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Lakers to hire Scott as coach

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LOS ANGELES (TSX) — Byron Scott said in a television interview that he is the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers but the team insisted that an agreement has not yet been reached.

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ESPN reported that the Lakers and Scott agreed on a four-year, $17 million deal. The Lakers hold a team option on the final year of the deal.

“It feels fantastic,” Scott told KCBS-TV on Saturday night. “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), Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

However, the Lakers said nothing is set.

Lakers owner Jim Buss reportedly made Scott a verbal offer on Thursday and Scott and his representatives were reviewing it.

Scott, who has coached the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers, played a key role as a player in helping the Lakers win three of their five NBA championships in the 1980s.

LeBron going back to 23

Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James is switching back to wearing jersey No. 23.

James wore that number in high school and during his first stint with the Cavaliers. He changed to No. 6 during his four-year stint with the Miami Heat, where he won two NBA titles.

James announced on Instagram that he is switching back to his original number. Along with past photos of himself wearing No. 23, he also posted a message: “23 it is! It’s only right I go back.”

Clark catches, beats Furyk

MONTREAL  — Tim Clark’s golf game went into overdrive as he claimed his second PGA Tour win while extending Jim Furyk’s title drought.

Clark birdied five of seven holes on the back nine to overtake Furyk and win the RBC Canadian Open.

Clark, who won the 2010 Players Championship, overcame Furyk’s three-stroke lead through 54 holes with birdies on the 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 17th at Royal Montreal to finish 5-under 65 on the day for his second PGA Tour win.

“Any win is very special, particularly since that win,” Clark said. “A lot’s happened. I’ve had a surgery since then. I’ve had two kids, on the good side of it, so my life’s changed a lot since that win. To have won right now, after the year that I’ve had, means a lot.”

Furyk, who won the Canadian Open in 2006 and 2007, has not won a tournament in 88 outings since he won The Tour Championship on Sept. 26, 2010.

“It’s a little soon to wrap my hands around it,” Furyk said. “I’m obviously disappointed. I’ve got no one to blame but myself. It was a benign day, and 69’s not a bad round by any means, but in only making two birdies I let a couple of guys back into the tournament that if I go out there and fire a 66 or 67, it’s a done deal.”

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