BOXING—JORGE LUJAN of Panama knocked out Mexico's Roberto Rubaldino in the 15th round to retain the WBA bantamweight title, in McAllen, Texas.
PRO FOOTBALL—Like the Giants, who got off the schneid by defeating previously unbeaten Tampa Bay 17-14 (page 34), Baltimore won for the first time, not only for the season but since last Nov. 12, by upending the Jets 10-8. Colt Cornerback Dwight Harrison saved the game by batting down New York Quarterback Richard Todd's fourth-down pass on the goal line with 3:08 left on the clock. Cincinnati and San Francisco are still searching for their first triumphs. The Bengals lost 10-7 to Kansas City, and the 49ers were beaten by Seattle. Seahawk Linebacker Sammy Green returned an interception 91 yards for a touchdown, and Jim Zorn connected on nine of his first 10 passes as Seattle jumped out to a 21-7 lead and then coasted to a 35-24 win. Pittsburgh built up a 27-0 lead in a 51-35 rout of the Browns that featured the throwing of Cleveland Quarterback Brian Sipe and the running of the Steeler backs. Sipe threw for five TDs and a career-high 351 yards, while Pittsburgh picked up a club-record 361 yards on the ground. Franco Harris, who had touchdown runs of 71 and 25 yards, finished with 153 yards on 19 carries. The Chicago-Buffalo game pitted the AFC's most successful passer against the NFC's most productive rusher, and the runner came out on top. Bear Walter Pay-ton carried the ball 39 times for 155 yards and the game's only score. Joe Ferguson of the Bills, who had thrown for more than 250 yards in each of his four previous outings, wound up with just five completions for 50 yards in his team's 7-0 loss. Denver beat San Diego in another 7-0 game. Quarterback Norris Weese scored on a three-yard run after Safety Bill Thompson had raced 26 yards to the Charger 11-yard line with a recovered fumble. Philadelphia bumped Washington out of its share of first place in the NFC East with a 28-17 win over the Skins. Wilbert Montgomery rambled 127 yards on 22 carries and scored all four Eagle TDs. Philadelphia now shares the lead in the division with Dallas, which beat Minnesota 36-20 behind Tony Dorsett, who galloped for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. A fake punt and an interception with 6:36 to play set up one-and six-yard scoring runs for Wayne Morris and lifted St. Louis to a 24-17 upset of Houston. The Cardinals' Jim Hart was intercepted three times in the first half but ended up completing 23 of 38 for 253 yards. Los Angeles picked off five Archie Manning passes en route to a 35-17 victory over New Orleans, and Green Bay did the same to New England's quarterbacks in a 27-14 win on Monday night. On Sunday, though, the Pack saw its passer victimized in Atlanta. The Falcons sacked Quarterback David Whitehurst eight times, once for a safety, and Atlanta's Tim Mazzetti booted 23-, 48- and 42-yard field goals. Final score: Atlanta 25, Packers 7. The Patriots, meanwhile, narrowly escaped being upset again. When a 14-0 lead turned into a 17-14 third-period deficit, Tom Owen replaced the ineffective Steve Grogan at quarterback and rallied the Pats to a 24-17 victory.
GOLF—A 12-under-par 268 gave LOU GRAHAM a one-stroke victory over Bill Rogers and Eddie Pearce in the $250,000 San Antonio-Texas Open.
Debbie Massie beat Betsy King on the first extra hole to win the $100,000 Wheeling (W. Va.) Classic. They finished regulation play at 219, three over par.
HORSE RACING—AFFIRMED ($3.20), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Spectacular Bid to win the $375,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. The 1978 Triple Crown winner covered the 1½ miles in 2:27[2/5] (page 32).
Three Troikas, ridden by Freddy Head, defeated Le Marmot by three lengths to win the $492,450 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris. The 3-year-old filly was timed in 2:28.9 for the 1.49 miles.
MOTOR SPORTS—GILLES VILLENEUVE, averaging 106.46 mph in a Ferrari, won the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. by 48.78 seconds over Rene Arnoux in a Renault (page 94).
Cale Yarborough averaged 134.266 mph in a Monte Carlo to win the $300,625 National 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway by a lap over Bobby Allison in a Thunderbird.
TENNIS—VITAS GERULAITIS defeated John Alexander 5-7, 6-4, 8-6, 6-2 in Sydney to clinch a victory for the U.S. over Australia in the interzone semifinals of Davis Cup play.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley won the $100,000 U.S. Women's Indoor title in Bloomington, Minn. with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dianne Fromholtz.
Bill Scanlon upset Peter Fleming 6-1, 6-1 to win the $100,000 Island Holidays Classic in Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: New England Cornerback RAY CLAYBORN, $2,000 by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle for "conduct involving members of the news media." Following the Patriots' Sept. 9th victory over the Jets, Clayborn allegedly provoked a locker-room fist-fight with Boston Globe Sportswriter Will McDonough. The week before, Clayborn had verbally abused Bruce Lowitt of the Associated Press, who was trying to interview him after New England's loss to Pittsburgh.
FIRED: By Kansas City, WHITEY HERZOG, who managed the Royals to three AL West titles and a 410-304 record in 4½ seasons. This year K.C. finished in second place, three games behind the Angels.
HIRED: To manage the Chicago Cubs, PRESTON GOMEZ, 56, a coach with the Dodgers the past three seasons and a former manager of the Padres (1969-72) and the Astros (1974-75). Gomez replaces Herman Franks, who resigned last week.
TRADED: By the New Jersey Nets, Forward BERNARD KING, 22, who in his two NBA seasons has scored an average of 22.8 points a game; Center JOHN GIANELLI, 29, a 7.9 scorer over seven years; Guard JIM BOYLAN, 24, a rookie free agent; plus an undisclosed amount of cash; to the Utah Jazz for Center RICH KELLEY, 26, who has an average of 10.0 points a game in four seasons and was the league's second-leading rebounder last year with 12.8 per game.
DIED: KEN STRONG, 73, star halfback and place-kicker for the New York Giants during the 1930s and '40s; of an apparent heart attack; in Manhattan. Strong joined the Staten Island Stapletons of the NFL in 1929 after having gained a collegiate-record 2,100 yards the year before at NYU, where he was a consensus All-America. He went to the Giants in 1933 and played on and off for them through 1947. During his 12-year career he scored 545 points, 351 of them with the Giants. Strong rejoined the Giants in 1962 as a kicking coach, a position he held through 1965. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.