Ivan Lendl and his Connecticut neighbor, Mats Wilander, spent nearly five hours thrashing out the U.S. Open men's final in September before Lendl prevailed for the third straight year.
Martina Navratilova won her fourth title in five years, dispatching Steffi Graf. But where was Chrissie? For the first time in 16 years, Evert lost before the semis in her home-country's tournament.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee won world heptathlon and long jump titles in Rome, while in Dublin—Ohio, that is—European golfers retained the Ryder Cup. At month's end, NFL players struck for the second time in six years.