The promoter of the Grand Prix of Miami has reached a tentative agreement to relocate in hurricane-ravaged Homestead. The city and promoter, Miami Motorsports, must agree on a specific site, and a contract will be drawn up for consideration by the Homestead city commission. The first races would be held as early as 1994. The Dade County Commission's Finance Committee approved $11-million in bed tax money Thursday to finance the track. The grant must still be approved by the full county commission. "We are pleased that the Miami Motorsports organization will be a major part of Homestead's rebuilding effort," city manager Alex Muxo said. The economic impact of events at the speedway was estimated at $65-million annually. Construction of a 2.1-mile track would provide needed jobs in the devastated area.
GOODWILL GAMES: New York City, New Jersey and Long Island were awarded the 1998 Goodwill Games on Thursday night, an intriguing but risky choice by the Games' selection committee. The final decision came late Thursday in Atlanta, the New York Times reported. The nine-member selection committee reportedly had a sharp, lengthy debate about the merits of the New York and Dallas bids, after eliminating the other two finalists, South Florida and St. Louis.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: University of Cincinnati officials are considering what further action they could take to challenge the NCAA's decision that Bearcats center Corie Blount has used up his athletic eligibility. The Bearcats were counting on Blount to help them return to the NCAA's Final Four. But the NCAA Council ruled Wednesday that Blount used up his eligibility when he played for the Bearcats last season.
ET CETERA: Naples, Diego Maradona's former team in the Italian soccer league, wants to call off his $7.5-million transfer to Seville, contending the Spanish team failed to make its first payment. Mary Decker-Slaney beat South African Zola Budd-Pieterse in the Diet Coke Mile race in Sydney, Australia. Duke McKenzie knocked down Jesse Benavides in the 10th round to capture the WBO super bantamweight title in a unanimous decision in London. McKenzie became the first British boxer to win world titles in three different divisions.
_ Compiled by Amy Radabaugh