Del Negro’s future with Clippers still up in the air
LOS ANGELES – Coach Vinny Del Negro is proud of the Los Angeles Clippers’ breakthrough season, even though he doesn’t know if he’ll be around for the next one.
Del Negro’s contract expires this summer after three seasons with the Clippers, who still haven’t told him whether he’s returning in the fall. He led the Clippers to a club-record 56 victories and their first Pacific Division title this season, but Los Angeles then lost to Memphis in six games in the first round of the playoffs.
The Clippers expect to decide Del Negro’s future in the next several days, but Del Negro and vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks gave no indication what’s likely to happen after they meet with owner Donald Sterling.
Del Negro is 128-102 in three seasons in charge of this long-struggling franchise, giving him the highest winning percentage (.557) for a coach in club history. He is the only coach to post consecutive winning seasons since the Buffalo Braves moved to California and became the Clippers in 1978.
Prosecutor considering more charges after referee’s death
SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah prosecutor said Monday he plans to decide soon what charges to file against a teenager accused of punching a soccer referee who later died after slipping into a weeklong coma.
Authorities say the 17-year-old struck Ricardo Portillo in the head last month during a recreational league match after the referee called a penalty against him.
Hours later, the 46-year-old went into a coma. He never regained consciousness and died Saturday. An autopsy was performed the next day, authorities said, but the results have not been made public.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he and other officials are reviewing evidence and state statutes to determine the appropriate charges, which he expects to announce by midweek.
Paolini wins third stage, leads overall at Giro
MARINA DI ASCEA, Italy – Luca Paolini of Italy used a late solo attack to win the third stage of the Giro d’Italia on Monday and take the overall lead from compatriot Salvatore Puccio.
Paolini, who rides for Katusha, broke away toward the end of the final descent to complete the 138-mile leg from Sorrento to Marina di Ascea in 5 hours, 43 minutes, 50 seconds.
Cadel Evans beat defending champion Ryder Hesjedal in a bunch sprint for second place, with both finishing 16 seconds behind. Overall favorite Bradley Wiggins finished eighth on the stage and is second in the general standings, 17 seconds behind Paolini. Main rival Vincenzo Nibali is fifth, 14 seconds further back.
Woman dies after collapsing at Toronto Marathon
TORONTO – An 18-year-old woman died after collapsing near the end of the Toronto Marathon on Sunday.
Police say attempts were made to revive the woman, whose name was not immediately released, but she was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. The cause of death was not immediately known, and police said only that the woman had suffered a medical emergency.
Another male runner also collapsed during the race, but bystanders and paramedics were able to resuscitate him and he was later reported to be in stable condition.
Before the race, runners paused for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and also wore bibs featuring a “Remember Boston” ribbon image.
Terry Gehl of Quebec won the men’s title, while Montreal’s Mylene Sansoucy won the women’s title.