BOXING—SALVADOR SANCHEZ of Mexico retained his WBC featherweight title on a 15-round split decision over Patrick Ford of Guyana, in San Antonio, Texas.
PRO FOOTBALL—After two weeks only seven teams remained undefeated, and two of the unbeatens, San Francisco and Detroit, had won as many games as they did all last season. The 49ers beat St. Louis 24-21 on Ray Wersching's 33-yard field goal 4:12 into overtime, while the Lions routed Green Bay 29-7 on five field goals by rookie Kicker Ed Murray and two touchdowns by Billy Sims (page 14). Philadelphia was the most impressive victor, winning 42-7 over Minnesota, as Wilbert Montgomery ran for 169 yards and touchdowns of one and 72 yards. San Diego, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay, the three 1979 division winners who haven't lost, all had close calls. The Chargers went 8:09 into overtime before a 24-yard pass from Dan Fouts to John Jefferson beat Oakland 30-24, and the Steelers were trailing Baltimore in the fourth quarter when Terry Bradshaw's 24-yard scoring pass to Jim Smith pulled out a 20-17 win. Doug Williams' one-yard TD dive with 57 seconds remaining gave the Bucs a 10-9 victory over winless Los Angeles, which is off to its worst start since 1963. Surprising Buffalo also remained unbeaten with a 20-10 triumph over the Jets. The Cowboys, who beat Washington 17-3 on Monday night, lost 41-20 in Denver's Mile High Stadium, where the Broncos have lost only eight games in five years. The Redskins rebounded from the Monday loss by edging the Giants 23-21 on Mark Moseley's 45-yard field goal with 1:55 left. In other games, Chicago defeated New Orleans 22-3 behind Walter Payton's 183-yard rushing performance, Atlanta routed the Patriots 37-21, Seattle hung on to beat Kansas City 17-16, and the Dolphins won 17-16 over the Bengals on a field goal in the final two minutes.
GOLF—PHIL HANCOCK shot a nine-under-par 275 to win the $250,000 Hall of Fame Tournament in Pinehurst, N.C. by one stroke over Scott Simpson.
Donna Caponi Young won a $100,000 LPGA tournament in Portsmouth, Va. with an 11-under-par 277, winning by four shots over Nancy Lopez-Melton.
HARNESS RACING—FRENCH CHEF, Stanley Dancer in the sulky, won the $200,000 Kentucky Pacing Derby for 2-year-olds by two lengths over Center Square. The colt's time of 1:57[3/5] for the mile at Louisville Downs was [1/5] of a second off the world record held by Slapstick, who finished third.
HORSE RACING—BOLD 'N DETERMINED ($22.80), Eddie Delahoussaye up, held off 1980 Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk in the stretch to win the $81,900 Maskette Stakes at Belmont by a nose. The 3-year-old filly covered the mile in 1:35[2/5] (page 71).
Tap shoes ($3), Ruben Hernandez in the irons, won the $157,675 Futurity Stakes at Belmont by 1¼ lengths over Dash O' Pleasure. The 2-year-old colt's time for the seven furlongs was 1:23[4/5].
Bold and gold ($24.60), ridden by Dean Hall, won the $191,255 Del Mar Futurity by 1¾ lengths over Looks Like Rain. The 2-year-old colt's time for the mile was 1:36[1/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—NELSON PIQUET, driving a Brabham, won the Italian Grand Prix at Imola by 28.92 seconds over Alan Jones in a Williams. Piquet averaged 114.1 mph for the 186.4-mile race and moved ahead of Jones in the world driving championship standings.
Darrell Waltrip, averaging 116.024 mph in a Monte Carlo, won a $158,900 NASCAR 500-mile race in Dover, Del. by .47 seconds over Harry Gant, who also drove a Monte Carlo.