HORSE SHOWS—Paced by the brilliant riding of KATHY KUSNER (page 86), the U.S. Equestrian Team romped to an overwhelming victory in the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden, scoring 131 points to 95 for runner-up Canada.
SOFTBALL—Harvey Sterkel pitched a one-hitter and Bob Christenson hit a home run as the Aurora (Ill.) Sealmasters gained the world championship for the U.S. with a 6-0 win over Mexico. The victory was Aurora's 12th without a loss in the two-week competition in Mexico City.
TENNIS—The U.S. lost to Brazil 3-2 in the Davis Cup interzone semifinals when Thomas Koch defeated Cliff Richcy 6-1, 7-5, 6-1 and Jos� Edison Mandarino beat Dennis Ralston 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the last two singles matches. Brazil will meet the other semifinal winner, India or West Germany, for the right to meet Australia in the Challenge Round in late December.
MILEPOSTS—AWARDED: To NEW ORLEANS, the 16th NFL franchise, effective in 1967. Commissioner Pete Rozelle made the announcement just seven days before Louisianians voted on a bond-issue amendment that would authorize construction of a domed stadium in the Crescent City.
NAMED: As NASCAR Grand National driving champion, DAVID PEARSON, 31, of Spartanburg, S.C., with 35,638 points accumulated in 42 races. Pearson, in his seventh season of stock-car racing, won 15 races, finished 33 times in the top 10 and 26 times in the top five.
NAMED: BILLY CASPER, 35, of San Diego, Calif., as Golfer of the Year by the PGA, after a season in which he dined on buffalo steak, fought off an amazing assortment of allergies long enough to win his second U.S. Open championship, amassed $120,747 in prize money (tops on the PGA tour) and ranked first in both the Vardon Trophy and Ryder Cup point standings.
VOTED: The Cy Young Award as the outstanding pitcher in the major leagues, SANDY KOUFAX of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the third time. Previously presented the same honor by a committee of baseball writers in 1963 and 1965, the 30-year-old left-hander gained the award this year for his 41 starts, a 27-9 record, 27 complete games, five shutouts, 317 strikeouts and an earned run average of 1.73, best in the National League for an unprecedented fifth straight season.
FIRED: MIKE FARMER, 30, as coach of the NBA Baltimore Bullets after the team had started the season—Farmer's first—with a disappointing 1-8 record. He was replaced by the Bullets' former coach (1947-51 and 1965) and current general manager, BUDDY JEANNETTE, 49.
DIED: ROSCOE E. McGOWEN, 80, for 30 years a sportswriter for The New York Times, until his retirement in 1959; of lung cancer, in North Woodstock, Conn.