BOATING—JERRY JACOBY, in a 37'5" Cigarette hull boat, won the storm-shortened $35,000 Chicago 200 national offshore race on Lake Michigan, finishing five minutes in front of Lee Bomar. Despite not completing the race, Betty Cooke clinched her third national championship with 2,078 points when Paul Clauser, her closest competitor, withdrew because of high seas.
CYCLING—SHEILA YOUNG-OCHOWITZ of the U.S. beat out Claudine Vierstraete of Belgium to win the women's sprint gold medal at the World Championships at Brno, Czechoslovakia.
PRO FOOTBALL—On Opening Day last January's Super Bowl winners, the Oakland Raiders, were considerably less than super. They lost the ball to Denver twice on downs, once on a fumble and another time on an interception, and fell to the Broncos 9-7. Craig Morton's 44-yard touchdown pass to Rick Upchurch and Fred Steinfort's 29-yard field goal were the only scores Denver needed. Pittsburgh also was something short of superb, throwing two interceptions, missing a pair of extra-point attempts and fumbling eight times—exactly once too often as Kansas City Linebacker Thomas Howard scooped up No. 8, a bobble by Terry Bradshaw with 1:59 to play, and scurried 65 yards for a touchdown and a 37-33 upset. Houston Quarterback Kenny Stabler threw TD passes of 33 and 20 yards against Los Angeles, and with the game tied 20-20 and 57 seconds remaining, Oiler rookie Willis Tullis returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and a 27-20 Houston victory. Another rookie, Randy McMillan of Baltimore, rushed for 146 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the Colts startle New England 29-28. Miami, capitalizing on a series of St. Louis misplays, scored two touchdowns and two field goals in a little more than a quarter and beat the Cards 20-7. While Buffalo trounced the Jets 31-0 (page 26), New York's other team, the Giants, didn't fare much better. Quarterback Phil Simms was sacked six times for a loss of 66 yards as the Giants lost to the Eagles for the 12th straight time, 24-10. Tampa Bay beat Minnesota 21-13 as Buc Neil Colzie scored the deciding TD on an 82-yard run-back of an interception, and Green Bay burned Chicago 16-9, with Gerry Ellis and Eddie Lee Ivery, who together had 166 yards on 31 carries, each getting a touchdown. Billy Sims scored two TDs, the second on a one-yard dive with 18 seconds left, to give Detroit a 24-17 win over San Francisco. Atlanta ruined Bum Phillips' debut as coach for New Orleans by winning 27-0; it was the first shutout for the Falcon defense in 42 games. Atlanta's Steve Bartkowski completed 16 of 25 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. Dallas won 26-10 over Washington to extend its Opening Day win string to 17. Tony Dorsett had his best day ever against the Redskins, running for 132 yards. Seattle was leading Cincinnati 21-0 in the first period when it remembered its streak: The Seahawks have not won a season opener since entering the league in 1976. With Bengal Pete Johnson scoring on runs of two and three yards and gaining 84 yards in 20 carries, Cincy made sure the Seahawks' losing string remained intact, 27-21.
GOLF—NATHANIEL CROSBY sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole—the first "overtime" hole in the tournament since 1950—to win the 81st U.S. Amateur Championship over Brian Lindley (page 62).
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Jay Haas won the $275,000 B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y., finishing with a 14-under-par 270, three strokes better than Tom Kite.
HARNESS RACING—PANTY RAID ($6.60), driven by John Simpson Jr., won the $540,870 World Trotting Derby at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds. The 3-year-old filly was clocked at 1:57[1/5] for the mile.
HORSE RACING—PLEASANT COLONY ($5.80), Angel Cordero up, beat eight older horses to win the $229,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt covered the nine furlongs in 1:47[1/5] and finished 1¾ lengths in front of Amber Pass.
Milingo ($35.40), Ray Sibille in the saddle, won the $225,930 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Arlington Park. She covered the seven furlongs in 1:25⅕ finishing eight lengths in front of Maniches.
MOTOR SPORTS—TOM SNEVA, driving a March-Cosworth at an average of 118.013 mph around the one-mile oval at the State Fair Park in Wisconsin, won the Tony Bettenhausen 200-mile championship race, finishing four seconds in front of Rick Mears.
ROWING—EAST GERMANY won six medals, including three golds, to beat the Soviet Union at the world championships in Munich. The U.S. finished fifth.
SOCCER—NASL: In the playoff quarterfinals at Tampa, the Cosmos took 41 shots and the Rowdies 30 to set a record for most shots in a game. The Cosmos won 6-3. Returning to the Meadowlands confident of a sweep—too confident, according to their coach, Hennes Weisweiler—the Cosmos were beaten 3-2 in a shootout as Tampa Bay won for the first time in nine tries at Giants Stadium. Branko Segota of Fort Lauderdale, the playoffs' leading scorer with nine goals, got his last four as the Strikers swept the Minnesota series 3-0, 3-0. So far in the first two rounds of postseason play, Segota has scored all but two of the Strikers' 11 goals. Alan Green had five of Jacksonville's eight goals in the playoffs, the Tea Men beating San Diego 2-1 in overtime but losing on Sunday 2-1. Montreal also split, beating Chicago 3-2 and then losing 4-2.
ASL: Andy Chapman scored two goals for the Express as Detroit eliminated the New York Eagles 4-1 in a one-game quarterfinal playoff. In other quarterfinal action, Carolina Goalie Scott Manning shut out Rochester 2-0. The Lightnin' then beat Pennsylvania 3-1 in the first game of a home-and-home semifinal.
TRACK & FIELD—EUROPE won the men's competition at the World Cup in Rome, outscoring East Germany 147-130. The U.S. men's team finished third with 127 points. The women's competition was won by EAST GERMANY, which beat Europe 120.5-110. ALICE BROWN, JEANETTE BOLDEN, FLORENCE GRIFFITH and EVELYN ASHFORD set a U.S. women's record of 42.82 seconds in the 4 X 100 meter relay, .05 faster than the previous record established in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City (page 22).
Steve Scott set a U.S. record of 7:36.69 in the 3,000-meter run in Ingelheim, West Germany. His time, the year's best in the event, was 1.01 seconds faster than Rudy Chapa's 1979 U.S. mark.
MILEPOST—RETIRED: To Catoctin Stud Farm in Waterford, Va., because of a chronic ailment in her right fore knee, GENUINE RISK, who in 1980 became the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby since Regret in 1915. She also finished second in both the Preakness and the Belmont and retired with a record of 10 wins in 15 starts and career earnings of $646,587.