BOATING—In the most protracted and controversial defense of the America's Cup, INTREPID kept the trophy on U.S. shores by defeating Australia's game Gretel II four races to one in the finals off Newport, R.I. (page 12).
BOXING—Scotland's KEN BUCHANAN won a narrow split decision to upset heavily favored champion Ismael Laguna of Panama in a 15-round lightweight title bout in San Juan. The division's first British champion since 1917 withstood an early cut to his left eye for a strong finish.
After some rough early going in a junior lightweight title fight in Tokyo, champion YOSHIAKI NUMATA of Japan scored a fifth-round knockout over Raul Rojas of the United States.
FENCING—The SOVIET UNION and HUNGARY won the saber and épée team titles in the world championships in Ankara, Turkey. The Soviet team defeated Hungary 9-3 in the finals, but the Hungarians won narrowly over Poland in épée.
October 4, 1970
GOLF—The UNITED STATES won the Eisenhower Cup world amateur championship by 12 strokes in Madrid, with New Zealand second. Dale Hayes of South Africa was individual medalist with a 72-hole score of 283. The two top Americans were U.S. Amateur champ Lanny Wadkins and Marvin (Vinny) Giles.
Mason Rudolph won $12,000 and his first tour victory since 1966 when he shot a six-under-par 64 on the final day to capture the $60,000 Green Island Open in Columbus, Ga.
Gene Andrews of Whittier, Calif. defeated Jim Ferrie of Indian Wells, Calif. one-up in the U.S. Senior Amateur in South San Francisco.
In Dalmahoy, Scotland, U.S. Open champion TONY JACKLIN shot a 21-under-par 267 to win the Wills Open over Peter Townsend at 273 and favorite Bill Casper at 276.
FOOTBALL—American Conference: The NEW YORK JETS rebounded from a mistake-ridden 31-21 Monday night loss to Cleveland by converting three interceptions and a poor punt into four touchdowns and a 31-21 Sunday victory over Boston. It was the Jets' eighth straight win over the Patriots. Quarterback Bob Griese capped two long drives with scoring passes of three and five yards as MIAMI pulled a minor upset, 20-10 over Houston. The Buffalo Bills' occasionally resolute defense against LOS ANGELES only gave the Rams' new kicker, Dave Ray, the chance to try—and make—four field goals in a 19-0 Rams victory. Two other kicking specialists were less fortunate. OAKLAND'S George Blanda was wide on a 25-yard attempt with nine seconds remaining, and the Raiders' were left with a 27-27 tie against SAN DIEGO. Charger Quarterback John Hadl fired two fourth-quarter scoring passes to forge the deadlock. Gene Mingo of Pittsburgh also blew a key field goal attempt, a 27-yarder in the last two minutes, that preserved a 16-13 DENVER win. The Steelers had earlier let a 13-7 fourth-quarter lead slip away when Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was dumped for a safety and the Broncos followed with a 69-yard scoring march.
National Conference: DETROIT's bid for a second straight shutout lasted until the final 26 seconds, when Cincinnati's Horst Muhlmann kicked a 35-yard field goal, so the Lions had to make do with a 38-3 victory, Fred Cox kicked four three-pointers in MINNESOTA's 26-0 romp past New Orleans, but the real offensive star was a Viking defense that twice scored touchdowns on blocked punts. GREEN BAY blew a 20-3 halftime lead, then rallied to defeat Atlanta 27-24. The big play was sub Quarterback Don Horn's 89-yard scoring pass to Carroll Dale. ST. LOUIS broke open a close game with disappointing Washington when, on consecutive series, Defensive Back Miller Farr picked off a Sonny Jurgensen pass for 19 yards and one touchdown, and teammate Jerry Stovall brought another back to the one. Despite his errors in the 27-17 loss, Jurgensen joined Johnny Unitas and Y.A. Tittle as the only NFL quarterbacks to complete over 2,000 passes. Quarterback John Brodie continued his sharp passing with 20 completions in 31 attempts, good for three touchdowns in SAN FRANCISCO's 34-31 upset of Cleveland. Two of the throws were to Jimmy Thomas, the second a 61-yarder midway through the fourth period that brought the 49ers from behind.
HARNESS RACING—MOST HAPPY FELLA, by capturing the first and third one-mile heats, won the Little Brown Jug at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fairground (pane 60), his second triumph in the Triple Crown for pacers.
Quick Pride caught A.C.'s Orion in the final 40 yards to capture the mile-long $49,495.62 E. Roland Harriman Trot for 2-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway in 2:04.
HORSE RACING—JOE NAMATH ended a string of six straight losses by winning a six-furlong sprint at Belmont Park by half a length over French Steak. The Florida-bred 3-year-old paid $14.60.
MILEPOSTS—REINSTATED: To the SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY football team, eight black players who had been suspended following a racially inspired controversy that began at spring practice. Four were found academically ineligible, however, and at week's end all refused to report.
ACCEPTED: By the board of directors of the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION in a narrow vote, a proposal that will send two teams from each of the four new divisions into the postseason playoffs.
SUSPENDED: Six of the United States' top women professionals, BILLIE JEAN KING, NANCY RICHEY, ROSEMARY CASALS, PEACHES BARTKOWICZ, VALERIE ZIEGENFUSS and KRISTY PIGEON, by the International Lawn Tennis Association, making them ineligible for U.S. rankings and the Wightman Cup team, because they had entered an unsanctioned tournament.
PLEDGED: To the U.S. Olympic Committee for the 1972 American team, half the gate receipts of next year's National Airlines Golf Tournament in Miami, and the proceeds from a $500-a-person proam event, expected to total $500,000.
CANCELED: At least until 1972, the $300,000 DOW JONES OPEN, richest event ever on the pro golf tour, after it and TV commitments cost the sponsoring Dow Jones & Company (Wall Street Journal, etc.) nearly half a million dollars this year.
AGREED: By the Joint Committee on a Uniform Ball of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Scotland and the U.S. Golf Association, after years of study and tests, that a uniform golf ball is "feasible" for play throughout the world. If accepted, the committee recommendation would result in a standard ball a minimum of 1.66 inches in diameter, replacing the 1.68-inch U.S. and 1.62-inch British balls.
SIGNED: For a 15-round heavyweight title fight in Detroit on Nov. 18, champion JOE FRAZIER and light-heavyweight title-holder BOB FOSTER. Frazier, who will be making the first defense of his 15-month-old title, will have a 25-pound weight advantage.
SENTENCED: To six months in jail plus three years' probation, former University of California basketball star BOB PRESLEY, in a check cashing scheme. Presley figured in a 1968 racial controversy that forced out Cal Coach Rene Herrerias.
FILED: By DON HORN, reserve quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, a bankruptcy action that listed debts of $137,312 and assets of $5,600.
NAMED: To the President's Conference on Physical Fitness and Sports, Washington Senator Manager TED WILLIAMS, Pro Golfer JACK NICKLAUS, former Jockey EDDIE ARCARO and Florida A&M Athletic Director JAKE GAITHER.