BASEBALL—PONCHATOULA (La.), squeezing five runs in the ninth inning out of walks, bloops and bleeders, defeated Grand Rapids ( Mich.) at Wichita, Kans. 9-8 for the National Non-Pro Baseball Championship and its $10,000 prize.
Phoenix clipped previously unbeaten Cincinnati 2-0 in the final game of a double elimination tourney, then easily defeated the favored Ohio team in a playoff, 4-1, to win the American Legion junior baseball championship, at Hastings, Neb.
BOATING—BRUCE W. HUSTON, Rochester, N.Y., gambled on a long starboard tack, finished ninth in the final race but ran his total to 3,644 points to edge out Walter Swindeman in the International Dragon Class sailing series, at Newport, R.I.
BOXING—DENNY MOYER, Portland middleweight, tuning up for his October 21 fight with Sugar Ray Robinson, shut Dulio Nunez's left eye in the fourth round with sharp right leads, then held up under a late, free-swinging barrage to win a unanimous decision, at Portland, Ore.
FOOTBALL—NEW YORK TITANS, in the American Football League opener, edged the Boston Patriots 21-20 at Boston. Titan Quarterback Al Dorow scored from the one-yard line, later threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to End Thurlow Cooper and a 43-yard pass to Halfback Don Maynard.
The HOUSTON OILERS, defenders of the AFL championship, steamrolled over the Oakland Raiders 55-0. While pickets outside protested the Oilers' segregated seating policy, Quarterback George Blanda disregarded the 25-mph wind of Hurricane Carla, threw touchdown passes of 78, 13 and 20 yards, also kicked two field goals to run up an AFL record score.
Frank Tripucka of the DENVER BRONCOS threw one touchdown pass of 22 yards, pitched out twice to Gene Mingo, who threw to Lionel Taylor for 50- and 52-yard touchdown plays, as Denver won 22-10 over the Buffalo Bills, in Buffalo.
The DALLAS TEXANS showed well at the gate—24,500 attendance—but flopped miserably in the field as they lost 26-10 to the San Diego Chargers, 1960 Western Division Champion. The Chargers' Paul Lowe and Bo Roberson ran 87 and 59 yards for touchdowns.
GOLF—Denver Pro DAVE HILL put together rounds of 63-64-67-69 to win the $25,000 Denver Open by six strokes. Art Wall, who shot the tourney's low round of 61, tied for second with Bob Goalby at 269.
HARNESS RACING—COLD FRONT ($38.20) ran hot in the back stretch to win the $110,950 Cane Futurity Pace at Yonkers. The 18-to-1 long shot, with Clint Hodgins driving, finished� of a length ahead of Henry T. Adios, pacing the 1[1/16] miles in 2:08[3/5], and is now a certain starter in The Little Brown Jug and the Messenger Stakes.