BOXING—Unbeaten LARRY HOLMES stopped Earnie Shavers in the 11th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas. In the other title bout on the card, WBC super-bantamweight champion WILFREDO GOMEZ knocked out Carlos Mendoza in Round 10 (page 24).
Maurice Hope successfully defended his WBC junior middleweight crown in Wembley, England with a seventh-round knockout of Mike Baker.
Danny (Little Red) LOPEZ knocked out Jose Caba in Los Angeles to retain the WBC featherweight title.
PRO FOOTBALL—The league's five unbeaten teams played on the road, and four came home losers. The survivor was Tampa Bay, which escaped from Chicago with a 17-13 victory. The winning TD came on an eight-yard pass from Doug Williams to Isaac Hagins with 5:07 left to play. Tony Franklin's 48-yard, third-period field goal was the difference in Philadelphia's 17-14 upset of previously undefeated Pittsburgh, and in New York Richard Todd threw a 71-yard strike to Wesley Walker for the decisive score as the Jets handed Miami its first loss, 33-27. Cleveland, which began the week with a 26-7 trouncing of previously unbeaten Dallas, saw its record fall to 4-1 in the Astrodome. Earl Campbell scored three times in the 31-10 Oiler win that, coupled with the Steelers' loss, created a three-way tie among Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Houston for first place in the AFC Central. Washington beat Atlanta 16-7 to move into a deadlock at the top of the NFC East with the Eagles and Dallas, a 38-13 winner over Cincinnati. The Skins' Mark Moseley hit field goals of 45, 53 and 37 yards, and Joe Theismann completed 19 of 26 passes—10 of them to Danny Buggs—for 233 yards. Joe Ferguson, who had thrown for 367 yards and five TDs the week before, picked up 317 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 completions as Buffalo routed winless Baltimore 31-13. San Francisco was also still looking for its first victory after suffering a 31-9 defeat in San Diego. Dan Fouts turned in a 26-of-34 passing performance as he rallied the Chargers from a 3-0 second-quarter deficit. Kansas City blocked two punts to set up touchdowns in its 24-6 win over Seattle. The victory also featured the running of Ted McKnight, who gained 147 yards on 12 carries and scored on runs of 23 and 84 yards. Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-3 defeat of Denver; Minnesota edged Detroit 13-10; Los Angeles took sole possession of first in the NFC West with a 21-0 shutout of St. Louis; and New Orleans' Garo Yepremian extended his record string of successful field-goal attempts to 18 during a 24-14 defeat of the winless Giants.
October 7, 1979
GOLF—LON HINKLE finished with a three-under-par 67, for a 272 total, to win the World Series of Golf in Akron by one shot over Lee Trevino, Larry Nelson and Bill Rogers (page 92).
Nancy Lopez shot a final-round 70 for a 14-under-par 274 to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Dallas by two strokes over Sandra Post.
HORSE RACING—IT'S IN THE AIR ($8), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, pulled away from Blitey in the stretch to win the $133,125 Ruffian Handicap for fillies and mares by 5¼ lengths. The 3-year-old covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles at Belmont Park in 1:47[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN JONES, driving a Williams FW07, beat Gilles Villeneuve, in a Ferrari, by one second to win the 197.3-mile Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal. Jones, who has won four of his last five starts, averaged 105.96 mph over the 2.74-mile circuit.
Averaging an Indy-car-record 182.094 mph in a Penske PC-7 Cosworth, RICK MEARS won the $75,000 Indy-Atlanta Classic by a lap over Gordon Johncock.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA won the $100,000 Davidson Classic in Atlanta with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Wendy Turnbull.
Yannick Noah upset Manuel Orantes 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 to win the $75,000 Madrid Grand Prix.
John McEnroe won a $175,000 Grand Prix tournament in San Francisco with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Peter Fleming.
TRACK & FIELD—DANIEL BAUTISTA of Mexico broke the world record for the 20-kilometer walk at the Lugano Cup meet in Eschborn, West Germany. His time of 1:18:49 was 2:10 faster than the mark set by Mexico's Domingo Colin last May,
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To ABC for $225 million, television rights to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. ABC outbid CBS, The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, Inc., Tandem Productions and NBC, whose $85 million bid for the 1980 Summer Games had previously been the highest sum offered for TV rights to an Olympics.
DEFECTED: To Switzerland, Soviet figure skaters LUDMILA BELOUSOVA, 43, and OLEG PROTOPOPOV, 47, the husband-and-wife team that won four consecutive world pairs championships and the gold medal at the 1964 and '68 Olympics, The Protopopovs were on an exhibition tour through Switzerland and West Germany when they sought political asylum.
FIRED: By San Diego, ROGER CRAIG, who managed the Padres to an 84-78 record in 1978 and a 68-93 mark this season. Former Yankee infielder and team broadcaster JERRY COLEMAN will replace Craig.
By the Toronto Blue Jays, ROY HARTSFIELD, who had been manager of the team since its inception in 1977. Under Hartsfield, the Jays were 166-318 and finished in the American League East cellar all three seasons.
RESIGNED: As manager of the Chicago Cubs, HERMAN FRANKS, who had a 238-241 record over three seasons. JOEY AMALFITANO was named interim manager.
RETIRED: Two-time (1975 and 1977) Formula I world champion driver NIKI LAUDA, 30, who had survived a grievous accident at the German Grand Prix in 1976. Lauda had accumulated only four points in the driver standings this season.
TITLE RESTORED: To VICTOR GALINDEZ by the WBA, which had stripped him of his light-heavyweight crown two weeks before for allegedly breaking a contract to fight a championship bout against sixth-ranked contender Marvin Johnson on Sept. 15. The WBA rescinded its decision after Galindez signed a letter of apology and agreed to meet Johnson on Nov. 30.
DIED: BOB BIRON, 67, manager of heavyweight KEN NORTON; of a brain tumor, in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Upon hearing the news of Biron's death, Norton, 34, the WBC champion from February, 1978 until June, 1978, announced his retirement. Norton had won 41 of 48 bouts, with one draw.
Steve Brooks, 58, the fourth-leading jockey in victories (4,451) and the 1949 Kentucky Derby winner aboard Ponder; of complications following throat surgery; in Louisville. During his career (1938-1975) Brooks had 30,330 mounts which earned $18,239,817.