BASKETBALL—ABA: The Kentucky Colonels, with Guards Carrier and Louie Dumpier making 27 points apiece, set a club scoring record in a 149-124 win over Miami that moved them to within a game of Eastern Division leader Indiana. The Pacers, in the other half of a doubleheader in Louisville, were upset by the Dallas Chaparrals 112-103. Though Indiana's Bob Netolicky and John Barnhill each scored 28 points, it was John Beasley and his 14 points in the final quarter that led Dallas from a tie, with 1:48 to go, to nine straight points and the win. Three newcomers to the New York Nets, Sonny Dove, a onetime top-draft choice of Detroit in the NBA, 7' Center Ron Taylor, a castoff from the Washington Caps, and Ed Johnson, a bargain from the Los Angeles Stars, have turned New York into a contender for the Eastern play offs. Johnson got 14 rebounds against his former Los Angeles teammates, Dove scored 22 points, and the Nets won 108-97.
NBA: Phoenix, with four straight wins, had the best record in the Western Division as Connie Hawkins led all scorers against Seattle and Los Angeles and had 15 rebounds in the first of two wins over Chicago. Lew Alcindor averaged more than 27 points a game in the Milwaukee Bucks' three wins and a loss. His high was 36 points in an easy 131-98 win over Seattle. Against Philadelphia he had 24, but was second to 6'6" rookie Bob Dandridge of Norfolk State, who recorded 26. The Bucks' brief streak was ended, 124-99, by the New York Knicks, who seemed to be off on a new streak of their own, with three straight wins.
ABA—East: Indiana (0-2), Kentucky (3-0), New York (2-2), Pittsburgh (1-2), Carolina (0-2), Miami (2-2). West: New Orleans (2-1), Washington (1-1), Dallas (3-1), Los Angeles (0-1), Denver (2-2).
NBA—East: New York (3-0), Baltimore (1-3), Milwaukee (3-1), Philadelphia (2-2), Cincinnati (2-3), Detroit (1-2), Boston (1-2). West: Atlanta (1-1), San Francisco (2-1), Chicago (2-3), Los Angeles (2-2), Phoenix (4-0), San Diego (1-3), Seattle (2-4).
December 15, 1969
BOWLING—Twenty-three-year-old MIKE McGRATH of El Cerrito, Calif. beat Bill Allen of Orlando, Fla. by one pin, 212-211, to win his first PBA national championship in Garden City, N.Y.
BOXING—With a left hook and a right cross at 1:08 of the ninth round of a scheduled 12-round fight in Las Vegas, LEOTIS MARTIN knocked out former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, ending the latter's 14-bout winning streak that began after his second loss to Muhammad Ali in 1965. Martin, who was knocked down in the fourth, trailed Liston through the first eight rounds.
FOOTBALL—AFL: New York earned clear title to the Eastern Division championship with a 34-26 win over the Houston Oilers. According to Oiler Coach Wally Lemm, "Fumbles and interceptions gave them everything they got." Perhaps so. The Jets set a club record by intercepting six Oiler passes. They also set a club record by dumping the Houston quarterbacks nine times for losses totaling 69 yards. Kansas City got past Buffalo, but barely, on its way to the crucial game with Western leader Oakland this week. Jan Stenerud kicked his fifth field goal, with two minutes to go, to break a tie and give the Chiefs a 22-19 win.
NFL: The last remaining title was decided when Capitol Division leader Dallas beat Pittsburgh 10-7 on a Craig Morton touchdown and a Mike Clark field goal. The Steelers did not invade Dallas territory until the fourth quarter, when they scored their only touchdown. The big game, Minnesota vs. Los Angeles, settled the matter of a record, not a title. The Rams rallied too late to catch the Vikings, who won 20-13, and their historic 11-0 record is now just another division-winning 11-1.
AFL—East: New York (9-4), Houston (5-6-2), Boston (4-9), Buffalo (4-9), Miami (3-9-1). West: Oakland (11-1-1), Kansas City (11-2), San Diego (7-6), Cincinnati (4-8-1), Denver (4-8-1).
NFL—East: Century-Cleveland (9-2-1), St. Louis (4-7-1), New York (4-8), Pittsburgh (1-11). Capitol—Dallas (9-2-1), Washington (6-4-2), Philadelphia (4-7-1), New Orleans (4-8). West: Central—Minnesota (11-1), Detroit (7-4-1), Green Bay (6-6), Chicago (1-11). Coastal—Los Angeles (11-1), Baltimore (7-4-1), Atlanta (4-8), San Francisco (3-7-2).
