PRO BASKETBALL—Denver forward Alex English, the NBA's scoring leader, had a total of 51 points in victories over Phoenix 142-127 and Seattle 90-73 as the Nuggets ran their record to 4-0. Seattle's 73 points were the fewest ever allowed by the Nuggets, and the then-winless SuperSonics tied a league record for fewest points—eight—in a fourth quarter. The Los Angeles Clippers beat Portland 119-113, Chicago 120-112 and New York 103-95 to make their record 5-0; while the Los Angeles Lakers defeated Dallas 133-115, Phoenix 144-107 and Golden State 120-116 to go 4-0. The Warriors and the Knicks were both looking for their first wins when they met in Oakland, each still missing a key player. Golden State guard Chris Mullin hadn't yet come to contract terms, and the Knicks were minus center Bill Cartright, who had reinjured his left foot and would be out for at least four weeks; Cartright missed all of last season because of the fractured left foot. Joe Barry Carroll scored 28 points to Patrick Ewing's 27 as the Warriors downed the Knicks 111-104. "I'm never going to get used to losing," said Ewing after the game. Golden State joined Cleveland, San Antonio, Sacramento, Utah, Atlanta and Seattle as first-time winners, while New York, now 0-5, and 0-4 Phoenix were the only winless teams. Nets guard Micheal Ray Richardson scored a career-high 38 points—16 of them in the overtimes—and had 11 rebounds, 11 assists and nine steals to lead the Nets to a 147-138 triple OT victory over Indiana. Richardson, the league's steals leader with 5.3 per game, added 20 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and eight steals two nights later as New Jersey beat Philadelphia 106-102.
PRO FOOTBALL—Cleveland lost for the 16th consecutive time to the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh winning 10-9 on Gary Anderson's 25-yard field goal with nine seconds to play. Houston defeated Kansas City 23-20 for its third straight win, and Cincinnati came from behind to beat Buffalo 23-17. All four AFC Central teams—Steelers, Oilers, Bengals and Browns—were 4-5. The AFC East-leading Jets went to 7-2 with a 35-17 win over Indianapolis as quarterback Ken O'Brien passed for three touchdowns and running back Freeman McNeil rushed for 149 yards. Quarterback Steve Grogan threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Greg Hawthorne and scored on a one-yard run with 3:03 left to lead New England to a 17-13 win over Miami, the Patriots' fourth straight victory. In the AFC West, Seattle scored 23 points in the second quarter to rout the Raiders 33-3 as Dave Krieg passed for two touchdowns and cornerback Terry Taylor returned a pass interception 75 yards for another TD. San Diego lost 34-21 to the Raiders Monday night but came back to thrash Denver 31-10 and escape the division cellar. NFC Central leader Chicago won its ninth game, 16-10 over Green Bay, to remain the NFL's only unbeaten team. Rookie defensive tackle and running back William Perry, who ran for his first NFL touchdown two weeks earlier, caught his first NFL TD pass—a four-yarder from quarterback Jim McMahon—while Walter Payton rushed for 192 yards to go over 14,000 yards for his career. Minnesota's Jan Stenerud kicked field goals of 26, 49 and 28 yards, the last as time ran out, to give the Vikings a 16-13 win over NFC Central rival Detroit and lock the two teams into a tie for second behind the Bears. The Giants moved within one-half game of first-place Dallas in the NFC East by beating winless Tampa Bay 22-20 on the strength of Eric Schubert's five field goals. Running back Keith Griffin ran for 164 yards and two touchdowns as Washington rolled over Atlanta 44-10; the Rams' Dieter Brock passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-10 victory over New Orleans; and the 49ers, minus injured quarterback Joe Montana, kept pace with the Rams, beating Philadelphia 24-13.
HOCKEY—Edmonton beat Calgary 6-4 and Winnipeg 7-3, but then was shut out 2-0 at home—by Buffalo goalie Daren Puppa, who was making his NHL debut. Puppa, who led RPI to the NCAA title last year, turned away 37 Oiler shots as Edmonton suffered its first home-ice shutout since 1981. Boston beat New Jersey 6-4, Los Angeles 7-4 and Chicago 5-4. Bruin left wing Charlie Simmer scored a goal in each game, bringing his league-leading total to 13. In the Patrick Division, Philadelphia won three times—5-4 over Montreal, 5-3 over Quebec and 7-4 over Los Angeles. Detroit pulled itself out of the Norris cellar with its first victory of the season, 6-3 over Pittsburgh, followed by ties with New Jersey (2-2) and St. Louis (5-5). Right wing Danny Gare of the Red Wings had a first-period hat trick against the Penguins.
HORSE RACING—PROUD TRUTH ($16.80), Jorge Velasquez up, beat Gate Dancer by a head to win the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Aqueduct. The winners of the six other Breeders' Cup races were TASSO in the Juvenile, TWILIGHT RIDGE in the Juvenile Fillies, PRECISIONIST in the Sprint, COZZENE in the Mile, LIFE'S MAGIC in the Distaff and PEBBLES in the Turf (page 46).
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore's Paul Kitson and Mike Stankovic scored two goals apiece to lead the Blast to a 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh, but they lost 4-3 to Minnesota later in the week. In the West, St. Louis beat Wichita 5-3 and then dropped a game to Kansas City 4-1.
MOTOR SPORTS—BILL ELLIOTT, driving a Ford Thunderbird, won a 500-mile NASCAR event in Hampton, Ga. for his 11th victory on tracks of one mile or longer, a single-season record. Elliott averaged 139.597 mph over the 1.522-mile Atlanta International Raceway, and finished 4.25 seconds ahead of Cale Yarborough, also in a Thunderbird. With one race left in the season, Elliott trails Darrell Waltrip by 20 points in the Grand National standings.
Keke Rosberg, driving a Williams-Honda, finished 46 seconds ahead of Jacques Laffite, in a Ligier-Renault, to win the Australian Grand Prix. Rosberg drove the 192.485-mile Adelaide street circuit in 2:00:40.47.
MILEPOSTS—BANNED: By the PGA Tour, from most of the 1986 tour, SEVERIANO BALLESTEROS, 28, for having failed to compete in a minimum of 15 U.S. tour events this season (page 25).
DISMISSED: From the LSU basketball team, 7'1" freshman center TITO HORFORD, who enrolled at the school after being declared ineligible to play for Houston because of violations by the Cougars in recruiting him. LSU coach Dale Brown said he dismissed Horford after the player missed a practice and an intrasquad scrimmage. Brown also charged other schools with "tampering" with Horford.
PLEADED GUILTY: French army officers DOMINIQUE PRIEUR, 36, and ALAIN MAFART, 35, to charges of manslaughter and willful damage in connection with the July 10 bombing of the Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, at dockside in Auckland, New Zealand, and the death of Greenpeace photographer Fernando Pereira, who drowned as the ship sank.
SUSPENDED: For 10 days without pay at the start of the 1986 season and fined $500, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher JOAQUIN ANDUJAR, for an incident involving bumping and arguing with umpire Don Denkinger in the seventh game of the World Series.
DIED: RICHIE EVANS, 44, who had just clinched his ninth NASCAR modified division title, of injuries suffered in a wreck during practice at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway; on Oct. 24.