LEYLAND ADDED TO L.A. LIST: The Dodgers have added Jim Leyland to the list of possible candidates to be their new manager as they await permission from the Montreal Expos to speak with Felipe Alou.
Los Angeles general manager Kevin Malone, who announced Wednesday that Glenn Hoffman would not return as manager next year, said he hoped to begin the selection process within a week. Alou, manager of the Expos since 1992, is believed to be the leading candidate.
But Alou told the Journal de Montreal newspaper that he isn't sure he's ready to leave the Expos. Contacted at his home in Florida, Alou said he was still deciding whether to test the market.
Malone, hired three weeks ago, said Friday he has not yet gotten permission to talk to Alou, with whom he worked while general manager of the Expos for two years. Alou has one year left on his Montreal contract.
Malone said he also wants to talk to Leyland, who stepped down as Florida Marlins manager on Thursday. But Leyland is Colorado's No. 1 choice to replace Don Baylor.
AUTRY'S ANGELS: One of Gene Autry's lifetime dreams was to see his beloved Angels play in the World Series.
It never happened, although they came as close as one pitch 12 years ago. And they haven't played a postseason game since.
"I'll always harbor this secret feeling that he gave up when the Angels didn't make it this year," Hollywood producer and television host Dick Clark said after hearing that Autry had died Friday - three days after his 91st birthday.
Known as the "Singing Cowboy," Autry became owner of the Angels by accident. Attending the 1960 baseball winter meetings in St. Louis as owner of a radio station hoping to secure a baseball contract, he left as owner of the expansion Los Angeles Angels.
TENNESSEE NAMES: The Tennessee Oilers have applied for trademarks for seven new nicknames: the Pioneers, Tradition, Fury, Wolves, Vipers, Commanders and Presidents.
The name would be preceded by Tennessee in all cases.
Additionally, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Commercial Appeal of Memphis that the league has applied for an unspecified number of other nicknames for the Oilers.
PACKERS PROBE: As many 21 players and two coaches on the Green Bay Packers reportedly are being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service for not disclosing autograph income.
Milwaukee station WITI-TV did not identify any of the players or coaches. The station also said the IRS is investigating other professional athletes in the Milwaukee area, current and former, who were paid to participate in autograph sessions.
IRS spokesman Ted Reis declined to confirm or deny the report. Packers spokesman Lee Remmel said Friday that coach Mike Holmgren had warned players that if they hadn't reported autograph income, they should amend their tax returns and pay any penalties and interest.
SPELLMAN CHARGED: Former Chicago Bears defensive end Alonzo Spellman was ordered Friday to stand trial on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
Oakland County, Mich., District Judge Daniel Sawicki also refused to dismiss misdemeanor charges against Spellman of having open alcohol in a vehicle and driving without a license.
During a preliminary hearing Friday, Michigan State police trooper Mark Thompson testified that after he stopped Spellman on an interstate highway June 25, Spellman failed to produce his driver's license. Thompson gave him a sobriety test and noticed half-empty wine bottles and a gun case.
Thompson said the gun case contained a .357-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a bullet - making it a concealed weapon. Spellman passed the sobriety test.
PENS, LEMIEUX TO TALK: The Pittsburgh Penguins and former All-Star center Mario Lemieux agreed to talk about their $33 million contract dispute instead of arbitrating it and settled some of their differences.
The team said Friday that there had been agreement on "several significant issues" in 11/2 days of talks.
"We expect to continue meaningful discussions that we all hope will lead to an amicable, positive resolution," said Penguins co-owner Roger Marino, the defendant in Lemieux's lawsuit.
Lemieux said that Marino, while owning half the team but essentially controlling all of it, was cheating him out of the rest of the $42 million deal he had signed with the other co-owner, Howard Baldwin, in 1992.
The deal called for Lemieux to be paid whether or not he played hockey. A back injury and cancer of the lymph nodes led to his retirement after the 1996-97 season.
GRAND SLAM CUP: Top-ranked Martina Hingis, bothered by cramps, had one match point before retiring against Patty Schnyder in the semifinals of the Grand Slam Cup Friday in Munich, Germany.
