BASKETBALL—The Chicago Bulls are trying out ZVONIMIR PETRICEVIC, hero of Yugoslavia in a 1964 victory over the Russian basketball team—a game in which he scored 44 points. The 7', 288-pound center will be the first foreign national to play in the NBA if he makes the Chicago team.
BOXING—NINO BENVENUTI, the middleweight champion, won an easy 10-round decision over the Nebraska journeyman, Art Hernandez, in a non-title fight at Toronto.
Buster Mathis failed to knock out the well-punched trial horse Dick Wipperman, but he flurried often enough in a bout at Milwaukee to score his fourth victory since being stopped by Joe Frazier in March.
DOG SHOWS—CH. HOLLY HILL DESERT WIND, a 7-year-old Afghan, was best-in-show at the Ox Ridge Kennel Club's event at Darien, Conn. It was the Afghan's 38th best-in-show award and was won over a strong field of 1,737 dogs.
September 29, 1968
FOOTBALL—NFL: The champions of Green Bay (1-1) were defeated by MINNESOTA 26-13 in the upset of the week, posing the question of whether the Packers are vulnerable this year or are merely off to a typical leisurely start. The Vikings (2-0) surprised the Packers early in the game when Paul Krause intercepted a Bart Starr pass at Green Bay's 34-yard line and Fullback Bill Brown scored after 10 plays. The second period was no happier for Green Bay as the Vikings drove 74 yards for another touchdown and tackled Starr, who passed for only 21 yards in the entire first half, in the end zone for a safety. BALTIMORE (2-0), with Earl Morrall quarterbacking for injured Johnny Unitas, got past charged-up Atlanta (0-2) 28-20. LOS ANGELES (2-0) beat the Cardinals early in the week and then ripped Pittsburgh (0-2) 45-10 on the arm of Quarterback Roman Gabriel, who passed for four touchdowns, and the power of the defensive line. DETROIT (1-1) scored six touchdowns—three in three minutes in the second quarter—and went on to hand Chicago (0-2) its second straight loss, 42-0. SAN FRANCISCO (1-1) cheered John Brodie for a change as the veteran quarterback hit for three touchdowns in the 49ers' 35-17 win over the Cardinals. In the East, DALLAS (2-0) harried Brown Quarterback Frank Ryan all afternoon and emerged with a 28-7 victory over Cleveland (1-1), and NEW YORK (2-0), although it trailed Philadelphia (0-2) by two points early in the second half, won 34-25 in a vintage exhibition of scrambling by Fran Tarkenton, who completed 14 of 20 passes for 190 yards. Underdog NEW ORLEANS (1-1), led by Halfback Don McCall, who stormed through Washington (1-1) for 127 yards, walloped the Redskins 37-17.
AFL: CINCINNATI (2-1) gave Buffalo (0-3) its third straight drubbing—34-23—and became the first AFL expansion team to win two games this early in the season. Paul Brown's Bengals saw a 10-0 lead cut to three points by half time, but they came back in the second half to score 24 and hold off a late Bills charge. Champion OAKLAND (2-0), boosted by Daryle Lamonica's four touchdown passes, ran up a 33-14 halftime lead over Miami (0-2) and defeated the Dolphins 47-21 to remain undefeated with NEW YORK (2-0) and SAN DIEGO (2-0). The Jets stung Boston (1-1) 47-31 and the Chargers scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 30-14 win over Houston (1-2). Favored KANSAS CITY (2-1) had a poor first half in a 34-2 game with Denver (0-2), but then prospered with substitute Quarterback Jacky Lee in command.
GOLF—BOBBY NICHOLS of Louisville and GEORGE ARCHER of Gilroy, Calif., shot a final-round 65 to win the $200,000 PGA team championship in Oklahoma City with a 23-under-par 265 (page 84).
Kathy Whitworth of Dallas set a women's course record of 68 on her way to a 10-stroke victory over Sandra Haynie in the Kings River Open at Kingsburg, Calif. Kathy's $2,250 purse increased her earnings for the season to $46,144, narrowing money leader Carol Mann's advantage to $1,237.
