BASEBALL—The National League voted to follow the pattern set by the American, namely, splitting into two divisions next year when its newest franchises—San Diego and Montreal—begin play. The six teams in the National League's East Division will be Chicago, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. In the West Division will be Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Both the National and American Leagues also adopted similar playing schedules, under which each team will play every other club in its division 18 times and each opponent in the other division 12 times. Then, at the conclusion of the 162-game regular season, the first-place team in the East will enter a best-of-five playoff against the winner of the West in its league. The winners of those league playoffs will then meet in the World Series
GOLF—GARY PLAYER of Johannesburg, South Africa won his second British Open at Carnoustie, Scotland, finishing two strokes in front of New Zealander Bob Charles and Jack Nicklaus (page 20).
Dave Stockton of San Bernardino, Calif. won the $200,000 Greater Milwaukee Open with a 72-hole total of 275, good for a four-stroke edge over Sam Snead of White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.
HARNESS RACING—France's redoubtable ROQUÉPINE (4.40) took the $100,000 Roosevelt International Trot, winning by a length from Sweden's Kentucky Fibber (page 12).
HORSE RACING—For the second race in a row, Damascus finished third, this time in the $111,000 Amory L. Haskell Handicap at Monmouth Park, which was won by BOLD HOUR ($7.20), a 1-length victor over Mr. Right.
Stage Door Johnny ($2.80) crossed the finish line two lengths in front of Out of the Way to win the Dwyer Handicap at Aqueduct.
The $162,100 Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park was taken by PRINCESSNESIAN ($3.80), who finished a neck ahead of Racing Room.
MOTOR SPORTS—British Ford GT-40s were 1-2 in the Six Hours of Endurance at Watkins Glen, N.Y., where Belgium's JACKIE ICKX and LUCIEN BIANCHI led with an average speed of 109.50 mph.
In another race at Watkins Glen, MARK DONOHUE of Media, Pa. took a U.S. Road Racing championship race for sports cars, averaging 117.97 mph for the 200.1-mile event, a course record.
ROWING—The undefeated HARVARD eight beat Pennsylvania by four inches in the final Olympic trials in Long Beach, Calif. to earn the right to represent the U.S. in Mexico City (page 16).
J.E.B. Stuart High School of Falls Church, Va. won the equivalent of the world championship for schoolboys at the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames, defeating a crew from Eton College, the defending champs, by six feet. In the lightweight competition the victory went to the LEANDER CLUB of England, a four-length winner over Cornell, which won last year.
SOCCER—NASL: Consistently and persistently WASHINGTON had moved up in the standings of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, an 11-week drive that carried the Whips from last place to the brink of first. Then they fell short. They won their first game of the week before losing 3-1 to Baltimore for their first home loss in eight games and thereby missed their chance to bump ATLANTA out of the lead. The Chiefs, who won their only game, led the Whips by five points. Third-place NEW YORK ended a seven-game winless streak by stopping Boston 1-0. BALTIMORE lost two of three and BOSTON split two games. CHICAGO defeated Baltimore 1-0 to swell its lead to 17 points over idle CLEVELAND in the Lakes Division. TORONTO was a winner in its lone outing, and DETROIT had a tie and a loss. KANSAS CITY padded its lead in the Gulf Division of the Western Conference by beating Oakland 3-1 and holding Detroit to a Scoreless tie. That left the Spurs 24 points in front of ST. LOUIS, which heal Baltimore 1-0. HOUSTON picked up a win, and DALLAS, which has yet to win, lost for the 18th time in 21 tries. A 3-1 win over OAKLAND left Pacific Division leader SAN DIEGO with a 32-point edge over the runner-up Clippers, who lost three games. LOS ANGELES lost twice and had its margin over last-place VANCOUVER, which had a win and a loss, trimmed to four points.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By EARL McCULLOUCH, his decision to forsake his chance to win an Olympic gold medal in favor of signing a professional football contract with the Detroit Lions. McCullouch, the early favorite to win the 110-meter high hurdles in Mexico City, holds the world record of 13.2 for both the 110-meter and 120-yard high hurdles. As an end for USC last season he caught 30 passes.
