Keith Hernandez, a hero of the New...

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Keith Hernandez, a hero of the New York Mets’ 1986 World Series championship team, was hired by the Mets as a hitting and fielding instructor. . . . Henry Rodriguez, who hit a team-record 36 homers for the Montreal Expos last season, agreed to a $2.3-million, one-year contract with the club. . . . Left-handed pitcher Mike Hampton and the Houston Astros agreed on a $1.3-million, one-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. . . . Atlanta reliever Mike Bielecki agreed to a one-year contract worth $697,500. Bielecki, 37, was 4-3 with a 2.63 earned-run average last season, when he made $125,000.


Ted Tollner, who has coached San Diego State’s football team to successive eight-victory seasons, agreed to terms of a guaranteed 10-year contract that will pay him between $300,000 and $350,000 per season for the first three seasons.

Also included is a buyout provision covering the first three years that will require that San Diego State be compensated a year of Tollner’s salary by any team hiring him away.


Winter Sports

Atle Skaardal of Norway won his second straight Super-G in the World Alpine skiing championships at Sestriere, Italy.

Skaardal became only the fifth man in 60 years to win consecutive titles in the same discipline.

Norwegian teammate Lasse Kjus, the defending overall World Cup champion and former Olympic gold medalist who has been ill most of this season, was second.


Skaardal clocked 1 minute 29.68 seconds, with Kjus finishing in 1:29.89 and Guenther Mader of Austria third at 1:30.01.

With the best Americans missing because of injuries, the top U.S. finisher was AJ Kitt, who was 25th in 1:31.93. Chad Fleischer finished 31st in 1:32.24 and Jason Rosner was 35th in 1:32.64.


MaliVai Washington, ranked 24th in the world, will replace injured Andre Agassi on the U.S. team that will play at Brazil from Feb. 7-9 in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Janeth Arcain of Brazil, Isabelle Fijalkowski of France and Mikiko Hagiwara of Japan, three prominent international players, were signed by Women’s NBA and will be assigned to teams later.

Arcain, a 5-foot-10 guard, averaged 18 points in leading Brazil to a silver medal in the Atlanta Olympics.

Fijalkowski is a 6-4 center-forward currently playing for CJM Bourges in France.

Hagiwara, a 5-8 guard, was the leading scorer on the 1996 Japanese Olympic team.


Joanna Bernabei of West Liberty (W.Va.) College passed to Kelly Easton for a basket with less than a minute to play to become the first NCAA Division II woman to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 assists in a career.

Bernabei has 1,178 points to go with her 1,000 assists.

Bobby “Pancho” Leyvas, former California state bantamweight boxing champion, died Saturday in Anaheim at 83.

A federal judge in New York refused to toss out insurance fraud charges against boxing promoter Don King, clearing the way for a second trial.

Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico City knocked down Cedric Mingo of Brockton, Mass., in the first round, then knocked him out in the 10th to win the North American Boxing Organization’s featherweight title at the Pond.

Neftor Garza, Dwayne Williams and Khoren Indjian also won bouts before 2,611.

The UCLA baseball team (6-0) plays its home opener today against Pepperdine (0-3) at Jackie Robinson Stadium at 3 p.m.