BASKETBALL—BOSTON, with Bob Cousy showing no signs of slowing up, got off to its usual fast start and led the East with 2-0 record. New York, improved by play making rookies, tied Philadelphia at 3-2. Syracuse, 2-3, was last. LOS ANGELES, powered by Elgin Baylor and Jerry West, jumped to a 5-1 record and a 2-game lead while Cincinnati, 2-2, moved ahead of the champs from St. Louis who had backcourt troubles and were 2-3. Chicago was 1-3 and Detroit last at 0-4.
BOATING—HANK MILTENBERG, with his wife Elizabeth as crew, sailed his boat Fiasco to 1-2-3 finishes in three races and won the Comet Class Pumpkin Bowl regatta, at Annapolis, Md. Miltenberg scored 78¼ points, four more than runner-up Howard Lippincott in Cirrus.
BOXING—JOE BROWN, 35-year-old lightweight champion, defending his title for a record 11th time, twice knocked down sixth-ranked challenger Bert Somodio, won a unanimous 15-round decision at Araneta Coliseum, Philippine Islands.
GOLF—GARY PLAYER, the pro tour's leading money winner, with earnings of $64,540, shot a three-under-par 69 on the final round to win the $6,720 Wills Golf Tournament by three strokes over Australian Eric Cremin, at Sydney, Australia. Arnold Palmer bogied hole after hole in the first round for a discouraging 80 but rallied with a pair of 69s on the last two rounds to finish eighth with a total score of 294, eight strokes behind Player.
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Maureen Orcutt, the defending champion, four strokes back after the first day's play, shot a two-over-par 74 for the final round and won the North and South Senior Women's Golf Tournament by three strokes over Mrs. John Pennington, at Pinehurst, N.C. Miss Orcutt's 153 matched her winning score of last year.
Phil Rodgers, 23, carded par-breaking rounds of 68-68-67, won the $15,000 Sahara Pro-Am and his first professional tournament by two strokes over Billy Maxwell and Bob McCallister, who were tied for second, at Las Vegas, Nev.
HARNESS RACING—ADIOS BUTLER, the unbeatable favorite, once again paced unchallenged almost from start to finish to win the second leg of the $80,000 American Pacing Classic in the world record time of 2:03 3/5 for 1 1/16 miles, at Inglewood, Calif. Winner of the first leg last week, Adios Butler gave Trainer Paige West, subbing for Driver Eddie Cobb, an easy ride, finishing three lengths in front of Dancer Hanover.
Matastar ($16.60), shrewdly driven by Harry Pownall Sr., found a hole between Orbiter and Spectator, slipped through to win the $83,175 Roosevelt Raceway Dexter Cup Trot in world record time for 3-year-olds on a half-mile track of 2:10 1/5 for 1 1/16 miles, at Westbury, N.Y. Smallest colt in the field of seven, Matastar finished ¾ of a length in front of Orbiter while heavily favored Caleb (3 to 4) came in fifth.
HOCKEY—MONTREAL (7-0-1), won 3 games and moved into the lead with 15 points. NEW YORK (5-4-2) got Gump Worsley back, won 1, tied 1 and lost 1 but fell to second with 12 points. TORONTO (4-2-1) split 2 games, followed with 9 points. CHICAGO (1-3-5) lost 1, tied 2, moved into a tie at 7 points with DETROIT (2-4-3) which lost 3. BOSTON (1-7-2) reshuffled its first line, won 1 and tied 1 but was still last with 4 points.
HORSE RACING—CARRY BACK ($8), after some disappointing races since winning the Derby and the Preakness, carried Johnny Sellers to a come-from-behind½-length victory over Intentionally in the $84,700 Trenton Handicap at Garden State Park, N.J.
T.V. Lark ($14.90), out to earn an invitation to the Nov. 11 Washington D.C. International (see page 53), won the $29,350 Knickerbocker Handicap and set an American record of 2:40 for 1 5/8 miles on the turf at Aqueduct, N.Y. and received his invitation. Johnny Longden moved the 4-year-old colt up from seventh place to win by a nose over the fast-closing Nasomo.
Henry The Seventh and Violetta III finished the mile-and-a-furlong Cambridgeshire Handicap, which determines an Irish Sweepstakes payoff, in a dead heat, thereby doubling the number of first-place sweepstakes winners throughout the world. Violetta III, a 33-to-1 long shot ridden by Larry Parkes, caught Henry the Seventh, ridden by Edward Hide, in the last furlong to bring about the third dead heat in the 119-year history of this Newmarket, England race.
