BASKETBALL—ABA: Indiana, now the Eastern Division leader by a three-game margin over Kentucky, opened the week against Western co-leader Los Angeles. The Pacers' 6'9" forward. Bob Netolicky, scored a career-high 43 points, 17 of them in the second period, as the Stars lost the game 129-113 and first place, temporarily. Washington, which started the week tied for first, lost three of its four games and wound up in third, while the New Orleans Buccaneers, who began in fourth, surprised even themselves by winning twice and finishing tied with L.A. for first. Steve Jones was high man for New Orleans with 32 points when the Bucs upset the Caps 122-115 for their sixth straight win at home. The game was tied 68-68 in the third period but was broken apart at that point by an 11-point New Orleans streak.
NBA: Lost in the glare of the New York Knicks' record run of wins is the Baltimore Bullets' own hot streak. Their three victories last week gave them six in a row and nine in their last 10 games, and still they are second in the East, six games out. Rookie Guard Mike Davis scored 40 points, his career high, in leading the Bullets to a 142-138 overtime win against San Diego. Baltimore beat Phoenix easily 133-118 on Wednesday, but at home two nights later had serious trouble with the same Suns. Scoring on 12 of their first 14 shots, the Bullets built a 15-point lead, then blew it and had to come from behind to finally win 126-116. Kevin Loughery was injured and Gus Johnson was out on fouls for more than half the game, leaving it to Wes Unseld and Jack Marin, with 26 points each, to play home-town heroes.
ABA—East: Indiana (2-0), Kentucky (1-1), Carolina (1-2), Pittsburgh (2-1), New York (2-1), Miami (1-2). West: Los Angeles (1-2), New Orleans (2-0), Washington (1-3), Dallas (0-2), Denver (2-1).
NBA—East: New York (3-0), Baltimore (3-0), Milwaukee (2-2), Cincinnati (1-2), Philadelphia (1-4), Detroit (0-2), Boston (2-2). West: Atlanta (2-2), Los Angeles (5-0), Chicago (2-2), San Francisco (2-2), San Diego (2-2), Phoenix (1-4), Seattle (0-2).
BOATING—The Columbia-57 sloop CONCERTO, skippered by John J. Hall of Newport Harbor (Calif.) Yacht Club, was declared winner on corrected time of the 960-mile Long Beach to La Paz yacht race. Windward Passage, a 73-foot ketch, finished first.
BOXING—At 1:08 of the 11th round of the world middleweight title fight in Rome, champion NINO BENVENUTI knocked out challenger Luis Rodriguez with a left hook to the jaw (page 24).
FOOTBALL—AFL: The Oakland Raiders intercepted two of Len Dawson's passes for touchdowns and recovered a fumble that led to a field goal as they beat Kansas City 27-24 and took over first place in the Western Division by half a game. Houston, second in the East behind New York, pulled farther ahead of the rest of the field and closer to the playoffs with a 32-7 win over Miami. With the Boston-Buffalo score 21-21 in the third quarter, Boston's Mike Taliaferro threw 18 yards to Ron Sellers and 27 to Jim Nance, before Nance scored the tie breaker from the two on the first play of the fourth quarter. The final score was 35-21 and gave the previously last-place Patriots a tie for third in the East with the Bills.
NFL: Detroit, which did all its scoring in the first half on three field goals by Errol Mann and a Greg Landry touchdown, beat Green Bay 16-10 for its fourth straight win. The Packers' loss—their third in a row, the first time that has happened since 1959—virtually assured them of a third-place finish in the Central Division for the second straight year. In Chicago the Bears had a 21-14 lead over Baltimore with 7:40 left to play when Johnny Unitas, who had watched the game from the sidelines, was brought in to relieve Earl Morrall. Unitas moved the Colts 67 yards in seven plays for the tie, and Lou Michaels' field goal from the 17 with 12 seconds left won it 24-21.
AFL—East: New York (8-3), Houston (5-4-2), Boston (3-8), Buffalo (3-8), Miami (2-8-1). West: Oakland (9-1-1), Kansas City (9-2), San Diego (5-6), Cincinnati (4-6-1), Denver (4-6-1).
NFL—East: Century—Cleveland (7-2-1), St. Louis (3-6-1), New York (3-7), Pittsburgh (1-9). Capitol—Dallas (8-2), Washington (5-3-2), Philadelphia (4-5-1), New Orleans (3-7). West: Central—Minnesota (9-1), Detroit (7-3), Green Bay (5-5), Chicago (1-9). Coastal—Los Angeles (10-0), Baltimore (6-4), Atlanta (3-7), San Francisco (2-7-1).
