PRO FOOTBALL—The Seahawks, leaders in the AFC West, defeated the Browns 16-10, but the worst news for Cleveland was that for the third time this season it lost a quarterback to injury. The latest victim was Mike Pagel, who separated his right shoulder while making a tackle after a blocked Browns field goal attempt. All Seattle's points followed Cleveland turnovers. The Bills ran their record to 5-1 and stayed atop the AFC East with a 34-23 victory over the Colts. Buffalo's Jim Kelly, who had thrown only two TD passes this season, connected with Andre Reed for two and Ronnie Harmon for one as the Bills overcame a 17-point deficit. Reed had seven catches for 124 yards. The Bears coasted to a 24-7 win over the Lions to remain No. 1 in the NFC Central with a 5-1 record. The Vikings' Anthony Carter caught seven passes for 82 yards and one TD as Minnesota defeated the Buccaneers 14-13 to remain one game behind the Bears. The Redskins dropped the Cowboys into last place in the NFC East with a 35-17 win; Washington quarterback Mark Rypien threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score. Surprising Phoenix, now 4-2, took the NFC East lead by burying the Steelers 31-14 behind Neil Lomax's 291 yards and three TD passes. In the NFC West the Saints, who began the week with a 20-17 Monday night squeaker over the Cowboys, on Sunday beat the Chargers 23-17 for their fifth straight victory, and the Rams defeated the Falcons 33-0 as Greg Bell ran for 155 yards. Thus, New Orleans and Los Angeles stayed tied for the division lead at 5-1. The 49ers dropped a game behind with a 16-13 overtime loss to the Broncos. The Packers got their first victory of the season with a 45-3 trouncing of the Patriots: the Oilers improved to 4-2 with a 7-6 win over the Chiefs; and the Dolphins beat the Raiders 24-14. Cincinnati remained the league's only undefeated team with a 36-19 victory over the Jets (page 42).
GOLF—TOM PURTZER beat Mark Brooks on the first playoff hole to win the Southwest Golf Classic and $72,000, in Abilene, Texas. Purtzer and Brooks were tied after 72 holes at 19-under-par 269.
HARNESS RACING—MATT'S SCOOTER ($2.20), driven by Michel Lachance, defeated Bays Fella by 2� lengths to win the Messenger Stakes, at Yonkers Raceway. The 3-year-old colt covered the mile in 1:56[3/5] to earn the $230,702 winner's purse.
HOCKEY—Wayne Gretzky's debut for the Kings was the highlight of the opening week of NHL play. In Los Angeles's first sellout of a home opener in its 22-year history. Gretzky scored on his first shot and added three assists in an 8-2 victory over the Red Wings. Luc Robitaille had a hat trick for L.A. The NHL champion Oilers proved they could play without the Great One as they blitzed the Islanders 5-1 and beat the Jets 5-4. The Bruins hung their Wales Conference championship banner before their opener and then took an early lead in the Adams Division with a 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs and two triumphs over the Whalers by 6-2 and 3-1 scores. The Blackhawks and the Rangers skated to a 2-2 overtime tie in their opener, as Mike Keenan made his debut as Chicago's coach, and former Canadiens star Guy Lafleur came out of retirement in a New York uniform. Lafleur took four shots on goal but failed to score.
HORSE RACING—WAQUOIT ($3.40), ridden by Jose Santos, defeated Personal Flag by 15 lengths to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup and $637,800 at Belmont. The 5-year-old horse ran the 1� miles in 2:27[3/5]. Morning-line favorite Alysheba was scratched because of the sloppy track.
Sunshine Forever ($6.20), with Angel Cordero Jr. in the saddle, beat runner-up My Big Boy by 4� lengths in the Turf Classic Invitational, at Belmont. The 3-year-old colt covered the 1� miles in 2:33[4/5] to earn $360,000.
MOTOR SPORTS—RUSTY WALLACE, driving a Pontiac, held off Darrell Waltrip, in a Chevrolet, to win a 500-mile NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in Concord, N.C. Wallace averaged 130.677 mph for 334 laps around the 1.5-mile oval.
MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: Race-car driver RANDY LANIER, 34, of running an international drug smuggling operation. Lanier, who was rookie driver of the year in the 1986 Indianapolis 500, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.
FILED FOR DIVORCE: Actress ROBIN GIVENS. 23, from heavyweight boxing champion MIKE TYSON, 22. in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California is a community-property state, under whose laws Givens may be able to claim a larger settlement than if she had filed in New Jersey, where Tyson, her husband of eight months, has an estate. Givens also obtained restraining orders that prohibit Tyson from attempting to see her.
FIRED: As general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, SYD THRIFT, 59. who by trading for such players as third baseman Bobby Bonilla, catcher Mike LaValliere and outfielder Andy Van Slyke during his three-year tenure, helped lift the Pirates from last-place National League East finishes in 1985 and '86 to second place in '88; as manager of the Seattle Mariners, JIM SNYDER, 57, who replaced Dick Williams in June, when the Mariners were 28-28, and guided them to a final record of 68-93 and a last-place finish in the American League West; as manager of the Chicago White Sox, JIM FREGOSI, 46, who in his 2� seasons with the Sox had a record of 193-226, including a 71-90 mark this year, when the White Sox finished fifth in the American League West: and as manager of the New York Yankees, LOU PINIELLA, 45, who had a 45-48 record as the Yanks finished in fifth place in the American League East after he took over for Billy Martin on June 23. Piniella was replaced by former Philadelphia Phillie manager DALLAS GREEN, 54.