Loughery is Heat coach, report says
Atlanta Hawks assistant Kevin Loughery has been named coach of the Miami Heat, according to a broadcast report yesterday.
The report on Miami's WTVJ, an NBC affiliate, was attributed to unidentified sources.
A source close to the club said the announcement will come tomorrow.
Spokesmen for the Hawks and Heat said last night that they were unaware the hiring decision had been made.
Loughery said: "I can't say anything about it. My only understanding is that it [the naming of the coach] is going to happen this week."
Loughery, Heat assistant Dave Wohl and an additional candidate who was not publicly identified by Miami's management were in the running for the job left open when Ron Rothstein resigned.
Loughery, 51, coached the Washington Bullets from 1985-86 until 1987-88, when he was replaced by current coach Wes Unseld. Loughery also was a head coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Chicago Bulls.
* Seattle SuperSonics guard Dana Barros has asked the team to trade him.
Barros, 24, a two-year NBA veteran, played in 81 games in his rookie season, but only 66 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes a game. That improved to 19.6 minutes during the last nine games, when he averaged 8.4 points and shot 53 percent.
In an unexpected move, the International Olympic Committee announced it had granted recognition to Namibia, enabling the southwest African country to participate next year in the Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.
The move appeared to be a precursor to the readmission of South Africa, which could come next month. South Africa was expelled in 1970 because of its system of racial separation.
The United Nations General Assembly voted in 1966 to end South Africa's trusteeship of the territory, which was known as South-West Africa, but South Africa continued to maintain control. Namibia gained independence in March 1990.
Namibia is expected to send six to 10 athletes to Barcelona, including Frankie Fredericks, the U.S. college champion in the 100 and 200 meters.
The U.S. national team played world club champion AC Milan of Italy to a 1-1 tie before a Chicago-record crowd for soccer of 41,572. It was the fourth-largest non-Olympic crowd to watch the U.S. national team in the United States.
Hugo Perez put the United States ahead in the 53rd minute on a pass from Eric Wynalda. Marco Van Basten scored 10 minutes later for Milan, redirecting a header by Frank Rijkaard from right in front of U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola.