MacLeod reportedly to take Irish job
New York Knicks coach John MacLeod will announce his resignation today to take the head coaching job at Notre Dame, several sources said yesterday.
WISH-TV in Indianapolis reported last night that MacLeod would resign from the Knicks today and accept the Notre Dame job later this week. The station attributed the report to MacLeod's attorney in Phoenix, who requested anonymity.
The New York Times quoted Patrick McGroder, MacLeod's attorney, as saying: "John is the first person that Notre Dame actually offered the job to . . . It's a reasonable certainty that John will be Notre Dame's coach by the end of the week."
* The men's and women's National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball committees voted yesterday to keep the three-point arc at 19 feet, 9 inches. In addition, the men's committee ended two days of meetings by agreeing to continue with the 10th-foul, two-shot rule.
But, in a change that is sure to be hailed by defense-minded coaches, the committees decreed that the shot clock -- 45 seconds for men, 30 for women -- no longer will be reset when an attempted shot leaves a player's hand. Instead, it will be reset only when the ball touches the rim.
Hank Nichols, secretary-rules editor for the men's basketball rules committee, said the NCAA will "aggressively seek" to get non-Division I programs, such as junior college and Division II and III schools, to experiment with the longer three-point arc and a wider free-throw lane.
Chucky Mullins, whose fight to overcome a paralyzing football injury made him a symbol of school spirit at the University of Mississippi, was in critical condition yesterday in Oxford, Miss., after collapsing from a blood clot, officials said.
Ole Miss sports information director Langston Rogers said that Mullins collapsed and stopped breathing shortly before 10 a.m. while getting dressed as he was preparing to attend class. He was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Mullins, a 21-year-old Russellville, Ala., native, is almost completely paralyzed from the shoulders down and confined to a wheelchair. He was paralyzed after breaking up a pass play in a game against Vanderbilt on Oct. 28, 1989.
He vowed to rebuild his life, starting with a college degree, and has improved to the point that he was attending classes at Ole Miss. Although doctors predicted his paralysis would be permanent, he has recovered some arm movement and hopes for more.
* Former West Virginia University quarterback Major Harris will not play in the Canadian Football League or National Football League in 1991 so that he's eligible to play in the NFL in 1992, his agent said yesterday.
* Lyle Alzado, whose lawyer said last month that the former National Football League star has inoperable brain cancer, was charged yesterday with battery on a peace officer, authorities said. Alzado is charged with assaulting a female deputy marshal who was serving papers on him pertaining to a civil matter on April 16. Alzado is scheduled to be arraigned on May 21 on one count of misdemeanor battery on a peace officer.
* An $11.1 million damage award against the designer and maker of a football helmet worn by a 16-year-old student left permanently disabled from a head blow was upheld by the Oregon Court of Appeals.
In October 1989, a Multnomah County Circuit Court jury awarded the damages, through his parents, to Richard Austria and against the Bike Athletic Co. and Kendall Research Center. Bike manufactured and marketed the Air Power helmet involved. It was designed by Kendall, a subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive, which also is the parent company of Bike.
David Wheaton fired seven aces to upset No. 2 seed Pete Sampras, 6-1, 7-5, in the $280,000 AT&T; Challenge in Roswell, Ga. Wheaton jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first set against the reigning U.S. Open champion, who played with an injured right wrist. The second set went to 5-5, but Wheaton broke Sampras to go up, 6-5, and finished off the match with ace No. 7.
Patrick McEnroe defeated Scott Davis, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, in the round-robin event, and Aaron Krickstein rebounded from three match points to beat No. 3 seed Brad Gilbert, 1-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Greg Deares' three-run homer in the fourth inning broke open a tight game and sent the University of Maryland Baltimore County (28-18) on its way to a 10-6 win over visiting University of Maryland (24-26-1). Deares finished with three hits. Included in Maryland's 11 hits were doubles by Ken Noe (a school-record 23 for the season) and Brett McGonigal (Loch Raven).
The Ville de Paris, launched less than three weeks ago, led at every mark and won the first race of the pre-World Championship Regatta for the new International America's Cup Class yachts in San Diego.
Skipper Marc Pajot did not sail the Ville de Paris in the second race, won by Paul Cayard aboard the Il Moro di Venezia of Italy. The Nippon, skippered by Chris Dickson, was second in both races, and the Stars & Stripes, sailed by Dennis Conner, was third in both.
WCBM (680 AM) will broadcast every Maryland Bays game this season, beginning with Saturday's 7:30 p.m. season opener against the Penn-Jersey Spirit at Trenton (N.J.) State College. The pre-game show starts at 7:20.
* David Doyle scored three goals, as the Kansas City Comets beat the Cleveland Crunch, 8-6, at the Richfield (Ohio) Coliseum to tie their Major Soccer League Eastern Division playoff series at 3-3. Game 7 will be played Saturday in Cleveland.