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FIRST EDITION fflje Arizona Bailn Star Tucson, Thursday, January 16,1 992 UA Roundup 6D General news 7D Classified ads 7D Walsh to return as Stanford's coach, report says would accept the offer. Reports of Walsh returning to campus were greeted with skepticism in some quarters, including a San Francisco newspaper that initially dismissed the talks as a "hilarious rumor." Walsh resigned from the 49ers because he was tired of coaching, and his wife, Geri, would prefer he not return to the rigors of that job. However, Leland is offering a number of incentives that might make the job easier for Walsh. For example, former Stanford and 49ers standout receiver Gene Washington was recently hired as an administrative aide. -The personable Washington would be available to assist Walsh with recruiting which the latter previously disliked and fund-raising.

According to a report, assistant coaches would do most of the recruiting and Walsh would only be required for final visits of prospects to secure their letters of intent. During his earlier tenure at Stanford, Walsh com piled a 17-7 record and led the Cardinal to wins in the Sun and Bluebonnet bowls before taking over the then-floundering 49ers. Walsh has also talked about returning to the 49ers as a consultant. Many close to Walsh have questioned what effect his presence would have on coach George Seifert and whether Walsh would be content with a secondary role. Shaw and offensive coordinator Ron Turner were the previous front-runners for the Stanford job.

Both had several interviews with Leland. Recruiting coordinator Keith Sparks said Walsh would be a magnet for top high school players. "All eyes would be on us," Sparks said. "We'd have our pick of quarterbacks and receivers, with grades of course. It would be wonderful." Leland has said he wanted a quick decision to prevent the process from dragging on.

"We're right where we want to be," he said. Especially if Walsh returns. By Mark Soltau The San Francisco Examiner STANFORD, Calif. Bill Walsh accepted the job as head football coach at Stanford yesterday, according to sources close to the selection process. Athletic director Ted Leland was not available for comment yesterday afternoon, but sources said he was preparing for a news conference today.

Walsh, 60, coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships during 10 years with the NFL team. He resigned in 1989 to take an announcing job with NBC. He coached at Stanford in 1977-78, and led the Cardinal to two postseason bowl victories. Denny Green, formerly a Walsh assistant, resigned from Stanford on Friday to become head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Sources said Leland summoned all of Green's assistant coaches to his office yesterday afternoon.

The first coach called in, defensive coordinator Willie Shaw, said he was fired. According to a report, assistant coaches would do most of the recruiting and Walsh would only be required for final visits of prospects to secure their letters of intent. Sources speculated that Leland was firing the entire staff, clearing the way for Walsh to name his staff. Also, Terry Shea, head coach at San Jose State, was preparing to announce his resignation so he could join Walsh's staff as offensive coordinator, sources said. Walsh, offered a five-year contract at $350,000 a year, worked out details of the pact yesterday, sources said.

Earlier yesterday, Leland was telling Stanford officials he was "optimistic and excited" that Walsh Wilde ats hit the roa vs. Huskies UA returning to site ofworstlossof '91 By Jon Wilner The Arizona Daily Star SEATTLE The Arizona basketball team will attempt to win its Pac-10 road opener tonight when the Wildcats tip off at 8:30 Tucson time against Washington at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. That may not seem like a significant task for the Tonight's game No. 7 Arizona (10-2) vs. Washington (7-4) Site: Hec Edmundson Pavilion (8,000) Time: 8:30 p.m.

TV: Channel 11 Radio: KNST (940-AM), 8:10 p.m.; KCKY (1150-AM), 8:10 p.m. Series: Arizona leads 17-10. Last meeting: 1991 at Tucson, Arizona won 85-56. 1 0f sl Curtis gets lesson in life and baseball Ex-Benson athlete playing in Venezuela By John R. Engen The Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela The bus bound for the western Venezuelan city of Valencia had been cruising down the highway for about 15 minutes when it stalled.

