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BASEBALL—The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the California Angels 4-3 in the final game of their best-of-five playoff to win the American League Championship Series. St. Louis took Atlanta three straight to win the National League playoff series, (page 24).
Alton Duhon, a retired postal worker, won the 28th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship in Tucson with a 2-up victory over defending champion Ed Updegraff.
HARNESS RACING—JAZZ COSMOS ($3), Mickey McNichol in the sulky, edged Hambletonian-winner Speed Bowl in both heats to win the $116,200 Kentucky Futurity, the third leg of trotting's triple crown, at the Red Mile in Lexington. The 3-year-old colt covered the distance in 1:57[3/5] and 1:57.
HOCKEY—As is the custom, the NHL opened the season, its 66th, brimming with optimism. By week's end, no franchise was more justified in taking a rosy view than the new New Jersey Devils, formerly the Colorado Rockies of 18-49-13 fame a year ago. The Devils surprised even their strongest advocates by going 1-0-2; they sandwiched a 3-2 defeat of the New York Rangers between ties with Pittsburgh ' (3-3) and Toronto (5-5). When Center Merlin Malinowski's second-period, go-ahead goal and Glenn Resch's goaltending stood up against New York, so did 19,023 fans at the Meadowlands, largest crowd in franchise history. The next night, trailing 4-1 after two periods, the Devils tied the Leafs on Hector Marini's power-play goal with 8:22 left and also tied New York's other team, the Islanders, for second in the Patrick Division. The Islanders lost 2-1 in Vancouver and then beat Calgary (5-4) and Edmonton (6-4) on late goals by John Tonelli and Duane Sutter, respectively. Division-leading Philadelphia was undefeated in three starts, upending Quebec (9-5) and Washington twice (3-2 and 6-4), as Darryl Sittler scored three times and Rick St. Croix stopped 64 Capital shots. Montreal, Quebec and Boston went two for three to become co-leaders of the Adams Division. A happy and healthy Guy Lafleur had four goals for the Canadiens. Three came in an 8-7 loss to Chicago; it was his 15th career hat trick and first since 1978. Exhibition holdout Peter Stastny wasn't holding back for the Nordiques. He had eight goals, including two hat tricks, and three assists. Wayne Gretzky scored three times as Edmonton won two of three and tied Winnipeg for the Smythe Division lead. Those goals included the 200th of Gretzky's career in the Oilers' 6-3 waxing of Vancouver. Seven Oilers scored in Edmonton's 7-5 win over Calgary. After 17,343 fans gave new Detroit owner Mike Ilitch a standing ovation in Joe Louis Arena, St. Louis spoiled Hitch's debut 2-1 on Wayne Babich's third-period, power-play goal. The Red Wings then tied Minnesota 3-3 on the road, as Walt McKechnie scored twice, before falling 8-0 to Winnipeg. In that game, Jet Willi Plett responded to a high stick from Detroit Goalie Greg Stefan by chopping Stefan on the back of the neck with his stick. Plett was ejected, fined $200 and suspended indefinitely pending review by the league.
HORSE RACING—In a race marred by a four-horse collision that resulted in the destruction of Timely Writer and Johnny Dance, LEHMI GOLD ($7.20), Chris McCarron up, defeated Silver Supreme by 4� lengths to win the $563,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. The 4-year-old colt completed the 1�-mile course in 2:31[1/5]. On the same program, Jerry Bailey rode COPELAN ($3.60) to a 6�-length victory over Pappa Riccio in the $240,000 Champagne Stakes. The 2-year-old colt ran the mile in 1:37[4/5] for his fourth straight victory and fifth win in his last six starts (page 32).
MODERN PENTATHLON—At the world championships in Rome, DANIELE MASALA, 27, of Italy won the individual title with 5,680 points, 249 more than Anatoli Starostin of the Soviet Union, which won the team championship.
MOTOR SPORTS—Pole sitter HARRY GANT, in a Buick, finished 2.93 seconds in front of Bill Elliott, in a Ford, to win the NASCAR National 500 on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile, high-banked oval. Gant averaged 137.208 for his second career Grand National victory.