BELLE'S MISBEHAVIN': Albert Belle, who is supposed to be on his best behavior, can't seem to stay away from controversy.
The Cleveland Indians' slugging outfielder, ordered by AL president Gene Budig less than two weeks ago to undergo counseling in an attempt to curb his temper, had another run-in Tuesday night when he cursed a fan who refused to give him a home run ball. The fan was hoping to trade the ball for one autographed by Belle.
PIAZZA'S IN PAIN: Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza has a slight cartilage tear on the inside of the right knee and will miss at least the next two games.
HOUSTON'S ON HOLD: Houston could get an NFL team to replace the lame-duck Oilers, but first must decide whether to build a new stadium or renovate the Astrodome, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said.
Houston is losing the Oilers to Nashville, Tenn., which has lured owner Bud Adams with the promise of millions of dollars and a new stadium.
OLYMPIANS: Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Monica Seles were chosen to lead the U.S. Olympic tennis team in Atlanta, while 1992 gold medalists Jennifer Capriati and Mary Joe Fernandez were eliminated by a computer.
The U.S. Tennis Association selected players for singles based the April 29 rankings. That left out Capriati, who won the women's singles at Barcelona, and Fernandez, who teamed with Gigi Fernandez to win the doubles.
The remainder of the eight-member squad includes MaliVai Washington, Richey Reneberg, Chanda Rubin, Lindsay Davenport and Gigi Fernandez. All but Reneberg and Fernandez are expected to play singles; the doubles teams will likely be Washington-Reneberg and Davenport-Fernandez.
NATIONAL HONORS: Cole Sanderson of Wasatch and Rocky Smart of Pleasant Grove were named to the 1996 Amateur Wrestling News High School All-America team. Sanderson (160), who is a three-time state champion, was 63-0 in his final two years for the Wasps. He will continue his career at Iowa State. Smart (152) is headed for BYU after taking state four times with the Vikings.
ACADEMIC AWARDS: Several athletes with Utah ties were named to the NCAA All-Academic team by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Second team: Tom Hickenkooper, Wyoming (Taylorsville H.S.); Gary Sanderson, BYU. Honorable mention: Peter Hedrick, BYU; Greg Schroeder, BYU; John Kelly, BYU; and Morgan Rovertson, BYU.