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August 27, 1992

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mike Wallace will get to dish it out as well as take it during next weekend’s celebrity tennis benefit.

The ″60 Minutes″ correspondent, 74, will play against an as-yet-unchosen opponent, as well as umpiring for the greats, spokesman Roy Brunett says.

″Of course, I’ll call them as I see them,″ quipped Wallace. ″But I don’t see so well. So McEnroe had better not give me any trouble.″

The Arthur Ashe Foundation’s AIDS Tennis Challenge will be held Sunday at Flushing Meadows, kicking off a 15-month fundraising campaign.

Besides McEnroe - and Wallace - Ashe has signed up players Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Mary Jo Fernandez, Steffi Graf, Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere, Martina Navratilova, Pete Sampras, Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. ---

LOS ANGELES (AP) - ″Exorcist″ author William Peter Blatty has contributed $3,000 toward the funeral expenses of a high school football player who died of heatstroke after a practice in 102-degree weather.

Blatty’s donation to the memorial fund of Sergio Echevarria helped pay to ship the 17-year-old player’s body to Michoacan, Mexico, for burial Wednesday. Echevarria, born in Mexico, collapsed and died after practice Aug. 18.

″His 15-year-old son plays football, so he really feels for the parents,″ said Blatty’s assistant, Patti Ullman.

The money was added to $485 raised by the San Fernando High School football team and school officials. ″They just gave whatever they had - quarters in some cases,″ coach Tom Hernandez said. ---

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas center fielder Calvin Murray is yet to attend classes and is keeping his career plans a secret.

Murray was a first-round draft pick in June of the San Francisco Giants. If Murray attends classes, the Giants lose all rights to him.

″He was here, but he wasn’t at our team meeting,″ Texas coach Cliff Gustafson said Wednesday. ″He’s still got his options open.″

Murray, Texas’ leading hitter last season and an Olympian, has declined the Giants’ offer of a $500,000 bonus and is holding out for at least $600,000.

Meanwhile, Shea Morenz, a sixth-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, is officially a college student and a freshman quarterback. The two-sport star attended classes yesterday, stripping the Blue Jays of his rights. ---

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - John Alexander wants tennis officials in Australia to oust Neale Fraser as the nation’s Davis Cup tennis captain.

Alexander, a former top-10 player who wants the job himself, said Thursday that Fraser has taken Australia backward during his 23 years at the helm.

″We had the top six players of the top-10 when Neil took over,″ Alexander said. ″At the end of 1991, we didn’t have one player in the top 50.″

Tennis Australia, the sport’s domestic governing body, will decide Monday whether to reappoint former Wimbledon champion Fraser, or replace him with Alexander. Fraser led Australia to Davis Cup victories in 1973, 1977, 1983 and 1986. His overall Davis Cup coaching record is 52-19. ---

DALLAS (AP) - Southwest Conference commissioner Fred Jacoby says he will likely retire at a Nov. 5 meeting with university presidents.

Jacoby, who turns 65 on Sept. 13, has declined to say if he was asked to step down, calling it ″something that’s pretty personal ...″

Jacoby, who may continue to serve the SWC as a consultant, said he won’t have a role in selecting his successor. He succeeded Cliff Speegle in 1982.

Jacoby has presided over the SWC during many of the most difficult times in the league’s 78-year history. During the late 1980s, seven of nine men’s athletic departments had football or basketball programs on probation for NCAA rules violations. ---

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico wants its mascot back.

UNM’s athletics department is offering a reward, including four season football tickets, for the return of a 6-month-old hybrid wolf slated to be the school’s mascot for the upcoming football season.

Diablo, a 70-pound, dark gray wolf with a white mask, was last seen July 31 behind his owner’s home in southeast Albuquerque.

The athletic department is offering a reward valued at $300 - four season football tickets, a football autographed by the 1992 Lobo team and a gift certificate from an Albuquerque restaurant.

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