BASEBALL—Sparked by the pitching of right-hander JOE STANKA, 33, who threw shutouts in the first, sixth and seventh games, the NANKAI HAWKS of the Pacific League defeated the Central League's Hanshin Tigers four games to three to win the Japanese World Series. Stanka, who joined the Hawks in 1960 after a season with the Chicago White Sox, was awarded an automobile as the Series' most valuable player.
BOXING—In a fast-moving fight cheered by 15,000 in Vienna's Stadthalle, LASZLO PAPP of Hungary, a three-time Olympic gold medal winner and now the European middleweight champion, knocked down Mick Leahy of London twice in the fourth round and went on to defeat the British middleweight champion by a decision in 15 rounds. It was Papp's sixth successful title defense and his 27th victory in 29 professional fights.
FOOTBALL—NFL: PITTSBURGH defeated Cleveland 23-7 (page 64) when veteran Fullback John Henry Johnson ran for three touchdowns (33, 45 and 4 yards). What's more, he broke the Stcelers' ground-gaining record for a game with 200 yards in 30 carries—the best in the league this season. Former Eagle Sonny Jurgensen completed 22 of 33 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns, as WASHINGTON overwhelmed Philadelphia 35-20 for its first victory of the season. The three Eagle TDs were all scored by Halfback Tim Brown in the third period. Dallas, after trailing New York 13-3 at the half, came back to tie the Giants 13-13 on a run by Quarterback Don Meredith and a field goal by Dick Van Raaphorst.
Detroit and Minnesota were tied 17-17 at the end of three quarters but Earl Morrall tossed a 31-yard pass to Terry Barr and a 12-yarder to Gail Cogdill for a touchdown to edge the Vikings 24-20. GREEN BAY defeated San Francisco 24-14, while CHICAGO overpowered Los Angeles 38-17, and the Packers moved into third place—ahead of the Rams—in the Western Division. A crowd of 47,380—the largest ever to attend a pro football game in Wisconsin—packed Milwaukee County Stadium to watch the Packers win in the final period when Jim Taylor, who had scored earlier in the game, ran 27 yards for the deciding touchdown. The Bears burst out of their two-game losing streak as Bill Wade passed for four touchdowns—two each to Johnny Morris and Mike Ditka—and Ditka scored on a recovered fumble in the end zone.
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AFL: Unbeaten BUFFALO rested alone at the top of the Eastern Division after it stampeded Houston 48-17 for its fifth straight victory—and its first win over the Oilers since 1961. While the Bills' defense held Houston to a total of 137 yards gained. Jack Kemp passed for three touchdowns, including a 94-yarder to Glenn Bass, and Cookie Gilchrist scored twice on plunges. Previously unbeaten Boston lost to SAN DIEGO 26-17 and dropped into second place behind Buffalo. The Chargers were trailing 3-0 at the end of the first period when Reserve Quarterback John Hadl replaced Tobin Rote and tossed three TD passes—two of them to Lance Alworth—for San Diego's first win in four weeks. Led by Mac Speedie, who took over as head coach when Jack Faulkner was fired earlier in the week, DENVER defeated Kansas City 33-27 to end its 14-game win-less string. Charley Mitchell ran for two touchdowns (including a 58-yarder) for the frisky Broncos, and Lionel Taylor scored twice on passes from Jacky Lee. NEW YORK smothered winless Oakland 35-13, as rookie Fullback Matt Sncll plunged for two touchdowns (he gained 168 yards in 26 carries), and Billy Baird sprinted 54 yards to score with an intercepted pass.
GOLF—The British team of MICHAEL BONALLACK, RODNEY FOSTER, MICHAEL LUNT and RONNIE SHADE led a 33-nation field all the way to win the biennial USGA World Amateur Team Championship for the Eisenhower Trophy. Undismayed by the driving wind and rain that swept the Olgiata Golf Club course near Rome, the Britons scored a total of 895 for 72 holes. Canada was runner-up with 897, followed by New Zealand (900) and defending champion U.S. (908), winner of the last two tournaments. The individual title went to Taiwan's MIN-NAH HSIEH, who shot a 72-hole total of 294 on rounds of 72-77-72-73 over the 6,879-yard course.
