BASEBALL—Often-injured Outfielder ROGER MARIS, 32, who broke the most famous baseball record of all when he hit 61 home runs in 1961, was traded by the New York Yankees to the St. Louis Cardinals. In exchange for Maris, who hit 13 home runs and batted .233 last season, the Yankees obtained CHARLEY SMITH, 29, a third baseman who hit .266 and 10 homers. Meanwhile the Philadelphia Phillies were busy rebuilding their pitching staff. They sent RAY CULP, 25, to the Chicago Cubs for DICK ELLSWORTH, 26, and got Reliever PEDRO RAMOS, 31, from the Yankees in return for minor-leaguer JOE VERBAFIC, 23. Pitcher DON CARDWELL, 31, and DON BOSCH, 24, the International League All-Star center fielder, were traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the New-York Mets for Pitcher DENNIS RIBANT, 25, and Outfielder GARY KOLB, 26.
BASKETBALL—NBA: Eastern leader PHILADELPHIA (26-3) ran its winning streak to 11 games with four more victories before being bombed by the Celtics 117-103 in Boston. Second-place BOSTON (21-5), 3½ games behind, won five games, while NEW YORK (14-16) split four. Fourth-place CINCINNATI (9-16) lost four times to extend its losing streak to six, and from the front office came word that a "grumble situation" existed on the team, a hint that Coach Jack McMahon might be replaced. After beating the Warriors 116-106 in his first game as BALTIMORE (5-23) coach. Gene Shue praised his team's defense, which then allowed an average of 135 points in the next two games, both losses. Rick Barry of SAN FRANCISCO (20-9) averaged 41 points a game as the Warriors won four of five and widened their Western Division lead to 6½ lengths. Barry scored 47 points in one game, 49 in a second and 50 in another. A jump shot at the buzzer by Fred Hetzel gave the Warriors a 119-118 win over LOS ANGELES (10-17), which earlier in the week had defeated the Hawks 130-128 when Jerry West connected on a 14-foot jumper with eight seconds left in overtime. DETROIT (13-15) lost twice but moved up to second place because ST. LOUIS (11-14) dropped three games. CHICAGO (9-21), loser of three of four, ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Bullets 132-120.
BOWLING—JOHN WILCOX, 19, of Williamsport, Pa. was shaky at the start and finish of the International Masters Championship in London, but his high-scoring games in between enabled him to win the 24-nation tournament by 54 pins over runner-up Vittorio Novelette of Italy.
FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY (11-2) beat Baltimore (8-5) 14-10 to gain its second straight Western Conference title and its fifth in seven years (page 34). At the other end of the league was New York (1-11-1), which clinched last place in the East when it lost to PITTSBURGH (4-8-1) 47-28. The Giants, who have allowed 168 points in their last three games, set a record for most points given up in a season—484—with one game to go. Al Nelson of PHILADELPHIA (8-5) raced 100 yards for a touchdown with a return of a missed field goal and Sam Baker kicked four field goals in a 33-21 upset of Cleveland (8-5). In another surprise, ATLANTA (3-10) got three field goals from Lou Kirouac to beat St. Louis (8-4-1) 16-10. The Cardinal hopes of winning the Eastern title still flickered, though, thanks to a 29-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining, by Charlie Gogolak of WASHINGTON (7-6) that defeated Eastern leader Dallas (9-3-1) 34-31. SAN FRANCISCO (6-5-2) romped over Chicago (4-7-2) 41-14, while Fran Tarkenton threw three scoring passes as MINNESOTA (4-8-1) beat Detroit (4-9-1) 28-16 and shoved the Lions into last place in the West.
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AFL: BOSTON (8-3-2) moved half a game in front of idle Buffalo in the Eastern Division by beating Houston (3-10) 38-14 as Jim Nance ran for 146 yards and Babe Parilli had three touchdown passes. OAKLAND (8-5-1) built up an early lead and defeated Denver (4-9-0) 28-10 to clinch at least a tie for second place in the West, and Quarterback John Hadl accounted for three touchdowns as SAN DIEGO (7-5-1) crushed New York (5-6-2) 42-27. KANSAS CITY (10-2-1), the Western Division champions, came back in the fourth quarter on a TD pass by Len Dawson to overcome Miami (2-11) 19-18.
