NEW YORK (AP) _ David Stern makes very few mistakes. On Sunday, however, the highly praised NBA commissioner made a big one on national television.
While conducting the league’s draft lottery, Stern got the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves confused with the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars.
Right state. Wrong nickname and wrong sport.
Stern mistakenly said ″Minnesota North Stars″ when he opened an envelope containing the Minnesota Timberwolves’ logo. Everybody laughed, including Stern.
″I was trying to keep straight in my head who was still available to finish in the top three,″ Stern explained. ″I also had just sent a congratulatory note to the new North Stars owner, Howard Baldwin, and I guess I got confused.″
Timberwolves president Bob Stein wasn’t ruffled by the mistake.
″We have no plans at this time to change our name,″ he said.
The New Jersey Nets won the lottery and will have the first pick in the June 27 draft.
SWARTHMORE, Pa. (AP) - Washington College won its first national title as Larry Gewer defeated schoolmate Scott Flippin-Read in straight sets to win the NCAA men’s singles tennis championship.
Gewer, seeded second, on Sunday defeated No. 3 seed Flippin-Read 6-4, 6-3.
As Division III champion, Gewer will advance to the Division I championships at Indian Wells, Calif., this week.
The title match was the first in the event’s 15-year history to pit schoolmates.
Also Sunday, John Morris and Bill Meadows of Washington and Lee University defeated Scott Milener and Bobby Hession of the University of Rochester, 6-4, 6-4, for the doubles title.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Gary Gait drilled in five goals and had four assists as two-time defending national champion Syracuse defeated Brown 20-12 Sunday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I lacrosse tournament.
Tom Marachek and Paul Gait added three goals apiece for the No. 1-ranked Orangemen, 11-0. Syracuse next faces North Carolina in the semifinals at noon Saturday at Rutgers Stadium.
Brown ends its season at 11-4.
The Gait brothers gave the Orangemen a 4-1 lead at the 11-minute mark of the first period as Gary scored three goals and Paul added one.
Tome Marechek scored twice in the first period to give the Orange a 7-2 lead. Syracuse goalie Matt Palumb held Brown to just four first-half goals. The Orangemen took an 11-4 halftime lead.
In the third period, it was all Orange again, with the Gait brothers and Marechek tipping in goal one apiece.
Brown made a run late in the fourth period, scoring three consecutive goals within three minutes to close the lead to 18-12. Marechek and Brook Chase scored in the fourth period for Syracuse.
Rich Tuohey and Jay McMahon had three and two goals, respectively, for Brown.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina scored the first 13 goals and easily beat Harvard 18-3 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA lacrosse championships on Sunday.
Steve Huff had four goals for the Tar Heels (12-3), who reached the final four for the ninth time in 11 years. John Webster and Dennis Goldstein each had three goals for North Carolina, who will play No. 1 Syracuse on Saturday.
The Tar Heels outshot fifth-seeded Harvard 60-30 and held the edge in ground balls 68-48. Chris Miller had 28 saves for Harvard but allowed all 18 Tar Heel goals. Andy Piazza made 10 saves for the Tar Heels.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The American South Conference’s regular season basketball champion will host the 1991 conference tournament, ASC presidents decided Sunday.
All conference teams will play in the weekend tournament, Commissioner Craig Thompson said after a three-day meeting ended Sunday.
He said presidents of the schools voted Sunday on proposals from athletic directors in the conference, which is made up of New Orleans, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Southwestern Louisiana, Pan American and Lamar.
They also agreed to sign a three-year contract with Creative Sports Marketing to carry one regular-season game and the conference championship on ESPN in 1991 through 1993, he said.
Thompson said the presidents also discussed their schedules. They want to be sure the teams they play are strong enough to keep the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament after 1991, he said.