BOXING—CLAUDE NOEL won the vacant WBA lightweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Rodolfo (El Gato) Gonzalez in Atlantic City, N.J.
FIGURE SKATING—West Germany's PETRA ERNERT won the women's world title in Nelson, New Zealand.
PRO FOOTBALL—Their 30-10 defeat of the Steelers earned the surprising Miami Dolphins the nickname "the fish that ate Pittsburgh"—and left their victims feeling something like Jonah inside the whale. The Steelers ran their total of turnovers to nine in two games and are off to their worst start since 1970. As the league's fish fared, so did most of its fowl. The Falcons rallied from a 17-0 deficit with 31 fourth-quarter points to beat Green Bay 31-17; the Seahawks got their first regular-season win in their last 10 home games, 13-10 over Denver; and the Eagles beat New England 13-3. The Cardinals were the only members of the NFL aviary to lose, falling 30-17 to Dallas. "We ain't Ain'ts no more," the New Orleans Saints seemed to be saying after rookie George Rogers' 162 rushing yards triggered a 23-17 upset of the Rams. The Giants turned two fumble recoveries into TDs in beating Washington 17-7. Four Nick Lowery field goals led Kansas City past Tampa Bay 19-10, and three Toni Fritsch three-pointers, including one set up by Carl Roaches' 88-yard kickoff return, accounted for all Houston's scoring in a 9-3 defeat of Cleveland (page 24). Elsewhere, Joe Ferguson's four TD passes paced Buffalo's 35-3 rout of Baltimore; San Francisco beat Chicago 28-17 as 49er QB Joe Montana hit Freddie Solomon on a 46-yard scoring pass; and the Jets lost 31-30 to Cincinnati when Mike St. Claire took a fumble 12 yards for a score. San Diego had 902 yards in total offense for the week, 535 in a 44-14 Monday-night drubbing of the Browns, and another 367 in beating Detroit 28-23.
GOLF—JACK RENNER's 11-under-par 273 won the $300,000 Pleasant Valley-Jimmy Fund Classic in Sutton, Mass. by two strokes over Scott Simpson.
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Jan Stephenson fired a 14-under-par 205 to win a $125,000 LPGA tournament in Suffolk, Va. Sally Little and Janet Alex were second, three shots back.
HARNESS RACING—TEMUJIN ($9.30), Clarence Martin Sr. in the sulky, won the $209,200 Kentucky Pacing Derby at Louisville Downs by a half length over Icarus Lobell. The winner covered the mile in 1:56[1/5].
HOCKEY—The SOVIET UNION beat Canada 8-1 to win the second Canada Cup in Montreal (page 64).
HORSE RACING—SPECIAL EFFORT ($2.60), W.R. Hunt up, won the $1 million All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs by four lengths over Go For Bugs. The 2-year-old colt, who covered the 440 yards in 21.69 seconds, has won all nine of his starts and is quarter-horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.
Summing ($17), George Martens in the saddle, won the $222,700 Pegasus Handicap at The Meadowlands by 2½ lengths over Johnny Dance. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:51.
MARATHON—BENJI DURDEN won $20,000 for finishing first in a $100,000 pro race in Eugene, Ore. He was clocked at 2:12:12. LORRAINE MOLLER won the women's division in 2:31:15, also earning $20,000.
MODERN PENTATHLON—Poland's JANUSZ PECIAK won the men's world title in Warsaw with 5,662 points, 13 more than Daniele Masala of Italy.
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, driving his Ford at 126.410 mph around the 1.366-mile Darlington (S.C.) International Raceway, won the Southern 500 by a car length over Darrell Waltrip, in a Buick. Bonnett completed the 367 laps in 3:57:57.
Benny Parsons drove his Ford at an average of 69.998 mph around the .542-mile Fairgrounds Raceway track in Richmond, Va. to win a 400-lap NASCAR Grand National event. He took 3:05:50 to cover the 216.8 miles and finished a car length ahead of Harry Gant, who drove a Pontiac.
