Pitcher Ed Whitson of the New York Yankees has changed his mind and will accept a chance to pitch at home in his next scheduled start -- Saturday against Cleveland.

Whitson, a target of booing in Yankee Stadium last year and this year, met with Manager Lou Piniella Tuesday and the two decided that Whitson would remain in the rotation.

Piniella had announced during the last home stand that Whitson would start only on the road. But after Whitson's impressive performance in Monday night's victory in Kansas City and with a long home stand coming up, Piniella changed his thinking. "He threw well. He got his work in," Piniella said. "We've got a 10-game home stand coming up, and . . . he's an integral part of the starting staff."

Whitson said at first he turned down the opportunity. "I just wanted to enjoy the win and not think about anything else," he said. "But if I didn't pitch Saturday, it would be 12 days off between starts. I want to win as bad for the fans as they want us to win." . . .

The Oakland City Council voted to start negotiating a $15 million, five-year loan to the A's. "If the conditions of the loan aren't met at the end of the five years, very likely the team will be sold and the city will be paid out of the sale," said Mayor Lionel Wilson. OLYMPICS

Efforts to open the Olympic Games to all athletes, professional and amateur, were set back when the Association of National Olympic Committees, meeting in Seoul, decided the issue needed more study.

ANOC President Mario Vasquez Rana of Mexico said he had been promised by International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch that the issue would not come up for IOC review until "he hears from all of us." But IOC spokeswoman Michele Verdier said she was certain the issue would be on the agenda for the Oct. 12-17 meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland, even though action might then be deferred.

At issue is the Athletes' Code, a proposal to give the power to determine eligibility for the Games to the international federations that govern 28 Olympic sports. GOLF

A record suspension and fine have not quieted Mac O'Grady. "It's about time I took this tin-can bureaucrat and cleaned his laundry in the federal courts," O'Grady said of PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman. In an interview on Los Angeles' KNBC-TV, he said he will appeal the six-tournament suspension and $5,000 fine assessed by Beman in response to bitter personal comments O'Grady has made about him.

"The appeals process will last another 60 days," O'Grady said. "Once that's exhausted then our next remedy is to certainly go into court."

O'Grady also said Beman used profanities against him at a meeting last week and that Beman said "Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer and myself were all out to get him . . . . "

Beman was not available for comment. COLLEGES

Frank (Muddy) Waters lashed back at criticism of his handling of the 1985 Cherry Bowl in a report published in Oakland, Mich., saying directors of the football game made him a scapegoat for last year's disappointing results. Last month, the nine-member Michigan Cherry Bowl Committee fired Waters as executive director. Marketing director Michael Mills was dismissed at the same time.

"My title was misleading," Waters said. "I had no access to the financial picture of the game at all."

Waters was executive vice president for the inaugural Cherry Bowl between Michigan State and Army, which drew 70,000 fans to 80,000-seat Silverdome. He was named executive director before the 1985 game between Syracuse and Maryland, which attracted fewer than 23,000 fans and resulted in a "six-figure deficit," an unidentified bowl official told the Oakland Press. The Terrapins and Orangemen each got $499,312 of what had been projected before the game to be $1.2 million.

"I'm getting damn tired of reading newspaper reports that say I promised $1.2 million to Syracuse and Maryland," Waters said. "I didn't promise anyone anything." . . .

Texas Christian's football program could face NCAA penalties including a two-year loss of scholarships and a one-year sanction against television or bowl game appearances, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

It was revealed in September that some TCU players had received money from alumni. FOOTBALL

Lee Roy Selmon, 31, a six-time Pro Bowl defensive end and the first player drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, retired from the NFL. He suffered a herniated disc after injuring his back in the 1985 Pro Bowl and sat out all last season. Selmon, an all-America at Oklahoma, decided against back surgery, although it might have extended his football career. TENNIS

Martina Navratilova has received a visa from Czechoslovakia's government and will return to her native country for the first time since her defection in 1975 when she competes in the Federation Cup in July. A year ago, she was denied a visa to visit Prague.