CAMPBELL OUT AS RANGERS COACH: Colin Campbell is out as coach of the New York Rangers, with John Muckler expected to take over the team if a deal can be worked out, the New York Daily News reported today.

The New York Post also said today that Campbell is about to fired, but said E.J. McGuire - the coach of the team's Hartford affiliate in the American Hockey League - is the leading candidate to replace Campbell.

The Post said Muckler and Pat Quinn, fired this season as Vancouver's general manager, brushed off the Rangers' advances.

The Daily News said Campbell, in the first season of a three-year, $2.4 million contract, had not been officially informed of the firing, which the paper said would be implemented today. The newspaper said the move was being held up while general manager Neil Smith sought permission from Buffalo to negotiate with Muckler.

"I didn't know. It's the first I've heard about it," Rangers star Wayne Gretzky said after Canada's 4-1 victory today over Kazakstan in the Olympic quarterfinals at Nagano, Japan.

TORONTO'S CLARK CONSIDERS SURGERY: Toronto forward Wendel Clark, sidelined since Dec. 31 by a groin injury, is trying to put off possible season-ending surgery.

Clark is going to give it more time to heal before opting for surgery, which could sideline him for the rest of the season.


VIKINGS, RANDLE AGREE: Minnesota Vikings defensive end John Randle agreed to a $32.5 million, five-year contract, taking advantage of the NFL's new television pact to grab the biggest contract ever given to a defender.

The deal includes a $10 million signing bonus. An undrafted free agent who signed with the Vikings from Texas A&I in 1990, Randle led the NFL with a career-high 151/2 sacks last season. That earned him All-Pro honors for the third straight season and his fifth straight Pro Bowl start.

- The Pittsburgh Steelers and free-agent Joel Steed have a agreed to a club-record four-year, $17 million contract, with the star nose tackle expected to sign the deal today.

- The Miami Dolphins signed former Tennessee Oilers guard Kevin Donnalley to a four-year deal for a reported $15.2 million.

- Mike Wells, a defensive tackle who spent the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions, signed a five-year, $11 million contract with the Chicago Bears.

- A jury was seated in the civil trial of former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer, accused of physically and verbally assaulting two men at the Merles Hotel on Oct. 22, 1994.


FABER GRAND PRIX: At Hanover, Germany, Steffi Graf faced Andrea Glass today in the German star's first singles match since undergoing knee surgery eight months ago. Glass advanced to the second round of the Faber Grand Prix by beating Barbara Paulus 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.

EUROPEAN COMMUNITY: At Antwerp, Belgium, top-seeded Petr Korda, ranked second in the world after winning the Australian Open last month, beat Wayne Ferreira 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the European Community tournament.

KROGER-ST. JUDE INDOOR: At Memphis, Tenn., top-seeded Marcelo beat Steve Campbell 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Kroger-St. Jude Indoor.