BOWLING—STEVE JONES defeated Bill Spigner 211-177 in the final game to win the PBA $62,000 Quad Cities Open in Davenport, Iowa.
Mark Roth broke the PBA one-year money-earning record by winning $200 in an Eastern regional match in Paramus, N.J. Roth's winnings of $111,000 broke the mark of $110,833 set by Earl Anthony in 1976.
BOXING—PIPINO CUEVAS of Mexico retained his WBA welterweight championship by knocking out No. 1 contender Pete Ranzany of Sacramento, Calif. in the second round in Sacramento.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: It wasn't exactly what Tight End Dave Casper had planned, but it counted as much as any of his thrilling touchdown catches. With 10 seconds remaining in their game with San Diego, the Oakland Raiders, who were trailing 20-14, had the ball on the Chargers' 14. Ken Stabler set up to pass, was chased back to the 23 where he was hit by Linebacker Woodrow Lowe and fumbled. The ball wound up in the end zone, where Casper fell on it as time ran out. Errol Mann's extra point gave Oakland a controversial 21-20 win as San Diego's claim that Stabler intentionally grounded the ball was disallowed. It was just as close in Buffalo, where the New York Jets beat the Bills, also by 21-20. Jet Quarterback Richard Todd threw three touchdown passes, including one to Jerome Barkum with 50 seconds left. Rookie Wide Receiver James Lofton grabbed three of David Whitehurst's four touchdown passes as Green Bay beat New Orleans 28-17 for its second straight victory; the Packers haven't been 2-0 since 1969. A second-year quarterback, Whitehurst completed 10 of 15 for 161 yards. In Kansas City, Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell rushed for 111 yards and scored twice to lead Houston to a 20-17 win over the Chiefs (age 24). Roger Staubach connected for two touchdown passes and Robert Newhouse ran for two more as Dallas rolled past the New York Giants 34-24. Terry Bradshaw, who injured his throwing hand in the second quarter, tossed a pair of touchdown passes as Pittsburgh beat Seattle 21-10. Washington survived four touchdowns by Philadelphia's Wilbert Montgomery, a second-year running back, to defeat the Eagles 35-30. In Cleveland, veteran Don Cockroft kicked a 27-yard field goal at 4:30 into overtime as the Browns beat Cincinnati 13-10. Loose ballhandling led to Tampa Bay's second straight loss, 15-7 by Detroit. The Lions recovered five fumbles and Benny Ricardo kicked three field goals. New England held St. Louis scoreless until the final minutes of the third quarter, and sparked by Don Calhoun, who ran for 143 yards on 17 carries, beat the Cardinals 16-6. Miami drubbed Baltimore 42-0; Bill Troup, subbing for the injured Bert Jones, had his first pass intercepted by Norris Thomas, who returned it 53 yards for a Dolphin touchdown. O. J. Simpson had his first 100-yard rushing game for San Francisco, but the 49ers lost 16-13 to Chicago. Los Angeles beat Atlanta 10-0, and in Monday night's game Dallas overwhelmed the Colts 38-0.
September 17, 1978
GOLF—Defending champion JERRY PATE won the $175,000 Southern Open in Columbus, Ga. by one stroke over Phil Hancock with an 11-under-par 269.
Tom Kite fired four straight birdies in the final round to win the $225,000 rain-delayed B.C. Open at Endicott, N.Y. by five strokes over Mark Hayes.
Kathy Whitworth shot a five-under-par 211 for a three-stroke victory in a $60,000 LPGA tournament in Denver. Gloria Ehret, JoAnne Washam and Pat Bradley finished in a three-way tie for second.
Pat Bradley shot a 12-under-par 276 to defeat Sharon Miller by four strokes and win the $100,000 LPGA Rail Charity Classic in Springfield, Ill.
HARNESS RACING—RAMBLING WILLIE ($4.20), Robert Farrington driving, broke the career-earnings world record for a pacer by winning the $20,000 free-for-all race at Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Rambling Willie's earnings of $1,210,662 surpass the previous high of $1,201,470 set by Albatross.
