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October 25, 1965
BASEBALL—The YOMIURI GIANTS of Tokyo clinched their 10th Central League pennant in 15 years and will meet the NANKAI HAWKS, the Pacific League champions, in the Japanese World Series.
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October 25, 1965

A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week

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BASEBALL—The YOMIURI GIANTS of Tokyo clinched their 10th Central League pennant in 15 years and will meet the NANKAI HAWKS, the Pacific League champions, in the Japanese World Series.

BOXING—New England light heavyweight champion MARION CONNERS, who until a few weeks ago served as Tom McNeeley's sparring partner, met McNeeley in Boston for the regional heavyweight title and won a unanimous 12-round decision. Conners weighed 178 to McNeeley's 207.

FOOTBALL—AFL: SAN DIEGO, the top team in the West, played BOSTON, the bottom team in the East and—what do you know—they tied 13-13. The unbeaten Chargers (4-0-2) suddenly couldn't score after the first half and salvaged a tie when their stubborn defense stopped everything except two field goals by Gino Cappelletti in the second half. It was the first nonlosing game for the Patriots in six tries. BUFFALO'S defense set up two last-quarter TDs and two field goals that defeated Kansas City 23-7 and moved the Bills 1� games ahead in the East. The Chiefs held second in the West but were joined by OAKLAND, which gained in the standings despite a 24-24 tie with winless NEW YORK. DENVER, last in the West, beat Houston, second in the East 28-17, when John Griffin intercepted a pass and ran it back 44 yards for one TD and scored another on a 10-yard run with a blocked punt.

NFL: Bart Starr's three touchdown passes (62, 31 and 77 yards) in the third quarter overcame Detroit's 21-3 halftime lead and led GREEN BAY to a 31-21 win. The Packers remained first in the West with a perfect 5-0-0 record, while the Lions dropped from a second-place tie into a tie for third. BALTIMORE held on to second by swamping Washington 38-7 as Johnny Unitas passed for two touchdowns. The strong Colt defense also scored when Al Haymond picked off a Redskin pass and ran it back 30 yards. SAN FRANCISCO handed Los Angeles its third straight loss 45-21, and tied the Lions in the standings. John Brodie threw TD passes to John David Crow, Ken Willard and Dave Parks for the winners before turning the ball over to George Mira in the last quarter. Gale Sayers scored four times for CHICAGO, once on a 96-yard return of a kickoff with two minutes remaining, to lift the Bears to a 45-37 victory over Minnesota. CLEVELAND built a 13-point lead in three periods on a Jimmy Brown TD from the 10, a 29-yard TD pass from Frank Ryan to Walter Roberts and three field goals by Lou Groza, then barely held on to beat Dallas 23-17. The Browns remained tied for the lead in the Eastern Division with ST. LOUIS, which defeated Pittsburgh 20-7 as Charley Johnson tossed two touchdown passes, one a 71-yarder to Bobby Joe Conrad early in the fourth quarter. The loss did nothing for the Steelers, who remained tied for last with the Redskins, both with imperfect 0-5-0 records. Surprising NEW YORK stood tall in third place after Earl Morrall threw four scoring passes—71 yards to Aaron Thomas, 46 yards to Joe Morrison, 89 yards to Homer Jones and two yards to Bob Crespino for a 35-27 victory over Philadelphia.

GOLF—With birdies on eight of the last 16 holes, South Africa's GARY PLAYER, winner of the U.S. Open and the Canada Cup individual title, beat Peter Thomson of Australia 3 and 2 in the final of the Piccadilly World Match Play championship in Wentworth, England. The match ended when Player sank a 20-foot putt for a birdie on the 34th hole. Tony Lema and Arnold Palmer were eliminated in semifinal matches.

The USGA Senior Women's Amateur championship—54 holes for women 50-and-over with 15-and-under handicaps—was won by MRS. HULET SMITH, a grandmother from Pebble Beach, Calif., with a 242 total, 26 strokes over women's par. Mrs. Smith, also the 1964 winner, finished three strokes ahead of Mrs. John Haskell of Reno, Pa. on the Exmoor course in Highland Park, Ill.

HARNESS RACING—Going a mile and a half for the first time in his career, DARTMOUTH ($2.80), driven by Ralph Baldwin, easily won the $50,000 Roosevelt Trot by three-quarters of a length over Lord Gordon. Myra, the only mare in the field, finished third, two lengths farther back. Dartmouth will now be turned out for the year, with a season record of 10 victories in 14 starts.

HORSE RACING—The $223,875 Champagne Stakes at Aqueduct paid its winner, BUCKPASSER ($3.80), Braulio Baeza up, the biggest winner's purse ever earned by a Thoroughbred in New York State. The $163,875 for first also made the bay colt the world's leading 2-year-old money winner with a total of $568,096. Four lengths back in second was Our Michael, while Advocator came in third. Priceless Gem, the filly who beat Buckpasser in The Futurity three weeks earlier, finished a disappointing sixth.

Moccasin, a top contender—along with Priceless Gem—for 2-year-old filly honors, won the $37,735 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland, finishing 15 lengths in front of Chalina. Larry Adams rode the winner, now unbeaten in six starts, in the nonbetting race.

Roman Brother ($3.20), winner of the Woodward, took his next start, the $56,000 Manhattan Handicap at Aqueduct, by eight lengths over Hill Rise. Roman Brother's time for the 1?-mile race was 2:43[1/5], just 2[1/5] seconds off the track record.

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