PRO BASKETBALL—Playing on surgically repaired heels, Larry Bird led the Celtics in points (32) and minutes (33) in their season opener, a 127-114 defeat of the Bucks. In Boston's second game, with four seconds left, Bird canned a 15-foot jumper to beat the Bulls 102-100. Four other teams got off to 2-0 starts. The defending-NBA-champion Pistons surprised no one by defeating the Knicks (106-103) and the Bullets (95-93), but the Nets, the Trail Blazers and the Pacers—all sub-.500 clubs last season—were startlingly quick starters. The expansion teams had a predictably bad time of it. The Minnesota Timberwolves lost their inaugural game 106-94 in Seattle and another game, to Portland, 93-83. The Orlando Magic fell to New Jersey 111-106 in its debut.
PRO FOOTBALL—John Elway passed and ran for two second-half touchdowns in leading the Broncos, atop the AFC West, to a 34-7 defeat of the Steelers. Pat Leahy kicked a 23-yard field goal on the game's final play as the Jets overcame a Patriots rally to beat New England 27-26. The Browns intercepted four of Vinny Testaverde's passes and returned two of them for touchdowns on successive plays in the first half en route to a 42-31 victory over the Bucs, giving Cleveland sole possession of the AFC Central lead. Warren Moon rallied the Oilers with two third-quarter TD passes, and Houston hung on to beat the Lions 35-31. Don Majkowski hit Sterling Sharpe with a 14-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass with 32 seconds left to play, for a 14-13 Packer win over Chicago. The Dolphins capitalized on Eric Dickerson's absence—he was out with a hamstring pull—to beat the Colts 19-13. Paul McFadden's 50-yard field goal with two seconds remaining gave the Falcons a 30-28 victory over the AFC East-leading Bills. Chris Bahr had a 49-yard field goal with four seconds left to lift the Chargers to a 20-17 defeat of the Eagles. Bo Jackson gained 159 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Raiders beat Cincinnati 28-7. Elsewhere in the league: The Vikings, leaders in the NFC Central, knocked off the Rams 23-21; Dallas won for the first time this season, 13-3 over the Redskins; the Chiefs overcame the Seahawks 20-10; the NFC West-leading 49ers were idle; and the Giants, tops in the NFC East, came off a 24-14 win over Minnesota on Monday, Oct. 30, to beat the Cardinals 20-13 (page 42).
GOLF—ELAINE CROSBY shot a final-round 70 for an 11-under-par tournament total of 205 and a three-stroke victory over Dawn Coe in the Japan Classic, in Otsu. Crosby took home $75,000.
HOCKEY—Ignoring the WAYNE WHO? banner draped above the ice, Wayne Gretzky scored his 46th career hat trick during an 8-4 Kings win over the Penguins in the first showdown of the season between Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Smythe Division-leading Calgary remained unbeaten at the Saddledome with a 5-3 win over the Jets and a 7-3 defeat of the Devils but could not prevail in Edmonton, falling 5-2 despite outshooting the Oilers 34-15. The Sabres, the only other team unbeaten at home (6-0-1), moved into a tie with the Canadiens for the Adams Division lead with victories over Montreal (4-3) and L.A. (5-3) and a 3-3 tie with the Bruins. The Canadiens had better luck against the downstate New York teams, beating the Islanders 3-0 and the Patrick Division-leading Rangers 3-2. The Rangers also fell 3-1 to the Flyers, who thus ended a 0-4-1 streak on the road. The Rangers' only victory of the week came when Darren Turcotte had a goal and set up three others, two by Brian Leetch, in a 6-1 thrashing of the Nordiques, which spoiled Michel Bergeron's return to Madison Square Garden, where he had coached the past two seasons. Quebec is now 3-11-1, worst in the NHL. The Blackhawks, 3-1 this week, are tops in the Norris Division and the NHL, with 23 points.
HORSE RACING—The winners in the Breeders' Cup races at Gulfstream Park were: in the six-furlong SI Million Sprint for 3-year-olds and up, DANCING SPREE ($35.20), Angel Cordero Jr. up, in 1:09; in the 1[1/16]-mile $1 Million Juvenile Fillies, GO FOR WAND ($7), Randy Romero up, in 1:44[1/5]; in the 1?-mile $1 Million Distaff for fillies and mares 3 years old and up, BAYAKOA ($3.40), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, in 1:47[2/5]; in the $1 Million Mile for 3-year-olds and up, STEINLEN ($5.60), Jose Santos up, in 1:37[1/5]; in the 1[1/16]-mile $1 Million Juvenile, RHYTHM ($7.20), Craig Perret up, in 1:43[3/5]; in the 1�-mile $2 Million Turf for 3-year-olds and up, PRIZED ($19.60), Eddie Delahoussaye up, in 2:28; in the 1�-mile $3 Million Classic for 3-year-olds and up, SUNDAY SILENCE ($6), Chris McCarron up, in 2:00[1/5] (page 28).
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore and Dallas remained undefeated (2-0) and retained their positions atop the Eastern and Western divisions, respectively. Tim Wittman scored two fourth-quarter goals to lead the Blast to a 7-6 victory over Wichita. Mark Karpun's overtime goal gave the Sidekicks a 5-4 win over St. Louis.
MARATHON—JUMA IKANGAA of Tanzania won the men's division of the New York City Marathon in a course-record 2:08:01, and INGRID KRISTIANSEN of Norway won the women's competition in 2:25:30 (page 46).
MOTOR SPORTS—THIERRY BOUTSEN, driving a Williams- Renault, defeated Alessandro Nannini, in a Benetton-Ford, by 28.658 seconds to win the Australian Grand Prix, in Adelaide. Boutsen averaged 81.960 mph for 70 laps of the 2.35-mile street circuit.
Bill Elliott, driving a Ford Thunderbird, defeated Terry Labonte, also in a Thunderbird, by 0.47 of a second to win a NASCAR event in Phoenix. Elliott, who earned $57,900, averaged a race-record 105.683 mph for 312 laps of the one-mile oval.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Paris Open and $300,000.