LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.
Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached.
Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn’t had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30.
It feels fantastic, he told KCBS. This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching.
It’s so unreal. I have to thank (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak), (owners) Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.
Yet Kupchak and the Buss siblings remained mum Sunday, extending their strange coachless summer to the final days of July.
ESPN.com first reported Scott would take over the Lakers with a four-year, $17 million contract.
Edwards parting ways with Roush
Carl Edwards’ 11-year run with Roush-Fenway Racing will end after this NASCAR season. Roush confirmed the decision, a move that had been long expected but could not be substantiated because Edwards refuses to publicly discuss contract negotiations. Edwards is believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in a new fourth car.
Penske weighing V8 Supercars run
Roger Penske is considering having a car in Australia’s V8 Supercar Series. But the team owner declined to say if Marcos Ambrose is in line for a position with the team, either as the driver or in a management role. The Brisbane Courier-Mail has reported that Penske was working with longtime Australian race team owner Dick Johnson to form a Supercar team for Ambrose.
Courtney Force defeats father
In Sonoma, California, Courtney Force beat father John Force in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals to break a tie with sister Ashley Force Hood for career Funny Car victories by a female driver with five. Courtney Force outran her 65-year-old father with a 4.253-second pass at 296.24 mph. Khalid alBalooshi won in Top Fuel, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Ricciardo pulls out Hungarian GP win
In Budapest, Hungary, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull won the Hungarian Grand Prix, overtaking Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso near the end of the race.
James returning to No. 23 with Cavs
LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland. James tweeted 23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 23=6 We still family 6. James wore No. 6 in four seasons with Miami and with the U.S. Olympic team. He used No. 23 in high school and during seven seasons in Cleveland.
Atlanta’s Millsap joins Team USA
Atlanta forward Paul Millsap was added to Team USA’s roster for the training camp that opens today in Las Vegas. USA Basketball also announced that Jimmy Butler will be unable to participate in the training camp because of a groin injury.
1st women’s Tour won by Dutch rider
Marianne Vos of the Netherlands won the inaugural women’s version of the Tour de France, a 55-mile circuit on the famous cobblestones of Paris’ Champs-Elysées. Vos’ teammate Kirsten Wild finished second and Leah Kirchman of Canada was third.
Buffalo re-signs forward for 1 year
The Sabres re-signed forward Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract, which provides them the option to have him play in the minors.
Kiwis will skip Cup meeting
After a week of bruising publicity, four teams expected to challenge for the America’s Cup will meet with representatives of defending champion Oracle Team USA in London on Tuesday to discuss details of the next regatta. Emirates Team New Zealand won’t be attending, just as it didn’t join in a statement expressing support for the event.
Isner defends Atlanta title
Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela to successful defend his Atlanta Open title, blowing serve after serve past the 5-foot-9 Israeli player in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Washington wins fourth straight title
In Springfield, Missouri, Martina Hingis led Washington to its fourth straight World TeamTennis title and fifth in six years, beating Olga Govortsova 5-2 in singles in the Kastles’ 25-13 victory over the Springfield Lasers.