BASEBALL—The Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers four games to one to win the American League pennant, and the San Francisco Giants led the St. Louis Cardinals three games to two in the National League series (page 30).
BOXING—1984 Olympic gold medalist FRANK TATE won the vacant IBF middleweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Michael Olajide, in Las Vegas (page 48).
Jose Luis Ramirez of Mexico retained his WBC lightweight title with a fifth-round KO of Cornelius Boza-Edwards of Uganda, in Paris.
PRO FOOTBALL—In the second week of replacement football, the most lopsided rout occurred in Miami, where the Dolphins, playing their first regular-season game in Joe Robbie Stadium, shut out the Chiefs 42-0. The Redskins pummeled the Giants 38-12 to hand the defending Super Bowl champs their fourth straight loss. Joe Montana and backfield regulars led the 49ers to a 25-17 triumph over Atlanta. The Patriots beat the Bills 14-7, as Mike LeBlanc rushed for 146 yards on 35 carries, second in club history to Jim Nance's 38 in 1966. The Cardinals, who lead the league in NFL regulars, parlayed a couple of fumble recoveries into touchdowns and downed the Saints 24-19. The Oilers defeated the Browns 15-10 for a 3-1 record, their best start since 1980. The Bears remained unbeaten by topping the Vikings 27-7. The Cowboys trounced the Eagles 41-22. The Colts got their first shutout in 11 years, 6-0 over the Jets. The Chargers rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to beat the Buccaneers 17-13. Mike Prindle kicked four field goals, including the game-winner in OT, as the Lions nipped the Packers 19-16. Charles White, one of 10 Rams to cross the picket line, rushed for a pro career-high of 166 yards in a 31-21 victory over the Steelers. And the Bengals downed the Seahawks 17-10.
October 18, 1987
GOLF—DOUG TEWELL of Edmond, Okla., shot a final-round 68 for a 72-hole, 15-under-par 269 to win the Pensacola Open. He took the $54,000 first prize by finishing three strokes ahead of Danny Edwards and Phil Blackmar.
HARNESS RACING—At Roosevelt Raceway, REDSKIN ($17.20), with John Campbell in the sulky, won the Messenger Stakes, the final leg of the pacing Triple Crown, by two lengths over Jate Lobell. He covered the mile in 1:58 and earned $223,655.
HOCKEY—The 71st NHL season opened with a number of star players on the sidelines. Last year's Wales Conference champion Flyers were without MVP goalie Ron Hextall, suspended for eight games for a slashing incident in last year's finals. But rookie Mark Laforest filled in ably as the Flyers skated to a 2-2 tie with Montreal and a 5-4 win over Minnesota before dropping a game to Chicago 5-3. Minnesota had to make do without All-Star forward Dino Ciccarelli, who was serving a three-game suspension for a preseason altercation. The North Stars tied the Sabres 2-2 and lost to the Flyers. The Islanders fared well, beating Los Angeles 4-1 and Vancouver 7-1, even though their alltime scoring leader Mike Bossy is sitting out the year with an ailing back. The Nordiques, with 10 new players in the lineup and rookie coach Andre Savard behind the bench, were also unbeaten, as they rolled over the Whalers 5-1 and edged the Bruins 6-5 in OT. Edmonton, the Stanley Cup champion, began the season without defenseman Paul Coffey, who is in a contract dispute. The Oilers could have used him in a 4-1 loss to Detroit in their home opener. It was a bit of revenge for the Red Wings, who lost to the Oilers in last year's semifinals. Glenn Anderson got the Oilers back on track, scoring a hat trick in a 9-2 romp over the Kings.
HORSE RACING—At Belmont Park, CREME FRAICHE ($9.60), with Laffit Pincay Jr. in the saddle, upset Java Gold by 4¾ lengths to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup for the second straight year and $650,400. The 5-year-old 1985 Belmont Stakes winner covered the 1½ miles in 2:30[4/5]. On the same card, GROOVY ($2.60), with Angel Cordero Jr. aboard, sprinted to a three-quarter-length victory over Moment of Hope in the Vosburgh Stakes. He ran the seven furlongs in 1:22[3/5] and earned $139,680 (page 50).
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT, driving a Ford, defeated Bobby Allison, in a Buick, by 2.2 seconds in a NASCAR event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott completed the 334 laps in 3:54:02, at an average speed of 128.443 mph, and earned a first prize of $74,040.
Bobby Rahal, in a Lola-Cosworth, won a 98-lap CART event in Monterey, Calif., by 23.62 seconds over Danny Sullivan in a March-Chevrolet. Rahal averaged 118.879 mph on the Laguna Seca Raceway to earn $58,140.
TENNIS—After a three-month sabbatical, top-seeded YANNICK NOAH of France downed Ronald Agenor of Haiti 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win $40,000 and the Swiss Indoor title, in Basel.
Brad Gilbert beat Eliot Teltscher 6-2, 6-2 to take the WCT Scottsdale (Ariz.) Open and the $46,400 first prize.
Top-seeded STEFFI GRAF of West Germany defeated Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria 6-1, 6-2 to win a tournament in Mainz, West Germany.
TRIATHLON—DAVE SCOTT, 33, of Davis, Calif., won his sixth 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 8:34:13. ERIN BAKER, 26, of New Zealand, won the women's title, in 9:35:25.
YACHTING—J.J. ISLER of San Diego, the skipper of Whiteout, beat Cory Fischer of Annapolis by one point to win the Women's International Keelboat Championship in Newport, R.I. The victory gives Isler the right to compete against both men and women at the 1988 J-24 world championships, in January, in Sydney.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: In the NHL waiver draft, left wing CHARLIE SIMMER, 33, by the Pittsburgh Penguins; right wing WILLI PLETT, 32, by the Boston Bruins; and defenseman ED HOSPODAR, 28, by the Buffalo Sabres. There were 19 transactions in all.
HONORED: By the U.S. Baseball Federation, as the outstanding amateur player in the country, pitcher JIM ABBOTT, 20, a junior at the University of Michigan. Abbott, who was born without a right hand, helped lead Team USA to the silver medal at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis this past summer with a 2-0 record and a 0.00 ERA. With the Wolverines, Abbott was 11-3 with a 2.08 ERA last spring.
TRADED: By the New Jersey Nets, center DARRYL DAWKINS, 30, and forward JAMES BAILEY, 30, to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in exchange for guard JOHN BAGLEY, 27, and forward KEITH LEE, 24. The Cavaliers then sent Dawkins and center MEL TURPIN, 26, to the Utah Jazz for center KENT BENSON, 32, and guard DELL CURRY, 23.
DIED: BOBBY WALSTON, 58, former end and kicker for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1951 to '62, whose 881 points are the most in club history; of a heart attack; in Elk Grove Village, Ill.