BASEBALL—The World Series was in progress, but already the Hot Stove League had started. Fired: DICK SISLER, manager of the Cincinnati Reds, as a result of his team's disastrous final-week collapse to fourth place in the National League pennant race. His rumored replacement—DON HEFFNER, a coach with the New York Mets. Hired (probably): WES WESTRUM, a Met coach since 1964 and a New York Giant catcher from 1947 to 1957, as Met manager, replacing ailing Casey Stengel. Formal announcement will be made after the Series. Rehired: JIM TURNER, former New York Yankee pitching coach and most recently a coach with the Reds, by his old team, the Yankees. Traded: Onetime 20-game winner BILL MONBOUQUETTE of the Boston Red Sox, to the Detroit Tigers for players GEORGE SMITH and GEORGE THOMAS. Commented Monbo on leaving ninth-place Boston, "Hot dog!"
BOXING—World Welterweight Champion EMILE GRIFFITH of New York won on a TKO when English Middleweight Contender Harry Scott remained in his corner at the end of the seventh round of a scheduled 10-round nontitle fight in Albert Hall in London. Scott, who weighed 160� to Griffith's 154, said that his right wrist had been injured. Although he had given Griffith a strong fight for the first four rounds and had held his own for the next two, Scott had taken severe punishment in the seventh.
Sixth-ranking World Flyweight KATSUYOSHI TAKAYAMA of Japan scored a unanimous decision over World Flyweight Champion Salvatore Burruni of Italy in a 10-round nontitle fight in Tokyo.
FOOTBALL—NFL: The log jam at the top of the Eastern Division began to sort itself out last week (page 36). CLEVELAND and ST. LOUIS improved their records (3-1-0) at the expense of winless Pittsburgh and Washington, respectively, while Dallas and New York, now both 2-2-0 and tied for third, lost to Philadelphia and Minnesota. Frank Ryan passed 14 yards to Gary Collins for a touchdown with 44 seconds left as the Browns squeaked by the Steelers 24-19. The Cardinal defense forced two second-half Redskin fumbles that resulted in touchdowns, giving the Cards a 37-16 win. Bob Hayes scored twice on pass plays of 49 and 82 yards for the Cowboys, but it was 248-pound Eagle Lineman George Tarasovic's recovery and 62-yard run with a fumble that led to an Eagles' 35-24 win. Three Minnesota touchdowns in the third quarter, two of them set up by Giant fumbles, gave the Vikings a 40-14 win over the Giants. GREEN BAY took sole possession of first place in the Western Division and pushed San Francisco down to fourth with a 27-10 victory, during which Don Chandler got off the longest punt (90 yards) in modern NFL history. BALTIMORE and Detroit were tied for second at 3-1-0 when Johnny Unitas threw three touchdown passes through the Lion defense for a 31-7 win. CHICAGO, resting on the bottom in the West, beat Los Angeles 31-6 and suddenly had company.
AFL: The unbeaten leaders in West and East met, and though the standings were unaffected, regional pride may have been. SAN DIEGO beat Buffalo 34-3, outgaining the Bills 458 to 150 yards as John Hadl completed 18 of 29 passes for 314 yards. KANSAS CITY held second place in the West with a 31-23 victory over Denver. Pete Beathard scored twice for the winners on fake handoffs from the 20 and the two. OAKLAND'S Art Powell caught 11 of Tom Flores' passes for 206 yards and two TDs as the Raiders helped Boston keep its record spotless (0-5-0), winning 24-10.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER'S wood shot which stopped four feet from the pin on the 513-yard 18th hole of the Royal Birkdale course in Southport, England, decided the outcome of the Ryder Cup (page 79). The shot set up an eagle 3, gave Palmer the match over Peter Butler, 2 up, and brought the U.S. team-point total to 16� out of a possible 32. The English, down only 9-7 at the end of two days of foursome play, lost 10� of the 16 singles matches on the last day for a final score of 12� to the winner's 19�. The victory was the 13th for the U.S. in 16 attempts.
HARNESS RACING—Trotting's Triple Crown will be shared In three equine heads this year because ARMBRO FLIGHT won the $65,133 Kentucky Futurity, the final leg. The 3-year-old filly joins Egyptian Candor, winner of The Hambletonian. and Noble Victory, winner of the Yonkers Futurity. Joe O'Brien drove Armbro Flight to a photo finish victory in the first heat, then set the pace for most of the second mile, finally winning by one length. Noble Victory was second in both heats, and Egyptian Candor third.
In rain, mud and strong wind RACE TIME closed his career at Roosevelt Raceway with a half-length win over Cardigan Bay in the $25,000 Overtrick Pace.
HORSE RACING—Walter Blum rode PRICELESS GEM to her fifth straight win, in the one-mile $122,500 Frizette at Aqueduct (page 86). The 2-year-old filly took the lead soon after the start and held it for a length-and-a-half victory over Lady Pitt. Swift Lady finished third.
Advocator, a 26-to-1 shot who finished 11 lengths behind Priceless Gem in The Futurity, beat some of the best in the 2-year-old colt division in taking the $78,875 Cowdin at Aqueduct by a head over Fathers Image, the favorite. Our Michael, winner in six of his 10 starts, five of them stakes races, was third, another three-quarters of a length back.