ASIAN GAMES—At the halfway point of the 16-day, 27-sport competition in Seoul, China led in the medal race with 131, 58 of them golds. Japan was second with 116 medals, including 38 golds, while the South Koreans had earned 28 gold medals and 90 overall. A quartet of performers each won four gold medals. Included in Japanese swimmer FUJIWARA KATSUNORI's four victories were firsts in the 100-meter freestyle (a Games-record 51.56 seconds) and the 200-meter freestyle (1:52.32, also a Games record). Gymnast LI NING of China walked off with four golds, in the team competition, all-around, floor exercise and rings, while Chinese marksmen XU HAIFENG and QIU BO each won four in the pistol and rifle competitions, respectively.
BOXING—In a pair of championship bouts in Miami, EDWIN (Chapo) ROSARIO of Puerto Rico, the former WBC lightweight champion, gained the WBA lightweight title with a stunning second-round knockout of champion Livingstone Bramble of the British West Indies; HECTOR (Macho) CAMACHO of the U.S. retained the WBC lightweight belt with a unanimous 15-round decision over Ugandan Cornelius Boza-Edwards.
Brian Mitchell of South Africa won the WBA junior lightweight title with a 10th-round knockout of champion Alfredo Layne of Panama, in Sun City, South Africa.
Lloyd Honeyghan of England won the undisputed world welterweight title by stopping champion Donald Curry of the U.S. in the sixth round of their scheduled 15-round title bout, in Atlantic City (page 56).
PRO FOOTBALL—In a showdown of undefeated teams, the NFC East-leading Redskins defeated Seattle 19-14, in Washington. George Rogers rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins, while the Seahawks' Steve Largent caught three passes to equal Harold Carmichael's NFL record of catching passes in 127 consecutive games, accomplished from 1972 through 1980. Seattle's loss dropped it a game behind unbeaten Denver in the AFC West. The Broncos beat visiting New England 27-20, overcoming a 13-3 halftime deficit. The Jets moved into first place in the AFC East, a game ahead of the Patriots, with a 26-7 win at Indianapolis. With their sore-shouldered quarterback Jim McMahon on the bench, the Bears struggled during a 25-12 Monday-night win at Green Bay. But Chicago exploded for a 44-7 triumph at Cincinnati as Mc-Mahon, outfitted in a pair of specially made shoulder pads, threw for 211 yards and three TDs. The Bears' defense intercepted five Bengal passes, a season high. Minnesota's Tommy Kramer tossed six touchdown passes—including four in the first quarter—as the Vikings sacked the Pack 42-7 in the Metrodome on Sunday. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia each had their first win of the season. The Steelers beat the Oilers 22-16 in the Astrodome on Walter Abercrombie's three-yard touchdown run at 2:35 of overtime. In Philadelphia, the Eagles stunned the Rams 34-20, L.A.'s first loss of the season. San Francisco dumped the Dolphins 31-16 in Miami as the 49er defense picked off four Dan Marino passes, and Jeff Kemp threw two TD passes to Jerry Rice. The 1-3 Dolphins are off to their worst start since 1969. In Tampa, the Falcons got by Tampa Bay 23-20 in OT to go 4-0 for the first time in their 21-year history. Kansas City broke an eight-game road losing streak with a 20-17 victory at Buffalo, while in Cleveland the Browns edged Detroit 24-21. The Giants rallied from a 17-0 second-quarter deficit for their third straight victory, a 20-17 triumph over New Orleans in the Meadowlands. In Los Angeles, Marc Wilson threw for 314 yards and two TDs to lead the Raiders to their first win of the year, a 17-13 defeat of the Chargers (page 26).
GOLF—MARK CALCAVECCHIO fired a final-round 71 for a 72-hole total of 275, to win the Southwest Classic in Abilene, Texas, by three strokes over Tom Byrum. Calcavecchio's victory was worth $72,000.
Arnold Palmer shot a final-round 68 for a 54-hole total of 200, 13 under par, to win a PGA senior tour event at Cape Elizabeth, Maine. He beat Don January by three strokes and earned $38,000.