Mrs. Allison Choate of Rye, N.Y., a three-time winner of the U.S. Senior Women's Golf Association championship, won again by one stroke over Mrs. J. A. Nesbitt, of Greenwich, Conn. at Harrison, N.Y.
HARNESS RACING—Favored RUM CUSTOMER, with Billy Haughton driving, paced the mile in 1:59[3/5] in each of two consecutive heats to win the $104,226.38 Little Brown Jug at Delaware, Ohio (page 88).
Hammerin Hank ($5.20), driven by George Sholty, took the $50,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-olds at Yonkers, his fifth victory in 12 starts, beating a 79-to-1 shot, Tempered Yankee, with Vernon Dancer in the sulky, by three-quarters of a length.
HORSE RACING—Although he "bobbled a bit at the start," according to Jockey Manuel Ycaza, TOP KNIGHT ($3.20), Steven B. Wilson's favored 2-year-old, came on to win the $142,820 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park by six lengths over C. V. Whitney's True North.
Advocator set a track record of 2:27[1/5] for the 1½-mile turf course in winning the $44,500 Sunrise Handicap at Atlantic City.
Roseliere finished four lengths in front of Pola Bella to win the $100,000 Prix Vermeille at Long-champ, Paris.
MOTOR SPORTS—World driving champion DENIS HULME of New Zealand sped his orange McLaren-Ford to victory in the Grand Prix of Canada, averaging 97.25 mph over the 2.65-mile Mont Tremblant, Que. course. His countryman Bruce McLaren finished second, while Mexico's Pedro Rodriguez was third and England's Graham Hill fourth. Hulme and Hill are now tied in the 1968 title race.
Richard Petty of Level Cross, N.C. took his 14th stock-car race of the season, defeating Cale Yarborough of Timmonsville, S.C. in the Old Dominion 500 at Martinsville, Va. Driving a 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner, Petty led 324 of the 500 laps and averaged 65.808 mph.
A. J. Foyt of Houston, the winner of five U.S. Auto Club National Driving championships, has captured his first USAC stock-car title. Although there is one more race on the circuit—Oct. 6 at New Bremen, Ohio—Foyt's 2,995 points cannot be topped by any other driver.
SOCCER—ATLANTA and SAN DIEGO, two defense-minded teams, played a scoreless tie in the first game of their two-game NASL championship series at San Diego.
TENNIS—Regaining top form, ROD LAVER defeated Ken Rosewall 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the singles final of the Pacific Southwest open at Los Angeles. ROSEMARY CASALS outplayed Maria Bueno in the women's singles 6-4, 6-1. ROSEWALL and FRED STOLLE took the doubles from Cliff Drysdale and Roger Taylor 7-5, 6-1.
TRACK & FIELD—JAY SILVESTER, with a world-record discus throw of 218'4" from the May 25 California Relays still awaiting confirmation, whirled one 224'5" into a 20-mph wind at Reno.
Margitta Gummel of East Germany put the shot 61'11" in her country's national track meet at Frankfort on the Oder to break the world record set by Russia's Nadyezhda Chizhova in April.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED—CAROL HOFMANN of North Branch, N.J. to the Olympic Prix des Nations jumping team, after trials in Gladstone, N.J. She joins Bill Steinkraus, Frank and Mary Chapot and Kathy Kusner on the team.
DIED: MORRIS ROSENFELD, 83, America's best-known yachting photographer, in White Plains, N.Y. In more than four decades of loving craftsmanship Rosenfeld shot everything from sailing dinghies to America's Cup racers, and in his book Under Full Sail left a superior pictorial record of his era afloat.
DIED: JOHN (HANS) LOBERT, 86, once known as the speed king of the National League, whose baseball career as an infielder, manager, coach and scout spanned 65 years, at Philadelphia. Lobert stole 310 bases while playing with the Giants, the Reds and the Phillies between 1906 and 1917 and had a career batting average of .274.