BASEBALL—Soft-spoken JOHNNY KEANE signed a one-year contract with the New York Yankees to become the team's third manager in as many years. His successor as manager of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals is RED SCHOENDIENST, 41, who has been with the club for 18 of his 23 years in baseball—the last four as a Cardinal coach. Schoendienst played second base for the Cardinals from 1945 to 1956, helping the team to the 1946 pennant and the Series victory. He also spent four seasons with Milwaukee (1957-1960) and led the Braves to consecutive pennants—in 1957 and 1958. Practically unnoticed, BRANCH RICKEY, 82, the Cardinals' special consultant, resigned without explanation.
BASKETBALL—BOSTON opened the season with four straight wins and perched, as usual, at the top of the Eastern Division. Sam Jones, whose field goal with 36 seconds remaining gained a 104-102 victory over the Pistons, led the Celtics in scoring in successive wins over the Bullets. After losing its first game, second-place CINCINNATI took three in a row while NEW YORK (1-2) and PHILADELPHIA (1-3) were still waiting to get started. In the Western Division, ST. LOUIS won two straight, and Jerry West averaged 29 points a game as LOS ANGELES won three and lost one. Third-place BALTIMORE (2-3) and fourth-place DETROIT (2-4) each lost twice to the Celtics, while last year's Western Division Champion SAN FRANCISCO, helpless without Wilt Chamberlain (he was sidelined with an inflammation of the pancreas), started off with a four-game losing streak.
DOG RACING—Fred Trevillion's 2-year-old fawn CANADIAN HI THERE ($26.60) sped to a one-length victory in the $29,000 American Derby at the Taunton, Mass. track.
FOOTBALL—NFL: BALTIMORE rolled over Detroit 34-0 for its sixth straight victory and increased its Western Division lead to 1� games. Johnny Unitas passed for two TDs, and the Colts gained 133 yards on the ground against the league-leading Lion defense (it allowed an average of 87 yards a game before meeting Baltimore). LOS ANGELES surged from behind in the last half to defeat Green Bay 27-17 and tied the Lions for second place. Despite a wrong-way run by Viking Defensive End Jim Marshall, who galloped 60 yards with a recovered fumble into his own end zone for a 49er safety, MINNESOTA edged San Francisco 27-22 by scoring twice in the final period. WASHINGTON beat Chicago 27-20, as Sonny Jurgensen passed for four TDs and the Redskin defense held the Bears to 16 yards on the ground (a net of minus two in the first half). CLEVELAND crushed New York 42-20 and gained a one-game Eastern Division lead when St. Louis was upset 31-13 by DALLAS. In the Cowboys' second win of the season Amos Marsh raced for two TDs, and Don Meredith completed 12 of 19 passes for 192 yards. PHILADELPHIA overpowered Pittsburgh 34-10, as ex-Steeler Red Mack covered 104 yards with three Norm Snead passes—one of them for a touchdown—and Irv Cross sprinted 94 yards to score with an intercepted pass.
AFL: Eastern Division leader BUFFALO came from behind to defeat New York 34-24 and extended its winning streak to seven games. Second-place BOSTON overpowered Kansas City 24-7, as Jimmy Colclough caught two Babe Parilli passes and set up the final touchdown with a 46-yard catch in the last quarter. SAN DIEGO edged Houston 20-17 and gained a two-game lead in the West, as John Hadl completed 19 passes for 226 yards and one TD. Led by Cotton Davidson, who passed for 417 yards and five touchdowns, OAKLAND overwhelmed Denver 40-7 for its first victory of the season. Billy Cannon and Art Powell each caught two TD throws from Davidson, who completed 22 of 34 attempts.
GOLF—"I just made myself be aggressive and go for the shots," said South African COBIE LEGRANGE, 22, after he birdied the final two holes to take the Wills Masters tournament in Melbourne, Australia with a 15-under-par 277 for 72 holes. Jack Nicklaus and Australia's Bruce Devlin shared second place at 280, and Arnold Palmer finished two more strokes back in a tie for fourth with Kel Nagle of Australia.
Defending Champion JAMES H. McALVIN, 63, of Lake Forest, Ill., became the first golfer in 13 years to win two consecutive North and South Senior titles when he beat Wolcott Brown of Sea Girt, N.J. 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final at Pinehurst, N.C.
HANDBALL—New Yorkers JOE DANILCZYK and DAVID NORVID upset Defending Champions Oscar and Ruby Obert 21-20, 15-5 (the second game was called when Oscar was injured) to win the USHA National One-wall Doubles Championship in Brooklyn.
HARNESS RACING—Driven by Del Insko, 6-year-old HENRY T. ADIOS ($16.40) paced a mile in 1:57—the fastest of his career—to win the $15,000 Stepping Stone Pace on Hollywood Park's one-mile track at Inglewood, Calif.
HOCKEY—Four teams shared the league lead with seven points apiece, as TORONTO and MONTREAL each played two ties, high-scoring CHICAGO won once, and tied once and DETROIT, led by Goalie Roger Crozier, moved up with two victories and a tie. Crozier, at 22 the youngest goalie in the NHL, had two shutouts and just missed three straight. After the first, 1-0 over the Rangers, he held the Canadiens scoreless, 1-0, until the last five minutes of the game. Then John Ferguson whipped the puck past him, and Crozier's streak was broken. The next night he got his second shutout, 4-0 over the Bruins. Fifth-place NEW YORK wrapped two losses around a 1-1 tie with the Maple Leafs, and winless BOSTON relieved four losses in a row by tying the Leafs before starting another losing streak.