BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (7-1) won two games, running its regular-season winning streak to 18 (including 11 at the end of last season) and setting a league record. Then the 76ers went to Boston to play the Celtics. End of streak. BOSTON (7-1) won handily 105-87 for its third straight victory and tied the 76ers for the Eastern Division lead. Surprising NEW YORK (6-4) kept pace, of sorts, by winning two of three. CINCINNATI (4-5) also took two of three, while BALTIMORE (1-10) lost all three games it played and fell deeper into the cellar. In the West, CHICAGO (7-6) ended the week as the only divisional team above .500 by winning three of five. DETROIT (5-5), the Western Division leader a week earlier, lost twice; SAN FRANCISCO (6-6) dropped three of four during a disastrous road trip before beating the Bullets 120-117 on the Warriors' home court; and ST. LOUIS (4-5) lost two of three. Last-place LOS ANGELES (3-7) fell to the Celtics 133-108 but defeated the Bullets 131-98 as Jerry West played his first game of the season (scored 20 points in 26 minutes) after missing 10 games because of an injured heel.
BOWLING—WAYNE ZAHN of Atlanta averaged 219 for 60 games to win the PBA National Championship in Garden City, N.Y. Zahn's $10,000 first-place check gave him $54,670 for the year, nearly $5,000 more than Don Carter's record PBA earnings in 1962.
CHESS—The U.S. TEAM at the Chess Olympics in Havana forfeited all four games to the Soviet Union team. The reason: a dispute following refusal of the Russians to accede to a two-hour delay in the starting time of Bobby Fischer's game with Tigran Petrosian (because Fischer, for religious reasons, would not play before sundown) despite a pretournament understanding that the delay would be granted. The consequence: elimination of the U.S. from a chance at the world title.
FOOTBALL—NFL: ST. LOUIS (7-1-1) boosted its Eastern Division lead to 1½ games with a 20-17 victory over New York (1-6-1) but lost Quarterback Charley Johnson for the season when he tore a ligament in his right knee. Dallas (5-2-1), in second, and Cleveland (5-3), in third, both lost ground with surprise defeats. Timmy Brown returned kickoffs 93 and 90 yards for touchdowns in leading PHILADELPHIA (5-4) to a 24-23 win over the Cowboys, while PITTSBURGH (2-5-1) got three field goals from Mike Clark to upset the Browns 16-6. Scrambling Fran Tarkenton sufficiently scrambled the Green Bay (7-2) defenses as MINNESOTA (3-4-1) defeated the Western Conference leaders 20-17 (page 36). The upset allowed BALTIMORE (6-2) to climb within half a game of the Packers when Johnny Unitas passed for 344 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-10 win over Washington (5-4). SAN FRANCISCO (4-3-1) moved ahead of Los Angeles (4-5) into third place by beating the Rams 21-13 as John Brodie ran for 2 TDs and passed for another. Wayne Walker of DETROIT (2-6-1) kicked an 11-yard field goal with 1:15 remaining, then squirmed while Roger Leclerc of CHICAGO (3-4-1) missed one of 25 yards with 16 seconds left; the two tied 10-10.
AFL: Only half a game separated the three leaders in the Eastern Division when DENVER (2-7) upset Boston (4-3-1) 17-10 on rookie Quarterback Max Choboian's 64-yard touchdown pass to Al Denson with two seconds left in the game. That put BUFFALO (5-3-1), a 29-0 winner over Miami (2-6), into the lead and dropped the Patriots into a second-place tie with idle New York (4-3-1). In the West, KANSAS CITY (7-2) parlayed a 17-point second quarter into a 24-14 victory over San Diego (5-3-1) and moved 1½ games ahead of the second-place Chargers. OAKLAND (5-4), in third, handed Houston (3-6) its third straight loss, 38-23.
HARNESS RACING—In his last race before retiring to stud, 4-year-old BRET HANOVER forced a record pace in the 1‚⅛-mile American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park before he faltered at the [1/16], pole and finished third behind TRUE DUANE ($18.20) and Cardigan Bay. The winner's time of 2:09[1/5] broke the world mark for the distance by two seconds. Bret ended his career with 62 wins, five seconds and a third in 68 starts and a record $922,616 in earnings.
