BASEBALL—The seventh-place Red Sox, the eighth-place Pirates and the last-place Mets retained their managers, but fired their coaches. Harry Dorish was replaced by Bob Turley in Boston; Ron Northey, Virgil Trucks and Gene Baker were dropped and Mickey Vernon added in Pittsburgh; and Mel Harder, Wes Westrum and Don Heffner took the place of Ernie White, Solly Hemus and Cookie Lavagetto in New York.
In the special NATIONAL LEAGUE draft to help the player-poor expansion teams, the Houston Colt .45s picked Pitcher Claude Raymond (4-6) from the Braves, and the Mets chose rookie First Baseman Bill Haas from the Dodgers and Pitcher Jack Fisher (6-10) from the Giants—for $30,000 apiece.
BOXING—In Santa Monica, Calif., Heavyweight EDDIE MACHEN of Los Angeles solidly outslugged Alonzo Johnson for eight rounds and knocked him out in the ninth, for his second KO in four weeks.
Heavyweight CLEVELAND WILLIAMS of Houston knocked Roger Rischer down for a nine-count in the second round and knocked him out with a hard right in the third, cutting short a scheduled 10-round fight in Houston.
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England's TERRY DOWNES, the former world middleweight champion, who is trying to make it as a light heavyweight, knocked out Rudolf Nehring of West Germany in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder in London.
CHESS—The SOVIET UNION won the 15-nation Women's World Chess Olympiad by a mere half point over the host team at Split, Yugoslavia. The U.S. representatives, Mrs. Gisela Gresser and Mrs. Mary Bain, finished ninth.
FOOTBALL—NFL: In the Eastern Division the high-scoring, undefeated CLEVELAND BROWNS knocked down New York 35-24, as Jimmy Brown and Frank Ryan accounted for all five of the Browns' touchdowns (see page 16). Of some solace to the Giants was Y. A. Tittle—he had 17 pass completions to set a new NFL career mark for most completed passes (1,817: the old record was Bobby Layne's 1,814). ST. LOUIS, whose only loss was to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, squeezed by the Steelers 24-23 to take over second place in the Eastern Division. The Cardinals were losing 23-10, with less than four minutes to play, when Charley Johnson threw a 55-yard TD pass to Jackie Smith and then, with five seconds remaining, he tossed a 28-yard pass to Bobby Joe Conrad for the winning touchdown. Sonny Jurgensen completed 17 of 29 passes for 315 yards to lead PHILADELPHIA to a 37-24 come-from-behind win over Washington. In the Western Division the undefeated CHICAGO BEARS (five straight) overwhelmed winless Los Angeles (five straight) 52-14 as Mike Ditka caught four touchdown passes, and second-place GREEN BAY defeated Minnesota 37-28 for its fourth victory in a row. DALLAS finally won its first game after four consecutive losses by upsetting Detroit 17-14. The Cowboys turned Linebacker Chuck Howley's two interceptions into a TD and a field goal, and Amos Marsh ran 41 yards for the deciding touchdown late in the fourth period. Johnny Unitas' 11-yard TD pass to Lenny Moore at the beginning of the game was just about all BALTIMORE needed to defeat winless San Francisco 20-3.
AFL: SAN DIEGO, behind 10-3 at the half and 20-17 at the end of the third period, finally defeated New York 24-20 on Paul Lowe's seven-yard touchdown run late in the last quarter. Babe Parilli, who had played little the past four weeks because of a shoulder injury, threw two touchdown passes in the second half to lead BOSTON to a 20-14 victory over Oakland. HOUSTON, with 36-year-old George Blanda dominating the offense as usual, beat Denver 33-24. Jack Kemp's two long TD passes (63 and 89 yards) in the last half brought BUFFALO a 35-26 win over Kansas City.
GOLF—The UNITED STATES team beat the British 23-9 in the Ryder Cup matches at the East Lake Country Club in Atlanta (see page 53).