Hingis had won the first set 7-5, and Schnyder took the second, also 7-5, in the first meeting between the Swiss teen-agers.
In the third, Hingis took a 5-1 lead and held a match point at 5-3, but she wasted it by netting a backhand. She also questioned two calls that went against her as she lost her serve.
Schnyder, 19, held serve to come within a game of equaling the score. During the changeover, Hingis, 18, had her thighs massaged by a trainer.
Back on court, she had trouble running as Schnyder hit shots into the corners. Hingis quickly lost the game and with the score at 5-5, she retired, after 2 hours, 11 minutes.
In Sunday's final, Schnyder will meet Venus Williams, who beat Nathalie Tauziat 6-4, 6-0, rallying from a break down in the first set.
In men's quarterfinals, Andre Agassi rallied to beat Petr Korda 4-6, 6-0, 6-1, and Karol Kucera defeated Goran Ivanisevic 5-7, 6-4, 8-6.
MALLORCA OPEN: Top-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain beat Thomas Schiessling of Austria 7-5, 6-4 Friday and advanced to the semifinals of the Mallorca Open.
In Saturday's semifinals, Moya will face surprising Fernando Vicente of Spain. Vicente defeated compatriot Tomas Carbonell 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
TOULOUSE OPEN: Top-seeded Greg Rusedski routed Arnaud Clement of France 6-4, 6-1 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the $400,000 Toulouse Open.
Rusedski, the top seed from Britain, broke serve at his first opportunity and won six straight games in one stretch. He next faces Germany's Nicolas Kiefer, a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 winner over Marc Rosset of Switzerland.
Roger Federer, the 17-year-old junior Wimbledon champion, saw his fine run end when he lost to No. 2 seed Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
IRONMAN DEFENSE: Defending champions Thomas Hellriegel of Germany and Canada's Heather Fuhr lead the field of favored international entrants Saturday in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
An expected record field of nearly 1,500 will compete in the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile marathon.
The event began in 1978 on Oahu as the outgrowth of three existing individual events. It wa transferred to the island of Hawaii in 1981, held twice in 1982 and has since been contested annually as a struggle against the heat, wind and humidity.
UAW-GM 500: The last time the Winston Cup circuit visited Charlotte Motor Speedway, Jeremy Mayfield had a much better view of the season points race.
Mayfield goes into Sunday's UAW-GM Quality 500 in sixth place in the 1998 driver standings, virtually eliminated from title contention. With six races left, he is 784 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
It's a far different from late May, when the series rolled into Charlotte for its all-star race and the Coca-Cola 600 on consecutive weekends. At that time, Mayfield was the Winston Cup points leader.
TEXACO GRAND PRIX: Bobby Rahal, hoping to make a splash in his last season as a driver, took the provisional pole Friday in the opening round of time trials for the inaugural Texaco Grand Prix of Houston.
Rahal got around the 1.527-mile, 10-turn downtown street circuit in 60.191 seconds, a speed of 91.329 mph. That relegated Greg Moore's 91.069 to the outside of the tentative front row for Sunday's race.
GOLOTA BEATS WITHERSPOON: Polish heavyweight Andrew Golota delighted the first home crowd of his professional career Friday by crafting a unanimous 10-round decision over aging former champion Tim Witherspoon in Wroclaw, Poland.
Golota, known for low blows and other dirty tactics, kept it clean in a bout that started slowly before building in drama and action toward the end.
The judges scored it 99-91, 100-91 and 98-93 for Golota, 30, who improved to 32-3 with 27 knockouts and raised himself to contender status again after last year's first-round knockout loss to WBC champion Lennox Lewis.
TYSON REPORT DELAYED: Nevada boxing authorities will have to wait a little longer to see what a team of psychiatrists has to say about the state of Mike Tyson's mind.
Reports from a five-day evaluation of the former heavyweight champion still hadn't been sent to the Nevada Athletic Commission offices as of closing time Friday, four days after they were due.
Tyson attorney Jim Jimmerson said he expected to have the documents sent to the commission by Monday at the latest. Under a judge's ruling, they will also be made public at that time.
"There's going to be some embarrassing things in the report, I'm sure," Jimmerson said.