A second bus came, but blew a tire a half-hour later. On the way home, yet another bus was needed. For Chad Curtis, a 23-year-old outfielder from Benson who's in the California Angels' system, the journey to his first Venezuelan winter league game in October seemed a bad omen. "We went through three buses in one game," recalled Curtis, who played Class AAA ball for the Angels' Edmonton club last season. "I thought: This is going to be a long season when will January come?" Well, January is here, and for Curtis and dozens of American players who made the trek to Venezuela to polish their skills during the offseason, the three-plus months they have spent here have been rich in both baseball and life experience.

For some, Venezuelan culture with its long waits and lack of organization is simply too frustrating and they leave. But most stay, learning what they can about baseball and Latin American culture. 'It's a lot different from home you know, people stop at red lights in the States and they are more organized," said Curtis, who batted .338 en route to the league's Most Valuable Player award. "But there's another side, too," added Curtis, who is playing for the La Guaira Tiburones (Sharks). "The people are really friendly and they really know baseball." Young Americans have come to Venezuela for more than 30 winters to polish their games in hopes of breaking into the big leagues.

Dan Lewis, who played last season for the Giants' Class AA club in Shreveport, came for "some extra at-bats." And he's not leaving disappointed. The first baseman batted .330 for the Zulia Aguilas (Eagles), picking up some pointers along the way. "Latin players have a knack for doing things in a different way," Lewis said. "You can pick up a lot of tricks from these guys." Each of the eight teams in the Venezuelan league is allowed to See CURTIS, Page6D The Associated Press John McEnroe says he'll have to play his best tennis and get a little help when he meets Boris Becker tomorrow McEnroe triumphs in four sets Hell meet Becker in Open's 3rd round looking over your shoulder," McEnroe said. "In a way, that's part of what keeps you there, because you have such a desire to stay at that point.

The second you let down, all of a sudden there are these young guys ready to pounce on you. "Then you say, 'God, I wish I could've enjoyed it It's easier when you look back at 32 years old and say, 'I wish when I was in the mid-20s that I enjoyed it a bit But then again I'm certainly glad that I had it in the first place. I can always look back and have all those years." Becker, who had difficulty beating Italy's Gianluca Pozzi 7-5, 7-5, 6-2, flatly declared McEnroe "the greatest player of all time." "I just have to go out and put his name aside," Becker said. "He can still hit the ball." In women's play, unseeded Alexia De-chaume beat No. 14 Judith Wiesner 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

ahead a match tomorrow against defending champion Boris Becker. "I have to play my best tennis and get a little bit of luck as well," McEnroe said. Leg propped up on a chair, ice resting on a sore knee that was wrapped in a brace during the match, McEnroe hardly looked or sounded as if he thought he might be up to the task of beating Becker. The German has won their last six matches, between 1986 and 1989, and lost only their first meeting in early 1985, when McEnroe was still No. 1.

After suggesting several times that this might be his last year on the tour, McEnroe appreciated the opportunity to try one more time for the glory he once took for granted. At the feme time, though, he lamented that he hadn't valued the experience more years ago when he won three Wimbledons and four U.S. Opens. "It's pretty hard to smell the roses when you're No. 1 because you're always By Steve Wilstein The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia Wistful about the past, unsure of the future, John McEnroe assumed the role of benign elder statesman and spoke as if he knew his victory yesterday might be his last ever at the Australian Open.

He could take satisfaction in beating a tough, credible opponent No. 21 Andrei Cherkasov 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a three-hour drama on center court to reach the third round of this Grand Slam championship. But McEnroe, the ultimate con man in tennis, his game fashioned around tricky shots and crafty gamesmanship, couldn't con himself or anyone else about what lay four-time defending league champions. But then again, Arizona (10-2, 1-1 Pac-10) has not won a Pac-10 road opener in the post-Sean Elliott era. The Wildcats have beaten UCLA four times, won three NCAA Tournament games and two Pac-10 titles since Elliott and Co.

departed after the 1989 season. But they lost at Oregon 68-63 two years ago part of; the now infamous "Massacre on the Oregon Trail" and last year they suffered a 70-56 loss at Washington, their worst defeat of the season. In that game, Arizona shot 33.9 percent against the Huskies' zone defense, which surrounded the UA's front line and forced its guards to try to win the game from the perimeter. The strategy worked to perfection, as the Wildcats made only 3 of 22 three-point shots (13.6 percent)." "I don't think we were mentally ready," UA; forward Chris Mills said after the game. "It's not always talent.

