IN A SPORTS ROUNDUP IN JULY 15 EDITIONS, IT WAS INCORRECTLY REPORTED THAT LAURIE DEL NEGRO, WHO HAD SUED NBA PROPERTIES, ALLEGING IT CAUSED HER TO BE FALSELY ARRESTED AND PUBLICLY HUMILIATED FOR BUYING AND RESELLING FOUR DOZEN SPURS CAPS OUTSIDE THE ALAMODOME ON MAY 29, WAS THE WIFE OF FORMER SAN ANTONIO SPURS GUARD VINNY DEL NEGRO. LAURIE DEL NEGRO AND VINNY DEL NEGRO, NOW A MEMBER OF THE MILWAUKEE BUKCS, DO NOT KNOW EACH OTHER AND ARE MARRIED TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE. (PUBLISHED 09/04/99
University of Virginia Athletic Director Terry Holland flew to Minneapolis yesterday to meet with the search committee looking for a basketball coach to replace Clem Haskins, according to broadcast reports.
Midwest Sports Channel reported that Holland, 57, would probably be offered a seven-year contract worth about $1 million per season to replace Haskins, who resigned in the wake of a massive academic fraud scandal.
However, WAVY-TV in Norfolk, citing unidentified sources at the Charlottesville school, said Holland had already accepted a five-year deal worth about $800,000 annually.
Calls to Gophers men's athletic director Mark Dienhart's office were directed to sports information director Marc Ryan, who said he couldn't say whether Holland was in town.
"In all of our search processes, we don't confirm or deny that anybody is a potential candidate," Ryan said. ". . . We've had 50-plus names mentioned and that is our policy."
L. Del Negro Sues
Laurie Del Negro, wife of San Antonio Spurs guard Vinny Del Negro, has sued NBA Properties for causing her to be falsely arrested and publicly humiliated after she bought and then resold more than four dozen hats outside the Alamodome on May 29.
NBA Properties, which worked with plain-clothed police officers, accused Del Negro of counterfeiting the merchandise but has since dropped its complaint. The NBA would not comment on Del Negro's arrest, citing the pending litigation.
Del Negro, 43, a mother of two teenage daughters, contends that in its zeal to squeeze "every last buck" out of its merchandise licensing fees, NBA Properties caused her to be falsely arrested and publicly humiliated.
Del Negro spent nearly 15 hours behind bars before being released on $800 bond at 5:30 a.m. the next day. She is seeking "substantial damages," her lawyer, Bernard Fischman, said without giving details.
It was not clear whether the caps were indeed fakes. Each one had a tag bearing what looked like a serial number and official seal. NBA Properties had said it appeared the caps were made by a former business partner.
The Tampa Bay Lightning fired Jacques Demers as coach and replaced him with Steve Ludzik, who spent the past three seasons coaching the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers, a team owned by new Tampa Bay owner Bill Davidson. The Lightning, which replaced Demers as GM with Rick Dudley last month, reached an undisclosed settlement with Demers. . . .
The expansion Atlanta Thrashers named Curt Fraser their first coach. . . .
Mario Lemieux was granted an additional 10 days to complete his proposal to buy the bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins and work out details with investors. The Hall of Fame center has put together a $50 million plan to buy the team. The deadline had been Friday, but Lemieux's lawyers said they needed more time.
Eagles Head Overseas
The American University men's basketball team will tour Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome as part of a 12-day tour of Italy from Aug. 12 to Aug. 24 that includes competition against top professional teams throughout the country. The Eagles will play five games during their trip. . . .
Duke basketball player Elton Brand and North Carolina soccer player Cindy Parlow were named the Atlantic Coast Conference male and female athletes for the 1998-99 academic year.
CAPTION: Former NHL player Steve Ludzik replaces Jacques Demers as coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning.