BASKETBALL—ABA: Eastern Division leader INDIANA (13-4) split four games, with one of its wins—119-118 over Dallas—coming at the buzzer on a 92-foot basket by Jerry Harkness. MINNESOTA (10-4) cut the Pacers' lead to 1½ games with three wins, making it nine victories in the Muskies' last 10 games. Third-place PITTSBURGH (10-5), only two games behind, ran its winning streak to five with four straight victories, including a 95-94 win over New Orleans when Chico Vaughan sank a 20' jump shot at the buzzer. NEW JERSEY'S (5-8) only victory in three games was a 123-114 overtime win over New Orleans, while last-place KENTUCKY (4-10), with two more losses, extended its losing streak to five. NEW ORLEANS (9-4) lost two of three and its Western Division lead dwindled to 1½ games over DENVER (8-6), which won two of three. DALLAS (5-6) dropped two of three; OAKLAND (6-10) lost three straight before beating Kentucky 104-93; and ANAHEIM (5-11) won one and lost two as lies Selvage (page 22), the three-point leader in the ABA, hit on nine to up his total to 47. HOUSTON (2-9) broke an eight-game losing streak with a 113-106 victory over Anaheim, but started another with a 116-107 loss to Dallas.
NBA: BOSTON (12-3) and PHILADELPHIA (12-4) bounced the Eastern Division lead back and forth during the week until the Celtics finally held onto it with a 116-111 victory over the 76ers before the largest crowd (15,239) in Philadelphia history. Prior to their big game, the Celtics beat Seattle 114-111 and the Warriors 113-110, and lost to the Royals 120-119, while the 76ers defeated the Royals 122-102 and the Hawks 125-117, and lost to the Pistons 123-120. Besides beating the 76ers, third-place DETROIT (9-6) snapped the Hawks' long winning streak with a 124-107 victory before being upset by the Bulls, and NEW YORK (8-9) lost two of three. BALTIMORE (7-9) and CINCINNATI (7-9) shared the cellar as the Royals split two games and the Bullets won two of three. The ST. LOUIS (16-4) lead in the Western Division slipped to 3½ games when the Hawks dropped three straight after winning nine in a row. SAN FRANCISCO (12-7) was 2-1 for the week, and LOS ANGELES (9-6) was 3-1 as Jerry West returned after being sidelined with a fractured hand since the season started. SAN DIEGO (4-15) lost three of five, but the Rockets' two wins were back-to-back over the Knicks and the Bulls. SEATTLE (3-14) dropped its eighth in a row and then beat San Diego 130-124 to break the streak, while last-place CHICAGO (2-15) snapped its six-game losing string with a 132-130 victory over the Pistons.
BOXING—DICK TIGER retained his world light-heavyweight title with a 12th round TKO over Montana's Roger Rouse in Las Vegas (page 24).
Heavyweight BUSTER MATHIS remained undefeated in 22 matches when he gained his ninth straight knockout—over Peruvian Roberto Davila in the seventh round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Stockholm, Sweden.
FOOTBALL—NFL: CLEVELAND (6-4) defeated Minnesota (2-6-2) 14-10 on Leroy Kelly's two touchdown plunges, the last with only 28 seconds remaining, and moved into first place in the Century Division when St. Louis (5-4-1) lost to CHICAGO (5-5) (30-3). The Bears' Jack Concannon scored one TD and threw three touchdown passes—93 yards to Dick Gordon (the longest of the year in the NFL), 67 yards to Gordon and 51 yards to Bob Jones—while the Cardinals lost the ball seven times on interceptions and twice on fumbles. Third-place NEW YORK (5-5), only a game out of first, beat Pittsburgh (2-7-1) 28-20 when Fran Tarkenton tossed two TD passes and rookie Randy Minniear scored twice. Central Division Leader GREEN BAY (7-2-1), despite the loss of Bart Starr in the second quarter with a head injury, handed San Francisco (5-5) its fourth loss in a row, 13-0. Undefeated BALTIMORE (8-0-2) held its lead in the Coastal Division by crushing Detroit (3-5-2) 41-7, while LOS ANGELES (7-1-2) remained a game behind with a 31-3 rout of Atlanta (1-8-1). Dallas' (7-3) lead in the Capitol Division was cut to two games when Sonny Jurgensen tossed four touchdown passes in leading WASHINGTON (4-4-2) to a 27-20 upset over the Cowboys. Norm Snead completed 19 of 27 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns as second-place PHILADELPHIA (5-5) defeated New Orleans (1-9) 48-21.