Alain Prost, averaging 130.653 mph on the 3.59-mile circuit in a Renault, won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza by 22.17 seconds over Alan Jones, in a Williams. Prost covered the 187 miles in 1:26:34.
ROAD RACING—GREG MEYER set an American road record for 20 kilometers, running the distance in 59:08 in New Haven, Conn. He broke Dave Babiracki's two-year-old mark by 31 seconds.
SOCCER—NASL: The Cosmos, San Diego and Chicago joined Fort Lauderdale as playoff semifinalists, all by scoring third-game victories in their best-of-three quarterfinal series. Forward Arno Steffenhagen provided the game-winner in Chicago's 4-2 defeat of Montreal, while San Diego and the Cosmos ousted two Florida-based Cinderella teams, the Sockers beating Jacksonville 3-1 on Julie Veee's goal and Giorgio Chinaglia and Wim Rijsbergen striking in the Cosmos' 2-0 win over Tampa Bay. In the openers of the semifinal series, the Sockers stung the Sting 2-1 on Kaz Deyna's two goals, and the Cosmos reached All-Star Goalkeeper Jan Van Beveren for four goals, including two by Chinaglia, in a 4-3 defeat of Fort Lauderdale.
ASL: Carolina and New York United advanced to the league championship game with victories in home-and-home semifinals. Despite losing 2-1 in double overtime in the second game of their series with Pennsylvania, the Lightnin' advanced on total goals. United's Paul Kitson scored the winning goal that propelled the New Yorkers past Detroit 2-1 in the teams' second encounter, after they had tied 1-1 in their first meeting.
SWIMMING—East Germany's UTE GEWENIGER reduced her two-month-old world record in the women's 100-meter breaststroke by .79 of a second, swimming the distance in 1:08.60 in Split, Yugoslavia.
TENNIS—In Flushing Meadow, N.Y., JOHN McENROE held off Bjorn Borg 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 to win his third U.S. Open men's singles title, and TRACY AUSTIN rallied to defeat Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the women's final (page 18). McEnroe and PETER FLEMING won the men's doubles championship by default over Heinz Gunthardt and Peter McNamara; KATHY JORDAN and ANNE SMITH beat Wendy Turnbull and Rosie Casals 6-3, 6-3 in women's competition. In mixed doubles, Smith and KEVEN CURREN were 6-4, 7-6 winners over JoAnne Russell and Steve Denton in the final.
TRACK & FIELD—LUDMILLA VESELKOVA of the U.S.S.R. set a women's world record of 4:20.89 for the mile, in Bologna, Italy. Mary Decker of the U.S. held the old mark of 4:21.68, which she set in January, 1980.
In Knarvik, Norway, both world 5,000-meter records fell. HENRY RONO of Kenya shaved 2.2 seconds from the men's mark he set 3½ years ago, running the distance in 13:06.20, and PAULA FUDGE of Great Britain ran a 15:14.51, almost 14 seconds faster than the women's standard set by Norway's Ingrid Kristiansen in July.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the Montreal Expos, Manager DICK WILLIAMS, 52, who had a 380-353 record in 4½ seasons. Montreal's V.P. of player development, JIM FANNING, 54, was named to replace him (page 26).
By the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, 1-9 and losers of eight straight games, Coach JOE SCANNELLA, 50.
SUSPENDED: By the American League, for three days, for using an illegal "corked" bat, California Outfielder DAN FORD, 29. The National League fined CESAR CEDENO, 30, $5,000, but canceled a suspension imposed when the Houston first baseman went into the stands to accost a heckler.
TRADED: By the New York Rangers, Goalie DOUG SOETAERT, a 26-year-old free agent, to the Winnipeg Jets for future considerations; and by the Toronto Maple Leafs, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a future draft choice, Goalie PAUL HARRISON, 26.
By the San Diego Chargers, the rights to AMOS LAWRENCE, 23, an unsigned rookie running back and fourth-round draft pick, to the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth-round draft choice after 1982.
By the Cincinnati Reds, Relief Pitcher DOUG BAIR, 32, to the St. Louis Cardinals for Infielder NEIL FIALA, 25, and Pitcher JOE EDELEN, 26.