BASEBALL—The OAKLAND ATHLETICS swept the San Francisco Giants four games to none to win the World Series. Oakland righthander Dave Stewart, who won the first and third games, was named the MVP (page 24).
BOXING—VIRGIL HILL knocked out James Kinchen in the first round to retain his WBA light heavyweight title, in Bismarck, N.Dak.
Jeff Harding successfully defended his WBC light heavyweight title when challenger Tom Collins failed to answer the bell for the third round, in Brisbane, Australia.
Raul (Jibero) PEREZ scored a unanimous 12-round decision over Diego Avila to keep the WBC bantamweight title, in Inglewood, Calif.
PRO FOOTBALL—Jerry Rice made a spectacular leaping catch for a touchdown and Mike Cofer kicked three field goals as the NFC West-leading 49ers beat the Jets 23-10. Boomer Esiason matched his own club record with five touchdown passes as Cincinnati, coleader in the AFC Central, erupted from a two-week scoring slump to pound the Buccaneers 56-23. The division's other leader, Cleveland, came off a 27-7 Monday, Oct. 23 win over the Bears to drill the Oilers 28-17. The Patriots' Greg Davis kicked a 51-yard field goal with 5:03 left in overtime to lift New England to a 23-20 victory over the Colts. Dalton Hilliard accounted for 190 yards of total offense and two touchdowns as the Saints knocked off the Falcons 23-16. A Chris Jacke 38-yard field goal in OT gave the Packers a 23-20 victory over the Lions. Steve Beuerlein threw two touchdown passes to Mervyn Fernandez, and Bo Jackson ran 73 yards for another TD as the Raiders beat the Redskins 37-24. Bubby Brister returned from a two-week injury layoff to throw two touchdown passes to Louis Lipps as the Steelers rallied for a 23-17 victory over the Chiefs. In other games: The Cardinals beat the winless Cowboys 19-10; the Bears, second in the NFC Central behind the idle Vikings, defeated the Rams 20-10; the AFC East-leading Bills prevailed over Miami 31-17; the Seahawks squeezed past the Chargers 10-7; and the Eagles moved to within a half game of the idle NFC East-leading Giants by edging the Broncos, pacesetters in the AFC West, 28-24 (page 34).
GOLF—TOM KITE beat Payne Stewart on the second hole of sudden death to win a PGA Tour event and $450,000 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. (page 42).
HARNESS RACING—In the Breeders Crown series, at Pompano Park: PEACE CORPS ($2.20), with John Campbell driving, won the Filly Trot for 3-year-olds in 1:57, finishing 2½ lengths ahead of Peach Pit and earning $167,850; CHEERY HELLO ($5), with Campbell in the sulky, prevailed in the Filly Pace for 3-year-olds by a half length over Tyler Town, in 1:55[4/5] and won $142,850; TOWN PRO ($3.60), driven by Doug Brown, won the Filly Pace for 2-year-olds by four lengths over Bruce's Lady in 1:55 and earned $219,106; ROYAL TROUBADOR ($7.60), with Carl Allen in the sulky, triumphed in the Colt Trot for 2-year-olds in 1:59⅖ good enough to beat Meadowbranch Eddy by 7¼ lengths, and won $178,205; GOALIE JEFF ($2.20), driven by Mike Lachance, took the Colt Pace for 3-year-olds in 1:54⅕ beating Kentucky Spur by 8½ lengths to win $188,850; DELPHI'S LOBELL ($53), Ron Waples in the sulky, won the Filly Trot for 2-year-olds by 2¾ lengths over Miss Baltic in a time of 1:59[3/5] and earned $210,106; ESQUIRE SPUR ($11.60), driven by Richard Stillings, prevailed in the Colt Trot for 3-year-olds in 1:56⅕ defeating Demilo Hanover by 2¾ lengths and receiving a purse of $161,138; and TILL WE MEET AGAIN ($6.40), with Micky McNichol in the sulky, got his ninth straight victory, in the Colt Pace for 2-year-olds, as he closed with a rush for a half-length victory over In The Pocket. He was timed in 1:56[2/5] and earned $283,606.
HOCKEY—The Blackhawks yo-yoed in and out of the Norris Division lead, first leading the North Stars by two points by beating the Red Wings 5-3 as Troy Murray scored three goals and set up a fourth. Minnesota tied it up with a 4-2 win over Buffalo. Chicago regained possession of the top spot with another 5-3 victory, over the Canadiens. A 3-2 loss to the Devils and a Minnesota 6-5 win over Philadelphia tied the Hawks with the North Stars again. A 1-0 shutout of the Capitals thrust Chicago back into the lead. Injury-riddled Montreal regained the lead in the Adams Division when Ryan Walter scored his first goal of the season, with 21 seconds left in regulation, to seal a 3-2 victory over the Whalers that broke a two-game Canadien losing streak. Montreal also outscored two of the NHL's strongest offensive teams, the Penguins (5-1) and the Oilers (5-4). After opening the season with 10 games against teams in other divisions, the Smythe Division-leading Flames faced the Kings—a 5-0 Calgary win—and the Canucks twice—a 5-5 tie and a 4-3 loss—in intradivision action. In beating L.A., the Flames snapped the Kings' league-leading string of 261 games without being shut out, as goalie Rick Wamsley stopped 23 shots and held Wayne Gretzky, who did not get off a shot, scoreless for his second consecutive home game. In lying Vancouver, Calgary extended its undefeated home-ice streak to five when Theoren Fleury scored a power-play goal with three seconds left in the third period. The Flames' Joe Nieuwendyk, who scored two goals and added two assists in that game, moved into the league scoring lead with 22. The Rangers won two games and tied two to maintain the best record, 8-1-3, and highest point total, 19, in the Patrick Division and the league (page 32).
INDOOR SOCCER—In the MISL, which has expanded from seven teams to eight, Dallas defeated defending champion San Diego 9-3 in the opener for both teams. Tatu scored five goals for the Sidekicks.
MARATHON—PAUL DAVIES-HALE of Great Britain and LISA WEIDENBACH of the U.S. won the men's and women's divisions of the Chicago marathon, in 2:11:25 and 2:28:15.
TENNIS—STEFFI GRAF struggled past Monica Seles 7-5, 6-4 to triumph in a women's tour event and earn $50,000, in Brighton, England.
Kevin Curren beat Petr Korda 6-2, 7-5 to win a men's tour event and $35,000 in Frankfurt.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: Commissioner of the NFL, PAUL TAGLIABUE, 48, a Washington. D.C., attorney who has represented the NFL since 1969 (page 19).
SUSPENDED: By the NHL for four games, New York Islander left wing RANDY WOOD, 26, for deliberately attempting to injure Minnesota North Star defenseman Curt Giles with his slick in an Oct. 17 game.
By the Santa Anita Park stewards, for 60 days, jockey PATRICK VALENZUELA, 27, after urinalysis on Oct. 20 revealed cocaine in his system. The action will prevent Valenzuela. who won this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard Sunday Silence, from riding the 3-year-old colt in this week's Breeders' Cup Classic (page 19).
TRADED: By the Minnesota Timberwolves, their top pick in the NBA expansion draft, center-forward RICK MAHORN, 31, to the Philadelphia 76ers for a first-round draft pick in 1990 and second-round selections in '91 and '92.