PRO FOOTBALL—NFL: Four teams remain undefeated. Cincinnati exploded late in the third period, scoring two touchdowns on drives engineered by Quarterback Ken Anderson, to whip the winless New England Patriots 27-10 (page 22). Chuck Foreman got 205 total yards and tallied three touchdowns to lead Minnesota past the New York Jets 29-21. Buffalo, with O.J. Simpson running for 159 yards in 32 carries, waited until the last period to ice its win over Baltimore, 38-31, Jim Braxton scoring his third touchdown with 6:04 remaining. Dallas trailed 7-6 at the start of the last quarter, but a four-yard Roger Staubach to Jean Fugett touchdown pass enabled the Cowboys to beat the Giants 13-7. Previously unbeaten Oakland was upset by Kansas City 42-10, in a game that featured the Chiefs' Quarterback Mike Livingston's three TD passes and one-yard scoring run. Bill Munson started at quarterback for Detroit for the first time this season, and tossed three touchdown passes in a 27-7 defeat of Chicago. Houston and Pittsburgh both registered their third wins, Dan Pastorini steering the Oilers past Cleveland 40-10, and Steeler Lynn Swann catching two TD passes in Pittsburgh's 20-9 defeat of Denver. Miami downed Philadelphia 24-16 and Atlanta defeated San Francisco 17-3. In the season's second sudden-death overtime, the Los Angeles Rams nipped the San Diego Chargers 13-10 on Tom Dempsey's 22-yard field goal. And in the battle of two winless teams, New Orleans and Green Bay, the Saints prevailed 20-19 on a 21-yard field goal by Rich Szaro with 22 seconds remaining.
WFL—The Philadelphia Bell traveled 7,000 miles to face the Hawaiians, but were foiled in their attempt to cover just 19 yards with a field goal, as Len Burnham blocked the kick with four seconds to play to preserve a 14-13 victory. Eastern Division rivals Memphis and Birmingham clashed, the Vulcans amassing 321 yards of total offense in beating the Southmen 18-14. The Hornets stung the Jacksonville Express 22-15 and Anthony Davis dashed for 139 yards in 25 carries as his Southern California Sun scorched the Shreveport Steamer 39-30. Western Division leader San Antonio lost in overtime to the Portland Thunder 28-25.
HARNESS RACING—BRET'S CHAMP ($30.20) driven by Billy Haughton, won the $154,222 Messenger Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway, edging Seatrain by a neck in 1:59[1/5] to equal the stakes record.
HOCKEY—NHL: The Pittsburgh Penguins (2-0) faced off against the Washington Capitals (0-3) to open the NHL's 59th season. Pittsburgh played the Capitals twice, winning both games by scores of 4-2 and 7-5. The Montreal Canadiens (3-0) dominated play in the Norris Division with a powerful offense that produced 25 goals in the first three games, five of them coming against the Orr-less Boston Bruins (0-1-1) in the second period of a 9-4 rout. The California Golden Seals (2-1) won their first two games. Buffalo Goalie Roger Crozier registered his 30th NHL shutout against the Detroit Red Wings (0-2), as the Sabres showed early signs of strength, ending the week (2-0) atop the Adams Division. Defending Stanley Cup champion Philadelphia (3-0) leads the Patrick Division, while both the New York Rangers (1-1-1) and the New York Islanders (1-0-2) began the season with a win and a tie. The Kansas City Scouts (1-0-1) lead in the Smythe Division.
WHA: Two strong teams from the Canadian Division opened the league's fourth season, the Winnipeg Jets (2-0) outscoring the Quebec Nordiques (1-1) 5-3. The Houston Aeros (1-0) began their campaign to retain the Avco World Trophy with a 5-0 whomping of the New England Whalers (0-1), 47-year-old Gordie Howe adding a goal and an assist to his scoring totals. Phoenix (2-1) beat the San Diego Mariners (0-2) twice, and moved to the top of the Western Division. In their WHA debut the Cincinnati Stingers stopped the Cleveland Crusaders (0-1) 1-0, behind the sharp goaltending of Serge Aubry. The Indianapolis Racers (1-1) defeated the Denver Spurs (0-1) 7-1 to share an early lead in the Eastern Division with Cincinnati (1-0).
HORSE RACING—SNOW KNIGHT ($4) was declared winner of Belmont Park's $114,000 Man o' War Stakes when stewards upheld a double claim of foul against the first finisher, One on the Aisle, dropping the race's only 3-year-old entry to second.
TENNIS—JAN KODES, of Czechoslovakia, defeated Italy's Adriano Panatta 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 to win the $75,000 Madrid Grand Prix, after Panatta had advanced into the finals by beating Bjorn Borg of Sweden.
Brian Gottfried beat fellow American Harold Solomon by sweeping three sets, 6-2, 7-6, 6-1, to win the $10,000 first prize money at the South Pacific Championships in Melbourne.
Nancy Gunter netted her first victory in three years by defeating defending champion Virginia Wade 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the $50,000 Phoenix Thunderbirds tournament.
MILEPOSTS—ADDED: Four new franchises to the American Soccer League, bringing the total to 13. When Oakland, San Diego, Sacramento and Los Angeles begin play in 1976, the league will extend coast-to-coast for the first time in its 42-year existence.