BOXING—Evander Holyfield knocked out the defending champion, James (Busier) Douglas, in the third round to win the undisputed world heavyweight title, in Las Vegas (page 76).
CHESS—Garry Kasparov resigned the seventh game of the world championship, which left his 24-game series with Anatoly Karpov tied at 3½-3½.
EQUESTRIAN—France beat the U.S. by 2.1 seconds in a jump-off to win the Nations' Cup, in Landover. Md.
PRO FOOTBALL—By capitalizing on four Colt miscues—three interceptions and a fumble—the Dolphins, co-leaders in the AFC East, routed Indianapolis 27-7. The Miami defense limited Eric Dickerson of the Colts to 27 yards on 10 carries. The Bills kept pace with the Dolphins in the division race—both have 6-1 records—by dominating the Patriots, who suffered their fifth straight loss, 27-10. Buffalo made it look easy by scoring on five of its first seven possessions. The opportunistic Falcons beat up on the AFC Central-leading Bengals, who had upended the Browns 34-13 on Monday night, by forcing four turnovers and scoring on two of them in a 38-17 win. Atlanta's Deion Sanders scored on a club-record 79-yard punt return. The NFC West pacesetters, the unbeaten 49ers, edged the Browns 20-17 on a 45-yard field goal by Mike Cofer with five seconds to go. The only team to play in the AFC West, in which the division-leading Raiders and three other teams were idle, was the lowly Chargers, who pummeled the Buccaneers 41-10 behind Marion Butts's three touchdown runs. In the NFC East, the Cowboys, who entering their game against the Eagles ranked last in the NFL in total offense, amassed 345 yards but still lost 21-20. Randall Cunningham engineered an 85-yard Philadelphia drive that culminated in the winning TD—a 10-yard pass by Cunningham to Calvin Williams—with 44 seconds to play. In the NFC Central, the Packers intercepted five passes by Rich Gannon en route to a 24-10 victory over the Vikings. In other games: The NFC East-leading Giants remained undefeated by nailing the Redskins 21-10; the Bears, tops in the NFC Central, survived a late charge by the Cardinals to prevail 31-21; the Lions took advantage of eight Saints turnovers in winning 27-10; and the Jets outlasted the Oilers 17-12 (page 68).
GOLF—Jodie Mudd birdied the first playoff hole to beat Billy Mayfair and win a PGA Tour event and $450,000 in Houston. Mudd and Mayfair finished regulation play with 11-under-par scores of 273.
HOCKEY—Though Wayne Gretzky of the Kings became the first NHL player to get 2,000 career points, with a first-period assist in a 6-2 loss to the Jets, L.A. couldn't hold on to the top spot in the Smythe Division. The Flames temporarily overtook the Kings with a 9-4 victory over the Caps. L.A.'s 6-2 win over Winnipeg the next night nudged the Kings back into first. A 5-1 Ranger rout of the Maple Leafs moved New York into first place in the Patrick Division and dropped Toronto's record to 1-7-1. New York's Darren Turcotte ran his scoring streak to 11 games in a 5-3 defeat of the Flyers before it was broken in a 4-1 win over the Nordiques that gave the Rangers the NHL points lead, with 18. The Adams Division-leading Bruins, who completed an 0-4-1 road trip with an 8-1 loss in Calgary, were revived by their return to Boston Garden, where they beat the Canucks 4-2 and the Blackhawks 5-4. Brett Hull, who led the league in goals at week's end with 14, had the first back-to-back hat tricks in Blues history as St. Louis beat the Maple Leafs 8-3 and 8-5 to solidify their hold on the Norris Division lead. The Blues, with Vincent Riendeau stopping 27 shots, also defeated the Canadiens 3-0 in St. Louis to gain their first shutout ever at home over Montreal.
HORSE RACING—The winners in the Breeders' Cup races, which were marred by the on-track deaths of the 3-year-old filly Go for Wand and of the 4-year-old horse Mr. Nickerson, at Belmont Park were, in the six-furlong $1 Million Sprint for 3-year-olds and older, SAFELY KEPI ($26.40), Craig Perret up, in 1:09[3/5]; in the 1[1/16]-mile $1 Million Juvenile Fillies, MEADOW STAR ($2.40), Jose Santos up, in 1:44; in the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ-mile $1 Million Distaff for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. BAYAKOA ($4.20), Laffit Pincay Jr. up, in 1:49[1/5]; in the $1 Million Mile for 3-year-olds and up. ROYAL ACADEMY ($7.60), Lester Piggott up, in 1:35[1/5]; in the 1[1/16]-mile $1 Million Juvenile, FLY SO FREE ($4.80), Santos up, in 1:43[2/5]; in the 1½-mile $2 Million Turf for 3-year-olds and up, IN THE WINGS ($5.80), Gary Stevens up, in 2:29[3/5]; and in the 1¼-mile $3 Million Classic for 3-year-olds and up, UNBRIDLED ($15.20), Pat Day up, in 2:02[1/5] (page 60).
MARATHON—Martin Pitayo of Mexico beat Antoni Niemczak of Poland by a step to win the Chicago Marathon, in 2:09:41. The victory was worth $30,000. AURORA CUNHA of Portugal led all the way in winning the women's division, in 2:30:11. She also collected $30,000.
MOTOR SPORTS—Steve Grissom, driving an Olds-mobile Cutlass Supreme, averaged a race-record 73.968 mph for the 200 laps of the .526-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway to win the NASCAR Grand National. Grissom passed leader Kenny Wallace, in a Pontiac Grand Prix, with three laps to go.
TENNIS—Jennifer Capriati knocked off Zina Garrison 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to win the Puerto Rico Open for her first pro victory. She took home $27,000.
Boris Becker beat Stefan Edberg 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 in the final of the Stockholm Open. The victory was worth $137,450.
Steffi Graf defeated Helena Sukova 7-5, 6-3 to win a women's indoor event in Brighton. England, and earn $70,000.
MILEPOSTS—FIRED: As coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, DOUG CARPENTER, 48, after directing the Maple Leafs to a 1-9-1 record. Carpenter, who was 39-47-5 during his one-plus seasons with the Leafs, was replaced on an interim basis by one of his assistants, TOM WATT, 55.
SETTLED: A $6.9 million lawsuit against Emery Air Freight by former Kentucky basketball assistant coach DWANE CASEY, 33. Casey had sued Emery for allegedly opening a package it was shipping in March 1988 from Lexington, Ky., to Los Angeles. The parcel, which bore Casey's name as the sender, contained a video-cassette holder in which $1,000 in cash was found. The addressee was Claud Mills, the father of prize recruit Chris Mills. Casey denied sending the money. The settlement, the amount of which was not disclosed, must be approved by the U.S. district court judge overseeing the case.
DIED: Bennie Oosterbaan, 84, the last Michigan football coach to win a national championship, when the Wolverines went 9-0 in 1948; of natural causes; in Ann Arbor, Mich. During his 11 years guiding the Wolverines. Michigan won three Big Ten championships and one Rose Bowl victory, over California in 1951. As a Wolverine athlete from '25 through '27, Oosterbaan was a three-time All-America offensive end, a two-time All-America forward in basketball and a Big Ten batting champion in baseball. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
Frank Sinkwich, 70, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1942 at Georgia; after a long illness; in Athens, Ga. During his three years as a halfback and fullback with the Bulldogs, Sinkwich ran for 2,271 yards and 30 touchdowns and passed for 2,331 yards and 30 TDs; in '42, his senior year, he led them to an 11-1 record and a 9-0 win over UCLA in the Rose Bowl. He played with the NFL Detroit Lions for two seasons, being named league MVP in 1944, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.