A March 5 article in Sports identified the first white basketball player at Howard University as point guard Gil Goodrich, based on information from the university's sports information office. However, the first white player was Barry Wolfe, who played in 1960, the university said yesterday.

A compilation of biographical details that accompanied a March 5 Federal Page article on Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.) incorrectly said he had received a bachelor of arts degree at Kent State University. He attended Kent State but did not earn a degree.

A March 5 article misstated the income tax increase proposed in a bill sponsored by Virginia Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax). Saslaw's bill would raise the state income tax in Northern Virginia by one-half percent of income.

An illustration on the front page of the March 5 Health section incorrectly numbered the five vertebrae of the lower back (the lumbar region). L5 is the bottom vertebra; the next four vertebrae, counting up in succession, are 4, 3, 2 and 1.

A March 4 Business article incorrectly reported the market share of men's products in national sales of cosmetics and toiletries. Products for men make up about 12 percent of the market.

A March 3 Business article misstated the requirements for deductible individual retirement accounts. Taxpayers who do not have, and whose spouses do not have, employer-sponsored retirement plans at work may deduct contributions to an IRA, regardless of their income. Those who have, or whose spouses have, an employer-sponsored plan may also qualify for a deduction if their income falls below certain thresholds.