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BASKETBALL—The U.S. Olympic team, well prepared by Oklahoma State's Henry Iba, upset the New York Knickerbockers 65-64 at Madison Square Garden in the first of three games with pro teams. The Olympians' defense and excellent ball handling forced the Knicks into many errors.
BOATING—Miss Budweiser, clocked at 120.321 mph over Lake Pleasant in Phoenix, Ariz. and driven by Bill Sterrett, won the $17,000 Arizona Governor's Cup, beating Miss Bardahl, which had clinched the national championship for unlimited hydroplanes the previous week.
BOXING—CARLOS (Teo) CRUZ kept his lightweight title in his first defense since taking the championship from Carlos Ortiz in June, by winning a 15-round decision over 20-year-old Mando Ramos in Los Angeles. Cruz was in command until the 13th round when Ramos opened a bad cut over his left eye. In the last three rounds Ramos had Cruz in trouble and turned what had been an easy fight into a close decision: 7-6, 7-6, 9-6. On the same bill, Japan's SHO SAIJYO upset WBA champion Raul Rojas to win the featherweight title. Rojas, knocked down in the sixth round, rallied to win the eighth, ninth and 10th but still lost by a wide margin, 12-3, 9-5, 10-5.
"It's great to be a winner," shouted heavyweight GEORGE CHUVALO after he had stopped ranking contender Manuel Ramos in the fifth round of their scheduled 10-round fight at Madison Square Garden. Often just a courageous loser in important fights, Chuvalo astonished the crowd and his critics with his sharp jab, short, effective combinations and smart tactics. On the same card, BUSTER MATHIS returned to the scene of his only defeat (by Joe Frazier) but was not impressive. He was behind on points to James J. Woody in the sixth round when, for the first time in the fight, he put punches together to win by a TKO.
Eddie Jones, the No. 1 light-heavyweight contender, scored a 12-round split decision over Chuck Leslie in a Las Vegas fight billed as the first of an elimination series for a title match with champion Bob Foster. Judges Mike Petrovich and Harry Krause had Jones ahead 56-54, while Judge Art Lurie voted for Leslie 57-56.
DOG SHOWS—CH. STARGAZER OF DARTVALE, a Lakeland terrier, praised for his condition and performance as well as for being a top specimen of his breed, won best-in-show honors at the Virginia Kennel Club show in Richmond.
FOOTBALL—NFL: It was a black Sunday for some of the game's best passers as defenses and interceptions dominated the action. Green Bay (1-2), NFL champion three times in a row, became a two-time loser as DETROIT (2-1), down 10-0 in the first quarter, came back to defeat the Packers 23-17 on a fourth-period touchdown. The Packers had problems with Lion Cornerback Lem Barney, who intercepted a Bart Starr pass to set up a touchdown and led a goal-line stand that stopped the Packers in the second period. CHICAGO (1-2), after giving up 80 points in two successive games, played tough defense and upset Minnesota (2-1) 27-17. LOS ANGELES (3-0) throttled Cleveland's (1-2) offense, never allowed the Browns to run a play from scrimmage past the 50-yard line and beat them 24-6. BALTIMORE (3-0) tied an NFL record as the Colts scored three times on interceptions and defeated Pittsburgh (0-3) 41-7. DALLAS (3-0) intercepted five passes and recovered two Philadelphia (0-3) fumbles in battering the Eagles 45-13. NEW YORK (3-0) intercepted Sonny Jurgensen passes three times, returned one 47 yards for a touchdown and defeated Washington (1-2) 48-21. ST. LOUIS (1-2) scored after a pass-interference call gave the Cardinals the ball on the New Orleans (1-2) three-yard line with little more than a minute to play and edged the Saints 21-20. SAN FRANCISCO (2-1), with Quarterback John Brodie throwing well despite a bad back, scored three touchdowns on passes to defeat Atlanta (0-3) 28-13.
AFL: BUFFALO (1-3) intercepted five Joe Namath passes, ran three of them back for touchdowns and upset New York (2-1) 37-35. Miami's Bob Griese and Rick Norton fared no better. KANSAS CITY (3-1) picked off five of their passes and whipped the Dolphins (0-3) 48-3. OAKLAND (3-0) stumbled and fumbled but finally put its powerful game together to beat last year's Eastern champion, Houston (1-3) 24-15. BOSTON (2-1) recovered the fumble of an 87-yard punt on the Denver (0-3) one-foot line, scored and went on to defeat the Broncos 20-17. John Hadl passed for two touchdowns and ran for two as SAN DIEGO (3-0) defeated Cincinnati (2-2) 31-10.
GOLF—TOMMY BOLT finished nine strokes ahead of E. J. Harrison to win the $70,000 U.S. National Senior Open in Las Vegas.