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Sports Report: Byron Scott Makes Return To Los Angeles Lakers


Byron Scott has been reintroduced to the Los Angeles media after being named the 25th head coach of the Lakers. Scott boldly predicted a quick return to NBA title contention for the Lakers, who are coming off their worst season since moving to Los Angeles. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes attended the news conference for their former teammate, who helped the 1980s Lakers win three championships.


In baseball, in the American League, Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous sliding catch and the New York Yankees held on for a 12-11 victory over the Texas Rangers last night, in spite of J.P. Arencibia's seven RBIs. Gardner had a leadoff homer and two doubles, and he reached base twice in a seven-run sixth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.

The Blue Jays kept pace with the O's as Marcus Stroman held Boston to a run and six hits while fanning eight over seven innings of Toronto's 4-2 triumph at Fenway Park. Anthony Gose snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the fourth after Colby Rasmus homered.

Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester has been scratched from tonight's start against the Blue Jays, with the possibility that he could be traded before tomorrow's trade deadline. Right-hander Brandon Workman will be called up from Triple-A Pawtucket to make the start.

Elsewhere the White Sox bested Detroit 11-4, Baltimore edged the Angels 7-6 in 12, Seattle beat Cleveland 5-2, Minnesota slid past Kansas City 2-1, and it was Oakland over Houston 7-4.

In the National League, Philadelphia shut out the Mets 6-0, the Cubs edged Colorado 4-3 in 16, Cincinnati blanked Arizona 3-0, San Diego beat St. Louis 3-1, Pittsburgh defeated San Francisco 3-1, the Dodgers doubled up Atlanta 8-4, and it was Miami over Washington 3-0.

In interleague play, Tampa Bay bested Milwaukee 5-1.


Donald Trump says he'll submit a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills but that it's unlikely his offer will be the winner. The billionaire businessman told Fox News that's because he's "not going to do something totally stupid" to make the team his.

The team is for sale following the death of owner Ralph Wilson in March. Trump is one of many who have shown interest in buying it. Others include Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, rock star Jon Bon Jovi and former Sabres owner Tom Golisano.

Cornerback Patrick Peterson says he has reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals, with $48 million guaranteed. Peterson revealed the terms via twitter Tuesday night. The Cardinals announced the deal a short time later, but did not disclose the terms.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has obtained legal counsel familiar to the NFL as he tries to avoid an indefinite suspension for marijuana use. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Gordon has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week. Suh helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012.

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ESPN has suspended sportscaster Stephen Smith for a week because of comments he made about domestic abuse. Smith has apologized for the comments he made the comments last Friday during an on-air discussion about NFL running back Ray Rice's suspension for assaulting his fiancee. Smith had suggested that women should make sure they don't provoke attacks.


In the WNBA, New York topped Washington 80-76, Atlanta beat Connecticut 89-80, San Antonio bested Chicago 80-76, Tulsa won against Seattle 80-74, and Phoenix trumped Los Angeles 90-69.

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