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PRO FOOTBALL—The season's first Monday night game was a yawner as Pittsburgh defeated San Francisco 27-0. The flawless Steeler defense yielded just 101 yards and Franco Harris scored two touchdowns and rushed for 100 yards for the 26th time in his pro career. It was another story when the Steelers met Oakland on Sunday. Held scoreless until the final quarter, Pittsburgh lost to the Raiders for the third straight time, 16-7 (page 22). For nearly three quarters the 66,272 fans at Tampa Stadium had something to cheer about. Their Bucs were leading defending NFC champion Minnesota 3-2, but the cheers were silenced when Fran Tarkenton hit Chuck Foreman with a 31-yard touchdown pass to hand the Buccaneers a 9-3 loss, their 16th straight. It was 92� in Dallas, but the Cowboys were even hotter, beating the Giants 41-21. Rookie Tony Dorsett scored his first professional touchdowns on runs of 11 and 34 yards, and Roger Staubach completed 18 of 29 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown. Tight End Charlie Sanders caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Greg Landry in the third quarter, the 326th reception of his career and a Detroit career record, and Landry connected on a 23-yard scoring pass to J.D. Hill to enable the Lions to defeat New Orleans 23-19. Houston won its second straight, 16-10 over Green Bay, as Oiler Cornerback Willie Alexander intercepted a tipped pass and raced 95 yards for the winning score with less than five minutes to play. In Kansas City, San Diego won its first game, 23-7 over the Chiefs, but not without some misguided derring-do by Charger Defensive Tackle Leroy Jones, who intercepted a pass in the second quarter—and began running the wrong way. After hearing the screams of horrified teammates, he reversed his field and scored, breaking two tackles near the goal line. Jim Hart of St. Louis completed a club record 12 consecutive first-half passes, one a 17-yard touchdown throw to J.V. Cain, as the Cardinals nipped the Bears 16-13. In Los Angeles, Joe Namath found the winning touch, passing for two touchdowns and setting up a field goal in the Rams' 20-0 win over Philadelphia. In San Francisco, the 49ers fell to Miami 19-15, Nat Moore catching two touchdown passes and running 19 yards on an end-around for a third. Craig Morton ran for one touchdown and passed for another, and Otis Armstrong rushed for 96 yards as Denver crushed Buffalo 26-6. Denver's defense has yet to be scored upon this season. Cincinnati raced to a 28-0 lead over Seattle and then held off a Seahawk rally before winning 42-20. The Bengals scored on their first three possessions, but Seattle narrowed the margin to eight points in the fourth quarter. It took Kenny Anderson's 32-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Curtis and an 18-yard touchdown throw from Archie Griffin to Lenvil Elliott to ice the game for the Bengals. Washington trimmed Atlanta 10-6 and Baltimore beat the Jets 20-12.
GOLF—MIKE HILL won his first PGA tournament since 1972 by shooting an 11-under-par 269 in the $150,000 Ohio Kings Island Open in Mason, Ohio. He finished one stroke ahead of Tom Kite, who shot a final-round 62, tying the course record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1973. Nicklaus failed to make the cut after double-bogeying the 18th on the course he designed.
With birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes, JANE BLALOCK came from two shots off the pace to win the $100,000 Sarah Coventry LPGA Classic in Alamo, Calif., with a 10-under-par 282, three strokes ahead of Debbie Austin and Pat Meyers.
Dale Morey, 58, of High Point, N.C., became the sixth player to win the USGA senior amateur championship twice by defeating defending champion and two-time winner Lewis Oehmig, 61, of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. at Peabody, Mass.
HARNESS RACING—GOVERNOR SKIPPER ($2.60), driven by John Chapman, won the $150,000 Little Brown Jug in straight heats before a record 39,949 fans at the Delaware County ( Ohio) Fairgrounds. His time for the first heat of 1:56[1/5] was a world record for a 3-year-old pacer (page 58).
HORSE RACING—SAUCE BOAT ($5.60), under Steve Cauthen, won the $232,775 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park by two lengths over Gonquin, running the 6� furlongs in 1:16[3/5] on a sloppy track. The $130,665 purse was the richest to date for the 17-year-old rider, who leads the national jockey race with 383 victories, worth $4,489,400.
Cum Laude Laurie ($12), Angel Cordero up, took the $110,800 Ruffian Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park, finishing half a length ahead of Mississippi Mud. Carrying only 114 pounds, the 3-year-old filly was clocked in 1:52[1/5] for the mile and an eighth over slop (page 70).
MOTOR SPORTS—CALE YARBOROUGH averaged 73.447 mph in his Chevrolet on the half-mile oval at Martinsville, Va. to win the $100,800 Old Dominion 500 for the second straight year. He came in [8/10] of a second ahead of Benny Parsons.