BOXING—JULIAN SOLIS of Puerto Rico beat champion Jorge Lujan of Panama on a split decision in Miami Beach to win the WBA bantamweight title.
CYCLING—BETH HEIDEN averaged 18.99 mph over a 33.3-mile course to win the women's world road-racing championship at Sallanches, France, edging Tuulikki Jahre of Sweden and Amanda Jones of Britain in the finishing sprint. Heiden is only the second American to win the title in the event's 23-year history.
PRO FOOTBALL—The battle for bragging rights in the Big Apple was a rout as the Jets, who led the NFL in rushing last season, unleashed a powerful passing attack and walloped the Giants 32-7 in an exhibition game. After firing a 90-yard scoring bomb to No. 1 draft pick Johnny (Lam) Jones on his first pass, Jet Quarterback Richard Todd connected on TD passes of nine, eight and 30 yards. Atlanta wasted no time in its 51-35 defeat of Baltimore, rookie Reggie Smith, who's only 5'4", returning the opening kickoff 96 yards and igniting the Falcons to a 41-7 lead. The Colts' Greg Landry threw three second-half TD passes. Pittsburgh scored four second-half TDs and routed Dallas 31-10. San Diego's scoring machine, second only to Pittsburgh's last year, sputtered again as the Chargers fell to Los Angeles 34-17. San Diego quarterbacks were sacked seven times for minus-74 yards. Minnesota quarterbacks Tommy Kramer, Mike Livingston and Steve Dils fared better, throwing for four TDs and 297 yards in a 38-16 drubbing of Cleveland. Green Bay, the only winless team during the preseason, was shut out as Denver's Matt Robinson hit on 12 of 17 passes for 186 yards and two TDs in a 38-0 romp. The Bronco defense held the Packers to 17 yards rushing. There were some close games, too. Oakland's Jim Plunkett hit Tight End Derrick Ramsey with a 14-yard TD pass with :04 left to edge Philadelphia 24-23. Seattle led New England by the same score late in the third period but then Efren Herrera, who had kicked a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter, connected on two more field goals of 47 and 42 yards for a 30-23 Seahawk win. After falling behind Washington 6-0, Tampa Bay won 11-6 on two safeties and a four-yard touchdown run by Quarterback Chuck Fusina. San Francisco, which won more games in preseason play—three—than it did during the entire '79 regular season, beat Kansas City 31-21; St. Louis defeated Chicago 21-13; Earl Campbell rushed for 109 yards in leading Houston to a 24-7 win over Buffalo; Detroit beat Cincinnati 15-10; and Miami whipped New Orleans 20-0.
GOLF—HAL SUTTON of Shreveport, La. defeated Bob Lewis Jr. of Warren, Ohio nine and eight, to win the U.S. Amateur title in Pinehurst, N.C.
September 7, 1980
HARNESS RACING—BURGOMEISTER ($3), driven by Billy Haughton, beat Devil Hanover by 2¾ lengths in the final heat to win the $293,570 Hambletonian, the second leg of trotting's Triple Crown, in Du Quoin, Ill. The 3-year-old colt was timed in 1:56[3/5] (page 24).
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL—TAIWAN beat Tampa 4-3 to win the World Series, the fourth straight for a Taiwanese team and ninth in the last 12 years.
SOCCER—NASL: Last season San Diego eliminated Chicago in the conference semifinal playoffs before losing to Tampa Bay in the championship series. Last week, despite Chicago's having the third-best record in the league, the result was the same, the Sockers upsetting the Sting by splitting the two-game series and then winning a shootout after a 1-1 deadlock in the minigame. Chicago lost the series opener 2-1, then took the second game 3-2 when Karl-Heinz Granitza scored the game-winner at 70:19. San Diego scored early in the minigame, but the Sting's Peter Ressel tied it with 1:52 remaining. The Sting couldn't get a shootout goal, while the Sockers scored on their first three attempts. Los Angeles eliminated Washington, winner of 14 of its last 21 regular-season games, when the Aztecs took the minigame 2-0 on two goals by Dragan Simic. NSC West champion Seattle eliminated NASL defending champion Vancouver. After winning at Vancouver 2-1 in overtime, the Sounders triumphed 3-1 in the Kingdome. Tampa Bay, winner of the ASC East, scored a shutout sweep of New England, winning 1-0 in Foxboro, Mass. and 4-0 at home as Oscar Fabbiani, last season's scoring leader who was hampered by injuries much of this season, got two goals and an assist. NSC Central champ Dallas had little trouble with second-place Minnesota, beating the Kicks 1-0 on a goal by Njego Pesa and 2-0 at home on goals by Zequinha. Fort Lauderdale took its opener on the road from California, winning 2-1 on an open-net goal by Gerd Mueller; the Strikers then lost to the Surf 2-0 before winning the minigame in a shootout. Edmonton Coach Timo Liekoski, Coach of the Year at Houston last season before leaving at the end of the year, gained his first win over his former team when Andre Oostrom scored at 85:17 to give the Drillers a 2-1 victory in the first game of their series. He then had the pleasure of eliminating the Hurricane with a 1-0 minigame victory Sunday; Hay den Knight scored the game-winner. New York's Giorgio Chinaglia is becoming soccer's Mr. September. After getting a pair of goals to lead the Cosmos to a 3-1 win over Tulsa in the series opener, he bombed the Roughnecks for seven more in the 8-1 elimination (page 94). He now has 29 goals in his last 22 playoff games.
ASL: New York won a preview of the playoffs, which begin this week, beating National Conference-leading Pennsylvania 2-0. The second-place United, who also beat California 2-0, will meet the Stoners in the first round. Representatives from the American Conference was yet to be decided. Conference-leading Sacramento beat second-place Golden Gate 4-3 on two goals by Mike Mancini, before tying the Gales 3-3 two days later. Third-place Miami lost any chance of gaining a playoff berth when the Americans were defeated by Cleveland 9-2. Ruben Astigarraga scored four goals for the Cobras.
TRACK & FIELD—STEVE OVETT of Great Britain ran 1,500 meters in a world-record 3:31.4 in Koblenz, West Germany, lowering by .7 seconds the mark he had shared with his countryman Sebastian Coe. Thomas Wessinghage of West Germany, who was second, and his countryman Harald Hudak, in third, also finished under the old record.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, WHITEY HERZOG, 48, who has managed the club since June 8 when he replaced Ken Boyer. RED SCHOENDIENST, 57, who managed the Cards for 12 seasons (1965-76) and has been a coach with them since 1979, was named interim manager.
TRADED: By the San Diego Clippers, All-Star Guard LLOYD FREE, 26, the self-proclaimed "All-World" who averaged 30.2 points a game last year and finished second in the league in scoring the past two seasons, for six-year Guard PHIL SMITH, 28, of Golden State and a first-round draft pick in 1984. Smith, a two-time All-Star, averaged 15.5 points a game last season.