BASEBALL—The seventh-place Red Sox, the eighth-place Pirates and the last-place Mets retained their managers, but fired their coaches. Harry Dorish was replaced by Bob Turley in Boston; Ron Northey, Virgil Trucks and Gene Baker were dropped and Mickey Vernon added in Pittsburgh; and Mel Harder, Wes Westrum and Don Heffner took the place of Ernie White, Solly Hemus and Cookie Lavagetto in New York.
In the special NATIONAL LEAGUE draft to help the player-poor expansion teams, the Houston Colt .45s picked Pitcher Claude Raymond (4-6) from the Braves, and the Mets chose rookie First Baseman Bill Haas from the Dodgers and Pitcher Jack Fisher (6-10) from the Giants—for $30,000 apiece.
BOXING—In Santa Monica, Calif., Heavyweight EDDIE MACHEN of Los Angeles solidly outslugged Alonzo Johnson for eight rounds and knocked him out in the ninth, for his second KO in four weeks.
Heavyweight CLEVELAND WILLIAMS of Houston knocked Roger Rischer down for a nine-count in the second round and knocked him out with a hard right in the third, cutting short a scheduled 10-round fight in Houston.
England's TERRY DOWNES, the former world middleweight champion, who is trying to make it as a light heavyweight, knocked out Rudolf Nehring of West Germany in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder in London.
CHESS—The SOVIET UNION won the 15-nation Women's World Chess Olympiad by a mere half point over the host team at Split, Yugoslavia. The U.S. representatives, Mrs. Gisela Gresser and Mrs. Mary Bain, finished ninth.
FOOTBALL—NFL: In the Eastern Division the high-scoring, undefeated CLEVELAND BROWNS knocked down New York 35-24, as Jimmy Brown and Frank Ryan accounted for all five of the Browns' touchdowns (see page 16). Of some solace to the Giants was Y. A. Tittle—he had 17 pass completions to set a new NFL career mark for most completed passes (1,817: the old record was Bobby Layne's 1,814). ST. LOUIS, whose only loss was to Pittsburgh two weeks ago, squeezed by the Steelers 24-23 to take over second place in the Eastern Division. The Cardinals were losing 23-10, with less than four minutes to play, when Charley Johnson threw a 55-yard TD pass to Jackie Smith and then, with five seconds remaining, he tossed a 28-yard pass to Bobby Joe Conrad for the winning touchdown. Sonny Jurgensen completed 17 of 29 passes for 315 yards to lead PHILADELPHIA to a 37-24 come-from-behind win over Washington. In the Western Division the undefeated CHICAGO BEARS (five straight) overwhelmed winless Los Angeles (five straight) 52-14 as Mike Ditka caught four touchdown passes, and second-place GREEN BAY defeated Minnesota 37-28 for its fourth victory in a row. DALLAS finally won its first game after four consecutive losses by upsetting Detroit 17-14. The Cowboys turned Linebacker Chuck Howley's two interceptions into a TD and a field goal, and Amos Marsh ran 41 yards for the deciding touchdown late in the fourth period. Johnny Unitas' 11-yard TD pass to Lenny Moore at the beginning of the game was just about all BALTIMORE needed to defeat winless San Francisco 20-3.
AFL: SAN DIEGO, behind 10-3 at the half and 20-17 at the end of the third period, finally defeated New York 24-20 on Paul Lowe's seven-yard touchdown run late in the last quarter. Babe Parilli, who had played little the past four weeks because of a shoulder injury, threw two touchdown passes in the second half to lead BOSTON to a 20-14 victory over Oakland. HOUSTON, with 36-year-old George Blanda dominating the offense as usual, beat Denver 33-24. Jack Kemp's two long TD passes (63 and 89 yards) in the last half brought BUFFALO a 35-26 win over Kansas City.
GOLF—The UNITED STATES team beat the British 23-9 in the Ryder Cup matches at the East Lake Country Club in Atlanta (see page 53).
Mickey Wright picked up five strokes on the final round with a sub-par 70 to win her fourth Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship on the Stardust course in Las Vegas. It was her third victory in a row, her 13th in 1963 and her 52nd in nine years on the pro circuit.