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BOXING—AZUMAH NELSON defeated Juan LaPorte in a 12-round unanimous decision to retain the WBC super featherweight title, in Sydney.
PRO FOOTBALL—The Oilers' Warren Moon passed for a career-high five touchdowns in a 48-17 pounding of the Bengals to give Houston a measure of revenge for a 61-7 drubbing in Cincinnati last December. Moon threw for 369 yards and connected with live different receivers for the scores as the Oilers pulled to within a game of the AFC Central-leading Bengals. Also a game behind were the Steelers, who put together their second straight offensive explosion, in a 34-17 upset of the Broncos. Pittsburgh's Bubby Brister threw four TD passes, including three to rookie tight end Eric Green; Brister has had six touchdown passes in his last two games, after going without any in his first four. The Raiders continued to set the pace in the AFC West as Jay Schroeder threw TD passes on Los Angeles's first three possessions in a 24—17 defeat of the Seahawks. The other guys from L.A., the Rams, fell to 1-4 with a 38-9 loss to the NFC Central-leading Bears, Chicago's Jim Harbaugh passed for two scores and ran for another. The Jets were the only team in action in the AFC East, and they fell further behind division leaders Buffalo and Miami by losing 39-3 to the Chargers, who sacked New York quarterbacks four times and allowed just 53 yards through the air. The Chiefs defense, led by Sill Maas's two sacks and a safety, also shone, but it was a team-record 200 yards rushing from Barry Word that was mostly responsible for carrying Kansas City past the Lions 43-24. The Browns, who defeated the Broncos 30-29 on a last-second field goal on Monday night, were the victims of a dazzling debut by recently acquired New Orleans quarterback Steve Walsh. The Saints dumped Cleveland 25-20, as Walsh, who entered the game in the second quarter, threw for three touchdowns and 243 yards. In a battle of the bays, the Bucs defeated the Packers 26-14. Green Bay's Don Majkowski threw five interceptions, including one that Wayne Haddix returned 29 yards for a TD. Johnny Johnson rushed for 120 yards and the Cardinals defense had four sacks in a 20-3 win over the Cowboys. The NFC East-leading Giants remained one of just two undefeated teams, with a 24-20 upending of the Redskins. The 49ers, tops in the NFC West, also stayed unbeaten, with a 45-35 victory over the Falcons (page 22).
GOLF—BOB TWAY parred the first playoff hole to defeat John Cook and win the Las Vegas Invitational. Tway shot a two-under-par 70 in the closing round to tie Cook at 26-under-par 334 after regulation play in the 90-hole tournament. He earned $234,000 for the victory.
Cathy Gerring had a final-round one-under-par 71 for a 10-under-par total of 278 to defeat Beth Daniel by one stroke and win the Women's World championship, in Cely-en-Biere, France. She took home $100,000.
Bruce Crampton fired a three-under-par 69 in the final round to finish with a 12-under-par total of 204 and beat Lee Trevino by four strokes in the Southwest Senior Classic, in Abilene, Texas. He earned $45,000 for the victory.
Bernhard Langer birdied the third playoff hole to defeat Lanny Wadkins and win the Austrian Open, in Salzburg. Langer and Wadkins both shot 17-under-par 271 for regulation play, and Langer took home $80,000.
HARNESS RACING—MISS EASY ($2.10), driven by John Campbell, pulled away from the field down the stretch and defeated Cams Exotic by 9� lengths to win the Three Diamonds Stakes at Garden State Park. The 2-year-old filly paced the mile in 1:55[3/5] and earned $211,200.
HOCKEY—The Rangers proved that there is a crucial distinction between shots on goal and shots in goal as they leapfrogged from the bottom to the top of the Patrick Division by going 4-0 despite being outshot 154-105. Mike Gartner led New York to its first win of the season with a pair of goals in a 6-3 victory over the North Stars. Then the goaltenders took over as Mike Richter made 79 saves in a home-and-home sweep of the Caps, and John Vanbiesbrouck had 41 in a 3-0 shutout of the Canadiens. The Rangers were being tailed at week's end by the Devils, whose only loss was a 7-4 defeat at Philadelphia, and the Flyers, whose only loss was goalie Ron Hextall, who was out—perhaps for as long as 10 days—with a pulled groin he suffered after doing an unintentional split. The Bruins continued to sprint from the gate, leading not just the Adams Division, but the NHL, in points, with nine. As Boston won two of three games, its leading scorer for the year was, unlikely as it seems, defenseman Glen Wesley, who had only 36 points in 78 games last season. The Sabres remained winless, falling in intradivisional games to the Whalers, 4-3, and the Nordiques, 4-2, and then tying Quebec 4-4. The only team worse off than Buffalo was the Maple Leafs, who lost their first four games before forging a 3-3 draw with the Red Wings. But Detroit coach Bryan Murray was far more steamed about a 6-4 loss to the Caps, who are coached by his brother Terry. It was the first time sibling coaches had occupied rival benches in 13 years. For the Blackhawks, leaders in the Norris Division, goalie Ed Belfour played nearly a minute without a mask alter a goalmouth collision in a 4-1 win over the Penguins. In the Smythe Division the Kings grabbed the top spot after thumping the Bruins 7-1 and the Blues 4-1. Wayne Gretzky, who had two goals and two assists against Boston, had four assists and the game-tying goal with 49 seconds left in a 5-5 deadlock with his former employers from Edmonton.
HORSE RACING—GREAT NORMAND ($364.80), Carlos Lopez in the saddle, defeated Norquestor by 2� lengths to win the Meadowlands Cup. The 5-year-old horse ran the 1? miles in 1:47[1/5] and earned $300,000.
French Glory ($5.60), Pat Eddery up, overtook Sky Classic in the stretch to win the Rothmans International by 1� lengths, at Woodbine Race Track. The 4-year-old colt covered the 1� miles in 2:34[4/5] and collected $619,650.