PRO FOOTBALL—Pittsburgh Quarterback Terry Bradshaw broke his left wrist in the first half, backup Mike Kruczek separated a shoulder in the fourth quarter, rookie Tony Dungy threw two interceptions (after earlier intercepting one himself from his more customary safety position) and the Steelers dropped a 27-10 decision to Houston, which lost just one quarterback, Dan Pastorini with a sprained ankle. Denver had no trouble with its quarterback. Craig Morton's running and passing helped convert three Kansas City turnovers into 20 points for a 23-7 Bronco win. Mighty Oakland rolled twice, on Monday night over Kansas City 37-28 in a game in which the Raiders gained 539 yards from scrimmage compared to the Chiefs' 322, and Sunday afternoon over Cleveland, which for the second straight week was plagued by errors. Errol Mann kicked four field goals and Mark van Eeghen scored a pair of touchdowns in the 26-10 victory. Making his NFL starting debut, Joe Pisarcik connected on an 80-yard pass to Jimmy Robinson for the Giants, but they still lost, 28-10, to Philadelphia. With 2:04 remaining, Clark Gaines scored on a 14-yard run and the Jets beat Buffalo 24-19. Mike Fuller returned a punt 88 yards for a touchdown and Rickey Young scored on a five-yard plunge as San Diego shut out New Orleans 14-0. Bert Jones threw four touchdown passes to lead the unbeaten Colts to a 45-28 defeat of the Dolphins. Cincinnati defeated Green Bay 17-7. Tampa Bay and Seattle both continued their losing streaks, the Bucs falling to the Redskins 10-0 and the Seahawks being shot down by the Patriots 31-0. Atlanta, which has given up only 19 points in four games, took San Francisco 7-0. In a penalty-filled game, Dallas downed the Cardinals 30-24, Roger Staubach clinching the victory with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Golden Richards with 6:53 remaining. Minnesota defeated Detroit 14-7 (page 91).
GOLF—GRAHAM MARSH of Australia won the $225,000 World Match Play championship at Virginia Water, England, 5 and 3 over Ray Floyd, who played the final round accompanied by four guards after receiving an anonymous death threat. The $52,500 winner's purse was the biggest of Marsh's career.
Bill Rogers of Texarkana, Texas, who has yet to win on the PGA tour, took the $300,000 Pacific Club Masters at Gotemba, Japan, with a nine-under-par 275, one stroke better than Mike Morley. The $65,000 first prize is nearly triple Rogers' 1976 earnings.
In the last LPGA tournament of the season, AMY ALCOTT won her first victory of the year in the $50,000 Houston Exchange Club Classic, with an eight-under-par 208.
October 16, 1977
HARNESS RACING—Duplicating the strong stretch drive of his first-heat victory, TEXAS ($4.20), driven by Billy Herman, took the third and deciding heat of the $100,000 Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of trotting's Triple Crown, in 1:58 at Lexington's Red Mile.
HORSE RACING—Under an impressive ride by Sandy Hawley, MAJESTIC LIGHT ($5.80) won the $113,100 Man o'War Stakes, covering the mile and a half turf course in 2:27[3/5]. He finished 4½ lengths in front of the favorite, Nelson Bunker Hunt's French-based Exceller, who was blocked in the stretch.
Cox's Ridge ($14.40), Eddie Maple up, held off fast-closing To The Quick to win the $113,800 Governor's Cup at Bowie by a neck. It was the fifth straight victory for the 3-year-old colt, who covered the nine furlongs in 1:51[1/5].
Except for Late Bloomer, which he definitely is not, the horses STEVE CAUTHEN rode to victory on Tuesday at Belmont Park were appropriately named—Joyful Ruler, Great Above and Kool as Ice—the last of which enabled the 17-year-old jockey to break the yearly purse earnings record of $4,709,500 set by Angel Cordero in 1976.
MOTOR SPORTS—With leaders Mario Andretti and James Hunt forced out of the race and Niki Lauda sitting this one out, the way was clear for JODY SCHECKTER to win the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport, Ontario.
Benny Parsons went over the million-dollar mark in career earnings by winning the $250,000 Charlotte National 500, finishing 19.5 seconds ahead of Cale Yarborough.
Jay Springsteen's second-place finish in the final event of the American Motorcycle Association's pro series at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. earned him 260 points for the year and his second straight championship. Rookie of the Year honors went to GARTH BROW, who took the 20-lap, half-mile-oval race in a track-record 7:32.8, 3.8 seconds under the mark Springsteen set last year.
MODERN PENTATHLON—JANUSZ PECIAK of Poland won the men's senior world championship at Fort Sam Houston, Texas with 5,484.68 points, giving Poland a 2.23-point victory over the Soviet Union in the senior team competition. The U.S. finished fourth, missing the bronze medal by less than a point. Standouts for the U.S. were NEIL GLENESK, who set a world pentathlon record of 3:16.5 in the 300-meter freestyle swim and scored an American-record 5,347 points, and MIKE BURLEY, who won the 4,000-meter run. GINA SWIFT of Marble Falls, Texas won the women's world title with 4,660.55 points.
SWIMMING—JOHN YORK, 16, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., crossed the 21-mile Catalina Channel in 8:31.29, lowering by 38.31 the men's one-way record set in 1956 by Tom Parks. After resting for five minutes, York headed back to the mainland in an attempt to break the two-way record set last month by Penny Dean, but with less than 100 yards to go, became disoriented and had to be hauled out of the 63° water. York's body temperature at the time was 88° and he was in an early stage of hypothermia. The 5'7", 125-pound boy was rushed to the hospital, but he recovered.
TENNIS—ILIE NASTASE defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 6-2, 6-2 to win the $83,000 World Star tournament in Rotterdam. JIMMY CONNORS and CHRIS EVERT had little difficulty disposing of their opponents, Connors winning 6-2, 6-0 over Brian Gottfried in the $100,000 Island Holidays Classic on Maui in Hawaii, and Evert beating Dianne Fromholtz 6-3, 6-2 in the $75,000 Atlanta Women's classic.
MILEPOSTS—AUTHORIZED: By the Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, a change in the process of selecting players from the old Negro baseball leagues for the Hall of Fame. The special committee for that purpose having been dissolved, selection will now be made by the Veterans Committee. In another ruling, major-leaguers who were unable to complete the 10-year-eligibility requirement for enshrihement because of illness or death will now be considered.
PENALIZED: By the NCAA in its latest series of rulings, the University of Houston, Portland State and Western Carolina University, each receiving a one-year probation, for various infractions and violations in the conduct of their intercollegiate athletic programs.
TRADED: To the Cleveland Cavaliers, Guard WALT FRAZIER, 32, after 10 years and two NBA championships with the New York Knicks, as compensation for New York's acquisition of free agent Guard Jim Cleamons.