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A roundup of the week Sept. 24-30
Compiled by BILL COLSON
October 08, 1979
BOXING—Unbeaten LARRY HOLMES stopped Earnie Shavers in the 11th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas. In the other title bout on the card, WBC super-bantamweight champion WILFREDO GOMEZ knocked out Carlos Mendoza in Round 10 (page 24).
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October 08, 1979

A Roundup Of The Week Sept. 24-30

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BOXING—Unbeaten LARRY HOLMES stopped Earnie Shavers in the 11th round to retain the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas. In the other title bout on the card, WBC super-bantamweight champion WILFREDO GOMEZ knocked out Carlos Mendoza in Round 10 (page 24).

Maurice Hope successfully defended his WBC junior middleweight crown in Wembley, England with a seventh-round knockout of Mike Baker.

Danny (Little Red) LOPEZ knocked out Jose Caba in Los Angeles to retain the WBC featherweight title.

PRO FOOTBALL—The league's five unbeaten teams played on the road, and four came home losers. The survivor was Tampa Bay, which escaped from Chicago with a 17-13 victory. The winning TD came on an eight-yard pass from Doug Williams to Isaac Hagins with 5:07 left to play. Tony Franklin's 48-yard, third-period field goal was the difference in Philadelphia's 17-14 upset of previously undefeated Pittsburgh, and in New York Richard Todd threw a 71-yard strike to Wesley Walker for the decisive score as the Jets handed Miami its first loss, 33-27. Cleveland, which began the week with a 26-7 trouncing of previously unbeaten Dallas, saw its record fall to 4-1 in the Astrodome. Earl Campbell scored three times in the 31-10 Oiler win that, coupled with the Steelers' loss, created a three-way tie among Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Houston for first place in the AFC Central. Washington beat Atlanta 16-7 to move into a deadlock at the top of the NFC East with the Eagles and Dallas, a 38-13 winner over Cincinnati. The Skins' Mark Moseley hit field goals of 45, 53 and 37 yards, and Joe Theismann completed 19 of 26 passes—10 of them to Danny Buggs—for 233 yards. Joe Ferguson, who had thrown for 367 yards and five TDs the week before, picked up 317 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 completions as Buffalo routed winless Baltimore 31-13. San Francisco was also still looking for its first victory after suffering a 31-9 defeat in San Diego. Dan Fouts turned in a 26-of-34 passing performance as he rallied the Chargers from a 3-0 second-quarter deficit. Kansas City blocked two punts to set up touchdowns in its 24-6 win over Seattle. The victory also featured the running of Ted McKnight, who gained 147 yards on 12 carries and scored on runs of 23 and 84 yards. Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-3 defeat of Denver; Minnesota edged Detroit 13-10; Los Angeles took sole possession of first in the NFC West with a 21-0 shutout of St. Louis; and New Orleans' Garo Yepremian extended his record string of successful field-goal attempts to 18 during a 24-14 defeat of the winless Giants.

GOLF—LON HINKLE finished with a three-under-par 67, for a 272 total, to win the World Series of Golf in Akron by one shot over Lee Trevino, Larry Nelson and Bill Rogers (page 92).

Nancy Lopez shot a final-round 70 for a 14-under-par 274 to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Dallas by two strokes over Sandra Post.

HORSE RACING—IT'S IN THE AIR ($8), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, pulled away from Blitey in the stretch to win the $133,125 Ruffian Handicap for fillies and mares by 5� lengths. The 3-year-old covered the 1? miles at Belmont Park in 1:47[2/5].

MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN JONES, driving a Williams FW07, beat Gilles Villeneuve, in a Ferrari, by one second to win the 197.3-mile Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal. Jones, who has won four of his last five starts, averaged 105.96 mph over the 2.74-mile circuit.

Averaging an Indy-car-record 182.094 mph in a Penske PC-7 Cosworth, RICK MEARS won the $75,000 Indy- Atlanta Classic by a lap over Gordon Johncock.

TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA won the $100,000 Davidson Classic in Atlanta with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Wendy Turnbull.

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