BASEBALL—The Kansas City Royals overcame a three-games-to-one deficit to win the American League Championship Series over the Toronto Blue Jays in seven games, while the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to two for the National League pennant. St. Louis won the first two games at Kansas City in the all-Missouri World Series (page 26).
CREW—The Canadian men's championship eight defeated the U.S. by 17.7 seconds at the Head-of-the-Charles Regatta in Boston. The winning time was 15:00.5.
PRO FOOTBALL—Quarterback Ron Jaworski, who led Philadelphia to victory a week earlier over St. Louis, did it again on Sunday when the Eagles, last in the NFC East, edged the first-place Dallas Cowboys 16-14. "This may be the biggest moment I've had since the 1981 Super Bowl," Jaworski said, reflecting on his game-winning 36-yard, fourth-quarter TD pass to wide receiver Kenny Jackson. Giant linebacker Lawrence Taylor, with two sacks and 11 tackles, led New York to a 17-3 victory over Washington, ending the Giants' two-game losing streak. The unbeaten Los Angeles Rams intercepted six passes and achieved their seventh win in a row and their first shutout in six years—16-0 over Kansas City, which hasn't won now in three starts. The Super Bowl champion 49ers lost for the second straight week and fell four games behind the NFC West-leading Rams as Detroit fullback James Jones rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown and Ed Murray kicked three field goals in a 23-21 Lion victory. Atlanta beat New Orleans 31-24 for its first win of the season. The New York Jets took the lead in the AFC East with their fifth straight win, a 23-7 Monday-night defeat of Miami. In their first win over the Dolphins since 1981, the Jets held QB Dan Marino to 136 yards passing—his lowest total as a starter—while Jet running back Freeman McNeil gained 173 yards to take the NFL rushing lead with 645 yards. The Jets didn't fare as well on Sunday against New England, losing 20-13 as McNeil sat out with a "battered body." Miami's Fuad Reveiz kicked a 43-yard field goal with six seconds left to give the Dolphins a 41-38 victory over Tampa Bay and a first-place tie with the Jets. Winless Buffalo snapped an eight-game losing streak, dating back to last December, with a 21-9 win over Indianapolis. Running back Joe Cribbs, rejoining Buffalo after two years in the USFL, was the key to the Bills' offense, rushing for 41 yards and delivering key blocks on both of Greg Bell's first-half touchdowns. The Raiders squeezed past AFC Central leader Cleveland 21-20 to win their fourth consecutive game and gain a share of the AFC West lead with Denver, which beat Seattle 13-10 on a 24-yard Rich Karlis field goal in overtime. Houston beat Cincinnati 44-27. Oiler quarterback Warren Moon threw two TD passes and Mike Rozier ran for another touchdown to snap a five-game Oiler losing streak. Pittsburgh's Louis Lipps grabbed his seventh TD reception of the season to help the Steelers beat St. Louis 23-10, and Minnesota defeated San Diego 21-17.
GOLF—DANNY EDWARDS shot a 15-under-par 269 to win $54,000 and the Pensacola Open. John Mahaffey and Mark McCumber tied for second, one stroke back.
October 28, 1985
HARNESS RACING—JEFS SPICE ($17), driven by Mickey McNichol, beat Armbro Eclair by a neck to win the Breeders' Crown and $257,151 at Garden State Park. The 2-year-old filly trotted the mile in 1:58[4/5].
PRO HOCKEY—After two weeks of play, Quebec and Edmonton were the only two NHL teams still unbeaten and untied. The Nordiques, off to their best-ever NHL start, raised their record to 6-0 with victories over Hartford, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, while the defending Stanley Cup champion Oilers beat the Islanders, the Bruins and the Kings to make their record 5-0. During Edmonton's 8-5 win over Los Angeles, center Wayne Gretzky collected his 700th career assist on Glenn Anderson's fifth goal of the season. The New Jersey Devils, who had won their first three games of the season, fell by 4-3 scores to both Hartford and St. Louis. The Rangers' fourth straight loss was by a 5-4 score to the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders won it on a Pat LaFontaine goal with 24 seconds left, but lost Brent Sutter, who suffered a shoulder separation, for at least two weeks. Six teams—Pittsburgh, Washington, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Winnipeg and Chicago—all won their first games of the season, leaving 0-5-1 Detroit as the only winless NHL team.
