BASEBALL—The LOS ANGELES DODGERS finished their Japanese tour with a 9-8-1 record, the worst performance ever by an American major league team overseas. The only big Dodger winner was Owner Walter F. O'Malley, who was awarded the Third Class Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government. He commented philosophically: "This tour shows that Japanese baseball is coming of age."
BASKETBALL—NBA: PHILADELPHIA (15-1) defeated the Knicks 113-109 and 117-108, the Bulls 145-120 and the Royals 134-110, to run its winning streak to eight games and its Eastern Division lead over the second-place Celtics to two games. BOSTON (12-2) made it eight wins in nine games with back-to-back 143-119 and 147-125 victories over the Bullets. Third-place NEW YORK (9-9) dropped three in a row before beating the Bulls 116-104, while CINCINNATI (6-9) lost two of three and BALTIMORE (3-16), three of four. In the West first-place SAN FRANCISCO's (11-6) winning streak reached six straight as Rick Barry scored 44 points in a 115-104 victory over the Pistons and 45 in a 144-109 romp over the Lakers. Barry's total raised his league-leading average to 39 points a game. ST. LOUIS (9-5), picking on the hapless Bulls and Pistons, won three games and moved to within half a game of the Warriors. In a 105-87 win over the Pistons, which gave the Hawks a five-game winning streak, rookie Lou Hudson scored 26 points, all in the second half. The only bright spot for DETROIT (8-11) was the shooting of rookie Dave Bing. He totaled 100 points as the Pistons dropped three of five. CHICAGO (7-14), after an unexpectedly good start, lost four more games to extend its losing streak to eight, while LOS ANGELES (5-12) lost two of three despite the return of Elgin Baylor, who missed three weeks with a knee injury.
CHESS—Russia won the team title for the eighth Straight year at the world Chess Olympics in Havana, with the U.S. second. Bobby Fischer, who had an amazing record of 14 victories in 17 games at first board for the U.S., was nosed out by the U.S.S.R.'s TIGRAN PETROSIAN for the individual title by .23 of a point.
FOOTBALL—NFL: GREEN BAY (8-2) lost Bart Starr early in the second period with an ankle injury but still managed to edge Chicago (3-5-2) 13-6 as Zeke Bratkowski threw two TD passes to Carroll Dale. Baltimore (7-3) fell out of a tie for the Western Conference lead with the Packers when the Colts were upset by DETROIT (4-6-1) 20-14. San Francisco (4-4-2) blew a 20-7 half-time lead and lost to PHILADELPHIA (6-5) 35-34 while LOS ANGELES (6-5) defeated Minnesota (3-6-1) 21-6 on four field goals by Bruce Gossett and moved ahead of the 49ers into third place. DALLAS (7-2-1) tied idle ST. LOUIS (7-2-1) for the lead in the East, as Don Meredith passed for one touchdown and ran for another to help the Cowboys defeat Pittsburgh (3-6-1) 20-7. Third-place CLEVELAND (7-3) remained half a game out of first by beating Washington (5-6) 14-3. A Yankee Stadium crowd sang "Bye-bye, Allie" and waved white handkerchiefs at Giant Coach Allie Sherman, as ATLANTA (1-9) defeated New York (1-8-1) 27-16. Falcon Quarterback Randy Johnson passed for three touchdowns (two of them to ex-Giant Ernie Wheelwright) and ran for a fourth, to give the expansion club its first regular-season win.
AFL: Babe Parilli tossed three touchdown passes and, with 24 seconds left in the game, Gino Cappelletti kicked a 19-yard field goal to give BOSTON (5-3-2) a 27-27 tie with KANSAS CITY (8-2-1). Despite the tie, the Chiefs (page 74) stayed on top of the Western Conference standings, but the Patriots dropped a full game off the lead in the East, as first-place BUFFALO (7-3-1) coasted over Houston (3-8) 42-20. NEW YORK (5-4-1) halted a four-game losing streak to remain in the running for the Eastern Conference title when rookie Emerson Boozer scored two touchdowns, including a 96-yard return of the second half kickoff, in a 30-13 victory over Miami (2-8). Passes of 58 and 51 yards from Tom Flores to Billy Cannon set up two touchdowns, as OAKLAND (7-4), 1� games behind me Chiefs in the West, defeated Denver (2-8) 17-3.
GOLF—ARNOLD PALMER sank a 12-foot putt on the last hole to win the $110,000 Houston Champions International by one stroke over Gardner Dickinson Jr. (page 32).
HOCKEY—NHL: CHICAGO (8-2-2), with a victory and two ties, widened its lead to three points over runner-up TORONTO (4-3-7), which won a game and tied another. When NEW YORK (4-6-5) tied the Black Hawks 2-2 early in the week, the Rangers moved into a tie for second, their highest position in the NHL in five years. But a tie and a loss dropped them into a share of third with BOSTON (5-5-3), which extended its unbeaten streak to five with one tie and a victory. MONTREAL's (5-6-1) losing streak reached five games after a loss to the Maple Leafs 5-1, but the Canadiens climbed out of the cellar by beating the Rangers 2-1. DETROIT (4-8-2) lost two straight and fell into last place.
HORSE RACING—AMBEROID ($15), who had not won a race since the Belmont Stakes in June, took the 1?-mile Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct by 1� lengths over Exhibitionist.
MOTOR SPORTS—ART ARFONS lost control of his Green Monster and crashed wildly on the Bonneville ( Utah) Salt Flats, aborting his effort to regain the world landspeed record (page 28).
Mario Andretti of Nazareth, Pa. took the 200-mile Bobby Ball Memorial race at Phoenix with an average speed of 104.687 mph for his eighth USAC championship victory of the year.