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BASKETBALL—ABA: The Kentucky Colonels, with Guards Carrier and Louie Dumpier making 27 points apiece, set a club scoring record in a 149-124 win over Miami that moved them to within a game of Eastern Division leader Indiana. The Pacers, in the other half of a doubleheader in Louisville, were upset by the Dallas Chaparrals 112-103. Though Indiana's Bob Netolicky and John Barnhill each scored 28 points, it was John Beasley and his 14 points in the final quarter that led Dallas from a tie, with 1:48 to go, to nine straight points and the win. Three newcomers to the New York Nets, Sonny Dove, a onetime top-draft choice of Detroit in the NBA, 7' Center Ron Taylor, a castoff from the Washington Caps, and Ed Johnson, a bargain from the Los Angeles Stars, have turned New York into a contender for the Eastern play offs. Johnson got 14 rebounds against his former Los Angeles teammates, Dove scored 22 points, and the Nets won 108-97.
NBA: Phoenix, with four straight wins, had the best record in the Western Division as Connie Hawkins led all scorers against Seattle and Los Angeles and had 15 rebounds in the first of two wins over Chicago. Lew Alcindor averaged more than 27 points a game in the Milwaukee Bucks' three wins and a loss. His high was 36 points in an easy 131-98 win over Seattle. Against Philadelphia he had 24, but was second to 6'6" rookie Bob Dandridge of Norfolk State, who recorded 26. The Bucks' brief streak was ended, 124-99, by the New York Knicks, who seemed to be off on a new streak of their own, with three straight wins.
NBA—East: New York (3-0), Baltimore (1-3), Milwaukee (3-1), Philadelphia (2-2), Cincinnati (2-3), Detroit (1-2), Boston (1-2). West: Atlanta (1-1), San Francisco (2-1), Chicago (2-3), Los Angeles (2-2), Phoenix (4-0), San Diego (1-3), Seattle (2-4).
BOXING—With a left hook and a right cross at 1:08 of the ninth round of a scheduled 12-round fight in Las Vegas, LEOTIS MARTIN knocked out former heavyweight champion Sonny Liston, ending the latter's 14-bout winning streak that began after his second loss to Muhammad Ali in 1965. Martin, who was knocked down in the fourth, trailed Liston through the first eight rounds.
FOOTBALL—AFL: New York earned clear title to the Eastern Division championship with a 34-26 win over the Houston Oilers. According to Oiler Coach Wally Lemm, "Fumbles and interceptions gave them everything they got." Perhaps so. The Jets set a club record by intercepting six Oiler passes. They also set a club record by dumping the Houston quarterbacks nine times for losses totaling 69 yards. Kansas City got past Buffalo, but barely, on its way to the crucial game with Western leader Oakland this week. Jan Stenerud kicked his fifth field goal, with two minutes to go, to break a tie and give the Chiefs a 22-19 win.
NFL: The last remaining title was decided when Capitol Division leader Dallas beat Pittsburgh 10-7 on a Craig Morton touchdown and a Mike Clark field goal. The Steelers did not invade Dallas territory until the fourth quarter, when they scored their only touchdown. The big game, Minnesota vs. Los Angeles, settled the matter of a record, not a title. The Rams rallied too late to catch the Vikings, who won 20-13, and their historic 11-0 record is now just another division-winning 11-1.
NFL—East: Century- Cleveland (9-2-1), St. Louis (4-7-1), New York (4-8), Pittsburgh (1-11). Capitol—Dallas (9-2-1), Washington (6-4-2), Philadelphia (4-7-1), New Orleans (4-8). West: Central—Minnesota (11-1), Detroit (7-4-1), Green Bay (6-6), Chicago (1-11). Coastal—Los Angeles (11-1), Baltimore (7-4-1), Atlanta (4-8), San Francisco (3-7-2).