BASEBALL—In the best-of-five division playoffs, Oakland beat Kansas City three games to none and New York defeated Milwaukee 3-2 to advance to the American League playoffs, while Montreal beat Philadelphia 3-2 and Los Angeles defeated Houston 3-2 to reach the National League playoffs (page 44).
PRO FOOTBALL—When last seen in Louisiana's Super-dome, the Eagles' heads were hanging low after a 27-10 Super Bowl loss to Oakland last January. Last week NFC East leader Philadelphia returned to New Orleans and was victorious as Quarterback Ron Jaworski passed for 207 yards in beating the Saints 31-14. The win, coupled with an earlier 16-13 defeat of Atlanta, ran Philly's record to 6-0, the only unblemished mark in the league. The Falcons failed to rally from that loss; they went on to lose their share of the NFC West lead in a game with Los Angeles when the Rams' Frank Corral kicked a 25-yard goal with 24 seconds remaining to give L.A. a 37-35 victory. That left the 4-2 Rams tied for first with the surprising 49ers, who won their third straight in handing Dallas its worst loss since 1970, 45-7. Cincinnati, Houston and Pittsburgh, all also 4-2, remained tied atop the AFC Central. Bengal Quarterback Ken Anderson connected for three touchdowns in a 41-19 win over Baltimore; Houston Wide Receiver Ken Burrough caught two touchdown passes in the Oilers' 35-17 victory over Seattle; and the Steelers' Terry Bradshaw passed for 199 yards as the Browns lost their 12th straight game in Pittsburgh, 13-7. Tampa Bay held onto its share of the NFC Central lead with a 21-10 win over Green Bay as Buc Doug Williams threw for 199 yards and Tight End Jimmie Giles caught six passes for 85 yards. The Tampa Bay defense preserved the victory with three interceptions in the last 6:53. That left the Bucs tied, at 4-2, with Minnesota, which defeated San Diego 33-31 on the 444-yard passing performance of Tommy Kramer. The Chargers' loss gave Denver the outright lead in the AFC West as the Broncos defeated Detroit 27-21 (page 48). The Raiders, who hadn't been shut out since 1966, have now been outscored 60-0 in their last three games as they lost to Kansas City 27-0. Both New York teams were victorious as the Jets' Richard Todd threw three touchdown passes in beating New England 28-24. Phil Simms of the Giants did likewise in a 34-14 defeat of St. Louis. Washington intercepted four of Chicago Quarterback Vince Evans' passes in a 24-7 beating of the Bears, the Redskins' first victory of the season.
GOLF—J.C. SNEAD won the $200,000 Southern Open in Columbus, Ga. on the 2nd hole of sudden death after tying Mike Sullivan at 271, nine under par.
Hollis Stacy birdied the first hole of a playoff to win a $150,000 tournament in San Jose. She had tied three others at 286, six under par.
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Seve Ballesteros beat BEN CRENSHAW one up to win the $230,000 World Match Play championship in Virginia Water, England.
HARNESS RACING—John Simpson Jr. drove FILET OF SOLE ($5.40) to victory in the $124,311 Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of trotting's Triple Crown. The 3-year-old filly covered the mile in 1:58, finishing 2¼ lengths ahead of Spice Island.
HOCKEY—Rookie players fared better than rookie coaches in their NHL debuts. Winnipeg, with new Coach Tom Watt at the herm, lost its opener 6-1 to Toronto, but the Jets rallied from that setback as 1981's top amateur pick, Dale Hawerchuk, had two goals and two assists in an 8-3 victory over the Rangers. The loss was one of three defeats for New York and its new coach, 1980 Olympic hero Herb Brooks. The Rangers started with a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Detroit and then were shut out 7-0 by Minnesota. Washington's 18-year-old Bobby Carpenter, the first player to jump from high school into the NHL, had an assist 12 seconds into his pro career and also scored in his debut, but the Capitals nonetheless lost to Buffalo 5-3. Washington went on to beat Detroit 6-3, with rookie Winger Roland Stoltz of Sweden scoring his first NHL goal while Buffalo went on to lose 9-0 to Montreal as rookie Right Wing Mark Hunter scored twice for the Canadiens. That was a welcome win for Coach Bob Berry, whose Montreal debut had been spoiled when Hartford rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the Canadiens 5-5. Hartford had opened with a 6-5 loss to Quebec, which later, beat Boston 7-5 as Czech rookie Right Wing Marian Stastny scored on an assist from brother Anton. In an early battle for the Smythe Division lead, Calgary, which beat St. Louis 6-4 on three goals from newcomer Right Wing Bobby Gould, vied with Vancouver and Edmonton. In a game between the Canucks and Oilers, Vancouver rookie Center Ivan Hlinka got his first NHL goal as the Canucks triumphed 6-2. Rookie Coach Parker MacDonald's Kings lost 7-4 to the Oilers and 4-1 to New York, while rookie Coach Bert Marshall's Rockies almost did likewise, falling 7-4 to Edmonton and tying the Islanders 2-2.
HORSE RACING—JOHN HENRY ($8.20), Bill Shoemaker up, won the $568,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park by a head over Peat Moss. The 6-year-old gelding ran the 1½ miles in 2:28[2/5] (page 104).
Timely writer ($18.40), Jeff Fell in the saddle, won the $150,250 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds, finishing 4¾ lengths ahead of Before Dawn. The colt ran the mile at Belmont in 1:36[2/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP, driving his Buick at an average of 117.483 mph around the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, won the National 500 by 31.7 seconds over Bobby Allison in a Chevrolet. Waltrip completed the 334 laps in 4:15:52.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL beat Guillermo Vilas 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 to win a $175,000 Grand Prix event in Barcelona.
Gene Mayer won a $450,000 tournament in Melbourne with a 7-5, 6-1, 7-6 victory over Eliot Teltscher.
Martina Navratilova beat Bettina Bunge 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 to win a $125,000 tournament in Oldsmar, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: The American League earned-run-average title to Oakland A's Pitcher STEVE McCATTY, 27, a righthander whose 2.32 ERA surpassed the 2.33 ERA of Baltimore's Sammy Stewart. Because of erroneous computation, Stewart had originally been declared the title winner.
FIRED: By the Atlanta Braves, Manager BOBBY COX, 40, who was 266-323 in four seasons with the club.
RESTORED: To BOBBY UNSER, 47, the 1981 Indianapolis 500 victory, by a USAC appeal panel, in Indianapolis. Unser had finished first, but Mario Andretti later was declared the winner when Unser was penalized a lap for passing cars while exiting the pits under the caution flag. Unser's penalty was changed to a $40,000 fine.
DIED: FRED LINDSTROM, 75, a member of baseball's Hall of Fame who in 1924, as an 18-year-old third baseman for the Giants, became the youngest player ever to appear in a World Series; after a long illness; in Chicago.