Hoop Coach Kills Man with Punch
A rising star in college basketball’s coaching ranks went berserk and threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who mistook him for an Uber driver, police said on Thursday.
Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked digital marketing guru Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk, police said.
Szabo, visiting from Boca Raton, Fla., knocked on the window of Jones’ SUV while looking for his ride after his stepsister’s wedding, police said. The coach got out, clocked Szabo and sped off, police said. Szabo never regained consciousness and was taken off life support on Tuesday.
Jones, 35, of Kernersville, N.C., turned himself in to police on Thursday. He is awaiting arraignment on a misdemeanor assault charge.
Michigan assistant basketball coach Saddi Washington says coach John Beilein is doing well in his recovery from a double-bypass heart procedure earlier in the week. Washington didn’t give too many details about Beilein before Thursday’s practice. Washington is serving as interim coach for the time being.
Poile headlines Hall class
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile headlines the 2018 class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Former University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, three-time Olympic medalist Natalie Darwitz, retired NHL referee Paul Stewart, Poile and the late Leland “Hago” Harrington will be inducted on Dec. 12 at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.
Poile has run an NHL team the past 36 seasons, including 15 with the Washington Capitals and 21 with the Predators. He has the most victories of any GM in league history. The U.S. won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics with Poile as assistant GM, and he was GM of the 2014 Olympic team.
The Arizona Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension averaging $4.45 million per year. The 22-year-old Dvorak was Arizona’s third-leading goal scorer with 15 last season and fifth in points with 37.
Curry heats up, fires 71
Stephen Curry rallied with three birdies to shoot a 1-over 71 in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, Calif.
Playing as an amateur, Curry was eight shots behind leaders Adam Long and Seth Reeves with the afternoon wave still on the course. Last year, Curry shot 74-74 to tie for 148th and miss the cut by 11 shots.
U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 7-5 in the hard-court event in Montreal. ... Kenny Stills and two other Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem before Thursday’s exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.