After spending $350 million to upgrade their roster last summer, the Nets will start this offseason by looking for a coach. The team announced Sunday that P.J. Carlesimo wouldn’t return after he replaced the fired Avery Johnson in December. Brooklyn went 35-19 under Carlesimo and claimed the No. 4 seed in the East, but were eliminated in Game 7 of the opening-round series with Chicago Saturday. Yahoo Sports reported that Jeff Van Gundy is a leading candidate to replace Carlesimo . . . Luol Deng was expected to rejoin Chicago in Miami after missing the end of the Brooklyn series because he needed a spinal tap to rule out meningitis . . . Warriors guard Stephen Curry (sprained left ankle) said he took injections with ‘‘just a heavy dose of an anti-inflammatory’’ in the Denver series, but that he isn’t counting on taking another before Monday’s Game 1 against the Spurs . . . Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph was fined $5,000 by the NBA, the first player punished for violating the anti-flopping rules in the playoffs . . . ACC Freshman of the Year Olivier Hanlan earned team MVP honors at Boston College’s Roundball Club Banquet in Chestnut Hill.
Abdelkader hit costs him two games
Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader was suspended two games for Saturday’s hit on Anaheim’s Toni Lydman. The suspension means Abdelkader must miss Games 4 and 5 of the first-round series, which the Ducks lead, 2-1. Game 4 is Monday night. Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct with 4:49 remaining in the second period. Anaheim went on to win the game, 4-0 . . . In Helsinki, the United States beat Latvia, 4-1, to improve to 2-0 in the world hockey championships. Tim Stapleton, Bobby Butler, David Moss, and Matt Hunwick scored and Ben Bishop made 20 saves. Also in Helsinki, Ilya Kovalchuk scored three goals in Russia’s 4-1 victory over Germany. In Stockholm, Martin Gerber stopped Matt Duchene in the eighth round of a shootout and Switzerland stunned Canada, 3-2.
Braves All-Star McCann back Monday
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said six-time All-Star Brian McCann is ready to come off the disabled list Monday. McCann had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder last October . . . Colorado activated first baseman Todd Helton (left forearm strain) and Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin (lower back strain) from the 15-day DL . . . Jake Peavy will miss a second straight start Monday night for the White Sox because of back spasms . . . Jake Odorizzi (7 innings), Frank De Los Santos (⅔), Kirby Yates, (⅓), and Jeff Beliveau (1) combined to no-hit the host Pawtucket Red Sox in a 2-1 win for the Durham Bulls.
Referee dies from punch by player
Ricardo Portillo, a referee in an unaffiliated soccer league in Utah, died Saturday from injuries sustained after being punched by a player. He was 46. Authorities say the 17-year-old goalie punched Portillo a week ago after the youth was called for a foul and issued a yellow card. Portillo had been in a coma. The suspect has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of aggravated assault . . . In MLS play, Claudio Bieler scored two goals, and Jimmy Nielsen recorded his club-record 38th career shutout as host Sporting Kansas City beat Chivas USA, 4-0 . . . Houston’s Andrew Driver drove a left-footed shot from just outside the box inside the left post in the 56th minute as the Dynamo beat the host Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0.
Serena moves on, Venus out in Madrid
Top-ranked and defending champion Serena Williams won her opening match on the red clay of the Madrid Open after dispatching Yulia Putintseva, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Older sister Venus Williams withdrew early Sunday morning before her first-round match because of back problems. Eighteen-year-old American Madison Keys upset fifth-ranked Li Na, 6-3, 6-2. Former top-ranked player Caroline Wozniacki was ousted by Yaroslava Shvedova, 6-3, 6-4 . . . In Munich, Tommy Haas won the BMW Open for the first time in his 10th attempt, beating defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) . . . Stanislas Wawrinka won the Portugal Open by beating top-seeded David Ferrer, 6-1, 6-4, in Oeiras.
Support for Boston in Pitt. Marathon
James Kirwa of Kenya won his second straight Pittsburgh Marathon amid heightened security following the Boston Marathon bombings. A marathon spokesman said the race’s sponsor was paying transportation and lodging costs to help 37 runners who didn’t finish the Boston Marathon participate . . . Former Pro Bowl tackle Tyson Clabo signed with the Dolphins, filling the biggest hole in Miami’s lineup. The 6-foot-6-inch, 330-pound Clabo was a Pro Bowl player with Atlanta in 2010.