BASEBALL—The CINCINNATI REDS swept the Oakland Athletics in four games to win the World Series (page 18).
BOXING—MICHAEL NUNN defeated Donald Curry by a 10th-round knockout to retain the IBF middleweight title, in Paris.
PRO FOOTBALL—Though football may be just his hobby, Bo Jackson did a job on the Chargers in his 1990 NFL debut, rushing for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Raiders defeated San Diego 24-9. Los Angeles improved its AFC West-leading record to 6-1, its best start since 1984, with the help of a sputtering Charger offense that could muster only three field goals despite drives of 74, 70, 68 and 51 yards. The 49ers remained undefeated and atop the NFC West with a 27-7 win over the Steelers as Tom Rathman scored San Francisco's first rushing touchdowns of the season on a pair of one-yard runs. The Giants, who lead the NFC East, remained the only other unbeaten team—but barely—as they rallied behind backup quarterback Jeff Hostetler to score 10 points in the final 3:21 and edge the Cardinals 20-19. The Dolphins kept a share of the lead in the AFC East as Mark Higgs blocked a punt and then ran it in for a touchdown in a 17-10 defeat of the Patriots. The Bills stayed even with Miami when Jim Kelly completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jamie Mueller with 19 seconds left in the game to sew up a 30-27 win over the Jets. In the NFC Central, the Bears continued to hold the lead as the Buccaneers were the only team in the division to see action. They lost 17-13 to the Cowboys on a 28-yard Michael Irvin touchdown reception with 23 seconds left. In other games: The Broncos ended a three-game losing streak with a 27-17 win over the Colts, who got 55 yards rushing from Eric Dickerson in his 1990 debut after a contract holdout; Lorenzo White scored two touchdowns in the Oilers' 23-10 victory over the Saints; Norm Johnson kicked four field goals to lift the Seahawks over the Chiefs 19-7; Jim Everett had three touchdown passes as the struggling Rams overcame the Falcons 44-24; and the Redskins toppled the Eagles 13-7, after Philadelphia had defeated the Vikings 32-24 on Monday night (page 54).
GOLF—TIM SIMPSON shot a final-round one-under-par 71 for a 24-under-par total of 264 to defeat John Mahaffey by one stroke and win a PGA event and $180,000 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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Lee Trevino beat Mike Hill by two strokes to win a Senior PGA Tour event and $75,000 in Napa, Calif. He had a final-round seven-under-par 65 for an 11-under-par total of 205 for the 54-hole tournament.
HOCKEY—In the Smythe Division the Kings jumped out to the league's best early-season record, and Wayne Gretzky rapidly approached 2001: A Skates Odyssey. At week's end the Great One had extended his league record for career points to 1,996, including six goals and 11 assists in just eight games this season. Gretzky took the season's NHL lead in points, with a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win over the North Stars and a goal in a 5-2 defeat of the Whalers. At the other end of the Smythe spectrum, the Jets finally broke a six-game winless streak, with a 7-5 victory over the Canucks behind a pair of goals from Dave McLlwain. In the Patrick Division, the Devils remained unbeaten in six home games with a 3-2 defeat of the Rangers that broke New York's five-game winning streak. That victory was also New Jersey goalie Chris Terreri's third straight; he had 25 saves. The Flyers soared into a first-place tie with the Rangers behind the goaltending of Ken Wregget, who, while filling in for the injured Ron Hextall, has won six consecutive games. The Bruins lost more than a 3-1 game in Vancouver: They lost two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Ray Bourque for two weeks with a sprained right shoulder. The Whalers took over the lead in the mediocre Adams Division with an apt 1-1-1 week, while the Sabres got their first win of the season in eight tries, a 3-1 defeat of the Islanders that featured an assist and the first career goal by Buffalo rookie Donald Audette. In the Norris Division, the first-place Blackhawks remained the only team in the division that has outscored its opponents on the season. But even Chicago suffered ignominy: It lost 6-2 to the Maple Leafs, who thereby ended their winless streak at seven, their longest ever at the beginning of a season. The Blues had the best week in the Norris, 2-0-1, including a 5-2 defeat of the Oilers in which Brett Hull had two goals. It was St. Louis's first regular-season victory over Edmonton in almost five years.
HORSE RACING—MORLEY STREET ($6), Jimmy Frost in the saddle, took over the lead approaching the final jump and defeated Summer Colony by 11 lengths to win the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, at Belmont Park. The 6-year-old gelding covered the 2‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àöœÄ miles in 4:53.28 and earned $125,000.
Fly Till Dawn ($36.20), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, overtook Doublebooked in the stretch to win the International by 1¼ lengths and earn $385,000, at Laurel Race Course. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:01[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—NELSON PIQUET, driving a Ford, defeated teammate Roberto Moreno, also in a Ford, by 7.223 seconds to win the Japanese Grand Prix, in Suzuka. Piquet averaged 122 mph for 53 laps of the 192.977-mile road course. Ayrton Senna clinched the 1990 Formula One driving championship when his chief rival, Alain Prost, crashed just seconds into the race.
Alan Kulwicki, behind the wheel of a Ford Thunderbird, beat Bill Elliott, also driving a Thunderbird, to win a NASCAR event in Rockingham, N.C. Kulwicki, who finished the race under a caution flag, averaged 126.452 mph for 492 laps of the 1.017-mile North Carolina Motor Speedway and took home $53,300.
Danny Sullivan, in a Penske-Chevrolet, led wire to wire to defeat Al Unser Jr., who was driving a Lola-Chevrolet, by 29.799 seconds and win a CART event in Monterey, Calif. Sullivan averaged 103.556 mph for 84 laps of the 2.214-mile road course and earned $86,908 for the victory.
ROWING—The PENN A.C. ROWING ASSOCIATION defeated the Nottingham County Rowing Association by 9.89 seconds over three miles to win the men's eights championship of the Head of the Charles Regatta, in Boston.
TENNIS—IVAN LENDL rallied to defeat Michael Chang 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 and win a men's tour event and $200,000 in Hong Kong.
Mary Joe Fernandez beat Barbara Paulus 6-1, 6-3 to win a women's event and $70,000 in Filderstadt, Germany.
Goran Ivanisevic defeated Henri Leconte 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1 to win the European Community Championship, in Antwerp, Belgium. He earned $250,000 for the victory.
Marc Rosset upset Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-2 to win his first indoor title and $65,000 at a men's tour event in Lyons, France.
MILEPOSTS—TRADED: By the Los Angeles Raiders, cornerback DENNIS PRICE, 25, to the New York Jets for linebacker ALEX GORDON, 26; also by the Raiders, safety VANN McELROY, 30, to the Seattle Seahawks for an undisclosed draft pick; and by the Phoenix Cardinals, defensive end DAVID GALLOWAY, 31, to the Denver Broncos for an undisclosed draft pick.
DIED: LEW WORSHAM, 73, who defeated Sam Snead by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1947 U.S. Open; after a long illness; in Poquoson, Va.