HORSE RACING—MOGAMBO ($6), ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., won the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park by 9¾ lengths over Groovy. The 2-year-old colt covered the mile in 1:37[1/5] to win $167,400. His handlers decided to enter him in the race only after undefeated Ogygian was sidelined with bucked shins.
Robbie Davis guided BOUNDING BASQUE ($50.20) to a 4½-length victory over Wild Again in the Meadowlands Cup. The long-shot winner, who earned $100,000, equaled the stakes record set by Tunerup in 1980, as he ran the 1-mile race in 2:00[2/5].
Nassipour ($57.20), with Jean-Luc Samyn in the saddle, came from behind to beat favored Sumayr by a neck and take the Rothman's International and $360,000 in first-place money at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto. The 5-year-old ran the 1‚Öù miles in 2:48[1/5].
Yashgan ($6), Chris McCarron up, ran 1½ miles in 2:27[1/5] to win the Oak Tree Invitational at Santa Anita by 34 of a length over Both Ends Burning. The 4-year-old English-bred victor took home $240,000.
MARATHON—Defending champion STEVE JONES of Wales won the Chicago Marathon in a course-record time of 2:07:13, just one second off Carlos Lopes' world mark. JOAN BENOIT SAMUEL-SON, competing in her first marathon since she won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, was first among the women in 2:21:20.
MOTOR SPORTS—NIGEL MANSELL of Britain, driving a Williams-Honda, beat Keke Rosberg of Finland, also in a Williams-Honda, by 2.52 seconds to win the South African Grand Prix in Kyalami. Mansell averaged 129.86 mph over the 2.5-mile Kyalami circuit.
Darrell Waltrip drove his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to an easy victory in a 500-mile NASCAR race in Rockingham, N.C., finishing .93 of a second ahead of Ron Bouchard's Buick Regal. Waltrip averaged 118.344 mph for 492 laps over the slick, 1.017-mile North Carolina Speedway.
TENNIS—PAM SHRIVER beat Catarina Lindqvist 6-1, 7-5 to finish first in a tour event in Stuttgart, West Germany.
Ivan Lendl defeated Henri Leconte 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 to win an indoor tournament and $45,000 in Sydney, Australia.
Jimmy Arias lost to SCOTT DAVIS 6-1, 7-6 at an indoor tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
Czechoslovakia, led by Hana Mandlikova and Helena Sukova, defeated the U.S. to win the Federation Cup 2-1 for the third straight year, in Tokyo. Kathy Jordan and Elise Burgin lost in singles but teamed up for a doubles triumph.
MILEPOSTS—REINSTATED: By the America II syndicate, as skipper for the New York Yacht Club's challenge for the America's Cup, JOHN KOLIUS, 33, who quit last month in a disagreement with the syndicate's management.
RETIRED: Because of a wrenched left ankle, the 4-year-old winner of the 1984 Travers Stakes, CARR DE NASKRA, who in 18 career starts won seven races and had six seconds and a third for earnings of $831,672. He will stand at stud at The Stallion Park in Millbrook, N.Y.
SIGNED: By the New York Giants, All-Pro corner-back MARK HAYNES, 26, to a one-year contract reported to be worth $400,000, ending a 93-day holdout.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL, Montreal Canadien right wing CHRIS NILAN, 27, for eight games, after butt-ending Bruin right wing Rick Middleton in the mouth during a game on Oct. 13.
TRADED: By the Cincinnati Bengals, tight end DAN ROSS, 28, to the Seattle Seahawks for an undisclosed draft choice.
By the Buffalo Sabres, goaltender BOB SAUVE, 30, to the Chicago Black Hawks for a third-round choice in the 1986 draft.