BASEBALL—"Thank goodness this rat race is over for me," said JOHNNY PESKY, 45, shortly before he was fired as manager of the eighth-place Boston Red Sox. Third-base Coach BILLY HERMAN, 55, who managed the Pirates in 1947, immediately succeeded him. A half hour after San Francisco's final game of the season, ALVIN DARK, 42, the Giants' manager since 1961, was replaced by HERMAN FRANKS, 50, a longtime Giant coach. More of a surprise was the resignation of DANNY MURTAUGH, 46, Pittsburgh's manager for seven years, who quit because "my health has not been up to par." He will remain with the club as a scout and farm club administrator. In a complete shake-up of their coaching staff, the sixth-place Los Angeles Dodgers released LEO DUROCHER, Pete Reiser, Joe Becker and Greg Mulleavy, naming as their successors Infielder JIM GILLIAM, Farm Club Managers Danny Ozark and Preston Gomez, plus Scout Harold (Lefty) Phillips. JIMMIE DYKES, 67, after 48 years in baseball, resigned as third-base coach for the Kansas City Athletics and is unsure of his future plans. In a couple of administrative changes, BING DEVINE, who resigned in August as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, was appointed assistant to the president of the New York Mets, and another ex-Cardinal, EDDIE STANKY, was named the Mets' director of player development—the same job he had in St. Louis.
BOXING—Canadian Heavyweight Champion GEORGE CHUVALO of Toronto knocked out fifth-ranked Heavyweight Doug Jones of New York in the 11th round at Madison Square Garden.
In another heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden 6-foot-9 JIM BEATTIE (SI, Aug. 31) gained a seventh-round TKO over Dick Wipperman of Buffalo for his 11th victory in 12 professional fights.
A near-capacity crowd of 4,600 packed the Palais des Sports to watch SUGAR RAY ROBINSON gain a 10-round decision over Yoland Leveque, the French middleweight champion.
FOOTBALL-NFL: CLEVELAND and ST. LOUIS both won and remained tied for the Eastern Division lead with 3-0-1 records. The Browns overwhelmed Dallas 27-6 as Frank Ryan passed for three TDs (including a 40-yarder to Paul Warfield), and Lou Groza kicked two field goals. Pat Fischer galloped 33 yards with an intercepted pass to a TD, and Charley Johnson threw 22 yards to Joe Childress for another in leading the Cardinals to a 23-17 victory over the winless Redskins. PHILADELPHIA moved up into a third-place tie with Pittsburgh (2-2-0) when the Eagles crushed the Steelers 21-7 on three long TD passes by Norm Snead—23 and 87 yards to Tim Brown, plus a 31-yarder to Pete Retzlaff. BALTIMORE (page 40) beat Los Angeles 35-20 for its third consecutive victory and replaced the previously undefeated Rams at the top of the Western Division as Johnny Unitas tossed three long TD passes to Jimmy Orr, and Lenny Moore scored twice on runs of 32 and 12 yards. The Rams, guided by rookie Bill Munson (18 completed passes for 256 yards), led 13-7 at half time but were buried by three quick Colt touchdowns in the third period. DETROIT rebounded from a 14-10 loss to Green Bay earlier in the week with an easy 26-3 victory over New York to tie Los Angeles for second. Fred Cox booted a 27-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining, and MINNESOTA upset Green Bay 24-23. The passing of Fran Tarkenton (one TD throw to Tom Hall) set up the winning kick as well as two touchdown plunges by Bill Brown. SAN FRANCISCO, with John Brodie's three long touchdown passes (39, 43 and 25 yards) and Tommy Davis' long field goal (53 yards), overpowered Chicago 31-21 and the league champion Bears sat alone at the bottom of the division with a 1-3-0 record.
AFL: BUFFALO and BOSTON continued to share the lead in the East, as each team won its fourth straight. The Bills defeated Oakland 23-20 and the Patriots smothered Denver 39-10 when Gino Cappelletti kicked a league-record six field goals—four of them in the first period. His fourth field goal, a 48-yarder, gave Cappelletti 500 career points, the most in the short history of the AFL. KANSAS CITY held on to first place in the Western Division by trouncing Houston 28-7 on three touchdown passes by Len Dawson. New York trailed San Diego 10-3 at the half, but Dick Wood threw two TD passes to gain a 17-17 tie with the 1963 champion Chargers.
GOLF—The French team of CATHERINE LACOSTE, CLAUDINE CROS and BRIGITTE VARANGOT defeated the U.S. by one stroke, 588-589, to win the first Women's World Amateur Team Championship, on the St. Germain course near Paris. England finished third, nine strokes behind France in the 25-nation field. Tied for the individual title, with 294 for 72 holes, were British Amateur Champion CAROL SORENSON, 21, of Janesville, Wis., and Miss Lacoste, 19, whose father, Ren�, was a two-time Wimbledon champion, and whose mother, Simone, won the British and French amateur golf titles.
Canadian PGA Champion GEORGE KNUDSON, who came from behind on the final round to tie fellow Canadian Al Balding at 280 for the lead in the Fresno ( Calif.) Open, went on to win the $35,000 tournament on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Mary Mills of Ocean Springs, Miss. defeated Defending Champion Mickey Wright by two strokes (278-280) to take the $16,500 LPGA Championship in Las Vegas.
HARNESS RACING—Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence B. Sheppard's ELMA ($9.10), driven by John Chapman, set a one-mile track record for 4-year-old mares when she beat favored Duke Rodney by a head in 2:02 1/5 to win the $20,000 Star's Pride Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The previous record of 2:02 3/5 had been shared by Stenographer (1955) and Air Record (1960).