It's aggressiveness and hustle, and that's where they outdid us." Hec Ed (capacity: 8,000) is as quiet as McKale Cen- SeeCATS, Page 2D Sun Devils, Cougars on divergent courses By Jack Magruder The Arizona Dally Star TEMPE Arizona State and Washington State are teams on divergent courses that will intersect tonight in Pullman. "The bottom line is, the teams we have played are better than they were a year ago, and the next three we play are better than they were a year ago," ASU coach Bill Frieder said. "And we're not as good as we were a year ago." ASU (9-5 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10) will take a two-game losing streak into its annual Pac-10 road trip to Washington that will begin tonight against Washington State (12-2, 0-1). On Sunday, ASU will play Washington, which beat WSU 78-73 in overtime in both teams' Pac-10 opener. The Cougars, coached by 1991 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Kelvin Sampson, have three guards averaging in double figures 6-foot-4 Terrence Lewis (18.5), 6-3 Neil Derrick (17.8) and 6-1 sixth man Eddie Hill (10.9).

The Sun Devils opened their Pac-10 season with back-to-back home losses to No. 2 UCLA and Southern Cal. Harold Miner had a Pac-10 career-high 39 points in USC's 69-64 victory Sunday. Washington State beat ASU by nine and two points last season, before ASU righted itself to finish 20-10 and make the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

But that was then. This is now ASU is last in the Pac-10 in field-goal percentage (42.8) and scoring average (69.4 points). It is ninth in three-point percentage (30.5), rebound margin and field-goal percentage defense (45.2). It has out-rebounded only four of its 14 opponents. "It's just youth and inexperience," Frieder said.

"You can see it in the games. You saw it in the last couple of minutes Sunday. You saw Miner rise up and make his teammates better. You see the opposite on our team." Pac-10 1991 Freshman of the Year Jamal Faulkner Giants unveil plan for move to San Jose ByTlmLiotta The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. The San Francisco Giants yesterday unveiled a fourth and final plot to escape from their windy prison in Candlestick Park.

This time, the Giants are making a break for San Jose. "I feel confident for the first time that the home (needs) of the Giants will be satisfied," owner Bob Lurie said during a news conference. "We have struggled through this process for what seems like 100 years but I feel good about this. I can't wait to see the first shovel in the ground." Thwarted by a lack of voter support in three previous tries, the Giants hope this time to move into a proposed $185 million stadium in northern San Jose by the beginning of the 1996 season. Again, the move will be up to the voters.

The Giants, who would change their name to the San Jose Giants, have been looking for several years for a San Francisco Bay Area alternative to Candlestick Park, where the team has struggled with icy winds and fog since 1960. Their Candlestick Park lease expires after the 1994 See GIANTS, Page 5D Palmer trails by 2 at Bob Hope Classic Page 5D Scoreboard NBA Nets 130, Celtics 120 Trail Blazers 96, Knicks 91 Heat 134, Bucks 115 Pistons 118, Pacers 104 Hornets at Lakers, late Suns at Kings, late Roundup, Page 3D NHL Bruins 4, Whalers 3 Devils 8, Sabres 8 North Stars 5, Canadiens 2 Canucks at Oilers, late College basketball (I) Duke 110, N.C. State 75 1 0) Kentucky 84, Vanderbilt 7 1 (II) Mich. St 78, N'westem 61 1 2) Arkansas 99, Miss. St 78 Purdue 65, (15) Michigan 60 (20) Syracuse 74, (22) G'town 62 (24) Iowa St 92, Momingside 55 Roundup, Page 3D Trie Associated Press (14.4 scoring average) has made, only 50 percent of his See SUN DEVILS.

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