Skiles out, Boylan in as Bucks’ interim
One day after Milwaukee and head coach Scott Skiles agreed it was time for a change, the Bucks said Tuesday that veteran assistant Jim Boylan will coach the team for the rest of the season. If this sounds familiar, it should: Skiles was fired as head coach in Chicago in 2007 after the Bulls started 9-16. Boylan, an assistant in Chicago, took over and went 24-32. He was fired at the end of the season . . . Phil Jackson’s coaching days are apparently over. “I have no intention of ever coaching again,’’ Jackson told SheridanHoops.com. ESPN.com reported that Jackson is the Nets’ top candidate to replace the fired Avery Johnson. P.J. Carlesimo is the Nets’ interim coach . . . Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said guard John Wall could make his season debut Saturday against the Hawks after months of rehabbing his injured left knee . . . Jazz forward Marvin Williams will miss the next three games with inflammation in his right knee . . . The Mavericks signed one-time Celtics guard Mike James to a 10-day contract.
Nets player in sexual assault probe
Philadelphia police are investigating a possible sexual assault at an upscale hotel, and the Brooklyn Nets say the probe involves one of the team’s players. Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, says the assault reportedly happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in a room at the Four Seasons Hotel. Police are investigating, and Russell says no one has been charged. The Nets say the investigation involves a member of their team. General manager Billy King said the team will have no further comment until the investigation is concluded and that all of the team’s players were available for Tuesday’s game against the Sixers. Nets forward Andray Blatche wrote about the incident on Twitter. ‘‘Im ok and I didn’t do anything jus was in the area when it happened,’’ Blatche tweeted . . . Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $50,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating in Saturday’s loss to the Hornets.
Indians give Kazmir minor league deal The Indians signed free agent lefthander Scott Kazmir to a minor league contract. Kazmir, a three-time All-Star who led the American League in strikeouts in 2007, will have a shot at making the Indians’ starting rotation at spring training. The 28-year-old spent last season in the independent Atlantic League. He has a 66-61 career record with a 4.17 ERA in 179 starts for Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Angels. He went 13- 9 with a 3.48 ERA in 2007 for the Rays . . . J.P. Howell and the Dodgers finalized a $2.85 million, one-year contract, and reliever Mike Gonzalez and the Brewers finalized a $2.25 million, one-year deal . . . Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled for hip surgery next Wednesday and could be sidelined until the All-Star break.
Syracuse tabs Shafer as new coach
Syracuse will name defensive coordinator Scott Shafer as its next coach, a person familiar with the selection process told the Associated Press. Shafer succeeds Doug Marrone, who was named coach of the Buffalo Bills after four seasons at Syracuse . . . The University of Delaware fired coach K.C. Keeler after 11 seasons. Keeler was 86-52 with the Blue Hens and led them to a Division 1AA national title in 2003 . . . A Pac-12 investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State football program under coach Mike Leach . . . Stanford cornerback Terrence Brown has decided to skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Also skipping their final season are Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert, California cornerback Steve Williams, and Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel . . . ESPN released a statement apologizing for comments made by announcer Brent Musburger about Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, Katherine Webb, during the national championship game Monday night. Musburger remarked that Webb, Miss Alabama USA 2012, was a beautiful woman as the cameras revisited her. ‘‘Wow, I'm telling you quarterbacks: You get all the good-looking women,’’ he said. According to ESPN, some viewers found the remarks from the 73-year-old Musburger out of line . . . The BCS title game’s television rating was up from last season. Alabama’s rout of Notre Dame drew a 15.1 national rating. The 26.4 million viewers were up 9 percent from last year’s game, another blowout Crimson Tide victory — over LSU.
Court upholds 10-year ban on Dutrow
New York’s top court refused to hear another appeal by Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. on his 10-year ban from the sport for drug violations. The Court of Appeals, without comment, denied Dutrow’s request that the judges consider another appeal of the state Racing and Wagering Board’s 2011 decision to ban him. Dutrow trained Big Brown to Derby and Preakness wins in 2008 . . . US Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said a representative for Lance Armstrong offered the agency a ‘‘donation’’ in excess of $150,000 several years before a USADA investigation led to Armstrong being stripped of seven Tour de France titles. Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman denied such an offer was made . . . America’s Cup officials dropped plans for a warm-up regatta on the Hudson River in New York in the spring so teams can focus on this summer’s race on San Francisco Bay . . . MLS’s Toronto FC hired veteran New Zealand defender Ryan Nelsen as its new coach.