SCHOTT IN HOSPITAL: Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was admitted to a hospital late Tuesday, hours after the team lost its season opener.

"Her condition is not life threatening," said Dona Lucas, a nursing supervisor at The Jewish Hospital Kenwood.

Lucas would not release details about Schott's condition until hospital officials talked to the Reds.

Schott, 69, did participate in the traditional festivities, including the parade, that mark opening day. She is banned from running the team through this season for offensive remarks she made about minorities in 1996.

San Diego beat Cincinnati 10-2.


WATKINS TO COACH TEXAS A&M: North Carolina Charlotte coach Melvin Watkins resigned to take the coaching job at Texas A&M.

Athletic director Judy Rose said assistant Bobby Lutz will be interim coach pending a national search. Watkins replaces Tony Barone, who resigned after seven seasons at Texas A&M. The Aggies were 7-20 last season.

NEBRASKA'S LUE GOING PRO: Tyronn Lue, a sharpshooting guard who led Nebraska to the NCAA tournament and a 20-12 season, is passing up his final year of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. He averaged 21.2 points last season.

MOURNING UNDERGOES SURGERY: Miami center Alonzo Mourning fractured his left cheekbone during the Heat's 121-95 victory over Boston. Mourning, who underwent surgery early today, was injured in a collision with Boston's Andrew DeClercq. (See story on Page D2.)

PROVIDENCE SEARCH: Iona basketball coach Tim Welsh, coming off a 27-5 season and an NCAA tournament appearance, could become Providence's coach as early as today, according to published reports.

The Providence Journal-Bulletin, New York Post and New York Daily News reported today that Welsh is expected to replace Pete Gillen as Providence's coach. Gillen left last weekend to coach Virginia.

"I've been contacted by Providence about the job," Welsh told the New York Post on Tuesday night. "I can't say anything at this time."

The Post and Daily News, citing unidentified sources, said Welsh agreed to a six-year deal with Providence.


STEELERS' COMPENSATION: The Pittsburgh Steelers will get four compensatory draft picks and the Dallas Cowboys three as a result of free-agent losses.

The Steelers, who lost six players to free agency, will get picks at the end of the third, fourth, sixth and seventh rounds. The Cowboys, who lost three free agents, will get picks at the end of the sixth and seventh.

Dallas and Pittsburgh are the only teams with multiple compensatory picks among the 19 awarded by the NFL.

The other teams to get choices will be Tampa Bay, Detroit, Green Bay and Chicago after the sixth round and Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, Arizona, Carolina, Tennessee and Oakland after the seventh.

The picks are determined by an NFL formula that combines the free agent's salary and his performance.


FEDOROV, MURPHY SUSPENDED: The NHL suspended Detroit's Sergei Fedorov and San Jose's Joe Murphy for two games each Tuesday.

Fedorov, who also was fined $1,000, has already served the suspension, missing games Saturday and Sunday. He was sanctioned for checking Anaheim's Jason Marshall from behind Thursday night.

Murphy, also fined $1,000, was to complete his suspension tonight, sitting out a game at Pittsburgh. He was penalized for Dallas' Richard Matvichuk on Saturday.

Auto racing

FLOCK DIES AT 73: Tim Flock, a pioneer of big-time stock car racing and one of NASCAR's top 50 drivers, died at his home after a battle with liver and throat cancer. He was 73.

Flock, the Winston Cup champion in 1952 and 1955, won 40 races, leaving him tied with Bill Elliott for 13th place on the career list. Flock retired as a driver in 1961.


FAMILY CIRCLE CUP: Conchita Martinez failed to reach the Family Circle Cup quarterfinals for the first time in seven tries, falling to Magdalena Grzbowska 7-5, 6-2 in a second-round match.

Martinez, the Family Circle champion in 1994 and 1995, reached the semifinals the past two years. Top-seeded Lindsay Davenport advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Corina Morariu.


DON KING TRIAL: Opening statements in Don King's second insurance fraud trial are not expected to take place for another week, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White said.

Jury selection began March 12 for the trial of King and his company, Don King Productions Inc., on charges that the promoter faked a contract with Lloyd's of London to collect $350,000 in nonexistent training expenses for a canceled 1991 bout between Julio Cesar Chavez and Harold Brazier.