BOWLING—LORRIE KOCH of Carpentersville, Ill. ousted two other finalists before defeating Betty Morris of Stockton, Calif. 205-179 to take the $10,000 first prize in the $75,000 Brunswick Women's World Open, in Deerfield, Ill.
BOXING—Britain's JOHN CONTEH won the World Boxing Council light heavyweight championship, outpointing Jorge Ahumada of Argentina in their 15-round bout in London, England. In Buenos Aires, CARLOS MONZON of Argentina retained his World Boxing Association middleweight championship with a seventh-round knockout of Australian Tony Mundine (page 82).
Shoji Oguma of Japan took the World Boxing Council flyweight crown away from Betulio Gonzalez of Venezuela in a controversial split decision in Tokyo.
PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: The St. Louis Cardinals, surprise leaders in the NFC East, remained undefeated, rolling over San Francisco 34-9 for their fourth win. Cardinal Quarterback Jim Hart connected on three touchdown passes, including a 57-yarder and a 59-yarder, both to Mel Gray. Cincinnati shook up Washington 28-17 to remain atop the AFC Central. Bengal Cornerback Lamar Parrish took the Redskins' first punt of the game and ran it back 90 yards to give Cincinnati a 7-0 start, then picked up a third-quarter Washington fumble and carried it 47 yards for another score. New England won its fourth straight, this time trampling winless Baltimore 42-3 (page 22), while Atlanta posted its first win of the season, 14-7 over the New York Giants. Falcon Safety Ray Brown broke a 7-7 halftime tie when he intercepted a Norm Snead pass into the flat and scored on a 59-yard run. Both teams are now 1-3. Stubborn Houston led Pittsburgh 7-3 at the half, but Steeler Quarterback Joe Gilliam engineered a third-quarter 80-yard drive that ended with Preston Pearson scoring from the nine-yard line to give Pittsburgh the key score in its 13-7 victory. Jim Braxton scored three touchdowns—two from the one and one from the two—as Buffalo dropped Green Bay 27-7. Quarterback Joe Ferguson completed 13 of 16 passes for 175 yards and found Ahmad Rashad for Buffalo's other touchdown. Ken Stabler threw touchdown passes of 11, 45 and 10 yards in Oakland's 40-24 romp over Cleveland as the Raiders took undisputed possession of the lead in the AFC West with a 3-1 record. Denver found its offense in the second half against Kansas City and broke into the win column, edging the Chiefs 17-14. Rookie Jon Keyworth scored twice on two-and three-yard spurts. Gary Huff threw for one touchdown and ran for another in Chicago's 24-10 win over New Orleans. Los Angeles handed Detroit its fourth straight loss, but the powerful Rams barely defeated the frustrated Lions 16-13. Philadelphia scored twice in the first half and then held off San Diego to win 13-7. A last-second 27-yard field goal by Fred Cox gave Minnesota a 23-21 win over Dallas as the Vikings pumped their record to 4-0 and kept the NFC Central Division lead.
October 13, 1974
WFL: Memphis (12-2) took sole possession of the Central Division lead after a 47-19 rout of the Jacksonville Sharks. Southman J.J. Jennings became the first WFL player to rush for 1,000 yards, gaining 80 yards against the Sharks to bring his total for the season to 1,036. Running Back Willie Spencer scored five touchdowns for Memphis. The Hawaiians upset Birmingham 14-8, and the loss dropped the Americans (11-3), who had led the Central all year, into second place behind Memphis. The Florida franchise was taken over by the WFL, after the Blazers players had not been paid in more than two weeks. Tommy Reamon scored two touchdowns in Florida's 30-17 win over Philadelphia, which kept the Blazers (10-4) on top of the Eastern Division, one game ahead of Charlotte (9-5). The Stars doused Chicago 41-30, with-Quarterback Tom Sherman launching scoring bombs of 63 and 45 yards during Charlotte's 33-point first half. The almost extinguished Fire lost its fifth straight to die down to a 7-7 record. Shreveport in their second home game edged the Detroit Wheels 14-11. The Southern California Sun, with an apparent lock on the Western Division, needed a 36-yard touchdown pass from Tony Adams to Keith Denson with 1:56 remaining to defeat Portland 26-22. Running Back Rufus Ferguson scored three Storm touchdowns.
