FOOTBALL—NFL: In the first sudden-death period this season, Roger Staubach of Dallas passed to Billy Joe DuPree in the end zone to beat the Cardinals 37-31. The Washington defense, led by Tackle Diron Talbert, sacked the Giants' quarterbacks eight times in a 49-13 drubbing (page 30). The Falcons, who had never beaten Detroit in seven meetings, lost again, 17-14, but only after a 14-yard fourth-down toss from Greg Landry set up Altie Taylor's one-yard TD run with 1:20 left to play. Another fourth-down pass, from Oiler Quarterback Dan Pastorini to Tight End John Sawyer with 44 seconds left in the half, produced a touchdown and put Houston ahead to stay, the Oilers defeating hapless San Diego 33-17. The Jets leaned mainly on Running Backs John Riggins and Carl Garrett in a 30-24 victory over Kansas City. Ken Anderson's precision passing continued to plague Cincinnati opponents, the Bengal quarterback completing 17 of 22 against hapless New Orleans, three of them for touchdowns in a 21-0 win. Chicago got its first win of the year from the foot of Bob Thomas, who missed an extra point but then booted a 26-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining to defeat Philadelphia 15-13. Miami squeaked by New England 22-14 after having trailed by 14 at the half. Minnesota overpowered Cleveland 42-10, while the Colts kept on losing at home—they haven't won in Baltimore since 1973. This time Oakland did the job, 31-20. Los Angeles edged San Francisco 23-14. Buffalo Hexed its muscles against Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh, winning 30-21 behind O. J. Simpson, who rushed for 227 yards.
WFL: West beat East when the two division leaders met in San Antonio. The Memphis Southmen faltered, losing 25-17 to the San Antonio Wings as Southman Larry Csonka contributed only six yards and fumbled once. A punt return of 35 yards set up the Wings' first touchdown. In the Eastern division, the Jacksonville Express applied pressure to the second-place Birmingham Vulcans, when Quarterback George Mira hit Steve Barrios on a fourth-period, 40-yard scoring pass that put the Express ahead. Charlie Durkee made the final score 26-18 with a 46-yard field goal. Anthony Davis clicked off 101 yards on the ground (his sixth game of more than 100 yards this season) and scored the winning touchdown in the Southern California Sun's 24-17 defeat of the Charlotte Hornets. The Shreveport Steamer beat the Hawaiians 32-25.
GOLF—WILLIAM COLM, of Pebble Beach, Calif., beat Steve Stimac, of Walnut Creek, Calif., 4 and 3 to win the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, at the Carmel ( Calif.) Valley Golf and Country Club (page 98).
Dave Hill scored a par on the first hole of sudden death to defeat Rik Massengale and win the $135,000 Sahara Invitational tournament, at Las Vegas. Both golfers shot fourth-round two-under-par 69s to end regulation play with 14-under-par 270 totals.
HORSE RACING—FOREGO ($3.80) pulled away from Wajima to win the Woodward Stakes at Belmont, covering the 1� miles in 2:27[1/5], (page 109).
LACROSSE—NLL: In the best-of-seven Nations Trophy playoffs, the Quebec Caribous led the Montreal Quebecois three games to two (page 102).
MOTORCYCLE RACING—Accumulating a season's total of 1,358 points, GARY SCOTT, 23, of Springfield, Ohio, clinched his first American Motorcycle Grand National.
Don Vesco, riding a twin-engined Yamaha, set a world speed record for two-wheeled vehicles on Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. The 36-year-old motorcyclist from El Cajon, Calif. averaged 302.925 mph for his two runs.
MOTOR SPORTS—Maneuvering his Formula 5000 car through the city's streets, BRIAN REDMAN won the Long Beach Grand Prix (page 32).
Driving a Dodge, DAVE MARCIS averaged a course-record 75.819 mph as he zoomed to his first NASCAR victory in the Old Dominion 500 Grand National stock-car race at Martinsville, Va.