BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (3-0) won the only game it played 134-114 over the Royals as Wilt Chamberlain and Hal Greer combined for 77 points. The win helped Philly hold its early lead in the Eastern Division. The biggest surprise, however, was the collapse of BOSTON (3-3), which lost two out of three. With three losses in their first six games, the Celtics were off to their worst start in 12 years. Jerry Lucas pulled down 31 rebounds—one more than Bill Russell—to lead the Royals to a 113-108 win over Boston, and a night later the Pistons edged the Celtics 108-106 on Ray Scott's jump shot with only two seconds left in the game. It was Detroit's second victory over Boston in the last three seasons. Sam Jones set a team record for the Celtics with 51 points against the Pistons and then scored 30 more against the Bullets as Boston finally won a game. CINCINNATI (4-4) took three out of four, and NEW YORK (3-4), in last place, lost three of the four games it played on the West Coast—two to the Lakers and one to the Warriors. The Western leader, SAN FRANCISCO (4-2), also defeated the Lakers 124-122 for a 2-1 week, while LOS ANGELES (4-3), with Jerry West totaling 100 points, won two of three. ST. LOUIS (3-2) played only one game and won it easily, 122-95 over the Pistons. Falling quickly behind were DETROIT (3-5) and BALTIMORE (2-6), both of whom lost more often than they won. The Pistons were two and three and the Bullets one and three for the week.
FOOTBALL—NFL: Unbeaten Green Bay lost to improving CHICAGO 31-10 (page 22) and fell into a first-place tie in the West with BALTIMORE, which edged San Francisco 34-28 when Johnny Unitas tossed four touchdown passes. Joe Don Looney scored from the 16 and the nine as DETROIT crushed Los Angeles 31-7. The victory gave the Lions a 4-3-0 record and a share of third place with the Bears and the Vikings. Bill Brown carried 26 times for 138 yards and two TDs to lead MINNESOTA to a 27-17 upset over Cleveland, whose Jim Brown gained only 39 yards in 18 carries. St. Louis bobbled its chance to move into a tie (or the lead in the East with the Browns by losing to NEW YORK 14-10 and ended up instead in a tie for second with the Giants. A four-way tie for fourth resulted when PITTSBURGH beat Dallas 22-13 on Bill Nelsen's three touchdown passes and WASHINGTON defeated Philadelphia 23-21.
AFL: BOSTON, one of the two teams without a win. beat San Diego, the only team without a loss, 22-6, when Babe Parilli threw two scoring passes to Gino Cappelletti and Cappelletti kicked two field goals. Len Dawson led KANSAS CITY on an 80-yard drive with his passes, then carried the ball over from the one in the closing minutes to beat Oakland 14-7. The victory tied the Chiefs with the Raider's for second in the West. In another upset George Blanda kicked four field goals and threw 10 yards to Ode Burrell for a TD as HOUSTON defeated Buffalo, the Eastern leader, 19-17. NEW YORK, which had not scored more than 24 points in any previous game, rolled up 24 in the second period alone, as the Jets beat Denver 45-10 for their first victory of the season.
GOLF—With rounds of 62-71-62-69 for a 264 total, GARY PLAYER of South Africa, already the winner of the U.S. Open, the individual title at the Canada Cup, the World Series of golf and the Piccadilly world match-play tournament this year, gained the Australian Open title on the Kooyonga course in Adelaide. His score was seven strokes under the tournament record and just one stroke off the world record for an open tournament. Player began the third round four strokes behind Jack Nicklaus, who shot a second-round 63, but his two eagles, eight birdies and eight pars, combined with Nicklaus' 70, moved him four strokes ahead going into the final round. Nicklaus finished in a tie for second at 270 with Frank Phillips of Australia. Peter Thomson, the British Open champion from Australia, was fourth at 271.
HARNESS RACING—By driving four winners in one night at Roosevelt Raceway, BILLY HAUGHTON of Oyster Bay Cove, Long Island, N.Y. became one of three American drivers to record 200 wins in one season, joining Bob Farrington of Richwood, Ohio and Don Busse of Kingston, Ill. Farrington holds the national record of 312 and Eddie Freundt of Germany the world mark of 384.
HOCKEY—CHICAGO and Bobby Hull were off and skating as soon as the first puck was dropped to begin the NHL's 1965-66 season. At the end of a little over a week of play, the Black Hawks had won four straight, and Hull had scored eight goals, including a hat trick against the Maple Leafs. Stanley Cup winner MONTREAL, in second place, won three, tied one and lost a big game to the Black Hawks 6-4. TORONTO dropped its first two games—shutout losses to the Hawks and the Red Wings—then came back with victories over the Red Wings and the Bruins. DETROIT (1-3-1) and NEW YORK (1-2) started slowly, while BOSTON started, as usual, with three straight losses—to the Black Hawks, the Maple Leafs and the Rangers.
HORSE RACING—ROMAN BROTHER ($2.40), Louis Wolfson's 4-year-old, ridden by Braulio Baeza, won the $100,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Aqueduct by five lengths over Berenjenal (page 71).
Bold Bidder ($9.60), winner of four races since he was acquired by Paul Falkenstein from the Wheatley Stable several weeks ago, took the Benjamin Franklin Handicap at Garden State by half a length over fast-closing Big Rock Candy.
Portsmouth ($10.40) beat Baitman by a neck in the $20,000 Maryland Handicap at Laurel Race Course and in doing so broke the American record for one mile on a turf course with a 1:34 clocking. The former record, 1.34[2/5], was held by Twice as Gay, who finished out of the money in this race.
Mrs. Theodora Randolph's 5-year-old gelding BON NOUVEL ($2.60) was never challenged as he successfully cleared the 19 fences of the three-mile, $54,275 Temple Gwathmey Handicap, the year's richest steeplechase race, and finished 30 lengths in front of Harry S. Nichols' Lucentaur. Ridden by Tommy Walsh, Bon Nouvel carried an extraordinary 170 pounds in his third victory in seven starts this year.