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The Rams were able to get in the end zone for the only touchdown of the game on their first possession. Quarterback Pat Haden drove his team G2 yards in 12 plays, and Bryant bulled over middle guard Curley Gulp at the 2-yard line to score from 3 yards out. Steelers Grab 4th Straight 15-9 LYMAN BOSTOCK, outfielder and leading hitter for the California Angels, was fatally shot in the head Saturday night while riding in a car in Gary, Indiana, following the Angels game earlier against the Chicago White Sox. Police arrested the estranged husband of a woman passenger riding in the car with Bostock. (UPI photo) Dodgers Win 2nd Straight Loop Title LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Steve Garvey collected three straight hits and drove in three runs while rookie Bob Welch fired a five-hit shutout Sunday to pace the Los Angeles Dodgers to their second straight National League Western Division title with a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers insured the win in the fourth inning when they batted around and scored three runs, driving starter and loser Bob Owchinko, 10-13, from the mound. It was the third shutout and sixth complete game of the season for right-hander Welch, 7-4, who struck out six and walked three. It was also the second straight divisional title for the Dodgers under Manager Tom Lasorda. With two out in the third inning, Reggie Smith doubled and scored on Garvey's single. Joe Ferguson led off the fourth with a double and Davey Lopes was walked intentionally, with Ferguson scoring on Bill North's single. Mark Lee then replaced Owchinko and walked Smith intentionally to load the bases. Garvey singled to center to sccore Lopes and North. The three hits gave him 194 for the season in quest for his fourth 200-hit season with six games to go. It was also Garvey's 16th straight game in which he hit safely. Of Year NAPA, Calif. (UPI) — Tom Watson closed with a 5-under-par 67 Sunday to make, the $200,000 Napa Open his fifth tournament victory of the year, increase his money-leading total for 1978 to $343,429 and take over the Vardon Trophy lead for the lowest stroke average. The 29-year-old Watson, who now has 11 Tour victories plus two British Open titles since starting out in 1972, eagled the fifth hole at Silverado's North course in the final round to take the lead and never gave it up in finishing with a 72-hole score of 18-under-par 270 to win by three strokes over EdSneed. Sneed shot a final round 70 to finish two strokes ahead of Barry Jaeckel, who shot even par in the final round. Bob Gilder and D.A. Weibring shot 69s, Bob Zender had a 71 and Orville Moody a 67 to tie at 12- under276. Lou Graham had a final 69 to finish at 277 with Danny Edwards who had a 70, and Bruce Lietzke, who had a 74. Masters champion Gary Player, playing at Silverado for the first time, never was a factor and finished far back in the pack at 289. U.S. Open champion Andy North and PGA John Mahaffey did not play much better, finishing at 282 and 284, respectively. Angels Beat Chisox 7-3 CHICAGO (UPI) Carney Lansford hit a two- run homer and Rick Miller added a two-run single Sunday to lead the grief- stricken California Angels to a 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. SWC Teams Posted 6-3 Record Over Weekend By MIKE RABUN UPI Sports Writer Some teams win and some teams lose. But on rare occasions, a team will do both. And that is what the SMU Mustangs did last Saturday. On one of the busiest weekends in the history of the league, some old, familiar names popped up to help their clubs along — names like Curtis Dickey, Danny Davis and Jerry Eckwood. Some not-so-familiar names — Steve Stamp and Ron Reeves — showed up just in time to key a couple of more victories as well. And even though the conference posted a 6-3 intersectiona! record on Saturday, it was one of the losses that was the biggest surprise. SMU, a 17-point underdog to fourth-ranked Penn State, came out gunning and early in the third quarter actually held a 2112 lead. But the Nittany Lions finally wore down the Mustangs on two Jong scoring drives to pull out a 26-21 decision. Despite the loss, the Mustangs signaled that they perhaps are ready to re-enter the world of big- time winning football. "We had the chance to win and didn't capitalize on it,'! said SMU coach Ron Meyer. "All we ask is for the chance. We couldn't control the ball and they could. That's why they are a darn good football team. "We knew we were a good team and we're getting better and better. But winning is the bottom line." Every team in the league played last week and the big three — third ranked Arkansas, sixth-ranked Texas and 10th ranked Texas A&M—kept their records unblemished. But Texas and Arkansas had to struggle. The defending champion Longhorns demonstrated little in the way of offense while knocking off Wyoming, 17-3; Arkansas had to rely on a 51-yard run by