Sports briefs for July 29, 2014

Posted July 29, 2014, at 7:32 p.m.
Last modified July 29, 2014, at 8:13 p.m.

Lakers named Byron Scott as new head coach

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to their “extensive and thorough” search for Mike D’Antoni’s replacement.

Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant “Showtime” era in the 1980s and has worked as a head coach in the league for 13 years, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers

He was fired by the Cavaliers on April 18 last year after compiling a record of 64-166 during his three seasons in charge, and has since worked as an analyst for the Lakers’ television broadcast partner, TWC SportsNet.

Scott, the NBA’s coach of the year in 2008 after his first winning season as head coach of the New Orleans Hornets, has been signed by the Lakers to a multi-year contract, though no financial details were revealed by the team.

Man to face charges for urinating on Modell’s grave

A man in Baltimore County will be formally charged with disorderly conduct for urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.

Modell and wife Patricia are buried at Druid Ridge Cemetery in Baltimore. The cemetery said last week the incident was “disappointing and disrepectful.”

In a news release, State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said charges should be a deterrent to any future offenders.

The man has not yet been identified beyond his sports fan allegiance to the Cleveland Browns.

In a video posted on YouTube, the man with a username BrownsFan4Life removes a Ravens jersey with former safety Ed Reed’s name and number (20) and urinates on the grave site the bottom of his pants using a catheter tube.

Browns’ Gordon to use second-hand smoke as defense

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon and his attorney will argue in an appeal to the NFL on Friday that second-hand smoke resulted in a failed drug test.

Gordon is working with Maurice Suh, the lawyer who assisted Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in his case against the NFL in 2012. Sherman’s four-game suspension was waived.

Gordon is facing a one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy for a third time. If the suspension is upheld, he will not be able to apply for reinstatement until one year has passed.

According to ESPN.com, Gordon was just over the threshold with his failed test with one of his samples. A second sample was more than a nonogram per milliliter below the cutoff line. His legal team plans to call witnesses to testify that the scores are an indication of second-hand smoke.

Nash hints of retirement after next season

Forty-year-old Steve Nash appears to be leaning toward next season to be his last in the NBA.

The veteran point guard has battled injuries the past two years with the Los Angeles Lakers, missing 66 games last season and 32 in 2012-13. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists in the games he did play last year.

With a $9,701,000 contract for 2014-15, though, Nash has a financial incentive to hang around for one more year.

“I think this is my last season,” Nash told Sport TV. “But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I’m going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So it’ll be nice to play one more year.”

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