BOATING—TED TURNER of Atlanta won the World 5.5-meter sailing championships with four victories in seven races off Oyster Bay, N.Y. Turner finished with the low score of 16.7, David Forbes of Sydney, Australia was second with 32.7 and King Olav of Norway third with 37.7.
BOXING—Scotland's KEN BUCHANAN retained his world lightweight championship with a unanimous 15-round decision over Ismael Laguna of Panama at New York's Madison Square Garden (page 74).
FOOTBALL—In the NFL's first week of regular-season play, CINCINNATI walloped Philadelphia 37-14 as Virgil Carter completed 22 of 30 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns, including a 90-yarder to Speedy Thomas (page 28). Bob Berry tossed two TD passes to rookie Ken Burrow in leading ATLANTA to a 20-17 upset over San Francisco. The Falcon defense intercepted four John Brodie passes and recovered three 49er fumbles. In another upset, NEW ENGLAND beat Oakland 20-6 on rookie Jim Plunkett's two touchdown passes and Charlie Gogolak's two field goals. Champion BALTIMORE shut out the New York Jets 22-0 as Norm Bulaich gained 198 yards rushing, including a 67-yard touchdown run, and Jim O'Brien booted three field goals. Miami tied Denver 10-10 when Bob Griese threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Paul Warfield with 2:30 to go. Rookie Archie Manning completed 16 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown as NEW ORLEANS upset Los Angeles 24-20, but it was Manning's one-yard touchdown run on the last play of the game that won it for the Saints. DALLAS defeated Buffalo 49-37 on Calvin Hill's four touchdown plunges and Craig Morton's two TD passes, including a 76-yarder to Bob Hayes. The Bills' Dennis Shaw completed 18 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns—75, 73, 26 and 23 yards—but O.J. Simpson was held to 25 yards rushing in 14 attempts. The CLEVELAND defense, with five interceptions, and the offense, powered by Leroy Kelly's two TD plunges and Bill Nelsen's 17 pass completions for 254 yards, scored a 31-0 shutout over Houston. Kansas City gained a 14-0 lead at halftime against SAN DIEGO. Then John Hadl passed 39 yards to rookie Mike Montgomery and 37 yards to Jerry LeVias for touchdowns, and ex-Chief Mike Garrett dashed 26 yards for a TD to upset the Chiefs 21-14. In yet another upset, WASHINGTON intercepted four passes and recovered three fumbles for a come-from-behind 24-17 win over St. Louis. Pittsburgh led CHICAGO 15-3 on a recovered fumble in the end zone and three Roy Gerela field goals with four minutes left in the game when the Bears scored two touchdowns following recovered fumbles and won 17-15. Fran Tarkenton threw four TD passes—three to Dick Houston—to give the NEW YORK Giants a 42-24 lead over Green Bay late in the third period. The Packers then scored two touchdowns and a safety before falling short, 42-40.
GOLF—The UNITED STATES beat Great Britain to regain the Ryder Cup in St. Louis (page 88).
September 26, 1971
HARNESS RACING—SAVOIR ($17.80), driven by Jimmy Arthur, defeated Hambletonian winner Speedy Crown by half a length to win the $103,120 Colonial Trot at Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Park.
HORSE RACING—TINAJERO ($3.40), a Puerto Rican 3-year-old ridden by Puerto Rican-born Eddie Belmonte, won his seventh straight victory, the $57,000 Jerome Handicap, at New York's Belmont Park by 2½ lengths over Twin Time.
Riva Ridge ($9.20), Ron Turcotte up, won the $153,000 Futurity at New York's Belmont Park by 1½ lengths over Chevron Flight. Favored Windjammer finished sixth in the eight-horse field.
Rokeby Stable's RUN THE GANTLET ($8.40), ridden by Bobby Woodhouse, took the $100,000 United Nations Handicap at Atlantic City by 1½ lengths over TWICE WORTHY. Woodhouse's father, Hedley, won the race in 1967 on Flit-To.
Lauries Dancer ($13.80), Sandy Hawley up, took the $59,050 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park by 2¼ lengths over Secret Retreat.
MOTOR SPORTS—World driving champion JACKIE STEWART averaged 81.95 mph in his Tyrrell-Ford to take the Canadian Grand Prix for Formula One cars at Mosport Park, Ontario. Ronnie Peterson of Sweden finished 38.3 seconds behind in second place.
Bobby Isaac set a national stock-car speed record of 216.35 mph for the flying mile at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, breaking Mickey Thompson's 1968 mark of 188.17 mph.
RODEO—JAMES ALLEN of Santa Anna, Texas did not win a single event but gained the all-round title at the 60th Pendleton (Ore.) Roundup.
SOCCER—Following a two-day delay caused by tornado warnings, DALLAS beat Atlanta 2-0 in the final game of the best-of-three series to win the North American Soccer League championship. The Chiefs won the first game 2-1 in sudden-death overtime on Boy-Boy Motaung's goal, while Dallas took the second 4-1.
SOFTBALL—The CEDAR RAPIDS WELTY WAY defeated the Stratford (Conn.) Raybestos Cardinals 4-3 on Mike Pallesen's three-run homer to win the Amateur Softball Association Men's National Fast-Pitch championship in Springfield, Mo. The victory in the finals by the Welty Way, who had a 5-0 record in the double-elimination tournament, prevented the Raybestos Cardinals from gaining their third straight title.
TENNIS—Pfc. STAN SMITH beat Czech Jan Kodes 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 for the men's title, and MRS. BILLIE JEAN KING topped Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6 for the women's title in the U.S. Open championships at Forest Hills (page 73).
WATER SKIING—GEORGE ATHANS of Canada won the men's overall title in the World Championships on Ba√±ola Lake, Spain, while WILLY JUANA STAHLE of The Netherlands took the women's Gold Cup.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: A new name—KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR—at center for the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks. Lew Alcindor has chosen to be listed on the Buck roster this season by the name he received upon his conversion to the Islamic faith three years ago.
DROPPED: TOM DEMPSEY, 24, who kicked an NFL-record 63-yard field goal for the New Orleans Saints to beat the Detroit Lions in the final two seconds of a game last season. Dempsey reportedly arrived at training camp overweight and made only one of eight field-goal attempts in exhibition games for the Saints.
RESTORED: SCHOLASTIC SPORTS to the Philadelphia school system. Varsity sports and other extracurricular activities had been dropped (SI, Sept. 6) in the face of a staggering budget deficit.
RETIRED: BOB BOOZER, 34, Milwaukee Bucks' forward and 22nd on the alltime NBA scoring list. In 11 seasons with six clubs, the 6'8" Kansas State All-America scored 12,964 points.
RETIRED: ALEX KARRAS, 36, an All-Pro defensive tackle four times in his 12-year career with Detroit, after being cut by the Lions on the eve of the season. During his brilliant career with the Lions, Karras terrorized opposing quarterbacks, criticized the pro football Establishment and was suspended one season for betting on games.
SCHEDULED: A 15-round bout between MUHAMMAD ALI, the No. 1 heavyweight challenger, and MAC FOSTER, 29, the eighth-ranked challenger who has won 27 of 28 fights by knockouts, for Nov. 29 in Tokyo.
SIGNED: MICKEY DAVIS, 6'7" forward for Duquesne University, by the ABA's Pittsburgh Condors. Davis, who averaged 15.1 and 19 points for his two seasons, left school before his senior year and applied for the ABA's special hardship draft.