Eckwood to boost it to a 19-7 victory over Oklahoma State; and Dickey turned loose for 138 yards and three touchdowns in A&M's 37-2 romp over Boston College. But there was a lot more. Davis ran in for one score and threw for another in leading Houston to its first win of the year, a 42-25 decision over Utah. Reeves, a heretofore unknown freshman quarterback, came in with Texas Tech trailing, 16-7, hit a school record eight consecutive passes, ran in for two scores and threw for two others to rally the Red Raiders to a 41-26 decision over Arizona. And in Eugene, Ore., the underdog TCU Horned Frogs pulled out a trick play late in the game to beat the Oregon Ducks, 1410. Trailing, 10-6, with 9:54 to play, TCU lined up .for a field goal. But Stamp, the freshman holder on field goals and extra points, rolled out instead and threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Greg Porter. It was TCU's third win in two years. On the down side the Baylor Bears let victory slip away for the second straight week, failing to take advantage of their opportunities and losing to Kentucky, 25-21. And then there was Rice, which was beaten so badly by Oklahoma that Sopners coach Barry Switzer apologized to Rice coach Ray Alborn — at the half. Oklahoma led at intermission, 52-0, en route to a 66-7 triumph. The conference meeting between Texas and Texas Tech — which mint be closer than preseason estimates had it being — will highlight this week's schedule. Arkansas will go after win No. 3 against Tulsa in Fayetteville and Texas A&M will do the same against Memphis State in College Station. Houston travels to Florida State and then there will be the three toughies — TCU going to Penn State, Rice hosting LSU and Baylor visiting Ohio State. SMU has a deserved week off. PITTSBURGH (UPI) Terry Bradshaw hit Bennie Cunningham with a 37-yard scoring pass 3:43 into sudden death overtime Sunday to give the Pittsburgh Steelers their fourth straight victory, 15-9 over the Cleveland Browns, and sole possession of first place in the AFC Central Division. The touchdown pass, the 100th of Bradshaw's career, capped a drive that began on the Steelers' 21 after Pittsburgh won the toss and received to open the overtime. It was only the second time in the Steelers' history they had played an overtime game — the first time in 1974 in Denver. Roy Gerela had kicked a 36-yard field goal with 2:35 left to play in regulation time to tie the game at 9-9. Both teams had gotten all their scores in regulation on field goals. The Browns, who have never beaten the Steelers in their nine meetings in Three Rivers Stadium, got two more chances to score after Gerela's game-tying field goal, and the Steelers had one chance, but neither was able to move the ball. Cleveland's Brian Sipe lofted a desperation pass from the Steelers' 45 with two seconds, left in regulation but it was intercepted by Tony Dungy, who eluded several tacklers and returned the ball 65 yards before Dave Logan brought him down to assure an overtime period. It appeared Larry Anderson had fumbled away the ball on the return of the overtime kickoff but the officials ruled him down before he lost the ball. Bradshaw, unable to accomplish much in the air most of the game, completed passes of 17 and 11 yards to John Stallworth and Lynn Swann to keep the winning drive going. Gerela had a 33-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter and Cockroft had a 41-yarder in the third period. Cockroft's fields goals of 43 and 30 yards in the second quarter had Saints Eke Win Over Bengals CINCINNATI (UPI) John Leypoldt kicked a 27- yard field goal which hit the left upright and bounced through the goalpost on the final play of the game Sunday to lift the New Orleans Saints to a 20-18 victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals. The Saints, trailing 18-17, called their final timeout with just three seconds left to set up Leypoldt's do-or- die field goal attempt. Leypoldt's kick glanced off the side of the left upright and bounced toward the center of the goalpost, just barely making it over for the deciding points. The Saints, trailing 18-10 in the final quarter, began their rally when Mike Strachan scored his second 5-yard TD run with 5:25 to play. Then, down just 18-17, New Orleans began its game-winning drive on the Cincinnati 49 with 2:14 to Play- Saints' quarterback Archie Manning, who hit 14- of-25 passes for 208 yards, methodically brought his team into field goal range and then took a calculated risk by permitting the clock to run down to just three seconds before calling time for Leypoldt's field goal try. given the Browns a 6-3 halftimelead. But for some lucky breaks, the Steelers could have been much deeper in the hole than 6-3 at the half. The Browns had two first- half touchdowns nullified and Cockroft missed a 48- yard field goal. The Steelers' first break came on the first play of the game when Donnie Shell intercepted a Sipe pass. Gerela