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A roundup of the sports information of the week

Aug. 25, 1969
Aug. 25, 1969

Table of Contents
Aug. 25, 1969

Confirmation Of A Hero
Taste Of O.J.
The Real World
Chico
Tennis
Golf
Horse Racing
Baseball's Week
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

A roundup of the sports information of the week

ARCHERY—HARDY WARD of the U.S. hit the target dead center with his last arrow to edge fellow American John Williams in the 25th World Archery Championships in Valley Forge, Pa. Ward and Williams also led the U.S. men to the team title and a record point total. Denmark was second and Great Britain third. Canada's MRS. DOROTHY LIDSTONE won the women's division; the U.S.S.R. took women's team honors.

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FOOTBALL—While Buffalo's O.J. Simpson got most of the attention from press and public (page 20), Mel Farr, Altie Taylor and their DETROIT teammates defeated the Bills 24-12. Taylor, the Lion rookie whose second-half exploits revived the College All-Stars against the Jets, nearly stole the show by gaining 106 yards and scoring on a 48-yard run. NEW YORK of the AFL met New York of the NFL for the first time, and it was the Jets who earned the capital letters, knocking off the Giants 37-14. Playing before more than 70,000 fans in the Yale Bowl, the cocky Jets racked up a 17-point first quarter and were never threatened. Fullback Bill Mathis, who was with the Jets in their previous life as the Titans, scored two touchdowns for Joe Namath's side. Namath completed 14 of 16 passes. BALTIMORE escaped with a 33-29 victory over Houston when Earl Morrall passed 58 yards to Willie Richardson on the last play of the game. The Oilers had taken the lead on a field goal with just 37 seconds to play. NEW ORLEANS hung on while Denver Quarterback Steve Tensi tossed a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes to Mike Haffner and beat the Broncos 28-22. Tom Dempsey, a 285-pound placekicker, had field goals of 12, 49 and 54 yards for the Saints. Some large economy sizes were having happy days elsewhere, too. First, CLEVELAND's Dale Andrews, a linebacker, wrecked Los Angeles 10-3 with two interceptions, returning one 50 yards for a TD and setting up a field goal with the other. Then SAN DIEGO Linebacker Rick Redman rumbled 24 yards with an Oakland pass to give the Chargers a 10-7 win. CHICAGO rallied from a 9-3 half-time deficit and downed Green Bay. A 39-yard pass play from Jack Concannon to Dick Gordon gave the Bears the lead, and Mac Percival added three of his four field goals for a 19-9 final score. PHILADELPHIA gave Miami its third consecutive loss to an NFL club, beating the Dolphins 14-10 in the Orange Bowl. ST. LOUIS, with Chuck Latourette's 91-yard return of a blocked field goal leading the way, had a fairly easy time with Pittsburgh 27-13. KANSAS CITY didn't need Len Dawson in the second half to preserve its unbeaten preseason record as backup Quarterback Mike Livingston finished up the task of beating Cincinnati 23-7. ATLANTA Halfback Jim Butler scored on runs of one and 76 yards, and the Falcon defense gave Boston fits in a wild 34-16 victory. The Patriots, trying to get back in the game with an onside kick, were victimized by Malcolm Snyder's 49-yard return for a touchdown. DALLAS dominated the second half against San Francisco, winning 20-17 after reserve Quarterback Steve Spurrier had made it close with a short TD pass, with 28 seconds left. The first-team 49er signal caller, John Brodie, threw three interceptions in the first half.

GOLF—RAY FLOYD sagged to a final-round 74 but still managed to win the PGA by a stroke over South Africa's Gary Player on Dayton's National Cash Register Country Club course (page 24).

Catherine Lacoste of France became the first foreigner to win the U.S. Women's Amateur in 33 years by defeating Shelley Hamlin of Fresno, Calif. 3 and 2 (page 54).

HORSE RACING—In winning the 100th running of the $106,600 Travers at Saratoga by 6½ lengths, ARTS AND LETTERS equaled the track record of 2:01[3/5] for a mile and a quarter (pave 16).

SWIMMING—Double-medal winners were the rule at the National AAU outdoor swimming and diving championships in Louisville. GARY HALL of Long Beach, Calif. swam to three world records (200-meter backstroke and the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys). JIM HENRY of Bloomington, Ind. won the one-and three-meter diving titles.

TENNIS—Australia's MRS. MARGARET SMITH COURT scored a convincing 6-4, 6-4 singles victory over U.S. Open champ Virginia Wade of Great Britain to win the 70th Pennsylvania Lawn Tennis Championship in Haverford. CLIFF RICHEY of the U.S. saved some face for his country, beating Australia's Bob Carmichael 6-4, 7-9, 6-2, 6-4 for the men's title.

Rumania downed Britain 3-2 in the Davis Cup Interzone finals (page 52). The Rumanians will meet the U.S. Sept. 19-21 in Cleveland.

U.S. women regained the Wightman Cup from Great Britain, winning for the 34th time in 41 years. JULIE HELDMAN was the heroine in the 4-2 win, with singles victories over Virginia Wade and Winnie Shaw.

TRACK & FIELD—The U.S. men's team dominated the field events, sprints and relays in beating Great Britain 131-90 in a two-day meet in London. The American women barely lost 67-66 despite Willye White's best long jump of the year (20'9½"). In combined scoring the U.S. won 197-157.

Bill Toomey, Olympic decathlon champion from the U.S., set a world pentathlon record (4,123 points) in an invitational meet at London's Crystal Palace.

MILEPOSTS—SOLD: For the third time since 1964, the BOSTON CELTICS, pro basketball's most successful team, by P. Ballantine and Sons Brewery for $6 million to Trans National Communications, Inc., which also owns the Oakland Seals ice-hockey team. The purchase price eclipsed the $5 million Jack Kent Cooke paid for the Los Angeles Lakers.

HIRED: As coach of the American Basketball Association's Pittsburgh Pipers, JOHN CLARK JR., after LSU's Press Maravich, father of Pete, turned down a long-term, high-paying contract offer. Clark, moving from St. Francis (Pa.) College, takes over the team that lost league MVP Connie Hawkins to Phoenix of the NBA.

OFFICIALLY HIRED: As Commissioner of Baseball, BOWIE KUHN, after serving in a pro tem capacity for six months. Said one official, "Actually it was more a matter of determining what he wanted than what we would want to give him." Kuhn wanted a seven-year pact worth more than $1 million, including a pension and other goodies, and he got it.

NAMED: GIL McDOUGALD, New York Yankee infielder from 1951-60, to the head baseball post at Fordham University, replacing Dan Rinaldo. who had been coach of the Rams for 11 years. McDougald played on eight Yankee pennant winners and was the first rookie to hit a grandslam home run in a World Series game.

RETIRED: Jockey BILL BOLAND, who rode more than 2,000 winners and finished in the money nearly 6,000 times in 19 years, to become a trainer. As a 16-year-old apprentice, he won the 1950 Kentucky Derby aboard Middleground.

DIED: EDWARD BURKE, 74, a forward on the original Celtics basketball team of the 1920s and more recently a successful owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses, in a New York hospital. Burke's High Tide Stable produced top stakes winners, including Dedicate, handicap champion of 1957, who once beat Gallant Man and Bold Ruler in the same race.

DIED: In a rest home in San Francisco. WILLIAM F. COFFMAN, 86, founder and for 40 years the director of the annual East-West Shrine football game until his retirement in 1966.