FOOTBALL—NFL: Each in its own way, Dallas and St. Louis prepared for their Eastern Conference showdown in St. Louis this Sunday. With Quarterback Don Meredith and Flanker Bob Hayes playing a game of catch—Meredith threw five TD passes and Hayes caught three of them—DALLAS (4-0-0) demolished Philadelphia (2-3-0) 56-7 and took dead aim on the NFL single-season scoring record of 466 points held by the 1950 Los Angeles Rams. Dallas now has 183 in just four games.
The St. Louis CARDINALS (5-0-0) had to work harder. A fourth-down, 30-yard touchdown pass from Charley Johnson to Bill Gambrell late in the game lifted them past winless New York (0-4-1) 24-19. In the West, Gayle Sayers and the CHICAGO BEARS (2-2-0) showed signs of regaining their 1965 form. Sayers scored twice, and the Baltimore Colts (2-2-0) went under, 27-17. Green Bay, en route to its fifth straight, came a cropper when SAN FRANCISCO's starting quarterback, John Brodie, came down with a groin injury. That forced George Mira into the game, and Mira responded by scrambling all over the place and leading San Francisco (1-2-1) to a 21-20 upset win. The Packers slid into a first-place tie in the West with LOS ANGELES (4-1-0), which defeated Detroit (2-3-0) 14-7 as Packer expatriate Tom Moore scored a pair of touchdowns. Back in the East, CLEVELAND (3-2-0) prepared for bigger things by overwhelming Pittsburgh (1-3-1) 41-10, and WASHINGTON (3-2-0) defeated game but outmanned Atlanta (0-5-0) 33-20.
AFL: Undefeated NEW YORK (4-0-1) got a bit of luck against the undefeated San Diego Chargers before a record AFL crowd of 63,497 at Shea Stadium when the Chargers' Dick Van Raaphorst missed two field goals, from 30 and 21 yards out, to preserve a 17-16 victory for New York. Joe Namath (page 42) had three passes intercepted in the early going and did not get untracked until the final quarter when he hit on passes of 44 and 17 yards to set up the winning touchdown run of eight yards by Emerson Boozer. KANSAS CITY (4-1-0) moved into a first-place tie with San Diego in the Western Division by defeating Denver (1-4-0) 37-10 despite a 100-yard kickoff return by the Broncos' Nemiah Wilson and the presence of Quarterback Tobin Rote in the Denver lineup after two seasons of retirement. BOSTON (2-2-1) continued the hot streak that began when it tied New York a week ago by defeating Buffalo (3-3-0) 20-10 behind a defensive blitz that left Bills' Quarterback Jack Kemp, Player of the Year in 1965, almost helpless. OAKLAND (2-3-0) handed Miami its fifth loss without a win 21-10.
GOLF—At Wentworth Golf Club near London, after defeating Billy Casper two and one in the semifinals, JACK NICKLAUS blew his cool and lost the Piccadilly World Match Play title to Defending Champion GARY PLAYER, six and four (page 74). On the 9th hole of the 36-hole final, Nicklaus got into an argument over the question of a free drop. Referee A. A. Duncan refused the request, Nicklaus lost his temper and Duncan resigned. Player reached the finals by beating Arnold Palmer two and one.
HARNESS RACING—Joe O'Brien very nearly scratched GOVERNOR ARMBRO from the $61,602 Kentucky Futurity over Lexington's " Big Red Mile" because of a questionable leg, but at the last moment decided to give the 3-year-old a chance. Governor Armbro responded with straight heat victories ($7, $4.60) to win the third leg of trotting's Triple Crown.
On the same night and in a one-mile lime trial on the same track BRET HANOVER, the mighty 4-year-old pacer, broke his own world record of 1:54, covering a mile in 1:53[3/5] despite Driver Frank Ervin's earlier complaint that the racing surface was "like a concrete road."
Del Insko drove SPEEDY RODNEY ($8.20) to an upset win over Noble Victory, driven by Stanley Dancer, in the $50,000 Gotham Trot at Yonkers. The win makes Speedy Rodney a likely candidate for January's Prix d'Am�rique al Vincennes, France.
HORSE RACING—BON MOT, a 3-year-old colt owned by F. W. Burmann of England, won Europe's richest horse race, the $351,612 Prix de l' Arc de Triomphe, by half a length over Sigebert (page 78).
Dr. Fager ($3.60), namesake of the Boston neurosurgeon who last year operated on Trainer Johnny Nerud, won the $88,350 Cowdin Stakes at Aqueduct with Willie Shoemaker up and took a firm grip on 2-year-old Horse of the Year honors. It was the Tartan Stable colt's fourth triumph without a loss this season.
MOTOR SPORTS—Scotland's JACKIE STEWART outlasted England's Graham Hill and Canada's Billy Foster to win Japan's first Indianapolis-style auto race over a tricky 215-mile course on the side of Mt. Fuji (page 38).