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A roundup of the sports information of the week

Oct. 27, 1969
Oct. 27, 1969

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Oct. 27, 1969

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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—NBA: NEW YORK (4-0) opened the league's 24th season by beating the SuperSonics 126-101, then followed with three more wins, holding its opponents to fewer than 100 points each game. The 1968 Rookie of the Year and MVP, Wes Unseld, led BALTIMORE (2-0) in its come-from-behind victory over the Bulls 98-93, and Earl Monroe scored 34 points when the Bullets beat the Celtics 124-117. PHILADELPHIA (2-0) took two straight—from the Lakers 131-126 and the Royals 134-123. Lew Alcindor starred with 29 points and 12 rebounds in the MILWAUKEE (1-0) defeat of the Pistons 119-110. ATLANTA (2-0) won its opener 124-119, when the SuperSonics' late rally failed, then beat the Suns 121-116, again surviving a fourth-quarter surge. Jim Fox and Gail Goodrich led the scoring with 29 and 28 points when PHOENIX (1-1) beat the Rockets 116-114 in its first game. Connie Hawkins contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds to the victory. In addition to its loss to the Suns, SAN DIEGO (1-1) took a 125-124 game from SAN FRANCISCO (0-1) when Stu Lantz scored two field goals and a free throw in overtime. The Knicks spoiled Bob Cousy's coaching debut, but CINCINNATI (1-2) came back in its second game, overcoming a 39-point Celtic rally in the third quarter. The Royals' third game, the home opener, was another loss, 134-123 to the 76ers. CHICAGO (1-2) dropped its first two games but beat the SuperSonics in overtime 131-126. DETROIT's (0-1) only game was its loss to the Bucks; BOSTON (0-2) lost to the Royals and the Bullets; LOS ANGELES (0-2) traveled to Philadelphia and New York, losing in both places; and SEATTLE (0-3) was trounced by the Knicks but came within five points against the Hawks and the Bulls.

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ABA: LOS ANGELES (2-0) passed untouched through the first week of regular-season play with victories over INDIANA (1-1) and NEW YORK (0-1). WASHINGTON (1-0) and CAROLINA (1-0) took their openers, the Caps in a 110-104 win over NEW ORLEANS (0-2) with Forward Rick Barry scoring 33 points, and the Cougars in a fourth-quarter victory, 108-97 over DALLAS (1-1). The Chapparals' other game was a 117-109 win over the Buccaneers. MIAMI (1-1) lost its first game to the Pacers 126-116 but beat Kentucky 110-106.

BOXING—In his second title defense, JOSE NAPOLES, world welterweight champion, scored a 15-round decision over three-time former champion Emile Griffith, in Los Angeles (page 40).

FOOTBALL—NFL: DALLAS (5-0) was a convincing leader in the Capitol Division as Quarterback Craig Morton threw five touchdown passes in the first half, three to Lance Rentzel, to beat Philadelphia (1-4) 49-14. LOS ANGELES (5-0), the only other unbeaten team in the league and the leader in the Coastal Division, knocked Green Bay (3-2) out of first place in the Central, 34-21. MINNESOTA (4-1) beat St. Louis (2-3) 27-10 on Quarterback Joe Kapp's three scoring passes and Fred Cox's two field goals and moved into first ahead of the Packers. CLEVELAND (4-1) maintained its hold on first in the Century with a 42-31 victory over Pittsburgh (1-4), scoring twice on interceptions. Johnny Unitas put on an old-time passing show—20 completions in 28 attempts for 319 yards and three touchdowns—as BALTIMORE (3-2) set down New Orleans (0-5) 30-10. An 86-yard return of a punt for a touchdown, followed by a successful goal-line stand gave WASHINGTON (3-1-1) a 20-14 come-from-behind victory over New York (3-2). Replacing injured Quarterback Bill Munson for DETROIT (3-2), Greg Landry led the Lions in their 13-7 win over Chicago (0-5), but Halfback Mel Farr, the Lions' leading rusher, suffered a knee injury that will require surgery. San Francisco (0-4-1), still without a win, had its misery compounded by ATLANTA (2-3). The Falcons' 21-7 win was their second over the 49ers this season.

