EQUESTRIAN—PETER LEONE of New York City guided his quarterhorse Three's & Seven's to victory in the American Gold Cup in Devon, Pa., the third jewel in show jumping's Triple Crown. Leone's time of 27.13 seconds was .54 better than that of favorite Katie Prudent of Middleburg, Va., who was trying to become the first rider to sweep all three Triple Crown events. His triumph was worth $22,500.
PRO FOOTBALL—The unbeaten Bills defeated the Patriots 16-14 to snap an 11-game losing streak against New England and take over sole possession of first place in the AFC East. Buffalo's Jim Kelly threw his first touchdown pass of the season, a three-yarder to Robb Riddick that pulled the Bills to within one point, 14-13, with 9:15 to play, and Scott Norwood booted three field goals, including the game-winning 4l-yarder with 11 seconds left. The Jets crushed the Oilers 45-3 for their largest margin of victory ever. Wesley Walker caught three scoring passes from Ken O'Brien—Walker's first multiple-TD game since Nov. 16, 1986—while the New York defense held Houston's usually potent offense to 237 total yards. In the Dolphins' first victory, 24-17 over the winless Packers, Dan Marino threw for 261 yards and two scores. He now has 20.017 career passing yards in six seasons, the quickest an NFL quarterback has reached that point. The Bengals, the pacesetters in the AFC Central, rallied for a 17-12 win in Pittsburgh to go 3-0 for the first time since 1975, when the legendary Paul Brown was in his final season as coach. The Chargers upset the Seahawks 17-6 to end the NFL's longest losing streak at eight. Seattle nonetheless held on to first place in the AFC West. The Chiefs whipped the Broncos 20-13 as Steve DeBerg threw touchdown passes to Paul Palmer and Carlos Carson in his first start since being acquired from Tampa Bay. The Redskins remained in a tie for first place with the Giants in the NFC East after a 17-10 win over the Eagles. Timmy Smith rumbled for 107 yards against a Philadelphia defense that had been tied with the Jets for first in the NFL against the rush. Meanwhile, the Washington defense, playing without end Charles Mann (groin pull) and cornerback Barry Wilburn (sprained knee), sacked Eagle quarterback Randall Cunningham six times. The Giants got by the Cowboys 12-10 as linebacker Harry Carson and cornerback Perry Williams came up with key fourth-quarter interceptions and the officials blew a call that gave the Giants a safety—and their ultimate margin of victory. The Cardinals earned their first victory since moving to Phoenix, 30-24 at Tampa Bay, when backup quarterback Cliff Stoudt threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Jay Novacek with 3:14 to play. The Vikings trounced the Bears 31-7, tying them for first in the NFC Central. Tommy Kramer threw for three touchdowns, and the Minnesota defense forced Chicago into five turnovers. The Saints beat the Lions 22-14 as Bobby Hebert, the NFC's top-rated passer, completed 23 of 32 for 282 yards and one touchdown. The Falcons exploded for 21 second-quarter points in a 34-17 upset of the 49ers. Atlanta's victory was its first over the Niners since 1983. San Francisco dropped into second place in the NFC West behind the 3-0 Rams, who sacked quarterback Steve Beuerlein nine times in their 22-17 victory over the Raiders (page 30).
GOLF—MARK CALCAVECCHIA sank a 30-foot putt for a birdie on the final hole to win a PGA event in Sutton, Mass., by one stroke over Don Pooley. Calcavecchia, who shot a 10-under-par 274, won $108,000.
Arnold Palmer won a 54-hole PGA Senior Tour event and $48,750 in Richmond, Va., by shooting a 13-under-par 203. For Palmer, who beat the three runners-up by four strokes, this was his first Senior Tour victory since 1985.
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Peter McEvoy shot a four-under-par 284 to lead the four-man team from Great Britain and Ireland to a five-stroke victory over the runner-up U.S. in the World Amateur team championship in Stockholm. The victory was the first for the British-Irish squad since 1976.
Juli Inkster shot a final-round 67 to win an LPGA tournament in Kent, Wash., and the $33,750 first-place check. She shot a 10-under-par 278 to beat Ok-Hee Ku by three strokes.
HARNESS RACING—ARMBRO GOAL ($2.60), driven by Berndt Lindstedt, won the Dexter Cup Trot at Yonkers Raceway by a nose over Continental Spirit. The 3-year-old colt covered the mile in 1:59[4/5] and earned $110,683.
HORSE RACING—ALYSHEBA ($5.60), ridden by Chris McCarron, won the Woodward Handicap at Belmont by a neck over Forty Niner. The 4-year-old son of Alydar earned a $498,600 winner's purse by covering 1¼ miles in a track-record 1:59[2/5] (page 90).
Music Merci ($14.80), also ridden by McCarron, won the Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds by two lengths over Bruho. Music Merci, a gelding, ran the mile in 1:35[2/5] to earn $229,300.
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT, in a Ford, won the NASCAR Delaware 500 in Dover, beating Dale Earnhardt, in a Chevrolet, by 1.48 seconds. Elliott, who won $56,400, averaged 109.383 mph around the one-mile Dover Downs International Speedway oval.
XXIV OLYMPIC GAMES—Weightlifter SEVDALIN MARINOV of Bulgaria established two world records and won the 114-pound division in Seoul. His lift of 265 pounds in the snatch was two pounds more than China's He Zhuoqiang's snatch in June, and his total of 595 pounds for two lifts—the snatch and the clean-and-jerk—surpassed He's total by 5½ pounds. DUNCAN ARMSTRONG of Australia won the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle in a world-record 1:47.25, .19 of a second faster than the mark set by Michael Gross of West Germany in 1984.
TENNIS—KENT CARLSSON defeated Thomas Muster 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the Count of Godo tournament and $63,325, in Barcelona.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As the site of the 1994 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee, Lillehammer, Norway. Among the cities not selected was Anchorage, Alaska, which had also failed in its bid for the 1992 Winter Olympics.
PLEADED GUILTY: In U.S. District Court in Chicago, Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver CRIS CARTER, 22, to charges of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, all of which stemmed from a federal investigation of illegal payments made to college players by sports agents. Carter, who will be sentenced on March 27, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Last month Carter was indicted along with agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom, who were charged with mail fraud, racketeering and conspiracy to commit extortion, and Los Angeles-based agent David Lueddeke, who was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. The other defendants are awaiting trial.
SUSPENDED: For 30 days by the NFL, New Orleans Saints safety ANTONIO GIBSON, 26, and Atlanta Falcon offensive tackle LEONARD MITCHELL, 29, for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. The suspensions brought to 19 the number of NFL players cited for violations since July.