BOXING—PARK CHAN-HEE of South Korea retained his WBC flyweight title in a 15-round draw with former champion Miguel Canto of Mexico, in Seoul, South Korea.
PRO FOOTBALL—The New England Patriots established a club scoring record and amassed 597 yards in total offense while demolishing the New York Jets 56-3. Quarterback Steve Grogan passed for 315 yards and five touchdowns—three of them to Wide Receiver Harold Jackson—as the Pats bounced back from an emotional 16-13 overtime loss to Pittsburgh. In Denver, Linebacker Jack Reynolds picked up a Craig Morton fumble and staggered four yards for the decisive score as Los Angeles defeated the Broncos 13-9. Buffalo Running Back Roland Hooks carried the ball only four times in the second half of the Bills' game with Cincinnati but scored four touchdowns to pace the Bills in a 51-24 rout of the Bengals. Walter Payton ran for touchdowns of 43 and 26 yards and reserve Quarterback Vince Evans tossed a 56-yard TD to James Scott as the Bears whipped the Vikings 26-7. In Milwaukee, rookie Steve Atkins scored on a two-yard run in the third quarter to give the Packers a 28-19 victory over New Orleans. Another rookie, St. Louis' Ottis Anderson, became only the fourth rookie in NFL history to rush for 100 yards in his first two games. Anderson gained 109 yards on 31 carries in leading the Cardinals to a 27-14 win over the Giants. Given a second chance Mark Moseley kicked a field goal from 41 yards with eight seconds left to give Washington a 27-24 victory over Detroit. Moseley had missed a 46-yard attempt seconds earlier but got another boot from five yards closer when the Lions were penalized for having too many men on the field. Tampa Bay won a 29-26 overtime thriller over Baltimore, as Neil O'Donoghue kicked a 31-yard field goal 1:41 into the extra period. In Kansas City, Brian Sipe fired a 21-yard scoring pass to Reggie Rucker with 52 seconds left to lift the Browns past the Chiefs 27-24 and spoil the debut of Kansas City's rookie quarterback, Steve Fuller. The Clemson graduate replaced Mike Livingston in the second quarter and rallied the Chiefs from a 17-0 deficit into a 24-20 lead. Dallas dampened the return of the 49ers' O. J. Simpson by defeating San Francisco 21-13. Simpson, who missed the entire preseason because of a knee injury and the death of his infant daughter, rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries, but Roger Staubach passed for 259 yards and threw touchdowns to Drew Pearson and Billy Joe DuPree. Dan Fouts had three touchdown passes and Linebacker Woodrow Lowe returned a Ken Stabler pass 32 yards for a score as San Diego beat Oakland 30-10. In Miami, Norm Bulaich scored the decisive touchdown on a seven-yard pass from Bob Griese as the Dolphins beat Seattle 19-10. In Pittsburgh, the Steelers crushed the Houston Oilers 38-7 (page 26).
GOLF—LOU GRAHAM shot a final-round, two-under-par 69 for a 72-hole total of 275 to win the $250,000 American Optical Classic at Sutton, Mass. by one stroke over Ben Crenshaw.
Jo Ann Washam made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the $100,000 LPGA Rail Charity Classic in Springfield, Ill. by a stroke over Silvia Bertolaccini. Washam shot a final-round, five-under-par 67 for a 72-hole total of 275.
September 16, 1979
HORSE RACING—SPECTACULAR BID ($3), ridden by Bill Shoemaker, won the $300,000 Marlboro Cup at Belmont by five lengths over General Assembly. The 3-year-old's time for the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles was 1:46[3/5] (page 24).
MARATHON—TONY SANDOVAL and JEFF WELLS of the Athletics West Club won the Nike/Oregon Track Club Marathon in Eugene, Ore. over a field of 1,000 runners with a time of 2:10:20. Joan Benoit, in 2:35:40, was the top woman finisher (page 56).
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVID PEARSON won the $250,000 Southern 500 NASCAR race in Darlington, S.C. by almost two laps over Bill Elliott in a Mercury. Pearson, who drove a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, averaged 126.259 mph over the 1.366-mile Darlington international Raceway course.
