ESPN brings in Karl to be studio analyst
NEW YORK — George Karl, fired by the Nuggets shortly after being named the NBA's coach of the year last season, was hired by ESPN as a studio analyst Monday.
Karl, 62, signed a multiyear deal and will start Friday. But he will keep an eye out for a return to the sideline.
"I think they know and I know that in the right situation, there's always the possibility of going back to coaching," said Karl, who previously worked for ESPN as a studio analyst during the 2003-04 season.
Karl acknowledged some sadness in not leading the Nuggets in their first day of practice set for today.
"I can't deny that I'm, I guess, low or melancholy a little bit about not being with a team and not being on the sideline, not being in training camp," Karl said.
"Training camp's probably the most fun for any coach."
Kings: C DeMarcus Cousins signed a four-year extension the Associated Press reported is worth $62 million. The sides agreed to the deal last week.
All-Star Game: The 2016 game will be played in Toronto, the league said. This season's game is in New Orleans, and 2015 is in New York.
Sloppy Azarenka loses in China
Victoria Azarenka, ranked No. 2 in the world, double-faulted 15 times in losing 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to No. 43 Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the China Open in Beijing. It was the second straight tournament she lost her first match.
Japan Open: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga No. 8 in the world, needed four match points to defeat No. 42 Gael Monfils 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) in the first round in Tokyo.
Gymnastics: Japan's Kohei Uchimura, seeking his fourth all-around world title, leads qualifying after three of four sessions in Antwerp, Belgium. He earned 91.924 points, 2.392 more than American Sam Mikulak. With 24 in the final, both are almost assured of advancing.
Figure skating: Evan Lysacek, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist trying to come back for 2014, will miss next month's Skate America with a torn labrum in his left hip. He won't have surgery but is out indefinitely.
Sailing: Oracle Team USA accepted a challenge from Australia's Hamilton Island Yacht Club for the America's Cup. There likely will be other challengers. But as the challenger of record, Hamilton Island will help shape the rules for the next event, for which no date has been set.
Golf: P.K. Kongkraphan tied for seventh at 4-under 284 at the Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach to win the money title and earn one of 10 LPGA Tour cards. She finished with $47,283 followed by: Giulia Molinaro ($39,848), Marina Alex ($39,804), Christine Song ($39,309), Cydney Clanton ($38,861), Sue Kim ($37,850), Hannah Jun ($36,810), Perrine Delacour ($34,577), Alena Sharp ($34,120) and Jacyln Sweeney ($33,609). Megan McChrystal won the event at 13 under to move from 58th to 18th at $27,238. Nos. 11-20 earn spots in the final stage of the qualifying tournament in December.