BASEBALL—ROCHESTER, the Baltimore Orioles' top farm club, won the International League pennant on the final day, defeating last-place Syracuse 10-7, in the league's closest championship race in nine years. Four times in eight days the lead changed hands—from Rochester to Toronto to Columbus, but the Red Wings regained first place with three days to go and the race went down to the last day with a chance for a triple tie. Columbus and Toronto also won their final games and tied for second, one game out. In the Pacific Coast League, TULSA (Cardinals) won the Eastern Division pennant by 4� games, while SEATTLE (Angels) came in first in the Western Division by six games.
BOATING—TAHOE MISS, driven by Mira Slovak of Los Angeles, won the final heat by more than half a mile and took the Governor's Cup for unlimited hydros for the third straight year, on the Ohio River near Madison, Ind. (page 110).
Paul Elvstr�m of Denmark, sailing Scandale, defeated defending champion Lowell North of San Diego by three points to take the world Star Class championship in Kiel, Germany.
BOXING—CASSIUS CLAY's fourth defense this year of his world heavyweight title ended in a TKO of Germany's Karl Mildenberger in the 12th round in Frankfurt, Germany (page 34).
FOOTBALL—NFL: Last year's champions, GREEN BAY, walloped Baltimore 24-3 as they opened the NFL season in Milwaukee (page 26). In the West's major upset, DETROIT, winless in five exhibition games, beat Chicago 14-3, scoring twice in the second quarter on a six-yard touchdown by Fullback Tom Nowatzke and a 25-yard pass from Milt Plum to Flanker Pat Studstill. LOS ANGELES dropped the new Atlanta Falcons 19-14, and Minnesota's field goal in the last six seconds tied San Francisco 20-20. In the East, ST. LOUIS defeated Philadelphia 16-13 when Jim Bakken kicked a 27-yard field goal with five seconds to play, and CLEVELAND came from behind on Frank Ryan's three touchdown passes in the second half to beat Washington 38-14. New York tied Pittsburgh 34-34 after trailing 31-17 at the end of the third quarter.
AFL: HOUSTON, sparked by George Blanda's passes and field goals, took a 2-0 lead in the East with a 45-7 win over Denver and a 31-0 shutout of Oakland, while in the West, SAN DIEGO won two in a row, beating Buffalo 27-7 and Boston 24-0. NEW YORK sat behind the Oilers in the East with a win over the new Miami Dolphins 19-14; BOSTON had an 0-1 record; BUFFALO, last year's AFL champion, and MIAMI were in the cellar with two losses each. In the West, KANSAS CITY beat Buffalo 42-20; OAKLAND split two, and DENVER, with one loss and no wins, brought up the rear.
COLLEGE: Terry Southall threw four touchdown passes to lead BAYLOR to a 35-12 win over Syracuse in the season's major college opener in Waco, Texas. Southall hit 14 of 28 passes for 229 yards.
GOLF—GENE LITTLER, Jack Nicklaus and Al Geiberger tied at the end of the 36-hole World Series of Golf in Akron with 143s, but Littler took the championship and the $50,000 first prize when he sank a 22-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Mickey Wright won her second tournament in a row and her fifth of the season as she shot a four-under-par 284 (including a 67 in the third round) to take the Pacific Ladies' Classic in Eugene, Ore.
HARNESS RACING—"He's going home for a little rest," said Trainer-Driver Stanley Dancer after NOBLE VICTORY ($2.40), holder of the world record for a mile in competition, won his seventh consecutive start, finishing 2� lengths in front of Short Stop in Yonkers' $100,000 Hilltop Trot. Dancer said he did not plan to start Noble Victory again until the Oct. 8 Gotham at Yonkers.