BASEBALL—The Los Angeles Dodgers won three of five games from the New York Yankees to take the lead in the 78th World Series (page 30).
BOWLING—STEVE COOK beat Earl Anthony to win a $110,000 tournament in Indianapolis, 234-184.
PRO FOOTBALL—New Orleans won its second game of the season with a 17-7 upset of AFC Central-leader Cincinnati as rookie George Rogers ran for one touchdown and 113 yards. It was his third straight 100-yard rushing game. San Diego was knocked from the AFC West lead when Chicago snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Chargers 20-17 in overtime. The Bears won it on John Roveto's field goal 9:30 into O.T Similarly the Giants capped their 27-24 upending of Atlanta with a 40-yard Joe Danelo kick with 5:40 left in sudden death. The loss prevented the Falcons from keeping pace with the 49ers, who defeated Los Angeles 20-17 and maintained sole possession of the NFC West lead (page 72). In another upset, Jim Hart passed for his 199th and 200th career touchdowns and Neil O'Donoghue booted three field goals as St. Louis ran its season record to 3-5 with a 30-17 victory over NFC Central-leader Minnesota. It was the first loss in six games for the Vikings, and it left them only one ahead of the Lions, who gave birth to a new star. Quarterback Eric Hippie, starting in his first NFL game, threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more as Detroit ran up its highest score since 1954 in a 48-17 Monday night defeat of Chicago. Hippie's heroics continued as he accounted for three TDs, including the game clincher on a five-yard run, during a 31-27 victory over Green Bay. His passing totals for the week: 34 of 61 and 607 yards. Another quarterback rolling up big yardage was Cleveland's Brian Sipe, who threw for four touchdowns and a team-record 444 yards as the Browns beat Baltimore 42-28. That defeat, coupled with the Jets' 19-3 loss to Seattle and New England's 24-22 defeat at Washington left Miami and Buffalo with the only winning records in the AFC East. The Bills beat Denver 9-7 on three Nick Mike-Mayer field goals, but the Dolphins still held on to the division lead by half a game despite losing 28-27 to Dallas. Danny White threw two touchdown passes in a 31-second span in the fourth quarter to clinch the Cowboy victory. Dallas thus kept close on the heels of NFC East leader Philadelphia, which beat Tampa Bay 20-10. Ron Jaworski passed for 121 yards and Tony Franklin hit two field goals as the Eagles ran their record to 7-1, best in the NFL. Kansas City took an outright lead in the AFC West by defeating Oakland 28-17. Chief rookie Halfback Billy Jackson rushed for three touchdowns and Linebacker Gary Spani stopped a last-minute Raider rally by returning a fumble 91 yards for another score.
GOLF—MIKE HOLLAND and VANCE HEAFNER won the $400,000 National Team Championship in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. by five strokes over Chip Beck and Rex Caldwell. The winning score in the 72-hole best-ball event was a 34-under-par 246.
November 2, 1981
HOCKEY—Islander Mike Bossy, playing in the 315th game of his career, scored his 250th goal, on a breakaway in the second period of a 6-4 victory over Washington. No other NHL player has attained that plateau in so few games. In discussing the feat, Bossy said, "It doesn't mean that much to me. What really counts is contributing to the team every game"—which is pretty much what he has been doing. As the Islanders battled Philadelphia for the Patrick Division lead—Philly ended the week ahead by two points—Bossy had his fourth two-goal game of the season. This pair came in a 4-2 win over the hapless Capitals, who suffered their eighth loss in nine games this season. Center Matti Hagman was Edmonton's answer to Bossy as the Oilers won four straight to take a firm hold of the Smythe Division lead. Hagman scored once in a 5-4 win over Calgary and then had two goals and two assists in each of two victories, 5-2 over Hartford and 8-3 over Pittsburgh. Edmonton triumphantly finished off its week with boosts from other sources, as Mark Messier scored twice and Wayne Gretzky got a goal in a 3-1 defeat of Colorado. For Gretzky, it was the sixth time in the Oilers' last seven games that he scored. Quebec had 22 goals in winning three of four games. Peter Stastny and Real Cloutier each scored twice in a 6-3 Nordique win over Vancouver; Dale Hunter had a hat trick in a 5½-minute span and Cloutier put in two more goals in a 6-3 defeat of Washington; then Cloutier had a hat trick of his own, while Stastny again scored twice in beating Detroit 8-3. The victories briefly gave Quebec a share of the Adams Division lead with Boston, before the Nordiques and Bruins were edged out by Montreal, which closed the week by beating the Rangers 4-2. The Canadiens also defeated the Bruins, for the 10th straight time at the Montreal Forum, 7-0. The Bruins have not won there since 1976. Buffalo tied Winnipeg 2-2 on two Yvan Lambert goals and then beat Toronto 6-2 with help from a Tony McKegney hat trick, but the Sabres lost a chance to tie Montreal for the lead as they fell 6-3 to Minnesota. North Star Brad Maxwell scored twice in the win for the Norris Division leaders, who earlier in the week tied St. Louis 5-5 on a Dino Ciccarelli hat trick. Minnesota also beat Los Angeles 6-3 as Neal Broten scored twice for his sixth goal in six games. Winnipeg kept close behind the North Stars as it received superb help from its goalies. Doug Soetaert had 32 saves in a 5-5 tie with Chicago and Ed Staniowski had a total of 66 saves in a 2-2 tie with Buffalo and a 9-4 defeat of Los Angeles. Former Olympian Dave Christian had a hat trick during the latter match to score in his third straight game for the Jets.
HORSE RACING—Phillipe Paquet rode APRIL RUN ($7.20) to a ¾-length victory over Galaxy Libra in the $300,000 Turf Classic at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old filly covered the 1½ miles in 2:31[1/5].
Deputy Minister ($5.20), Don MacBeth up, beat Laser Light by a nose to win the $191,000 Laurel (Md.) Futurity. The 2-year-old ran the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[3/5].
D'Accord ($3.80), Darrell McHargue aboard, ran 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[2/5] to win the $151,750 Breeder's Futurity at Keeneland. The 2-year-old beat Lets Don't Fight by 7½ lengths.
MARATHON—In the New York City Marathon, ALBERTO SALAZAR won the men's division in a world record 2:08:13, and ALLISON ROE set a world mark of 2:25:29 in winning the women's competition (page 46).
TENNIS—BALAZ TAROCZY beat Eliot Teltscher 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 and PATRICIA PINTEROVA defeated Pam Casale 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win the $175,000 Japan-Asian Open titles in Tokyo.
Sue Barker beat Mima Jausovec 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 to win a $125,000 tournament in Brighton, England.
Ivan Lendl won a $100,000 Grand Prix tournament in Vienna with a 1-6, 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Brian Gottfried.
Peter McNamara was declared the winner of a $142,000 indoor championship in Melbourne, Australia when defending champion Vitas Gerulaitas argued with officials over a line call and then quit playing in the final set with the score at 6-4, 1-6, 5-5.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As manager of the New York Mets, GEORGE BAMBERGER, 56, who guided Milwaukee to a 235-180 record (1978 to 1980). He replaces the fired JOE TORRE, who last week signed on as manager of the Atlanta Braves.
As Manager of the Chicago Cubs, LEE ELIA, 44, who had been third-base coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.
TRADED: By the New York Knicks, Guard RAY WILLIAMS, 27, to the New Jersey Nets for Forward MAURICE LUCAS, 29.
DIED: TAFT WRIGHT, 70, who had a .311 career average in 11 seasons as an outfielder for the Senators, White Sox and Phillies; in Orlando, Fla.