The National Hockey League fined the Minnesota North Stars $10,000 yesterday and suspended defenseman Mark Tinordi for the first 10 regular-season games for fighting during the team's exhibition game Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Tinordi, who had been sent to the penalty box after a third-period altercation with Chicago's Chris Chelios, stepped out of the penalty box to try to lure Chelios back for a rematch. Tinordi was among five players given game misconducts for their parts in the brawl.
* Dr. Charles Burke has prescribed complete rest and antibiotics for Mario Lemieux, the high-scoring center for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Lemieux is in a Pittsburgh hospital for tests and treatment of an inflammation in the disk space in his back. He is expected to miss the first three months of the season. Lemieux was bothered by back pain that radiated into his legs last season. Last July, he underwent surgery to remove part of a herniated disk. However, his discomfort returned last month.
* The new owner of the Minnesota North Stars wants to renegotiate the "agreement" with the expansion San Jose Sharks to share Minnesota's talent pool after this National Hockey League season, a condition of the sale of the team by George and Gordon Gund to Howard Baldwin and Morris Belzberg. The dispute is between the Gunds, who own the Sharks, and Norman Green, who is majority owner of the North Stars. Green, who said the Gunds want too many of his young players, said: "I felt the same at the time of the sale, but I voted to accept it because I felt it was the only way to keep the Gunds from moving the North Stars to the Bay area." Green was a minority owner of the Calgary Flames and a member of the NHL Board of Governors when the league approved the sale of the North Stars. He voted to accept the agreement that gives the Gunds up to 30 players from the North Stars' reserve list.
The Houston Rockets traded guard John Lucas and center Tim McCormick to the Atlanta Hawks for guards Kenny Smith and Roy Marble. Houston general manager Steve Patterson called Smith, 6 feet 3, the key player in the deal, saying the trade "gives us tremendous depth and flexibility in the backcourt."
Smith, 25, was traded from the Sacramento Kings to Atlanta midway through last season and appeared in 33 games. For the year, he averaged 11.9 points, but slipped to 7.7 with the Hawks. Lucas, 36, a former Maryland All-American, has played with six teams during his 14 years in the league, three of them with the Rockets. He is ninth on the all-time NBA assists list with 6,454.
* Contract talks between the Denver Nuggets and No. 1 draft pick Chris Jackson have broken down after Jackson's agent, Eddie Miller, rejected the team's $12.5 million offer over five years principally because 15 percent of the money was to be deferred beyond the terms of the contract. Miller said that if the Nuggets were not proposing deferred compensation as part of their proposal, the sides would be "very, very close."
American Amy Frazier ousted second-seeded Monica Seles, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2, third-seeded Katerina Maleeva eliminated 14-year-old Jennifer Capriati, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), and No. 1 seed Martina Navratilova beat Stephanie Rehe, 6-1, 6-3, to advance to the third round in the Nichirei International in Tokyo. Seles, 16, injured her right ankle when she slipped and fell on the artificial court during the 11th game of the second set with the score tied, 5-5. Frazier broke Seles in the 11th game and held serve in the 12th to take the set.
* Eight aces helped John McEnroe move into the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Niclas Kulti in Basel, Switzerland. He will meet unseeded Andrei Cherkasov, who beat Jim Courier, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, breaking the defending champion's serve twice in the third set. . . . Brad Gilbert beat Patrick Kuhnen, 6-3, 6-2, and defending champion Niclas Kroon overcame a wrist injury and a broken contact lens to beat Brian Garrow, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. . . . Steffi Graf swept past Manon Bollegraf, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals of the Volvo women's tournament in Leipzig, East Germany. . . . Zina Garrison advanced into the quarterfinals of the Bayonne women's tournament by defeating Alexia Dechaume, 6-1, 6-0, in Bayonne, France.
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The University of Baltimore will hold its annual alumni sports outing Oct. 6 at Speer Field on Rogers Avenue in Mount Washington. For more information, call Rich Gutierrez at 244-7236 (home) or 631-7711 (work), Steve Kopf at 882-6499 (home) or 646-0800 (work) or Keith Trumbull at 377-0427 (home) or 527-3202 (work). . . . The Baltimore Bicycle Club will sponsor a 25-mile ride Oct. 6, starting at 7 a.m. from Hunt Valley Executive Plaza and another 25-miler the next day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. from Greenspring Station. . . . The Bowie Racquet and Fitness Club will hold a tennis carnival Oct. 13. For information, call 262-4553.