PRO BASKETBALL—Playing on surgically repaired heels, Larry Bird led the Celtics in points (32) and minutes (33) in their season opener, a 127-114 defeat of the Bucks. In Boston's second game, with four seconds left, Bird canned a 15-foot jumper to beat the Bulls 102-100. Four other teams got off to 2-0 starts. The defending-NBA-champion Pistons surprised no one by defeating the Knicks (106-103) and the Bullets (95-93), but the Nets, the Trail Blazers and the Pacers—all sub-.500 clubs last season—were startlingly quick starters. The expansion teams had a predictably bad time of it. The Minnesota Timberwolves lost their inaugural game 106-94 in Seattle and another game, to Portland, 93-83. The Orlando Magic fell to New Jersey 111-106 in its debut.
PRO FOOTBALL—John Elway passed and ran for two second-half touchdowns in leading the Broncos, atop the AFC West, to a 34-7 defeat of the Steelers. Pat Leahy kicked a 23-yard field goal on the game's final play as the Jets overcame a Patriots rally to beat New England 27-26. The Browns intercepted four of Vinny Testaverde's passes and returned two of them for touchdowns on successive plays in the first half en route to a 42-31 victory over the Bucs, giving Cleveland sole possession of the AFC Central lead. Warren Moon rallied the Oilers with two third-quarter TD passes, and Houston hung on to beat the Lions 35-31. Don Majkowski hit Sterling Sharpe with a 14-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass with 32 seconds left to play, for a 14-13 Packer win over Chicago. The Dolphins capitalized on Eric Dickerson's absence—he was out with a hamstring pull—to beat the Colts 19-13. Paul McFadden's 50-yard field goal with two seconds remaining gave the Falcons a 30-28 victory over the AFC East-leading Bills. Chris Bahr had a 49-yard field goal with four seconds left to lift the Chargers to a 20-17 defeat of the Eagles. Bo Jackson gained 159 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Raiders beat Cincinnati 28-7. Elsewhere in the league: The Vikings, leaders in the NFC Central, knocked off the Rams 23-21; Dallas won for the first time this season, 13-3 over the Redskins; the Chiefs overcame the Seahawks 20-10; the NFC West-leading 49ers were idle; and the Giants, tops in the NFC East, came off a 24-14 win over Minnesota on Monday, Oct. 30, to beat the Cardinals 20-13 (page 42).
GOLF—ELAINE CROSBY shot a final-round 70 for an 11-under-par tournament total of 205 and a three-stroke victory over Dawn Coe in the Japan Classic, in Otsu. Crosby took home $75,000.
HOCKEY—Ignoring the WAYNE WHO? banner draped above the ice, Wayne Gretzky scored his 46th career hat trick during an 8-4 Kings win over the Penguins in the first showdown of the season between Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Smythe Division-leading Calgary remained unbeaten at the Saddledome with a 5-3 win over the Jets and a 7-3 defeat of the Devils but could not prevail in Edmonton, falling 5-2 despite outshooting the Oilers 34-15. The Sabres, the only other team unbeaten at home (6-0-1), moved into a tie with the Canadiens for the Adams Division lead with victories over Montreal (4-3) and L.A. (5-3) and a 3-3 tie with the Bruins. The Canadiens had better luck against the downstate New York teams, beating the Islanders 3-0 and the Patrick Division-leading Rangers 3-2. The Rangers also fell 3-1 to the Flyers, who thus ended a 0-4-1 streak on the road. The Rangers' only victory of the week came when Darren Turcotte had a goal and set up three others, two by Brian Leetch, in a 6-1 thrashing of the Nordiques, which spoiled Michel Bergeron's return to Madison Square Garden, where he had coached the past two seasons. Quebec is now 3-11-1, worst in the NHL. The Blackhawks, 3-1 this week, are tops in the Norris Division and the NHL, with 23 points.
HORSE RACING—The winners in the Breeders' Cup races at Gulfstream Park were: in the six-furlong SI Million Sprint for 3-year-olds and up, DANCING SPREE ($35.20), Angel Cordero Jr. up, in 1:09; in the 1[1/16]-mile $1 Million Juvenile Fillies, GO FOR WAND ($7), Randy Romero up, in 1:44[1/5]; in the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile $1 Million Distaff for fillies and mares 3 years old and up, BAYAKOA ($3.40), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, in 1:47[2/5]; in the $1 Million Mile for 3-year-olds and up, STEINLEN ($5.60), Jose Santos up, in 1:37[1/5]; in the 1[1/16]-mile $1 Million Juvenile, RHYTHM ($7.20), Craig Perret up, in 1:43[3/5]; in the 1½-mile $2 Million Turf for 3-year-olds and up, PRIZED ($19.60), Eddie Delahoussaye up, in 2:28; in the 1¼-mile $3 Million Classic for 3-year-olds and up, SUNDAY SILENCE ($6), Chris McCarron up, in 2:00[1/5] (page 28).
INDOOR SOCCER—Baltimore and Dallas remained undefeated (2-0) and retained their positions atop the Eastern and Western divisions, respectively. Tim Wittman scored two fourth-quarter goals to lead the Blast to a 7-6 victory over Wichita. Mark Karpun's overtime goal gave the Sidekicks a 5-4 win over St. Louis.
MARATHON—JUMA IKANGAA of Tanzania won the men's division of the New York City Marathon in a course-record 2:08:01, and INGRID KRISTIANSEN of Norway won the women's competition in 2:25:30 (page 46).
MOTOR SPORTS—THIERRY BOUTSEN, driving a Williams-Renault, defeated Alessandro Nannini, in a Benetton-Ford, by 28.658 seconds to win the Australian Grand Prix, in Adelaide. Boutsen averaged 81.960 mph for 70 laps of the 2.35-mile street circuit.
Bill Elliott, driving a Ford Thunderbird, defeated Terry Labonte, also in a Thunderbird, by 0.47 of a second to win a NASCAR event in Phoenix. Elliott, who earned $57,900, averaged a race-record 105.683 mph for 312 laps of the one-mile oval.
TENNIS—BORIS BECKER defeated Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 to win the Paris Open and $300,000.
MILEPOSTS—FINED: By the International Automobile Federation's appeals court, 1988 Formula One driving champion AYRTON SENNA, 29, $100,000, for endangering other competitors by illegally driving his car back onto the course after a collision during the Japanese Grand Prix on Oct. 22.
NAMED: By the Baseball Writers Association of America as National League Manager of the Year, DON ZIMMER, 58, of the Chicago Cubs; and as American League Manager of the Year, FRANK ROBINSON, 54, of the Baltimore Orioles.
As manager of the Cincinnati Reds, former New York Yankee skipper LOU PINIELLA, 46; and as manager of the Cleveland Indians, JOHN McNAMARA, 57, who had previously been at the helm of five other major league teams.
RESIGNED: As University of Florida basketball coach, NORM SLOAN, 63, who guided the Gators to a 235-194 record during his 15 seasons. Sloan departed amid allegations that, among other things, he and an assistant had paid players. He was replaced on an interim basis by former Tennessee coach DON DeVOE, 47.
TRADED: By the Edmonton Oilers, center JIMMY CARSON, 21, right wing KEVIN McCLELLAND, 27, and a 1991 draft choice to the Detroit Red Wings for left wing-center ADAM GRAVES, 21, left wing PETR KLIMA, 24, center JOE MURPHY, 22, and defenseman JEFF SHARPLES, 22.