BOWLING—TONY CARIELLO defeated top-seeded Mark Baker 204-154 to win $18,000 and the Kessler Open in Dublin, Calif.
PRO FOOTBALL—It was a horrible week for the Houston Gamblers, who ended the regular season with a 31-21 loss to Oakland and opened the USFL playoffs with a 22-20 loss to Eastern Conference champion Birmingham (page 24). The Stallions overcame the return of Jim Kelly, the league's top passer, when Dan Miller kicked a 35-yard field goal—his fifth of the game—with 1:56 left. Because of season-long poor attendance in Denver, fifth-seeded Memphis hosted the fourth-seeded Gold in a first-round pairing. The 34,528 fans who came out to the Showboats' first-ever playoff game weren't disappointed. Memphis held Denver to a total of eight yards rushing in the first half and wound up crushing the Gold 48-7. Tampa Bay finished first in the league attendance race by averaging 45,220 per game but couldn't fend off the Western Conference champion Oakland Invaders as Novo Bojovic kicked a 23-yard field goal on the last play of the game to break a deadlock and give Oakland a 30-27 victory over the Bandits. Oakland thus advanced to semifinal play against Memphis.
GOLF—HAL SUTTON sank a 30-foot putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $90,000 at the Memphis Classic. Sutton and runner-up David Ogrin finished regulation play tied at nine-under-par 279.
Juli Inkster won $37,500 and her first LPGA event this year, in Hershey, Pa., with a seven-under-par 209 that beat Betsy King by two strokes.
By shooting a three-under-par 285, defending champion MILLER BARBER won the U.S. Senior Open in Stateline, Nev. by four strokes over Roberto De Vicenzo (page 56).
HORSE RACING—PERSIAN TIARA ($13.20), with Jorge Velasquez in the saddle, beat Key Dancer by 1� lengths to win the Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old mare covered the 1?-mile inner turf course in 2:16 to earn the first-place purse of $86,820.
Par Flite ($10.40), ridden by Earlie Fires, came from behind to win the Washington Park at Arlington Park by one length over Big Pistol. The horse earned $78,300 for the victory by covering the 1? miles in 1:47[3/5].
Pancho Villa ($9.00), with Laffit Pincay Jr. up, beat Proudest Doon by half a length to win $64,050 and the Silver Screen Handicap at Hollywood Park. The 3-year-old son of Secretariat ran the mile race in 1:33[4/5].
Law Society, with Pat Eddery aboard, edged Theatrical to win $215,385 and the Irish Sweeps Derby at The Curragh, in Kildare, Ireland. The colt covered the 1�-mile turf course in 2:29.9.
MOTORCYCLING—In a battle of Hondas, RANDY MAMOLA beat Ron Haslam to win a 500cc TT motorcycling race in Assen, The Netherlands. Mamola averaged 89.859 mph over the 3.8-mile course.