BOXING—Three-time world champion ROBERTO DURAN, 36, of Panama, who hopes to gain a shot at the middleweight title, continued his comeback with a 10-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Gimenez of Paraguay, in Miami.
EQUESTRIAN—At the Cadillac-American Gold Cup show jumping event in Devon, Pa., 1984 Olympic gold medalist JOE FARGIS beat John McConnell by .01 of a second to win the $20,000 first prize. Fargis guided his mare Mill Pearl to two penalty-free rides and a jump-off time of 35.29 seconds.
PRO FOOTBALL—If Tampa Bay quarterback Steve DeBerg was glancing over his shoulder at his heralded rookie backup, Vinny Testaverde, it didn't show in the Bucs' 48-10 home-opening rout of Atlanta. DeBerg passed for 333 yards and a team-record five touchdowns as Tampa Bay set club records for points and margin of victory. The Oilers rallied to upset the Rams 20-16 in the Astrodome on Warren Moon's 59-yard scoring pass to Ernest Givins with 2:59 to play and a 19-yard field goal by Tony Zendejas with 1:01 left. Pittsburgh shocked San Francisco 30-17 in Three Rivers Stadium, as Steeler coach Chuck Noll moved past Paul Brown into fifth place on the NFL career victory list with 171. New Orleans defeated Cleveland 28-21 in the Superdome to hand the Browns their fifth straight opening-game loss. St. Louis beat Dallas 24-13 for its first victory in a home opener since 1975, while in Kansas City the Chiefs beat San Diego 20-13 on rookie Paul Palmer's 95-yard kickoff return with 3:19 left. The Redskins beat Philadelphia 34-24 in Washington as reserve quarterback Doug Williams came off the bench to throw for 272 yards and two TDs, while Minnesota whipped visiting Detroit 34-19. Miami not only lost its opener, 28-21, at New England but also punter Reggie Roby for at least a month with a sprained right ankle and knee and a groin pull. The Jets won 31-28 at Buffalo for their seventh straight triumph over the Bills, and Cincinnati nipped Indianapolis 23-21 in the Hoosier Dome. Denver quarterback John Elway threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' 40-17 romp past Seattle in Mile High Stadium (page 26). Marcus Allen rushed for 136 yards and one score as the Raiders rolled past Green Bay 20-0 in Titletown. It was the first time the Packers had been shut out since 1978.
GOLF—Rookie SAM RANDOLPH won $90,000 and his first PGA tournament, after rain forced cancellation of the final round of the Bank of Boston Classic in Sutton, Mass. Randolph had finished 54 holes at four-under-par 199, four strokes ahead of the field.
Nancy Lopez shot a final-round, one-under-par 71 for a 54-hole total of 210 to win the LPGA Cellular One-Ping tournament in Portland, Ore. Lopez, who won $33,750, finished one stroke ahead of three competitors.
Gary Player sank a 10-foot putt for a birdie on the first hole of a playoff to defeat Bob Charles and win the $37,500 first prize of the World Senior Invitational, in Charlotte, N.C. Player and Charles finished the 54-hole event tied at nine-under-par 207.
HARNESS RACING—At the Red Mile track in Lexington, Ky., John Campbell drove FOLLOW MY STAR ($9.60) to a half-length triumph over Enroute in the Breeders Crown for older pacing mares. Follow My Star won the $153,831 purse by covering the mile in 1:53[4/5].
HOCKEY—Team Canada and the Soviet Union worked overtime in the first two games of their best-of-three Canada Cup final. After losing the opener in Montreal 6-5 in OT, Team Canada tied the series with a 6-5 double-OT triumph, in Hamilton, Ont. (page 74).
HORSE RACING—NORTH SIDER ($4.40), ridden by Angel Cordero, rallied to win the one-mile Maskette Stakes for fillies and mares by a neck over 4-5 favorite Wisla at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old mare, who earned an $85,500 purse, was timed in 1:35.
Good Command ($21), a 9-1 shot ridden by Chris McCarron, coasted to a 2�-length victory over Stop The Fighting in the Del Mar Breeders Cup. The 4-year-old ran the mile in 1:34[4/5] to earn $86,250.