PRO BASKETBALL—Six teams got off to 2-0 starts, including the Pistons, who dealt the expansion Hornets a 94-85 loss. The Heal, this year's other expansion team, lost its debut at home, 111-91 to the L.A. Clippers—who won only three road games last season—and Larry Brown guided the Spurs to a 122-107 win over the Lakers in his NBA return.
PRO FOOTBALL—-By beating the Broncos 55-23 and the Jets 38-14, the Colts rose from last place into a tie with the Dolphins and the Patriots for third in the AFC East. Ahead of them are the Jets and the league-leading 9-1 Bills, who defeated the Sea-hawks 13-3. The loss dropped Seattle into a tie for the AFC West lead with the Raiders, who tripped up the Chargers 13-3, and the Broncos, who rebounded from two straight lopsided losses with an inelegant 17-11 defeat of the 1-8-1 Chiefs. The Bengals remained atop the AFC Central by walloping the last-place Steelers 42-7. The Eagles beat the Rams 30-24 while the Saints lost 27-24 on a last-minute, 23-yard field goal by Washington rookie Chip Lohmiller. Those results left L.A. and New Orleans lied for the NFC West lead. The Giants retained first place in the NFC East after handing the Cowboys their sixth straight loss, 29-21. The Cardinals squeaked by the 49ers 24-23 on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Neil Lomax to Roy Green with three seconds to play. Phoenix had trailed 23-0. In the NFC Central, the Lions, the Packers and the Buccaneers share 2-8 records after Detroit lost 44-17 to the Vikings, Green Bay lost 20-0 to Atlanta, and the first-place Bears defeated Tampa Bay 28-10. Chicago defensive coordinator Vince Tobin filled in for head coach Mike Ditka, who was hospitalized after a mild heart attack.
GOLF—DAVID FROST shot a 22-under-par 266 to beat Mark Wiebe by five strokes and win the Tucson Open and $108,000.
Patty Sheehan defeated Liselotte Neumann on the third sudden-death playoff hole to win an LPGA event and earn $67,500 in Tokyo. The two had tied at 10-under-par 206 in regulation play.
HOCKEY—The Canadiens burst out of the cellar and into second place in the Adams Division with a 3-0 week, but still stood six points behind the division-pacesetting Bruins. The Flames enjoyed a 3-0 week as well, to hold on to the Smythe Division lead, while in the Patrick, the Flyers won two of four games to pull into a second-place tie with the Penguins, one point behind the surprising Rangers. With a 5-2 defeat of the Oilers, the Red Wings pulled within three points of the Norris Division-leading Maple Leafs.
HORSE RACING—In the most important event of the seven-race Breeders' Cup program at Churchill Downs, ALYSHEBA ($5). Chris McCarron up, became the richest racehorse of all time, with career earnings of $6,679,242, by winning the Breeders' Cup Classic and $1,350,000. The 4-year-old covered the 1¼ miles in 2:04[4/5] to beat Seeking the Gold by half a length (page 16).
INDOOR SOCCER—Tatu, Dallas's high-scoring forward who suffered a knee injury in the opening minute of last season and missed the rest of the year, had a goal in the first minute of this season in a 6-5 win over Tacoma in triple overtime. Dallas was 1-1 after losing to Baltimore 6-3. Los Angeles and Wichita won their openers, 5-2 over San Diego and 4-3 over Kansas City, respectively.
MARATHON—STEVE JONES of Wales and GRETE WAITZ of Norway won the men's and women's divisions of the New York City Marathon, in 2:08:20 and 2:28:07, respectively (page 76).
MOTOR SPORTS—AL UNSER JR., driving a March-Chevrolet, beat Rick Mears, in a Penske-Chevrolet, by 53.046 seconds to win a CART event and $64,160 in Miami. Unser averaged 101.471 mph on the 1.784-mile Tamiami Park road circuit. By finishing fifth in his Penske-Chevrolet, DANNY SULLIVAN became the 1988 CART driving champion.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER beat Peter Lundgren 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to win the Stockholm Open and $126,500.
Martina Navratilova struggled past Natalia Zvereva 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 to triumph in a women's tour event and earn $60,000 in Worcester, Mass.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the NBA for fighting in exhibition games, the Detroit Pistons' Rick Mahorn, $5,000; Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, $3,500; David Feitl and Ledell Eackles of the Washington Bullets, $3,000 each; and Harvey Grant of the Bullets, $2,500. Fifteen other Celtics and Bullets were fined $500 each for leaving their benches during a fight.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America, as American League Rookie of the Year, Oakland A's shortstop WALT WEISS, 24; and as National League Rookie of the Year, Cincinnati Reds third baseman CHRIS SABO, 26.
As manager of the Chicago While Sox, JEFF TORBORG, 46, who had been a coach with the New York Yankees for the past 10 seasons.
PLACED ON PROBATION: For three years and barred from 1989 postseason play by the NCAA, the UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS basketball program, for recruiting violations. The Jayhawks are also prohibited from paying for campus recruiting visits in '89 and were stripped of one scholarship for the '89-90 season (page 40).
For three years and banned from postseason play for one year by the NCAA, the UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI football and basketball programs, for recruiting and scholarship-limitation violations.
SUSPENDED: By the NHL, New York Ranger defenseman DAVID SHAW for 12 games for slashing Pittsburgh Penguin center Mario Lemieux in the chest with his stick; Philadelphia Flyer right wing RICK TOCCHET for 10 games for gouging the left eye of New York Islander defenseman Dean Chynoweth; and Edmonton Oiler center MARK MESSIER for six games for using his stick to knock out four of Vancouver Canucks right wing Rich Sutter's teeth.
TRADED: By the New Jersey Nets, center TIM McCORMICK, 26, and guards TONY BROWN. 28, FRANK JOHNSON, 29, and LORENZO ROMAR, 30, to the Houston Rockets for center JOE BARRY CARROLL, 30, and guard LESTER CONNER, 29; by the Nets, second-round draft choices in 1991 and '96 to the Sacramento Kings for guard MIKE McGEE, 29; by the Los Angeles Lakers, center MIKE SMREK, 27, to the San Antonio Spurs for a second-round draft pick in '90.
By the Minnesota North Stars, goalie DON BEAUPRE, 27, to the Washington Capitals for the rights to University of Maine defenseman CLAUDIO SCREMIN, 20: by the North Stars, right wing RICHARD ZEMLAK, 25, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the rights to Providence College right wing ROB GAUDREAU, 18.
By the Minnesota Twins, pitcher BERT BLYLEVEN, 37, and a minor league pitcher, to the California Angels for pitcher MIKE COOK, 25, and two minor leaguers.