HORSE SALES—The 17th annual KEENELAND BREEDING STOCK SALE set a record gross of $18,585,000 for three days' bidding in which 456 head were sold. Keswick Stables paid an alltime Keeneland high of $22,000 for a weanling colt by Native Dancer-Raise You, while the Shawnee Farm spent $64,000 for Fiji, a 5-year-old mare by Hill Prince-Fifth Fleet, at Lexington, Ky.
Old glory horse sale in three days of auctions brought $700,000 for 450 harness horses. J. S. Turner Jr., acting for his father's estate, put up the 10-year-old stallion Adios Boy for sale at $100,000, but when the bidding stopped at $85,000 Turner himself bought the son of Adios-Carrie Castle for $90,000. It cost Turner $9,000 in commission to buy the horse from his father's estate.
SHOOTING—Army Sergeant 1/c SAMUEL W. HUNTER in three days of dead-eye marksmanship put together a total score of 1,657 out of a possible 1,800, won the U.S. International Free Pistol Championship, but the Army, in spite of Hunter's strong showing, placed second to the Air Force in the team standings, at Fort Benning, Ga. Another Army man, 1st Lieut. Willard D. Powell, won the international running deer competition with a score of 1,244 out of a possible 1,500.
TENNIS—AUSTRALIA'S ROY EMERSON and Rod Laver were rated one-two in the latest list of the world's best male amateur tennis players. Chuck McKinley, only American to make the top 10, was fifth behind third-place Nicola Pietrangeli of Italy and fourth-place Manuel Santana of Spain. Darlene Hard of Montebello, Calif., winner of the National Women's title at Forest Hills, was also ranked fifth behind Angela Mortimer of Great Britain, Margaret Smith of Australia and Ann Haydon and Christine Truman of Great Britain.
Rod Laver, Wimbledon Champion, who lost to Roy Emerson in the U.S. Nationals and Australian Championships, beat Emerson 7-5, 6-3 in the finals of the Queensland Hard-court Championships at Brisbane, Australia. Laver and Emerson then teamed to give spectators a preview of what may be the Australian Davis Cup doubles combination, beating Fred Stolle and Bob Hewitt, runners-up in the Wimbledon doubles, 6-3, 6-4.
TRACK AND FIELD—SZIGMOND NAGY, Hungarian shotputter, set an odd world's record when he put the shot 57 feet 1 inch right-handed and 47 feet 10 inches left-handed for an aggregate of 104 feet 11 inches, at Budapest, Hungary. Parry O'Brien's mark was 102 feet 1¼ inches.
Tom Blodgett, 22-year-old Harvard grad, now a Cambridge University post-graduate student, won five events in the two-day freshman meet at Cambridge, England. In driving rain Blodgett ran the 120-yard high hurdles in 14.4 and the 220-yard low hurdles in 23.5; next day he won the pole vault at 12 feet 6 inches, the javelin with 167 feet 7 inches and the broad jump with 23 feet 2 inches.
MILEPOSTS—ELECTED: ANDY PHILLIP, BENNY BORGMANN and JOHN J. O'BRIEN to the Basketball Hall of Fame, at Springfield, Mass. Phillip, an All-America forward on the 1942-43 University of Illinois' Whiz Kids, later went on to star with four NBA teams and is now coaching the Chicago Majors of the new ABL. Borgmann scored more than 25,000 points playing with the original Celtics and other professional teams from 1917 to 1938. A pioneer in professional basketball, O'Brien served as president of the American League for 25 years. The three men will take part in the Nov. 6 services commemorating the game's 70th anniversary and the 100th birthday of its founder, Dr. James A. Naismith, at Springfield College, Springfield, Mass.
PENALIZED: TENNESSEE POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE of Cookeville, Tenn. and EAST TENNESSEE STATE COLLEGE of Johnson City, Tenn., both members of the Ohio Valley Conference with sizable enrollments, were placed on probation by the NCAA for violating the rules on recruiting and financial assistance to athletes. East Tennessee received a one-year penalty for providing a prospective basketball player with free room and board prior to his enrollment and for allowing prospective players to use the facilities with the basketball coach in attendance, while Tennessee Poly got a two-year penalty because football coach Wilburn Tucker reduced or canceled financial assistance for players who did not perform up to expectations. Arizona State University and Montana State College were removed from the NCAA black list and returned to good standing.
RETIRED: ISTVAN ROZSAVOLGYI, 32-year-old Hungarian Olympic runner and one of the first of the sub-four-minute milers whose 5:2.2 for the 2,000 meters is still a world's record, in Budapest, Hungary.
DIED: MELVILLE E. WEBB, 85-year-old sports-writer, retired after 56 years on the staff of the Boston Globe, at Boston. Webb, a founding member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, was also an outstanding authority on Harvard football and had designed the press box at Harvard Stadium.