FOOTBALL—COLLEGE: Quarterback Larry Zeno threw two touchdown passes and kicked a 25-yard field goal in leading UCLA to a stunning 17-12 upset over heavily favored Pittsburgh in the season's first major game.
NFL: GREEN BAY opened the season with an easy 23-12 victory over the champion Chicago Bears as Bart Starr tossed two touchdown passes and Paul Hornung celebrated his return (see page 22) with three field goals and two extra points. MINNESOTA outlasted Baltimore 34-24 on the rushing of Tommy Mason (51-yard TD run) and Bill Brown plus the passing of Fran Tarkenton (two touchdown tosses-including a 48-yarder to Brown). Sonny Randle caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Charley Johnson and Jim Bakken kicked three field goals to lead ST. LOUIS to a 16-6 win over Dallas. The Cowboys had scored a touchdown on the third play of the game but were shut out the rest of the way by the Cardinals' tight defense. Revamped PHILADELPHIA smothered New York's Y. A. Tittle (he completed only 13 of 25 passes, had two intercepted and fumbled four times) and romped to a shockingly easy 38-7 win over the Eastern Division Champion Giants. Washington jumped to a 10-0 lead over CLEVELAND in the second quarter on a Jim Martin field goal and a 17-yard TD run by rookie Charlie Taylor. But the Browns quickly recovered and easily defeated the Redskins 27-13 when Jimmy Brown scored two touchdowns and Ernie Green another, all on one-yard plunges, and Frank Ryan threw a 23-yard TD pass to Gary Collins. LOS ANGELES intercepted five passes and recovered three fumbles to set up two touchdowns and two field goals as the Rams surprised Pittsburgh with a 26-14 victory. Wayne Walker booted four field goals and two extra points, after touchdown plunges by Nick Pietrosante, to pace DETROIT to a 26-17 win over San Francisco. The 49ers had led briefly when John Brodie tossed a 64-yard TD pass to Bernie Casey in the first quarter.
AFL: NEW YORK started the season off in splendid style by rolling over Denver 30-6 before an AFL record crowd of 52,663 (44,967 paid) at Shea Stadium. BUFFALO piled up 31 points against Kansas City in the first quarter and defeated the Chiefs 34-17. BOSTON, which had lost all five of its exhibition games, edged Oakland 17-14 when Babe Parilli threw two TD passes, including a 72-yarder to Art Graham, and Gino Cappelletli booted a 48-yard field goal. Champion SAN DIEGO beat Houston 27-21 as Tobin Rote's three touchdown tosses offset the passing of veteran George Blanda (29 completions for 290 yards and two TDs) and the all-round play of rookie Sid Blanks (gained 53 yards in 11 carries and caught 13 passes for 131 yards).
GOLF—British Open Champion TONY LEMA earned $50,000 when he shot a 68 on the second round of the World Series of Golf in Akron for a 36-hole score of 138 and victory by five strokes over runner-up Ken Venturi, the U.S. Open Champion. Masters Champion Arnold Palmer (74-74-148) finished last in the tournament, behind Bobby Nichols (77-70-147), the PGA champion.
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The U.S., led by Barbara Fay White of Shreveport. La., who won two singles matches and joined Carol Sorenson of Janesville, Wis. to take two Scotch foursome matches, defeated Great Britain in biennial Curtis Cup matches for third consecutive time, with a score of 10½-7½, in Porthcawl, Wales.
HARNESS RACING—Undefeated BRET HANOVER, owned by Richard Downing and driven by Frank Ervin, took the $54,308 Fox Stake for 2-year-old pacers at the Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis by winning both mile heats, in l:58[4/5] and in 1:58 flat (his 18th straight heat victory).
Robert A. Smith's 6-year-old TARQUINIUS, George Sholty in the sulky, sped to a world harness racing record of 3:03 for 1½ miles on a half-mile track as he nosed out Rusty Range in the $50,000 Nassau Pace at Roosevelt Raceway.
HORSE RACING—Willie Shoemaker guided Mrs. Mary B. Hecht's 2-year-old colt SADAIR ($7.40) to a 2-length triumph over favored Umbrella Fella in the $349,925 Arlington-Washington Futurity, the richest race in the world, at Arlington Park, Ill.
In the first American race on which a legalized lottery was based, Harbor View Farm's ROMAN BROTHER ($3.80), Fernando Alvarez aboard, edged Knightly Manner by half a length to win the $144,820 New Hampshire Sweepstakes at Rockingham Park, N.H.
American-bred INDIANA, a 100-to-7 longshot owned by Charles W. Engelhard of Far Hills, N.J. and guided by British Jockey Jimmy Lindley, romped home first by a head in the $142,464 St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, England.