kicked the first of his field goals, a 19-yarder, seven plays later. On Cleveland's next possession, Sipe hit Reggie Rucker with a 61-yard pass for an apparent touchdown but officials ruled that Sipe had crossed the line of scrimmage before passing and Cleveland punted. On the Browns' next series. Cockroft was wide left on a 48-yard field goal attempt. Sipe took the Browns on their longest drive in the second quarter, from their own 21 to the Steelers' 17, but when he hit Gerry Sullivan with an apparent 17-yard scoring pass it was nullified by a holding penalty. The Browns had to settle for a 43-yard field goal four plays later. Two Haden passes of 26 yards and 8 yards to wide receiver Willie Miller midway through the second quarter fueled a Rams drive which resulted in Frank Corral's 25-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead. The Oilers, unable to convert a third down into a first do\vn in the first half, used passes of 21 and 37 LA Ituu t-,[-l'i-..:l. Ai 10 I3J IU-AI-1 j- wc 2-1 IS*.!. J. M.IIlT Kni-v. iti'f \jr* ,' |«IIHU i H M.llir I'jro-niii t vi r.itl. j|9fiMh ]» »!;. lljilcn I . Hr) Jfll minus i -ii I.IT;, ta. I'hnlips i-H. J Cowboys Rally In Final Period To Beat Cards Ml). IRVING, Texas (UPI) Robert Newhouse, Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach put life in Dallas lethargic offense in the fourth quarter Sunday and rallied the Cowboys a 21-12 victory over the fiesty but still winless St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis opened a 10-0 lead in the first half and still owned a 12-7 advantage after three periods before the Cowboys were finally able to solve the Cardinals defense. It was the fourth straight loss for St. Louis and Coach Bud Wilkinson, something that happened to Wilkinson only once in his 17 year coaching career at the University of Oklahoma. Dallas' victory allowed the Cowboys to stay one game behind NFC East leading Washington, setting up an early season showdown between the Cowboys and Theisman Flips Skins To 4th Win WASHINGTON (UPI) Joe Theismann enjoyed his best passing day in the NFL Sunday — completing 2l-of- 30 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns — and Mark Mosely added three field goals as the unbeaten Washington Redskins rolled to their fourth straight victory, 23-3 over the New York Jets. The Jets lost more than the game, losing quarterback Richard Todd for six to eight weeks after he suffered a fractured left clavicle early in the fourth quarter. Todd was tackled by defensive linemen Karl Lorch and Dave Butz while trying to pass. The Redskins caught Todd and replacement Matt Robinson six times for 40 yards in losses. Washington's John Riggins gained 115 yards on 21 carries, his second straight 100-yard game, and moved past the 5,000- yard career mark. Washington put the game away in the third quarter with the help of a stingy defense when Theismann passed 20 yards to Jean Fugett for a touchdown and a 20-3 lead. The Redskins moved only 37 yards but had to overcome a pair of holding penalties in the seven-play drive. Broncos Win 23-17 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) — Dave Preston swept one yard around left end with 4:32 left in the overtime period Sunday to give the Denver Broncos a 23-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Middle linebacker Randy Gradishar stopped Tony- Reed on a fourth-and-one situation at the Denver 40 to give the Broncos the ball for the winning drive. Craig Morton, operating with third-team running backs Larry Canada and Presttm behind him. drove the Broncos 60 yards in 13 plays for the score. Canada gained 34 of the yards in the drive, including a 9-yard run on a tourth-and-one from the Kansas City 27. The victory lilted Denver's record to 3-1 while Kansas City fell to 1-3. Denver scored its 17 points in regulation time on a 42-yard pass from Morton to Riley Odoms. a 42-yard field goal by Jim Turner and a 3-yard run by Canada. Both teams blew chances for the victory late in the fourth quarter. Gary Green blocked a 37- yard Turner field goal try and the Chiefs drove 54 yards to the Denver seven only to have Tom Jackson intercept Mike Livingston's pass in the end zone with six minutes left. Denver then drove 56 yards to the Kansas City 25 but Turner's 41-yard field goal try was wide right with 24 seconds left in regulation time. Redskins next Monday night. St. Louis quarterback Jim Hart hit Dallas nemesis Mel Gray with a 9 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, Jim Bakken produced a 23-yard field goal in the second period and the Cardinals blocked a punt out of the end zone early in the second half for their 12 points. Just when it seemed that would be enough, Dorsett put the first spark in Dallas' attack. Late in the third quarter. Dorsett, who had scored the Cowboys' first half touchdown on a 7 yard run, broke for 25 yards to the Cardinals 34. On the final play of the quarter Dorsett sprang free for 