Panel meets about Sterling’s ouster
The NBA’s advisory/finance committee held its first meeting Thursday about Clippers owner Donald Sterling, two days after commissioner Adam Silver said he would urge owners to force a sale of the team. Sterling, 80, has been battling prostate cancer for an extended period of time, sources confirmed to ESPN.com and the New York Post. The 10-member committee held a conference call to discuss ‘‘the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers,’’ NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement. ‘‘The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week.’’ . . . Attorney Siamak Nehoray, who represents V. Stiviano, the woman Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks, says the hour-long conversation was taped by mutual agreement last September and provided to a friend for safekeeping, who then leaked it to TMZ without Stiviano’s permission . . . Leon Jenkins resigned as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP following outrage over a decision he later reversed to give Sterling an award for promoting civil rights . . . The Washington Wizards say the league has investigated a person who made threats to the team on Twitter during its first-round series against the Chicago Bulls. The NBA said it doesn’t comment on security matters.
League shakes up investigative unit
In the wake of the Alex Rodriguez doping case, which drew accusations of unethical behavior by Major League Baseball’s top investigators, the league fired some members of its investigative team and moved to restructure the unit, the New York Times reported. The jobs of Daniel T. Mullin, the investigative unit chief; his top deputy, George Hanna; and Ed Dominguez, a top agent, were eliminated. The commissioner’s office plans to hire a former prosecutor who will oversee the investigations department. Some investigators in the unit were retained, but the league plans to hire contractors to assist in future investigations . . . The Royals expect to place lefthander Bruce Chen on the disabled list with a swollen disk in his back that has already caused the club to juggle its starting rotation . . . The Reds put lefthander Tony Cingrani on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder . . . Free agent pitchers Manuel Montilla, who is in the Colorado farm system, and Euris Quezada, a member of the Houston system, were suspended 50 games each following positive tests under baseball’s minor league drug program. Both players tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
Klinsmann to call 30 to training camp
US coach Jurgen Klinsmann intends to call a full complement of 30 players for his team’s pre-World Cup training camp at Stanford University. Klinsmann plans to announce his preliminary squad May 12, a day before it must be given to FIFA and two days before the training camp opens. He must submit a final 23-man squad to FIFA by June 2 . . . England coach Roy Hodgson urged English Premier League clubs not to use World Cup squad members in postseason friendlies to ensure they are rested and their minds are clear for Brazil . . . Eight hundred people gathered to show support for Villarreal fan David Campayo Lleo, who racially taunted Barcelona black player Dani Alves by throwing a banana at him, the Spanish news service Efe reported. Campayo Lleo faces up to three years in prison for racist provocation. Friends of Campayo Lleo said that the gathering was not in support of his actions but against ‘‘the public media lynching’’ Campayo Lleo has been subjected to since his action on Sunday at El Madrigal Stadium . . . The US will host a special 16-nation edition of the Copa America in 2016, marking the soccer tournament’s centennial. The tournament will take place June 3-26.
UMass to play in Hall of Fame Tip-Off
The University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team will participate in the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament next season. The event will consist of a campus-round portion, played at the home arenas of select schools, and the championship round is at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Nov. 22-23 . . . Thomas Jaeschke had 24 kills and top-seeded Loyola of Chicago beat fifth-seeded Penn State, 3-2, in the NCAA men’s volleyball semifinals. Third-seeded Stanford beat second-seeded Brigham Young University, 3-2, in the first semifinal. The championship is Saturday . . . Lineman Larry Allen Jr. of De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., is among 32 freshman football recruits at Harvard. His father was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 after starring for the Cowboys and 49ers . . . Frank Budd, a former Olympic sprinter who was considered the world’s fastest human after he set a record in the 100-yard dash in 1961, died Tuesday in Marlton, N.J. He was 74. Obituary, B11.