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BASEBALL—ROCHESTER of the International League, Baltimore's top farm team, won the Junior World Series four games to three over Denver ( Washington) of the American Association, defeating the Bears 9-6 in the final game as Red Wing Outfielder Rich Coggins collected four hits and scored five times. Rochester, the IL pennant winners, had won the Governor's Cup Playoffs, while Denver, the AA Western Division champions, had beaten Indianapolis ( Cincinnati), the Eastern Division winners in the AA Playoffs. Shortstop Bobby Grich of the Red Wings took the International League's batting (.336) and home run (32) titles, and Charleston's ( Pittsburgh) Richie Zisk led in RBIs (109). Tops in the American Association were the Bears' Richie Sheinblum (.388 BA and 108 RBIs) and Bill McNulty of Iowa ( Oakland) with 27 home runs. In the Pacific Coast league, Salt Lake ( California), the Southern Division pennant winner, defeated Tacoma ( Chicago Cubs), the Northern Division leader, three games to one to win the PCL title.
BOXING—CARLOS MONZON of Argentina retained his world middleweight title with a 14th-round TKO over Emile Griffith of New York in Buenos Aires. It was Monzon's second successful defense of the championship he won from Nino Benvenuti last year. Griffith was attemping to regain the title for the third time.
FOOTBALL—National Conference: Upsets fell off in the second week of play, although undefeated CHICAGO jolted Minnesota with a 20-17 come-from-behind win as second-string Quarterback Kent Nix threw two touchdown passes to Dick Gordon, the last with only 1:42 left to play (page 26). Earlier in the week the Vikings edged the Lions 16-13 on three Fred Cox field goals alter trailing 13-0 in the second period. DETROIT then tamed the Monday night jinx by destroying New England 34-7. Steve Owens scored two Lion touchdowns, one a 74-yarder after catching a swing pass from Greg Landry, while the only Patriot TD came on a 61-yard pass by 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett. Undefeated DALLAS topped 40 points for the second week in a row, walloping winless Philadelphia 42-7 as Craig Morton tossed two TD passes and scored a touchdown. But it was the Cowboy defense that really shook up the Eagles, intercepting seven passes, recovering a fumble and allowing only 32 yards rushing. The lone Eagle touchdown was scored on a 101-yard run by Al Nelson after a missed field goal attempt. GREEN BAY picked off six of ex-Packer Don Horn's passes and romped over Denver 34-13, while Bill Kilmer's 71-yard pass to Charley Taylor led surprising WASHINGTON to its second victory, 30-3 over the New York Giants. Four SAN FRANCISCO touchdowns were scored on runs, one of them a 58-yard return of a blocked field goal by Bruce Taylor, as the 49ers defeated New Orleans 38-20 before 81,595 in Tulane Stadium, the largest crowd of the week. Dan Abramowicz scored all three Saint touchdowns on passes, two from rookie Archie Manning, who missed most of the first half because of an eye injury. David Ray, who opened the scoring with a 45-yard field goal, kicked a 47-yarder with one second remaining to give Los Angeles a 20-20 tie with Atlanta.
American Conference: Two upsets spiced the AFC week as CLEVELAND edged Baltimore 14-13 on Leroy Kelly's two touchdown plunges and PITTSBURGH beat Cincinnati 21-10, with Terry Bradshaw completing 18 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns, and John Staggers returning a punt 67 yards for a TD. Garo Yepremian's five field goals, the longest 48 yards, helped MIAMI to a 29-14 victory over Buffalo. KANSAS CITY slipped by Houston 20-16 when Warren McVea scampered to a four-yard touchdown late in the final period. The Chiefs had led 10-0 in the first period and 13-7 at halftime before rookie Dan Pastorini moved the Oilers to a 16-13 fourth-period lead on his 12-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Joiner. George Blanda booted two field goals and Daryle Lamonica tossed two TD passes to Fred Biletnikoff as OAKLAND crushed San Diego 34-0.
GOLF—LABRON HARRIS Jr., a nonwinner for seven years, birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Bert Yancey to win the $100,000 Robinson (Ill.) Open after the two had tied at 274 at the end of 72 holes.
HARNESS RACING—Albatross failed in his bid to become pacing's sixth Triple Crown winner when he lost to NANSEMOND by three-quarters of a length in the fourth heat of the $102,964 Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio (page 66).
Super bowl ($6), driven by Vernon Dancer, defeated Stars Chip by a neck to win the $71,716 Westbury Futurity at New York's Roosevelt Raceway. Previously unbeaten, Songcan went offstride early in the race and finished third.