23 yards and on the third play of the final quarter Newhouse scored on a 2 yard run that finally put Dallas in front. Dallas then held St. Louis on downs and promptly marched 82 yards in seven plays — Newhouse again getting a touchdown on a 15 yard pass from Staubach. On that drive Newhouse picked up 15 yards on one carry and Staubach hit favorite target Drew Pearson with a 24-yard throw. Dorsett, the NFC's leading rusher, gained 154 yards on 21 carries and was rewarded by a pat on the shoulder pads by Condi Torr. Landry when the former Heisman Trophy winner left the game with a minute to play. His performance Sunday boosted his season total to 450 yards. In the Cardinals' early losses they had been plagued by dropped passes, but Gray returned to his old form against Dallas — at least until late in the game. Gray, who had caught only eight passes in his first three games, caught six against the Cowboys and his scoring reception was his 12th career touchdown against Dallas. yards from Dan Pastorinl to running back Rob Carpenter to move into position for Fritsch's first field goal late in the second quarter. The field goal was 32 yards. Houston, 2-2, dropped two games off the pace of the AFC Central Division leader by only scoring on Fritsch's field goal in the second half. Houston halfback Ear! Campbell led all rushers with 77 yards on 12 carries, and his 16-yard run to the Rams 6-yard line appeared to set Houston up for a tying touchdown. Houston was unable to push the ball inside the Rams 3-yard line, however, and was forced to settle for Fritsch's field goal. Quarterback Haden completed 17 of 26 passes for 219 yards, but he was even more effective as the Rams converted seven of eight third-down situations into first downs during the second half. Three Rams receivers were impressive. Tight end Terry Nelson caught six passes for 98 yards, wide receiver Willie Miller grabbed five passes for 69 yards and running back John Cappelletti added 44 receiving yards to his rushing total of 78 yards. The Rams were strangely unable to penetrate Houston's 10-yard line despite rolling up 387 total offensive yards. Phillies Up Loop Lead NEW YORK (UPI) Bake McBride hit the first pitch of the game for a home run and Tim McCarver added a three-run blast in a four-run sixth inning Sunday, enabling the Philadelphia Phillies to defeat the New York Mets 8-2 and take a commanding four-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League East. Steve Carlton benefited from the long ball support to gain his IGlh victory in 28 decisions. Carlton pitched eight innings, allowing seven hits and only one earned run. Ron Guidry Wins No. 23 CLEVELAND (UPI) Ron Guidry tossed a two- hitter for his 23rd victory and notched his ninth shutout of the season Sunday in leading the New York Yankees to a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. Guidry, who had a personal seven-game winning streak snapped in Toronto last Wednesday, gave up a pair of singles to Duane Kuiper and fanned eight to run his strikeout total to 233. It was the 14th time this season that Guidry had Buc Title Hopes Jolted MONTREAL (UPI) Rookie Scott Sanderson fired a three-hit shutout and Ellis Valentine drove in two runs with a fielder's choice grounder and a double Sunday to lead the Montreal Expos to a 4-0 victory over Pittsburgh and deal the Pirates' pennant hopes a severe blow. Sanderson, called up from the minors by the Expos in August, brought his record to 4-2 as he walked one and struck out nine. He gave up a fourth- inning single to Omar Moreno, another base hit in the seventh to Willie Stargell and a single to Dave Parker in the ninth. The Expos, scored three runs in the first off Bruce Kison. 6-6. Dave Cash singled and went to third on Andre Dawson's double. Valentine, who was suspended by the Expos for two games earlier in the week for breaking team rules, then drove in a run with a fielder's choice. A wild pitch by Kison advanced runners to second and third. Both runners scored as Tony Perez grounded out and Warren Cromartie hit a sacrifice fly. Valentine doubled home Dawson. who tripled, to close the scoring in the sixth. posted a victory following a New York loss. The nine shutouts tied Babe Ruth's American League record for left-handers set in 1916. The Yankees, who had lost five of their last eight games, grabbed a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning against Cleveland starter and loser Mike Paxton, 12-10, on run- scoring singles by Graig Nettles and Lou Piniella. A pair of infield hits by Bucky Dent and Willie Randolph and Thurman Munson's run-scoring single chased Paxton in the seventh and Reggie .lackson greeted reliever Thurman Munson with a run-scoring single to right. Kuiper. who also singled in the fifth, was the only Cleveland baserunner to reach second when he singled leading off the third and was sacrificed to second bv Tom Vervzer.

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