Major, minor leagues seem close to splitting
Contract talks between baseball's major and minor leagues turned bitter yesterday, as both sides said they were prepared to sever their 87-year-old relationship.
The minor leagues accused the majors of trying to pass on "irresponsibly high costs," and the majors said the minor leagues' final proposal for a new agreement -- the current one expires Jan. 12 -- was an "ill-concealed attempt to hold up major-league baseball."
The chief negotiator for the major leagues said the commissioner's office would begin discussions to start new minor leagues and clubs outside the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the current minor league governing body.
The minors, in turn, said they were planning to do without the players whose contracts are owned by major-league teams; they currently constitute the great majority of minor-league players.
* First baseman Jack Clark rejected the San Diego Padres' latest contract offer Saturday, and unless there is a radical change in negotiations, it appears highly unlikely that Clark will return to the Padres for the 1991 season.
The Padres, after being informed that Clark will be one of 16 players eligible for second-look free agency because of the Collusion III ruling, offered Clark a one-year guaranteed contract for $2.5 million if he agrees to waive his right to free agency.
Padres general manager, said he is awaiting a response from Clark and agent Tom Reich. But when reached Saturday night at his home in Danville, Calif., Clark said the offer won't even be considered.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward John Williams is expected to be out of action from four to six weeks because of a sprained left foot suffered Friday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, Cavaliers team spokesman Bob Price said last night.
The recovery time was set by doctors who examined Williams' sprained left foot at Cleveland Clinic during the weekend.
It is likely that Williams will go on the injured list, where he would have to remain for at least five games. If he returns four weeks from the date of the injury, Dec. 14 against San Antonio, he would miss 11 games.
* Lee Tevino shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the Ben Hogan Senior Cup Golf Tournament in Moroyamamachi, Japan, by four shots. Trevino, the leading money-winner on the Senior PGA Tour, went ahead on Saturday and completed three trips over the 6,738-yard, par-72 Edel Weiss Golf Club course in 7-under-par 209. First-round leader J.C. Snead and Orville Moody shared second place at 213.
* American Larry Mize beat Japan's Joe Ozaki by three shots in Japan's richest golf tournament, the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Miyazaki. Mize shot a 1-under-par 71 for a 14-under 274 total and earned $277,000 from the total purse of $1.54 million. Ozaki broke out of a five-way tie and took second place with a 16-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole.
rTCGR: PHOTO North Carolina won its fifth straight National Collegiate Athletic Association women's soccer championship with a 6-0 victory over Connecticut in Chapel Hill, N.C. It was the eighth time in the nine years the tournament has been held that the Tar Heels won the title.
Connecticut had ended the Tar Heels' NCAA-record 103-game consecutive match unbeaten streak earlier this season. Kristine Lilly, the tournament's most valuable offensive player, had a goal and two assists, and Rita Tower assisted on three goals as North Carolina (20-1-1) improved its home record to 106-0-2 in the 12-year history of the program.
Freshman Macha van der Vaart's four goals set a championship game record and led Old Dominion to the NCAA field hockey title in a 5-0 victory over North Carolina in Piscataway, N.J. Van der Vaart scored 40 seconds into the match, and senior Laura Knorr followed with 26:34 remaining in the first half. Van der Vaart scored the remaining goals, as Old Dominion (21-2-1) avenged its only losses of the season, both to North Carolina (19-3).