PRO FOOTBALL—Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Washington remained undefeated, but the Steelers and Rams had to struggle to maintain their perfect records. In Pittsburgh, Terry Bradshaw's 100th career touchdown pass, a 37-yarder on a flea-flicker to Tight End Bennie Cunningham, gave the Steelers a 15-9 sudden-death victory over previously unbeaten Cleveland (page 22). The Rams had to overcome a series of second-half mistakes to defeat Houston in the Astrodome 10-6. Cullen Bryant scored on a three-yard run and Frank Corral kicked a 25-yard field goal as Los Angeles scored all its points in the first half. NFC Eastern leader Washington had no trouble with the New York Jets, coasting to a 23-3 victory in Washington. Quarterback Joe Theismann, in perhaps his finest performance as a Redskin, completed 21 of 30 passes for 209 yards, two for touchdowns—a 33-yarder to John McDaniel and a 20-yarder to Jean Fugett. The Redskins' defense sacked Jet Quarterback Richard Todd four times, forcing him from the game in the fourth period with a dislocated left clavicle. He will be sidelined from six to eight weeks. With Wilbert Montgomery rushing for 111 yards in 25 carries, Philadelphia beat Miami 17-3, dropping the Dolphins into a first-place tie with the Jets and New England. Joe Ferguson passed 19 yards to Reuben Gant and 28 yards to Frank Lewis to lead Buffalo to its first victory, 24-17 over Baltimore. The key score for Buffalo came on Curtis Brown's 102-yard kickoff return, the longest of the season. Denver took a one-game lead over Oakland in the AFC West. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 23-17, when rookie Dave Preston plunged in from one yard with 4:32 remaining in sudden death. Denver's Jim Turner kicked his 282nd career field goal, tying him with former Minnesota Viking Fred Cox for second place on the alltime list. In Oakland, the Raiders dropped a 21-14 decision to New England when Sam Cunningham scored from one yard out with 16 seconds left. Cincinnati lost its fourth straight, to New Orleans, 20-18. John Leypoldt—signed last week when the Saints' regular kicker, Rich Szaro, was injured—kicked a 27-yard field goal as time ran out, and the Saints evened their record at 2-2. Green Bay won its third game in four tries, beating the Chargers 24-3 as well as the 102° heat in San Diego Stadium. Walter Landers ran 15 yards with a blocked punt for one Packer touchdown and Cornerback Willie Buchanon, tying an NFL record, intercepted four passes, and ran one back 77 yards for a score. The next day, San Diego Coach Tommy Prothro resigned and was replaced by Don Coryell. Jim Zorn threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes, including a four-yarder to Ron Howard for the go-ahead score with 9:17 left, to give Seattle a 28-16 victory over Detroit, the Seahawks' second straight win. Robert New-house scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead Dallas to a 21-12 defeat over winless St. Louis. The New York Giants kept pace with the Cowboys in the NFC East, beating San Francisco 27-10. Tampa Bay won its second straight with a 14-9 victory over Atlanta. On Monday night Baltimore scored 27 fourth-quarter points to upset New England 34-27.
GOLF—TOM WATSON shot a final-round, five-under-par 67 for a 270 total, 18 under par, to win the $200,000 PGA tournament in Napa, Calif. by three strokes over Ed Sneed. It was the fifth victory in 1978 for Watson, the tour's leading money winner, with $343,429.
Donna Caponi Young made a 20-foot putt on the third hole of a playoff to give her and teammate KATHY WHITWORTH a victory over Murle Breer and Barbara Moxness in the $100,000 LPGA National Team Championship in Portland, Ore.
HARNESS RACING—HAPPY ESCORT ($13.20) won the second leg of pacing's Triple Crown, the $186,760 Little Brown Jug, at the Delaware County (Ohio) Fairgrounds by a neck over Flight Director. The 3-year-old covered the mile in 2:00[4/5] (page 28).
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HORSE RACING—SENSITIVE PRINCE ($2.20), ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, won the $122,800 Hawthorne Derby at Chicago's Hawthorne Race Course by 4¼ lengths over Gordie H. The 3-year-old colt covered the mile and a sixteenth in a track-record 1:39[3/5].
Late Bloomer ($8.20), Jorge Velasquez up, beat Pearl Necklace by 1½ lengths to win the $108,100 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old filly was timed in a stakes-record 1:47 for the mile and an eighth.
MOTOR SPORTS—MARIO ANDRETTI, in a Penske-Cosworth, averaged 120.08 mph at the 1.5-mile Trenton (N.J.) Speedway to win his first race for Indianapolis-type cars in 5½ years, the Trenton 150.
Cale Yarborough, in an Oldsmobile, averaged a track record 79.185 mph on the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway to win the NASCAR Old Dominion 500 by half a car length over Darrell Waltrip, in a Chevrolet.
ROAD RACING—BILL RODGERS won the National AAU 10,000-meter championship at Purchase, N.Y. with a time of 28:36.3, an eighth of a second faster than runner-up Randy Thomas (page 26).
TENNIS—WTT: With Chris Evert picking up victories in both singles and doubles, Los Angeles won its first championship, defeating Boston 3-1 in the best-of-five series. In the deciding match, which the Strings won 28-25, Evert defeated Martina Navratilova, who was playing despite an injured left shoulder, 7-6, then teamed with Ann Kiyomura to whip Navratilova and Anne Smith 6-1. The Lobsters had averted the first sweep in WTT history by defeating the Strings 27-26, with Tony Roche and Smith beating Ilie Nastase and Kiyomura in a super tie-breaker 7-5. Evert was named the outstanding player of the series.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: By a Nassau County, N.Y. jury, racetrack veterinarian DR. MARK GERARD, 44, of two misdemeanor charges stemming from the Belmont Park ringer scandal in which one horse, Uruguayan champion Cinzano, was substituted for another, Lebon, in two races. Each conviction carries a maximum one-year prison sentence. The jury, however, did not convict Gerard on charges of grand larceny, falsifying business records and filing a false insurance claim.
RESIGNED: RALPH HOUK, 59, as manager of the Detroit Tigers, effective at the end of the season. A Yankee catcher for eight seasons, Houk managed in the major leagues for 16 years, 11 with the New York Yankees and five with the Tigers. Succeeding Casey Stengel as Yankee manager in 1961, he won three pennants and two world championships his first three years. LES MOSS, 53, manager of Detroit's Triple-A Evansville Triplets, will replace Houk.
DIED: California Angels Outfielder LYMAN BOSTOCK, 27; of gunshot wounds; in Gary, Ind. Bostock was sitting in a car when he was struck in the head by a shotgun blast. The Angels had played the White Sox in an afternoon game, and Bostock had driven from Chicago after the game to see his relatives. At the time of his death he was hitting .296 with five home runs and 71 RBIs. A free agent who became one of baseball's best hitters while with the Minnesota Twins, Bostock signed with the Angels last November for an estimated $2.7 million. In four seasons with the Angels and Twins he had a career batting average of .312.