Mickey Wright picked up five strokes on the final round with a sub-par 70 to win her fourth Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship on the Stardust course in Las Vegas. It was her third victory in a row, her 13th in 1963 and her 52nd in nine years on the pro circuit.
Merrill L. Carlsmith, 57, a Hilo, Hawaii lawyer, became the first ever to win the U.S. Golf Association's Senior Amateur Championship two years in succession when he defeated William D. Higgins of San Francisco 3 and 2 in the final round on the Sea Island, Ga. course.
HARNESS RACING—Michigan-bred RUSTY RANGE ($21.50), the sixth choice in a field of seven, won the Harness Tracks of America Final pace by half a length at Roosevelt Raceway (N.Y.). Driven by Willard Niles, the 4-year-old pacer covered the mile in a creditable 2:00[1/5].
Shrewdly handled by Marcel Dostie, his Canadian driver and trainer, COUNTRY DON ($12.80) went wide in the homestretch and scored a three-length upset over Meadow Skipper and Overtrick, 1963's top 3-year-old pacers, in the William Penn Pace at Liberty Bell, Philadelphia. "They committed sucide fighting for the lead," said Dostie. "We were there to take over when they were dead."
HOCKEY—The National Hockey League season started with a small surprise as Boston's goalie. Ed Johnston, made 38 saves and the Bruins tied Montreal 4-4, But Boston quickly reverted to form and dropped its next two games. The embarrassed Canadiens, however, bounced back to crush New York 6-2, despite the efforts of their former teammate. Goalie Jacques Plante (53 saves). In his first game as a Ranger, Plante had to make 40 saves in a 3-1 loss to Chicago. Led by Gordie Howe, who scored three goals to come within a goal of Maurice Richard's 544-lifetime record. Detroit defeated Chicago 5-3 and Boston 3-0 share first place with the Black Hawks (two wins, one loss).
HORSE RACING—Louis Wolfson's undefeated ROMAN BROTHER ($3.90), with Johnny Rotz aboard, took his fourth in a row with an easy 4½-length victory in the $212,150 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct (see page 62).
Lightly regarded SMART ($15.20), carrying 114 pounds, won the Manhattan Handicap at Aqueduct by 2½ lengths in track record time (1:28 for the mile and a half). Carry Back, under a top weight of 125, finished 11th in the 12-horse field.
MOTOR SPORTS—Driving a Ford-engined Cooper-Cobra. DAVE MacDONALD of El Monte, Calif. took the lead on the fifth lap and held it the rest of the way to win the 200-mile Riverside (Calif.) Grand Prix for sports cars (see page 20).
Junior Johnson, a Ronda (N.C.) chicken farmer, averaged 132.050 mph in a 1963 Chevrolet to win his second straight National 400 on the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
PRE-OLYMPICS—Exactly 12 months before the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan held a dry run to test its new Olympic facilities. Called the Tokyo International Sports Week, it involved six days of competition in 18 Olympic events among more than 600 athletes from 30 countries, plus some 3.000 Japanese. The outstanding feat in the first two days of competition was a world record in the 400-meter individual medley swim (4:50.2) by West Germany's GERHARD HETZ. The U.S. won its first gold medals when Linda Cooper took the women's platform dive and Ken Sitzberger, the men's springboard. Russia and Rumania dominated women's track and field, and world record holder Harold Connolly finished third in the hammer throw behind a Russian and a Japanese.
TENNIS—The Israel Autumn International Tournament in Tel Aviv turned out to be an intrasquad U.S. DAVIS CUP TEAM affair, as Chuck McKinley beat Frank Froehling 6-4, 6-4 for the singles title, and McKinley and Dennis Ralston won the doubles from Froehling and Marty Riessen on the basis of a racket toss (darkness forced an end to play after each side had taken a 7-5 set).
MILEPOSTS—DIED: CLINTON R. BLACK JR., 69, Yale football team captain and All-America guard in 1916 (he made the All-America second team in 1915), in New York City.