PRO FOOTBALL—The Houston defense shot itself in the foot by calling timeout just before a play on which the 49ers would turn over the ball. On the replay of that down, Joe Montana completed a 46-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor that gave NFC West-leading San Francisco a 24-21 win and a 4-0 record. Falcon quarterback Chris Miller completed four passes to Andre Rison for 77 yards on one drive, including a three-yarder that cinched a 28-27 win over the Saints. The Colts upset the Chiefs 23-19 on Albert Bentley's second TD run of the game, a 10-yarder with 5:53 to play. The 4-1 Dolphins took a share of the AFC East lead with the Bills, thanks in good measure to Mark Duper, who caught 69-yard and 13-yard touchdown passes from Dan Marino to rally Miami from a 13-point half-time deficit to a 20-16 win over the Jets. The Lions beat the Vikings 34-27 as Barry Sanders rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 42 yards, including a 22-yard TD toss. With their second victory of the season, a 14-10 defeat of the Bucs, the 2-3 Cowboys doubled their win total of last season. Dallas was the only team from the NFC East to play; the Giants lead the division with a 4-0 record. In other games, the Bears, who lead the NFC Central, beat the Packers 27-13; the Bills knocked the Raiders, pacesetters in the AFC West, from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 38-24 triumph; the Seahawks, who beat the Bengals 31-16 on Monday night, crunched the Patriots 33-20; the Steelers stopped the Chargers 36-14; and Cincinnati, tops in the AFC Central, defeated the Rams 34-31 (page 38).
GOLF—MARK O'MEARA shot a final-round seven-under-par 63 to beat Gary Hallberg by a stroke and win a PGA Tour event in San Antonio. O'Meara, whose 72-hole score was 261, earned $144,000.
Beth Daniel defeated Nancy Lopez by a stroke to win an LPGA tour event and $150,000 in Tallahassee, Fla. Daniel's total was a 17-under-par 271 (page 74).
At a Senior PGA Tour event in Clemmons, N.C., CHARLES COODY shot a three-round, 14-under-par 202 to beat Al Geiberger and Bob Charles by three strokes and win $202,500.
HOCKEY—With the Penguins' high-scoring Mario Lemieux busy convalescing from back surgery for three months, the best Lemieux in the Patrick Division as the season began was the Devils' Claude, who was recently acquired from the Canadiens. He scored two goals in New Jersey's 3-3 tie with the Red Wings and another in a 3-1 victory over the Flyers. Pittsburgh, even sans Mario, bettered New Jersey 7-4 on Sunday night to take over the top spot in the division. Forward Dave Poulin scored the Bruins' first goal of the season, 13:26 into Boston's opening-game 4-1 defeat of the Flyers, and then scored first in a 7-1 drubbing of the Nordiques, which put Boston ahead in the Adams Division. The Flames took the lead in the Smythe Division, with Gary Suter playing the starring role. He assisted on six of the seven Calgary goals in wins over the Canucks (3-2 in overtime) and Toronto (4-1). Despite being embarrassed by a charge of drunk driving two days before the season opener, Blackhawk coach and general manager Mike Keenan guided Chicago to wins over the Rangers (4-3) and the Blues (5-2), and into first place in the Norris Division.
HORSE RACING—SAUMAREZ ($16.40), ridden by Gerald Mosse and owned by L.A. Kings president Bruce McNall and center Wayne Gretzky, beat Epervier Bleu by three quarters of a length to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp, in Paris. The 3-year-old colt covered the course in 2:29.08 and earned $1 million for the victory.
In Breeders' Cup preps: BAYAKOA ($3.60), a 6-year-old mare with Laffit Pincay Jr. in the saddle, won the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile Spinster Stakes at Keeneland by three lengths over Gorgeous in a stakes-record time of 1:47 flat and earned $268,625; RIAL ($56.80), a 5-year-old horse, with Rafael Meza up, beat Eradicate by 1¼ lengths in the Oak Tree Invitational at Santa Anita, covering the 1½-mile turf course in 2:23[4/5] and taking home $300,000; FLYING CONTINENTAL ($12.20), a 4-year-old colt ridden by Corey Black, covered 1¼ miles in 2:00[3/5] to defeat De Roche by a neck and win the Jockey Club Gold Cup and $503,100, at Belmont; Jose Santos rode 2-year-old filly MEADOW STAR ($2.20) to a 14-length triumph over Champagne Glow worth $171,000, and 2-year-old colt FLY SO FREE ($9.40) to a 5¼-length win over Happy Jazz Band worth $381,600 in the Champagne Stakes (both races were at Belmont, where Meadow Star and Fly So Free ran 1:35[2/5] and 1:35⅗ respectively, for the mile); and in two other races at Belmont, 3-year-old GO FOR WAND ($2.20), Randy Romero up, covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:45[4/5] to beat Colonial Waters by 4¾ lengths and win the Beldame Stakes and $167,700, and CACOETHES ($5.80), with Ray Cochrane in the saddle, won the Turf Classic by 1½ lengths over Alwuhush. The 4-year-old colt's time over the 1½-mile course was 2:25, and he earned $360,000 (page 44).
MOTOR SPORTS—DAVEY ALLISON, driving a Ford Thunderbird, beat Morgan Shepard, also in a Thunderbird, by 2.59 seconds to win a NASCAR event and $90,650 in Concord, N.C. Allison averaged 137.375 mph for 500 laps of the 1.5-mile, high-banked oval.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER beat Stefan Edberg 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 to win the Australian Indoor Championship and $130,000, in Sydney.
Leila Meskhi defeated fellow Soviet Elena Brioukkhovets 6-4, 6-4 in the title match of a women's tour event in Moscow. She earned $6,300.
TRIATHLON—MARK ALLEN won his second straight Ironman World Championship by covering the 140.6-mile course in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 8:28.17. ERIN BAKER won the women's title with a time of 9:13.42.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NFL, Cincinnati Bengal coach SAM WYCHE, 45, an estimated $23,529, for barring a female reporter from the Bengals' locker room after their Oct. 1 game (page 38).
PLACED ON PROBATION: By the NCAA, the NORTHWESTERN STATE men's basketball program, for three years; for some 40 rules violations that occurred under coach Don Beasley, who was fired in 1988. The violations included giving illegal recruiting inducements to prospective players and extra benefits to athletes. The Demons were also banned from postseason play for two years and from appearing on television for one. And the number of scholarships they can grant for the next three years has been reduced.
SENTENCED: By a Seattle district court judge, SuperSonics guard DALE ELLIS, 30, to a day in jail for drunken and reckless driving. Ellis must also attend a driving school, perform 60 hours of community work and pay a $500 fine.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL, for stick-swinging incidents in Sept. 30 exhibition games, New York Islander defenseman JEFF NORTON, for eight games, and Chicago Blackhawk center ADAM CREIGHTON, for five games.
DIED: STEFANO CASIRAGHI, 30, whose 42-foot catamaran speedboat flipped at 93 mph as he was defending his World Offshore title off Monaco. Casiraghi, who was the husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, was killed upon impact with the water. His copilot, Patrice Innocenti, was ejected from the boat and suffered a fracture of the pelvis and a broken rib.
Rob Moroso, 22, a NASCAR driver, of injuries suffered when his car slid into another on a highway in Lake Norman, N.C. Moroso's blood-alcohol level was .22, twice the legal limit in North Carolina. Also killed was the driver of the other car, Tammy Williams, 27, of China Grove, N.C.