BASKETBALL—NBA: At the end of the first 10 days of the season, PHILADELPHIA (2-0) held first place in the East, followed by NEW YORK (2-1), which defeated the Lakers and split two with the Pistons, and BOSTON (2-1), a winner over the Royals and the Lakers but a loser to the Hawks. CINCINNATI (1-3) started badly and defeated only the Bullets. In the West, SAN FRANCISCO (2-1) led after wins over the Royals and the Bullets and a loss to the Lakers. Guy Rogers had the best night of his seven years in the NBA as he scored 16 field goals and five free throws for 37 points against the Bullets. LOS ANGELES (2-2) and ST. LOUIS (2-2) shared second place, while DETROIT (1-2) won its only game with a hot night against the Knicks, making 48 of its 94 shots for a 116-103 victory. BALTIMORE (1-3) lost to the 76ers, the Royals and the Warriors, but managed to beat the Hawks 119-99, despite the absence of Gus Johnson, who dislocated his wrist in the Bullets' second game.
BOXING—Nigeria's DICK TIGER regained the world middleweight title he lost to Joey Giardello 22 months ago in Atlantic City with a 15-round unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden (page 20). After one more bout, a benefit for a Providence charity, Giardello, winner of 97 out of 128 fights, says he will retire from the ring.
Unranked Heavyweight AMOS JOHNSON of Medina, Ohio upset British Empire Heavyweight Champion Henry Cooper in a 10-rounder at London's Wembley Stadium. Johnson, who in 1959 beat Cassius Clay as an amateur and says, "I can take him again," opened a cut over Cooper's left eye in the seventh round and dominated the fight from that point on.
FOOTBALL—NFL: With injured Charley Johnson out and Buddy Humphrey in at quarterback, St. Louis was dumped from its tie for the lead in the East by WASHINGTON 24-20. The victory was the first of the season for the Redskins, but they remained in last place, still tied with PITTSBURGH, which also won for the first time, 20-14 over Philadelphia. CLEVELAND, now alone in first place, ran its winning streak to four by defeating New York 38-14 as Jimmy Brown gained 177 yards rushing, threw a scoring pass and caught another for a TD. A sharp Dallas defense held the Western leader, undefeated GREEN BAY, to 100 yards total offense, but the Packers took advantage of two third-period fumbles to score 10 points and beat the fourth-place Cowboys 13-3. Second-place BALTIMORE (5-1) took its fourth straight as Johnny Unitas threw three touchdown passes and ran 18 yards for another score to defeat last-place Los Angeles 35-20. A four-way tie for third resulted when CHICAGO turned three Detroit fumbles and one interception into four touchdowns for its third straight win, 38-10, and MINNESOTA edged San Francisco 42-41 after overcoming a 35-14 half-time deficit.
AFL: The league's leading rusher, Paul Lowe, gained 110 yards in 16 carries (his third time over 100 this season) and scored twice, as SAN DIEGO, unbeaten and first in the West, defeated New York, winless and third in the East, 34-9. OAKLAND took over second place behind the Chargers when Linebacker Gus Otto ran 34 yards with an intercepted pass for a TD in the last 46 seconds, to beat winless Boston 30-21. Cookie Gilchrist gained 80 yards for Denver in the first half but was held to seven thereafter by BUFFALO. Meanwhile, Jack Kemp tossed two TD passes and Wray Carlton ran for two other TDs to give the Bills, the Eastern leaders, a 31-13 win over the Broncos. George Blanda threw four scoring passes in the third quarter as second-place HOUSTON came from behind to beat Kansas City 38-36.
GOLF—With rounds of 66-66-68-69 for a 269 total on the par-71 Paradise Valley Country Club course in Las Vegas, BILLY CASPER won the $100,000 Sahara Invitation by three strokes over Bill Martindale. Casper, who led every round, began the final round with a three-stroke lead and maintained it despite a two-stroke penalty on the 9th hole. Bobby Nichols came in third, while the pretournament favorite, Jack Nicklaus, finished in a tie for sixth with Tommy Aaron at 276.
HARNESS RACING—The winner of the $30,821 Volomite Trot at Roosevelt Raceway was AMA-STAR ($8.60) by a length and a quarter over Bonus Boy. The 6-5 favorite, Governor Armbro, broke stride early and finished seventh. Joe O'Brien, his driver, blamed the new thermoplastic all-weather track and said, "The commission should punish the people who built this.... If I owned Governor Armbro, I wouldn't permit him to race here again."
Tarport Paul ($7.40) broke the nine-race winning streak of favorite Romeo Hanover in taking the $29,321 Dan Patch Pace for 2-year-olds at Roosevelt Raceway by a nose in the final stride.
HOCKEY—Scoring two goals and two assists, Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, who has played in more All-Star games than any player in history, led the NHL All-Stars to a 5-2 win over the Stanley Cup champion Canadiens in the Montreal Forum. Howe's points raised his career scoring record in All-Star games to 15.
HORSE RACING—Covering a mile and five-eighths on the turf at Aqueduct in 2:42[3/5], HILL RISE, ridden by Manuel Ycaza, won the $112,700 Man o' War Stakes by six lengths over Knightly Manner. Or et Argent finished third by a head.