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BOATING—JERRY JACOBY, in a 37'5" Cigarette hull boat, won the storm-shortened $35,000 Chicago 200 national offshore race on Lake Michigan, finishing five minutes in front of Lee Bomar. Despite not completing the race, Betty Cooke clinched her third national championship with 2,078 points when Paul Clauser, her closest competitor, withdrew because of high seas.
PRO FOOTBALL—On Opening Day last January's Super Bowl winners, the Oakland Raiders, were considerably less than super. They lost the ball to Denver twice on downs, once on a fumble and another time on an interception, and fell to the Broncos 9-7. Craig Morton's 44-yard touchdown pass to Rick Upchurch and Fred Steinfort's 29-yard field goal were the only scores Denver needed. Pittsburgh also was something short of superb, throwing two interceptions, missing a pair of extra-point attempts and fumbling eight times—exactly once too often as Kansas City Linebacker Thomas Howard scooped up No. 8, a bobble by Terry Bradshaw with 1:59 to play, and scurried 65 yards for a touchdown and a 37-33 upset. Houston Quarterback Kenny Stabler threw TD passes of 33 and 20 yards against Los Angeles, and with the game tied 20-20 and 57 seconds remaining, Oiler rookie Willis Tullis returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and a 27-20 Houston victory. Another rookie, Randy McMillan of Baltimore, rushed for 146 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the Colts startle New England 29-28. Miami, capitalizing on a series of St. Louis misplays, scored two touchdowns and two field goals in a little more than a quarter and beat the Cards 20-7. While Buffalo trounced the Jets 31-0 (page 26), New York's other team, the Giants, didn't fare much better. Quarterback Phil Simms was sacked six times for a loss of 66 yards as the Giants lost to the Eagles for the 12th straight time, 24-10. Tampa Bay beat Minnesota 21-13 as Buc Neil Colzie scored the deciding TD on an 82-yard run-back of an interception, and Green Bay burned Chicago 16-9, with Gerry Ellis and Eddie Lee Ivery, who together had 166 yards on 31 carries, each getting a touchdown. Billy Sims scored two TDs, the second on a one-yard dive with 18 seconds left, to give Detroit a 24-17 win over San Francisco. Atlanta ruined Bum Phillips' debut as coach for New Orleans by winning 27-0; it was the first shutout for the Falcon defense in 42 games. Atlanta's Steve Bartkowski completed 16 of 25 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns. Dallas won 26-10 over Washington to extend its Opening Day win string to 17. Tony Dorsett had his best day ever against the Redskins, running for 132 yards. Seattle was leading Cincinnati 21-0 in the first period when it remembered its streak: The Seahawks have not won a season opener since entering the league in 1976. With Bengal Pete Johnson scoring on runs of two and three yards and gaining 84 yards in 20 carries, Cincy made sure the Seahawks' losing string remained intact, 27-21.
GOLF—NATHANIEL CROSBY sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 37th hole—the first "overtime" hole in the tournament since 1950—to win the 81st U.S. Amateur Championship over Brian Lindley (page 62).
HARNESS RACING—PANTY RAID ($6.60), driven by John Simpson Jr., won the $540,870 World Trotting Derby at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds. The 3-year-old filly was clocked at 1:57[1/5] for the mile.
HORSE RACING—PLEASANT COLONY ($5.80), Angel Cordero up, beat eight older horses to win the $229,000 Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old colt covered the nine furlongs in 1:47[1/5] and finished 1� lengths in front of Amber Pass.
Milingo ($35.40), Ray Sibille in the saddle, won the $225,930 Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Arlington Park. She covered the seven furlongs in 1:25[1/5], finishing eight lengths in front of Maniches.
MOTOR SPORTS—TOM SNEVA, driving a March-Cosworth at an average of 118.013 mph around the one-mile oval at the State Fair Park in Wisconsin, won the Tony Bettenhausen 200-mile championship race, finishing four seconds in front of Rick Mears.