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EQUESTRIAN—GEORGE LINDEMANN, riding Threes and Sevens, had two penalty-free rounds to defeat Joe Fargis, aboard Mill Pearl, by four faults and win a Grandprix event and $30,000 in Port Jervis, N.Y.
PRO FOOTBALL—In the NFL season's opening week, the Cowboys defeated the Chargers 17-14 to end a 14-game home losing streak. Troy Aikman of Dallas threw for 193 yards and a touchdown and got the deciding TD on a one-yard plunge with two minutes to play. The Raiders scored on cornerback Terry McDaniel's 42-yard fumble return and linebacker Jerry Robinson's five-yard runback of an intercepted John Elway pass as Los Angeles beat the Broncos 14-9. The Dolphins rallied behind Sammie Smith's 159 yards rushing to overcome a 15-point deficit and defeat the Patriots 27-24. Jim Kelly passed for 283 yards and a touchdown as the Bills knocked off the Colts 26-10. The Bears won their seventh consecutive season opener, hammering the Seahawks 17-0. Chicago was led by a reinvigorated defense that allowed Seattle's run-and-shoot offense only 132 total yards. The Bears sacked the Seahawks' Dave Krieg twice during the day's first offensive series and later turned a pair of interceptions into scores. In other games, the Browns defeated the Steelers 13-3; the Chiefs edged the Vikings 24-21; the Redskins crushed the Cardinals 31-0; the Bengals slipped by the Jets 25-20; the Packers held off the Rams 36-24; the Buccaneers beat the Lions 38-21; the Giants set back the Eagles 27-20 (page 30); and the Falcons opened the Jerry Glanville era by overwhelming his former team, the Oilers, 47-27 (page 38).
GOLF—JOEY SINDELAR parred the first hole of sudden death to beat Willie Wood and win a PGA Tour event in Coal Valley, Ill. Sindelar, who like Wood shot a 12-under-par 268 for the tournament, earned $180,000.
Patty Sheehan made a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole to defeat Danielle Ammaccapane by one stroke and win an LPGA tour event in Portland, Ore. Sheehan finished with an eight-under-par 208 and collected $52,500.
Peter Senior shot a final-round four-under-par 66 to beat Ian Woosnam by one stroke and win the European Open, in Sunningdale, England. Senior, who had a 13-under-par 267 for the tournament, took home $126,654.
HARNESS RACING—LEXIE ($2.40), driven by Abe Stoltzfus, beat Chestnut Road by four lengths to win the second division of the H H Shadow Pace, at Yonkers Raceway. The 2-year-old filly covered the mile in 1:59[2/5] and earned $31,656.
Jake and Elwood ($4.80), with John Campbell in the sulky, defeated Beach Towel by 1� lengths to win the Messenger Stake, at Rosecroft Raceway. The 3-year-old colt paced the mile in 1:52[3/5] and took home $155,530.
HORSE RACING—TIMELY WARNING ($3.40), ridden by Craig Perret, defeated stablemate Master Speaker by a length to win the Maryland Classic, at Pimlico. The 5-year-old horse ran the 1� miles in 2:02[1/5] and earned $120,000.
Degenerate Gal ($11), Randy Romero up, led from wire to wire to beat Evangelical by three quarters of a length and win the Matron Stakes and $48,555, at Arlington International Racecourse. The 5-year-old mare covered the 1? miles in 1:49[1/5].