DODGERS SALE: Two members of baseball's ruling executive council predicted the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to Rupert Murdoch's Fox Group will be approved next week.

A'S SIGN MITCHELL: Kevin Mitchell, the National League MVP in 1989 with San Francisco, signed a minor-league contract with the Oakland Athletics. Mitchell, 36, hit .153 in 20 games for Cleveland last year.


MASON'S HEARING POSTPONED: A hearing on statutory rape charges against Charlotte Hornets forward Anthony Mason was postponed after prosecutors and the defense agreed they both needed more time to prepare for the case.


U.S. SANCTIONS: All players on the U.S. Olympic men's team could be barred from future games unless those who trashed dorm rooms in Nagano come forward soon.

U.S. Olympic Committee executive director Dick Schultz said he and committee president Bill Hybl would discuss disciplinary options during a conference call Tuesday with the panel's officers.

Schultz said he believed only two or three players on the 23-member squad were involved in the vandalism of three rooms at the Olympic Village dorm Feb. 18.

CASHMAN DEMOTED: Wayne Cashman is out as coach of the slumping Philadelphia Flyers, demoted to an assistant and replaced by Roger Neilson.


CHAMPIONS CUP: Andre Agassi, seeking his third consecutive tournament title, beat Todd Woodbridge 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the first round of the Champions Cup. In the third round of the Evert Cup, top-ranked Martina Hingis routed Meike Babel 6-2, 6-0.


ANOTHER TYSON SUIT: Mike Tyson, who sued Don King last week, filed another lawsuit against two former managers, claiming they betrayed him by arranging a deal that made King the former heavyweight champion's exclusive promoter.

Auto racing

PRIMESTAR 500: Bobby Labonte worked his Atlanta magic again in the rain-delayed Primestar 500, winning on the 1.54-mile oval for the second straight time.

Figure skating

TIRED TARA: Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, tired and suffering from an infection, said she will not compete in the World Championships later this month in Minneapolis.