Dave Kingman, hoping to get back into major league baseball, has signed to play for the Class AAA Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League.

He reported to the team last night and said he will be a designated hitter "in a matter of days." He said he has no assurances that he will be called up to the parent team, the San Francisco Giants.

In 16 big-league seasons, he hit 442 homers while playing for the Giants, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets and Oakland A's.

He hit 30 or more home runs in four of the last five major league seasons. Last season, he had 35 homers and 94 RBI but the A's didn't offer him a new contract. UNIVERSITY GAMES

The U.S. soccer team tied North Korea, 1-1, in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, where the 14th World Summer University Games opened with soccer matches.

The Games, part of the buildup toward next year's Olympics, will end July 10. About 7,000 athletes from 127 countries are expected to compete in track, field, basketball, fencing, soccer, gymnastics, swimming, diving, water polo, tennis, volleyball, rowing and canoeing.

Only 16 nations sent soccer teams, though, and the draw is divided into four groups. The U.S. team is in Group A with North Korea, Britain and Algeria.

In other matches, Yugoslavia beat Brazil, 5-0; Algeria beat Britain, 2-1; Holland beat Nigeria, 2-0; and Japan beat West Germany, 2-1.

The official opening ceremony will be Wednesday. SAILING

Light winds forced a shortening of the first round-robin semifinal race at the World 12-Meter Yachting Championships off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Even that didn't help Dennis Conner's America's Cup winner Stars and Stripes.

The U.S. yacht had little chance in the breezes of 4 to 5 knots, losing to Steak 'n' Kidney of Australia by 8 minutes 12 seconds.

The winners in the staggered-start races -- Kookaburra, Bengal (formerly Australia III), New Zealand and Steak 'n' Kidney -- each have a point apiece in the semifinal standings.

Stars and Stripes finished with its protest flag up. Race officials said Conner maintained that Steak 'n' Kidney started on an improper line. But Conner's navigator, Peter Eisner, later said the protest had been dropped.