BOXING—SIMON BROWN kept his IBF welterweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over Mauro Martelli in Lausanne, Switzerland.
PRO FOOTBALL—Talk about rags to riches: One week after getting trounced by the lowly Packers, the Patriots intercepted five of Boomer Esiason's passes to beat the Bengals, who had been the NFL's only undefeated team, 27-21. But at 6-1, Cincinnati is still atop the AFC Central, one game ahead of the second-place Oilers, who defeated the Steelers 34-14. The loss was Pittsburgh's sixth straight—its worst losing streak since 1969. Cleveland sacked Randall Cunningham nine times, and the Browns' fourth-string quarterback, 37-year-old Don Strock, threw two TD passes in the second half to help Cleveland, which has lost its first three quarterbacks to injury, defeat the Eagles 19-3. The Broncos moved into a first-place tie with the Sea-hawks in the AFC West by beating Atlanta 30-14. Bo Jackson made his 1988 NFL debut, rushing for 70 yards on 21 carries and scoring a TD in the Raiders' 27-17 defeat of the Chiefs. The Giants hammered the Lions 30-10 as New York's defense, ranked last in the NFL coming into the game, held Detroit to 13 total yards in the second half. Free safety David Tate intercepted two passes as the Bears, who lead the NFC Central, defeated the Cowboys 17-7 to boost their record to 6-1 and drop struggling Dallas to 2-5. The Saints beat Seattle 20-19 when cornerback Dave Waymer ran a blocked field goal attempt back 58 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. New Orleans has won six straight and stands alone at the top of the NFC West, ahead of San Francisco and the Rams, who lost 24-21 to the 49ers. San Francisco's Roger Craig had the best game of his pro career as he rushed for 190 yards and three TDs to lead the Niners to an NFL record-tying 11th straight road win. Although Vinny Testaverde threw for 469 yards, the Colts edged the Bucs 35-31. The Packers upset the Vikings 34-14; the Dolphins, sparked by Dan Marino's first 300-yard passing game of the season, rallied from a 28-17 fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Chargers 31-28; and the Redskins moved into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East with the Giants and Cardinals by upending Phoenix 33-17 (page 54).
GOLF—COREY PAVIN fired a 21-under-par 259 to beat Robert Wrenn by eight strokes and win the Texas Open and $108,000 in San Antonio. Pavin's score tied the second-lowest ever in a PGA Tour event, after Mike Souchak's 257 in the 1955 Texas Open, which was held on another course.
HARNESS RACING—SWEET REFLECTION ($5.20), with Bill O'Donnell in the sulky, beat Leah Almahurst by a length to win the Breeders Crown Pacing Championship at Hazel Park, Mich. The 3-year-Old filly covered the mile in 1:55[4/5] and won $178,753.
October 23, 1988
HOCKEY—In a meeting of the NHL's only undefeated and untied teams, the Flyers beat the Kings 4-1, as Ron Sutter had a goal and two assists and the Philadelphia defense held Wayne Gretzky to one assist. That win, along with a 7-6 defeat of the North Stars, ran the Flyers' record to 4-0-0. The Penguins moved into second place in the Patrick Division with a 2-1 week that featured the extraordinary play of Mario Lemieux. In Pittsburgh's 9-2 win over the Blues. Lemieux had a club-record eight points (two goals and six assists) to give him six goals and eight assists in three games. Despite its loss to Philadelphia, Los Angeles stayed comfortably atop the Smythe Division, having whipped Boston 6-2 earlier in the week. At week's end, the Kings were 4-1-0 and led the second-place Flames by three points. The Bruins, who began the week with a 3-0-0 record, lost first to L.A. and then to Minnesota, 5-1. But Boston recovered to thrash the Black Hawks 10-3 behind Cam Neely's hat trick and four assists and was tied with Quebec for the Adams Division lead. The Nordiques beat the Canadiens 6-5 and the Sabres 5-3. running their record to 4-2-0. The Norris Division-leading Maple Leafs went 1-2, winning at Washington 3-1.
HORSE RACING—ALYSHEBA ($3), with Chris McCarron in the saddle, won the Meadowlands Cup by a neck over Slew City Slew. The 4-year-old ran the 1¼ miles in 1:58[4/5] to take the $360,000 purse.
Easy Goer ($2.20), Pat Day up. triumphed in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park by four lengths over Is It True. The 2-year-old colt ran the mile in 1:34[4/5] to win $334,200.
Personal Ensign ($2.20), with Randy Romero aboard, beat Classic Crown by 5½ lengths to win the Beldame Stakes at Belmont. The 4-year-old filly ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01[1/5] and won $199,440 (page 72).
MARATHON—ABEBE MEKONNEN of Ethiopia won the Beijing International Marathon in 2:07:35, which equaled the fifth-fastest time ever. He finished five seconds ahead of the runner-up, Hiromi Taniguchi of Japan.
MOTOR SPORTS—DANNY SULLIVAN, in a Chevrolet PC-17, clinched the 1988 CART Indy-car driving championship by beating Michael Andretti by 2.78 seconds over 178.41 miles at the Laguna Seca Raceway. Sullivan drove 84 laps of the 2.124-mile, 11-turn circuit at an average speed of 94.090 to earn $59,660.
TENNIS—SLOBODAN ZIVOJINOVIC defeated Richard Matuszewski 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win an indoor tennis event and $78,500 in Sydney, Australia.
Jimmy Connors routed Andrei Chesnokov 6-2, 6-0 in the final of a Grand Prix tour event in Toulouse, France. The victory was worth $45,000 to Connors.
Martina Navratilova topped Chris Evert 6-2, 6-3 to win a women's tour event and $50,000 in Filderstadt, West Germany.
MILEPOSTS—CHARGED: With assault and possession of a weapon, sprinter BEN JOHNSON. 26. for pointing a starter's pistol at a fellow motorist on a Toronto street.
TRADED: By the Los Angeles Raiders, running back NAPOLEON McCALLUM, 25, to the San Diego Chargers to complete an earlier deal. McCallum will join the Chargers in 1990, when he completes his service to the Navy.
By the NBA Houston Rockets, forwards JIM PETERSEN. 26, and RODNEY McCRAY, 27, to the Sacramento Kings for forward OTIS THORPE, 26.
VIOLATED: The International Amateur Athletic Federation's ban on competing in South Africa, by 13 U.S. track and field athletes (page 22).
DIED: Jockey MIKE VENEZIA, 43, of head injuries suffered when he jumped from his mount, Mr. Walter K., and was kicked by another horse, Drums in the Night, during an allowance race at Belmont Park. Venezia won 2.313 races and purses totaling $33.5 million in his 24-year career.
Former major league pitcher VIC RASCHI, 69, of a heart attack, in Groveland, N.Y. In his 10 seasons (1946-55), the first eight of them with the New York Yankees, Raschi had a 132-66 record and a 3.72 ERA. In six World Series, all with the Yankees, he was 5-3 with a 2.24 ERA.