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER, charging again with a final-round 65 while Gay Brewer blew to a 73, won the $125,000 Danny Thomas-Diplomat classic by two Strokes and became the first player this year to win two consecutive tournaments.
HOCKEY—The Boston Bruins, led by Bobby Orr, who also leads the league in scoring with 38 points in 24 games, gained three points on the Eastern Division leader New York, with two wins and a tie. Against Toronto, Orr contributed a goal and an assist to the Bruins' 4-1 victory, while Fred Stanfield scored his 10th goal of the season. In their 4-4 tie with Detroit, Stanfield got his 11th and Orr added two more assists. And finally, when the Bruins beat Chicago 6-1, Orr scored another assist and Ken Hodge, the big right wing, recorded two goals in the first 8½ minutes to play. The Rangers, meanwhile, played to ties with Minnesota and Chicago and extended their unbeaten streak to 12 games.
NHL—East: New York (0-0-2), Montreal (1-1-0), Boston (2-0-1), Detroit (1-2-1), Chicago (1-2-1), Toronto (1-1-1). West: St. Louis (1-2-0), Minnesota (1-0-2), Pittsburgh (1-1-1), Philadelphia (1-0-2), Oakland (1-3-1), Los Angeles (2-1-0).
HORSE RACING—Six-year-old QUICKEN TREE, carrying 114 pounds, won the two-mile, $60,200 Display Handicap at Aqueduct by seven lengths over Hydrologist and another three-quarters of a length over third-place Ship Leave. The win was Quicken Tree's 10th in a stakes race and his second in the Display.
SOCCER—The ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY Billikens won their seventh national title in 10 years, 4-0 over the University of San Francisco Dons at the NCAA championships in San Jose, Calif. The scoring, all in the second half, was on penalty kicks by Al Trost and Gary Rensing and goals from six and 11 yards by Jim Leeker and Mike Seerey. The Billikens, who had beaten Harvard 2-1 in the semifinals, finished their season with a 13-0 record and only seven goals scored against them. The Dons were 15-2-3 for the season and had beaten the University of Maryland 1-0 to reach the final.
MILEPOSTS—ACCEPTED: By San Francisco Giants Vice-President CHARLES (Chub) FEENEY, the presidency of the National League, replacing Warren Giles, who is retiring. Feeney, who will be paid $75,000 a year, stipulated that the league office be moved from Cincinnati to San Francisco for two years.
NAMED: Thoroughbred racing's Horse of the Year, Rokeby Stable's ARTS AND LETTERS, who also took honors in the 3-year-old and handicap categories. Others honored were GALLANT BLOOM, 3-year-old filly and handicap filly or mare, SILENT SCREEN, 2-year-old, FAST ATTACK, 2-year-old filly, HAWAII, grass horse, TA WEE, sprinter, and L'ESCARGOT, jumper.
NAMED: Three-year-old Trotter of the Year, Triple Crown winner LINDY'S PRIDE, and 3-year-old Pacer of the Year LAVERNE HANOVER, winner of the Little Brown Jug and the Adios. TRULUCK, with 19 victories in 24 starts, and VICTORY STAR, winner of 10 in 21 starts, were chosen two-year-old Pacer and two-year-old Trotter of the year, respectively.
DISMISSED: From the Czechoslovak army on charges of having violated "legal norms," COLONEL EMIL ZATOPEK, triple gold medal winner at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952.
TRADED: By Atlanta to Oakland, Outfielder FELIPE ALOU for Pitcher JIM NASH; by the New York Mets to Kansas City, Outfielder AMOS OTIS and Pitcher BOB JOHNSON for Third Baseman JOE FOY; by the New York Yankees to Houston, First Baseman-Outfielder JOE PEPITONE for First Baseman-Outfielder CURT BLEFARY; and to Oakland, Pitcher AL DOWNING and Catcher FRANK FERNANDEZ for First Baseman DANNY CATER and Shortstop OSSIE CHAVARRIA.
FIRED: University of Wisconsin Football Coach JOHN COATTA and his entire staff. Coatta's record over three years was 3-26-1, but all three wins came this season, and things were just beginning to look up.
DIED: FRANK (Lefty) O'DOUL, 72, colorful former manager of the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and winner of the National League batting title in 1929 with .398 while al Philadelphia and in 1932 with .368 while at Brooklyn; in San Francisco. O'Doul's lifetime average, .349, is the sixth highest in baseball history. Both Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams credited him with the best batting tips they ever received.