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A roundup of the sports information of the week

BASKETBALL—NBA: In the strong Eastern Division BALTIMORE outscored New York 121-98 as flashy rookie Earl Monroe (page 18) tossed in 22 points. The Bullets then lost to BOSTON 125-109 when Sam Jones scored 31. DETROIT, new to the East this season, walloped the Royals 131-108 on a 43-point third period after trailing at half time. The Pistons followed with a 116-111 loss to PHILADELPHIA, which opened its defense of the league title by also beating the Lakers 103-87. CINCINNATI, after losing to the Pistons, came back strong with a 122-118 win over the Warriors on Oscar Robertson's 41 points, and a 109-107 victory over the Bulls on Robertson's field goal and Guy Rodgers' free throw in the last 11 seconds. Cazzie Russell ended NEW YORK's first game of the season with a 20-foot jump shot in the final second for a 124-122 victory over the Warriors. But the new Knicks, looking more like the same old Knicks, dropped their next two games. In the Western Division, unbeaten ST. LOUIS ran its winning streak to six games by beating San Diego 123-105, the Lakers 100-95, the Bulls 126-99 and the Warriors 115-110. LOS ANGELES, playing without Jerry West (fractured hand) and Jerry Chambers (drafted by the Army), split four, SAN FRANCISCO dropped three of four and SEATTLE split two games with SAN DIEGO in a confrontation between the two expansion teams. The Rockets won the first 121-114, and the SuperSonics took the second 117-110 in overtime. Winless CHICAGO dropped four more games to extend its losing string to five.

ABA: In a sparse second week of play in the American Basketball Association, INDIANA won three straight games—106-103 over Anaheim, for the Amigos' fourth loss in a row; 106-99 over Kentucky before 10,427 in Louisville; and 114-111 over New Orleans. DALLAS also defeated Anaheim 129-125 earlier in the week as Player-Coach Cliff Hagan scored 20 points in the first quarter and finished with 35, while OAKLAND split two games with DENVER, winning one 112-102 and losing the other 104-91. HOUSTON, after beating Denver 102-85 in its first league game, lost to New Orleans 120-112.

BOXING—Unbeaten Heavyweight JOE FRAZIER boosted his winning streak to 18 when he scored a TKO over Salt Lake City's Tony Doyle in 1:04 of the second round of a bout in Philadelphia.

FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY (4-1-1), the Central Division leader, knocked New York (3-3) out of a share of first place in the Century Division with a 48-21 rout (page 24). CLEVELAND (4-2) and ST. LOUIS (4-2) remained tied for the Century lead, however, when the Browns shut out Chicago (2-4) 24-0 and the Cardinals walloped Philadelphia (3-3) 48-14. With Gale Sayers out because of a leg injury, Cleveland easily gained its first shutout since 1960 and its fourth victory in a row on two TD passes from Frank Ryan to Gary Collins. St. Louis had an even easier time of it as rookie Jim Hart, hitting on 16 of 29 passes for 267 yards, tossed four touchdown passes. MINNESOTA (1-4-1) led twice in the fourth quarter in its game with Coastal Division leader BALTIMORE (4-0-2), but Tom Matte ran 15 yards for one TD and Johnny Unitas threw a short pass to John Mackey for another to gain a 20-20 tie. By connecting on 20 passes, Unitas set a new NFL career pass-completion record of 2,131. The old mark (2,118) was held by Y.A. Tittle. SAN FRANCISCO (5-1) remained in second place with a 27-13 win over New Orleans (0-6), while LOS ANGELES (3-1-2) gained a 28-28 tie with WASHINGTON (2-2-2) on Roman Gabriel's short TD pass with little more than a minute left. Sonny Jurgensen accounted for all the Redskins' touchdowns when he completed 18 passes for 334 yards and four TDs. Craig Morton threw a five-yard TD pass to Pettis Norman with only 24 seconds remaining, and DALLAS (5-1), the Capitol Division leader, edged Pittsburgh (1-5) 24-21. Earlier in the game Morton completed 35- and 55-yard touchdown passes to Bob Hayes. Even more spectacular was the passing of Kent Nix, the Steelers' rookie quarterback. He set a Pittsburgh record for completions with 28 of 45 passes for 313 yards. DETROIT (2-3-1), with Karl Sweetan tossing two touchdown passes in his first start of the season, broke a three-game losing streak by beating winless Atlanta (0-5-1) 24-3.

AFL: Eastern Division leader NEW YORK (4-1-1) defeated Miami (1-5) 33-14 after piling up a 24-0 half-time lead on Joe Namath's 13 completions in 15 attempts for 199 yards and two TDs. Namath watched the rest of the game from the bench. HOUSTON (3-2-1) also ran up a big early lead—24-3 in the first 24 minutes—in its game against Kansas City (3-3) and managed to hold on for a 24-19 upset over the faltering Chiefs. In the West, SAN DIEGO (5-0-1) beat Denver (1-6) 38-21 as John Hadl tossed three touchdown passes, including a 67-yarder to Lance Alworth and a 66-yarder to Dick Post. Daryle Lamonica threw four TD passes to lead OAKLAND (5-1) to a 48-14 rout of Boston (2-4-1).

