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BASEBALL—The Phillies defeated Kansas City 4-1 in Game 6 to win their first World Series (page 24).
PRO BASKETBALL—Phoenix was unstoppable, holding all four of its opponents to fewer than 100 points and tying Los Angeles for the Pacific lead. The Suns won for the first time ever in San Diego, beating the Clippers 102-84 as Truck Robinson scored 29 points, and then defeated Dallas 111-99, Denver 117-94 and Seattle 100-75. The Sonics had never been held to fewer than 76 points in a game. Meanwhile, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's return—with goggles—after missing two games because of a corneal abrasion buoyed the Lakers, who won three of four. Abdul-Jabbar had 29 points and his 10,000th field goal in a 125-107 victory over Golden State and scored 26 more points in a 104-98 win over Seattle. LA. also beat Utah 127-99 despite 36 points by Adrian Dantley, the NBA's top scorer (32.6), but in Portland, where the Lakers have won only one regular-season game in three seasons, the Trail Blazers handed them their first loss of the season, 107-103. In the Midwest, San Antonio, whose longest winning streak last season was four games, won its fourth, fifth and sixth in a row to open a 3�-game lead over the Kings. George Gervin's 67 points helped the Spurs beat the Clippers twice, 123-120 and 116-98, but Center George Johnson paced a 128-109 win over Golden State with 15 rebounds, five blocked shots and seven assists. Moses Malone turned in the week's most devastating performance, scoring 41 points and grabbing 26 rebounds for Houston in a 119-117 victory over Denver. The Central and Eastern division leaders, Milwaukee and New York, respectively, relied on balanced scoring in winning all their games. The Knicks had to go 3-0 (beating Chicago 105-97, Boston 109-107 and the Nets 105-101) to stay ahead of Philadelphia, which went 2-0 and, along the way, erased one of the franchise's most embarrassing listings in the record book. The 76ers' 94-93 win over Detroit was the Pistons' 21st loss in a row over two seasons, breaking the mark Philadelphia set in 1972-73.
BOXING—MIKE WEAVER knocked out Gerrie Coetzee in the 13th round in Bophuthatswana to retain his WBA heavyweight title (page 22).
PRO FOOTBALL—Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense looked like gossamer against the Raiders and Browns, who beat the defending champs 45-34 and 27-26, respectively. Oakland, in raising its Monday night record to 14-1-1, scored the most points ever by a Steeler opponent in Three Rivers Stadium as Jim Plunkett (page 72) threw TD passes of 45, 56 and 34 yards. In Cleveland's win, Brian Sipe completed 28 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns, the most important one an 18-yarder to Ozzie Newsome with 5:38 remaining. Six injured Pittsburgh starters sat out that loss, which left the Steelers at 4-4, a game behind the Browns and Oilers in the AFC Central. In the AFC East, Buffalo tied New England for the lead by whipping the Pats 31-13 on two rushing TDs by Joe Cribbs and a pair of touchdown catches by Frank Lewis. A 54-yard scoring pass from Steve Bartkowski to Alfred Jackson with 1:15 left gave Atlanta a 13-10 win over the Rams and a tie with LA. for first in the NFC West. Oakland's 33-14 victory over Seattle brought the Raiders even with San Diego, a 42-31 loser to Dallas, atop the AFC West. The NFC East-leading Eagles became the league's first seven-game winner by beating the Bears 17-14, but the Lions, the NFC Central leader, continued to slide by losing to Kansas City 20-17. Elsewhere, Earl Campbell gained 202 yards as Houston defeated the Bengals 23-3; the Cardinals sacked Bert Jones a league-record-tying 12 times in their 17-10 upset of Baltimore; Mark Moseley's five field goals carried Washington past the 0-8 Saints 22-14; Green Bay defeated Minnesota 16-3; Denver beat the Giants 14-9; and Tampa Bay won 24-23 over the 49ers.
HOCKEY—The Maple Leafs haven't opened a season so well since Lester Pearson was prime minister (1963-68), and the Blues, founded during Lyndon Johnson's presidency, never have got off to as good a start as they have this season. By losing only once each in four games, Toronto (6-2-0) and St. Louis (5-2-2) became the NHL's unlikely co-leaders by a point over Minnesota. The Leafs began the week by ending Buffalo's 20-game, home-ice winning streak 4-2 on a pair of goals by Pat Hickey and then defeated Pittsburgh 8-5 and Calgary 5-4. But against L.A., even Darryl Sittler's hat trick wasn't enough to give Toronto its seventh straight victory as the Kings won their fourth in a row, 5-4. With Mike Liut in the nets, St. Louis picked up a 3-2 win and 3-3 tie against the Caps and a 4-3 triumph over Montreal, but when Ed Staniowski took over the goal-tending against Pittsburgh the Blues fell apart. The Penguins scored four goals on 16 shots in the second period and won 9-3. The slumping Islanders took only three shots in the third period of a 4-2 loss to the Flyers and didn't make any of them. It was that kind of week for the defending champs, who lost to Vancouver 6-3 and again to Philly 3-1 and let the Whalers tie them 3-3 on a last-second goal by 40-year-old Dave McKeon. Boston and Montreal fared no better, the Bruins stretching their streak of losses to five, and the Canadiens losing three out of four to continue their worst start since the Great Depression. Detroit, on the other hand, finally gave rookie Coach Ted Lindsay his first two wins, 5-1 over Colorado and 4-2 over the Rangers, and Edmonton won its first two, beating the Rangers 4-2 and Calgary 5-3 as Dave Semenko scored five goals and Wayne Gretzky set up every one of them.
HORSE RACING—ANIFA ($90.60) ridden by Alfred Gilbert, won the $300,000 International Turf Classic at Aqueduct by three lengths over Golden Act. The 4-year-old filly's time for the 1� miles was 2:39[3/5].
Cure The Blues ($3), with Rudy Turcotte aboard, beat Matching Gift by 6� lengths in the $159,360 Laurel Futurity at Laurel Race Course. The unbeaten 2-year-old colt covered the 1[1/16] miles in 1:44[2/5].
MARATHON—ALBERTO SALAZAR, in a course-record 2:09:41, and GRETE WAITZ, in a world-record 2:25:41, won the men's and women's divisions, respectively, of the New York City Marathon (page 16).