DeBartolo is unlikely to sell PenguinsEdward J. DeBartolo...

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May 29, 1991

DeBartolo is unlikely to sell Penguins

Edward J. DeBartolo, who finally joined his son as the owner of a championship team, said yesterday that the Pittsburgh Penguins' unexpected Stanley Cup title makes it less likely he will sell the club.

DeBartolo, a multimillionaire real estate developer from Youngstown, Ohio, reportedly put the team up for sale several months ago after his DeBartolo Corp. experienced cash flow problems. Five or six prospective buyers expressed interest, but no deal was ever close to completion, DeBartolo said. He estimated the Penguins, now that they've won the cup, were worth $65 million to $75 million.

"A lot of people said . . . they wanted to buy, but right now we're not negotiating to sell," he said. And "if things work out right," he probably will own the club for years to come.

DeBartolo acknowledged he never has been as enthusiastic about hockey as his son, Eddie Jr., is about his four-time Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers. But he said winning one Stanley Cup made up for losing $25 million on the Penguins in 14 years of ownership.

* The San Jose Sharks will take at least two players, but no more than four, from Minnesota in a dispersal draft agreed upon long before the North Stars' surprising run into the Stanley Cup finals. The dispersal draft and an expansion draft in which the Sharks and the North Stars each will select 10 players -- one from each of the remaining 20 National Hockey League teams -- will take place tomorrow.

Pro football

State lawmakers in Albany, N.Y., said yesterday they want to start a new lottery game this fall based on the scores of the New York State and New York City-area teams in the National Football League. The game would be based on the scores of the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and New York Jets games. It's expected to raise $15 million for the state. The lottery is part of a tentative agreement on a new state budget.

Betting on NFL games is legal only in Nevada. Oregon is the only state to offer a lottery-style game tied to NFL results. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue appeared before the Oregon legislature last month urging lawmakers to junk the game, saying it undermines confidence in the integrity of NFL games.

* Jim Marsalis, a Kansas City Chiefs cornerback from 1969-1975, was charged yesterday in Pascagoula, Miss., with five counts of embezzling in connection with his duties as a vice president of a bank. Marsalis worked for the Hancock Bank for a number of years before being fired recently.

College baseball

In Baton Rouge, La., Pat Garrity drove in three runs last night to lead Louisiana State past Southwestern Louisiana, 8-5, for the National Collegiate Athletic Association South Regional championship and a berth in the College World Series.

LSU (51-18) reached the CWS for the third consecutive year and the fifth time in the past six years. The Tigers are seeded fourth at Omaha, Neb., and will play Friday night against fifth-seeded Florida, which beat LSU in the Southeastern Conference tournament. Southwestern Louisiana got to the regional championship game by beating Texas A&M, 13-10, earlier in the day.

College basketball

UNLV has completed a response to an NCAA inquiry into the school's basketball program just as the school was hit with more negative publicity from the publication of photos showing three former players with a convicted sports fixer.

University legal counsel Brad Booke said the 300-page response to the NCAA probe into the program will be in the NCAA's hands by Saturday. Booke also said the NCAA will accept a revised edition of the reply by June 15, after lawyers for those involved have a chance to study the reply and suggest changes.

Auto racing

A decision is expected by this fall on a proposal that could end Chevrolet's domination of Indy-car racing and attract more Formula One engine builders and drivers to the Indianapolis 500.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and U.S. Auto Club said yesterday they are giving "strong consideration" to the engine specifications now used in the Formula One series. Speedway president Tony George indicated the changes could be put into effect in time for the 1993 Indy 500.

If they are adopted, the changes would make the current turbocharged engines obsolete and, in theory, provide greater competition. The normally aspirated 3.5-liter engine is a configuration now used in Formula One and World Sports Prototype championships.

Golf

Hord Hardin confirmed yesterday that he has resigned as pTC chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club and will be succeeded by Jackson Stephens of Little Rock, Ark., as the head of the Masters tournament. Hardin said a formal announcement in the change of leadership for one of golf's most prestigious tournaments will be made today. The change was effective Monday, Hardin said, and members of the Augusta National Golf Club were informed by mail on Saturday.

Running

Athletic officials in Athens, Greece, acknowledged yesterday that they agreed to stage an international marathon in 1995, but insisted the race had nothing to do with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympics.

The Greek Olympic Committee, still upset that Atlanta, and not Athens, was awarded the 1996 Games, have said they would not participate in any event to mark the Olympic Centennial.

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