James to wear jersey No.23 again

LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, after wearing No. 6 in four seasons with the Miami Heat and also for the U.S. Olympic team.

James wore No. 23 during his first seven pro seasons, which were with Cleveland, and at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.

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James tweeted “23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2 (times) 3=6 We still family 6.”

The tweet included an Instagram post with photos of James holding his No. 23 Cavaliers jersey on draft night, him later in a newer version of Cleveland’s uniform and one of him in his high-school jersey.

James, a four-time NBA most valuable player, had turned to social media to help him choose which number he will wear next season with the Cavaliers. James wrote “6 or 23….” on Twitter.

Many NBA teams have set aside No. 23 in honor of legendary Michael Jordan, with the Heat having gone as far as to place Jordan’s No. 23 jersey in the rafters at AmericanAirlines Arena even though he never played for Miami.

Scott says he will coach Lakers

Byron Scott said over the weekend he has been hired as coach by the Los Angeles Lakers, but team officials said Sunday no deal has been reached.

Scott, who won three NBA titles while playing guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV in Los Angeles he will take over the team, which hasn’t had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30.

“It feels fantastic,” the 53-year-old Scott told KCBS. “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), (owners) Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

ESPN has reported Scott would take over the Lakers with a four-year, $17 million contract that includes a team option for the final season.

Scott spent last season as a television commentator on the Lakers’ network, watching the team stumble to a 27-55 record. He has coached three NBA teams and has a 416-521 record.


Mystics move closer to Atlanta

Ivory Latta scored 21 points as the surging Washington Mystics moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with a 77-67 victory over the visiting Atlanta Dream.

The Mystics (13-13) have won four straight and six of seven games. Washington trails East-leading Atlanta (15-9) by three games.

The Dream has lost a season-high four games in a row and the last three setbacks have come without coach Michael Cooper.

Recently diagnosed with tongue cancer, Cooper remains on medical leave after undergoing surgery Thursday. Assistant Karleen Thompson is serving as interim coach.

Moore leads Lynx to victory

Maya Moore contributed 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists to help the defending champion Minnesota Lynx beat the host Connecticut Sun 76-65,

Kelsey Bone had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Sun, which has lost 10 of its last 12.

Tulsa triumphs at home

Glory Johnson scored 14 of her 15 points in the second half and had 11 rebounds to help the Tulsa Shock beat the visiting Chicago Sky 79-69.

It was Tulsa’s second victory in its last nine games.

Horse racing

Bayern kicks away from the field

Bayern set the pace and pulled away for a 7¼-length victory over Albano in the $1.03 million Haskell Invitational for 3-year-olds at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert has trained a record seven Haskell winners, including Bayern.

“I didn’t think he’d do anything as devastating as that,” Baffert said by phone after watching the race on television from California. “It looks like he has it all together now.”

Martin Garcia rode Bayern, who ran 11/8 miles in 1 minute, 47.82 seconds. The colt, named for the German soccer powerhouse Bayern Munich, paid $11.40 to win in the Grade I race before a crowd of 35,093.

Bayern led by a half-length after running 6 furlongs in 1:11.16 and poured it on in the final 3 furlongs.

Filly Untapable, racing against males for the first time, was fifth of nine as the 7-5 favorite.

Jockey Rosie Napravnik felt Untapable became unsettled before the start when Social Inclusion, in the adjoining starting-gate stall, acted up. The horses bumped in the early stages.

“She got a little fussy, and she didn’t get away well,” Napravnik said. “She ran a hell of a race, and she ran as hard as she could.”


Big Macher, ridden by Seattle native Tyler Baze, beat 7-10 favorite Goldencents by a half-length to take the Grade I Bing Crosby at Del Mar, near San Diego.

Big Macher, who is trained by Richard Baltas, ran 6 furlongs in 1:08.82. The 4-year-old gelding paid $21.20 to win in the $300,500 race.

Including workout accidents, five horses suffered fatal injuries at Del Mar in the past three days.

• American John Isner, the top seed, overpowered Dudi Sela to successfully defend his Atlanta Open tennis title, blowing serve after serve past the 5-foot-9 Israeli player in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

The 6-10 Isner finished with 15 aces, compared with two for Sela. Isner, who was a college standout at Georgia, has won nine ATP titles in his career.

Martina Hingis led Washington to its fourth straight World TeamTennis title and fifth in six years, beating Olga Govortsova 5-2 in singles in the Kastles’ 25-13 victory over the host Springfield (Mo.) Lasers.

The Kastles tied the record for consecutive titles set by Sacramento in 2000. Hingis, 33, was selected most valuable player of the finals.

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