Mrs. Richard duPont's KELSO ($6.40), ridden by Milo Valenzuela, upset favored Gun Bow by three-quarters of a length in the $107,700 Aqueduct Stakes. The win, worth $70,005, increased the 7-year-old gelding's total earnings to $1,711,132—just $38,737 short of Round Table's world record.
Decketta ($31.40), a 2-year-old filly owned by W. W. Wilson of Blanchard, Okla., galloped to a three-quarter-length victory in the $302,060 All-American Quarter Horse Futurity, at Ruidoso Downs, N. Mex.
MOTOR SPORTS—First prize at the National Drag Championships went to DON GARLITS (SI. Aug. 31), who piloted his supercharged, fuel-injected Dodge-powered dragster to a 7.67 quarter mile (198.22 mph) in winning the Top Eliminator Title at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
SOFTBALL—DANA GARDENS of Cincinnati, unbeaten in five tournament games, overwhelmed J. C. Rutenschroer of Cincinnati 4-0 in the final to win its third consecutive Women's World Championship (slow pitch) in Omaha.
SWIMMING—Freestyler ALAIN GOTTVALLES of France smashed the world record for 100 meters when he was clocked in 52.9 for the first leg of the 400-meter relay in a dual meet with Hungary in Budapest. The previous mark of 53.6 was set in 1961 by Manuel Dos Santos of Brazil.
The 12 members of the U.S. Olympic diving team. chosen at the four-day trials in Astoria, N.Y are: Men's three-meter springboard—Navy Lieut. FRANK GORMAN, 26, Bayside. N.Y.; Larry Andreasen, 18, Los Alamitos, Calif.; Ken Sitzberger, 19, River Forest, Ill. Women's three-meter springboard—JEANNE COLLIER, 18, Phoenix; Sue Gossick, 15, Tarzana, Calif.; 1960 Olympian Patsy Willard, 23, Mesa, Ariz. Men's 10-meter platform—Army Pfc. BOB WEBSTER, 25, Santa Ana. Calif. (the Olympic gold medalist in 1960); Lou Vitucci, 23, Hollywood, Fla.; Air Force Lieut. Tom Gompf, 25, of Dayton. Women's 10-meter platform-LINDA COOPER, 20, San Bernardino, Calif.; Barbara Talmage, 23, Phoenix; Lesley Bush, 16, Princeton, N.J.
TENNIS—After battling his way into the finals of the USLTA Singles Championship, Australia's ROY EMERSON had an easy time defeating his Davis Cup teammate Fred Stolle 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 to take the men's title for the second time in four years at Forest Hills (see page-93). The women's singles went to Defending Champion MARIA BUENO of Brazil, who crushed Carole Graebner of Shaker Heights. Ohio 6-1, 6-0.
TRACK & FIELD—Two world records fell and a third was equaled at the two-day U.S. final Olympic trials in Los Angeles (seepage 18). Broad Jumper RALPH BOSTON leaped 27 feet 4¼ inches to better by one inch the listed mark set by Russia's Ter-Ovanesyan in 1962; REX CAWLEY bolted to a 49.1 clocking in the 400-meter hurdles, slicing 1/10 second off the record shared by Glenn Davis, U.S. (1958) and Italy's Salvatore Morale (1962); and, in winning the 400-meter dash in 44.9, MIKE LARRABEE equaled the mark held by Otis Davis, U.S. (1960), Carl Kaufmann, Germany (1960), and Adolph Plummer, U.S. (1963).
Chris McCarthy of Chicago, Bruce MacDonald of New York and Mike Brodie of Pleasant Hill, Calif. heeled-and-toed their way on to the U.S. Olympic Walking Team in the 50-kilometer trials in Seattle and joined Ron Zinn of West Point, N.Y.. Lieut. Ron Laird of Pomona. Calif. and Jack Mortland of Columbus. Ohio, who had earlier qualified for the squad in the 20-kilometer walk.
A Polish women's team clipped 1/10 second oft the world record for the 400-meter relay when they won the event in 44.2 at a meet with Germany in Lodz. Poland. The former mark was set by a U.S. team anchored by Wilma Rudolph in a 1961 dual meet with the U.S.S.R. in Moscow.
MILEPOSTS—SCHEDULED: A rematch between CASSIUS CLAY and SONNY LISTON for the world heavyweight title at Boston Garden on November 16.
DIED: WALTER A. BROWN, 59, president of the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Garden, of a heart attack in Hyannis, Mass. (see page 17).
DIED: TOM MEANY, 60, a sportswriter for 40 years, the author of more than a dozen books (mostly on baseball) and for the past three seasons the public-relations chief for the New York Mets, in New York City.