Basketball -- Bob Nichols, former head coach of the University of Toledo men's team, has been named head coach of the North squad for the festival in Chapel Hill, N.C., later this month. Eddie Sutton of Kentucky will lead the South team; Lefty Driesell, former Maryland head coach, will head the East team, and Andy Russo, Washington head coach, will lead the West team.

BASEBALL

Boston Red Sox -- Placed RHP Bob Stanley on the 15-day disabled list; recalled RHP Wes Gardner from their Class AAA affiliate in Pawtucket, R.I.

Texas Rangers -- Talked with agent for drug-troubled pitcher Steve Howe. Howe, 29, was released by both Los Angeles and Minnesota in 1985. He recently returned to his southern California home from Mexico, where he pitched for Tabasco.

Pittsburgh Pirates -- Placed P Dorn Taylor on the 15-day disabled list; purchased the contract of P Brett Gideon from Harrisburg of the Eastern League.

FOOTBALL

Buffalo Bills -- LB Ray Bentley was arraigned in Grand Rapids, Mich., on charges of negligent homicide in a car accident that killed an Otsego, Mich., woman. A preliminary hearing for Bentley is set for July 16. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. Evelyn Ann Kruithoff, 66, died June 21 after the van in which she was riding was struck when Bentley ran a stop sign, police said.

MISCELLANEOUS

Boston Bruins -- William Hassett, president of both the hockey team and the Boston Garden, says a proposal that calls for a new sports arena to replace the current facility would not cost taxpayers a thing. The $632 million plan includes an arena, hotel and condominium complex. The sports arena, the first phase of the project, could be open by 1990.