National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue is standing by his recommendation to move the 1993 Super Bowl out of Arizona because of the furor over a paid holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
"They explained their point of view in terms of the electoral decision in Arizona," Tagliabue said last night after meeting with a group of political leaders from the state. "It was a useful exchange of views."
Gov. Rose Mofford and Sen. Dennis DeConcini presented the case for a state where voters last month rejected ballot initiatives to honor King.
But Tagliabue said he still would recommend to club owners at their March meeting that the 1993 Super Bowl be moved from Tempe, Ariz.
Mofford said she would not rule out an executive order establishing a paid holiday before she leaves office in March.
DeConcini conceded that the state may not act in time to save the 1993 NFL title game, but said sentiment in the state was moving toward a holiday to satisfy concerns raised over the issue.
* GIANTS: Mark Bavaro agreed to pay a reported $7,500 NFL fine, saying he lost his composure two weeks ago when he bumped an official.
The incident caused Bavaro to be ejected from New York's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"It was just an emotional time in the game," Bavaro said in his longest conversation with reporters since the 1986 Super Bowl. "It was a little over-exuberance and the league found it in their best interest to fine me. I accept that and I'll continue on the rest of the year."
Neither Bavaro nor league spokesman Greg Aiello would disclose the amount of the fine. Two newspapers reported it was $7,500.
The incident happened seconds after the Eagles' Byron Evans returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown. Bavaro got into a shoving match with a couple of Philadelphia players, and the official ended up on the ground after either tripping or being pushed inadvertently.
* REDSKINS: Joe Jacoby is expected to start at left guard for Washington tomorrow in place of Russ Grimm, who missed his third straight day of practice with a sprained shoulder.
Grimm is likely to spend the game against the Chicago Bears on the inactive list, enabling Mark Schlereth to suit up as a backup offensive lineman.
Tight end Jimmie Johnson was held out of practice with a pinched nerve in his shoulder, and Ron Middleton may see more work in his place during the game.
Wilber Marshall was held out of practice with a bruised hip, but is expected to play tomorrow.
* PATRIOTS: A grand jury refused to indict New England wide receiver Irving Fryar for carrying a pistol in Rhode Island without a permit.
When asked about his future with the team, Fryar said he hopes to be part of the reported major changes that are expected to take place at the end of the season.
"They say they are going to ship a lot of people out of here at the end of the year," Fryar said. "Hopefully, I'll be one of them."
On the night of Oct. 10, he and teammate Hart Lee Dykes were involved in a brawl outside Club Shalimar. Dykes suffered an eye injury that required hospitalization and Fryar was arrested for carrying a handgun without a Rhode Island license.
Fryar contended that he was merely coming to the aid of Dykes, who was being attacked outside the nightclub.
The grand jury also decided not to indict William Earley, who was implicated in the attack on Dykes and charged with assault. Earley, however, was found in violation of his parole and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
* CARDINALS: Dexter Manley says he is apprehensive over his return to the football field tomorrow, a year after he was suspended for his third substance-abuse violation.
"You train yourself for a major event and it gets here and you're scared," Manley said. "So now it's here, and I'm scared."
Phoenix coach Joe Bugel, whose team plays the Atlanta Falcons, was an assistant coach at Washington when Manley built a reputation as one of the league's top defensive ends.
"This is a chance of a lifetime," Bugel said of Manley. "I think it's put up or shut up for Dexter."
* PACKERS: Anthony Dilweg will make his third straight start at quarterback when Green Bay faces the Seattle Seahawks at Milwaukee County Stadium tomorrow.
Coach Lindy Infante said Don Majkowski still has not recovered from a bruised shoulder suffered Nov. 18. Majkowski did not participate in yesterday's workout.