BASEBALL—The BALTIMORE ORIOLES defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 in Game 5 to win the World Series four games to one (page 20).
PRO FOOTBALL—Pittsburgh's rejuvenated defense is threatening to drop another Steel Curtain on the rest of the AFC Central. Steeler defenders accounted for all but three points in a 24-14 Monday night victory at Cincinnati, and then they intercepted six Brian Sipe passes, four of them in the first half, to key Pittsburgh's 44-17 Sunday rout of Cleveland. In defeating the Browns in Three Rivers Stadium for the 14th consecutive time since it opened in 1970, the Steelers took over sole possession of first place in the AFC Central. Pittsburgh's defense has accounted for seven touchdowns this season, five in the last two games. In Denver, the Broncos beat the staggering Bengals 24-17 as Running Back Rick Parros scored two second-half TDs, and Minnesota spoiled the debut of Houston's interim coach, Chuck Studley, by pounding the winless Oilers 34-14. While veteran Quarterback Joe Ferguson was leading Buffalo past Baltimore 30-7 in a battle for first place in the AFC East (page 76), Miami rookie Quarterback Dan Marino keyed the Dolphins' 32-14 romp over the Jets. Marino completed 17 of 30 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns in just his second NFL start, and the Dolphins' pass defense, badly burned by Ferguson and the Bills the week before, recovered to intercept six passes, tying a club record. New England did a little recovering of its own. Trailing 21-13 at the end of the third quarter, the Patriots shocked San Diego with a 24-point fourth period and upset the Chargers 37-21. In another stunner, Seattle took advantage of eight Los Angeles turnovers and knocked off the Raiders 38-36. The undefeated Cowboys, who have kept Texas Stadium fans in a fourth-quarter sweat all season, spared them another afternoon of nail-biting by clipping Philadelphia 37-7. Danny White connected on 24 of 37 passes for 266 yards and two TDs as Dallas handed the Eagles their worst defeat since 1975. Kansas City's Bill Kenney threw for a career-high 342 yards and four touchdowns in the Chiefs' 38-17 rout of the Giants. Tampa Bay, off to its worst start since 1977, when the Bucs finished at 0-16, dropped a 34-27 decision to St. Louis as the Cards' Neil Lomax tossed a pair of scoring passes to Tight End Doug Marsh. Detroit got one touchdown pass each from Eric Hippie and Gary Danielson, and Billy Sims scored his first TD of the year on a three-yard run in the first quarter in the Lions' 31-17 triumph over Chicago. San Francisco's Ray Wersching kicked a club-record six field goals and Dwight Hicks returned an intercepted Ken Stabler pass 62 yards for a score as the 49ers thumped New Orleans 32-13. Atlanta held the Rams' Eric Dickerson to just 64 yards in 29 carries, but L.A. prevailed 27-21 when Vince Ferragamo hit Dickerson's backfield running mate, Mike Guman, with a two-yard touchdown pass with just 17 seconds left to go.
GOLF—The UNITED STATES edged by Europe 14½-13½ to win the biennial Ryder Cup Matches for the 21st time, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (page 38).
HOCKEY—After opening with a 3-2 victory over Vancouver and a 7-4 win over Los Angeles, St. Louis ran its winning streak to four and its home-ice victory streak to five with a 6-5 triumph over the New York Rangers. The Blues not only snapped the Rangers' five-game winning streak, New York's best start in history, but also scored three power-play goals, the first against the Rangers this season. New York then handed Philadelphia its first loss of the season, 5-4, at Madison Square Garden. The Flyers, who were also off to their best start ever, whipped the Islanders 5-1, as Bobby Clarke had a pair of third-period goals, and beat Winnipeg 4-3. Montreal had four first-period scores en route to a 6-4 victory at Quebec, but lost a 4-2 decision at Boston in a game interrupted nine times in the first period because of fog rising from the Boston Garden ice. The Canadiens bounced back to beat Vancouver 5-4, while the Bruins defeated Buffalo 5-3 as Mike O'Connell and Wayne Pederson each had a pair of goals. Wayne Gretzky scored one goal and had two assists in Edmonton's 5-1 victory at Calgary on Sunday, which stretched the Oilers' winning streak to six. The night before, Edmonton had spoiled the opening of Calgary's new home, the $100 million, 17,000-seat Olympic Saddledome, with a 4-3 win over the Flames. Gretzky had a goal and an assist in that victory, plus two goals and two assists in an earlier 8-3 win over Detroit.
HORSE RACING—SLEW O' GOLD ($8), ridden by Angel Cordero, won the $570,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont by three lengths over Highland Blade. The 3-year-old's time for the 1½ miles was a stakes-record 2:26[1/5]. On the same program, DEVIL'S BAG ($2.60), with Eddie Maple in the saddle, won the $237,000 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds by six lengths over Dr. Carter. Devil's Bag ran the mile in a stakes-record 1:34[1/5] (page 63).
MOTOR SPORTS—NELSON PIQUET, in a Brabham-BMW, won the world Formula I driving championship by coasting to a third-place finish in the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami. Piquet's teammate, RICCARDO PATRESE, also in a Brabham-BMW, won the race, averaging 126 mph on the 2.5-mile Kyalami course. He was timed in 1:13:25.7.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Henri Leconte 6-1, 6-4, 7-5 to win his fourth straight Australian Indoor title in Sydney. The Men's International Professional Tennis Council then fined McEnroe $1,500 and could suspend him for up to 42 days for verbally abusing an official during the match.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As manager of the New York Mets, DAVE JOHNSON, 40. Johnson, who spent 13 seasons as an infielder with Baltimore, Atlanta and Philadelphia, managed the Mets' Class AAA farm club to this year's Little World Series title.
PLEADED GUILTY: In Federal District Court in Kansas City, three members of the Kansas City Royals, First Baseman WILLIE AIKENS, 29, and outfielders WILLIE WILSON, 28, and JERRY MARTIN, 34, to charges of attempted possession of cocaine, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum one-year prison term and a $5,000 fine. The three players were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bonds, and sentencing was set for Nov. 17.
RESIGNED: As coach of the Houston Oilers, ED BILES, 51, who in 2½ seasons with the Oilers had an 8-23 record. Houston had lost 13 consecutive games when Biles quit; CHUCK STUDLEY, 54, the Oilers' defensive coordinator, was named interim coach.
TRADED: By the Los Angeles Lakers, Guard NORM NIXON, 28, Reserve Guard EDDIE JORDAN, 28, and a future draft choice, to the San Diego Clippers for Center SWEN NATER, 33, and the rights to rookie Guard BYRON SCOTT, 22.
WAIVED: By the New Jersey Nets, three-time All-Star Guard MICHAEL RAY RICHARDSON, 28, after the Nets announced that Richardson had failed to report to the Life Extension Center, the league's drug counseling service. Four days earlier Richardson, who had twice entered drug rehabilitation programs during the summer, had asked the NBA for assistance in overcoming his drug dependency and had been directed to begin treatment immediately. Richardson's agent, Jerry Healy, said that a grievance would be filed against the Nets and the NBA.
DIED: MARSHALL (LITTLE SLEEPY) GLENN, 75, former football (1937-39) and basketball (1934-38) coach at West Virginia University and one of the Mountaineers' alltime best athletes, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident one mile outside Charles Town, W. Va.