BILLIARDS—IRVING CRANE defeated Steve Mizerak in the final match to win the International Pocket Billiards Championship in New York. With a 13-2 won-lost record. Crane received $4,000 for first place; Joe Balsis, 12-3, was second, and Mizerak was third (page 82).
BOXING—"I don't want to sound like a bad loser, but we were robbed." said Levan Roundtree's manager, Al Meggett, after his fighter had knocked down and cut up Australia's BOB DUNLOP, the No. 7 ranked light heavyweight, but lost a 10-round decision, in Sydney Australia.
DOG SHOWS—"The setter's condition was excellent and he moved faultlessly." said Judge Albert E. Van Court as he selected CH. MAJOR O'SHANNON, a 4½-year-old Irish setter, best-in-show at Devon, Pa., over 1,910 entries.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Quarterbacks continued to take a beating and the casualty list climbed. BALTIMORE (4-0), with Earl Morrall standing in for Johnny Unitas, as he has since the beginning of the season, outpassed Chicago's (1-3) third-string Larry Rakestraw. It was no contest. Morrall completed 14 of 25 for 302 yards and four touchdowns, and the Colts won 28-7. MINNESOTA'S (3-1) Joe Kapp suffered a concussion, was replaced by Gary Cuozzo who in turn broke his left shoulder but stayed in to direct an 80-yard touchdown drive that gave the Vikings a 7-3 lead over Detroit (2-2). With no Viking quarterbacks left, Kapp returned and guided Minnesota to two fourth-period scores and a 24-10 win. GREEN BAY (3-2) made Norm Van Brocklin's return to the NFL coaching ranks an unpleasant one as he watched his Atlanta Falcons (0-4) take a 38-7 beating. LOS ANGELES (4-0), with Roman Gabriel passing for one touchdown and running for another, defeated San Francisco 24-10. The 49ers (2-2) threatened to upset the Rams but probably lost the chance when Quarterback John Brodie was injured after a keeper play in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia Quarterback Norm Snead made his 1968 debut, after recuperating from a broken leg suffered in an exhibition game, but the Eagles (0-4) still lost to WASHINGTON 17-14. The Redskins' (2-2) Sonny Jurgensen passed for a touchdown and ran for another. The NEW YORK defense was liberal, as the Giants (4-0) defeated New Orleans (1-3) 38-21. The defense gave up 314 yards but intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble. Quarterback Fran Tarkenton turned most of the Saints' errors into scores as he threw for three touchdowns. CLEVELAND (2-2) benched Frank Ryan and gave former Steeler Bill Nelson his first chance to start. Nelson completed 16 of 25 passes, Leroy Kelly ran for 128 yards and the Browns posted their highest point total of the season to beat Pittsburgh (0-4) 31-24. DALLAS (4-0) jumped off to a quick 10-point lead, then bogged down until St. Louis (1-3) tied the game in the third quarter. The threat of an upset was enough; the Cowboys quickly scored 17 points to win 27-10.
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AFL: NEW YORK'S (3-1) Joe Namath failed to hit a touchdown pass and was, in fact, ordinary (16 of 34), but he was also cautious and threw no interceptions. San Diego's (3-1) John Hadl passed for three touchdowns but was intercepted three times and the Jets won on a last-minute scoring play, 23-20. MIAMI (1-3) won its first game, defeating Houston 24-7, and the loss all but knocked the Oilers (1-4) out of contention in the East. Miami's Bob Griese threw a 50-yard touchdown pass. Buffalo's (1-4) recently revived defense kept the score close, but KANSAS CITY (4-1) won 18-7. With their leading receiver, Otis Taylor, out with injuries, the Chiefs got four field goals from Jan Stenerud. DENVER (1-3) called on first-string Quarterback Steve Tensi, not completely recovered from a broken collar bone suffered in an exhibition game, and he threw a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to beat Cincinnati (2-3) 10-7. OAKLAND (4-0) remained the AFL's only unbeaten team by crushing Boston (2-2) 41-10.
GOLF—Led by Shelley Hamlin, a 19-year-old Stanford University coed who shot a final-round record-tying 75. the U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR GOLF TEAM won the Espirito Santo Trophy, symbolic of international team supremacy, in Cheltenham, Australia. The U.S. team finished with a 616 total, five strokes ahead of Australia. France was third at 622, primarily because of the efforts of Catherine Lacoste, the former U.S. Women's Open champion, who was the low scorer with a 307.
Mrs. Philip Cudone of Myrtle Beach, S.C., finishing 10 strokes ahead of Mrs. Hulet Smith, easily won the USGA's Senior Women's Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, Calif.
Gay Brewer shot a 13-under-par 283 to win the Alcan Golfer of the Year tournament for the second consecutive year, at Birkdale, England. He finished three strokes in front of England's Peter Townsend, the leader going into the final round.
HARNESS RACING—NEVELE PRIDE, with Stanley Dancer driving, equaled his own world's record (3:54) for two heats combined time, and won the Kentucky Futurity at Lexington, Ky., completing his sweep of trotting's Triple Crown—the Yonkers Futurity and the Hambletonian being the other two. The victory earned Nevele Pride $31,568.10 and increased his money won for 1968 to $393,164.
HORSE RACING—VAGUELY NOBLE, 3-year-old colt purchased at Newmarket, England last year for $342,720 by Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Franklyn of Los Angeles, finished three lengths in front of Sir Ivor to win the $372,000 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Ridden by Australian Jockey Bill Williamson, Vaguely Noble earned $236,040 (page 78).
Coming on in the stretch, SHUVEE ($11.00). ridden by Jesse Davidson, won the $130,650 Frizette at Belmont Park, by a neck from favored Gallant Bloom.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE STEWART of Scotland, driving a Matra-Ford, won the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Graham Hill in a Lotus-Ford was second, followed by John Surtees in a Honda (page 80).
David Pearson, NASCAR's leading driver, increased his lead in the national standing to 63 points by winning the Augusta 200 Grand National at Augusta, Ga.
TENNIS—Ramanathan Krishnan defeated Ingo Buding 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to give INDIA a 3-2 victory over West Germany in the Davis Cup interzone semifinals at Munich. India will meet the U.S. team Nov. 9-11 for the right to challenge Australia in December.
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: OSCAR BONAVENA, fourth-ranking heavyweight contender and boxing's No. 1 businessman, for a title fight with five-state Champion Joe Frazier in Philadelphia sometime in December. Bonavena, who knocked Frazier down twice in the second round and lost a split decision the last time the two men fought, will be guaranteed $75,000 and Frazier $100,000.
RESIGNED: FRANK CROSETTI, a fixture in New York Yankee pinstripes for 37 years, reportedly to sign on as a coach with the new Seattle team, 2,000 miles closer to his Stockton, Calif. home and family.
RETIRED: HORACIO ACCAVALLO, Argentina's world flyweight champion, a month before he was to defend the title against José Severino, because he is "tired of the profession." Accavallo, 34, has had an outstanding career, losing but two of 84 fights and scoring 33 knockouts.
DIED: MY MY, the 11-year-old chestnut mare who was six times the five-gaited champion, in Georgetown, Ky. Purchased in 1964 by Miss Jolie Richardson for a reported $75,000, My My won 66 events—the last 53 straight—at 71 showings. She was buried next to her dam, Daneshall's Easter Parade, also a champion.