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BASEBALL—The Oakland Athletics defeated the Toronto Blue Jays four games to one to win the American League pennant, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 in the National League Championship Series (page 30).
PRO FOOTBALL—The NFC West-leading Rams, the NFL's lone unbeaten team, ran their record to 5-0 with a 26-14 victory over the Falcons. Rookie Pete Stoyanovich kicked a 35-yard overtime field goal to give Miami a 13-10 victory over the Browns. Stoyanovich had missed a 46-yarder in the third quarter and a 45-yarder with eight seconds left in regulation. With Cleveland's loss, the Bengals took over sole possession of first place in the AFC Central as Boomer Esiason shrugged off a gimpy left ankle to pass for 219 yards and a touchdown in a 26-16 win over the Steelers. The Colts' defense forced six turnovers and converted them into 23 points in a 37-14 thrashing of the Bills. The two teams are now tied for the AFC East lead. The Vikings scored twice on interceptions in a space of 5:19 during the second quarter of a 24-17 victory over the Lions: Ike Holt returned his swipe of an Eric Hippie pass 90 yards for one of the touchdowns, and Mike Merriweather rambled 15 yards for the other. Rookie Bobby Humphrey dashed 17 yards, with 1:03 left, for the decisive score to lift Denver, the leader in the AFC West, to a 16-10 victory over the Chargers. Christian Okoye had a career-high 156 yards on 30 carries as the Chiefs overcame a 16-3 halftime deficit to defeat the Seahawks 20-16. Joe Montana, the league's passing leader, threw three second-half touchdown passes to lead the 49ers to a 24-20 come-from-behind win over the Saints. In other games: The Patriots upset the Oilers 23-13; the Packers ripped the winless Cowboys 31-13; the Redskins edged the Cardinals 30-28; the NFC Central-leading Bears (who on Monday, Oct. 2, had beaten the Eagles 27-13) and the Giants, the NFC East pacesetters, both fell for the first time, Chicago 42-35 to the Bucs and New York 21-19 to Philadelphia (page 46).
HARNESS RACING—PEACE CORPS ($2.60), driven by John Campbell, beat Demilo Hanover by 1� lengths in the third heat of the Kentucky Futurity, at the Red Mile. The 3-year-old filly, who earned $83,550, won the one-mile heat in 1:54[2/5] to eclipse Mack Lobell's stakes record of 1:55, set in 1987 and equaled last year by Huggie Hanover.
HOCKEY—Soviet defector Alexander Mogilny had a goal in his first NHL shift with the Sabres—20 seconds into Buffalo's 4-3 win over the Nordiques—to get the NHL's coterie of new players from the U.S.S.R. off to an auspicious start. Sergei Makarov led the scoring race among the Soviet contingent with two goals and five assists in two games for the Flames, who beat the Red Wings 10-7 and the Islanders 6-3 to begin their defense of the Stanley Cup. A former linemate of Makarov's on the Central Red Army team, Vladimir Krutov of Vancouver, had his first two NHL goals, and another Soviet, Igor Larionov, added a pair of assists in the Canucks' 5-3 defeat of the Red Wings. Detroit's signing of Steve Yzerman, the third-leading scorer in the league last season, to the third-largest contract in NHL history—a reported $1.5 million per year for five seasons—failed to give the Wings enough of a boost to get them a victory in three starts. The Rangers, who ended last season with a nine-game losing streak, opened this year on a decidedly different note. A 4-1 victory over the Jets and a 5-3 defeat of the Blackhawks placed them at the top of the Patrick Division. The Canadiens, who beat the Whalers 4-1 and the Sabres 5-1, and the North Stars went undefeated in the Adams and Norris divisions, respectively. Minnesota (2-0-1) opened a season with two wins for the first time since 1980-81, as Mike Modano, the first pick in the 1988 draft, had three goals in the two games. Two-time NHL scoring champion Mario Lemieux of the Penguins had five points—all on assists—in his first two games. And the Wayne Gretzky countdown began: With two goals and four assists in the Kings' three games, two of which L.A. won, Gretzky needed only eight points to break Gordie Howe's NHL career scoring mark of 1,850.
HORSE RACING—EASY GOER ($2.20), Pat Day up, won the Jockey Club Gold Cup, at Belmont Park, by four lengths over Cryptoclearance. The 3-year-old colt earned $659,400, covering the 1� miles in 2:29[1/5]. The win was his fifth straight.
MOTOR SPORTS—KEN SCHRADER, driving a Chevrolet, held off Harry Gant, in an Oldsmobile, to win a 500-mile NASCAR event in Concord, N.C. Schrader set a race record with an average speed of 149.863 mph for 334 laps around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. The old mark of 146.861 had been set by Bill Elliott in 1984.
TENNIS—ANDRE AGASSI beat Brad Gilbert 6-2, 6-1 to earn the $59,500 winner's purse in a men's tour event in Orlando, Fla.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: As coach of the Los Angeles Raiders, ART SHELL, 42, who thereby became the first black head coach in modern NFL history. He replaced MIKE SHANAHAN, who was fired after guiding the Raiders to an 8-12 record during his one-plus seasons (page 74).