BASEBALL—NATIONALIST CHINA became the third Asian team in succession to win the Little League World Series, shutting out Santa Clara, Calif. 5-0 in Williamsport, Pa.
BASKETBALL—Willis Reed hit two free throws with three seconds left and Lew Alcindor shared high-point honors as the EAST defeated the West 80-79 in the 11th annual Maurice Stokes benefit game in the Catskills (sec SCORECARD).
BOATING—Despite a six-minute stop while one of his crew members went over the side to change a broken propeller blade, world record-holder DON ARONOW of Coral Gables, Fla. virtually assured himself of the U.S. championship for 1969 by winning the fifth annual Long Beach Hennessy Cup offshore powerboat race by five seconds over Peter Rothschild of Newport Beach, Calif.
BOXING—Mexican bantamweight RUBEN OLIVARES knocked out Lionel Rose of Australia in the fifth round and became the world champion of the 118-pound weight class. A crowd of 18,547 in Inglewood, Calif. saw Olivares score his 50th knockout in 52 bouts (page 10).
August 31, 1969
FOOTBALL—The young and old alike were out to win their jobs in Buffalo, where BALTIMORE'S Johnny Unitas continued his comeback from elbow trouble with touchdown passes of four and 70 yards to Tight End Tom Mitchell as the Colts won 20-7. O.J. Simpson gained 20 yards in five carries and caught two passes. Also returning to form was Chicago's Gale Sayers, who brought a kickoff back 97 yards on a pair of good knees. Unhappily for the Bears, HOUSTON's own Kenny Houston raced 99 yards with a missed field-goal attempt and Oiler Quarterback Pete Beathard passed for a late touchdown to hand Chicago a 19-17 loss. Healthy Halfback Dan Reeves returned to the DALLAS backfield after nearly a year's absence, rolled out and fired a 58-yard touchdown pass the first time he touched the ball. Split End Bob Hayes, who had been in Coach Tom Landry's doghouse for not running full-pass patterns as a decoy, made a jumping catch between two Green Bay defenders in the end zone as the Cowboys rolled 31-13. Atlanta, despite a sellout home crowd, lost its first exhibition game 24-7 to WASHINGTON and Sonny Jurgensen, who passed for two scores (page 40). PITTSBURGH jumped ahead of New Orleans with three early touchdowns, and Earl Gros and rookie Bob Campbell added TD runs of 41 and 61 yards to hold off the Saints 34-24. CINCINNATI, sparked by a pair of interceptions and two touchdown passes by young Greg Cook, downed Miami 28-21. Unbeaten KANSAS CITY won 42-14 over Los Angeles and avenged 44-24 and 36-16 losses to the Rams in previous summers. Len Dawson, with 22 completions for 418 yards, won the passing duel with Roman Gabriel. MINNESOTA treated St. Louis to the same kind of evening. Gary Cuozzo threw for two touchdowns, Fred Cox kicked two field goals, Gary Larsen recovered a fumble in the end zone and the Viking defense picked off three Charley Johnson passes en route to a 41-13 victory. DENVER's Bobby Howfield and San Francisco's Tommy Davis were tied 9-9 with three field goals apiece in three quarters when Bronco rookie Pete Liske hit Mike Haffner in the end zone and Howfield added a fourth field goal from 47 yards for a 19-9 lead. For the third game in a row Steve Spurrier came off the 49er bench to engineer a late rally, but the Broncos won 19-15. Cleveland Defensive Back Walt Sumner saved a 19-19 tie for the Browns when he blocked San Diego's 10-yard field goal attempt with 17 seconds to play.
GOLF—U.S. amateurs retained the Walker Cup 10-8 in Milwaukee, despite three singles victories by Great Britain on the final day. The U.S. has lost the biennial competition only once, in 1938. The visitors got some solace from Michael Bonallack, the only golfer to win in singles and doubles.
Blond TOM SHAW shot a closing-round 77, missed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole and still won the $150,000 Avco Classic in Sutton, Mass. with an eight-under-par 280. Bob Stanton finished one stroke behind Shaw, who led the tournament all the way.
HARNESS RACING—France claimed its fourth straight victory in the $100,000 Roosevelt International Trot as UNE DE MAI ($11.40) upset Nevele Pride by 1¾ lengths (page 18).
HORSE RACING—A six-horse photo finish marked the $112,375 Hopeful stakes at Saratoga with IRON CASTLE ($7.60) getting the judges' nod in a most unusual 6½-furlong race. MERITUS ($6.60), a daughter of Bold Ruler, won the six-furlong, $79,675 Spinaway for 2-year-old fillies.
TENNIS—STAN SMITH of Pasadena, Calif. powered his way to the National Grass Court Championship at Brookline, Mass. in straight sets, 9-7, 6-3, 6-1 over Davis Cup doubles partner and ex-USC teammate Bob Lutz (page 44). MRS. MARGARET COURT of Australia took the women's singles, beating Virginia Wade of Great Britain 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 for a $1,500 prize.
MILEPOSTS—MOVED: To Washington and rechristened the Caps, the OAKLAND OAKS of the American Basketball Association, by their new owner, Earl Foreman (who bought them for $2.6 million). But Head Coach Alex Hannum and stockholder-star Rick Barry may not complete the package. Hannum, who has coached pro teams in five cities, immediately asked for a new ABA franchise in Oakland, and Barry, who jumped the NBA to join the Oaks, did not discount rumors that he would go back across the bay to the San Francisco Warriors.
SIGNED: By the Denver Rockets of the ABA, SPENCER HAYWOOD, Olympics hero and U. of Detroit All-America who had two years of college eligibility remaining, for more than $250,000 on a long-term contract. Haywood said he was the sole support of his mother and nine brothers and sisters, and ABA President James Gardner gave the Rockets permission to sign him under a hardship clause (see SCORECARD).
JUMPED: From Philadelphia of the NBA to the ABA's Carolina Cougars, effective in two years, BILLY CUNNINGHAM, the Kangaroo Kid from Brooklyn who was a star at the University of North Carolina. It was the ABA'S third important move of the week and none of them seemed calculated to hasten a merger.
NAMED: As the United States Auto Club's first executive director, WILLIAM J. SMYTH, who served as assistant to the president of the New Orleans Saints football team. The USAC board of directors also froze racing-engine sizes until Jan. 1, 1972 and, in doing so, did away with the problem of the turbine engine for the moment. The turbines cannot conform to the smaller piston-engine norms.
REJECTED: For the present, a new 50,000-seat, $42-million sports stadium in BOSTON, by voice vote without public debate on the floor of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
DIED: FRANK SHELLENBACK, 70, New York and San Francisco Giants pitching coach from 1949 to 1965 and the minor league manager who switched Ted Williams from pitching to hitting when the Hall of Famer broke in at San Diego in 1936, at home in Newton, Mass. Shellenback's major-league career ended in 1920, when the spitball was banned, but he continued to pitch 17 more years in the Pacific Coast League, where he won 296 games and was elected to its own Hall of Fame.
DIED: LOU STILLMAN, 82, gruff owner of Stillman's Gymnasium in Manhattan, the fight buff's mecca which graduated more than 35,000 boxers, in a nursing home in Santa Barbara, Calif. Said Lou when he sold the gym in 1959, "There's no more tough guys around, not enough slums. That's why I'm getting out of the boxing business. The racket's dead. These fighters today are all sissies."