BASEBALL—The New York Yankees swept the Oakland A's in their best-of-five Championship Series to win the American League pennant, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos 2-1 in the fifth game of their series to win the National League championship (page 22).
BOWLING—JOE HUTCHINSON beat George Pappas 212-170 to win the $100,000 PBA Regional Champions Classic in Reading, Pa.
PRO FOOTBALL—It was bombs-away in the NFL. Take Cincinnati, which Pittsburgh certainly didn't do. The Bengals won 34-7, for their third straight over the Steelers, as Ken Anderson completed 16 of 28 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns, one a 73-yarder to rookie Wide Receiver David Verser. That gave Cincinnati sole possession of the AFC-Central lead because Houston was defeated 38-10 by New England. Patriot Steve Grogan, who had been benched in the second game of the season, returned to the starting role in style, throwing touchdown passes of 42 and 10 yards to Stanley Morgan and Andy Johnson, respectively, and then scampering 24 yards for a score of his own. The win lifted the Pats from the AFC-East cellar for the first time this season as Baltimore fell to 1-6 with a 43-14 loss to San Diego. Chargers Chuck Muncie and John Cappelletti each scored twice, while Dan Fouts passed for three touchdowns and 298 yards to give San Diego a share of the AFC-West lead with Denver and Kansas City. The Chiefs got in on the tie by stopping the Broncos 28-14. San Francisco, behind Joe Montana's 210 yards passing, extended its win streak to four with a 13-3 defeat of Green Bay. The 49ers thus claimed the NFC-West lead as Los Angeles lost to Dallas 29-17. That helped the Cowboys gain ground on NFC East-leading Philadelphia, which lost its first game of the season 35-23 to Minnesota and the NFL's No. 1 offense. Tommy Kramer threw for four touchdowns and 257 yards as the Vikings won their fifth straight and took the NFC-Central lead from Tampa Bay, victims of Oakland's 18-16 comeback (page 70). AFC-East leader Miami joined the Eagles in dropping from the unbeaten ranks as it lost 31-21 early in the week to Buffalo and then barely survived, 13-10, against hapless Washington. On Sunday the Bills lost the ground they had gained on Miami as the Jets avenged an early season shutout by defeating Buffalo 33-14. Pat Leahy kicked four field goals for New York and Wide Receiver Bobby Jones returned a fumble 61 yards. New York's NFC team also ran up the score in a 32-0 victory over Seattle with the Giants' Joe Danelo kicking a club record six field goals, one for 54 yards. Steve Bartkowski threw two touchdown passes to Alfred Jenkins and two more to William Andrews as the Falcons ended a three-game losing streak with a 41-20 victory over St. Louis. New Orleans rookie George Rogers ran 79 yards for a touchdown—the longest scoring run in Saints history—but it wasn't enough as the Browns rallied from a four-point deficit to win 20-17.
GOLF—JERRY PATE shot a 17-under-par 271 to win the $200,000 Pensacola Open by three strokes over Steve Melnyk.
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Jim Holtgrieve, 35, of Des Peres, Mo., beat Bob Lewis Jr., 37, of Warren, Ohio, two up to win the inaugural Mid-Amateur Championship in St. Louis.
HARNESS RACING—GENGHIS KHAN ($10.60), Shelly Goudreau driving, won the $288,000 American Racing Classic Series at Hollywood Park by 1¾ lengths over Justin Passing. The 5-year-old trotted the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 2:09.
HOCKEY—The Bruins took to the road and won three straight games, from Chicago, 8-5, Colorado, 6-1, and Los Angeles, 5-4. Pacing the offense were Rick Middleton and rookie Wing Normand Leveille, who scored a total of eight goals on the week. The victories lifted Boston to the Adams Division lead as Buffalo and Montreal won two games apiece and then tied each other 3-3 to remain one point behind the Bruins. The Sabres had taken two 4-2 victories from Quebec and Hartford while the Canadiens, who had 30 goals through the season's first five games, had beaten Vancouver 10-4, and Hartford 7-2 behind Mario Tremblay's second career hat trick. Philadelphia won twice against Washington, 5-4 and 5-2, and then defeated Minnesota 5-2 to tie the Islanders for the Patrick Division lead. New York kept pace with the Flyers as Wing Mike Bossy, last season's league scoring champ, had a pair of goals in each of two 4-1 wins over Pittsburgh and Vancouver. The Islanders then won their third of the week, 5-4 against the Rangers, who earlier had beaten Vancouver 2-1 for their first win of the season. Surprising Winnipeg, which last year had the NHL's worst record and all of two away victories, defeated Edmonton 4-2 and Calgary 5-4—both on the road—before losing 4-3 to Colorado. Those wins boosted the Jets toward the top of the Norris Division one point behind Minnesota and Detroit. Edmonton and Vancouver lost a combination of five games during the week but nonetheless remained tied for the Smythe Division lead.
HORSE RACING—APALACHEE HONEY ($5), Bill Shoemaker up, finished¾ length ahead of Chilling Thought to win the $156,975 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland. The 2-year-old filly covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:45[1/5].
Open Call ($15.70), Jorge Velasquez up, won the $308,750 Canadian International Championship stakes at Woodbine. The 3-year-old gelding ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àöœÄ miles on turf in 2:53[2/5] to finish 3½ lengths ahead of Rainbow Connection.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN JONES, averaging 97.9 mph in a Williams, finished 20.048 seconds ahead of Alain Prost in a Renault to win the Las Vegas Grand Prix. He covered the 75 laps of the 2.2-mile road course in 1:44:09.077. NELSON PIQUET won the 1981 world driving title with a fifth-place finish (page 28).
TENNIS—GENE MAYER defeated Adriano Panatta 6-3, 6-2 to win the $350,000 City of Naples Tournament in Italy. Earlier in the week BJORN BORG beat Josè Luis Clerc 6-2, 6-2, 7-5 to win the $300,000 Edmonton Challenge in Alberta.
John McEnroe successfully defended his title at the $201,250 Australian Indoor Championships with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Roscoe Tanner in Sydney.
Chris Evert Lloyd beat Andrea Jaeger 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 to win a $125,000 tournament in Deer-field Beach, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: By the San Diego Padres, Manager FRANK HOWARD, 45, who had a one year 41-69 record with the club. He was the eighth manager in the Padres' 13-year history.
NAMED: As manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, BOBBY COX, 40, who had earlier been fired as skipper of the Atlanta Braves (1978-1981). He replaces BOBBY MATTICK, now Toronto's executive coordinator of baseball operations, who was 104-164 in two years as Blue Jay manager.
As executive vice-president and general manager of the Chicago Cubs, DALLAS GREEN, 47, who had a 58-48 record and won one world's championship in 2½ seasons as field manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
DIED—PEGGY NEPPEL DARRAH, 28, former women's world-record holder in the three-mile, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs; of cancer; in Ames, Iowa.
Bill Muncey, 52, winningest driver in unlimited hydroplane racing history with 64 career victories and seven national titles; of injuries suffered when his boat flipped over during a race in Acapulco while traveling 175 mph.