GOLF—The U.S. defeated Great Britain 23½-8½ to win the Ryder Cup in Houston (page 56).

HARNESS RACING—Nevele Acres' NEVELE PRIDE ($2.20), the top 2-year-old money-winning trotter ($154,163), driven by Stanley Dancer, defeated stablemate Fine Shot by 1½ lengths in winning the one-mile, $51,845.17 Westbury Futurity for juveniles at Roosevelt Raceway.

HOCKEY—NHL: In the second full week of play for the National Hockey League, MONTREAL (4-1-1), the Eastern Division leader, tied the Rangers 2-2, shut out the Maple Leafs 1-0 and split two games with the Bruins. Surprising BOSTON (3-1-1) won three in a row before being stopped by the Canadiens 4-2. The high-scoring Bruins whacked Montreal 6-2 as Phil Esposito scored four goals, crushed the Black Hawks 7-1 and walloped the Red Wings 6-3. After losing to the Red Wings 3-2, NEW YORK (2-1-1) tied the Canadiens 2-2 on Phil Goyette's second goal of the game with only 2½ minutes to play, and beat the Maple Leafs 5-3. DETROIT (2-2-1) won two and lost one, while TORONTO (2-3-0) beat the Black Hawks 5-3 before dropping three in a row. Defending champion CHICAGO (0-5-0), off to a woeful start, was still looking for its first victory after losing three more games. In the West, LOS ANGELES (2-0-2) beat Minnesota 5-3, then tied California 2-2 and St. Louis 3-3. CALIFORNIA (2-1-1) tied one, lost one and shared second place with PITTSBURGH (2-3-1), which tied Minnesota 3-3 on Andy Bathgate's three goals (his sixth career hat trick) and lost to Philadelphia 1-0 before beating the Black Hawks 4-2 on Ken Schinkel's hat trick. It was the first victory by an expansion team over the old guard. PHILADELPHIA (2-2-0) edged St. Louis 2-1 and shut out the Penguins 1-0. ST. LOUIS (1-2-2) lost one and tied one, while MINNESOTA (1-2-2) was 1-1-1 for the week.

HORSE RACING—Tartan Stable's DR. FAGER ($2.60) won the $121,360 Gold Cup at Chicago's Hawthorne Race Course with a 2½-length victory over Whisper Jet. Nearly two hours earlier at Aqueduct RUFFLED FEATHERS ($82.40), Dr. Fager's stablemate and brother (by Rough'n Tumble), scored his first stakes win with a head victory over Fort Marcy in the 1 5/8-mile, $116,100 Man o' War.

Wheatley Stable's 1966 2-year-old champion SUCCESSOR ($3.40) gained only his second victory in 10 starts this year when Braulio Baeza guided him to a neck win over Gentleman James in the $54,800 Lawrence Realization at Aqueduct.

LITTLE OLYMPICS—U.S.S.R.'s IGOR TEROVANESYAN tied Ralph Boston's 1965 world-record 27'4¾" broad jump at the international competition in Mexico City (page 20).

MOTOR SPORTS—New Zealand's DENIS HULME gained his first Formula I world driving championship after finishing third to Scotland's JIMMY CLARK in the Grand Prix of Mexico in Mexico City (page 53).

MILEPOSTS—APPROVED: By the American League, the transfer of the Kansas City Athletics to Oakland, Calif. for the 1968 season. The transplanted team, to be named the Oakland Athletics, will be managed by former Chicago Cub Head Coach (1963-64) BOB KENNEDY, 47, who spent the past year coaching for the Atlanta Braves. He replaces Interim Manager Luke Appling, who took over in August after Alvin Dark was fired by Owner Charles O. Finley. Finley also hired JOE DiMAGGIO, 49, as executive vice-president.

SOLD: The International League's TORONTO franchise to Hoosier real estate tycoon Walter Dilbeck, 49, who plans to locate the baseball club in Louisville, where he has business interests. Toronto had been in the International League for 73 consecutive years.

TRADED: The Chicago Bulls' GUY RODGERS, 32, to the Cincinnati Royals for Guard Flynn Robinson, cash and the Royals' No. 2 draft choices for the next two years. Rodgers, a six-time NBA All-Star, set a league record last season with 908 assists and led the club with an 18-point average.

DIED: In action, 41 miles northeast of Saigon, Vietnam, Major DONALD W. HOLLEDER, 33, Army's All-America end in 1954 who played quarterback the next season and led the Cadets to a 14-6 upset over Navy.