BASEBALL—MAJOR LEAGUE OWNERS meeting in Miami Beach voted to change the bonus rules. Now first-year players are eligible for the draft at $8,000 if left in the minors; if advanced to the parent club roster, only one can be optioned out the following year. The others can be bought for $8,000 through irrevocable waiver procedures. The effect of the new rules is to make large bonus payments impractical though not unlawful. The owners also agreed to continue with two All-Star games for at least another year.
The Chicago White Sox made three major deals: Outfielder Minnie Minoso, 39, went to the St. Louis Cardinals for First Baseman Joe Cunningham, 29; 35-year-old Roy Sievers went to Philadelphia for Infielder Charley Smith, 24, and Pitcher John Buzhardt, 26; Pitchers Billy Pierce, 34, and Don Larsen, 32, went to the Giants for Pitchers Dom Zanni, 29, Ed Fisher, 24, First Baseman Bob Farley, 23, and a fourth player to be announced. In other deals the Milwaukee Braves sold Outfielder-Infielder Frank Thomas to the New York Mets for $125,000; the Cleveland Indians sent Pitcher Bob Locke to the Chicago Cubs for Infielder Jerry Kindall; Houston sent Sam Jones to Detroit for Pitchers Bob Bruce and Manuel Montejo.
BASKETBALL (PRO)—NBA, Eastern Division: BOSTON increased its lead to 5 games over Philadelphia. The Warriors' Paul Arizin scored the 15,000th point of his career, and Wilt Chamberlain tossed in a season's record 60 points, both in a game against the Lakers. Syracuse won 3 games, while last-place NEW YORK split 2.
NBA, Western Division: LOS ANGELES lost 2 games but still led by 3�. Cincinnati, with Wayne Embry, Jack Twyman and Oscar Robertson among the league's 10 top scorers, continued to cut into LA's lead. Detroit remained 3rd, winning 1 and losing 2. St. Louis showed no signs of improving, lost 2 games and won 1. Chicago was last.
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE: SAN FRANCISCO SAINTS fired Phil Woolpert, after the team had won only 6 of its first 15 games. Pittsburgh lost the Eastern lead to Cleveland. KANSAS CITY held first place in the West but lost ground to Los Angeles.
BOXING—CASSIUS CLAY scored a seventh-round TKO over Willie Besmanoff, in Louisville.
Eddie Machen, the third-ranking heavyweight, was too strong and ring-wise for unbeaten Light Heavyweight Doug Jones, won a 10-round decision, in Miami Beach, Fla.
FOOTBALL (PRO)—NFL, Eastern Conference: Green Bay beat NEW YORK 20-17 (see page 26), dropping the Giants to a first-place tie with PHILADELPHIA, as the Eagles beat Pittsburgh 35-24. Cleveland heightened the tension by beating Dallas 38-17 and moving within one game of the division lead. St. Louis beat Washington 38-24 and moved from next to last into a fourth-place tie with the Steelers. The Cowboys were next, and the Redskins, still winless, were last.
NFL, Western Conference: GREEN BAY clinched the division title, leaving Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco and Chicago to fight it out for a berth in the NFL's runner-up bowl. The Lions beat the Bears 16-15, despite a record-equaling five field goals by Roger Leclerc, and took over second place. The Colts edged the 49ers 20-17 and moved to within� game of the Lions. The 49ers were next, followed by the Bears. Minnesota, after a 42-21 win over Los Angeles, is tied for seventh with the Rams.
AFL, Eastern Division: HOUSTON won the big game, beat undefeated San Diego 33-13 to remain a game in front of Boston, as Oiler End Charlie Hennigan raised his season reception yardage to 1,541, a new professional football record. The Patriots stayed alive by edging Denver 28-24. New York stopped Abner Haynes and easily defeated Dallas 28-7, while last-place Buffalo dropped Oakland 26-21.