BASKETBALL—NBA: It was a week of last-ditch heroics. BALTIMORE (8-3) beat the Warriors 112-110 on Earl Monroe's 28-footer with two seconds left. CINCINNATI'S (6-2) Oscar Robertson frustrated the Knicks by tossing in four free throws in the final minute for a 118-114 win. BOSTON (5-2) dropped from first place in the East but beat the 76ers 118-99 with 52% shooting from the floor. DETROIT (4-4) beat the Celtics 119-117 on Jimmy Walker's jump shot with nine seconds left. PHILADELPHIA (3-4) lost to the Royals 119-113 as Robertson got seven points in the fourth period. NEW YORK'S (4-6) one win was a steady, no-heroics 110-97 victory over the Warriors, who also lost to MILWAUKEE (2-6), 102-101, on Guy Rodgers' two last-minute baskets. PHOENIX (4-3) edged into first place in the West, finishing the week with just one loss, 123-100, to the Hawks, who bowed, 125-124, to second-place LOS ANGELES (4-4). thanks to Elgin Baylor's last-second jump shot. ATLANTA (4-4) clinched a 109-105 win over the Warriors on Joe Caldwell's last-minute layup. SAN DIEGO (3-3) moved into a three-way tie for second. CHICAGO (4-5) lost a 20-point halftime lead but fought back to hand the Celtics their first defeat 103-97. SAN FRANCISCO (3-5) slid from first to fourth place with four straight losses. SEATTLE (3-6) grabbed a win when Lenny Wilkens sank five foul shots in the last 90 seconds to beat the Bulls 101-95.
ABA: MINNESOTA (3-0) began its season auspiciously, downing Miami 126-94 to gain first place in the Eastern Division. KENTUCKY (4-2), which tied for last place last year, moved into second as Darel Carrier scored 38 in a 123-100 win over the Rockets but had a four-game streak stopped by the Floridians, 92-85. MIAMI (2-3) beat the Nets 111-110 on Les Hunter's free throw with seconds remaining. NEW YORK (2-3) tied for third with a 108-89 runaway over the Rockets, who also gave INDIANA (1-4) its first win of the season, 122-100. OAKLAND (5-1) held a commanding lead in the West, though it lost its first game, 124-119, to the Buccaneers. HOUSTON (2-1) grabbed second place, beating the Pacers 102-100 on Willie Somerset's basket with 43 seconds left. NEW ORLEANS (3-2), first in the Western Division last year, rose to third place. LOS ANGELES (1-2) won its only came by scoring six straight baskets to beat the Buccaneers 108-104. DALLAS (0-1) couldn't get untracked against the Mavericks, losing its only game 108-90, and DENVER (0-4), which has yet to win, lost its four games by a total of 78 points.
BOATING—DON PRUETT of Miami won the sixth annual Hennessy Miami-Key West ocean powerboat race, covering the 180 statute miles in three hours, 21 minutes, 10 seconds. Pruett piloted a 31-foot Bertram stern-drive, the Yellow Tornado, powered by twin 475-hp Mercruiser engines.
BOWLING—MIKE McGRATH, 22, of El Cerrito, Calif. totaled 9,271 pins for 40 games to win the $3,000 first prize in the Professional Bowlers Association's $30,000 Green Bay Open.
BOXING—STANLEY (KITTEN) HAYWARD, ranked sixth as a welterweight and fighting as a middleweight for the first time, upset former middleweight champ Emile Griffith, gaining a 10-round split decision. Hayward has now won 27, lost two and drawn three. Griffith is 56-9-1.
FOOTBALL—NFL: DALLAS (7-1) was safely atop the Capitol Division. The Cowboys intercepted four passes in a 17-3 win over New Orleans (3-5). Earlier, though, the vaunted doomsday defense broke down before GREEN BAY's (3-4-1) Bart Starr. who threw four touchdown passes to give the Cowboys their first loss (28-17). CLEVELAND (5-3) held on to a tie for the Century Division lead by taking advantage of every opportunity in a 33-21 win at San Francisco (4-4). Milt Morin caught two touchdown passes, and Don Cockroft kicked four field goals. ST. LOUIS (5-3) remained tied with Cleveland by handing hapless Philadelphia (0-8) its eighth loss, 45-17. BALTIMORE (7-1) stayed in a first-place tie in the Coastal Division by-beating New York (5-3). Earl Morrall threw two touchdown passes to help defeat his old teammates 26-0. LOS ANGELES (7-1) shared first place with the Colts after a close win, 10-7, over Detroit (3-4-1). The Lions' Lem Barney ran back the opening kick 98 yards for a touchdown, but within five minutes a Roman Gabriel pass evened it up. Bruce Gossett's field goal provided the winning margin. CHICAGO (4-4) pulled into a tie for the Central Division lead by upsetting the Packers 13-10. Mac Percival booted a game-winning 43-yard field goal with 26 seconds left. MINNESOTA (4-4) tied for the Central Division lead with the Bears as Viking rookie Charlie West returned a punt 98 yards against Washington (3-5). The Vikings won 27-14. PITTSBURGH (2-6) stayed at the bottom of the Century Division though they beat Atlanta (1-7) 41-21. Steeler Roy Jefferson caught four touchdown passes, one less than the NFL record, becoming the first player since 1963 to do so.