HARNESS RACING—NEARLY PERFECT ($3.60), driven by Mickey McNichol, won the Breeders Crown Aged Trot at Louisville Downs by two lengths over Piggvar. The 4-year-old, who earned $129,175, covered the mile in 1:57[2/5].
HORSE RACING—BROAD BRUSH ($3.80), ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., rallied in the stretch to win the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park by 1½ lengths over Sumptious. The 3-year-old ran the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:50[4/5] and earned $180,000 for the victory.
Polish Navy ($3), with Randy Romero in the saddle, won the Grade 1 Cowdin for 2-year-olds at Belmont by a length over Java Gold. The colt covered seven furlongs in 1:22[3/5] to earn $110,160.
MOTOR SPORTS—DARRELL WALTRIP, driving a Chevrolet, won a 400-lap NASCAR Grand National event in North Wilkesboro, N.C., by 1.21 seconds over Geoff Bodine, who also drove a Chevrolet. Waltrip, who earned a first prize of $38,100, averaged 95.612 mph on the .625-mile North Wilkesboro Speedway track.
Bobby Rahal, in a March-Cosworth, won a 125-lap CART race in Brooklyn, Mich., by 3.25 seconds over Michael Andretti, also in a March-Cosworth. Rahal averaged 181.701 mph on the Michigan International Speedway track to win the $50,014 first prize.
TENNIS—JOHN McENROE defeated Jimmy Connors 7-6, 6-3 to win the Transamerica Open and the $44,000 top prize, in San Francisco.
Pam Shriver beat Bonnie Gadusek 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to win a tournament, in San Diego. Shriver won $20,000 and a new car.
Lori McNeil defeated Beth Herr 6-0, 6-1 to win a Virginia Slims event and the $13,000 first prize, in Tulsa.
MILEPOSTS—CHARGED: By Baltimore police, heavyweight boxer REGGIE GROSS, 25, with first-degree murder in connection with the Sept. 12 execution-style slaying of Andre Jerome Coxson, 32. Gross, whose record in the ring is 18-3, last fought on June 13 in New York City, where he was knocked out in the first round by Mike Tyson.
NAMED: LARRY FINCH, 35, as basketball coach at Memphis State, replacing Dana Kirk, who was fired Sept. 17. Finch had been an assistant coach under Kirk for seven seasons and was an All-America guard for the Tigers' 1973 Final Four team. He had been named interim coach at the time of Kirk's dismissal.
RETIRED: GEORGE BAMBERGER, 61, as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the third time in seven years that Bamberger had announced his retirement from baseball, and his second retirement as the Brewers' manager. In seven seasons with the Brewers and with the New York Mets, Bamberger had a record of 458-478. Milwaukee third base coach Tom Trebelhorn, 38, was named interim manager.
SENTENCED: By Mobile (Ala.) County Circuit Judge Telfair Mashburn, former Mets outfielder CLEON JONES, 44, to a 10-year suspended sentence, after Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree assault in connection with the August 1985 shooting of Blondena Taylor, 27, and her uncle, Howard Coleman, 49. The judge also ordered Jones to pay restitution to Taylor and Coleman, and placed him on five years' probation. Taylor and Coleman have each filed $500,000 lawsuits against Jones.
TRADED: By the Houston Oilers, offensive tackle HARVEY SALEM, 25, to the Detroit Lions, for the Lions' second-round pick in the 1987 NFL draft.
DIED: WILSON FAUMUINA, 32, who was a starting defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons from 1977 through 1981; of congestive heart failure; in San Francisco.
Clarence (Clancy) Williams, 43, a former defensive back for the Rams and Redskins of the NFL from 1964 through 1974, and the Florida Blazers of the World Football League in 1975; of cancer; in Seattle.
Gordie Drillon, 71, a three-time NHL All-Star right wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens from 1936 through 1943; in St. John, New Brunswick. Drillon, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975, scored 155 goals and had 139 assists in seven seasons, six of them with the Maple Leafs. In 1937-38, he led the NHL in scoring, with 26 goals and 26 assists, for 52 points in a 48-game schedule.