BOATING—GREAT BRITAIN won the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy, known as the Little America's Cup, for the sixth consecutive time when Lady Helmsman, skippered by Reg White, beat the American catamaran, Gamecock, sailed by Bob Shiels of Darien, Conn. and Jim Bonney of Milton, Mass., in four of six races.
BOWLING—PHYLLIS NOTARO of Brant, N.Y. and JESSIE MILLER of Buffalo, down 33 pins in the final round, won their last two games and took the national women's doubles championship in Buffalo by 240 pins over Betty Kuczynski of Chicago and Helen Duval of Berkeley, Calif. The New Yorkers won 17 of their 24 games and totaled 11,252 pins.
BOXING—Veteran Heavyweight EDDIE MACHEN of Berkeley, Calif. won a unanimous decision over George (Scrap Iron) Johnson of Oklahoma City in a 10-rounder in Los Angeles' Olympic Auditorium.
Buster Mathis of Grand Rapids, unbeaten in 13 professional fights, knocked out Earl Averrette of Canton, Ohio in the third round of their scheduled 10-round bout in Johnstown, Pa.
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Curtis Cokes of Dallas, the WBA's welterweight champion, gained a seventh-round knockout over Enrique Cruz of Monterrey, Mexico in a scheduled 10-round, nontitle fight in Corpus Christi.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Unbeaten ST. LOUIS defeated Philadelphia for the second time this season, 41-10, and held first place in the East with a 4-0 record. The Cardinals, who had led only 17-10 at half time, broke the game wide open in the second half as Charlie Johnson threw a TD pass to Billy Gambrell, Jim Bakken booted two field goals (44 and 34 yards) and Jerry Stovall and Larry Wilson ran intercepted passes back for touchdowns. Wilson's dash covered 91 yards. DALLAS (3-0) romped over winless Atlanta 47-14 and remained half a game back of the Cardinals in second, while hapless New York lost its third straight, 28-7, as CLEVELAND's Leroy Kelly ripped through the Giant line for 138 yards. WASHINGTON, tied 10-10 with Pittsburgh (page 43) at the half, beat the Steelers 24-10 on two touchdown passes—51 and 70 yards—from Sonny Jurgensen to Bobby Mitchell. Bart Starr also threw two TD passes (53 yards to Marv Fleming and 78 yards to Carroll Dale) and Don Chandler kicked three field goals to lead undefeated GREEN BAY (4-0) to a 23-14 victory over Detroit. LOS ANGELES, a game behind the first-place Packers in the West, intercepted four John Brodie passes and turned three of them into TDs to beat San Francisco 34-3, while CHICAGO finally won its first game, 13-10 over Minnesota, when Rudy Bukich tossed a 19-yard pass to Mike Ditka with 2½ minutes left.
AFL: NEW YORK, slightly shaken but still undefeated, held its lead in the Eastern Conference when Jim Turner kicked a 17-yard field goal in the last 32 seconds to tie Boston 24-24. The Jets, trailing 24-7 going into the last period, came alive as Joe Namath threw two touchdown passes—a 10-yarder to Matt Snell and a 12-yarder to Pete Lammons. The largest crowd (43,885) ever to attend a professional sports event in Kansas City watched with dismay as second-place BUFFALO upset previously undefeated Kansas City 29-14. The Chiefs, who had not scored less than 32 points in their three previous victories and had crushed the Bills 42-20 three weeks earlier, were held to just 51 yards rushing. What's more, Bill Quarterback Jackie Kemp completed 19 of 36 passes (including TD tosses to Elbert Dubenion and Ed Rutkowski) for 214 yards. With the demise of the Chiefs, SAN DIEGO (4-0) held first place by itself with a 44-10 win over Miami. DENVER, loser of its first three games, upset Houston 40-38 when Gary Kroner kicked a 46-yard field goal with 27 seconds remaining.