AFL: NEW YORK's (6-2) Jim Turner kicked six field goals against Buffalo (1-7-1), two of them in the last 3½ minutes, and the Jets stayed atop the Eastern Division with a 25-21 win. OAKLAND (6-2) tied for second in the Western Division by beating Kansas City (7-2) 38-21 (page 24). Raider Quarterback Daryle Lamonica passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. SAN DIEGO's (6-2) Lance Alworth caught two touchdown passes in the second half as the Chargers beat Miami (2-5-1) 34-28. That put San Diego into a tie with Oakland. DENVER (4-4) easily beat Boston (3-5), 35-14. as Steve Tensi passed for two touchdowns and Floyd Little ran for 147 yards. HOUSTON (4-5), behind Don Trull's two touchdown passes, handed Cincinnati (2-7) its sixth straight loss.
GOLF—CAROL MANN finished a disappointing third in The River Plantation Invitational but, with the 1968 tour not yet over, she is already the first woman golfer to make more than $50,000 in official and unofficial winnings in one year.
HARNESS RACING—HERVE FILION, a 28-year-old French Canadian driver, broke the one-year victory record with his 314th at Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Park. Filion now has a career record of 1,944 victories. He won his first race at the age of 13 and is one of eight brothers in the sport.
HOCKEY—NHL: MONTREAL (7-1-1) lost its first game but remained at the top of the East Division by three points. The Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs 5-0, aided by Jacques Lemaire's two goals. NEW YORK (6-3) rose to a tie for second, spurting for seven goals in 20 minutes in a 7-3 win over the Penguins. CHICAGO'S (6-3) only win, 4-2 over Los Angeles, featured two assists and the season's seventh goal for Bobby Hull. BOSTON (6-4) won for the first time at Minnesota, 4-2, with third-period goals by Eddie Shack and Johnny Bucyk. TORONTO's (4-3-1) only win was a 5-3 victory at New York, and it snapped the Rangers' three-game streak. DETROIT's (3-4) record couldn't lift it from the division's cellar, but Frank Mahovlich's hat trick, save Red Wing fans some consolation. OAKLAND (3-5-2) moved to a tie for first in the West Division with Carol Vadnais' two-goal performance in a 5-2 win over the Black Hawks. ST. LOUIS (4-5), which now shares the lead with the Seals, beat the Flyers 4-1. LOS ANGELES (3-5-1) remained in second with a 3-2 win over the Penguins, which featured the season's first goal by Bill Flett, who led the team with 26 last year. MINNESOTA's (3-5-1) goalie, Cesare Maniago, shut out the Blues and put his team in a tie for second. PHILADELPHIA (2-5-2) rose to third despite two losses. The Fivers' only win came at Toronto, 3-2. as Guy Gendron scored twice. PITTSBURGH (1-5-2) lost twice and dropped into the division's cellar.
HORSE RACING—DR. FAGER, carrying 139 pounds, closed out an illustrious career by winning the seven-furlong Vosburgh Handicap by six lengths over Kissin' George in the track-record time of 1:20 1/5 at Aqueduct. It was the 22nd and last race for the 4-year-old colt, who will stand at stud in Florida. He had 18 victories and won $1,002,642.
Kathy Kusner, 28, the 103-pound show-ring rider from Monkton, Md., became the first woman jockey in the U.S. ever licensed for flat racing on a major track where betting is legal.
TENNIS—MRS. BILLIE JEAN KING of Albany, Calif. and Australia's ROD LAVER, winners of the singles titles at Wimbledon this year, were named world's best female and male players by a selection committee acting for World Tennis magazine.
MILEPOSTS—HONORED: BOB GIBSON, whose earned run average (1.12) was the lowest in National League history, and DENNY McLAIN. the first 30-game winner in 34 years, unanimous choices for the Cy Young Memorial Awards as baseball's best pitchers in the National and American leagues, respectively. Gibson's 22-9 record led the St. Louis Cardinals to their third pennant in five years, and McLain's 31 wins with only six defeats helped the Tigers gain their first Hag since 1945.