BOXING—JERRY QUARRY knocked out Brian London in the confused second round of a non-title bout in Oakland, then unconvincingly announced his retirement at age 24, claiming his hands hurt. The second-round bell sounded after London had been dropped for an eight count, but the timekeeper admitted he rang too soon and the round continued. Irish Jerry said he plans to study mechanical engineering and act. "If the acting part doesn't turn out," he said, "I've still got two years to reach my peak as a fighter."
Shozo Saijo, world featherweight champion from Japan, scored a second-round knockout over Jose Pimental of Mexico in a 15-round title bout at Sapporo, Japan.
FOOTBALL—DALLAS, led by 1963 Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach after regular Quarterback Craig Morton went out with a dislocated finger, overcame a three field goal lead by New York and beat the Jets 25-9. In addition to Morton, the Cowboys lost Bob Hayes with a shoulder separation, and the Jets had six men hurt (rookie Mike Battle's nose was broken for the eighth time). Joe Namath wisely stayed out of the mayhem to save his knees for the games that count. Alvin Haymond ran back a kickoff 84 yards to a touchdown sending LOS ANGELES on its way to a 50-20 rout of Buffalo. The Bills' O.J. Simpson, familiar with the Coliseum turf, went him one better with an 85-yard return, but it was called back part of the way because he stepped out of bounds en route. HOUSTON rolled over New Orleans 30-14, helped by a 76-yard punt return by rookie Jerry Levias from SMU. KANSAS CITY won its sixth straight exhibition game 14-10 over Atlanta. Defensive Tackle Curly Culp intercepted a pass and returned it six yards for the deciding touchdown. MIAMI finally found out what victory tasted like, shutting out Boston 13-0, and rookie Quarterback Greg Cook (from the University of Cincinnati) continued to look good in the CINCINNATI Bengals' 13-11 win over Denver (page 26). Cook threw a 79-yard TD pass to Bob Trumpy. GREEN BAY's Travis Williams kept on showing his old rookie form, dashing for 10- and 44-yard touchdowns in the third period as the Packers beat Pittsburgh 31-19. CLEVELAND defeated Washington 20-10. MINNESOTA had some second stringers in long enough for the New York Giants to close the gap, but the Vikings gave their former quarterback, Fran Tarkenton, a 28-27 disappointment in Minneapolis. There seems to be no stopping DETROIT Cornerback Lem Barney, who has gained 173 yards on defensive efforts in five games. This time he returned an interception 95 yards to supplement Errol Mann's three field goals as the Lions came from behind to edge Philadelphia 23-21. In San Francisco ST. LOUIS Quarterback Charley Johnson threw touchdown passes of eight and five yards and ran two yards for another score as the Cardinals won 21-10 and kept the 49ers winless in five games.
GOLF—ORVILLE MOODY, the U.S. Open champion whose name makes him sound like the master of ceremonies for Grand Ole Opry, outshot a small field of big winners in the $77,500 World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio with a final-round 67. His 36-hole total of 141 placed him two strokes below Masters' champ George Archer (still suffering from stomach trouble) and four strokes below British Open and PGA champs Tony Jacklin and Ray Floyd.
September 14, 1969
At Walled Lake, Mich. LARRY ZIEGLER won the $100,000 Michigan Golf Classic, beating ex-University of Houston star Homero Blancas on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Missourian Ziegler was so worn out before the last round that he entertained thoughts of packing up his clubs and going home. Tournament Supervisor George Walsh shocked the players when he revealed that the sponsors of the new tournament said they didn't have enough money to pay all the prizes.
HARNESS RACING—NEVELE PRIDE set his second world record of the week, winning the non-betting one-mile $15,000 Speedy Rodney Trot in 1:56[4/5] on Saratoga Raceway's half-mile track. Earlier the 4-year-old bay colt, driven by Stanley Dancer, set a time-trial mark of 1:54[1/5] for the mile at the Indiana State Fair, breaking Greyhound's 31-year-old record by [2/5] second.
HORSE RACING—SILENT SCREEN ($10.40) won the $366,075 nighttime seven-furlong Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park by eight lengths (page 32).
In another rich race for 2-year-olds, the $109,860 daytime Matron Stakes at Belmont Park, Alfred Vanderbilt's COLD COMFORT ($10.40) won by four lengths.
MOTOR SPORTS—JACKIE STEWART of Scotland clinched the world championship for Formula I cars with a narrow victory over Jochen Rindt in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. There are three events left in 1969, but Stewart's six grand prix wins and one second placed him far ahead with 60 points.
TENNIS—Australia won't have anything to do with the Davis Cup finals coming up, but players from Down Under dominated the U.S. Open in Forest Hills (page 99). MRS. MARGARET COURT won the women's championship, beating Nancy Richey of San Angelo, Texas 6-2, 6-2. But the big news was ROD LAVER, who successfully completed his second grand slam with a 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 victory over countryman Tony Roche in the rain-interrupted men's final.
TRACK AND FIELD—KARIN BALZER of East Germany broke her own 100-meter hurdles world record with a 12.9 clocking at a meet in East Berlin. The old mark set in July was 13 seconds flat.
MILEPOSTS—KILLED: When the light plane in which he was a passenger crashed on farmland near Newton, Iowa, ROCKY MARCIANO, former heavyweight boxing champion of the world. The Rock, who was one day short of 46 when he died, won the title Sept. 23, 1952 with a 13th-round KO over Jersey Joe Walcott. He defended the title six times and retired undefeated on April 27, 1956 with a record of 49 wins in 49 bouts, 43 by knockouts. His victims besides Walcott included Joe Louis (making a comeback attempt) and Ezzard Charles (twice). He started boxing in the Army after playing high school football in Brockton, Mass. and trying out as a catcher with the Chicago Cubs. He turned pro in 1947 and won his first fight by a knockout, then scored 15 straight KOs starting the following year. He was elected to the Boxing Hall of Fame 10 years ago.
TRADED: To the Chicago Bulls, Forward CHET WALKER, 29, of the Philadelphia 76ers, who announced that he was "very unhappy with the deal" even though it takes him back to the state where he played college ball (Bradley University). Forward-Guard SHALER HALIMON also went to the Bulls in the exchange for Forward JIM WASHINGTON and a player to be named later.
SOLD: To the newly formed Thoroughbred Breeding Co., Ltd., OCALA STUD FARMS INC., Florida's top commercial breeder of Thoroughbreds. The 1,000-acre farm will retain its name and general manager, Joseph O'Farrell.
DIED: CARL KARILIVACZ, 38, a defensive back with the Detroit Lions (1953-57), New York Giants (1958) and Los Angeles Rams (1959-60), of a heart attack in Glen Cove, N.Y.