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BOXING—DONALD CURRY retained his WBA welterweight title by beating Roger Stafford with a TKO at 1:42 of the first round in Marsala, Sicily.
CYCLING—At the world championships in Altenrhein, Switzerland, GREG LeMOND won the professional men's division, finishing in 7:01:21, 1:11 ahead of Adri van der Poel over 160 miles.
PRO FOOTBALL—Home may be where the heart is, but it was also where 11 of 13 teams lost in the first week of the NFL's 65th season. Only New Orleans and Kansas City won at home. In beating St. Louis 28-17, the Saints won a season opener for the first time in 12 years. George Rogers had a 76-yard touchdown sprint for New Orleans. K.C.'s Nick Lowery made a 19-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to give the Chiefs a 17-13 win over Seattle. San Francisco led the list of home-team fatalities in frustration, losing to Philadelphia 22-17 after 49er reserve Quarterback Guy Benjamin hit Dwight Clark in the end zone with 11 seconds on the clock and then had the play nullified when Guard Randy Cross was called for holding. Benjamin had stepped in for Joe Montana, who suffered a mild concussion in the third quarter; Philly Quarterback Ron Jaworski also left the game, after three brutal sacks, and was replaced by Joe Pisarcik, who went 8 for 10. Pittsburgh couldn't handle Denver's reserve quarterback, either; Steve DeBerg marched the Broncos to a 14-10 win after rookie John El way left in the first half with a bruised elbow (he had completed only one of eight passes and had an interception before being sent to the bench). The Jets' Freeman McNeil tore up San Diego, rushing for 120 yards and scoring two TDs in a 41-29 win over the Chargers. In Houston, Green Bay's Lynn Dickey had five TD throws as the Packers beat the Oilers 41-38. Ed Murray kicked three goals to pace the Lions to an 11-0 victory over Tampa Bay, and Miami's Uwe von Schamann put four through the uprights to beat Buffalo 12-0. Rams' Quarterback Vince Ferragamo passed for 279 yards in a 16-6 triumph over the Giants. Rufus Bass's interception on Minnesota's 31-yard line with 32 seconds to play sealed the Vikings' 27-21 win over Cleveland, while Atlanta's Steve Bartkowski threw two TD passes as the Falcons beat Chicago 20-17. Cincinnati fell to the L.A. Raiders 20-10 (page 24).
GOLF—PAT LINDSEY fired a 16-under-par 268 to beat Gil Morgan by four strokes and win the $300,000 B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y.
HARNESS RACING—POWER SEAT ($11.90), a 15-1 long shot driven by George Sholty, upset Hambletonian winner Duenna in the $580,090 World Trotting Derby at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The 3-year-old colt won two of three heats and had a best time for the mile of 1:56[1/5].
ROWING—At the world championships in Duisburg, West Germany, EAST GERMANY took four of six women's events, including the single sculls, won by JUTTA HAMPE. The U.S.S.R. won the other two women's events, including the featured eights race. In the men's events, NEW ZEALAND won the eights race for the second straight year. PETER-MICHAEL KOLBE of West Germany was the victor in the single sculls.
SOCCER—NASL: The Cosmos needed at least five points against Toronto to clinch its sixth consecutive overall points title. It wound up with nine as it rampaged to five goals in the first half and then settled in for a 6-3 win. Roberto Caba�as, the league's top scorer with 25 goals, scored two of the six goals (page 44). Except for Goalie Hubert Birkenmeier and Defender Erhardt Kapp, every player in the lineup got a goal or an assist. "Now the b.s. is over," said Forward Steve Moyers. Enter Montreal, which will face the Cosmos in this week's first-round playoffs. It clinched a berth in the season ender by beating Chicago 4-0. This was the game that almost wasn't, because Manic General Manager Jacques Burelle threatened to boycott it in protest of a league decision to award the victory in the Aug. 28 Montreal- Chicago match to the Sting. In that game the Manic refused to play the second half because of what Coach Andy Lynch felt was poor officiating. Wednesday, Burelle changed his mind and decided to play last week's game, which turned out to be a wise move. Golden Bay beat Seattle 2-1 and will meet the Sting in a best-of-three series. Southern Division titlist Tulsa will play Fort Lauderdale, and Western champ Vancouver will encounter Toronto.