GRIZZLIES IN ACTION: The Utah Grizzlies (42-21-8) look to snap a three-game losing skid tonight in Cincinnati. KTKK (630 AM) will broadcast the contest live at 5:30 p.m. The Grizz, who are currently third in the IHL's Southwest Division - eight points behind first place Long Beach, visit Indianapolis Saturday.
HARRICK EYES NBA: Jim Harrick said he would consider leaving as Rhode Island coach if a job in the NBA were offered him.
"Depends on the situation. You don't want to go in where you are Denver and you win five games. But really, that is the pinnacle of coaching basketball. But there are only 29 of those jobs and only five or six of them open every year," Harrick said from St. Louis, where his team plays Valparaiso tonight in the NCAA tournament.
Harrick said he would also consider becoming an assistant coach in the NBA. He is a former Utah State assistant.
Speculation about Harrick coaching pro ball reignited this week following Rhode Island's defeat of heavily favored Kansas on Sunday.
STEINBRENNER NOT SELLING: George Steinbrenner said he has no intention of selling the New York Yankees, despite a conversation with Cablevision about a potential deal. "I'm not talking to anybody about selling," said Steinbrenner Thursday, responding to a report in New York News-day.
Cablevision chairman Charles Dolan, whose company owns the NBA's New York Knicks and the NHL's New York Rangers, talked with the Yankees about a purchase, Newsday reported Thurs-day.
Cablevision, which has television rights to the Yankees and New York Mets, has been rumored in baseball circles to be interested in buying the Yankees or Mets.
PLAYOFF FORMAT CHANGED: Following complaints the home-field advantage should mean something in the postseason, baseball owners decided teams with better records will get the scheduling edge.
The home-field advantage in the division series and league championship series will go to teams with the best won-lost records unless they are wild cards, owners decided Thursday.
In addition, the teams with the home-field advantage in the best-of-5 first round will host Games 1, 2 and 5, rather than 3, 4 and 5. As before, wild-card teams cannot have home-field advantage in the first two rounds.
NORWAY DOWNS U.S.: The only team in the world of women's soccer that can compete with the United States dominated the Americans in the Algarve Cup.
Norway, the defending World Cup champion, handed the U.S. women their worst loss in their 13-year history, 4-1 Thursday. Needing only a tie to move into the finals, the Americans were overwhelmed and will meet Sweden for third place on Saturday. Norway will go after the title against Denmark the same day.
It was a shock for the U.S., which before Thursday was playing some of its best soccer since winning the 1996 Olympics. The Americans, who have never won this event, entered the Norway match after a 4-1 victory over China.
"We took the game too lightly," U.S. coach Tony DiCicco said."At this level against this kind of competition, it's a game of mentality, and we did not have it today. We had some bad mistakes in the back and it cost us a place in the final."
CAPRIATI, GRAF OUSTED: Jennifer Capriati's latest comeback bid lasted barely an hour, and Steffi Graf never even made it to her opening match.
The Lipton Championships lost two of its biggest names on the first day of action Thursday, but neither departure was a surprise.
Capriati, playing for the first time since November, lost to Magdalena Grzybowska 6-0, 7-5. Graf withdrew because of a strained left hamstring that is expected to sideline her for at least another month.