BASEBALL—The KANSAS CITY ROYALS shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0 in the seventh game to win the World Series (page 22).
PRO BASKETBALL—As the 40th NBA season opened, all eyes were on Patrick Ewing. Philadelphia, however, spoiled the Knick rookie's Madison Square Garden debut before a sellout crowd of 19,591 by defeating New York 99-89 as 76er center Moses Malone amassed 35 points and 13 rebounds to Ewing's 18 and six. New Jersey rookie coach Dave Wohl won his first game as the Nets defeated Boston 113-109 in OT; a 22-foot jump shot with two seconds left by the Nets' Micheal Ray Richardson had tied the game at 99-99 to force the overtime. The next night Wohl's team lost to Indiana 119-92 as the Pacers' Vern Fleming and Clark Kellogg combined for 49 points. Stan Albeck's first game as coach of the Bulls was a success—a 116-115 squeaker over Cleveland in overtime. Michael Jordan and Orlando Woolridge had 29 and 35 points, respectively, and 40 points between them in the second half. During the Bulls' 121-118 win over Detroit the next night, Albeck and Piston coach Chuck Daly were ejected from the game after getting into a shoving match. It was also debut time for the Sacramento Kings, who moved to the California capital this season from Kansas City and promptly lost their first two games, 108-104 to the Los Angeles Clippers and 123-112 to Denver. Holdout forward Purvis Short and unsigned rookie guard Chris Mullin missed Golden State's season-opening 119-105 loss to Denver, in which Nugget forward Alex English poured in 47 points. Utah's Adrian Dantley scored 32 points, but the Jazz fell to Houston 112-108. Starting his 17th season, an NBA record, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 20 points as the defending NBA champion Lakers beat San Antonio 121-116 in double overtime.
PRO FOOTBALL—The previously unbeaten Rams lost to San Francisco 28-14 but still led the NFC West by three games. The Rams' loss left Chicago with the only untarnished NFL record. The Bears defeated Green Bay 23-7 on Monday night, then beat Minnesota 27-9 on Sunday as Jim McMahon threw two touchdown passes. The Bears are 8-0, their best start since 1942 (page 42). Detroit was the only other NFC Central winner, beating Miami 31-21 as Eric Hippie threw three TD passes and fullback James Jones carried 36 times for 114 yards and a touchdown. Dallas stayed atop the NFC East with a 24-10 rout of Atlanta, last in the NFC West. Cowboy quarterback Danny White, who sat out the loss to Philadelphia a week earlier with bruised ribs, ran for one touchdown and passed for another. The Giants remained one game behind the Cowboys with a 21-13 win at New Orleans. Philadelphia trailed 17-0 after three quarters but scored three touchdowns in the fourth to upend Buffalo 21-17 for its third straight victory. Eagle quarterback Ron Jaworski threw for one touchdown, ran three yards for another and completed 21 of 42 passes for 258 yards. John Riggins scored his 114th career touchdown to take second place on the alltime list behind Cleveland's Jim Brown (126) as Washington scored a 14-7 win over Cleveland. The Jets took sole possession of first place in the AFC East when Ken O'Brien threw a 15-yard TD pass to Wesley Walker with 5:11 left for a 17-14 win over Seattle. It was the Jets' first victory ever over the Seahawks, and they had to come back from a 14-0 deficit to pull it off. The New England Patriots were down 14-0, too, before rallying to beat Tampa Bay 32-14. Green Bay fell to Indianapolis 37-10. Only Denver won in the AFC West—30-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs, who have lost three in a row. Cincinnati beat AFC Central rival Pittsburgh 26-21, the Bengals' second win over the Steelers this season, while the Oilers defeated the Cardinals 20-10.
GOLF—JIM THORPE beat Jack Renner 4 and 3 to take the Tucson match-play championship and $150,000 (page 62).
HOCKEY—After winning its first seven games of the season—No. 7 being a 3-2 defeat of Montreal—Quebec lost to the Islanders 6-5 to fall one game short of the NHL record for most consecutive victories at the start of the season. Michel Goulet scored two goals and an assist in a 4-4 tie with Pittsburgh that closed out a 1-1-1 week for the Nordiques (page 74). The other previously undefeated team, Stanley Cup champion Edmonton, lost, too—9-3 to Winnipeg—to end the Oilers' win streak at five. They bounced back two nights later with a 5-3 win over Calgary. The Bruins' Charlie Simmer scored two goals to raise his league-leading goals total to 10 in a 5-2 Boston victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Montreal's Mats Naslund caught up later in the week, putting in five goals, for a total of 10, as the Canadiens won two of three games. The NHL's No. 2 1985 draft pick, Craig Simpson, scored his first NHL goal and Mario Lemieux his sixth and seventh of the season in Pittsburgh's 6-4 win over Toronto. Detroit, off to its worst start since 1972, fell to Vancouver 5-0, Calgary 7-4 and Winnepeg 5-3 to drop to 0-8-1 and remain the only NHL team without a victory.
MARATHON—Defending champion ORLANDO PIZZOLATO of Italy won the 16th New York City Marathon in 2:11:34, while GRETE WAITZ of Norway finished first in the women's division in 2:28:34, her fourth straight win in the event and seventh in eight years.
TENNIS—Top-seeded IVAN LENDL defeated Mats Wilander 6-0, 6-4 to win $60,000 and a tour event in Tokyo, Japan.
Chris Evert Lloyd beat Manuela Maleeva 7-5, 6-3 at an indoor tournament in Brighton, England.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As manager of the New York Yankees, LOU PINIELLA, 42, former Yankee batting coach. He will succeed Billy Martin, who was fired as the Yankee manager for the fourth time.
REPORTED: By the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, that more than 25 basketball players at the University of Kentucky and other schools received cash and gifts from boosters, and made money from scalping tickets. Jay Shidler, a guard at Kentucky from 1976 to '80, told the paper a booster paid him $8,400 for his two complimentary season tickets. Sam Bowie, a center from 1979 to '84, was quoted as saying that he received up to $500 for each personal appearance. The paper also quoted St. John's junior forward Walter Berry as saying that he was offered as much as $50,000 to attend an unnamed school. Former DePaul assistant Kenny McReynolds said that Ben Wilson, a top high school prospect before he was shot to death on a Chicago street last year, had received offers as high as $100,000. Reacting to the Herald-Leader's assertions, Joe B. Hall, who resigned in March after 13 seasons as Kentucky's coach, said he was unaware of improprieties in his program. Kentucky president Dr. Otis A. Singletary said the university was conducting an investigation.