BASKETBALL—NBA: The league opened its long season (page 40), and the new CHICAGO team surprised all with a 104-97 win over the Hawks in St. Louis as Guy Rodgers, whom the Bulls acquired from the Warriors, threw in 36 points. The other four games were of little surprise to anyone, however. BOSTON beat San Francisco 121-113 on Sam Jones's 29 points and Larry Siegfried's 21; LOS ANGELES, even without injured Jerry West, defeated Baltimore 126-115 as Elgin Baylor scored 36 points; CINCINNATI, aided by Oscar Robertson's 37 points, beat Detroit 103-99; and Wilt Chamberlain tossed in 28 points as PHILADELPHIA buried New York 128-112.
BOXING—Puerto Rican JOSE TORRES, 30, the world light-heavyweight champion, retained his title when he knocked out Chic Calderwood, the 29-year-old Scottish challenger, with a right-hand punch at 2:06 of the second round of their scheduled 15-round bout in San Juan (page 30).
Heavyweight THAD SPENCER of Portland, Ore. scored a 10-round unanimous decision over New Yorker Doug Jones in San Francisco's Cow Palace to boost his record to 30 wins against five losses.
FOOTBALL—NFL: The confrontation between ST. LOUIS (5-0-1) and DALLAS (4-0-1) ended in a draw as the Cardinals held first place in the East with a 10-10 tie (page 32). PHILADELPHIA (3-3), tied 14-14 with Pittsburgh (1-4-1) at the half, scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to crush the Steelers 31-14, while NEW YORK (1-4-1) won its first game of the year by upsetting Washington (3-3) 13-10 on Earl Morrall's 29-yard TD pass to Aaron Thomas late in the fourth period. In the Western Conference GREEN BAY (5-1) moved a game ahead with a 17-0 shutout of Chicago (2-3), as Los Angeles (4-2), previously tied with the Packers, was beaten by MINNESOTA (1-3-1) 35-7. Fran Tarkenton completed 20 of 30 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' first victory. Johnny Unitas led BALTIMORE (3-2) to a 45-14 win over Detroit (2-4) with four TD passes, and SAN FRANCISCO (2-2-1), the only team Atlanta (0-6) ever beat—in an exhibition game—got even by crushing the Falcons 44-7.
October 23, 1966
AFL: George Blanda threw two touchdown passes and kicked a field goal, and the Oiler defense intercepted four Joe Namath passes, as HOUSTON (3-3) shut out New York (4-1-1) 24-0. It was the first loss of the season for the Jets, who lead the Eastern Division. BUFFALO (3-3-1) came from behind midway in the fourth quarter to tie SAN DIEGO (4-1-1) 17-17, but the Chargers held first place in the West when Kansas City (4-2) was beaten by OAKLAND (3-3) 34-13. In a match between the two last-place teams MIAMI (1-5) upset Denver (1-5) 24-7.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS shot a final-round 66 for a 282 to take the Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas by three strokes over Arnold Palmer. The $20,000 first prize put Nicklaus only $6,599.76 behind leading money-winner Billy Casper, winner of $116,622.70 on the tour so far this year.
HARNESS RACING—"I'm only sorry this horse wasn't as good on Hambletonian Day," said Trainer-Driver BILLY HAUGHTON, after he drove favored Carlisle (who finished third at Du Quoin) to victory in the $24,605 Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Park. The win gave Haughton an unprecedented sweep of the park's six Grand Circuit Week stakes and lifted him to the top spot on the Grand Circuit Tour with 48 victories.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. H.C. Phipps's SUCCESSOR ($8.20), a 2-year-old bay son of Bold Ruler ridden by Braulio Baeza, won the one-mile $208,325 Champagne Stakes at Aqueduct by a length over Dr. Fager (page 28).
Pieces of eight, the favored Irish colt owned by Ambassador Raymond Guest's sister, the Countess de la Valdene, beat Ballyciptic by a nose to take the $75,525 winner's purse in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, England, as George A. Pope Jr.'s Hill Rise finished fourth behind Tesco Boy. In the following race, the Cambridgeshire Handicap (last of the season's Irish Sweeps races), DITES, a 33-1 shot owned by Ron Midwood of England, scored a head victory over Isis.
HORSE SHOWS—POCOROCHIE BO, owned by Miles Chester of Washington Court House, Ohio, took first place and a purse of $2,500 in the National Reining Horse Futurity at Columbus, Ohio, as First Command, owned by Dr. M.E. Hays of Liberty, Ind., came in second.
MOTOR SPORTS—LEE ROY YARBROUGH of Columbia, S.C., who had not finished a major stock-car race all year, averaged 130.576 mph as he drove his purple-and-gold Dodge Charger to victory in the National 500 in Charlotte, N.C.
Phil Hill of Santa Monica, Calif., driving a Chaparral, took the point lead in the six-race Canadian-American Challenge Cup series as he gained overall honors in the Monterey Grand Prix, the fourth leg on the tour.
TRACK & FIELD—Although MICHEL JAZY of France had announced his retirement a few weeks ago, he competed in another "farewell" race. At a meet held in his honor in St.-Maur-des-Fossés, France, Jazy, who holds the world two-mile mark, set a new, and maybe his last, world record when he ran the 2,000 meters in 4:56.2, breaking the September 10 mark of 4:57.8 recorded by West Germany's Harald Norpoth. "See you in Mexico in 1968?" asked Australia's Ron Clarke after the race. "Sure," replied Jazy, "as a spectator or trainer."
MILEPOSTS—SOLD: by GEORGE MORTON LEVY SR., 77, founder of Roosevelt Raceway, N.Y. and ROBERT G. JOHNSON, 70, former president of the harness track, their shares—amounting to 12% of the company's outstanding stock in Roosevelt to San Juan Racing Association, Inc., operator of El Comandante racetrack in Puerto Rico. The San Juan group, led by Lawyer Hyman N. Glickstein, who is also chairman of the board of Shenandoah Downs in West Virginia, becomes the largest holder in the Roosevelt corporation with 163,407 shares. Levy, who opened Roosevelt in 1940 and operated in the red for six years, did not disclose the sale price. He will remain as chairman of Roosevelt's nine-man board of directors.
DECIDED: By the Supreme Court, to review the $460,000 libel judgment awarded former Georgia Athletic Director Wally Butts after he sued The Saturday Evening Post for its March 23, 1963 story on an alleged college football fix.
DIED: BOB SWIFT, 51, acting manager of the Detroit Tigers last season; of lung cancer, in Detroit. Swift, a light-hitting catcher (.231 batting average in 1,001 games) for three American League teams for 14 years and a coach with three others, filled in for the late Charley Dressen for parts of the 1965 and 1966 seasons before he had to be relieved by Coach Frank Skaff.
DIED: EDWARD PATRICK (Slip) MADIGAN, 69, the colorful football coach of St. Mary's of California for 19 years; of a heart attack in Oakland, Calif. After playing center for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, Madigan took over as head coach at little St. Mary's in 1921 and made the small college famous for its victories (116-44-12 record) and its transcontinental series with Fordham (Madigan usually chartered a whole train).
DIED: WILLIAM H. SPAULDING, 86, former head football coach at UCLA who was credited with raising the Bruins to national football prominence; in Los Angeles. Spaulding came to UCLA in 1925, the year after his Minnesota Gophers had beaten Red Grange's Illini 20-7, and compiled a 72-51-8 record in his 14 years as head coach.