Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, who made the traditionally money-losing Olympics profitable, is discussing a purchase of strikebound Eastern Airlines, sources said. Another well-known figure, former Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci, is being mentioned as a candidate for the airline's bankruptcy examiner.

News of Mr. Ueberroth's interest came as takeover specialist Carl Icahn was reportedly resuming talks with Eastern's unions about a possible takeover.

Ueberroth met with Eastern officials in December during baseball's winter meetings in Atlanta, a baseball source said.

A federal judge in Miami, meanwhile, scheduled a hearing for Thursday on Eastern's efforts to force its rebellious pilots back to work.

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