HARNESS RACING—The $100,000 Cane Futurity Pace at Yonkers Raceway, the third leg of the Triple Crown of pacing, went to KAT BYRD ($4.40) by 2¾ lengths over Hammerin Hank. Laverne Hanover, the 11-to-10 favorite, broke stride and finished seventh in the field of eight.
HOCKEY—NHL: The Chicago Black Hawks, who lost their first five games of the season, are unbeaten in their last eight and are now celebrating, in addition, the return to action of Bobby Hull. His first game was a 1-1 tie with division-leader New York. The Rangers' other action was a home-and-home series with the Western Division leader, St. Louis, which the New Yorkers won 4-2 and 5-0. The latter game was Goalie Ed Giacomin's second shutout of the season and left the Rangers undefeated against Western Division teams and leading the East by a narrow margin over Montreal. Philadelphia seemed to have its game with Pittsburgh sewed up in the third period when three remarkable Penguins—Val Fonteyne, Dean Prentice and Keith McCreary—scored goals in the space of 3½ minutes to beat the Flyers 5-3.
NHL—EAST: New York (2-0-1), Montreal (1-1-1), Boston (1-0-1), Detroit (0-1-1), Chicago (1-0-2), Toronto (1-0-1). West: St. Louis (2-2-0), Minnesota (1-2-0), Pittsburgh (1-1-0), Oakland (1-1-0), Philadelphia (1-1-0), Los Angeles (0-3-1).
HORSE SHOWS—The CANADIAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM won the international jumping championship by 15 points over the U.S. at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
SOCCER—In Rio de Janeiro's Maracanà Stadium, Edson Arantes do Nascimento—PELE—scored the 1,000th goal of his 13-year professional career. Closest to him among active players is another Brazilian, Flavio, who has 547.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: The National League's Most Valuable Player, WILLIE McCOVEY, 31, of the San Francisco Giants, who led the league with 45 home runs, 126 RBIs and had a batting average of .320. He beat Tom Seaver of the New York Mets by 22 points in the balloting.
NAMED: To replace Harry Hopman as captain of the Australian Davis Cup squad, NEALE FRASER, Wimbledon champion in 1960.
NAMED: LPGA Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive time, KATHY WHITWORTH, second in season earnings and winner of the Vare Trophy for her 72.38 average score per round.
NAMED: To replace Asa S. Bushnell as commissioner of the 190-school Eastern College Athletic Conference, the largest in the country, GEORGE L. SHIEBLER, 66, now associate commissioner. Bushnell, who reaches mandatory retirement age, 70, next February, has headed the conference since its founding in 1938.
ELECTED: To a four-year term as president of the U.S. Trotting Association, THEODORE J. ZORNOW, of Pittsford, N.Y. He replaces Walter J. Michael, who has held the post for 12 years.
OBTAINED: From the Boston Celtics by the Cincinnati Royals after several months of negotiation, the right to use Royals' Coach BOB COUSY as a player. The settlement involved the transfer of injured Forward Bill Dinwiddie and a future draft choice to Boston.
DISPERSED: In a sale at Belmont Park, Captain Harry F. Guggenheim's CAIN HOY STABLE racing stock—30 yearlings and 27 older thoroughbreds—for an average of $31,210 a head. Top price of $175,000 was paid by Robert J. Kleberg Jr. of the King Ranch for an unraced 2-year-old Ribot filly, Ribot's Fan.
DROPPED: By the Seattle Pilots at the end of his one-year contract, JOE SCHULTZ, who managed the American League expansion team to a last-place finish in the Western Division.
TRADED: To the Chicago Cubs by the Philadelphia Phillies, JOHNNY CALLISON, .265-batting outfielder with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs last season, for Pitcher DICK SELMA and 19-year-old Outfielder OSCAR GAMBLE.
RESIGNED: In a huff after eight years as the LPGA's tournament director, LENNY WIRTZ, during whose tenure the tour's prize money rose from $186,000 to $620,000. Said Wirtz: "Some of the girls wanted to run the tour.... I'm just going to let them try their hand at it."
DIED: HARRISON R. (JIMMY) JOHNSTON, 73, of Wayzata, Minn.; 1929 U.S. Amateur golf champion and member of four Walker Cup teams between 1923 and 1930.