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 78� 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.
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 � 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-behind�-length victory over Intentionally in the $84,700 Trenton Handicap at Garden State Park, N.J.