A son and daughter of Adios, Standardbred racing's supersire, drew the most attention at the annual Harrisburg yearling sales. BRAD HANOVER, full brother of Bullet Hanover, was bought for $100,000 by Stanley Dancer for the Lehigh Stable, and BEAUTIFUL HANOVER, full sister to Bret Hanover, was purchased by Joe O'Brien for the Armstrong Brothers for $52,000, a record for Standard-bred yearling fillies.
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (5-1-0) lost its first game of the season, 3-2 to the Bruins, and first place during the week, but regained the lead with a 4-2 win over the Bruins. MONTREAL (4-2-1) slipped into first for 24 hours after a tie with the Maple Leafs and a win over the Red Wings. But the Canadiens fell back to second when the Red Wings shut them out 6-0. TORONTO (2-1-5) grabbed a share of third with three ties and a victory, while DETROIT (3-5-1) was 1-1-1 for the week. NEW YORK (2-4-2) smashed the Bruins 7-1 but stumbled against the Leafs in a back-to-back series, losing one game and tying the other. BOSTON (2-5-1), in the cellar, dropped two in a row after beating the Black Hawks.
HORSE RACING—REGAL GLEAM ($12.60), owned by Patrice Jacobs and ridden by Manuel Ycaza, won the $125,165 Selima Stakes by half a length over Quillo Queen and just about clinched 2-year-old Filly of the Year honors.
Galilee, a 4-year-old gelding, won the $67,200 Melbourne Cup, Australia's most famous Thoroughbred event, giving Trainer Bart Cummings his second straight cup triumph.
HORSE SHOWS—Paced by the brilliant riding of KATHY KUSNER (page 86), the U.S. Equestrian Team romped to an overwhelming victory in the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, scoring 131 points to 95 for runner-up Canada.
SOFTBALL—Harvey Sterkel pitched a one-hitter and Bob Christenson hit a home run as the Aurora (Ill.) Sealmasters gained the world championship for the U.S. with a 6-0 win over Mexico. The victory was Aurora's 12th without a loss in the two-week competition in Mexico City.
TENNIS—The U.S. lost to Brazil 3-2 in the Davis Cup interzone semifinals when Thomas Koch defeated Cliff Richcy 6-1, 7-5, 6-1 and José Edison Mandarino beat Dennis Ralston 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the last two singles matches. Brazil will meet the other semifinal winner, India or West Germany, for the right to meet Australia in the Challenge Round in late December.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To NEW ORLEANS, the 16th NFL franchise, effective in 1967. Commissioner Pete Rozelle made the announcement just seven days before Louisianians voted on a bond-issue amendment that would authorize construction of a domed stadium in the Crescent City.
NAMED: As NASCAR Grand National driving champion, DAVID PEARSON, 31, of Spartanburg, S.C., with 35,638 points accumulated in 42 races. Pearson, in his seventh season of stock-car racing, won 15 races, finished 33 times in the top 10 and 26 times in the top five.
NAMED: BILLY CASPER, 35, of San Diego, Calif., as Golfer of the Year by the PGA, after a season in which he dined on buffalo steak, fought off an amazing assortment of allergies long enough to win his second U.S. Open championship, amassed $120,747 in prize money (tops on the PGA tour) and ranked first in both the Vardon Trophy and Ryder Cup point standings.
VOTED: The Cy Young Award as the outstanding pitcher in the major leagues, SANDY KOUFAX of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the third time. Previously presented the same honor by a committee of baseball writers in 1963 and 1965, the 30-year-old left-hander gained the award this year for his 41 starts, a 27-9 record, 27 complete games, five shutouts, 317 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.73, best in the National League for an unprecedented fifth straight season.
FIRED: MIKE FARMER, 30, as coach of the NBA Baltimore Bullets after the team had started the season—Farmer's first—with a disappointing 1-8 record. He was replaced by the Bullets' former coach (1947-51 and 1965) and current general manager, BUDDY JEANNETTE, 49.
DIED: ROSCOE E. McGOWEN, 80, for 30 years a sportswriter for The New York Times, until his retirement in 1959; of lung cancer, in North Woodstock, Conn.