BASEBALL—The Oakland Athletics took a two-games-to-none lead over the San Francisco Giants in the World Series (page 34).
BOXING—MARK BRELAND stopped Mauro Martelli in the second round to retain his WBA welterweight title, in Geneva.
PRO FOOTBALL—Allen Pinkett's 60-yard scamper set up Lorenzo White's 12-yard touchdown run with 1:51 left as the Oilers rallied for a 33-28 victory over the Bears. "I don't know if we're capable of winning another game," Chicago coach Mike Ditka whined after the Bears' second straight loss dropped them into a tie with the Vikings for first in the Central Division. The Cowboys dropped to 0-6 as they lost 31-14 to the 49ers, who were playing without the injured Joe Montana. San Francisco's victory allowed it to hold on to second place in the NFC West behind the unbeaten Rams, who were idle. Dan Marino threw for 266 yards, but for the first time in his seven-year career, the Dolphins won, 20-13 over the Bengals, without his passing for a touchdown. For AFC Central Division-leading Cincinnati, the defeat marked the end of a 12-game home winning streak. The Broncos, No. 1 in the AFC West, held the Colts to a paltry 128 total yards en route to beating them 14-3. Phil Simms threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Giants overtook Washington 20-17 to retain first place in the NFC East, and Randall Cunningham tossed a pair of third-quarter TD passes to Cris Carter as the Eagles knocked off the Cardinals 17-5. Cunningham completed 16 of 29 passes for 192 yards to reach the 10,000-yards-passing plateau after five years in the NFL. The Saints capitalized on two turnovers and a free kick after a safety to score three TDs on short drives as they beat the Jets 29-14. A 22-yard Paul McFadden field goal with six seconds to play gave the Falcons a 16-15 victory over the Patriots. In other games: The Steelers upset the Browns 17-7; the Raiders, who on Monday, Oct. 9, had beaten the Jets 14-7, defeated the Chiefs 20-14; the Seahawks edged the Chargers 17-16; the Lions tripped up the Bucs by the same score; and the Vikings nailed the Packers 26-14 (page 86).
HOCKEY—While the Kings' Wayne Gretzky was becoming the greatest scorer in NHL history, by getting three points, including two goals, in a 5-4 overtime defeat of the Oilers to surpass Gordie Howe's record of 1,850 points, set in 1980 (page 50), Sergei Priakin got another historic goal, the game-winner for Smythe Division-leading Calgary as they topped the Devils 4-2 in the first meeting between Soviet players on opposing NHL teams. The Flames, 2-1-1 on the week, couldn't open a gap between themselves and the Kings and Canucks, as each won twice, and Vancouver defenseman Paul Reinhart moved into the league scoring lead with 14 points in six games. Last year's scoring champ, Mario Lemieux of the Penguins, had his first goal of the season, in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers, after failing to score in his first four games. The Capitals handed the Patrick Division-pacesetting Rangers their lone defeat, 7-4. Montreal held on to the Adams Division lead despite two losses. One was a 2-0 defeat by the Bruins, which was Boston's first shutout of Montreal since March 8, 1970. The North Stars, tops in the Norris Division, remained the sole unbeaten (4-0-1) team in the NHL after wins over the Blues, 3-0, and the Nordiques, 3-2. The fans in St. Louis clearly haven't forgotten the Blues' 27-37-16 record of last year or their 1-8-1 preseason mark. Only 8,242 spectators showed up to watch that loss to the North Stars.
October 22, 1989
HORSE RACING—MI SELECTO ($20.40), with Jose Santos in the saddle, won the Meadowlands Cup by two lengths over Make the Most at the Meadow-lands Race Course. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:00[1/5] to win a $300,000 purse.
Adjudicating ($6.60), Jacinto Vasquez up, triumphed in the Champagne Stakes, for 2-year-old colts, at Belmont Park, by a neck over stable-mate Rhythm. The winner covered the mile in 1:37[3/5] to earn $343,200.
Bayakoa ($2.80), ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., beat Goodbye Halo by 11½ lengths to win the Spinster Stakes, for fillies and mares, at Keeneland. The 5-year-old mare ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:47[4/5] and won $172,412.
MOTOR SPORTS—RICK MEARS, driving a Penske Chevrolet, beat Mario Andretti, in a Lola-Chevrolet, by 1.846 seconds to win a CART event and $68,160 in Monterey, Calif. Mears averaged 94.174 mph for 84 laps of the 2.124-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca Raceway circuit.
Geoff Bodine, driving a Chevrolet Lumina, defeated Mark Martin, in a Ford Thunderbird, by two seconds to prevail in a 200-mile NASCAR event, which had been postponed for two weeks by rain. Bodine averaged 90.253 mph for 400 laps around the .625-mile North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway to earn $47,800.
At the Fall Nationals, in Chandler, Ariz., three-time world drag racing champion SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY, in a Dodge funny car, won her first national event since 1983, defeating Darrell Gwynn, also in a Dodge funny car, by .1 of a second. She attained a speed of 275.45 mph in covering the quarter-mile Firebird International Raceway strip in 5.058 seconds.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL routed Lars Wahlgren 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 to win a men's indoor tournament and $75,000 in Sydney, Australia.
Jimmy Connors knocked off John McEnroe 6-3, 6-3 in the final of a Grand Prix tour event in Toulouse, France. The victory was worth $45,000 to Connors.
Gabriela Sabatini defeated Mary Joe Fernandez 7-6, 6-4 to win a women's tour event and $50,000 in Filderstadt, West Germany.
Gretchen Magers beat Natalia Zvereva 6-3, 6-4 to win $17,000 and the first women's tour event staged in the U.S.S.R., in Moscow.
TRIATHLON—MARK ALLEN of Cardiff, Calif., won the men's division of the 140.6-mile Ironman Triathlon World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 8:09:14, breaking the event record, set by Dave Scott in 1986, by 19:23. In the women's competition, the victor, PAULA NEWBY-FRA-SER of Zimbabwe, finished in 9:00:56 to break her own women's event record, set last year, by five seconds (page 62).
MILEPOSTS—SUSPENDED: By the NHL, Detroit Red Wing left wing GERARD GALLANT, 26, for five games for deliberately attempting to injure Vancouver Canucks defenseman Garth Butcher in an Oct. 7 game; and Chicago Blackhawk defense-man DAVE MANSON, 22, for three games for pushing linesman Ron Asselstine during a game against the New York Rangers on Oct. 8.
TRADED: By the Dallas Cowboys, running back HERSCHEL WALKER, 27, to the Minnesota Vikings for linebackers JESSE SOLOMON, 25, and DAVID HOWARD, 28; cornerback ISSIAC HOLT, 27; defensive end ALEX STEWART, 25; running back DARRIN NELSON, 30; and a 1992 first-round draft choice. The Cowboys may receive up to six other first-, second-and third-round choices in the next five years if undisclosed conditions involving the traded players are met (page 42).