BASEBALL—The World Series got under way in New York, where the Boston Red Sox swept two games from the Mets (page 18).
BOXING—THOMAS HEARNS retained his NABF middleweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over Doug DeWitt, in Detroit.
PRO FOOTBALL—Quarterback Tommy Kramer and the Vikings did something no other team has accomplished this season: tame the previously unbeaten Bears (page 72). With QB Steve Fuller substituting for the injured Jim McMahon, the Bears were shut out until the fourth quarter and lost 23-7—sweet revenge for Kramer, who was sacked seven times in Minnesota's 23-0 loss to the Bears on Oct. 5. Marcus Allen's three TDs helped the Raiders to a 30-28 win over the Dolphins, which improved the Raiders' record of supremacy over Miami to 15-3-1. New England QB Steve Grogan, compensating for the loss of injured running back Craig James, passed for three TDs as the Pats shut out Pittsburgh 34-0. The Steelers, who lost to the Bengals 24-22 on the previous Monday night, are now 1-6, their worst start since 1969. Also falling to 1-6 was St. Louis, beaten by Washington 28-21. The Cards went into that game ranked No. 1 in pass defense, but no one told Skins quarterback Jay Schroeder, who connected for three TDs and 232 yards to put Washington on top in the NFC East. Rising to 1-6 were the Packers, who rallied from a 14-3 halftime deficit to chalk up their first win with a 17-14 upset of Cleveland. The Rams' Eric Dickerson upped his league-leading rushing yardage to 860 by running for 130 and a TD in L.A.'s 14-10 victory over the Lions. Dallas's Rafael Septien kicked a field goal with two seconds on the clock as the Cowboys, aided by a tenacious defense, edged the Eagles 17-14. In another game in which the defense attacked, the Seahawks sacked Giants QB Phil Simms seven times (four by DE Jacob Green), then added interception to injury five minutes into the fourth quarter when linebacker Bruce Scholtz picked off a Simms pass. Five plays later, Curt Warner ran it in to give Seattle a 17-9 lead and set up a 17-12 victory. New Orleans rookie RB Rueben Mayes racked up 172 yards and two TDs to help the Saints to a 38-7 win over Tampa Bay. The Kansas City defense scored three TDs as the Chiefs nipped San Diego 42-41, extending the Chargers' losing streak to six. Atlanta stayed on top in the NFC West by tying the 49ers 10-10 (page 69). Cincinnati downed Houston 31-28, and Indianapolis became the NFL's only winless team following a 24-13 loss to Buffalo.
GOLF—RAY FLOYD rolled in a six-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Lon Hinkle and Mike Sullivan and collect $90,000 at the Walt Disney World tournament, in Orlando, Fla. All three finished regulation play with 13-under-par 275s.
October 27, 1986
HARNESS RACING—SUPER FLORA ($11.40), with Ron Waples driving, won $236,425 in the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly trot at Minnesota's Canterbury Downs, winning by two lengths over Calm Down. She covered the mile in 1:59[2/5].
HOCKEY—Pittsburgh fans, whose Pirates finished in the cellar and whose Steelers are currently down there, too, finally saw a bit of daylight. The undefeated Penguins had the best record in the NHL (6-0) and were off to their finest start in the 20-year history of the franchise. Mario Lemieux's five assists in Saturday's 8-4 Penguin win over New Jersey (three of which aided Terry Ruskowski's hat trick) enabled him to take the overall scoring lead from Wayne Gretzky. Speaking of Gretzky, a plot to kidnap the Great One was revealed in a Calgary court on Wednesday by a witness during a conspiracy trial. According to the witness, he and his alleged accomplices planned the scheme to extort ransom. Oiler owner Peter Pocklington was quoted as saying, "The best shadow for Wayne is his 25 teammates," and Gretzky paid back his right-and left-hand men by assisting them on nine consecutive goals, including Esa Tikkanen's hat trick in a 5-2 win over Quebec and Jari Kurri's three goals in a 4-3 win over Detroit. Rookie coach John Brophy's Maple Leafs remained undefeated (3-0-2), with 3-2 wins over New Jersey and Chicago. The 4-2 Bruins capped their consecutive wins over Hartford, Winnipeg and Minnesota with a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles at the Forum, where they have won five straight since 1983. And the defending Stanley Cup champion Canadiens (2-2-1) got on the board with a 6-4 win over Minnesota, highlighted by Mats Naslund's hat trick, and a 5-3 win over Winnipeg. Sandwiched in between those games was a rare 0-0 tie, with Buffalo.
