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December 12, 1991

Illini's Mackovic taking Texas job, paper says

The John Mackovic era is over at Illinois. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Mackovic, 48, will formally announce today that he has accepted Texas' offer to become its new football coach, according to sources in Illinois and Texas.

A team meeting has been called for 7:30 a.m., when Mackovic will inform the players of his decision. He then will fly to Austin, Texas, for a news conference.

Illinois defensive coordinator Lou Tepper is considered a heavy favorite to replace Mackovic.

* South Carolina State and coach Willie Jeffries will abide by sanctions contained in an NCAA report concerning rule violations while Jeffries was at Howard, S.C. State president Albert E. Smith said. Under the NCAA ruling, Jeffries will not be allowed to coach in postseason competition.

* The Northwood Recreation Center 11-13 Pop Warner team will play for the national title Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., against a team from Dallas.

Pro basketball

The Seattle SuperSonics placed guard Quintin Dailey on waivers because of what coach K.C. Jones called a dispute over playing time. Dailey had appeared in 11 of the team's 19 games, averaging 9.0 minutes and 2.8 points. Dailey, 30, a Cardinal Gibbons graduate, said he plans to sign with a team in the newly formed Global Basketball League.

Hockey

Mark Messier became the third-highest-paid player in the NHL when he signed a reported five-year, $13 million contract with the New York Rangers. His salary places him behind Wayne Gretzky ($3 million) of the Los Angeles Kings and Mario Lemieux ($2.38 million) of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tennis

Guy Forget led the way into the quarterfinals of the $6 million Compaq Grand Slam Cup in Munich, Germany, with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jamie Yzaga.

* Harry Hopkins, a district judge in Fort Worth, Texas, has ordered Martina Navratilova and her former companion, Judy Nelson, back to court because they have failed to settle a palimony suit. He gave the estranged couple three months to settle the suit.

Women's soccer

Mount St. Mary's will begin varsity intercollegiate competition in women's soccer next fall, athletic director Tom Balistrere said. The decision concludes a six-month study that began when the college announced it was dropping field hockey.

Baseball

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Julio Machado is being investigated in connection with the shooting death of a Venezuelan woman, Caracas police said. Machado, 23, was reported missing Tuesday, after officials began their investigation. He has not been charged with a crime.

Stadiums

Plans are under way to tear down Exhibition Stadium in Toronto and replace it with an arena for concerts, hockey, basketball and other professional sports. The proposed arena, which would seat about 22,000, would be big enough to accommodate the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs or an NBA franchise.

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