Masters Champion ARNOLD PALMER, who was 2 down after the first half of the 36-hole final, came back to defeat Britain's Neil Coles 2 and 1 for the $14,000 first prize in the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship in Wentworth, England. In the 36-hole semifinal match the day before. Palmer crushed South Africa's Gary Player 8 and 6 on the Wentworth Golf Club's difficult Burma Road Course. Three other American pros had been eliminated in the first round: British Open Champion Tony Lema (4 and 3 by Coles), U.S. Open Champion Ken Venturi (4 and 2 by Player) and Jack Nicklaus (3 and 2 by Australia's Bruce Devlin).
William Higgins, 58, an ink manufacturer from San Francisco, relied on his strong drives to edge Ed Murphy, 59, a Portland, Ore. logging company owner, 2 and 1 in the final to win the USGA Senior Amateur Championship in Portland. In 1963 Higgins was runner-up to Merrill Carlsmith of Hilo, Hawaii, who was defeated 3 and 2 in the second round of this year's tournament by Ralph Swan of Vancouver, Wash.
In one of the tightest tournaments in PGA history, BOB McCALLISTER of Corona, Calif. shot a three-under-par 281 for victory by one stroke in the $25,000 Sunset-Camellia Open in Sunset City, Calif. Only eight strokes separated McCallister from the tournament's 30 other money-winners: five players tied for 27th place with 289.
HANDBALL—The first world championship (four-wall) was held at the New York Athletic Club, and native New Yorker JIMMY JACOBS, the U.S. champion, won the singles title when he overpowered Canada's Bernie Prichard 21-4, 21-10 in the finals. The doubles went to Chicagoans JOHNNY SLOAN and PHIL ELBERT, who crushed Mickey Unroth and Harry Teperman of Canada 21-10, 21-1. The other countries competing in the five-day tournament were Australia, Ireland and Mexico.
HARNESS RACING—Mrs. Charlotte N. Sheppard's AYRES, winner of The Hambletonian and the Yonkers Futurity, became the third colt to gain the Triple Crown of Trotting (Scott Frost, 1955, and Speedy Scot, 1963) when he won the $57,096 Kentucky Futurity in straight heats on Lexington's one-mile track. With Johnny Simpson Sr. driving, the little 3-year-old finished the first mile heat 2¼ lengths ahead of Dashing Rodney in 1:58⅕ and the second heat half a length ahead of Castleton Farm's Dartmouth in 1:59[2/5].
George Sholty drove Arthur Nardin's SPEEDY COUNT ($3), the only 3-year-old in the field, to a three-quarter-length victory over Elma in the $20,000 Jean Laird Trot at Yonkers Raceway.
HOCKEY—Murray Oliver of the Boston Bruins, who assisted Leo Boivin, his All-Star and Bruin teammate, on the first goal of the game, scored the third and deciding goal himself in the final period to lead the NHL All-Star team to a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs, in Toronto.
HORSE RACING—Wheatley Stable's QUEEN EMPRESS ($3.80), Willie Shoemaker up, took the $124,375 Frizette Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct by a length.
Ron Turcotte rode Raymond Guest's TOM ROLFE ($27.60) to a 2½-length victory over Sadair in the $67,400 Cowdin Stakes for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct. Native Charger, the favorite in the seven-furlong test, finished 9½ lengths back in fourth.
MOTOR SPORTS—PARNELLI JONES of Torrance, Calif., the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, took the lead in the third lap and held on to finish first in the 200-mile, 77-lap Riverside (Calif.) Grand Prix for sports cars. Driving his Cooper-Ford a record average 99.245 mph, Jones zoomed across the line just 30 seconds ahead of Roger Penske in a Chaparral-Chevy.
Britain's GRAHAM HILL and JOAKIM BONNIER of Sweden drove a Ferrari an average 153.505 km.-per-hour to win the 1,000 kilometers of Paris sports car race in Montlhéry, France.