FOOTBALL—COLLEGE: Northern Illinois Quarterback GEORGE BORK (see page 68) set his 10th small-college passing record when he threw seven touchdown passes against Whitewater State College.
NFL: The season opened with a crash, as CHICAGO upset champion Green Bay 10-3 (see page 28). Y.A. Tittle threw three touchdown passes and ran for one as he led NEW YORK to a 37-28 come-from-behind victory over Baltimore. Washington's George Izo tied a 24-year-old league record with a 99-yard scoring pass to Bobby Mitchell, but that was about it for the Redskins, as they lost to CLEVELAND 37-14. ST. LOUIS coasted to a surprising 34-7 win over Dallas despite the loss of Fullback Prentice Gautt, who ruptured a kidney, and DETROIT smothered Los Angeles 23-2. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia tied 21-21 when Lou Michaels—who kicked three field goals, including a 50-yarder—missed an extra-point attempt in the last few minutes of the game. San Francisco's Abe Woodson raced 103 yards with the opening kickoff to a touchdown, but the 49ers lost to MINNESOTA 24-20 as Fran Tarkenton guided the Vikings to two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
AFL: OAKLAND, the most improved team in the league, won its second game in a row by defeating Buffalo 35-17 as Cotton Davidson completed 14 passes for 315 yards. SAN DIEGO kept pace with the Raiders by beating Boston 17-13 on two long touchdown passes. George Blanda once again dominated the HOUSTON offense as he kicked two field goals and one extra point and threw a touchdown pass in the Oilers' 20-14 win over Denver.
GOLF—DEANE BEMAN, 25, of Bethesda, Md. took his second National Amateur championship by defeating 23-year-old National Collegiate champion Dick Sikes 2 and 1 in the finals in Des Moines (see page 90).
Bobby Nichols, 27, won his first tournament in 17 months when he shot a 16-under-par 272 to take the $35,000 Seattle Open by two strokes.
HARNESS RACING—Norman Woolworth's MEADOW SKIPPER ($8.70), driven by 69-year-old Earle Avery, won the $163,187 Cane Futurity in Yonkers, N.Y., the first race of pacing's triple crown. Overtrick, the favorite, was second by � of a length.
HORSE RACING—Irish-bred-and-trained RAGUSA, the 2-to-5 favorite under Australian Jockey Garnet Bougoure, easily won the St. Leger, Britain's oldest race for 3-year-olds, by six lengths. The victory was worth $90,546 to his Scots owner, J. R. Mullion, and increased the earnings of the bay son of Ribot to $322,000 this year.
In one of the best handicap fields of the year, Mrs. Marion duPont Scott's MONGO ($11.80), ridden by Wayne Chambers, won the $125,000 United Nations Handicap in Atlantic City, N.J. for the second year in a row. Never Bend, making his first start on grass, was second by two lengths, while favored Carry Back was third.
Chateaugay ($4.70), the Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner, just about clinched 3-year-old honors with a half-length victory under Braulio Baeza in the $57,300 Jerome Handicap at Aqueduct.
MOTORCYCLING—Britain's MIKE HAILWOOD, 23, took his third world title by driving a scarlet 500-cc. MV-Agusta to a record 117.8 mph average in the Grand Prix of Italy in Monza.