BOXING—SUGAR RAY LEONARD won the undisputed world welterweight championship with a 14th-round TKO of Thomas Hearns in Las Vegas (page 18).
PRO FOOTBALL—Six of the teams that were winless going into the week's action came away with victories. The St. Louis Cardinals, with 37-year-old Quarterback Jim Hart back at the controls, beat Washington 40-30. Hart threw for three TDs, and his 226 yards passing moved him into fourth on the alltime list. His performance also overshadowed that of the losers' Joe Theismann, who threw for four touchdowns and 388 yards. Other first-time winners were Pittsburgh, which beat the winless Jets 38-10 as rookie Running Back Frank Pollard ran for two TDs; Minnesota, which defeated Detroit 26-24 on Rich Danmeier's 20-yard field goal with four seconds to go; Cleveland, a 20-17 victor over Cincinnati; Chicago, which upended Tampa Bay 28-17; and the Rams, with Wendell Tyler rushing for 108 yards and two TDs, who beat Green Bay 35-23. Unbeaten Miami sacked Houston's Ken Stabler eight times in a 16-10 win, and Atlanta won its third straight—the Falcons are off to their best start ever—by defeating San Francisco 34-17, as Steve Bartkowski threw three TD passes despite a cracked rib and Tom Pridemore returned an interception 101 yards for a score. San Diego beat Kansas City 42-31 in a meeting of the AFC West's two undefeated teams (page 40). Elsewhere, the Giants downed New Orleans 20-7, Denver defeated Baltimore 28-10 and Oakland beat Seattle 20-10 for its second win of the week. Last season's Super Bowl teams won night games early in the week, the Raiders routing Minnesota 36-10 and Philadelphia defeating Buffalo 20-14.
GOLF—SANDRA HAYNIE's seven-under-par 281 gave her a one-shot victory over Judy Clark in a $165,000 LPGA tournament in High Point, N.C.
Tom Weiskopf shot a 10-under-par 278 to win a $350,000 PGA tournament in Abilene, Texas by two strokes over Gil Morgan.
September 27, 1981
The U.S. defeated Europe 18½-9½ to win the 24th Ryder Cup matches at Walton Heath, England.
HORSE RACING—NOBLE NASHUA ($27.40), Ruben Hernandez up, beat Amber Pass by 3¾ lengths to win the $400,000 Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt ran the 3¾ miles in 2:00[3/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—NEIL BONNETT, averaging 119.561 mph around the one-mile Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway in a Ford, won a 500-mile NASCAR event by 1½ laps over Darrell Waltrip, in a Buick.
At the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, RICK MEARS won a 150-mile CART event by driving his Penske Cosworth at an average of 125.957 mph around the two-mile oval. He finished a quarter car length ahead of Mario Andretti, in a Wildcat Cosworth.
ROAD RACING—HERB LINDSAY of Boulder, Colo., set two American records at the Maple Leaf Half-Marathon in Manchester, Vt. His time of 1:01:47 for the 13.1 miles lowered by 29 seconds the old mark set by Stan Mavis in January, 1980, and en route he also broke Greg Meyer's two-week-old 20-kilometer record of 59:08, with a clocking of 58:37.
SOCCER—NASL: For the fourth time in five years the Cosmos will be in the Soccer Bowl, and for the fourth time in six seasons their star forward, Giorgio Chinaglia, is the league's scoring champion. But it wasn't until last week, on the day before his three goals helped beat Fort Lauderdale 4-1 to put the Cosmos in the league championship game in Toronto on Sept. 26, that Chinaglia won his first NASL Most Valuable Player Award. Chicago scored a breakthrough, too, solving San Diego Goalkeeper Volkmar Gross for only the second time in seven postseason games this season and tying their semifinal series at one game each. Karl-Heinz Granitza scored both Sting goals in the 2-1 triumph.
ASL: Hugh O'Neill scored with five minutes left in the second overtime to give the Carolina Lightnin' a 2-1 victory over New York United in the league championship game in Charlotte.
TENNIS—ANN KIYOMURA beat Bettina Bunge 6-4, 7-5 to win a $175,000 tournament in Tokyo.
WEIGHTLIFTING—Seven world records were set at the world championships in Lille, France. In the 132-pound class, Bulgaria's Beloslav Manolov cleaned and jerked 375 pounds, surpassing by five pounds the mark set earlier this year by Yuri Sarkisian of the U.S.S.R., and lifted a combined 667 pounds in the snatch and the clean and jerk, tying the record set moments before by Cuba's Daniel Nunez. Nunez broke his own four-month-old snatch mark by 1½ pounds with a lift of 298 pounds. Yanko Rusev of Bulgaria had a 454-pound clean and jerk in the 165-pound division, breaking countryman Asen Zlatev's standard of 453, set in 1980. Yuri Vardanyan of the U.S.S.R. improved on his own 182-pound marks in the clean and jerk and the snatch, lifting 492 pounds and 392 pounds, respectively, to break records he set in the 1980 Olympics. And Blagoi Blagoev of Bulgaria snatched 408 pounds to break by five pounds Russian Yuri Zakharevich's 198-pound division record set in June.
WRESTLING—At the world freestyle championships in Skoplje, Yugoslavia, CHRIS CAMPBELL of Ames, Iowa, was the lone gold medalist for the U.S., which placed behind the SOVIET UNION and Bulgaria in the team competition. Campbell won the 180.5-pound class.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the North American Soccer League, the folding of the California Surf, the Calgary Boomers and the Dallas Tornado, as well as the possible folding of the Washington Diplomats, for failure to post $150,000 bonds requested by the league. The loss of those franchises would reduce the NASL's membership to 16 teams.
DROPPED: By the Baltimore Colts, at the request of NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, former Quarterback JOHNNY UNITAS, 48, who had been a "special consultant" to the team. The league objected to Unitas' connection with The Huddle, a football gambling publication to which he contributes betting tips.
RULED: By a San Antonio jury, that Boston Celtic Forward LARRY BIRD, 24, acted in self-defense when he struck fan JOHN MERLA, 27, with a gym bag after a game in January 1980. The jury denied Merla any of the $825,000 in damages he had sought and cleared former Celtic Center and Coach DAVE COWENS, 32, of assault charges.
TRADED: By the San Diego Chargers, All-Pro Wide Receiver JOHN JEFFERSON, 25, a contract holdout, to the Green Bay Packers for undisclosed draft choices and other future considerations. The deal is contingent on Jefferson's reporting to the Packers and passing a physical.