BASKETBALL—Denver Rocket rookie RALPH SIMPSON was permitted by a temporary injunction in U.S. District Court to join the team's preseason practices, at least until Sept. 28 when the court decides the next step in his legal dispute with the American Basketball Association. The ABA had ruled that Simpson had been signed illegally as a College sophomore.
BOATING—Officials upheld INTREPID's claim that she was fouled near the starting line in her second America's Cup race against Gretel II, nullifying an apparent Aussie win and giving the U.S. a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series at Newport (page 24).
BOXING—FLOYD PATTERSON, showing little of the form that made him twice heavyweight champion, came out of a two-year retirement and knocked out Charlie (Devil) Green in the 10th and final round at Madison Square Garden. Well ahead in points, the 35-year-old Patterson fought from the fifth round with a bleeding cut over his left eye.
FENCING—The defending champion SOVIET UNION repeated last year's triumph in the men's team foils matches of the world fencing championship in Ankara, Turkey, winning 15 of 16 final matches.
FOOTBALL—NFC: While MINNESOTA was retaliating for last season's Super Bowl loss to Kansas City (page 26), long-distance runner Alvin Haymond iced a 34-13 LOS ANGELES Rams win over St. Louis by returning the second-half kickoff 98 yards. So impressive were George Allen's Rams that Cardinal Coach Charlie Winner said. "They could win 70% of their games without a coach." With Roger Staubach passing for the go-ahead score, a 31-yarder to Lance Rentzel, determined DALLAS defeated Philadelphia 17-7. The CHICAGO Bears, with Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus supposedly ailing, equaled last year's season-win output by dominating second-half play for a 24-16 victory over New York. A record crowd of 56,263 at newly enlarged Lambeau Field saw much-improved DETROIT humiliate Green Bay 40-0—the Packers' first shutout loss at home since 1949. The fans, perhaps recalling better days, at one point poured a cascade of boos upon Quarterback Bart Starr. The ATLANTA Falcons drove 98 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter after New Orleans had failed to score from the two and another late score gave Atlanta a 14-3 win. SAN FRANCISCO showed sharp form in defeating Washington 26-17, and Quarterback John Brodie looked sharpest of all, completing 17 of 20 passes for 178 yards and one touchdown to spoil the regular-season debut of Bill Austin, who succeeded Vince Lombardi as Redskin coach.
AFC: As usual, CINCINNATI Coach Paul Brown was masterminding the offense from the sideline and this time he came up with a beaut, a third-down-and-28-to-go draw play that sprung Jesse Phillips loose for 76 yards and the tie-breaking touchdown as the Bengals dumped Oakland 31-21. Terry Bradshaw, a sensation in preseason, was a bust in Pittsburgh's league opener, and he spent the last quarter of the Steelers' 19-7 loss to HOUSTON watching backup Quarterback Terry Hanratty direct the offense to its only touchdown. Miami, too, came down to earth as BOSTON pulled a 27-14 upset highlighted by two scoring runs, by Carl Garrett and Jim Nance, within 74 seconds. BALTIMORE needed three field goals from rookie Jim O'Brien, including one with 56 seconds remaining, to offset John Hadl's two touchdown passes for a 16-14 victory over San Diego. Buffalo's O.J. Simpson scored first but the Bills faltered in the second half as DENVER posted a 25-10 victory.
GOLF—Australian BRUCE DEVLIN fired four sub-par rounds and led all the way for a seven-shot victory in the Alcan Golfer of the Year championship in Portmarnock. Ireland. Devlin finished 10 under par at 278 in winning the $55,000.
Canadian GEORGE KNUDSON, in a head-to-head battle with George Archer through two rounds and four sudden-death playoff holes on the final day, won the $100,000 Robinson (Ill.) Open.
Sam Snead made up a four-hole deficit in the afternoon round of a 36-hole final against Max Faulkner of Britain for a 3-2 victory and his third World Professional Senior Golf championship.
HARNESS RACING—FRESH YANKEE ($4), driven by Joe O'Brien, beat Une de Mai by 1¼ lengths in the mile-and-a-half United Nations Trot at Yonkers Raceway in 3:08[1/5]. Her half share of the $50,000 purse raised her lifetime earnings to $769,768, fourth highest among all trotters.
Hambletonian winner TIMOTHY T. added the $102,275 Colonial to his growing list of three-year-old credits with a 3-length victory over Victory Star at Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia.
HORSE RACING—Leading all the way, SALEM ($12.20) sprinted to a three-length victory over Limit to Reason in the 81st running of the $159,820 Futurity at Belmont Park.
Jorge Velasquez rode FORT MARCY ($5) to an easy five-length victory over Willie Shoemaker and Fiddle Isle in the $125,000 United Nations Handicap in Atlantic City, N.J.
MOTOR SPORTS—Indianapolis 500 winner AL UNSER of Albuquerque clinched the United States Auto Club driving championship by taking the 100-mile Missouri State Fairgrounds race in Sedalia.
PUTTING—DICK FLORIN of Atlanta, sinking an ace on the first playoff hole, edged defending champion Ricky Smith for the $15,000 first prize in the world championship at Freeport, Grand Bahama.
SHOOTING—GARY ANDERSON of Axtell, Neb., a former Olympic champion, fired perfect scores in the sitting and prone positions and missed only four points in the standing position to set a new national record of 496 out of 500 points for high-powered rifles on a 200-yard pit range.
Ronald Kreslstein of Memphis set a national .22 pistol mark by scoring 579 of a possible 580 points in a competition staged by the National Rifle Association at Fort Benning, Ga.
SOFTBALL—STRATFORD, CONN. scored a 3-2 triumph over Detroit—its fourth win in two nights—to repeat as national fast-pitch champion.
WEIGHT LIFTING—Soviet lifters set five world records in taking the world team title in Columbus, Ohio. Records were by superheavyweight VASILY ALEXEYEV (clean-and-jerk of 501½ pounds), middle weight VASILY KOLOTOV (clean-and-jerk of 446¼ pounds, combined lift of 1,184) and heavyweight JAN TALTS (press of 440¾ pounds, combined lift of 1,245). The meet was marred by nine disqualifications on drug charges (page 63).
MILEPOSTS—SIGNED: To five-year contracts with Lamar Hunt's World Championship Tennis, ARTHUR ASHE, BOB LUTZ and CHARLIE PASARELL, thus giving Hunt virtually all of the world's leading players and, in effect, victory in the battle with the United States Lawn Tennis Association over control of professional tennis.
DIED: TOMMY FULTS, 29, of Seattle, unlimited hydroplane Rookie of the Year in 1968; when he was thrown from his boat during trials for the Gold Cup championship in San Diego.
DIED: Light-heavyweight boxer FRANKIE DePAULA, 30; of bullet wounds suffered last May in a Jersey City ambush. Charged in the slaying are his former manager, Anthony Garafola, and Richard Phelan.
DIED: Southern California tennis impresario PERRY JONES, 80, who nurtured the talents of such stars as Don Budge, Bobby Riggs, Jack Kramer and Pancho Gonzales and, in 1958, was nonplaying captain of the victorious U.S. Davis Cup team; after a long illness; in Los Angeles.