HORSE RACING—DR. PATCHES ($11.40), Angel Cordero Jr. up, defeated 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew by a neck in the $160,500 Paterson Handicap at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. It was only the second defeat in 13 starts for Seattle Slew.
Noble Dancer II ($5.00), Steve Cauthen riding, scored a six-length victory over Upper Nile in the $125,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City. The 6-year-old horse covered the 1[3/16] in 1:56[2/5].
Moon Lark ($5.60), Jackie Martin in the saddle, finished ¾ths a length ahead of Osage Juana to win the $1.28 million All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. The 2-year-old colt ran the 440-yard quarter-horse event in 21.84 seconds and won $437,500.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI clinched the World Driving Championship in a crash-and-controversy-marred Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Andretti's Lotus was first across the finish line, but he and second-finisher Gilles Villeneuve were each penalized one minute for jumping the starting signal and third finisher Niki Lauda was awarded the win.
Don Garlits, in a Dodge-powered dragster, won the Top Fuel title at the NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis with a quarter-mile time of 5.903 seconds and a top speed of 241.28 mph. Tom McEwen, in a Corvette, was tops in the Funny Car class with a 6.052 at 235.60 mph, and Bob Glidden won Pro Stock with an 8.617 at 146.81 mph in his Ford.
SOCCER—The New York Apollo, the highest-scoring team in the ASL, won the league championship game 1-0 over the Los Angeles Skyhawks. Rupert DeLosreyes intercepted a pass and kicked an unassisted 45-yarder at the 44-minute mark for the only goal.
TENNIS—JIMMY CONNORS won the U.S. Open men's title, defeating Bjorn Borg 6-4, 6-2, 6-2, and CHRIS EVERT became the first woman since 1935 to win the women's championship four straight years, beating 16-year-old Pam Shriver 7-5, 6-4 (page 18).
VOLLEYBALL—Santa Barbara won the IVA title, defeating Tucson in a super tie-breaker. The Spikers trailed 4-0 during the tie-breaker, but rallied for a 12-8 victory and the championship.
MILEPOSTS—ACCEPTED: Guard JOHN LUCAS and $100,000, by Golden State as compensation for losing free agent Rick Barry to the Houston Rockets.
APPOINTED: As matchmaker for Madison Square Garden Boxing, Inc., GIL CLANCY, 56, former manager and trainer of boxers, most notably two-time middleweight champion and three-time welterweight champion Emile Griffith. Clancy replaces Teddy Brenner, who held the job for 20 years.
RETIRED: After 12 seasons in the NBA, DAVE BING, 34, from the Boston Celtics. Bing, who averaged 20.3 points per game, also played with the Detroit Pistons (1966-75) and the Washington Bullets (1975-77).
RETIRED: As vice-president and general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, SAM POLLOCK, 52, under whose stewardship the Canadiens won nine Stanley Cups in 14 years.
RETIRED: J. O. TOBIN, the 4-year-old Maryland-bred colt who gave Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew his only defeat in 1977. In 21 starts, J. O. Tobin had 12 wins and earned $659,555.
SELECTED: As coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic track team, JIMMY CARNES, 44, former University of Florida coach (1964-1976) and assistant coach of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. Carnes is chairman of the AAU men's track and field committee.
TRADED: By the New Jersey Nets, Guard KEVIN PORTER, 28, to the Detroit Pistons for Guard ERIC MONEY, 23. Porter, who was dealt by Detroit to the Nets last November, averaged 15 points per game and led the league in assists last season. Money averaged 18.6 points per game last year.
DIED: RONNIE PETERSON, 34, of internal injuries suffered in a multi-car crash on the first lap of the Italian Grand Prix. He was second in the World Championship point standings this year.
DIED: ARNOLD GALIFFA, 51, at his home in Glenview, Ill., after a long illness. Galiffa was an All-America quarterback at West Point in 1949 and played for the New York Giants in 1953 and the San Francisco 49ers in 1954.