GOLF—AL GEIBERGER won his first tournament in eight years with a three-stroke victory in the $135,000 Sahara Invitational at the Sahara-Nevada Country Club in Las Vegas. Geiberger carded a final-round 69 for an 11-under-par 273.
Billy Casper finished at 283, five under par, to score a three-stroke victory over Hale Irwin in the $40,000 Lancome Trophy tournament at the St. Nom la Breteche near Paris.
Carole Jo Skala fired a four-under-par 69 to finish at 213 for 54 holes and win the $35,000 Sacramento (Calif.) Classic at the Cameron Country Club. Cathy Duggan and Jane Blalock tied for second at 217.
HARNESS RACING—WAYMAKER ($4.40), driven by John Simpson, Jr., won the third and fourth heats to take the $100,000 Kentucky Futurity, third leg of the trotting Triple Crown, at the Red Mile in Lexington. The winning times for the mile heats were 1:59[4/5] and a slow 2:06[3/5].
HOCKEY—In Moscow, the Soviet Nationals defeated Team Canada 3-2 in the final game of their series, giving the Russians a 4-1 margin in the eight games; three were ties.
HORSE RACING—FOOLISH PLEASURE ($2.60), Jacinto Vasquez riding, posted his seventh success in as many starts with a six-length victory over Harvard Man in the $114,750 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont Park. His time for the mile was 1:36.
Yves Saint-Martin rode art dealer Daniel Wildenstein's odds-on favorite ALLEZ FRANCE to victory in the 1½-mile Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp race course in Paris. The $300,000 winner's share of the $500,000 purse made Allez France the second filly in thoroughbred racing to earn more than $1 million.
Flying Nelly ($41), David Maitland up, covered nine furlongs in 1:49 to finish a head in front of Paul Mellon's Kew Gardens in the Cambridgeshire Stakes at Newmarket, England.
Wajima ($3.20), the $600,000 Japanese-owned son of Bold Ruler, won his second straight start, at six furlongs, Braulio Baeza up, at Belmont Park.
MOTOR SPORTS—CARLOS REUTEMANN of Argentina, driving a Brabham-Ford, led from start to finish in the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. EMERSON FITTIPALDI, in a McLaren-Ford, finished fourth and clinched the world driving championship for the second time in three years (page 88).
David Pearson, averaging 119.912 mph in a Mercury, finished 1.4 seconds ahead of Richard Petty, in a Dodge, to win the $161,877 Charlotte National 500, at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. A spectacular 10-car collision on the second lap knocked seven cars out of the race and resulted in injuries to driver-singer Marty Robbins, who required 32 stitches to close facial cuts.
TENNIS—JOHN NEWCOMBE defeated Roscoe Tanner 7-6, 7-6 in the singles final of the $50,000 Island Holidays Classic in Honolulu. Tanner avenged the loss, teaming with DICK STOCKTON to beat Newcombe and Owen Davidson 6-3, 7-6 in the doubles final.
Top-seeded CHRIS EVERT defeated Virginia Wade 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 in the final of the $50,000 Virginia Slims tournament in Houston. The $10,000 first prize raised Evert's earnings to $141,355 for the year. Evonne Goolagong withdrew from the tournament and forfeited her semifinal match to Evert, because of the sudden death of her father in Australia.
MILEPOSTS—INJURED: Locust Hill Farm's 2-year-old filly RUFFIAN, who suffered a hairline fracture of her right hind ankle. Unbeaten in five starts, the big filly will not race for the rest of the year.
NAMED: As general manager of the NL New York Mets, JOSEPH A. McDONALD, who has been with the club since it was formed in 1962, most recently as director of minor league operations.
POSTPONED: The wedding of CHRIS EVERT and JIMMY CONNORS, because of the increased demands of their tennis commitments. The current Wimbledon singles champions were to have played their love match on Nov. 8.
SIGNED: FRANK ROBINSON, 39, to manage the AL Cleveland Indians, thus becoming the first black manager in major league baseball. Robinson, the only man ever voted Most Valuable Player in both the American and National leagues, has a career batting average of .295 over 19 seasons, with 2,900 hits and 1,778 RBIs. Robinson will continue to play, as a designated hitter.
DIED: HELMUTH KOINIGG, 25, rookie Formula I racing driver from Salzburg, Austria; when his car ran into a guardrail during the U.S. Grand Prix in Watkins Glen.