BOXING—BARRY McGUIGAN defended his WBA featherweight title with an eighth-round TKO of previously undefeated Bernard Taylor in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
CYCLING—TOM SCHULER and BETSY DAVIS won the men's and women's overall championships in the 19-stage Mayor's Cup, which ended in Boston. Schuler, who won seven of the men's 35-mile stages, received $9,020 and a sports car, while Davis, who won 11 of the women's 15-mile stages, including the finale in Boston, earned $4,660.
PRO FOOTBALL—Jaded LA. sports fans, take note: The Rams are 4-0 and already two games up on the NFC West. Eric Dickerson ended his 46-day holdout in midseason form, ripping Seattle for 150 yards and three touchdowns in a Monday-night 35-24 thumping of the Seahawks. But Dickerson paid the toll on Sunday, missing much of the 17-6 win over Atlanta because of a tight left hamstring. Quarterback Dieter Brock took up the slack, completing 16 of 20 passes for 215 yards and two TDs. The other LA. team, the Raiders, compensated for its offensive woes by letting the defense score the points. Defensive end Lyle Alzado and defensive backs Lester Hayes and Sam Seale each scored TDs to lead the 2-2 Raiders to a 35-20 drubbing of New England. Kansas City, the AFC West leader, made its record 3-1 with a 28-7 thrashing of Seattle. Free safety Deron Cherry picked off four passes to tie a league record, and Bill Kenney threw two TD passes to Ste-phone Paige for the Chiefs. Denver fell a game back by losing to AFC East co-leader Miami 30-26. Dolphin QB Dan Marino ignored the 29° cold in Mile High Stadium to throw for 390 yards and three TDs. The surprising New York Jets matched Miami's 3-1 record by edging Indianapolis 25-20. Defensive heroics enabled the three teams atop the NFC East to remain tied at 3-1. Giant cornerback Elvis Patterson returned an interception 29 yards for a TD on the third play of overtime to lift New York past Philadelphia 16-10. At Houston, the Cowboys sacked Oiler QB Warren Moon a dozen times and swiped four passes in a 17-10 victory. Dallas kicker Rafael Septien kept the game close by missing four field goals. St. Louis strong safety Leonard Smith set up 10 first-half points with a blocked punt and an interception as the Cards jumped out to a 26-0 lead over Green Bay en route to a 43-28 win. Cleveland moved within half a game of AFC Central-leading Pittsburgh with a 21-7 upset of San Diego, which lost QB Dan Fouts for at least three weeks with an injured right knee. New Orleans shocked San Francisco 20-17, Detroit pummeled Tampa Bay 30-9, Minnesota outlasted hapless Buffalo 27-20, and NFC Central leader Chicago remained undefeated by embarrassing Washington 45-10 (page 26).
GOLF—SEVE BALLESTEROS defeated Bernhard Langer 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final of the World Match Play Championship at the Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, England. The victory, his fourth in this event, was worth $70,000.
Marlene Streit won the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Championship by three shots over Louise Wilson with a three-round, five-over-par total of 224, in Savannah, Ga.
HARNESS RACING—DIVISION STREET ($7.60), Michel Lachance driving, beat Ambro Cadet by 4½ lengths to win the Breeders Crown Aged Pace in Laurel, Md. The 5-year-old gelding paced the mile in a Freestate Raceway record 1:52[3/5] to earn $154,777.
HORSE RACING—SKIP TRIAL ($6.20), Jean-Luc Samyn up, beat Stephan's Odyssey by a neck to win the Pegasus Stakes and $200,040 at The Meadow-lands. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1‚⅛ miles in 1:51.
JUDO—The winners in the men's world championships in Seoul were SHINJI HOSOKAWA of Japan, below 143 pounds; YURI SOLOLOV of U.S.S.R., 143 pounds; AHN BYUNG KEUN of South Korea, 156 pounds; NOBUTOSHI HIKIGE of Japan, 172 pounds; PETER SEISENBACHER of Austria, 189 pounds; HITOSHI SUGAI of Japan, 209 pounds; CHO YONG CHUL of South Korea, over 209 pounds; and YOSHIMI MASAKI of Japan, open.
