BOXING—LUSITA ESPINOSA knocked out Khaokor Galaxy in the first round to win the WBA bantamweight title, in Bangkok.
CYCLING—JEANNIE LONGO of France broke the women's world indoor 10-km cycling record, surpassing the mark of 13:12.534, which she set last year, by 58.274 seconds, in Paris.
PRO FOOTBALL—Oiler quarterback Warren Moon threw three touchdown passes in the first half—two to Alonzo Highsmith—and Houston's defense held the Steelers to 132 total yards en route to a 27-0 victory, the Oilers' first shutout since 1980. The win, coupled with the Bengals' 23-12 loss to the Colts, put Houston into a tie with Cincy for the AFC Central Division lead. The Eagles turned two third-quarter interceptions into a 10-7 triumph over the Raiders; the loss was L.A.'s first in three games under coach Art Shell. The Viking defense, tops overall in the NFL, had eight sacks for 42 yards, intercepted two passes and recovered three fumbles as Minnesota overwhelmed the Lions 20-7 to take a half-game lead in the NFC Central over the idle Bears. The Redskins' Mark Rypien threw two touchdown passes to Gary Clark, and the Washington defense held off a Buccaneer rally—Tampa Bay had 21 points in the fourth quarter—as the Skins won 32-28. Pete Stoyanovich kicked a 33-yard field goal with six seconds to play to give the Dolphins a 23-20 victory after the Packers had scored two TDs in the final six minutes. Steve Young completed 10 of 11 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-20 beating of the Patriots by the NFC West-leading 49ers. David Treadwell's 27-yard field goal 7:46 into overtime gave the Broncos a 24-21 victory over the Seahawks and a three-game lead in the AFC West. Ottis Anderson ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Giants, tops in the NFC East, held on to knock off the Chargers 20-13. In other games: The Cardinals nailed the Falcons 34-20; the Rams fell to the Saints 40-21 after losing their first game of the year, 23-20, to the AFC East-leading Bills on Monday, Oct. 16; Buffalo ripped the Jets 34-3; and the Chiefs beat the Cowboys 36-28.
GOLF—TIM SIMPSON shot a final-round 70 for a 16-under-par 272 and a one-stroke victory over Donnie Hammond in a PGA Tour event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He took home $144,000.
GYMNASTICS—The U.S.S.R. won the men's and women's team competitions at the world championships in Stuttgart. In the individual all-around competition, IGOR KOROBCHINSKI of the U.S.S.R. won the men's title, and countrywoman SVETLANA BOGINSKAYA got the women's crown.
HOCKEY—The Smythe Division-leading Flames had to be disappointed about a 2-1 loss to the Canadiens, satisfied with a 5-2 win over the Bruins and ecstatic about a tie with the Nordiques. Calgary trailed Quebec 8-3 before scoring three goals within 27 seconds midway through the third period to narrow the lead. Then, with 11 seconds remaining to play, the Flames tied an NHL record—and the game—by scoring two shorthanded goals within four seconds. Montreal's defeat of Calgary was its lone bright spot in a week that also included three losses, one a 6-2 rout by the Sabres in which the Canadiens surrendered the Adams Division lead to Buffalo. The Rangers remained comfortably atop the Patrick Division by running their record to 6-1-1 (their best start since 1983) with wins over the Whalers, 7-3, and the Flyers, 3-1. The Red Wings ended the Norris Division-leading North Stars' season-opening unbeaten streak at six games as Steve Yzerman got two goals and an assist in a 4-3 Detroit triumph. Minnesota also fell to the Nordiques, 7-2; Quebec's Peter Stastny scored twice and added two assists in that game, and teammate Guy Lafleur became the ninth player in NHL history to reach 1,300 points, with his second of three assists. The Islanders' Mike Vukota had his first hat trick in a 5-3 victory over the Capitals. Vukota, known as an enforcer, had only three goals in 71 games over two seasons before scoring three times in five minutes in the first period against Washington. Later in the same game, Vukota reverted to form by high-sticking Caps right wing Alan May.
HORSE RACING—CALTECH ($28.80), Rene Douglas up, turned back a stretch rally by favorite Yankee Affair to win the International at Laurel Race Course. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1� miles in 2:07[3/5] and won $450,000.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALESSANDRO NANNINI, who was driving a Benetton-Ford, beat Riccardo Patrese, in a Williams- Renault, by 11.904 seconds to win the Japanese Grand Prix. Nannini averaged 121.462 mph for 53 laps around the 3.64-mile Suzuka raceway. ALAIN PROST, who retired from the race following a crash with defending world champion Ayrton Senna six laps from the finish, nonetheless clinched the Formula One championship for the third time.
Mark Martin, driving a Ford Thunderbird, finished 3.02 seconds ahead of Rusty Wallace, in a Pontiac Grand Prix, to win a NASCAR event in Rockingham, N.C. Martin, who earned $52,800, averaged 114.075 mph for 492 laps of the 1.017-mile oval.
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF defeated Jana Novotna 6-1, 7-6 to win the European Indoors women's title and $50,000, in Zurich.