Search for Astros buyer widens

The Houston Sports Association expanded its efforts yesterday to find a buyer for the Astros because no suitable local buyer had been found.

HSA said in a statement that its shareholders decided to broaden "national marketing efforts to find an out-of-state buyer," and to meet with the ownership committee of Major League Baseball and National League owners to determine the best ways of selling the team.


* ATHLETICS: Due to come off the disabled list today, Rickey Henderson remained in a wait-and-see mood after an extended workout yesterday.

Henderson, who has missed the past 13 games with a strained muscle in his left calf, took two turns of batting practice, ran sprints in the outfield and lifted weights.


"When I wake up [this morning] maybe I'll know," Henderson said.

"[The injury] is getting better. It feels pretty good, but I know I ain't 100 percent. I'll play if I can go out there, but I'm not going to re-injure it."

Manager Tony La Russa said Henderson would be activated only if he is physically ready to start.

* ALCOHOL: Beer, wine and liquor sales have dropped at major-league baseball stadiums since alcohol-management programs were put into effect in 1987, a new report shows.

In 10 ballparks, vendors cannot sell beer in the stands. In all but three of 26 stadiums, alcohol cannot be sold after a certain point, usually the seventh inning.

The Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos and Astros the only teams without a cutoff.