GOLF—DON MASSENGALE of Jacksboro, Texas got an eagle on the 16th to break a tie with Puerto Rican Chi Chi Rodriguez and score his second win of the year with a 280 in the $100,000 Canadian Open in Vancouver, B.C.
Mickey Wright of Dallas won the sixth Mickey Wright Invitational in Bonsall, Calif., when she shot a final round, one-under-par 71 for a 289 total, one stroke ahead of Clifford Ann Creed, who finished with a 290. The win was Mickey's fifth in her last seven tournaments.
E.J. (Dutch) Harrison, 56, of Ellisville, Mo., took his fifth U.S. National Senior Open title in six years (he won it from 1961 to 1964) in Las Vegas with a five-under-par 277, one stroke better than Freddie Haas of Metairie, La.
Dexter Daniels, 61, of Winter Haven, Fla. won his second USGA senior amateur title (his first was in 1961) when he scored a 1-up victory over George Beechler of Prineville, Ore. in Tucson.
HORSE RACING—Ogden Phipps's millionaire 3-year-old, BUCKPASSER ($3.80), scored his 10th straight victory when he took the $112,600 Woodward at Aqueduct by three-quarters of a length over Michael Ford's Royal Gunner (page 30).
Hobeau Farm's HANDSOME BOY ($13.60), ridden by Leroy Movers, beat Francis U. by a nose to take the $62,250 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Chicago's Hawthorne, as Wheatley Stables' favored Bold and Brave finished 10th in the field of 12.
MOTOR SPORTS—Scotland's JIMMY CLARK, driving a Lotus-BRM, won the 248-mile U.S. Grand Prix in two hours, nine minutes and 40.1 seconds as Jochen Rindt of Austria, in a Cooper-Maserati, came in second, one lap behind (page 82).
SURFING—NAT YOUNG, an 18-year-old Australian, took the men's division, and JOYCE HOFFMAN, 19, of Capistrano Beach, Calif. retained her women's title at the world championships in San Diego (page 26).
TRACK & FIELD—"It was great saying goodby with a victory," said France's MICHEL JAZY as he ran his last race—the 5,000-meter at a meet with Britain and Finland in Paris—and won in 13 minutes 46.4 seconds. Jazy, 30, who recently announced his plans to retire from active competition, said, "I could go on racing for another six or seven years. But it's time to stop." Although he lost his world mile record to Kansas' Jim Ryun in July, Jazy will retire as the holder of the world two-mile mark.
Jim Ryun, the world mile and half-mile record holder, made his debut as a varsity runner for Kansas in the Oklahoma State Cross-Country Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla. but finished seventh as George Scott of New Mexico won the four-mile race in 19:18.3. Ryun's time was 20:26.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: First Baseman JOE ADCOCK of the California Angels, as manager of the Cleveland Indians.
HIRED: DICK WILLIAMS, 37, who guided the Toronto Maple Leafs to two straight International League Governor's Cup playoff victories, as manager of the Boston Red Sox for 1967. Williams, a utility man most of his 13-year career in the majors, will be Boston's fifth manager since 1959.
HIRED: MAYO SMITH, 51, a former manager of the Philadelphia Phillies (1955-1958) and the Cincinnati Reds (1959) now scouting for the New York Yankees, as manager of the Detroit Tigers.
REHIRED: Interim managers BILLY HITCHCOCK, 50, by the Atlanta Braves, and DAVE BRISTOL, 33, by the Cincinnati Reds, for the 1967 season. Hitchcock replaced Bobby Bragan in early-August and led the team to a 33-18 record and fifth place, while Bristol took over for Don Heffner in mid-July and compiled a 39-38 mark as the Reds finished seventh.
FIRED: Longtime sportscaster RED BARBER, 58, one of the best in the business, by the New York Yankees after reporting the team's on-field activities from the radio and TV booth for the past 13 years. Barber spent five years with the Cincinnati Reds before moving over to the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he spent 15 seasons.