BASEBALL—The DETROIT TIGERS beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 in Game 5 to win the World Series four games to one (page 26).
BOXING—SOT CHITALADA defeated Gabriel Bernal in a 12-round split decision to win the WBC flyweight title in Bangkok.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: For Pittsburgh all hope seemed lost as it came off last week's 31-7 crushing by AFC East-leading Miami to face another undefeated team, NFC West leader San Francisco, which had blown out the Giants on Monday night 31-10. And the Steelers were without injured quarterback David Woodley (concussion) and receiver Louis Lipps (sprained ankle). However, when the final gun sounded, Pittsburgh had sullied the 49ers' record, 20-17. Houston, loser of 21 straight on the road, was hardly so fortunate when it traveled to Miami. The result was a predictable 28-10 thrashing as the Dolphins, behind Dan Marino's three-TD performance, remained undefeated (7-0) and the Oilers stayed thoroughly defeated (0-7). The Steelers' win gave them a three-game lead in the AFC Central as the division's other teams continued to lose. Cleveland quarterback Paul McDonald was sacked five times to bring his season's total to 35 as the Browns lost to the Jets 24-20. Cincinnati frightened New England briefly behind quarterback Boomer Esiason, who was 13 of 26 for 174 yards on the day, but his opposite number, Tony Eason, rallied the Pats from a 14-3 halftime deficit to a 20-14 win with TD runs of 13 and 25 yards. In the AFC West, the Raiders remained in first place by winning another close one, 23-20 over Minnesota. In a showdown in the NFC East, Washington broke out its entire arsenal—including new costumes for its cheerleaders—and beat the Cowboys 34-14 as John Riggins became only the fifth back in history to pass the 10,000-yard mark. The Redskins' victory, their fifth straight, gave them sole possession of first place. In the NFC Central, Chicago maintained a one-game lead despite losing 38-21 to St. Louis as the conference's top offense beat the top defense. In Kansas City, quarterback Bill Kenney returned to the lineup after missing the first six games with a broken thumb and led the Chiefs to a 31-13 defeat of San Diego. The Chargers' only touchdown came on a 99-yard interception return by Gill Byrd. In other action, Buffalo made a strong bid for its first victory but lost 31-28 in Seattle; Detroit scored at 4:34 of overtime to beat Tampa Bay 13-7; the Giants shut down Atlanta 19-7; Philadelphia defeated Indianapolis 16-7; and the Rams moved out of a three-way tie for second in the NFC West by defeating New Orleans 28-10 behind three TD passes from Jeff Kemp (page 64).
GOLF—HUBERT GREEN shot a final-round 67 to finish with a 15-under-par 265 and win the $300,000 Southern Open in Columbus, Ga. by six strokes over three runners-up (page 88).
Kathy Whitworth shot a three-under-par 285 to win the $150,000 Irish Open in Bangor by two strokes over Becky Pearson and Pat Bradley.
HARNESS RACING—DRAGON'S LAIR ($6.80), driven by Jeff Mallet, defeated Broadway Express by 1� lengths in the final of the $772,500 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old colt pacers at The Meadows. He did the mile in 1:54[1/5].
HOCKEY—The 68th NHL season opened with a bang—and a whimper—for Pittsburgh as rookie Mario Lemieux lived up to expectations by scoring on his first shot in the NHL, at 2:59 of the first period, but the Penguins lost anyway, 4-3, to Boston. Pittsburgh followed that with another 4-3 loss to Montreal. Things were brighter for once lowly New Jersey as it beat the Islanders 7-2 for the first time since the Devils moved from Colorado in 1982, a stretch of 14 straight losses. In the process, New Jersey coach Doug Carpenter got his first NHL victory and goaltender Chico Resch his 200th. The Isles snapped back by beating Chicago 7-6 in overtime, while the Devils lost 4-1 to Detroit, as Ron Duguay had two goals and an assist for the Red Wings. Edmonton opened its defense of the Stanley Cup by tying Los Angeles 2-2 on the road; in the Oilers' home opener they followed the hoisting of their championship banner with a 5-1 rout of St. Louis. Edmonton defenseman Charlie Huddy scored three goals in the first two games, but Wayne Gretzky was held without a goal until he finally netted one in a 9-2 win over Quebec. The league's most surprising start belonged to Toronto, which twice went to OT and emerged victorious, 1-0 in Minnesota and 4-3 over Buffalo, before stumbling 5-2 in Winnipeg.
HORSE RACING—JOHN HENRY ($3.20), with Chris McCarron aboard, defeated Who's For Dinner by 2� lengths to win a $400,000 stakes race on the turf at the Meadowlands. The 9-year-old gelding ran the 1? miles in 2:13 to tie a track record, and by virtue of this victory and an earlier win in the Turf Classic, picked up a $500,000 bonus.
MOTOR SPORTS—BOBBY RAHAL, driving a March 84C, finished .8 of a second ahead of Al Unser Jr., also in a March, to win a $270,000 CART event in Phoenix. He averaged 98.048 mph for the 150 laps on the mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway.
Darrell Waltrip, driving a Chevy, won a $226,425 NASCAR Grand National race by .5 of a second over Harry Gant, also in a Chevy. He averaged 90.525 mph for 400 laps around the ? of a mile oval at North Wilkesboro ( N.C.) Speedway.