HORSE RACING—BROAD BRUSH ($6.20), with Angel Cordero Jr. up, earned a 3¾-length victory over Skip Trial in the Meadowlands Cup. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1¼ miles in 2:01[3/5] and took home the winner's share—$300,000.
Polish Navy ($6.60), ridden by Randy Romero, outdueled Demon's Begone by a nose to take the Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park. The undefeated colt clocked 1:35[1/5] for the mile and won $199,500.
MOTOR SPORTS—MICHAEL ANDRETTI, in a March-Cosworth, averaged 134.681 mph and defeated Danny Sullivan by 20.24 seconds to win $41,710 and the CART Phoenix 200.
Neil Bonnett, driving a Chevrolet, beat Ricky Rudd by 2.53 seconds to collect $47,000 for winning a NASCAR race in Rockingham, N.C. He averaged a record 126.381 mph over the 492 laps.
SAILING—America's Cup: The first round-robin series of the challenger selection trials ended with 11-1 records for Dennis Conner's Stars & Stripes, the New York Yacht Club's America II, and New Zealand.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated top-seeded Ivan Lendl 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-0 to win $55,000 and the Australian Indoor championship, in Sydney.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: By the 91st session of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, the 1992 Summer Olympic Games to Barcelona, Spain, and the Winter Games to Albertville, France. In other moves, the IOC voted to alternate the Summer and Winter Games every two years; both Games will be held in 1992, and the Winter Olympics will start on the new cycle in 1994. The committee also voted to make baseball, previously a demonstration sport, a medal sport in 1992
CHARGED: By a Miami federal grand jury, race car driver RANDY LANIER, 32, and 11 others with marijuana smuggling.
FINED: By NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Kansas City Chiefs coach JOHN MACKOVIC, 8 of his players and 10 members of the Los Angeles Raiders as a result of two brawls in an Oct. 5 game. The fines totaled $4,200 for the Chiefs players and $6,000 for the Raiders players. Rozelle also imposed a one-game suspension against Raider defensive end GREG TOWNSEND for three flagrant fouls committed during that game (page 72).
INDICTED: By a Las Vegas grand jury, former WBA heavyweight champion MICHAEL DOKES, 28, on charges of trafficking in cocaine and possession of marijuana.
PLACED ON PROBATION: By CART, Indy driver KEVIN COGAN, 30, for the remainder of the 1986 Indy Car season, for "rough and dangerous driving" during an Oct. 12 race in Monterey, Calif.
RELEASED: By the Washington Redskins, 16-year veteran kicker MARK MOSELEY, 38. The two-time Pro Bowler holds NFL records for most points kicking in a season (161), consecutive field goals (23) and highest field goal percentage in a season (95.2).
RETIRED: California second baseman BOBBY GRICH, 37, following the Angels' playoff loss to Boston. The six-time Ail-Star, who played for Baltimore from 1970 to 1976 before joining the Angels, had his best year in 1981, when he batted .304 and hit 22 home runs.
TRADED: By the Los Angeles Rams, the rights to quarterback DOUG FLUTIE, 24, and a future pick, to the Chicago Bears for two draft picks. The 1984 Heisman Trophy winner played for the USFL's New Jersey Generals last season.
DIED: Former Washington Redskins tight end JERRY SMITH, 43; of complications from AIDS; in Silver Spring, Md. The two-time All-Pro was the first former or current professional athlete to admit he had the disease.
William Lorenz (Larry) Kopf, 95, the starting shortshop on the 1919 World Series champion Cincinnati Reds; in Cincinnati.