BASKETBALL—Unbeaten Eastern Division leader BOSTON (page 18) swept four straight, including a 122-93 triumph over the second-place Royals, to extend its winning streak to eight games. CINCINNATI edged St. Louis 119-118 and beat Detroit 114-101 in its other two games. PHILADELPHIA (3-4) crept half a game ahead of NEW YORK (2-4), which reclined, as usual, at the bottom of the division. ST. LOUIS tied LOS ANGELES for first place in the Western Division by defeating the Lakers 116-115. The Hawks had lost three out of four and the Lakers had split two games with the Bullets before the two leaders met head on. Although BALTIMORE averaged only 98 points in four games, it managed to win two of them and climbed to within a game of first. DETROIT lost three straight, and SAN FRANCISCO won its first game of the season by beating the Bullets 101-90 ( Nate Thurmond scored 28 points and pulled down 37 rebounds). Despite Wilt Chamberlain's first appearance, the Warriors lost a return game with the Bullets 102-98.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Western leader BALTIMORE overpowered San Francisco 37-7 to extend its unbeaten streak to seven games. Steve Stonebreaker scored on a run with a recovered fumble (the Colts' defense set up two other TDs with recovered fumbles), and Lenny Moore, the league's leading scorer, sprinted for two touchdowns to increase his season total to 13. Milt Plum threw three TD passes and Nick Pietrosante plunged for two touchdowns as DETROIT defeated Los Angeles 37-17 to break a second-place tie with the Rams. GREEN BAY tied Minnesota for fourth by smothering the Vikings 42-13. Bart Starr tossed four touchdown passes—two each to Max McGee and Jim Taylor—and Taylor dove for another TD in the easy win. CLEVELAND continued to lead the Eastern Division with a 30-17 victory over Pittsburgh. Jimmy Brown, who became the first NFL player to surpass 10,000 yards rushing the first time he carried the ball, gained 149 yards in 23 carries to increase his career total to 10,135. NEW YORK broke a four-game winless streak with a 34-17 upset of second-place St. Louis (page 20), as Y. A. Tittle, who had passed for just two TDs in his first seven games, threw four touchdown passes—two of them to rookie Ernie Wheelwright. Charley Taylor scored twice on plunges to lead WASHINGTON to a 21-10 triumph over Philadelphia, and DALLAS defeated Chicago 24-10.
AFL: Undefeated BUFFALO, the Eastern leader, came from behind in the final period on a TD plunge by rookie Bob Smith (his second of the game) and a 60-yard scoring run by Cookie Gilchrist to beat Houston 24-10 for its eighth straight victory. Third-place NEW YORK rolled over second-place BOSTON 35-14, as Dick Wood completed 22 of 36 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns. SAN DIEGO remained on top of the Western Division with a 31-17 win over Oakland. Lance Alworth gained 203 yards with eight receptions, including two for touchdowns (76 yards from John Hadl and 47 from Tobin Rote), and Keith Lincoln ran for two other Charger TDs. Len Dawson tossed six TD passes (23 of 38 for 435 yards) as second-place KANSAS CITY outlasted Denver 49-39, after surviving a 29-point splurge by the Broncos in the second half.
GOLF—After surging from behind in the final round to tie Australia's Bruce Devlin for the lead in the Australian Open at Sydney, JACK NICKLAUS shot a five-under-par 67 in the 18-hole playoff to defeat Devlin by three strokes.
Defending Champion E. J. (Dutch) HARRISON of Ellisville, Mo. shot 276 for 72 holes to win his fourth straight National Seniors Open title, in Reno. Runner-up by one stroke in the $35,000 tournament was Harry Umbinetti of North Bend, Wash.
HARNESS RACING—BRET HANOVER ($2.20), driven by Frank Ervin, defeated Rivaltime by 1� lengths to win the $57,623 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway. The unbeaten colt, owned by Richard Downing of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has earned $173,298—a record for juvenile standardbreds—in 24 victories this season.
In a nonbetting race Stanley Dancer drove NOBLE VICTORY to an easy 1�-length triumph over stablemate Egyptian Candor in the $57,623 E. Roland Harriman Trot at Yonkers Raceway.
Norman Woolworth's MEADOW SKIPPER ($11.20), guided by Earle Avery, beat Tarquinius by 2� lengths to win the $50,000 American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park, Calif.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL, TORONTO and DETROIT tied for the lead with 11 points apiece when the Canadiens and Maple Leafs each lost their first games of the season and the Red Wings won two straight. Montreal beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 (Claude LaRose scored twice) and overpowered the Bruins 6-2 before losing to the Rangers. Toronto won two from the Black Hawks, 3-2 and 5-1, but was beaten in between by the Canadiens and Red Wings. Bruce MacGregor scored both goals as Detroit defeated the Bruins 2-0 for Goalie Roger Crozier's second shutout in a row and his third in four games. When the Red Wings beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 Gordie Howe scored lifetime goal No. 626 to equal Maurice Richard's alltime NHL record (including playoff games). NEW YORK defeated the Bruins 3-1 and upset the Canadiens 3-1 to climb into fourth place, only two points behind the leaders. CHICAGO dropped three straight and BOSTON extended its winless streak to nine games before defeating the Black Hawks 5-2 for its first victory of the season.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. Richard C. duPont's KELSO ($2.90), under Ismael Valenzuela, became the biggest money-winning Thoroughbred when he galloped to a 5�-length victory over Roman Brother in the $108,600 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Aqueduct in the American record time of 3:19[1/5] for a two-mile race on a dirt track. The 7-year-old gelding's first prize of $70,590 increased his career winnings to $1,803,362—$53,493 more than the lifetime earnings of Round Table, who retired in 1959 as a 5-year-old. Kelso has finished first in 35 of his 55 starts, and 28 of his wins have been in stakes races.