BOATING—Miss Budweiser, driven by BILL STERETT, won the $61,600 hydroplane Gold Cup on San Diego's Mission Bay. The win earned Sterett $13,500 and the 1969 driver championship.
BOXING—Former World Heavyweight Champion SONNY LISTON knocked out Sonny Moore of Dallas with a short right to the jaw at 2:15 of the third round in a scheduled 10-rounder in Houston. The win was Liston's 14th straight.
FOOTBALL—AFL: Without rookie Quarterback Greg Cook, who was injured in the second quarter, CINCINNATI (3-0) upset powerful Kansas City (2-1) for the first time in seven exhibitions and regular-season meetings, 24-19. However, the Chiefs' Len Dawson was out and their sub quarterback, Jacky Lee, was injured in the game. OAKLAND (3-0) recovered from the shock of two Boston (0-3) scores in the first quarter and rallied to win 38-23 as Daryle Lamonica threw four scoring passes. O. J. Simpson had his best Sunday as a pro—110 yards rushing and five catches for 45 yards and one TD—as BUFFALO (1-2) earned its first win 41-28 over visiting Denver (2-1). Roy Gerela, a HOUSTON (2-1) rookie from New Mexico State, broke George Blanda's club record with five field goals, and Pete Beathard passed for 197 yards in a 22-10 victory over Miami (0-3). The world champion New York Jets (1-2) came close to a tie when, on fourth down with two minutes left, Joe Namath passed to Bill Mathis on the SAN DIEGO (1-2) five. The pass fell short, however, and the game ended 34-27.
NFL: Packer rookie Dave Hampton from Wyoming ran the second-half kickoff back 87 yards for a score, the highlight of the 14-7 GREEN BAY (2-0) win over San Francisco (0-2, page 28). Joe Kapp, MINNESOTA (1-1) quarterback, tied the NFL record of seven touchdown passes in one game (held by Sid Luckman, Y. A. Tittle and Adrian Burk) as league champion Baltimore (0-2!) suffered its worst loss since 1962, 52-14. CLEVELAND (2-0) had to come from behind despite having led by 10 points halfway through the fourth quarter, to beat Washington (1-1). Bill Nelsen threw 15 yards to Gary Collins for a TD with 1:19 remaining, and the Browns won 27-23. DALLAS (2-0) beat New Orleans (0-2) on the strength of two TDs by its No. 1 draft choice, rookie Calvin Hill from Yale, and a third on a 49-yard pass play from Craig Morton to Les Shy. Final score: 21-17. A Bob Berry-to-Gail Cogdill pass in the last period got Atlanta (1-1) on the scoreboard, but the rest of the game belonged to LOS ANGELES (2-0). The Rams beat the Falcons 17-7 and came out of the weekend the only undefeated team in the Coastal Division. ST. LOUIS (1-1) required a fresh quarterback, Jim Hart, and a fourth-quarter touchdown to defeat Chicago (0-2), but even then the Bears had to miss a field-goal attempt on the game's last play to leave the score 20-17, Cardinals. A TD reception by Nick Eddy, a two-yard score by Mel Farr, and Lem Barney's 75-yard punt return to a score led DETROIT (1-1) in a 24-0 shutout of the New York Giants (1-1). PHILADELPHIA (1-1) Quarterback Norman Snead threw four touchdown passes to Ben Hawkins and another to Harold Jackson, completed 22 of 30 passes for 335 yards and beat Pittsburgh (1-1) 41-27.
GOLF—The $75,000 Robinson Open Golf Classic on the 72 par Crawford County Country Club course in Robinson, Ill. was won by BOB GOAL-BY on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Jim Wiechers (page 64).
Lee Trevino, leading the $125,000 Alcan Golfer of the Year tournament in Portland, Ore. by six strokes with three holes to play, took a bogey and a triple bogey on the 70 and 71st, which, combined with BILLY CASPER's four straight birdies on the closing holes, gave Casper the win by one stroke and the $55,000 first-place money.
HORSE RACING—With his fifth straight stakes victory, the 1-mile $106,000 Woodward at Belmont Park, ARTS AND LETTERS ($2.60) virtually clinched Horse of the Year honors (page 63).
MODERN PENTATHLON—Hungary's ANDRAS BALCZO, trailing in points until winning the final event, the 4,000-meter cross-country run, took his fifth straight world championship in Budapest. Robert Beck of San Antonio was 10th, best for the U.S.
TENNIS—PANCHO GONZALES beat Cliff Richey 6-0, 7-5 to win the $30,000 Pacific Southwest Open tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Club. Gonzales, who was seeded 10th, had announced before play began his intention to retire after two more tournaments.
TRACK & FIELD—AUSTRALIA took 14 gold medals to the U.S.'s 11 and won the first Pacific Conference Games, a two-day, five-nation event in Tokyo's Olympic stadium. Japan's Kyoichiro Inoue vaulted 16'9½" to upset Olympic champion Bob Seagren.
WEIGHT LIFTING—JAN TALTS of the Soviet Union was awarded first place in the heavyweight division of the world weight lifting championships in Warsaw after a Soviet objection resulted in the disqualification of the final jerk of apparent winner Bob Bednarski of the U.S. The Russians contended Bednarski had not met the time limit, and after deliberating for 1½ hours, the five-man jury agreed.
MILEPOSTS—FORMED: A new and as yet nameless conference in the NCAA's university division to include Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Indiana State and Ball State. Central Michigan, Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois have options to apply. Football competition begins in 1974; all other sports start next year.
RETURNED: To work because of assorted fringe benefits, the 20 members of the NHL REFEREES' AND LINEMEN'S ASSOCIATION who walked out of training camp Sept. 15. The group's demand for formal recognition was dropped for the time being.
GRANTED: To the ABA's Washington Capitols by a federal court judge, a preliminary injunction preventing RICK BARRY from playing for San Francisco of the NBA. Handsome Rick, who does not want to move with the Caps from Oakland to Washington, said, "I'm extremely disappointed, but as things stand now I'm going to probably go back and play."
SIGNED: To a two-year contract to manage the Philadelphia Phillies, FRANK LUCCHESI, who worked in the Phils' farm system for 14 years.
RE-SIGNED: By the St. Louis Cardinals, despite player criticism and a bad season, Manager RED SCHOENDIENST, whose '67 and '68 teams won pennants.
FIRED: Managers DICK WILLIAMS of the Boston Red Sox and LARRY SHEPARD of the Pittsburg Pirates. Williams was in the second year of a three-year contract and had led Boston to a pennant in 1967. Shepard took over the Pirates' ship last season.
FILED: By ex-umpires AL SALERNO and BILL VALENTINE, a $4-million suit against professional baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and American League President Joe Cronin. The plaintiffs were discharged during the 1968 season by Cronin, who charged them with "incompetence." They claim they were sent to the showers because they were trying to form an umpires' association.
ANNOUNCED: By CAPTAIN HARRY F. GUGGENHEIM, his retirement from racing after 35 years and the planned dispersal of his Cain Hoy Stable. Cain Hoy's horses have won more than 500 races and $6 million. Horses bred by Guggenheim have won 1,000 races and $8 million.