BOXING—CLAUDE NOEL won the vacant WBA lightweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Rodolfo (El Gato) Gonzalez in Atlantic City, N.J.
FIGURE SKATING—West Germany's PETRA ERNERT won the women's world title in Nelson, New Zealand.
PRO FOOTBALL—Their 30-10 defeat of the Steelers earned the surprising Miami Dolphins the nickname "the fish that ate Pittsburgh"—and left their victims feeling something like Jonah inside the whale. The Steelers ran their total of turnovers to nine in two games and are off to their worst start since 1970. As the league's fish fared, so did most of its fowl. The Falcons rallied from a 17-0 deficit with 31 fourth-quarter points to beat Green Bay 31-17; the Seahawks got their first regular-season win in their last 10 home games, 13-10 over Denver; and the Eagles beat New England 13-3. The Cardinals were the only members of the NFL aviary to lose, falling 30-17 to Dallas. "We ain't Ain'ts no more," the New Orleans Saints seemed to be saying after rookie George Rogers' 162 rushing yards triggered a 23-17 upset of the Rams. The Giants turned two fumble recoveries into TDs in beating Washington 17-7. Four Nick Lowery field goals led Kansas City past Tampa Bay 19-10, and three Toni Fritsch three-pointers, including one set up by Carl Roaches' 88-yard kickoff return, accounted for all Houston's scoring in a 9-3 defeat of Cleveland (page 24). Elsewhere, Joe Ferguson's four TD passes paced Buffalo's 35-3 rout of Baltimore; San Francisco beat Chicago 28-17 as 49er QB Joe Montana hit Freddie Solomon on a 46-yard scoring pass; and the Jets lost 31-30 to Cincinnati when Mike St. Claire took a fumble 12 yards for a score. San Diego had 902 yards in total offense for the week, 535 in a 44-14 Monday-night drubbing of the Browns, and another 367 in beating Detroit 28-23.
GOLF—JACK RENNER's 11-under-par 273 won the $300,000 Pleasant Valley-Jimmy Fund Classic in Sutton, Mass. by two strokes over Scott Simpson.
Jan Stephenson fired a 14-under-par 205 to win a $125,000 LPGA tournament in Suffolk, Va. Sally Little and Janet Alex were second, three shots back.
HARNESS RACING—TEMUJIN ($9.30), Clarence Martin Sr. in the sulky, won the $209,200 Kentucky Pacing Derby at Louisville Downs by a half length over Icarus Lobell. The winner covered the mile in 1:56[1/5].
HOCKEY—The SOVIET UNION beat Canada 8-1 to win the second Canada Cup in Montreal (page 64).
HORSE RACING—SPECIAL EFFORT ($2.60), W.R. Hunt up, won the $1 million All-American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs by four lengths over Go For Bugs. The 2-year-old colt, who covered the 440 yards in 21.69 seconds, has won all nine of his starts and is quarter-horse racing's first Triple Crown winner.
Summing ($17), George Martens in the saddle, won the $222,700 Pegasus Handicap at The Meadowlands by 2� lengths over Johnny Dance. The 3-year-old colt ran the 1? miles in 1:51.
MARATHON—BENJI DURDEN won $20,000 for finishing first in a $100,000 pro race in Eugene, Ore. He was clocked at 2:12:12. LORRAINE MOLLER won the women's division in 2:31:15, also earning $20,000.