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A roundup of the sports information of the week


BASEBALL—"A manager has got to know how to handle pitchers. What do you think I've been doing all these years?" said Catcher-Coach YOGI BERRA as he signed a one-year contract to manage the New York Yankees. His predecessor, RALPH HOUK, who led the Yankees to three pennants in his three years as manager, became New York's new general manager, replacing Roy Harney, who retired because of ill health.

Left-hander SANDY KOUFAX of the Los Angeles Dodgers was voted the Cy Young Award as the outstanding major league pitcher. He is the first unanimous winner of the award and the third Dodger recipient (Don Newcombe 1956 and Don Drysdale 1962).

BASKETBALL—The powerful LOS ANGELES LAKERS defeated New York 130-117, Detroit 124-116 and Cincinnati 122-109 to move into a tie for first in the NBA's Western Division. Jerry West led L.A. with 84 points in the three straight wins, while four Lakers scored more than 20 points apiece in beating the Royals. CINCINNATI'S tightened defense held its opponents to fewer than 100 points in four successive games before the Laker loss. The Royals then dropped their second in a row, to the Warriors 102-99. With Wilt Chamberlain passing off more, SAN FRANCISCO and Chamberlain scored fewer points than expected, but the team won two out of three games to stay tied with Los Angeles for the Western lead. BOSTON, the league's only undefeated team (3-0), easily beat Baltimore 123-108 to stay comfortably in first place in the East. Walt Bellamy of Baltimore scored the most points (45 against New York) in one game during the week.

BOXING—Bronx Middleweight JOEY ARCHER outwitted hard-punching Rubin (Hurricane) Carter to gain a 10-round split decision at Madison Square Garden, extending his victory streak to seven and his career record to 38 wins, one loss.

Former World Middleweight Champion BOBO OLSON, 35, entered the 94th fight of his career as a light heavyweight and won a unanimous decision over Argentina's José Menno in a 10-rounder at San Francisco.

Two world champions, SUGAR RAMOS (featherweight) of Mexico City and New York's CARLOS ORTIZ (lightweight), won nontitle fights on the same card in London. Ramos battered Sammy McSpadden of Scotland to a second-round TKO while Ortiz took a 10-round decision from former English coal miner Maurice Cullen.

FOOTBALL—NFL: The NEW YORK GIANTS tightened up the Eastern Division race with a stunning 33-6 victory over previously undefeated Cleveland (see page 56). ST. LOUIS stayed tied with the Giants for second place by defeating Washington 21-7 on Charley Johnson's three touchdown passes. Ed Brown threw four TD passes—three to Buddy Dial and one to Red Mack (85 yards) late in the last period—to lead PITTSBURGH to a 27-21 win over Dallas. Cowboy End Bill Howton caught seven passes to set a new NFL career record of 490 (Don Hutson of Green Bay held the old mark of 488 receptions). The Western Division leaders, CHICAGO and GREEN BAY, remained in a tie for first place with 6-1 records. The Bears scored on two long drives (80 and 67 yards) and a 45-yard field goal by Roger Leclerc to beat Philadelphia 16-7. The Packers took their sixth in a row with a 34-20 defeat of Baltimore. The Colts had tied the score 20-20 in the last period after trailing 17-3 at the half, but touchdown runs by Elijah Pitts and Jim Taylor (his second) saved the game for Green Bay. DETROIT easily beat Minnesota (28-10), and LOS ANGELES Quarterback Roman Gabriel passed 51 yards for one touchdown and ran for another to lead the Rams to a 28-21 win over San Francisco, their second in a row.

