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Bulls make Brand top pick; Francis heads to Vancouver

Two ACC players became the top two picks in the NBA draft last night, when Chicago selected Duke's Elton Brand at No. 1 and Vancouver chose Maryland's Steve Francis second.

Charlotte had the third pick in the draft and took UCLA guard Baron Davis. The Los Angeles Clippers made Rhode Island's Lomar Odom the fourth pick. High school player Jonathan Bender rounded out the top five, going to Toronto.

Spike it: The ACC's volleyball coaches have tabbed Virginia to finish second in the Conference for the 1999 season. Only Clemson was selected ahead of the Cavs.

Last season, the Cavaliers were picked No. 7 in the poll. The five-spot jump this year can be linked to a strong Conference finish a year ago and the Cavs' four returning starters. Virginia posted an overall record of 26-8 while going 12-4 in the ACC.

Dymnomite: Former Cavalier star DeMya Walker will play on the U.S. Pan American Games women's national team.

It is the second year in a row that Walker will represent her country on the hardwood. Last summer, Walker played for the 1998 USA Basketball Select Team. She was the team's leading scorer.

Three former ACC stars join Walker on the PanAm team. Clemson's Itoro Umoh, N.C. State's Umeki Webb and North Carolina's Sylvia Crawley also made the roster.

Stockton and Fillol: Virginia men's tennis coach Dick Stockton and his partner Jaime Fillol won their opening round match at Wimbledon yesterday.

The duo captured the first round match with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Ken Rosewall and Fred Stolle in the gentlemen's 45-and-Over Doubles Championships.

You're in good hands with All-State: Cav golfer James Driscoll earned a first-team nod on Virginia's All-State team. Teammate Mike Mitchell made the second team.

The coaches of the Commonwealth's nine Division I schools voted on the team's members.

Everlasting Mooney: Cavalier women's lacrosse players Amy Fromal and Mia Mooney were both named to the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association) Academic Squad.

It was the first time on the team for both players.

Football All-Americans: Football News magazine tabbed Cav tailback Thomas Jones and offensive lineman Noel LaMontagne to its preseason Second-Team All-America list.

Both players will be captains this season for the Cavalier football squad. Five Virginia players earned preseason All-ACC honors. Casey Crawford, John St. Clair and Byron Thweatt join Jones and LaMontagne on that team.

Oregon outburst: Ex-Cav track and field standout Ann Crouse claimed a third-place finish in the javelin throw at the 1999 United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the University of Oregon. Cavalier assistant coach Kim Graham, who won the 400-meter dash last year, finished seventh in the same event at this meet.

Crouse's strong showing earned her a berth in the World Championships scheduled to begin Aug. 20. Georgia Tech hurdler Andrea King will join Crouse at the World Championships. King finished third in the 100m hurdles in Oregon.

Three games sell out of single-game tickets: The Cavalier football team's home games against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Florida State no longer have single-game tickets on sale. Those three contests now only have student guest and season tickets available.

McKnight moves to top spot: Galax golfer and Cavalier alumnus Tom McKnight moved into the No. 1 position in Golfweek's latest men's amateur rankings.

McKnight took over the top spot after qualifying for the U.S Open in Pinehurst, N.C. June 17-20. He has accumulated 210 points in a system that awards points based on finishes at designated tournaments and strength of field.

Sosa is just too sweet: Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa belted his Major League leading 30th homerun in a 5-4 win over Milwaukee yesterday. It was Sosa's fourth homer in four games.

Kournikova loses at Wimbledon: After two days of rain at Wimbledon, play resumed yesterday with several key matchups on both sides. Venus Williams rallied to down Anna Kournikova 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the women's side. Williams faces French Open champion Steffi Graf in the next round. Graf bounced Belgian qualifier Kim Clijsters 6-2, 6-2 in just 86 minutes.

On the men's side, No. 1 seed Pete Sampras advanced, while fellow American Jim Courier lost to Britain's Tim Henman. Three-time Wimbledon champ Boris Becker lost in straight sets to No. 2 seed Patrick Rafter.

BCS alters selection criteria: The Bowl Championship Series made a few small changes to the selection format to improve the often-debated criteria in place.

The new guidelines, which were implemented yesterday, now will take new computer rankings and tougher eligibility requirements into account for the BCS. Also, a conference's automatic berth in the BCS will be eligible for review and possible retraction.

Yes!: Former NBC analyst Marv Albert was rehired by the network Tuesday for NBA and Olympic coverage.

Albert's return comes under two years after he was fired by NBC after pleading guilty in a sex case. He is slated to cover 15 NBA regular season games and the first four weekends of the playoffs. Albert will also provide coverage during boxing telecasts of the 2000 Olympics in Syndney.

--from Staff and Wire Reports