Nuggets’ Karl wins coach of year award
• Selfless and starless. These were the staples of the exhilarating Denver Nuggets’ NBA franchise-record 57-win regular season.
George Karl kept with that theme Wednesday, sharing the credit far and wide after being named the league’s Coach of the Year for the first time in his quarter century as an NBA head coach.
Karl thanked everyone from his middle school coach who got him into the game to his good friend, the late Rick Majerus, in an emotional news conference at the Pepsi Center. The former Cavaliers coach credited Nuggets players, assistant coaches, scouts, trainers, front office, ownership and support staff as he eyed the bronze Red Auerbach Trophy in front of him.
“What I hope is everybody understands this is not about me. It’s about a lot of people and a lot of people in my past and I am proud to have that trophy,” Karl said.
• The NCAA gave former Wingate women’s coach Barbara Nelson a two-year show-cause penalty for providing players with money and prescription drugs. The school also was given one year of probation and vacated all 24 victories from 2011-12.
Ferguson to retire as Man U manager
• Alex Ferguson will retire as British soccer’s most successful manager, having led Manchester United to 38 trophies in 26 years. The 71-year-old Scot, who guided United to a record-extending 20th English league title last month, will step down at the end of the season and join the board. Everton’s David Moyes is expected to get the job.
• A Utah teen accused of punching a soccer referee who later died was charged Wednesday with homicide by assault, a count issued when an attack unintentionally causes death. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said he will seek to try the teen as an adult in the death of 46-year-old Ricardo Portillo. The charge is less serious than manslaughter. It carries a possible sentence of up to five years in prison for adults, but penalties can be less for juveniles.
Tampa Bay veteran Barber set to retire
• Three-time All-Pro Ronde Barber, 38, is retiring after a 16-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that included a Super Bowl title and five Pro Bowl appearances. He played his entire career with the Bucs and is the franchise leader in interceptions with 47. He also scored eight touchdowns.
• The Indianapolis 500 has reached 33 driver-car combinations. Track officials announced that Buddy Lazier, the 1996 race champion and 2000 series champ, will drive the car for a team owned by his father, Bob. If Lazier and the other 32 drivers on the entry list qualify, the race will start with its traditional 33-car field.
• Craig Smith had a hat trick and teenager John Gibson was stellar in net to lead the United States over host Finland 4-1 at the ice hockey world championships in Helsinki.
• Victoria Azarenka lost her temper, broke her racket and argued with the chair umpire in an exit Wednesday from the Madrid Open in Madrid, where she’s been runner-up the last two years. Losing to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the second round ended Azarenka’s 18-match winning streak to start the season.
• Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Gionta will have surgery on his torn left biceps, knocking him out of the rest of the playoffs.
• Davidson is leaving the Southern Conference and joining the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2014. It will become the A-10’s 14th team on July 1, 2014. The move helps the A-10 maintain its presence in the Charlotte market.
• Vijay Singh sued the PGA Tour for exposing him to “public humiliation and ridicule” during a 12-week investigation into his use of deer antler spray that ended last week when the tour dropped its case against him.
• Mikey Garcia will put his WBO world featherweight title on the line June 15 in Dallas against Juan Manuel Lopez.
• John Degenkolb sprinted to victory on the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia following a crash near the finish, as Italian Luca Paolini retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.
— From wire reports