Jody Scheckter of South Africa averaged 131.8 mph in his Ferrari to win the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and clinch the World Formula I driving championship. Scheckter completed the 3.59-mile circuit in 1:22:00.22, .47 of a second ahead of Ferrari teammate Gilles Villeneuve of Canada.
SOCCER—NASL: Trevor Whymark scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 59:37, to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Soccer Bowl-79 in East Rutherford, N.J. and the North American Soccer League title (page 34).
ASL: Sacramento and Columbus advanced to the playoff final, which will be held in Columbus. The Gold won the Western Division title, upsetting the California Sunshine 1-0 on Trevor Dawkins' goal at 82:00. Columbus got a score from Phil Hubbard on the sixth round of penalty kicks to give the Magic a 2-1 overtime victory over Pennsylvania and the Eastern title.
SWIMMING—CYNTHIA WOODHEAD of Riverside, Calif. established a world record in the 200-meter freestyle, covering the distance in 1:58.23 at the World Cup Championships in Tokyo. Her time was .2 of a second faster than the mark she set last July.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 to win the men's singles championship at the U.S. Open tournament in Flushing, N.Y. TRACY AUSTIN defeated Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-3 to win the women's title (page 18).
TRACK & FIELD—STEVE OVETT of Great Britain ran the second-fastest 1,500-meter race ever, covering the distance in 3:32.2 at the Ivo Van Damme Memorial meet in Brussels. The time is .1 of a second off the record set by Sebastian Coe in Zurich last month.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees, the decision to replace basketball Coach Frank McGuire, 65, at the end of the 1979-80 season. In 15 years McGuire has guided the Gamecocks to a 267-131 record and, before the school became an independent in 1971, one Atlantic Coast Conference title. McGuire was 103-35 in five years at St. John's and also coached the University of North Carolina to a 164-58 record and one NCAA championship in nine years, and the NBA Philadelphia Warriors to a 49-31 mark in the 1961-62 season.
DISPATCHED: By the NBA Boston Celtics, 6'9" Forward-Center BOB McADOO, 27, to the Detroit Pistons, in exchange for two 1980 first-round draft choices and in compensation for 6'6" Forward M. L. Carr, 28, whom the Celtics signed as a free agent in July. McAdoo averaged 24.8 points per game last season with the Celtics and the Knicks.
FIRED: JOE ALTOBELLI, 47, as manager of the San Francisco Giants. Altobelli, who took over the Giants in 1977, was named Manager of the Year last season after leading the team to a surprising third-place finish in the National League West. This season, however, the Giants (63-80) are in fourth place, 18 games out of first. DAVE BRISTOL, 46, was named interim manager.
HIRED: BERNIE (Boom-Boom) GEOFFRION, 48, as coach of the Montreal Canadiens, replacing Scotty Bowman, who resigned in June to become general manager and coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Geoffrion scored 393 goals in a 16-year playing career with Montreal and the New York Rangers and had a 99-110-42 record as a coach with Atlanta (1972-75) and the Rangers (1968-69).
RESIGNED: MARKO VALOK, 52, as coach of the NASL Philadelphia Fury. In one season Valok guided the Fury to the American Conference semifinals and a 10-20-1 record.
SIGNED: ANN MEYERS, 24, a four-time All-America forward at UCLA and a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team, to a one-year, $50,000 contract by the Indiana Pacers. She is the first woman ever signed to try out for an NBA club.
DIED: MICHAEL PEPPE, 81, swimming and diving coach at Ohio State from 1931 to 1963; of cancer; in Columbus, Ohio. A member of the Swimming Hall of Fame, Peppe guided the Buckeyes to 11 NCAA and 12 Big Ten titles in 33 years. His 1938 squad also was the first collegiate team to win the AAU championship. Before Big Ten squads were barred from AAU team competition in 1953, Peppe led Ohio State to six indoor and four outdoor AAU titles.