Marquette will offer its basketball coaching job to University of Arkansas-Little Rock coach Mike Newell, the Milwaukee Journal reported Thursday. The Arkansas Democrat had previously said Newell would be hired and then rescinded the story.

''I have approved and authorized an offer to Mr. Newell. I don`t know if the offer has been made yet, but that`s the status of the situation right now,'' Quentin L. Quade, executive vice president of Marquette, told the Journal late Thursday morning.

The Journal said Newell could not be reached for comment, and there was no indication whether he would accept the offer. However, he told Arkansas television reporters Wednesday he understood he was the leading candidate for the job.

Newell led the Trojans to a 23-11 record last season, when they upset Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Newell would succeed Rick Majerus, who resigned to take an assistant coaching position with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association.


North Korea has given conditional approval to a South Korean offer that would allow North Korea to co-host the 1988 Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said Thursday. North Korea stressed, however, that it still wants a greater share of the events.

North Korea had demanded a share in staging the Games, which had been awarded to the South Korean capital of Seoul.

IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch`s compromise plan calls for North Korea to host archery and table tennis as well as part of road cycling and soccer. The North also would stage cultural events related to the Games. In its response, North Korea ''asked for more, so we want to know exactly what they want,'' IOC spokeswoman Michele Verdier said.


Pitcher Bert Blyleven said his agent will file a grievance with the Major League Players Association against the Minnesota Twins, who are fining him $50 a day for growing his beard back. ''It`s the general principle of the matter,'' Blyleven said. ''The whole thing makes me look like a villain, makes me look like I`m trying to make the organization look bad. That`s not the case at all.'' In accordance with a policy that dates back 25 years to the club`s founding, Blyleven is being fined $50 a day for the beard. The money goes to the charity of his choice. Blyleven wore a beard for several years before being traded to the Twins last Aug. 1, when he shaved it off. Blyleven said the beard helps his confidence. Blyleven, 35, is 6-7 with a 5.43 earned-run average and has allowed 27 home runs, most in the majors.

-- National League manager Whitey Herzog will name Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets his the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game July 15, according to several newspaper reports.


Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard told the Toronto Star that John Brophy, coach of Toronto`s American Hockey League farm club, will succeed Dan Maloney as Leafs head coach. Ballard said he would have an announcement when Brophy and general manager Gerry McNamara return from the AHL`s annual meetings next week.

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