BASEBALL—Philadelphia defeated Kansas City 4-3 in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the 1980 World Series (page 24).
PRO BASKETBALL—Both Atlanta and Los Angeles suffered from a case of the shorts at the center position, but even injuries to Atlanta's Steve Hawes and to the Laker's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn't prevent the two teams from remaining undefeated and in first place in their respective divisions. The Hawks won three straight and took a one-game lead over Indiana in the Central Division. Armond Hill scored 10 points in the final 4:43 to pace a 76-point Atlanta second half as the Hawks beat Boston 122-116. The Hawks also defeated the Knicks 113-101, with Eddie Johnson getting 26 points, and Detroit 125-123 in double overtime when Hill hit a 20-foot jumper with one second left in the second OT. The loss was the sixth in a row for the hapless Pistons this season and the 20th in succession dating back to March 7. The Lakers won twice to remain atop the Pacific Division, even though Abdul-Jabbar was sidelined with a scratched right eye. The Lakers beat Phoenix 116-109, with Jamaal Wilkes getting 34 points and Norm Nixon 29, and Kansas City 112-107 in overtime. Reserve Center Jim Chones scored the Lakers' first three overtime baskets in their victory over the Kings. New Jersey won three of four to take a slim lead in the Atlantic Division. The Nets beat Chicago 107-90 behind Mike Newlin's 22 points and rookie Mike Gminski's 19, Washington 114-112 as Gminski capped a 10-2 New Jersey spurt in the final 2:31 with a tip-in with nine seconds left, and Detroit 108-92. The Nets dropped a 119-111 decision to Philadelphia despite Cliff Robinson's game-high 28 points. San Antonio won thrice—110-96 over Dallas, 102-99 at Detroit and 109-103 over Kansas City—to move into first place in the Midwest Division, one game in front of Utah.
PRO FOOTBALL—The Washington Redskins' offense, which sputtered in a 20-17 Monday-night loss in Denver, was reborn in the nation's capital. The Redskins crushed St. Louis 23-0, with Joe Theismann passing for two touchdowns and Clarence Harmon rushing for a third. The TDs were the first the Redskins have scored in RFK Stadium in three games this season. In Denver, Steve Fuller threw two touchdown passes, Nick Lowrey kicked three field goals, and the Chief defense shackled Bronco Quarterback Craig Morton in the second half as Kansas City upset Denver 23-17. Seattle rallied from a 14-3 third-quarter deficit to beat the Jets 27-17 at Shea Stadium. Sam McCullum blocked a punt in the third quarter to account for the first of the Seahawks' second-half scores and Jim Jodat added a pair of short TD runs. The Seahawks now have a 4-0 road record—and a 0-3 mark at home. Fullback Pete Johnson rushed for 115 yards and Ken Anderson passed for 270 more as Cincinnati beat Minnesota 14-0. The Bengals are the only team to shut out a Viking team coached by Bud Grant, a feat they've now accomplished twice. New England's fifth consecutive victory, 37-21 over Baltimore, gave the Patriots sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Buffalo had entered its game with Miami as a co-leader with the Pats, but three fumbles by Bills rookie Running Back Joe Cribbs and a three-yard touchdown pass from David Woodley to Nat Moore were all the Dolphins needed in a 17-14 upset. Brian Sipe threw for 391 yards and directed an 87-yard touchdown drive in the final minutes as Cleveland beat Green Bay 26-21. In Chicago, Vince Evans, making his first start at quarterback this season, threw a 64-yard TD pass to James Scott and scored on a one-yard plunge to pace the Bears past Detroit 24-7. The Bears held Billy Sims, the NFL's leading rusher, to 53 yards in 14 carries. In New Orleans, Atlanta roared back from a 14-13 halftime deficit to smash the winless Saints 41-14. NFC Western Division leader Los Angeles defeated the 49ers 31-17, Dan Fouts passed for a club-record 444 yards in San Diego's 44-7 win over the Giants, and Houston defeated Tampa Bay 20-14. In Philadelphia, the Eagles beat Dallas 17-10 to move into first place in the NFC East (page 32).
GOLF—DAN and DAVE EDWARDS combined for a final-round, better-ball score of 65 for a 72-hole, 35-under-par total of 253 to win the $350,000 National Team title in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
October 27, 1980
HOCKEY—The Flames are finding life in Calgary's tiny (6,492-seat) Stampede Corral more cozy than in Atlanta's Omni. They won three straight home games—4-2 over Los Angeles, 2-1 over Boston and 6-2 over Minnesota—to move into a first-place tie with the Islanders in the Patrick Division. The Islanders, meanwhile, stretched their unbeaten streak to five with a 6-4 victory in Detroit and 5-5 ties with Edmonton and St. Louis. The surprising Blues added two victories to that draw to move into a three-way tie for first in the Smythe Division with Colorado and Chicago. The Blues won their first game in Madison Square Garden since Nov. 13, 1968 when they defeated the Rangers 2-1, and then returned home to beat Boston 3-2. Colorado, the worst team in the NHL last season, defeated Quebec 4-1 on two goals by rookie Left Wing Paul Gagne, tied Minnesota 5-5 with Center Walt McKechnie getting a pair of goals and lost its first game of the season, 4-3, to Norris Division leader Los Angeles. The Black Hawks kept pace, beating Vancouver 4-2 and falling to Winnipeg 6-2. Hartford pulled to within one point of the Kings, defeating Pittsburgh 5-2, thanks to a four-goal second-period outburst, and the Red Wings 4-2, as defenseman Al Sims had two goals. Toronto won a pair of home games and took a one-point lead over Buffalo and Minnesota in the Adams Division. Wilf Paiment scored two goals and Borje Salming had three assists to lead the Leafs past Detroit 6-4, and in a game that included 12 major penalties for fighting and six 10-minute misconduct penalties, Toronto routed the Flyers 6-2.
HORSE RACING—TEMPERENCE HILL ($3), Eddie Maple up, won the $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs by 5½ lengths over First Albert. The 3-year-old, timed in 2:06[3/5] for the 1¼ miles, increased his 1980 earnings to $1,130,452, becoming the third thoroughbred to win $1 million or more in a racing season.
Tunerup ($17.80), ridden by Jacinto Vasquez, won the $327,500 Meadowlands Cup by six lengths over Dr. Patches. The 4-year-old covered the mile and a quarter in a track record 2:00[3/5].
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Vitas Gerulaitis 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 to win the $175,000 Australian Indoor Championship in Sydney.
Chris Evert Lloyd defeated Andrea Jaeger 6-4, 6-1 to win a $100,000 women's tournament in Deer-field Beach, Fla. The championship was the 100th professional women's tournament victory of her career.
Ivan Lendl defeated Bjorn Borg 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 0-6, 6-4 to win the $75,000 Swiss International Indoor tournament in Basel.
Jimmy Connors defeated Eliot Teltscher 6-2, 6-4 to win the $50,000 Canton Classic, the first pro tournament ever held in the People's Republic of China.
MILEPOSTS—TRADED: By the Oakland Raiders, four-time All-Pro Tight End DAVE CASPER, 29, to the Houston Oilers, for undisclosed future draft choices.