MOTOR SPORTS—HARRY GANT, driving a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, eased to a 14-second victory over Geoff Bodine, also in a Monte Carlo, to win the $32,025 top prize in a 250-mile NASCAR race at the North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway. Gant averaged 95.077 mph on the‚Öù-mile track.
TENNIS—THIERRY TULASNE beat Mats Wilander 0-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 to win the Conde de Godo tournament and $33,600 in Barcelona, Spain.
Stefan Edberg beat Johan Kriek 6-4, 6-2 to win $42,000 and a tournament in San Francisco.
Chris Evert Lloyd defeated Pam Shriver 6-4, 7-5 at a tournament in New Orleans, earning $27,000.
TRACK & FIELD—FRANK O'MARA won the men's Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City in 3:52.28. LYNN WILLIAMS won the women's division in 4:25.03.
MILEPOSTS—ARRESTED: By El Dorado County, Calif. sheriff's deputies on charges of cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale, FERRIS FAIN, 64, the American League batting champion in 1951 and 1952. Fain was released on $5,000 bail.
By Orange County, Calif. sheriffs deputies at his home in Huntington Beach, on a charge of possession of cocaine for sale, BILL SUDAKIS, 39, an in-fielder who was with six major league teams from 1968 to '75.
AWARDED: By a three-man CART panel, victory in a disputed 187-mile Indy-car race held Sept. 8 at Sanair Super Speedway in St. Pie, Quebec, to JOHNNY RUTHERFORD. The confusion began on the race's final lap, when, with a yellow caution flag out, the track lights on the final turn were switched to green and the pace car left the track. Pancho Carter passed Rutherford and crossed the finish line first, but the panel upheld Rutherford's protest because no green flag had been displayed.
CONVICTED: By a U.S. District Court jury in Pittsburgh, on seven of 13 counts of distributing cocaine to major league baseball players, Upper St. Clair, Pa. former Easter Seal Society controller and part-time disc jockey ROBERT McCUE, 39.
DISMISSED: By Tennessee circuit court judge Bobby Capers, eight charges of illegally obtaining and distributing steroids, against former Vanderbilt strength coach E.J. (Doc) KREIS, 33, because the one-year statute of limitations had expired. Kreis still must stand trial on a conspiracy charge with former Franklin, Tenn. pharmacist Melvin (Woody) Wilson and Thomas Patterson, on Nov. 18 (SI, Jan. 21).
NAMED: By the Women's Sports Foundation, as professional Sportswoman of the Year, dogsledder LIBBY RIDDLES, 29, who in March became the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. MICHELE MITCHELL, 23, the 1985 World Cup and national champion 10-meter platform diver, was named amateur Sportswoman of the Year. The foundation also inducted four women into its Hall of Fame: U.S. swimmer ANN CURTIS CUNEO, the 1944 Sullivan Award winner; Australian swimmer DAWN FRASER, who set 27 world records; basketball player ANN MEYERS, a four-time All-America at UCLA; and Soviet gymnast LARISSA LATYNINA, who won 17 Olympic medals from 1956 to 1964.
PLEADED: In U.S. District Court in Toledo, no contest to a felony charge of conspiring to attempt to commit bribery in a sporting event, LEON F. BONNER, 45, of Liberty Center, Ohio. Bonner was one of 14 men indicted in June for allegedly fixing harness races at tracks in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Canada between 1981 and '84.
SOLD: By Delaware North Companies, Inc. of Buffalo, the BOSTON BRUINS and the 57-year-old BOSTON GARDEN, home of the Bruins and Celtics, to a Boston-based group headed by investor JAMES F. BRENNAN, 28, and commercial real-estate broker GODFREY WOOD, 44, for $50 million.
SUSPENDED: By TCU football coach Jim Wacker, senior tight end RON ZELL BREWER, after he admitted taking cash payments from Horned Frog boosters in violation of NCAA rules. Six other TCU players had been suspended a week earlier for receiving similar payments.
TRADED: By the Philadelphia Eagles, defensive end DENNIS HARRISON, 29, to the Los Angeles Rams for a fourth-round draft choice in 1986 and a seventh-round pick in '87.