Milutinovic named U.S. soccer coach
Bora Milutinovic, a Yugoslav who has coached the World Cup teams of Mexico and Costa Rica, was named coach of the U.S. national soccer team yesterday. He replaced Bob Gansler, who resigned last month after two years in the job.
The U.S. team will be host of the 1994 World Cup, thus qualifying automatically for the tournament. Milutinovic's contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation, which runs through December 1994, is reportedly for about $200,000 a year and includes incentive bonuses.
Milutinovic, 46, played professionally in Yugoslavia, France and Mexico before coaching the Mexican team to the quarterfinals of the 1986 World Cup. He was hired to coach the Costa Rican team only 45 days before the start of the 1990 World Cup. That team made it to the second round.
This is shaping up as a memorable week for safety Terry Hoage of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hoage, whose wife, Jennifer, gave birth to their second child, Natalie, yesterday, may agree to a contract with the Washington Redskins today as the team's second Plan B free agent.
Jim Solano, Hoage's agent, said Hoage is "leaning" toward signing with the Redskins and hopes to make a decision today whether to leave the Eagles.
* Fans who donated nearly $40,000 to help Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche pay a fine for barring a female reporter from his locker room will be buying movie tickets and bicycles for schoolchildren.
Wyche, who paid the $27,941 fine himself, said he will use the donations to start a program to reward elementary school pupils for grades and attendance.
* Several Texas civil-rights activists want the National Football League to reject Houston's bid for the 1995 Super Bowl unless Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is recognized as a state holiday.
In Texas, King's birthday is observed jointly with Confederate Heroes Day on the third Monday in January. State offices remain open, and people who took the day off must give up another state holiday.
* New Orleans Saints linebacker Brian Forde is suing four Jefferson Parish (La.) sheriff's deputies for $3.5 million, claiming they brutalized him after making racist remarks about him and his wife. Forde is black. His wife is white.
Shaquille O'Neal, who could be the No. 1 pick in the 1991 National Basketball Association draft if he decides to leave Louisiana State early, says he is "pretty sure" he will remain in school at least another year, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
* Texas A&M athletic director John David Crow said he has talked informally with Creighton coach Tony Barone about the school's vacant job.
The Peach Bowl, in a bid to boost its postseason status, will play its 1992 game on New Year's Day and televise it under a new contract with ESPN.
The multiyear TV contract calls for the New Year's Day game to be played at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium at 11:30 a.m., the first of eight bowls to be televised that day. It will take the time slot the Gator Bowl had this past New Year's Day.
Verbal volley Pam Shriver of Lutherville, who upset fourth-seeded ItaliaRaffaella Reggi on Tuesday, lost to Eva Sviglerova of Czechoslovakia, 2-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, in 2 hours, 12 minutes in a second-round match of the U.S. Women's Hardcourt in San Antonio.
Mike Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., knocked down 5,556 pins ttake the 24-game lead in the Professional Bowlers Association $200,000 PBA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio. John Forst of Woodridge, Ill., is second with 5,477. Martin Letscher of Bel Air is ninth with 5,316 and Danny Wiseman of Baltimore 13th with 5,287.
Frustrated by the prospect of being a bench player with the Boston Red Sox, first baseman Mike Marshall walked out of camp. Marshall was hitting a team-high .464 in 28 at-bats.
Meanwhile, manager Joe Morgan said his starting rotation the first week will be Roger Clemens, Greg Harris, Matt Young and Danny Darwin, leaving Tom Bolton and Dana Kiecker in the bullpen until the schedule demands a fifth starter.
* A Georgia appeals court threw out an Atlanta woman's breach-of-contract and paternity suit against former baseball player Steve Garvey on grounds that it should have been filed in California.
The suit was filed in 1989 by Rebecka Mendenhall, an assignment editor for Cable News Network.
* Atlanta Braves outfielder Lonnie Smith's status for Opening Day was doubtful after he underwent 40 minutes of arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Smith is expected to be out two to four weeks.