AFL: HOUSTON took over the lead in the Eastern Division with a 28-7 win over Kansas City. The Chiefs led at half time on Len Dawson's TD pass, but in the second half George Blanda threw three touchdown passes and Mark Johnston returned an interception 90 yards to a score. BUFFALO defeated Boston 28-21 when Jack Kemp threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Charley Ferguson with 28 seconds left in the game. Kemp also scored three TDs on short runs. NEW YORK and DENVER tied 35-35 as Dick Wood of the Jets threw four touchdown passes, and the Broncos' Mickey Slaughter tossed three. OAKLAND came from behind to upset Western Division leader San Diego 34-33 on Cotton Davidson's TD pass to Glenn Shaw late in the fourth quarter. Davidson, who took over as quarterback when Tom Flores (two TD passes) was injured in the second period, also passed for two other touchdowns.

GOLF—The U.S. TEAM took the Canada Cup for the fourth straight year, as Jack Nicklaus, the individual leader with 237, and Arnold Palmer totaled 482 for 63 holes on the Saint-Nom-la-Bret√®che course near Versailles (see page 18).

In the first round of the $11,000 Thunderbird Open in Phoenix SANDRA HAYNIE of Fort Worth shot a four-under-par 68 and gained a lead she never gave up in winning her first LPGA tournament since June 1962.

Mason Rudolph of Lehigh Acres, Fla. won his first PGA tournament in nearly four years when he played four sub-par rounds on the San Joaquin Country Club course to take the 525,000 Fresno (Calif.) Open.

HARNESS RACING—BIG JOHN ($13.50) unexpectedly won the mile Volomite Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Roosevelt Raceway when the favorite, Arthur Nardin's Speedy Count (winner of eight straight races), broke stride when bumped to finish fifth.

HOCKEY—CHICAGO ran its unbeaten streak to six games, with two ties (Detroit 2-2, Montreal 1-1) and a 4-1 win over New York to open up a four-point lead in the NHL. MONTREAL moved into a second-place tie with TORONTO (1-1 for the week) by defeating Detroit 6-4. In that game Gordie Howe of the Red Wings scored one goal to tic Maurice Richard's lifetime total of 544. Jacques Plante shut out Boston 2-0 for the only NEW YORK victory of the week, and BOSTON won its first game of the season, after six straight losses, when Ed Johnston shut out the Maple Leafs 2-0.

HORSE RACING—The $55,150 Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase Handicap, the richest U.S. race of its kind, was won by Mrs. Stephen C. Clark Jr.'s AMBER DIVER ($5.20), with Joe Aitcheson up, by 2¼ lengths at the United Hunts meeting at Aqueduct.

Wheatley Stable's CASTLE FORBES ($10.80), with Ismael Valenzuela aboard, finished fast to win the $168,460 Gardenia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Garden State Park, N.J. by a head. Tosmah, the unbeaten favorite, came in a dismal eighth.

HORSE SHOW—For the fifth straight year the U.S. EQUESTRIAN TEAM won the international jumping championship at the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg. The U.S. took seven of the 10 events and earned 120 points to overwhelm Ireland (52 points), Argentina (48) and Canada (42). Defending Champion FRANK CHAPOT of Wallpack, N.J. won the individual title.

MOTOR SPORTS—JIM CLARK, the world driving champion, gained an early lead and kept it to win the Grand Prix of Mexico for the second straight year. Clark drove his Lotus-Climax an average 93.30 mph in the 202-mile race in Mexico City to become the third driver ever to win six Grand Prix events in one year.

Rodger Ward of Indianapolis took the lead on the 13th lap and went on to win his third Sacramento USAC 100-mile big-car race at the California State Fairgrounds. He averaged 92.17 mph and finished 4.3 seconds in front of A. J. Foyt.

MILEPOSTS—DIED: ED DUDLEY, 63, seven-year PGA president (1942-1948), of a heart attack in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was on three Ryder Cup teams (1929, 1933 and 1937), was the first and only pro at the Augusta National Golf Club, site of the Masters, from 1931 through 1957, and head pro at the Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs for the last 22 years.

DIED: The Class A PIONEER LEAGUE, in its 25th year. "It was the end product of high bonuses," said League President Claude Engberg.