NBA: Nets hire Kidd as coach
UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success.
Kidd retired earlier this month after one season with the New York Knicks, his 19th in the NBA. The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his absence of coaching experience.
The move reunites Kidd with the franchise he led to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03, when they played in New Jersey.
He spent 6 1/2 seasons with the Nets, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds, and is their career leader in numerous statistical categories.
Terms of the deal that made Kidd the 18th coach in franchise history were not disclosed.
The Nets will introduce Kidd today during a news conference at Barclays Center.
• SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The NBA’s Competition Committee is recommending an expansion of instant replay to include late-game reviews of block/charge plays, the first time the league is considering reviewing judgment calls by a referee.
Arizona, L.A. to play in Australia
NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will bring their thunder Down Under.
Major League Baseball will open the 2014 regular season in Australia, with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks playing a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The matchups March 22-23 mark baseball’s first games in Australia that count.
• MIAMI (AP) — A judge refused for a second time to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Major League Baseball against a South Florida clinic and its operators over allegations they provided banned substances to players.
Miller Barber dies at 82
UNDATED (AP) — Miller Barber, the unique-swinging golfer who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours, died. He was 82.
The PGA Tour said that Barber died Tuesday. The tour didn’t provide details of the death.
Barber, nicknamed “Mr. X,” played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and 50-and-over circuit. He won 11 times in 694 PGA Tour starts and added 24 victories in 603 events on the Champions Tour.
Goodell backs Redskins
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the Washington Redskins nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”
Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
He cited the nickname’s origins and polls that support its popularity. Goodell wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also point out fan pride in the team’s heritage.
• BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is described as being in good spirits, recovering at home after having surgery to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw.
Kelly’s spokeswoman, Tricia Cavalier, said he was released from hospital Monday, three days after the operation.
ISTANBUL (AP) — The anti-government protests in Turkey “will have no bearing” on Istanbul’s ability to host the 2020 Olympics, the bid committee said.
The Olympic bid has been rattled by the nearly two weeks of protests that began in Istanbul and spread to dozens of other cities. It’s the biggest test yet in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Istanbul, making its fifth bid for the Olympics, is competing against Madrid and Tokyo. The IOC will select the host city Sept. 7 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.