PRO BASKETBALL—The New Jersey Nets were winners in every way. They beat Washington 112-106, Chicago 106-97 and Milwaukee 126-123; and they kept Albert King by matching the New York Knicks' reported $3 million, five-year offer sheet. Boston stayed ahead of the Nets in the Atlantic Division with wins over Phoenix 125-101 and Detroit 124-105. The Pistons moved into first place in the Central Division by beating the Bulls 122-105 and the Bullets 117-110, before losing to the Celtics. The Bulls, who just lost Michael Jordan for six weeks because of a broken bone in his left foot, had not won a game without him until they beat the winless Knicks 97-94 (page 70). Denver lost its first game of the season, 128-99, to the Lakers. The Nuggets beat Atlanta 128-113 and Dallas 131-99 before that loss. Houston continued to apply the heat to the Nuggets, trailing them by half a game in the Midwest Division. Akeem Olajuwon scored 41 points in the Rockets' 127-113 win over Portland; the Rockets also beat the L.A. Clippers 127-115 and Dallas 115-110. The Clippers went from first to third in the Pacific Division, also dropping a game to Atlanta 97-94; the Lakers suffered their first loss of the season, 129-111, to Cleveland, before beating Utah 116-106 and Denver. First-round draft pick Chris Mullin signed a reported $2.2 million, four-year contract, then sank a 13-foot jumper with 19 seconds left to secure a 105-101 Golden State victory over Seattle. In their next two games, the Warriors beat Atlanta 130-119 and Sacramento 117-111.
CHESS—GARY KASPAROV, 22, became the youngest world champion ever when he defeated Anatoly Karpov, 34, 13-11 in a championship match that began on Sept. 3; in Moscow (page 17).
PRO FOOTBALL—New England moved into a first-place tie with the New York Jets in the AFC East by beating Indianapolis 34-15 for its fifth straight victory (page 60). In Miami the Dolphins beat the Jets on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Dan Marino to Mark Duper with 41 seconds left (page 48). Cincinnati beat Cleveland 27-10 for its third consecutive win. The victory left the Bengals at 5-5, tied for the AFC Central lead with the Steelers, who beat Kansas City 36-28 on a 71-yard punt return by Louis Lipps and a team-record five field goals by Gary Anderson. Houston fell to Buffalo 20-0. Making his first regular-season start in his three-year NFL career, Bills quarterback Bruce Mathison ran for 57 yards, including a five-yard touchdown. The AFC West tightened up, with the Raiders losing in overtime to San Diego 40-34. Charger quarterback Dan Fouts completed 26 of 41 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns. At 3:44 of overtime, San Diego's Lionel James scored on a 17-yard run to give the Chargers their first victory over the Raiders in four years. The New York Giants' 24-19 win over the Rams was their fourth straight and kept them atop the NFC East with the Cowboys. Dallas beat the Redskins 13-7 to make their record 7-3. Washington fell to 5-5 and a third-place tie with Philadelphia. The Eagles beat Atlanta 23-17 on a 99-yard touchdown pass from Ron Jaworski to Mike Quick 1:49 into overtime. The Falcons, rebounding from a 17-0 third-quarter deficit, had a chance to win the game, but a 42-yard field-goal attempt by Mick Luckhurst late in the fourth quarter went wide left. Tampa Bay beat St. Louis 16-0, its first win of the season, on the strength of a one-yard pass from Steve DeBerg to Adger Armstrong and field goals of 46, 47 and 50 yards by Donald Igwebuike. In the NFC Central the Chicago Bears, led by two TD runs by backup quarterback Steve Fuller, remained undefeated by beating Detroit 24-3. The Lions stayed in a tie for second place with Minnesota—both teams are 5-5—after the Vikings lost to Green Bay 27-17. The Packers scored three touchdowns in a span of 3:37 in the fourth quarter.
GYMNASTICS—The Soviet Union won the men's and women's team competitions at the world championships in Montreal. Soviet YURI KOROLEV won the men's all-around and Soviets ELENA SHOUSHOUNOVA and OKSANA OMELIANTCHIK shared the gold in the women's all-around (page 90).
HARNESS RACING—ROBUST HANOVER ($4.60), John Campbell driving, beat Barberry Spur by a head to win the Breeders Crown Championship 2-year-old Colt Pace in Fort Washington, Md. The colt set a Rosecroft Raceway record for 2-year-olds, pacing the mile in 1:56⅘ and earned $294,679.
HOCKEY—Both Philadelphia and Toronto had streaks going. The Patrick Division-leading Flyers stretched their winning streak to 10 games, including victories over the New York Rangers 5-2, Chicago 6-2 and Boston 5-3. The Maple Leafs, on the other hand, had played 11 games without a victory, tying a team record. One native Torontonian, New York Islander rightwinger Pat Flatley, kept the Leafs on their dismal course. Flatley scored four goals and assisted on the game-winner when the Islanders beat the Leafs 5-4. The Leafs tied Detroit 3-3 and St. Louis 2-2. Edmonton stayed on top of the Smythe Division with a 6-4 win over Vancouver, a 4-4 tie with Los Angeles and a 13-0 drubbing of the Canucks, the most lopsided victory in the team's history. Oiler forward Dave Lumley, who had three goals in the rout, said later, "Now I know what Gretz feels like. The puck seemed to follow me all night."
On a tragic note, Flyers' goaltender PELLE LINDBERGH, 26, was pronounced brain dead from injuries suffered early Sunday morning in an automobile accident in Somerdale, N.J. Police said that Lindbergh, the recipient of last season's Vezina Trophy for being the NHL's best goaltender, "failed to negotiate a turn" and crashed his Porsche Turbo into the concrete wall of an elementary school.
INDOOR SOCCER—Led by Drago Dumbovic, who scored three first-half goals, Minnesota stayed undefeated, beating Baltimore 7-4. In the West, San Diego beat Chicago 4-3 on Hugo Perez's game-winner at 13:12 in the final period.
MOTOR SPORTS—By finishing fourth in the final event of the season, AL UNSER won CART's season title 151-150 over his son Al Jr., who placed third in the race. DANNY SULLIVAN, driving a March Cosworth, won the 200-mile race in Miami, averaging 95.915 mph (page 62).
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Anders Jarryd 6-1, 6-2 to win $60,000 and the Stockholm Open Tennis Championships for a record fourth time.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: Of driving under the influence of alcohol, Chicago Bears head coach MIKE DITKA, 46, who was arrested on Oct. 14 near O'Hare Airport. Ditka must now attend classes on alcohol abuse and pay a $300 fine.
HONORED: As the National League Manager of the Year, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, WHITEY HERZOG, 54, of the St. Louis Cardinals; and as the American League Manager of the Year, BOBBY COX, 44, who led the Toronto Blue Jays to the Eastern Division title before quitting to become the general manager of the Atlanta Braves.
NAMED: As manager of the Houston Astros, HAL LANIER, 43, who was third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He replaces Bob Lillis, who was dismissed last month.
DIED: CONSTANTINE (CUS) D'AMATO, 77, longtime boxing manager, of pneumonia; in New York (page 20).