Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers refused to comment yesterday on a report that Jan Kemp's lawyers have proposed a $1 million settlement of the former University of Georgia instructor's lawsuit.
Bowers would not say whether he is negotiating with Kemp's lawyers. The Atlanta Journal quoted sources as saying attorney Hue Henry, representing Kemp, gave Bowers an offer Monday and that negotiations continued.
Henry declined comment.
In February, a federal jury ruled Kemp was wrongfully fired from the school's remedial program because she protested preferential treatment for athletes. The jury awarded her $2.57 million in damages, but U.S. District Judge Horace Ward last week cut that amount to $680,000. She could accept that total or take $280,000 in compensatory damages and force a new trial to set punitive damages.
The Journal quoted sources as saying Henry proposed the state pay $1 million and give Kemp the right to seek more money -- up to $500,000 -- from an insolvency pool created after the state's liability insurance company folded. GOLF
Mac O'Grady, facing $5,000 in fines and a six-week suspension from the PGA Tour, has called on Commissioner Deane Beman to disassociate himself from the appeals process. O'Grady, at the Las Vegas Invitational this week, said, "He's serving as judge, jury and executioner."
Beman, said by telephone from Ponte Vedra, Fla., that he had offered to let O'Grady bypass the first step in the PGA's appeals process (appealing to the commissioner) and go directly to the Appeal Committee.
O'Grady and attorney, Steve Novak, said they were unaware of Beman's offer and would take it under consideration . . .
Defending champion Bill Glasson will join champions from each of the past six years in playing the final Kemper Open at Congressional Country Club before it moves to the Tournament Players Club at Avenel. Other past champions entered are two-time winner Craig Stadler, Greg Norman, Fred Couples and John Mahaffey. Also committed for the May 26-June 1 PGA Tour event is Lanny Wadkins, 1985 PGA player of the year . . .
State champions Jimmy Estes (Maryland), Tom McKnight (Virginia) and Kirk Lombardi (District titlist) will be among about 120 of the Mid-Atlantic region's top amateur players at the annual Poor Robert's benefit tournament, Friday at Woodmont. Defending champion Buddy Peoples of Crofton will try again for the winner's automatic Kemper Open berth. The reigning U.S. handicapped champion, Quinn Talbott of Bermuda, also is entered.
The flight and women's divisions of the Poor Robert's will be Monday at Norbeck, each preceded by an instructional clinic by Bob Toski. TENNIS
Top-seeded Steffi Graf, 16, ran her winning streak to 11 matches, defeating Mary Joe Fernandez, 6-3, 6-1, in second-round women's singles at the U.S. Open Clay Courts tournament in Indianapolis.
Graf, who has won two straight tournaments and risen to No. 3 in the world, won in 55 minutes.
No. 2 seed Manuela Maleeva topped Adriana Villagran, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 3 Gabriela Sabatini beat Shawn Foltz, 6-1, 6-0 . . .
For the first time, the Georgetown women's team received a bid to the eight-team NCAA Division II championships starting Monday at Cal State Northridge. The 10-3 Hoyas represent the Eastern Region. Junior Kathy Federici and sophomore Penny Rickard of Georgetown also qualified individually in singles and doubles. LOCALLY
Len Bias of Maryland and Johnny Dawkins of Duke, local players who just finished standout college basketball careers, are co-recipients of the Red Auerbach Award, as the nation's top college player of the year. They will receive the award and former Bullet Wes Unseld will be inducted at the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame induction dinner, May 13, at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt.