Assagai Jr. ($10.60), with Joe Imparato up, took the $111,340 Sapling Stakes for 2-year-olds at Monmouth Park, N.J. Favored Little Big Chief finished second in the six furlong race, two lengths back.
PRO FOOTBALL—OAKLAND shut out Baltimore 16-0 behind George Blanda's three field goals and lefty Ken Stabler's eight-yard pass to Fred Biletnikolf. The Colts, who failed to score a touchdown for the second consecutive week, gave the NFL its first taste of the Wishbone offense with rookie Quarterback Jack Mildren sending the team on a 45-yard drive in the fourth quarter. Later in the week the unbeaten Raiders picked on Los Angeles 34-9 as Stabler and Daryle Lamonica completed 20 of 39 passes. The harassing DALLAS defense set up 17 of the Cowboys' points in a 30-7 win over the Saints before a record preseason crowd of 81,070 in Tulane Stadium. WASHINGTON rolled over Philadelphia 34-10, and has now out-scored three opponents 108-13. PITTSBURGH, the NFL's fourth undefeated team in preseason play, received help from Quarterback Terry Hanratty when starter Terry Bradshaw was knocked out of the game with a slight injury for the third straight week. The Steelers defeated Atlanta 31-17 with Rookie Franco Harris racing 76 yards for a touchdown. BUFFALO'S Dennis Shaw was not bothered by Minnesota's Purple Gang, throwing for three touchdowns en route to a surprising 21-10 victory. O.J. Simpson demonstrated the effectiveness of Coach Lou Saban's "new look" offense by rushing for 68 yards. SAN DIEGO, still playing without recalcitrant Duane Thomas, eased by San Francisco 17-16 when Quarterback John Hadl marched the Chargers 66 yards and tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Levias with 56 seconds left. MIAMI defeated Cincinnati 35-17 as Bob Griese connected for three scores, two to Paul Warfield. Tim Van Galder, a three-year member of the ST. LOUIS taxi squad, replaced Quarterback Gary Cuozzo after the Cardinals' scoreless first half and led them to a 17-13 win over Denver. HOUSTON scored 10 points before Green Bay ran an offensive play and the Oilers came away with a 20-3 victory. Chicago looked as if it would do the same to NEW ENGLAND, scoring on a 92-yard pass from Bobby Douglass to Earl Thomas in the first 34 seconds. But Patriot Quarterback Jim Plunkett was in control the rest of the way, completing 17 of 28 passes for two touchdowns to beat the Bears 27-17. The Giants and Jets decided nothing in a wide-open 31-31 tie in the Yale Bowl. DETROIT sent Cleveland reeling to its third defeat in 16 days 34-7.
SOCCER—The DALLAS Tornado, North American Soccer League champion, and the MOSCOW Dynamo, champion of the U.S.S.R., played to a 0-0 tie in Texas Stadium in Dallas, marking the first appearance of a Russian team in the United States. Dynamo will play three more games on its American tour.
TENNIS—EVONNE GOOLAGONG of Australia breezed through a final match with Virginia Wade of Great Britain 6-3, 6-1, to win the women's singles title at the Canadian Open championships. ILIE NASTASE of Rumania beat Andrew Pattison of Rhodesia 6-4, 6-3, in the men's finals.
John Newcombe won over Ken Rosewall 5-7, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 in the finals of the $50,000 Colonial National tournament.
Nancy Richey Gunter of San Angelo, Texas defeated Billie Jean King of Palm-Aire. Fla. 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the finals of the $25,000 Virginia Slims Denver International.
MILEPOSTS—RESTRAINED: From leaving the Boston Bruins at least until Oct. 1, when current NHL contracts expire, Center DEREK SANDERSON and Goalie GERRY CHEEVERS, who recently signed with the Philadelphia Blazers and the Cleveland Crusaders of the WHA, by a U.S. District Court in Boston. Philadelphia countered with a suit on behalf of the new league, asking that the NHL's reserve clause be declared invalid.
SIGNED: To a new four-year contract worth a reported $2.5 million, KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, squelching rumors that the 7'2" center would leave the Milwaukee Bucks when his contract ran out following the 1972-73 season.
SUSPENDED: From postseason competition for one year as a result of recruiting violations, the UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS football, basketball and track teams and the DUKE UNIVERSITY basketball team, by the NCAA policy-making council. In addition Kansas' football team was barred from appearing on television, Eastern Michigan University was censured for recruiting infractions and the indefinite suspension placed on the University of California in 1971 was set to last until February 1973.