BOXING—Three-time world champion ROBERTO DURAN, 36, of Panama, who hopes to gain a shot at the middleweight title, continued his comeback with a 10-round unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Gimenez of Paraguay, in Miami.
EQUESTRIAN—At the Cadillac-American Gold Cup show jumping event in Devon, Pa., 1984 Olympic gold medalist JOE FARGIS beat John McConnell by .01 of a second to win the $20,000 first prize. Fargis guided his mare Mill Pearl to two penalty-free rides and a jump-off time of 35.29 seconds.
PRO FOOTBALL—If Tampa Bay quarterback Steve DeBerg was glancing over his shoulder at his heralded rookie backup, Vinny Testaverde, it didn't show in the Bucs' 48-10 home-opening rout of Atlanta. DeBerg passed for 333 yards and a team-record five touchdowns as Tampa Bay set club records for points and margin of victory. The Oilers rallied to upset the Rams 20-16 in the Astrodome on Warren Moon's 59-yard scoring pass to Ernest Givins with 2:59 to play and a 19-yard field goal by Tony Zendejas with 1:01 left. Pittsburgh shocked San Francisco 30-17 in Three Rivers Stadium, as Steeler coach Chuck Noll moved past Paul Brown into fifth place on the NFL career victory list with 171. New Orleans defeated Cleveland 28-21 in the Superdome to hand the Browns their fifth straight opening-game loss. St. Louis beat Dallas 24-13 for its first victory in a home opener since 1975, while in Kansas City the Chiefs beat San Diego 20-13 on rookie Paul Palmer's 95-yard kickoff return with 3:19 left. The Redskins beat Philadelphia 34-24 in Washington as reserve quarterback Doug Williams came off the bench to throw for 272 yards and two TDs, while Minnesota whipped visiting Detroit 34-19. Miami not only lost its opener, 28-21, at New England but also punter Reggie Roby for at least a month with a sprained right ankle and knee and a groin pull. The Jets won 31-28 at Buffalo for their seventh straight triumph over the Bills, and Cincinnati nipped Indianapolis 23-21 in the Hoosier Dome. Denver quarterback John Elway threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos' 40-17 romp past Seattle in Mile High Stadium (page 26). Marcus Allen rushed for 136 yards and one score as the Raiders rolled past Green Bay 20-0 in Titletown. It was the first time the Packers had been shut out since 1978.
GOLF—Rookie SAM RANDOLPH won $90,000 and his first PGA tournament, after rain forced cancellation of the final round of the Bank of Boston Classic in Sutton, Mass. Randolph had finished 54 holes at four-under-par 199, four strokes ahead of the field.
Nancy Lopez shot a final-round, one-under-par 71 for a 54-hole total of 210 to win the LPGA Cellular One-Ping tournament in Portland, Ore. Lopez, who won $33,750, finished one stroke ahead of three competitors.
Gary Player sank a 10-foot putt for a birdie on the first hole of a playoff to defeat Bob Charles and win the $37,500 first prize of the World Senior Invitational, in Charlotte, N.C. Player and Charles finished the 54-hole event tied at nine-under-par 207.
HARNESS RACING—At the Red Mile track in Lexington, Ky., John Campbell drove FOLLOW MY STAR ($9.60) to a half-length triumph over Enroute in the Breeders Crown for older pacing mares. Follow My Star won the $153,831 purse by covering the mile in 1:53[4/5].
HOCKEY—Team Canada and the Soviet Union worked overtime in the first two games of their best-of-three Canada Cup final. After losing the opener in Montreal 6-5 in OT, Team Canada tied the series with a 6-5 double-OT triumph, in Hamilton, Ont. (page 74).
HORSE RACING—NORTH SIDER ($4.40), ridden by Angel Cordero, rallied to win the one-mile Maskette Stakes for fillies and mares by a neck over 4-5 favorite Wisla at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old mare, who earned an $85,500 purse, was timed in 1:35.
Good Command ($21), a 9-1 shot ridden by Chris McCarron, coasted to a 2¾-length victory over Stop The Fighting in the Del Mar Breeders Cup. The 4-year-old ran the mile in 1:34[4/5] to earn $86,250.
MOTOR SPORTS—DALE EARNHARDT, in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, won the NASCAR Wrangler 400 and $44,950 by 2.5 seconds over Darrell Waltrip, also in a Monte Carlo SS. Earnhardt averaged 67.074 mph on the half-mile oval at the Richmond (Va.) Fairgrounds Raceway.
TENNIS—In Flushing, N.Y., MARTINA NAVRATILOVA of the U.S. won her second straight U.S. Open women's title and fourth overall with a 7-6, 6-1 triumph over Steffi Graf of West Germany (page 40). IVAN LENDL of Czechoslovakia beat Mats Wilander of Sweden 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 to claim his third men's crown (page 44). NAVRATILOVA and PAM SHRIVER won their fourth Open women's doubles title with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 win over Kathy Jordan and Elizabeth Smylie. In a three-hour, 44-minute men's doubles final, STEFAN EDBERG and ANDERS JARRYD of Sweden upset Ken Flach and Robert Seguso of the U.S. 7-6, 6-2, 4-6, 5-7, 7-6.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As manager of the Chicago Cubs, GENE MICHAEL, 49, the day after he told a reporter he would resign at the end of this season. Michael led Chicago to a 114-124 record in parts of two seasons, including 68-68 in 1987. Coach FRANK LUCCHESI, 61, was named the Cubs' interim manager.
HOSPITALIZED: With severe head injuries, Indy Car racer ROBERTO GUERRERO, 28, the third-leading driver on the CART circuit, who on Sept. 10 crashed his March 87C into a wall on the final lap of a tire-testing run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Guerrero is in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
NAMED: BOB HOFMAN, 37, as basketball coach at Eastern Washington University, replacing Joe Folda, who was fired on July 31 after he admitted breaking NCAA rules. Hofman had a 69-46 record in four years at Division II Fort Lewis (Colo.) College.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For two seasons by the NCAA, the basketball program at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for violations, including providing free transportation to the U.S. for a European player during the summer of 1984. Marist was barred from postseason play for the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons, and assistant coach Bogdan Jovicic was prohibited from off-campus recruiting for two years.
RESIGNED: NASCAR driver TIM RICHMOND, 32, who had won two races this season, for health reasons. According to car owner Rick Hendrick, Richmond is going into "temporary retirement" because he never fully recuperated from a bout of pneumonia suffered last winter.
TRADED: By the New York Rangers, defenseman PAT PRICE, 32, to the Minnesota North Stars, for right wing WILLI PLETT, 32.