HIRED: As coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, JACK RAMSAY, 43, who will also retain his job as general manager. Ramsay coached St. Joseph's (Pa.) College for 11 years and compiled a 234-72 record before retiring because of an eye injury.
RESIGNED: In the midst of his third season as manager of the Chicago White Sox, EDDIE STANKY 50. Under Stanky's peppery leadership. the white Sox twice finished in fourth place but this year were bogged down in ninth. As surprising as Stanky's leave-taking was the return of ALLOPEZ, 59, who was signed to manage the White Sox through 1969, his second term with the club. Lopez thus takes over for the man who replaced him when he retired alter the 1965 season. Lopez all but gained permanent possession of second place in the American League, a position where his teams wound up 10 times in 15 years. His White Sox, whom he managed from 1957 through 1965, finished second during his first two seasons as well as during his last three. They won the 1959 pennant, then lost to the Dodgers in the World Series. Prior to joining the White Sox for the first time, Lopez was the manager of the Cleveland Indians from 1951 through 1956. Five times his Indians ended up in second place. In 1954 the Indians were first and went on to lose four straight to the Giants in the World Series. Only once during his 15 years as a major league manager has Lopez finished out of the first division, that being in 1962 when his White Sox were fifth. Lopez, a big league catcher from 1928 through 1947, had a lifetime batting average of .261 and caught more games (1,918) than anyone in major league history.
RESIGNED: VINCE CAZZETTA, coach of the Minnesota Pipers, who last season won the ABA championship while in Pittsburgh.
FIRED: Less than two years alter he had managed the Baltimore Orioles to a four-game World Series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers, HANK BAUER, 45. His Orioles dropped to sixth in the standings last season and were in third place, with a 43-37 record, at the time of his dismissal. Replacing Bauer, who became manager of the club in 1964, was EARL WEAVER, 37, who managed for 12-seasons in the minor leagues, winning two pennants and coming in second six times.
TRADED: A pair of experienced, albeit somewhat worn, right-handed pitchers, BILL MONBOUQUETTE, 31, going from the New York Yankees to the San Francisco Giants in return for LINDY McDANIEL, 32. Monbouquette had a 5-7 record and a 4.43 ERA for the season and a lifetime mark of 114-111 McDaniel, one of the busiest relievers in baseball history, has appeared in 644 games and compiled a 97-85 record. This season, though, he had pitched just 19‚Öì innings for the Giants and had no decisions.
TRADED: BOH VERGA of Dallas, a 6'1" guard, was acquired by the Denver Rockets of the ABA in exchange for 6'7" Forward BOB BEDELL and a third-round pick in next season's draft.
RETIRED: So that he can pursue a career in show business, Halfback TIMMY BROWN, 31, who had been traded several months ago by the Philadelphia Eagles to the Baltimore Colts. Brown set an NFL record for total offense in 1963 by gaining 2,428 yards on runbacks, pass receptions, fumble recoveries and rushes—a mark that was broken in 1966 by Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears.
RETIRED: Green Bay Packer kicking specialist DON CHANDLER, 33, who kicked four field goals in this year's 33-14 Super Bowl win over Oakland. Chandler broke in with the New York Giants in 1956 and was traded to the Packers in 1965.
DIED: Former National League Umpire LYNTON R. (Dusty) BOGGESS 64; of a chronic lung disease in Dallas. Boggess retired from umpiring in 1963 after having spent 19 years in the National League, during which time he worked in four World Series and five All-Star Games.
DIED: One of the leading trainers of Thoroughbred horses, BERT MULHOLLAND, 84; in Philadelphia Mulholland had been associated with George D. Widener's stable for 45 years.