21-18 to win the women's title at the world championships in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia. China won the men's and women's team titles.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL defeated Anders Jarryd 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 to win the $800,000 European Champions' Championship in Antwerp.
MILEPOSTS—ENTERED: A plea of guilty by PAM PARSONS, 36, former women's basketball coach at the University of South Carolina, and TINA BUCK, 21, a former Lady Gamecock basketball player, to charges of having perjured themselves during the trial of Parsons's unsuccessful $75 million libel suit against SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
FINED: By the NBA, Boston Celtic forward LARRY BIRD, 27, and Philadelphia 76er forward JULIUS ERVING, 34, each $7,500, for fighting during a game in Boston Nov. 9. Fifteen other players involved in the melee and Sixers' coach Billy Cunningham were fined a total of $15,500.
MOVED: From New Orleans, the USFL's Breakers, to Portland, Ore., where they will begin play next February in Civic Stadium.
NAMED: As the National League MVP by the Baseball Writers Association of America, Chicago Cubs second baseman RYNE SANDBERG, 25, who hit .314 with 36 doubles, 19 triples, 19 home runs, 32 stolen bases, 84 RBIs and a league-leading 114 runs.
As manager of the Montreal Expos, ROBERT (Buck) RODGERS, 46, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers in 1981 and parts of '80 and '82. He replaces interim manager JIM FANNING, 57, who has returned to his front office job.
As football coach at Florida, GALEN HALL, 44, who had been the Gators' interim coach since September. Hall has guided Florida to a 7-0 record and its first SEC title in 52 seasons.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Kansas City Kings, JACK McKINNEY, 49, after a 1-8 start in his first season with K.C. PHIL JOHNSON, 43, an assistant with Utah who was the coach of the Kings from 1973 to 1978, replaced McKinney.
DIED: CHRIS BRATHWAITE, 35, who ran the 100-meter dash for Trinidad and Tobago at the 1976 and '80 Olympics, after being shot by sniper Michael Feher while jogging in Eugene, Ore.