PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: America's Team's new quarterback, Gary Hogeboom, got off to a great start, completing a Dallas-record 33 of 47 passes for 343 yards and one TD as the Cowboys beat the Rams 20-13 Monday night, Sept. 3 for their 19th opening-day victory in 20 years. On Sunday, however, Hogeboom and the Cowboys were routed by the Giants 28-7 (page 22). Seattle, which lost Curt Warner for the season with a knee injury in its 33-0 opening romp over Cleveland, signed Franco Harris, and he gained 46 yards in the Seahawks' 31-17 win over San Diego (page 58). The Chargers played without Kellen Winslow, who staged a walkout over his contract, and Chuck Muncie, who missed the team plane and was then traded to Miami. Walter Payton ran for 179 yards on 20 carries and caught two passes for seven more as the Bears whipped Denver 27-0. Payton now has 15,517 combined yards, breaking Jim Brown's record by 58. Two rookie receivers excelled for Pittsburgh, Louis Lipps catching four passes for 77 yards and a TD and 6'6" Weegie Thompson wrestling down another TD pass in a 23-17 defeat of the Jets. New England continued to come up empty in Miami, losing to the Dolphins in the Orange Bowl for the 17th straight time, 28-7. Jim Jensen, who caught two TD passes a week earlier, hit Mark Duper with a 35-yard option pass for a score, and Dan Marino threw two TD passes to Mark Clayton in a 96-second span in the third quarter. Minnesota stunned Philadelphia when rookie back Alfred Anderson passed to quarterback Tommy Kramer for a 20-yard TD, but the Eagles got in the last lick when Ron Jaworski threw a one-yard TD pass to John Spagnola with :02 in the game for a 19-17 victory. Detroit won in Atlanta 27-24 as Ed Murray kicked a 48-yard field goal at 5:06 of OT. The Raiders knocked quarterback Lynn Dickey out of the game with a bruised back on the first series and beat the Packers 28-7. Buffalo lost to St. Louis 37-7; Cleveland lost to the Rams 20-17; NewOrleans beat Tampa Bay 17-13; Kansas City won in Cincinnati 27-22 to go 2-0; and in the Big One, Indianapolis beat Houston 35-21.
GOLF—GEORGE ARCHER shot a final-round 65 for a 72-hole score of 270, 14 under par, and defeated Joey Sindelar and Frank Conner by six strokes in a $350,000 PGA tournament in Sutton, Mass.
Amy Alcott finished at four-under-par 212 to win a $150,000 LPGA tournament in Portland, Ore. by three strokes over Kathy Baker.
HORSE RACING—MAJESTY'S PRINCE ($7.20), Vince Bracciale in the saddle, defeated Win by¾ of a length to win the $362,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old horse covered the 1‚Öú-mile turf course in 2:14[3/5].
Wild Again ($21), Richard Migliore up, won the $500,000 Meadowlands Cup Handicap by six lengths over Canadian Factor. The 4-year-old colt ran the 1¼ miles in 2:00[3/5].
Eastex ($3), ridden by Bruce Pilkenton, set a stakes record of 21.41 for 440 yards to take the winner's share of $1 million in the $2.5 million All-American Futurity in Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex. The 2-year-old quarter horse gelding beat Miss Mitedo by a length.
MOTOR SPORTS—NIKI LAUDA, in a McLaren TAG-Porsche, won the Italian Grand Prix in Monza by 24.249 seconds over Michele Alboreto, in a Ferrari. Lauda averaged 133.3 mph for the 51 laps around the 3.48-mile course. He now has a 10½-point lead over Alain Prost in the Formula One driving championship series.
Danny Sullivan, in a Lola T-800, finished 10.34 seconds ahead of Bobby Rahal, in a March 84C, to win a $446,000 CART event at Sanair Super Speedway in St. Pie, Quebec. He averaged 111.707 mph for 225 laps on the .826-mile oval in winning his third CART race of the year.
Darrell Waltrip, driving a Chevrolet, beat Ricky Rudd, in a Ford, by three seconds to win a $244,640 NASCAR Grand National race in Richmond. He averaged 74.78 mph for the 400 laps on a .542-mile oval.
SOCCER—NASL: With three games to play, all four playoff spots were still in doubt with only eight points separating the six teams in contention. In the West, Vancouver stretched its losing streak to four, finishing its season with losses to Tulsa 3-1 and Minnesota 2-1. The Strikers' Bruce Miller scored the winner against the Whitecaps, his first goal of the season. After leading the West most of the year, the 'Caps might not make the playoffs. Tulsa played its last game ever and, after a 55-minute delay caused by rain and a power failure, knocked off the Cosmos 2-0. Toronto moved into first place in the East by beating Tampa Bay 1-0.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Ivan Lendl 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 to win the men's singles at the U.S. Open, and MARTINA NAVRATILOVA beat Chris Evert Lloyd 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 for her second consecutive women's crown (page 14); TOMAS SMID and JOHN FITZGERALD beat Stefan Edberg and Anders Jarryd 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the men's doubles; NAVRATILOVA and PAM SHRIVER won their second consecutive women's doubles title by beating Anne Hobbs and Wendy Turnbull 6-2, 6-4; and in mixed doubles, MANUELA MALEEVA and TOM GULLICKSON upset defending champions Elizabeth Sayers and Fitzgerald 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
MILEPOSTS—ACQUITTED: Of cocaine trafficking charges, University of Illinois defensive back CRAIG SWOOPE, 20, in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Ill.
DIED: JOE CRONIN, 77, Hall of Fame shortstop who was labeled the "Boy Wonder" of baseball in 1933 when he was the 26-year-old player-manager of the pennant-winning Washington Senators and who served as president of the American League from 1959 until 1973; of cancer, in Osterville, Mass. In his 15 years as a manager with the Senators and Red Sox, Cronin had a 1,236-1,055 (.540) record and won two pennants. He also hit .301 during his 20 seasons in the majors, 13 of which were as a player-manager.
Johnnie Parsons, 66, winner of the 1950 Indianapolis 500 and 10 other Indy Car races, and No. 16 on the alltime list of race winners; of a heart attack; in Van Nuys, Calif.