Fran Fraschilla, who has coached Manhattan to postseason spots in his four years at the school, will be hired as coach of St. John's next week, radio station WFAN reported last night.
"He's a candidate, but nobody's been offered the job yet," said a St. John's spokesman.
Fraschilla would succeed Brian Mahoney, who was dismissed March 11 after St. John's finished with an 11-16 record, the school's worst mark in 33 years. St. John's also has been interested in John Calipari of Massachusetts and Pat Kennedy of Florida State.
North Carolina-Charlotte: The school made a popular decision within its basketball program, choosing alumnus and longtime assistant coach Melvin Watkins to be the team's coach.
Wooden Award: Marcus Camby, who led Massachusetts to a 35-2 record and its first NCAA tournament Final Four appearance, was named winner of the John R. Wooden Award as Player of the Year.
Majoli advances, Pierce falls in Family Circle Cup
Fast-rising Iva Majoli and the curiously backsliding Mary Pierce held their courses in the Family Circle Cup in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Third-seeded Majoli ousted Amanda Coetzer, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3. No. 8 Pierce wasted five match points and fell to 32nd-ranked Petra Begerow, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Inducted: Rosie Casals, holder of 12 Grand Slam doubles titles, and the late Dan Maskell, known as the "Voice of Wimbledon," have been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
MEAC names Harris new commissioner
Charles S. Harris, former athletic director at Arizona State, was named commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Harris assumes his new role on July 15. He succeeds Ken Free, whose contract expires June 30.
Bowling: Parker Bohn III opened match play in Erie, Pa., with a 300 game and padded his lead in the Flagship Open to 178 pins over John Mazza. Danny Wiseman of Baltimore is fifth.
Hockey: Cam Neely of the Boston Bruins says he will need an artificial hip when he retires -- and that time may have arrived. Neely, who has missed the last 21 games, said that he may have played his last NHL game.
Olympics: Webster Wright of Annapolis finished fourth and Rob Harbison of Fallston fifth in the Free Rifle Prone competition at the Olympic shooting trials in Atlanta. Ed Esworthy of Walkersville was eighth in the Rapid Fire Pistol competition.
Whitney pleads guilty: Former NBA player Charles "Hawkeye" Whitney, who was accused of robbing and abducting White House lawyer Mark Fabiani, pleaded guilty to one count of armed kidnapping.
Pub Date: 4/05/96
Darren Daulton on Tuesday night became the Philadelphia Phillies' 13th Opening Day left fielder in the past 13 seasons. Name the two former Orioles players among the 13. (Answer, 9D)
Jeff Stone in 1985 and Phil Bradley in 1988. The others: Glenn Wilson (1984), Gary Redus (1986), Mike Easler (1987), Chris James (1989), John Kruk (1990), Von Hayes (1991), Wes Chamberlain (1992), Milt Thompson (1993), Pete Incaviglia (1994) and Gregg Jefferies (1995).
Move over, Dennis