AFL: Joe Namath tossed scoring passes of 45 yards to George Sauer and 75 yards to Don Maynard in building up a 29-3 lead for NEW YORK (7-2-1) early in the fourth quarter against Boston (3-7-1). Then Don Trull, starting his first game for the Patriots, scored two quick touchdowns on runs and tossed a 40-yard TD pass to Jim Whalan in the last eight minutes of the game to make the final score 29-24. The victory increased the Jets' Eastern Division lead to 1½ games over idle HOUSTON (5-3-1). In the West, first-place OAKLAND (8-1) came from behind in the second half to beat Miami (1-8) 31-17 as Daryle Lamonica threw three touchdown passes to Billy Cannon. SAN DIEGO (7-1-1), half a game out, also came from behind—in the fourth quarter on the flashy running of rookies Dick Post and Brad Hubbert—to edge Kansas City (6-4) 17-16. Steve Tensi threw two touchdown passes within 36 seconds in the second quarter as last-place DENVER (2-9) broke a nine-game losing streak with a 21-20 victory over Buffalo (3-7).
GOLF—MICKEY WRIGHT shot a 54-hole total of 209 to take the $10,000 Pensacola (Fla.) Ladies-Invitational—the final tournament of the 1967 LPGA tour—by nine strokes over defending champion Sandra Haynie. The top money winner for the season was KATHY WHITWORTH (page 62), who earned an official $32,937.
HARNESS RACING—Jack Stahl's MEADOW PAIGE won $82,000 when Billy Haughton drove him to a nose victory over runner-up Best Of All in the one-mile $150,000 Cane Futurity Pace at Yonkers—the third leg in the pacing Triple Crown.
Bob Farrington became the first driver to gain both the American Pacing and Trotting Classic titles in the same year when he guided GRANDPA JIM ($14.80) to a length win over Real Speed in the 1‚⅛-mile American Trotting Classic at Hollywood Park.
HOCKEY—NHL: TORONTO (9-6-2) and DETROIT (9-5-2) shared the Eastern Division lead when the Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins 4-2 on Mike Walton's hat trick and tied the Black Hawks 2-2 when Walton scored with only 2½ minutes remaining in the game. Rookie Roy Edwards, 30, who took over in the nets when Roger Crozier retired, allowed only one goal a game as the Red Wings beat the Canadiens 3-1 and Los Angeles 4-1, and tied Oakland 1-1. BOSTON (8-4-2). two points behind in third, dropped two games before defeating the Rangers 3-1, and NEW YORK (7-5-3), also 1-2 for the week, slipped to fourth, a point farther back. MONTREAL (6-6-4) won only one of three games, too, while last-place CHICAGO (5-7-4), in beating St. Louis twice and tying the Maple Leafs, ran its undefeated streak to seven. In the Western Division LOS ANGELES (7-6-3) held the lead—by only one point—despite two losses, and PHILADELPHIA (6-5-4), with a 2-1-1 mark, gained a share of second place with PITTSBURGH (7-8-2), which won two games. MINNESOTA (5-5-4) lost one and tied one to drop from second to fourth; OAKLAND (4-11-4) broke a 14-game winless streak with a 4-1 victory over Los Angeles and then tied the Red Wings and beat the Canadiens 2-1; while ST. LOUIS (4-9-2) lost three straight and replaced the Seals in the cellar.
HORSE RACING—BUGGED ($33) beat favored Iron Ruler by a neck in the 1 1-16-mile, $314,535 Garden State Stakes for 2-year-olds (page 68).
POOL—World Champion LUTHER (WIMPY) LASSITER, 49, of Elizabeth City, N.C. defeated Larry (Boston Shorty) Johnson, 38, of Boston in the playoff of the $20,000 World All-Around Masters Pocket Pilliard Championships in Johnston City, Ill. It was Lassiter's third Masters victory in six years.
WRESTLING—The U.S.S.R. gained three gold and four silver medals for a total of 41 points in defeating Japan (22) at the World Freestyle Wrestling Championships in New Delhi. India. The U.S. finished fourth, behind Iran, as Richard Sanders of Portland, Ore. took second place in the flyweight division, Mike Young of Provo, Utah third in the featherweight and Larry Kristoff of Carbondale, Ill. third in the heavyweight. Defending champion Turkey placed sixth.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: The Most Valuable Player in the American League. Boston Leftfielder CARL YASTRZEMSKI, 28, who led the Red Sox to their first pennant in 21 years while winning the league's Triple Crown (.326 BA, 121 RBIs and 44 HRs).
DIED: Alfred G. Vanderbilt's NATIVE DANCER, 17, one of horse racing's most popular champions; after an emergency stomach operation, in Philadelphia. Called the "Gray Ghost," Native Dancer won 21 of 22 races in his three-year career, reigned as 2-and 3-year-old champion and was voted Horse of the Year in 1954 before being retired to stud at Sagamore Farm near Baltimore in 1954.