BOWLING—MATS KARLSSON upset Mike Durbin 260-183 to win the Grand Prix of England outside London.
BOXING—GERRIE COETZEE won the WBA heavyweight crown with a 10th-round knockout of Michael Dokes in Richfield, Ohio (page 36).
Carlos De Leon retained his WBC cruiser-weight title with a fourth-round knockout of Alvaro Lopez in San Jose, Calif.
CYCLING—ERIK A SALUMYAE of the Soviet Union set a world record, by 1.599 seconds, for 1,000 meters with a clocking of 1:13.377 in Moscow.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: There was no way Pittsburgh could lose to New England. The Steelers were 84-20 over the last 13 seasons at home and 5-1 in their rivalry with the Patriots. Besides, Pittsburgh would get a psychological boost when Franco Harris moved into second place on the alltime rushing list behind Jim Brown. Harris did pass No. 2 O.J. Simpson with 107 yards; it was his third straight 100-plus-yards rushing performance, and gave him 11,247 career rushing yards to Brown's 12,312. Despite all those advantages, the Steelers lost 28-23 when New England Wide Receiver Stephen Starring scored on a 76-yard pass play with 3:59 remaining. The result gave both the Steelers and the Patriots 2-2 records and left them each one game behind their respective division pacesetters. Pittsburgh trails Cleveland in the AFC Central, the Browns having defeated San Diego 30-24 in OT when Brian Sipe hit Harry Holt with a 48-yard touchdown strike. New England is behind co-leaders Buffalo and Miami in the AFC East. The Bills, 30-13 victors over Houston, were paced by Joe Cribbs, who rushed for a personal single-game best of 166 yards. Despite their seven turnovers, four by Quarterback Dave Woodley, the Dolphins overcame Kansas City 14-6. For the second straight week Kicker Nick Lowery accounted for all the Chiefs' scoring. Miami's victory made the Dolphins 1-1 on the week; they suffered a 27-14 Monday evening beating at the hands of the AFC West-leading Los Angeles Raiders. The Raiders kept on winning on Sunday, running their record to 4-0 as QB Jim Plunkett threw two touchdown passes to Cliff Branch in a 22-7 thrashing of Denver. Dallas, 4 and 0 and atop the NFC East, barely remained unbeaten. The Cowboys got their fourth consecutive comeback victory as Dallas Linebacker Anthony Dickerson sacked Saint Quarterback Kenny Stabler for a safety with 1:58 left on the clock. New Orleans, which had led most of the way until then, thus lost 21-20. Washington Quarterback Joe Theismann kept the 3-1 Redskins right on Dallas' heels as he passed for 162 yards and three touchdowns in the Skins' ninth straight road victory, a 27-17 defeat of Seattle. Minnesota lost Quarterback Tommy Kramer, but kept hold of the NFC Central lead. Viking Steve Dils, starting because Kramer had injured his right knee, completed 18 of 31 passes for 147 yards in a 20-17 intradivisional win over Detroit. The Lions have now fallen to 1-3 along with Chicago, which was a 22-19 sudden-death loser to Baltimore. Rookie Kicker Raul Allegre, who missed a 45-yard field goal with three seconds left in regulation, booted a 33-yarder 4:51 into OT for the Colt win. Another overtime game, a 27-24 victory for the Jets, knocked the Rams from a four-way tie for first in the NFC West. San Francisco gained sole possession of that lead in a 24-20 triumph over Atlanta (page 84). Previously winless Cincinnati emerged the 23-17 victor in its battle with still winless Tampa Bay. The Bengals got a quick lead as Ken Riley made his 59th career interception, tops among active NFL players, and ran it back 34 yards for a touchdown 3:06 into the game. St. Louis Quarterback Jim Hart helped the Cardinals break into the win column, completing 12 of 19 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-11 upset of Philadelphia.
GOLF—REX CALDWELL, four times a second-place finisher this year, won his first PGA tournament with a six-under-par 282. He beat Lee Trevino by one shot in a $350,000 Abilene, Texas event.
Patty Sheehan beat Juli Inkster by two strokes to win a $175,000 fog-shortened event in San Diego. Sheehan had a 10-under-par 209 for 54 holes.
HARNESS RACING—RALPH HANOVER ($3), driven by Ron Waples, became pacing's seventh triple-crown winner by coasting to a 4�-length victory over Skirt Lifter in the final heat of the Little Brown Jug. In winning two heats, the 3-year-old colt covered the mile at the Delaware ( Ohio) County Fairgrounds track in 1:58[2/5] and 1:55[3/5] (page 95).
HORSE RACING—HIGHLAND BLADE ($23.80), Jacinto Vasquez up, beat Slew o' Gold by a neck to win the $400,000 Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old ran the 1� miles in 2:01[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—RICKY RUDD averaged 76.134 mph in a Chevrolet to win a NASCAR 500-mile event on the .525-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. He beat Bobby Allison, in a Buick, by 4.5 seconds. Allison's finish extended his lead in the NASCAR point standings to 106 ahead of Darrell Waltrip.