BASKETBALL—NBA: The league opened its long season (page 40), and the new CHICAGO team surprised all with a 104-97 win over the Hawks in St. Louis as Guy Rodgers, whom the Bulls acquired from the Warriors, threw in 36 points. The other four games were of little surprise to anyone, however. BOSTON beat San Francisco 121-113 on Sam Jones's 29 points and Larry Siegfried's 21; LOS ANGELES, even without injured Jerry West, defeated Baltimore 126-115 as Elgin Baylor scored 36 points; CINCINNATI, aided by Oscar Robertson's 37 points, beat Detroit 103-99; and Wilt Chamberlain tossed in 28 points as PHILADELPHIA buried New York 128-112.
BOXING—Puerto Rican JOSE TORRES, 30, the world light-heavyweight champion, retained his title when he knocked out Chic Calderwood, the 29-year-old Scottish challenger, with a right-hand punch at 2:06 of the second round of their scheduled 15-round bout in San Juan (page 30).
Heavyweight THAD SPENCER of Portland, Ore. scored a 10-round unanimous decision over New Yorker Doug Jones in San Francisco's Cow Palace to boost his record to 30 wins against five losses.
FOOTBALL—NFL: The confrontation between ST. LOUIS (5-0-1) and DALLAS (4-0-1) ended in a draw as the Cardinals held first place in the East with a 10-10 tie (page 32). PHILADELPHIA (3-3), tied 14-14 with Pittsburgh (1-4-1) at the half, scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to crush the Steelers 31-14, while NEW YORK (1-4-1) won its first game of the year by upsetting Washington (3-3) 13-10 on Earl Morrall's 29-yard TD pass to Aaron Thomas late in the fourth period. In the Western Conference GREEN BAY (5-1) moved a game ahead with a 17-0 shutout of Chicago (2-3), as Los Angeles (4-2), previously tied with the Packers, was beaten by MINNESOTA (1-3-1) 35-7. Fran Tarkenton completed 20 of 30 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings' first victory. Johnny Unitas led BALTIMORE (3-2) to a 45-14 win over Detroit (2-4) with four TD passes, and SAN FRANCISCO (2-2-1), the only team Atlanta (0-6) ever beat—in an exhibition game—got even by crushing the Falcons 44-7.
AFL: George Blanda threw two touchdown passes and kicked a field goal, and the Oiler defense intercepted four Joe Namath passes, as HOUSTON (3-3) shut out New York (4-1-1) 24-0. It was the first loss of the season for the Jets, who lead the Eastern Division. BUFFALO (3-3-1) came from behind midway in the fourth quarter to tie SAN DIEGO (4-1-1) 17-17, but the Chargers held first place in the West when Kansas City (4-2) was beaten by OAKLAND (3-3) 34-13. In a match between the two last-place teams MIAMI (1-5) upset Denver (1-5) 24-7.
GOLF—JACK NICKLAUS shot a final-round 66 for a 282 to take the Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas by three strokes over Arnold Palmer. The $20,000 first prize put Nicklaus only $6,599.76 behind leading money-winner Billy Casper, winner of $116,622.70 on the tour so far this year.
HARNESS RACING—"I'm only sorry this horse wasn't as good on Hambletonian Day," said Trainer-Driver BILLY HAUGHTON, after he drove favored Carlisle (who finished third at Du Quoin) to victory in the $24,605 Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old trotters at Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Park. The win gave Haughton an unprecedented sweep of the park's six Grand Circuit Week stakes and lifted him to the top spot on the Grand Circuit Tour with 48 victories.
HORSE RACING—Mrs. H.C. Phipps's SUCCESSOR ($8.20), a 2-year-old bay son of Bold Ruler ridden by Braulio Baeza, won the one-mile $208,325 Champagne Stakes at Aqueduct by a length over Dr. Fager (page 28).
Pieces of eight, the favored Irish colt owned by Ambassador Raymond Guest's sister, the Countess de la Valdene, beat Ballyciptic by a nose to take the $75,525 winner's purse in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket, England, as George A. Pope Jr.'s Hill Rise finished fourth behind Tesco Boy. In the following race, the Cambridgeshire Handicap (last of the season's Irish Sweeps races), DITES, a 33-1 shot owned by Ron Midwood of England, scored a head victory over Isis.
HORSE SHOWS—POCOROCHIE BO, owned by Miles Chester of Washington Court House, Ohio, took first place and a purse of $2,500 in the National Reining Horse Futurity at Columbus, Ohio, as First Command, owned by Dr. M.E. Hays of Liberty, Ind., came in second.