COLLEGE: In the first big weekend of bowl games, Fullback Doug McGee plunged over from the one-yard line in the fourth quarter to give MIAMI (Fla.) a 14-7 win over Virginia Tech in the Liberty Bowl. Both Don Horn of SAN DIEGO STATE and Corey Colehour of NORTH DAKOTA completed 22 of 37 passes for four touchdowns. Horn's tosses gained 335 yards in a 28-7 win over Montana State in the Camellia Bowl, while Colehour picked up 274 yards in a 42-24 victory over Parsons in the Pecan Bowl. Eldridge Dickey' threw three scoring passes and plunged for two other touchdowns in the Grant-land Rice Bowl as TENNESSEE STATE beat Muskingum 34-7. Sophomore Eddie Valez ran for 77 yards and passed for 334 and six touchdowns to lead HENDERSON to a 40-13 win over Pasadena in the Junior Rose Bowl. In other bowl games Rich Dahar ran for 233 yards and three touchdowns as WAYNESBURG beat Whitewater 42-21 in the NAIA championship game, and MORGAN STATE won its 18th straight, topping West Chester 14-6 in the Tangerine Bowl.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER and JACK NICKLAUS won the PGA National Team Championship with a record 32-under-par 256 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (page 40).
HOCKEY—NHL: NEW YORK (11-7-6), responding to the "We're No. 1" chant of its rooters, moved into first place by beating the Bruins, the Red Wings and the Canadiens, all by 4-2 scores. CHICAGO (12-7-3), tied for second with the Maple Leafs, one point out, was 1-1-1 for the week, while TORONTO (10-6-7) lost its league lead when it dropped two of three games. In the Black Hawks' only victory, 10-2 over the Bruins, Doug Mohns scored three goals, and in the Maple Leafs' lone win, 5-3 over the Hawks, Ron Ellis performed the hat trick. MONTREAL'S (11-9-1) Claude LaRose also scored with three goals in a 5-1 victory over the Red Wings as the Canadiens won two and lost one for the week. Slumping BOSTON (6-12-5) dropped two and tied the Black Hawks 2-2, while last-place DETROIT (6-15-2) lost two of three.
RODEO—The national championships, based on money earned during the year, were settled at the National Finals in Oklahoma City, the last rodeo of the season. First place in the All-Around went to 22-year-old LARRY MAHAN ($40,458) of Brooks, Ore., the biggest winner since Jim Shoulders set the record of $43,381 in 1956. Mahan also was the first man ever to qualify for the finals in three events (saddle-bronc riding, bareback riding and bull riding). Runner-up in the All-Around was Dean Oliver ($34,290) of Boise, Idaho, who also barely missed winning—by $97—his eighth calf-roping title when he finished second to JUNIOR GARRISON ($24,304) of Marlow, Okla. Two records were set as PAUL MAYO of Grinnell, Iowa gained the bareback-riding title with $25,463 and JACK RODDY won the steer-wrestling championship with $22,405. MARTY WOOD ($20,3l9) of Bowness, Alberta, Canada took his third saddle-bronc championship since 1958; RONNIE ROSSEN ($18.072) of Broadus, Mont. regained the bull-riding title he won in 1961; and KEN LUMAN ($11,343) of Merced, Calif. was first in team roping.
TENNIS—INDIA upset Brazil 3-2 in the Davis Cup Interzone Finals in Calcutta to advance to the Challenge Round against Australia in Melbourne.
MILEPOSTS—HIRED: JOHN COATTA, 37, former Wisconsin quarterback (1949-51), as head coach at his alma mater.
FIRED: Mississippi State Athletic Director WADE WALKER, 45, and Football Coach PAUL DAVIS, 43, whose team was 2-8 this year and 20-28-2 during the past five seasons.
RETIRED: MARVIN PANCH, 40, colorful stock car driver who won the Daytona 500 in 1961 and, after recovering from near-fatal burns suffered when his car Hipped at 180 mph in 1963, came back to win the Atlanta 500 and Dixie 400 last year.
SOLD: The CINCINNATI REDS, by William DeWitt—almost exactly one year after his disastrous trade of Frank Robinson to the Orioles—to a local syndicate. DeWitt, who bought the club in 1962 for a reported $4.6 million, sold out for an estimated $7 million.
NAMED: The Harness Horse of the Year by the U.S. Trotting Association, 4-year-old BRET HANOVER, the first ever to win the honor three times. Earlier ROMEO HANOVER, winner of the Triple Crown of Pacing, and KERRY WAY, winner of The Hambletonian trotting classic, were voted the nations best 3-year-old harness horses.