BASEBALL—TORONTO, a Boston Red Sox farm club, won the International League's Governor's Cup playoff for the second consecutive year, defeating Richmond (Atlanta) 6-5 in the final game to take the best-of-seven series, 4-1. The Maple Leafs, who tied for second with Columbus (Pittsburgh) during the regular season, had beaten the Jets three games to two in the semifinals, while Richmond had taken the semifinals, 3-1, from pennant-winning Rochester (Orioles). In the Pacific Coast League playoffs SEATTLE (California), the Western Division winner, beat Tulsa (St. Louis), winner in the East, 3-1 in the final game, to take the series 4-3. Seattle manager BOB LEMON was later named PCL manager of the year.
BOATING—Stamford (Conn.) Yacht Club's BILL LUDERS. Californian Scott Allan and Texan Ernie Fay were tied going into the last race for the U.S. International 5.5-meter Class championship, but Luders, sailing Bingo, won the final by two minutes, 26 seconds to take the title on 2-1-7-3-1 finishes (56½ points). Allan, with 54¼ points, placed second overall, and Fay, with 51¼, was third.
Austrian-born KARL STANGL, who now lives in Montreal, sailed his Serendipity to victory in the International Dragon Class championships off Newport, R.I., finishing with 34½ points, as Australian Bruce Rose, in Lizzi II, took runner-up honors.
FOOTBALL—NFL: DALLAS opened its season with a 52-7 rout of New York (page 32), but ST. LOUIS, behind by one point at the end of the third quarter, scored 17 points in the final period to defeat Washington 23-7 and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference. PITTSBURGH beat Detroit 17-3, and PHILADELPHIA handed Atlanta its second loss, 23-10. In the West, GREEN BAY and LOS ANGELES remained undefeated as the Packers edged Cleveland 21-20 on Jim Taylor's seven-yard run with a Bart Starr pass in the final three minutes, and the Rams surprised Chicago 31-17 in Los Angeles. Even Bear Coach George Halas, winless so far, had to admit that the Rams led by Halas' former assistant, George Allen, were "a nice ball club." BALTIMORE, snapping back from its loss to the Packers a week earlier, beat Minnesota 38-23 when Johnny Unitas passed for four touchdowns and broke Y.A. Tittle's NFL record for career TD passes by two with a 214 total.
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AFL: NEW YORK stomped previously unbeaten Houston 52-13 as Joe Namath passed for five touchdowns—67 yards to George Sauer, 25 to Matt Snell, 13 to Pete Lammons and 55 and 37 yards to Don Maynard. The victory gave the undefeated Jets first place in the East. Defending Champion BUFFALO, after two straight losses, finally won its first game by crushing Miami 58-24. Defensive Back Butch Byrd, rookie Bobby Burnett and Jack Spikes, recently acquired from the Oilers, scored two touchdowns apiece in the rout. BOSTON, shut out by San Diego a week ago, won its first game by defeating Denver 24-10 In the Western Division, KANSAS CITY beat Oakland 32-10 for its second win in a row and tied idle San Diego for the lead.
GOLF—BERT YANCEY, a 28-year-old Florida pro, shot a 17-under-par 271 to take the $50,000 Portland (Ore.) Open by three strokes over runner-up Billy Casper, the pro tour's leading money-winner.
Although complaining about her game, MICKEY WRIGHT won her third straight tournament, finishing with a 10-under-par 203, five strokes in front of second-place Sandra Haynie, to take the 54-hole Shirley Englehorn Invitational title in Caldwell, Idaho.
HARNESS RACING—Del Insko won his first $100,000 race in 20 years of driving when he guided NARDIN'S BYRD ($5.40), a 2-year-old son of Bye Bye Byrd, to a nose victory over favored Best of All in Yonkers' Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.
HORSE RACING— "I wasn't sure he could do it," said Jockey Larry Adams, after Charles Englehard's favored ASSAGAI ($6.60) caught Ginger Fizz in the last strides and won the $100,000 United Nations Handicap in Atlantic City by a head.
Summer Scandal ($6.20), ridden by Walter Blum, took Aqueduct's $85,200 Beldame by eight lengths over Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' Straight Deal to collect the $55,380 purse for her owner, David G. Volkert, and score her seventh victory in 11 starts this season.
Stanislas ($44.00), owned and trained by Mildred Kerr of Detroit and ridden by Danny Gargan, won the $114,500 Michigan Mile in Detroit, beating favored Tom Rolfe by 3½ lengths.
MOTOR SPORTS—DAN GURNEY of Costa Mesa, Calif. drove his Lola-Weslake to victory by less than a car length over Chris Amon of New Zealand in the Bridgehampton (N.Y.) Grand Prix, second race of the new Canadian-American Challenge Cup series.
World Driving Champion JACK BRABHAM of Australia, averaging 100.04 mph in his Brabham-Repco, won the International Gold Cup in Oulton Park, England, by a car length over teammate Dennis Hulme of New Zealand. Scotland's Jimmy Clark finished in third place.
PADDLE BALL—University of Chicago graduate student VIC NEIDERHOFFER, the national squash racquets champion, defeated his uncle, Howie Eisenberg, a former one-wall handball titlist, 25-22, 25-23 for the U.S. championship at Coney Island in New York City.
TENNIS—RAFAEL OSUNA of Mexico, who upset Wimbledon Champion Manuel Santana in the semifinals, defeated South African Cliff Drysdale 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 for the singles championship at the Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: The retirement of BOBBY RICHARDSON, 31, the New York Yankee second baseman the past 10 years, from baseball, at the end of the current season. The quiet, deeply religious Richardson, one of the finest fielders in the game, played in seven World Series in his first eight full seasons with the Yankees and batted .305 in 36 games. He holds the Series record for most hits in a seven-game series (13 in 1964) and for most RBIs (12 in 1960). Richardson plans to handle insurance in his home town of Sumter, S.C. and devote a large part of his time working with children.
FIRED: Former All-Pro End MAC SPEEDIE, 46, as head coach of the Denver Broncos shortly after his team lost its second successive game. Under Speedie, who took over the team early in the 1964 season, the Broncos had a 6-19-1 record.
SOLD: By the Cincinnati Royals to the Boston Celtics, Center WAYNE EMBRY, 29, an eight-year NBA veteran who had announced his retirement from professional basketball just 13 days earlier, for an undisclosed amount of cash and a high draft choice. Embry, who was the starting center for the Royals in his eight seasons, decided to give up his retirement plans and play with Boston, where his longtime friend, Bill Russell, is beginning his first season as coach.
DIED: LOUIS E. MARRON, 67, of Palm Beach, Fla., a retired oil-company executive and one of the country's best-known sports fishermen; of heart disease in New York. Marron, the retired chairman of the board of the Coastal Oil Company of New Jersey, which he founded in 1937, was a big-game fisherman for some 40 years and set the all-tackle record for swordfish when he caught a 1,182-pounder off the coast of Chile on May 7, 1953. Ten years ago, after 20 years of collecting notes and planning, he built his own deep-sea fishing cruiser, Eugenie VIII, for $100,000 (SI, July 30, 1956).
DIED: BILL SUMMERS, 70, an American League umpire for 27 years, in Upton, Mass. Summers began his athletic career as a professional lightweight boxer in Woonsocket, R.I., and switched to umpiring in 1921. In 1933 Summers moved up to the majors, where he umpired eight World Series and seven All-Star Games before retiring in 1959.