BOATING—With easy victories in the final two races, FREEDOM, skippered by Dennis Conner, won the America's Cup series off Newport, R.I. 4-1 over the challenger, Australia. The U.S. has now held the Cup through 24 challenges spanning 129 years (page 98).
BOXING—MARVIN HAGLER stopped Alan Minter in the third round to win the undisputed middleweight championship in London (page 26).
PRO FOOTBALL—After defeating the Giants 35-3 Monday night on three touchdown tosses by the league's leading passer, Ron Jaworski, the unbeaten Eagles led the NFL in both offense and defense. But in St. Louis on Sunday, the previously winless Cardinals defeated Philly 24-14 as Ottis Anderson ran through the Eagle defense for 151 yards and Jaworski threw into the St. Louis secondary for three interceptions. San Francisco also lost its perfect record in the fourth week of play, falling to Atlanta 20-17 despite two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Steve DeBerg, one of them a 93-yarder to Freddie Solomon. Los Angeles moved to within one game of the 49ers in the NFC West by beating the Giants 28-7, and the Cowboys defeated Green Bay by the same score to tie the Eagles for first place in the NFC East. Buffalo, Detroit and San Diego not only retained their division leads, but had no trouble retaining their unblemished records. While the Bills beat Oakland 24-7 (page 94), Minnesota's defense found the Lions' Billy Sims difficult to stop. He gained 157 yards in Detroit's 27-7 win. The Lions intercepted five of Tommy Kramer's passes in running their record to 4-0 for the first time since 1956. In Kansas City, Dan Fouts threw for 194 yards, and the Chargers turned two Chief fumbles into touchdowns in a 24-7 San Diego victory. Staying in hot pursuit of the Chargers in the AFC West was Seattle, which had surrendered more points than any other team in the conference before it shut out the Redskins 14-0. Defense was notably absent in Cleveland's 34-27 win over Tampa Bay. Browns Quarterback Brian Sipe passed for 318 yards, and the two teams combined for 817 in total offense. Cleveland still trailed Houston and Pittsburgh in the AFC Central, however, as the Oilers edged Cincinnati 13-10 on two late field goals by Toni Fritsch and the Steelers beat Chicago 38-3. After Terry Bradshaw threw for four touchdowns, three of them to Jim Smith, Steeler backup Quarterback Cliff Stoudt came in and tossed a TD pass himself. Stoudt, a four-year veteran, had qualified for his NFL pension a week earlier, though he'd never played in a regular-season game. In Miami's 21-16 win over New Orleans, Dolphin Quarterback Bob Griese relieved rookie Dave Woodley in the second half and brought his team back from a 16-0 deficit. No one could save the Jets from their fourth loss, 35-21 to Baltimore.
GOLF—BEN CRENSHAW shot a 16-under-par 272 to win a $300,000 PGA tournament in Napa, Calif. by four strokes over Jack Renner.
Jose Maria Canizares shot a 19-under-par 269 to win a $240,000 tournament in Epsom, England by one stroke over Lee Trevino, Seve Ballesteros and Brian Waites.
HORSE RACING—PRAYERS 'N PROMISES ($8.20), ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., won the $126,625 Matron Stakes at Belmont by a head over Heavenly Cause. The 2-year-old filly covered the seven furlongs in 1:24[3/5].
Genuine Risk ($3.00), Jacinto Vasquez aboard, won the $136,500 Ruffian Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont by a nose over Misty Gallore. The 3-year-old filly finished the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[1/5].
Allison's Gal ($21.20), Mike Morgan up, defeated La Bonzo by a nose to win the $58,600 Modesty Handicap on the turf at Arlington Park. The 4-year-old filly's time was 2:05[1/5] for the mile and [3/16]ths.
MOTOR SPORTS—ALAN JONES clinched the world Formula I driving championship by winning the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal by 15.54 seconds over Williams teammate Carlos Reutemann. Jones averaged 107.79 mph over 70 laps on the 2.74-mile circuit, while his only rival for the driving title, Nelson Piquet, dropped out after 23 laps with a blown engine in his Brabham.
Dale Earnhardt, the NASCAR Grand National points leader, drove his Chevrolet to a one-second victory over Buddy Baker in the $138,300 Old Dominion 500 in Martinsville, Va. Earnhardt averaged 69.728 mph around the .525-mile oval.
TENNIS—BALASZ TAROCZY won the $75,000 Geneva Open 6-3, 6-2 over Adriano Panatta.
Gene Mayer defeated Eliot Teltscher 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 to win a $175,000 tournament in San Francisco.
Hana Mandlikova, who upset Chris Evert Lloyd 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals, won the $100,000 Atlanta Tennis Classic by beating Wendy Turnbull 6-3, 7-5 in the finals.
Jaime Fillol defeated Ross Case 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 to win a tournament in Madrid.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: To a one-year contract to manage the Minnesota Twins, JOHN GORYL, 46, who had been the team's interim skipper since Gene Mauch resigned on Aug. 24.
By the Houston Oilers, Linebacker THOMAS (Hollywood) HENDERSON, 27, who had been released by San Francisco on Sept. 19.
TRADED: To the New York Knicks by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Forward CAMPY RUSSELL, 28, who scored 16.2 points per game in six seasons with the Cavs. The Knicks in turn sent their 1981 first-round draft choice and Center-Forward JOE C. MERIWEATHER, 26, the NBA's ninth-leading shot blocker in 1979-80, to the Kansas City Kings, who gave Forward BILL ROBINZINE, 27, an 11.4 scorer last season, to Cleveland.
Running Back CHUCK MUNCIE, 27, the New Orleans Saints' career rushing leader with 3,386 yards in five seasons, to San Diego for an undisclosed draft choice.
To the San Antonio Spurs for second-round draft choices in 1981 and 1982, Washington Center DAVE CORZINE, 24, first-round pick of the Bullets in 1978.
DIED: JACK MURPHY, 57, for 29 years an award-winning columnist and sports editor of The San Diego Union and a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED correspondent for 13 years; of cancer; in Poway, Calif.
In Winston-Salem, N.C., former Pitcher ERNIE SHORE, 89, who in seven seasons (1912-20) with the Giants, Red Sox and Yankees was 63-42 with a 2.45 ERA. His best year was 1915, when he had a 19-7 record and the first of his three World Series wins for Boston. In 1917 with the Red Sox, he pitched a "perfect" game in relief of Babe Ruth, who was ejected after disputing a ball-four call on the Washington Senators' first batter.