PRO FOOTBALL—The Jets ended a five-game regular-season losing streak by taking advantage of the black-and-blue Browns. Ken O'Brien passed for 256 yards, Roger Vick rushed for two touchdowns and Pat Leahy kicked three field goals in New York's 23-3 triumph. Cleveland, which had lost quarterback Bernie Kosar to a sprained elbow the week before, lost backup passer Gary Danielson when he broke his left ankle in the third quarter. Cornerbacks Frank Minnifield and Hanford Dixon were also felled by injuries. The Super Bowl champion Redskins, who lost their opener 27-20 to the Giants on Labor Day, squeaked past the Steelers 30-29 on Sunday. Chip Lohmiller's 19-yard field goal with 12 seconds left sealed Washington's victory, which put the Skins in a three-way tie with the Giants and Eagles for the NFC East lead. The Bengals came from behind four times to beat Philadelphia 28-24, as Cincinnati's Boomer Esiason threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winner to Tim McGee with 5:02 left. The Oilers, who moved into a tie for the AFC Central lead with Cincinnati—both teams are 2-0—defeated the Raiders 38-35 on a six-yard TD run in the final minute by Allen Pinkett. A four-touchdown second quarter boosted the Seahawks to a 31-3 win over the Chiefs; Seattle, 2-0, thus gained sole possession of the top spot in the AFC West. The AFC East-pacesetting Bills have scored one touchdown this season but have a perfect record. They outkicked the Dolphins 9-6 in an all-field-goal game. Viking quarterback Tommy Kramer evened Minnesota's record, completing 12 of 27 passes for 209 yards in a 36-6 rout of the Patriots. The Chargers were overwhelmed by the Broncos 34-3 as Denver's Tony Dorsett ran for 113 yards. That put his career total at 12,181 and moved him past Franco Harris into third place on the all time NFL rushing list. Eric Dickerson of the Colts almost became the first runner in the last 26 games to rush for 100 yards against the Bears, but Chicago held him to 95. And a fourth-quarter Dickerson fumble on the Bears' 38-yard line helped preserve Chicago's 17-13 win. The 2-0 Bears took sole possession of the NFC Central lead. The Rams, co-leaders with the 49ers in the NFC West, kept their record perfect by beating the Lions 17-10. Tampa Bay broke a nine-game losing streak, defeating the Packers 13-10. The Saints squared their record by beating the Falcons 29-21, and Joe Montana didn't start for San Francisco, but he finished the game with a 78-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Rice to beat the Giants 20-17 (page 44).
GOLF—KEN GREEN shot a 20-under-par 268 to win the Greater Milwaukee Open in Franklin, Wis., by six strokes over four other golfers. His first-place prize was $126,000.
HORSE RACING—PERSONAL ENSIGN ($2.60), Randy Romero up, extended her lifetime record to 11 victories in as many starts by winning the Maskette Stakes for fillies and mares at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old, who ran down Winning Colors to win by three quarters of a length, covered the mile in 1:34[1/5] and took home $67,080.
MOTOR SPORTS—GERHARD BERGER and Michele Alboreto, both driving Ferraris, finished one-two, .5 of a second apart, in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Berger's turbo-charged car averaged 141.687 mph over 51 laps on the 3.6-mile road course.
September 18, 1988
SAILING—STARS & STRIPES, skippered by DENNIS CONNER, defeated New Zealand two races to none to defend the America's Cup, in San Diego (page 24).
TENNIS—In the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadow, N.Y., STEFFI GRAF defeated Gabriela Sabatini 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the women's title and complete the first Grand Slam in 18 years. In the men's singles final, MATS WILANDER beat Ivan Lendl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 (page 18). GIGI FERNANDEZ and ROBIN WHITE won the women's doubles 6-4, 6-1 over Jill Hetherington and Patty Fendick. SERGIO CASAL and EMILIO SANCHEZ became the men's doubles champions in a walkover after Jim Pugh's partner, Rick Leach, was felled by a 103° fever and gastroenteritis. In the mixed doubles final, JIM PUGH teamed with JANA NOVOTNA to beat Patrick McEnroe and Elizabeth Smylie 7-5, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD—JAVIER SOTOMAYOR of Cuba high-jumped 7'11½" to set a world record in Salamanca, Spain. His leap was a quarter of an inch higher than the previous mark, shared by Patrick Sj‚Äö√†√∂‚Äö√†√áberg of Sweden and Carlo Thr‚Äö√†√∂¬¨√ünhardt of West Germany.
Petra Felke of East Germany broke her own world record in the women's javelin with a throw of 262'5" in East Berlin. She surpassed her old mark, set in 1987, by 3'7".
MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the NHL Board of Governors, sale of the Hartford Whalers to former insurance executive Donald Conrad and real estate developer Richard Gordon, for $31 million.
DISQUALIFIED: By the U.S. Olympic Committee from the 1988 Summer Games, cyclist STEVE HEGG, 24, for testing positive for caffeine during last month's Olympic trials in Houston. Hegg, who won both a gold and a silver medal in the 1984 Games, was to have competed in the four-man pursuit event in Seoul.
INDUCTED: Into the NHL Hall of Fame, GUY LAFLEUR, 36, former right wing for the Montreal Canadiens (1971-83), who twice was named the league's MVP and six times led the NHL in scoring; TONY ESPOSITO, three-time winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie, while playing for the Chicago Blackhawks (1969-83); and BRAD PARK, 40, seven-time All-Star defenseman with the New York Rangers (1968-76) and the Boston Bruins (1976-83). Also voted into the Hall were: to the builders' section, Philadelphia Flyers' owner ED SNIDER, 55; to the on-ice officials' section, GEORGE HAYES, who died in 1987 at age 67 and officiated in the NHL from 1946 to '65; and as the first inductee of the veterans' section, BUDDY O'CONNOR, who died in 1977 at age 61. A center for the Rangers and Canadiens from 1941 to 1951, he had only 34 career penalty minutes and was league MVP in 1947-48.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For two years by the NCAA, the Texas A & M football program, for 25 recruiting and other violations committed from 1984 to '87. The Aggies are also ineligible to participate in a bowl game and to win the Southwest Conference title this year. Athletic director and coach JACKIE SHERRILL was placed on administrative probation for two years.
SUSPENDED: For 30 days by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, running backs CHARLES WHITE, 30, of the Los Angeles Rams, and CALVIN THOMAS, 28, of the Chicago Bears. The league had also suspended Bears defensive end RICHARD DENT, 27, but rescinded the decision two days later (page 50).
TRADED: By the St. Louis Blues, center DOUG GILMOUR, 25, right wing MARK HUNTER, 25, left wing Steve Bozek, 27, and defenseman MICHAEL DARK, 24, to the Calgary Flames for centers MIKE BULLARD, 27, and CRAIG COXE, 24, and defenseman TIM CORKERY, 21.
By the Seattle Seahawks, linebacker FREDD YOUNG, 26, to the Indianapolis Colts for first-round draft picks in 1989 and '90.