PRO BASKETBALL—The NBA opened its 38th season with striking referees picketing outside the Spectrum and Madison Square Garden, but it was the substitute referees who were crying foul. Two nights before the league-champion 76ers dispatched the Pacers 124-112 in overtime at Indianapolis (page 66), the Sixers had squeaked out a 117-114 win in their home opener against the Bullets when a technical foul was called on Washington's Jeff Ruland with 12 seconds left on the clock. Bobby Jones made the free throw to break a 114-114 tie. The Bullets then lost 100-97 to the Knicks in a game during which 63 personal fouls were called and 76 free throws were taken. Detroit beat the Celtics 127-121 in a game in which a record 71 personal fouls were assessed. The ref also called six technicals. That's the same number of Ts that were meted out when the Bulls, led by Quintin Dailey's 27 points and rookie Guard Mitchell Wiggins' 26, defeated the Nets 104-97. There were 85 free throws in that game. In his pro debut, Ralph Sampson, the $5 million rookie, helped the Rockets to a 106-100 win over the Spurs by getting 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Dan Issel, 35, became the eighth player in pro basketball history to score more than 25,000 points by pumping in 34 as his Nuggets beat Utah 139-125.
BOWLING—GEORGE PAPPAS made a 2-4-5-8 spare in the 10th frame to beat top-seeded Marshall Holman 195-191 and win a $110,000 PBA event in Indianapolis.
PRO FOOTBALL—Fifty percent of the NFL's division leaders were sent reeling Sunday: The AFC East cellar-dwelling Jets humbled the 49ers of the NFC West 27-13 (page 70); the seven-point underdog Seahawks whipped the Raiders of the AFC West 34-21; and the lowly Cardinals humiliated the Vikings of the NFC Central 41-31. With 9:18 remaining in the second quarter in Los Angeles and Seattle trailing 7-0, Seahawk Linebacker Shelton Robinson scooped up a fumble by Raider Running Back Marcus Allen and lumbered 12 yards for the touchdown that got Seattle going. Seahawk Quarterback David Krieg, making his first start of the year and only the sixth of his NFL career, completed 13 of 22 passes for 156 yards and one TD. Six days after a joke of a Monday night game in which the Cards and the Giants bumbled their way to a laughable 20-20 tie, St. Louis got its last laugh against Minnesota. For the Cardinals, Neil Lomax hurled two touchdown passes to Roy Green and one to Pat Tilley, and Ottis Anderson ran for 136 yards and a score. Danny White of the NFC East-leading Cowboys threw for 304 yards and a career-high five TDs, including two by Wide Receiver Tony Hill, and the Dallas defense forced six turnovers as the Cowboys ran the NFL's best record to 8-1 with a 38-20 win over the Giants. The Broncos' Steve DeBerg fired through the league's No. 1 pass defense for 350 yards and one touchdown in Denver's 27-24 victory against the Chiefs. K.C., which had allowed only 161 yards per game in the air, permitted DeBerg to complete 21 of 41 throws. Pittsburgh's Frank Pollard ran two yards for a TD with 31 seconds left as the Steelers, the AFC Central leaders, overcame seven turnovers and an NFL-record 42 carries by Tampa Bay's James Wilder to squeak by the winless Buccaneers 17-12. Miami rookie Quarterback Dan Marino ran for one score and passed for two, and Tony Nathan burst 18 yards for a key third-quarter TD as the Dolphins beat the Rams 30-14. Buffalo's Joe Ferguson threw four touchdown passes, including two to Mike Mosley, as the Bills survived a New Orleans rally to beat the Saints 27-21. The Lions whipped the Bears 38-17, the Colts barely prevailed over the Eagles 22-21, the Bengals crushed the Packers 34-14, the Falcons beat the Patriots 24-13, and the Browns' Boyce Green sprinted 20 yards up the middle for a touchdown on the first play following an interception in overtime as Cleveland sent Houston to its 16th straight defeat, 25-19.
GOLF—MARK McCUMBER shot an 18-under-par 266 to win the $250,000 Pensacola Open, the final individual event on the PGA Tour, by four strokes over Mark Lye and Lon Hinkle. HAL SUTTON was the year's leading money-winner, with $426,668, beating out Fuzzy Zoeller by $9,071; RAY FLOYD won the Vardon Trophy with an average 70.61 strokes per round.
GYMNASTICS—The SOVIET UNION women's team successfully defended its title at the world championships in Budapest, beating Romania 393.45 to 392.10. In the men's competition, CHINA edged the defending champion Soviets 591.45 to 591.30 (page 62).
HOCKEY—In the City of Brotherly Love, four of the six Sutter brothers in the NHL squared off against each other and gave new meaning to the term sibling rivalry. Brent and Duane of the Islanders scored two goals and had two assists, respectively, against the scoreless identical twins Rich and Ron of Philadelphia, which went 3-1 for the week and continued to lead the Patrick Division. Mike Bossy helped snap a four-game Islander losing streak when he returned to the lineup after a five-game absence because of a pulled hip muscle and scored three goals for his 26th career hat trick, as the New Jersey Devils were beaten 5-3. In the Adams Division, Quebec lost three straight games to fall into a first-place tie with Boston. Bruin Goalie Doug Keans, who had 24 saves on the night, just missed getting his first career shutout late in the third period as the Bruins defeated the North Stars 8-1. In the Norris Division, Chicago took the lead by winning two of three games. Edmonton maintained a healthy lead over Vancouver in the Smythe Division. In the Oilers' untypically low-scoring 3-1 win over Montreal, Edmonton Goalie Grant Fuhr had 22 saves, 13 of them in the first period.
HORSE RACING—DEVIL'S BAG, Eddie Maple up, got his fifth victory in as many starts by winning the 1[1/16]mile, $237,750 Laurel Futurity by 5� lengths over Hail Bold King. The 2-year-old's time was 1:42[1/5].
Slewpy, with Angel Cordero Jr. aboard, won the $164,500 Paterson Handicap at The Meadowlands by a neck over Bounding Basque. The 3-year-old covered the 1? miles in 1:49[3/5].
All Along, with Walter Swinburn up, beat runner-up Thunder Puddles by 8� lengths and eight other males to win the $585,700 Turf Classic at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old filly ran the 1�-mile grass course in 2:34.
TENNIS—MARTINA NAVRATILOVA won her 77th event of the year by defeating Catherine Tanvier 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the $150,000 Filderstadt ( West Germany) Grand Prix Tennis Tournament. In addition to her $28,000 winner's purse, Navratilova also won a $32,000 Porsche. "One can never have enough cars," she said.