COLLEGE FOOTBALL—UCLA could not pull off last year's upset again, and Nebraska rolled over the Bruins 40-13 as major college football began for 1973 (page 38).
This is an article from the Sept. 17, 1973 issue
PRO FOOTBALL—Miami's one-game losing streak grew to two. This time Dallas beat the Dolphins 26-23 as the exhibition season came to an end. Once again Miami frittered away a sizable first-half lead and finally succumbed to a field goal with just seconds remaining in the game. And again a second-half quarterback—this time Craig Morton, who took over from Roger Staubach—did them in. St. Louis signed the Secretary of Agriculture's nephew in the afternoon and Dave Butz was suited up for action against Kansas City that night, but the Cardinals could not manufacture points as quickly and lost to the Chiefs 16-7. Six Kansas City runners finished with an average of better than 4.2 yards per carry and a total of 185 yards on the ground. Greg Landry completed 15 of 20 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns as Detroit rolled over New England 34-21. When Landry wasn't tossing 30-yard passes to Larry Walton, he found time to run in a TD himself in the fourth quarter. Three interceptions by Dave Elmendorf helped Los Angeles to a 38-10 rout of San Francisco. The strong side safety ran back one doomed John Brodie pass 72 yards for a score. Bobby Howfield was the hero in the Jets 16-13 win over Philadelphia, kicking a 24-yard field goal in the last four seconds to break the tie. Minnesota finished preseason play unscathed by downing San Diego 24-16. Fran Tarkenton completed 13 of 17 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns—a 20-yarder to Jim Lash and a 40-yarder to John Gilliam. In that game John Unitas tossed a 27-yard scoring pass direct to Dave Williams and caromed in another. One of his passes, thrown from the Minnesota 31, was deflected by Viking Safety Jeff Wright into the hands of Wide Receiver Jerry LeVias for a Charger TD. Rookie Running Back Howard Stevens, smallest man in the NFL, ran his 5'5" frame 22 yards for a winning touchdown to give New Orleans its first victory in nine games, 16-10 over Houston. A kicker did it again as Horst Muhlmann booted a 31-yard field goal for a 13-10 Cincinnati win over Green Bay. Almost predictably, the kick came with three seconds remaining on the clock. Buffalo and Oakland registered almost as many penalties (21) as points as the Raiders came out on top 17-7. Clarence Davis had scoring runs of 46 and 31 yards for Oakland, but Buffalo's rookie quarterback, Joe Ferguson, shared some of the limelight, guiding an 80-yard drive for the Bills' only TD in the fourth quarter. A 16-point second period helped Pittsburgh to a 19-0 triumph over Atlanta and the Giants dumped Cleveland 21-10. Ron Johnson, who gained 138 yards on 23 carries, caught two passes for another 38 yards and made two touchdowns, was the prime New York asset. The Giants also finished 6-0 in the warmup season. Baltimore beat Denver 17-10.
GOLF—TOM WEISKOPF took the World Series of Golf in Akron, Ohio by three strokes over John Miller and Jack Nicklaus, and 12 over Tommy Aaron (page 104).
Gary Player won his first PGA tournament of the season with a one-stroke victory over Forrest Fezler in the $100,000 Southern Open in Columbus, Ga. Player finished with a 69 for 270 in spite of bogeys on the final two holes. Fezler birdied the last two holes.
HORSE RACING—Jorge Velasquez rode TENTAM ($7) to a two-length victory over Rule By Reason in the $115,600 Governor's Stakes at Belmont Park.
In quarter horse action, TIME TO THINKRICH won the $1 million All-American Futurity, the world's richest horse race, over Flaming Jet at Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.
MODERN PENTATHLON—The Soviet Union dominated the world championship in London, capturing the first three places. PAVEL LEDNEV won with 5,413 points and Vladimir Shmelev was second, 145 points behind. The U.S.S.R. also took the team title with 15,943 points to West Germany's 15,051.
MOTOR SPORTS—CALE YARBOROUGH, in a Chevrolet, crossed the finish line less than eight seconds ahead of David Pearson for first place in the 24th Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C. and his first major victory in three years. The $10,605 second-place money made Pearson auto racing's fifth $1 million career winner.
Sweden's RONNIE PETERSON averaged 132.06 mph in a Lotus to capture the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Teammate Emerson Fittipaldi was .9 second behind in second place. JACKIE STEWART finished fourth, virtually clinching the world driving championship. The Scot has 69 points, well ahead of second-place Fittipaldi.
SWIMMING—The astonishing East German women broke seven world records and captured 10 of 14 first places in the world championship in Belgrade (page 44).
TENNIS—Australians JOHN NEWCOMBE and MARGARET COURT were the singles winners at the U.S. Open (page 34).
TRACK & FIELD—World records in the discus and javelin throw were shattered by their holders at the Women's Europa Cup meet in Edinburgh. FAINA MYELNIK of the Soviet Union bettered her own discus mark by more than six feet with a throw of 227'11". East Germany's RUTH FUCHS increased her javelin record to 216'10", more than three feet over her previous mark.
WRESTLING—Halfway through the world freestyle championship in Tehran, Iran, the Soviet Union led 41 participating countries with a total of 55 points. The host country was second with 28 and the U.S., in fifth place, had 16 points. To that point in the 12-day event Marine Lieut. LLOYD KEASER had won the only American gold medal, in the 150-pound class.
MILEPOSTS—BANNED: By the International Sports Commission, auto racing at four European tracks next season on the grounds that they are unsafe. They are Jarma, Spain; Spa, Belgium; Croix en Ternois and Monthléry, France. Spa was banned only for Formula I and II events.
HIRED: BILLY MARTIN, as manager of the Texas Rangers five days after being fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. He replaces WHITEY HERZOG, 42, who got the ax the day before, as Owner Bob Short put it, "on the basis of the Rangers' 47-91 record"—the worst end-of-season mark in the major leagues.
NAMED: As Intercollegiate Tennis Coach of the Year, UCLA's GLENN BASSETT, who in seven years has taken the Bruins to two national championships and coached Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, Roy Barth and Jimmy Connors.
NAMED: As commissioner of the American Basketball Association, Kentucky Colonels General Manager MIKE STOREN, 37. He replaces the recently resigned Robert Carlson.
NAMED: As coach of the ABA Kentucky Colonels, JAMES (Babe) McCARTHY, 49, who resigned as a basketball coach at the University of Georgia after five months in the post, having never coached a game for the Bulldogs.
REPLACED: Pirates Manager BILL VIRDON, 42, by DANNY MURTAUGH, 55. Murtaugh thus became Pittsburgh's manager for the third time in the last seven years, having retired from the position twice before, partly because of a heart condition. Virdon's firing came after losing three of four games to the St. Louis Cardinals.
DIED: Oklahoma basketball Coach LESTER LANE, 41, of an apparent heart attack, in Norman, Okla. A Sooner All-Big Eight selection in 1955, he was a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team that took first place at Rome in 1960.