BOXING—At the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Moscow, the Soviet Union won five gold medals; Cuba, four; and the U.S., East Germany and Romania, one each. The U.S. champion was ERIC GRIFFIN of Houston, who beat Rogelio Marcelo of Cuba in a 17-13 decision at 106 pounds.
PRO FOOTBALL—The Giants remained undefeated, at 4-0, by beating the Cowboys 30-13, as Phil Simms threw two touchdown passes and Raul Allegre kicked three field goals. Unruffled by seven sacks, the Steelers' Bubby Brister completed a team-record 15 straight passes on his way to 267 yards in the air, and Pittsburgh scored after four Detroit turnovers in crushing the winless Lions 23-3. Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas teamed up to lead the Bills past the Patriots 31-10; Kelly threw three TD passes, including a 74-yarder to Thomas, and Thomas had 204 yards in total offense. Vinny Testaverde finished with only 82 yards passing, had 11 straight incompletes and was sacked twice as the Vikings upended the Bucs 17-3. The Colts had their "first touchdown" of the day called back twice and then, on their third try for the TD, threw an interception that Jet safety Erik McMillan ran back 92 yards for a score. But Indianapolis recovered from that shaky start to sack New York's Ken O'Brien five times, rally from a 10-point deficit and beat the Jets 17-10 on a 49-yard fourth-quarter punt return by Clarence Verdin. The Saints fell to the Redskins 16-14 as Washington's Chip Lohmiller made field goals of 48, 19 and 18 yards, and New Orleans's kicker, Morten Andersen, missed two, the second from 36 yards with 2:34 to play. Linebacker Leon White seemed to go unnoticed as he dug a fumble out of a pileup and raced 22 yards in the fourth quarter to give the Bengals a 21-17 victory over the Chiefs. In the Sept. 25 Monday-night game, Cincinnati beat the Browns 21-14. A holding penalty against Cardinals linebacker Ken Harvey early in the fourth quarter gave the Chargers, who trailed 13-7, a first down on the two, from which they scored a touchdown and launched a comeback that ended in a 24-13 win. The Raiders, who suffered their third consecutive loss, built a 17-7 lead in the first three quarters before falling to the Seahawks 24-20. In other games: The Oilers routed the Dolphins 39-7; the Packers rallied to beat the Falcons 23-21; the Rams remained unbeaten by spoiling the 49ers' perfect record 13-12; and Cleveland knocked off the Broncos 16-13 (page 36).
GOLF—Mark Calcavecchia beat Hajime Meshiai of Japan by seven strokes to sew up the U.S.'s first championship in the Dunhill Nations Cup, a four-day international medal-match-play competition that was being held for the fifth time on the Old Course at St. Andrews. The Americans outscored the second-place Japanese 3½-2½ in the final round of six matches. Britain placed third in the 16-nation field.
Bill Britton shot a 16-under-par 200 for 54 holes to win a rain-shortened PGA tournament and $135,000 in Tallahassee, Fla. He defeated Ron Black by four strokes.
Beth Daniel won a three-round LPGA tournament in San Jose, shooting an 11-under-par 205 to defeat Pat Bradley by one stroke. She earned $48,750.
HORSE RACING—SECRET HELLO ($7.00), ridden by Aaron Gryder, took the lead in the final 16th of a mile to defeat Richard R. by three lengths in the Arlington Washington Futurity for 2-year-old colts and geldings, at Arlington International Racecourse. He covered the mile in 1:35[4/5] to earn $220,860.
Stella Madrid ($3.20), Angel Cordero up, took the lead in the final turn to finish 2¾ lengths ahead of Golden Reef in the Matron Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, at Belmont Park. The winner, whose triumph was worth $72,720, covered the seven furlongs in 1:24[2/5].
Adjudicating ($6.40), Jacinto Vasquez in the saddle, beat Slavic by a neck to win the Cowdin Stakes for 2-year-olds, at Belmont Park. The colt ran the seven furlongs in 1:23[3/5] and won $68,760.
MOTOR SPORTS—AYRTON SENNA, driving a McLaren-Honda, won the Spanish Grand Prix to move to within 16 points of Alain Prost in the battle for the Formula One driving championship. Senna, who must win both remaining races to get the crown, averaged 106.252 mph for 72 laps of the 2.62-mile Jerez de la Frontera circuit to finish in 1:47:48.264, 27.051 seconds ahead of Gerhard Berger, in a Ferrari. Prost was third.
TENNIS—BRAD GILBERT beat Anders Jarryd 7-5, 6-2 to win $59,500 in a men's indoor tour event in San Francisco.
Guillermo Perez Roldan won the men's Championship of Sicily, in Palermo, by defeating Paolo Cane 6-1, 6-4. The victory was worth $45,000.
Ivan Lendl defeated Emilio Sanchez 6-2, 6-2 to win a men's Grand Prix event and $45,000 in Bordeaux, France.
MILEPOSTS—PLACED ON PROBATION: By the NCAA for five years, the Southeastern Louisiana State basketball program, for recruiting violations. The NCAA also ruled that the school may not sign any players during the 1989-90 academic year, may send only one coach on recruiting trips for the '90-91 season and may give only seven basketball scholarships, instead of the usual 15, in '90-91. In July the university canceled basketball for '89-90 for financial reasons.
PLEADED GUILTY: In federal court in Tallahassee, Fla., sports agents GERALD GRATENSTEIN, GREG LATIMER, JOHN KASBAR and GLENN HAFT, to reduced charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The agents were accused of making payments to student-athletes at four schools, including the University of Florida. Each agent could receive a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced on Dec. 11.
SOLD: By CBS, 50 hours of programming for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, and the '94 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, to Turner Broadcasting for $50 million, making way for the Olympics to be seen on cable for the first time. Turner has said it will show events not aired by CBS, which paid $243 million for the rights to the Albertville Games and $300 million for those to the Lillehammer Olympics.
TRADED: By the NBA Golden State Warriors, center RALPH SAMPSON, 29, to the Sacramento Kings for center-forward JIM PETERSEN, 27.
By the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, goaltender PETE PEETERS, 32, and center KEITH ACTON, 31, to the Winnipeg Jets for future considerations; by the Jets, goaltender ELDON RED-DICK, 25, to the Edmonton Oilers for future considerations; by the Washington Capitals, right wing BOB GOULD, 32, to the Boston Bruins for future considerations; and by the Buffalo Sabres, goalie JACQUES CLOUTIER, 29, to the Chicago Black-hawks for an undisclosed draft choice and a player to be named later.
DIED: AUGUST A. BUSCH JR., 90, beer baron and president of the St. Louis Cardinals since 1953; in St. Louis.