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BASEBALL—TORONTO, a Boston Red Sox farm club, won the International League's Governor's Cup playoff for the second consecutive year, defeating Richmond ( Atlanta) 6-5 in the final game to take the best-of-seven series, 4-1. The Maple Leafs, who tied for second with Columbus ( Pittsburgh) during the regular season, had beaten the Jets three games to two in the semifinals, while Richmond had taken the semifinals, 3-1, from pennant-winning Rochester ( Orioles). In the Pacific Coast League playoffs SEATTLE ( California), the Western Division winner, beat Tulsa ( St. Louis), winner in the East, 3-1 in the final game, to take the series 4-3. Seattle manager BOB LEMON was later named PCL manager of the year.
BOATING—Stamford ( Conn.) Yacht Club's BILL LUDERS. Californian Scott Allan and Texan Ernie Fay were tied going into the last race for the U.S. International 5.5-meter Class championship, but Luders, sailing Bingo, won the final by two minutes, 26 seconds to take the title on 2-1-7-3-1 finishes (56� points). Allan, with 54� points, placed second overall, and Fay, with 51�, was third.
Austrian-born KARL STANGL, who now lives in Montreal, sailed his Serendipity to victory in the International Dragon Class championships off Newport, R.I., finishing with 34� points, as Australian Bruce Rose, in Lizzi II, took runner-up honors.
FOOTBALL—NFL: DALLAS opened its season with a 52-7 rout of New York (page 32), but ST. LOUIS, behind by one point at the end of the third quarter, scored 17 points in the final period to defeat Washington 23-7 and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference. PITTSBURGH beat Detroit 17-3, and PHILADELPHIA handed Atlanta its second loss, 23-10. In the West, GREEN BAY and LOS ANGELES remained undefeated as the Packers edged Cleveland 21-20 on Jim Taylor's seven-yard run with a Bart Starr pass in the final three minutes, and the Rams surprised Chicago 31-17 in Los Angeles. Even Bear Coach George Halas, winless so far, had to admit that the Rams led by Halas' former assistant, George Allen, were "a nice ball club." BALTIMORE, snapping back from its loss to the Packers a week earlier, beat Minnesota 38-23 when Johnny Unitas passed for four touchdowns and broke Y.A. Tittle's NFL record for career TD passes by two with a 214 total.
AFL: NEW YORK stomped previously unbeaten Houston 52-13 as Joe Namath passed for five touchdowns—67 yards to George Sauer, 25 to Matt Snell, 13 to Pete Lammons and 55 and 37 yards to Don Maynard. The victory gave the undefeated Jets first place in the East. Defending Champion BUFFALO, after two straight losses, finally won its first game by crushing Miami 58-24. Defensive Back Butch Byrd, rookie Bobby Burnett and Jack Spikes, recently acquired from the Oilers, scored two touchdowns apiece in the rout. BOSTON, shut out by San Diego a week ago, won its first game by defeating Denver 24-10 In the Western Division, KANSAS CITY beat Oakland 32-10 for its second win in a row and tied idle San Diego for the lead.
Although complaining about her game, MICKEY WRIGHT won her third straight tournament, finishing with a 10-under-par 203, five strokes in front of second-place Sandra Haynie, to take the 54-hole Shirley Englehorn Invitational title in Caldwell, Idaho.
HARNESS RACING—Del Insko won his first $100,000 race in 20 years of driving when he guided NARDIN'S BYRD ($5.40), a 2-year-old son of Bye Bye Byrd, to a nose victory over favored Best of All in Yonkers' Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.
HORSE RACING— "I wasn't sure he could do it," said Jockey Larry Adams, after Charles Englehard's favored ASSAGAI ($6.60) caught Ginger Fizz in the last strides and won the $100,000 United Nations Handicap in Atlantic City by a head.
Summer Scandal ($6.20), ridden by Walter Blum, took Aqueduct's $85,200 Beldame by eight lengths over Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs' Straight Deal to collect the $55,380 purse for her owner, David G. Volkert, and score her seventh victory in 11 starts this season.