AFL: Before a record Oakland Coliseum crowd, Daryle Lamonica threw six touchdown passes, one short of the AFL record, to pace OAKLAND (5-0-1) in its 50-21 humiliation of Buffalo (2-4). KANSAS CITY (5-1) defeated Miami (0-5-1) 17-10 and remained just half a game behind the Western leader. Held to two field goals for three quarters, SAN DIEGO (4-2) scored in the fourth soon after Jim Hill intercepted a Boston (0-6) pass and ran it 21 yards to the Patriots' 20. The Chargers won 13-10. DENVER (3-3) entered the second half against Cincinnati (3-3) with a 30-6 lead but saw it slip away until, with two minutes remaining, it was only 30-23. But then a final Bengal drive faltered on the Bronco 31 and the Broncos won.

GOLF—With a final-round 65, JACK NICKLAUS won the $100,000 Sahara Invitational (page 70).

HOCKEY—BOSTON (2-0-1) began its season auspiciously with wins over the Rangers, 2-1, and the Seals, 6-0, and a tie with the Penguins, 3-3. Bruin Defenseman Bobby Orr picked up five assists in two games. MONTREAL (2-0-1) added three points to its total with a tie and a win to maintain a tie with the Bruins for first in the East. Gordie Howe, beginning his 24th NHL season, scored the final goal of the 4-1 DETROIT (2-1-0) victory over the Black Hawks, but the Red Wings dropped their next one 3-2 to the North Stars immediately after learning of the firing of their coach. TORONTO (1-1-1) got its first victory, 4-1, against the Black Hawks and a 2-2 tie with the Canadiens. NEW YORK (1-2-0) opened with a 2-1 loss in Boston, followed that with a come-from-behind win over the North Stars, then was squashed by the Canadiens, 7-3. CHICAGO (0-4-0), still without the services of holdout Bobby Hull, went 0 for 3 against the Seals, Red Wings and Maple Leafs. ST. LOUIS (3-0-0) led the Western Division after defeating the Kings 4-1 and the North Stars 4-2. OAKLAND (2-2-1) was 2 and 2 for the week, including a split in its two-game series against the Kings. MINNESOTA (2-2-0), one point behind the Seals, beat the Red Wings 3-2, led the Rangers for two periods before losing 4-3 in the final and lost to the Blues. PITTS BURGH (0-0-3) had to come from behind twice to earn two ties, 3-3 with the Flyers and 3-3 with the Bruins. LOS ANGELES (1-3-0), having lost to the Blues and the Seals earlier in the week, got its first win when Goalie Gerry Desjardins registered a 5-0 shutout of the Seals. PHILADELPHIA (0-1-1) tied its only game 3-3 with the Penguins.

HORSE RACING—Charles Engelhard's South African-bred HAWAII ($4.20), a 5-year-old carrying 126 pounds, won the $113,300 Man O'War, 1½-mile weight-for-age race on the grass at Belmont Park, in a track record 2:27[1/5]. North Flight was second, 2¼ lengths back, and Fort Marcy was third.

The closing day feature at Hawthorne, the 1-mile, $124,280 Hawthorne Cold Cup, was won by favored NODOUBLE ($3.80), his fourth $100,000 win of the season. Second, four lengths behind, was Vif. Verbatim was third.

TRACK AND FIELD—The Soviet Union's ANATOLI BONDARCHUK, a 30-year-old graduate student, surpassed his own pending world record (244'10½") for the hammer throw by 2'8‚Öù" at a meet in Rovno, U.S.S.R.

MILEPOSTS—FIRED: After one season (33-31-12) and two games (2-0) as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, BILL GADSBY, veteran of 20 seasons of NHL play. He will be replaced temporarily by General Manager Sid Abel.

DIED: ARNIE HERBER, 59, elected to the Football Hall of Fame in 1966 in recognition of his accomplishments as the best of football's early passers: of cancer. In a 10-year career with the Green Bay Packers (1930-40), he led the NFL in passing three times and, overall, completed 481 throws for 8,000 yards and 66 touchdowns.