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For first-timers in their current roles, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher are ready to lean on their experience to bring a championship to the New York Knicks.

"It's an honor to work alongside Phil Jackson, who is both a legend and friend as we strive together to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship back to New York," said Fisher, who was introduced Tuesday alongside Jackson, the newly formed president-head coach combination of the Knicks.

Fisher, 39, was still an active NBA player in the postseason last month but was courted heavily by the Knicks when Steve Kerr reneged on his agreement with Jackson. The two sides finalized a five-year, $25 million deal to make Fisher a head coach after two months of methodical searching by Jackson.

A decision on the Los Angeles Lakers next coach could hinge on ... LeBron James?

According to USA Today, the Lakers are in no rush to hire a head coach until they can fully gauge their potential to land a marquee free agent in July. The top target is apparently James, who will opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat. Heat owner Micky Arison said he is "100 percent" confident James will be back with Miami, but that could hinge on the outcome of the 2014 NBA Finals and what the makeup of the roster looks like.

Carmelo Anthony is another free agent the Lakers could pursue. Anthony has trained with Kobe Bryant, though staying in New York might be a more attractive option financially.

CFB

Michigan confirmed Tuesday that former Southern California running back Ty Isaac joined the program.

Isaac announced in May that he was transferring out of USC to be closer to his home in Shorewood, Ill., south of Chicago. He visited Illinois and Michigan before settling on the Wolverines.

It's uncertain when Isaac will be eligible to play for the Wolverines. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Isaac spent one season at USC and played in all 14 games in 2013. He rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 57 yards.

---The annual Oklahoma-Texas Red River Rivalry game is staying at Cotton Bowl Stadium through at least the 2025 season.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on Tuesday announced the extension of the agreement with the two schools, pending approval from the board of regents. The two storied programs have played in the stadium on the grounds of the Texas State Fair since 1929.

The original deal ran through the 2020 season. The 92,202-seat stadium underwent upgrades that were stipulated in that contract. Texas leads the all-time series 46-35-1.

NHL

The New York Rangers' backs are firmly pinned against the wall. One more loss and they're history in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Rangers go into Game 4 on Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden trailing the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. New York lost 3-0 to the Kings on Monday night, putting them in a real bind. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1942 have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the Cup. But Rangers coach Alan Vigneault is trying his best not to make too big a deal about the deficit. Instead, the Rangers can point to their comeback from a 3-1 deficit in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins last month.

"We're facing the same exact situation we were against Pittsburgh: We lose, we're done," Vigneault said. "If we don't want to be done, we've got to win."

---The Chicago Blackhawks reached a contract agreement with Swedish forward Dennis Rasmussen on Tuesday.

The one-year, two-way deal is worth $793, 000, according to TVA Sports.

The 23-year-old scored 16 goals and had 40 points in 52 games for Vaxjo HC in the Swedish league last season. His point total ranked 10th in the league. He added two goals and four assists in the playoffs.

UFC

UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen's fight with Vitor Velfort at UFC 175 was cancelled Tuesday after a failed drug test.

Sonnen was subjected to a random test last month by the Nevada State Athletic Commission that found anastrozole and clomiphene, two banned substances that are normally used to treat breast cancer patients and female infertility, respectively. UFC officials confirmed the results.

The 37-year-old fighter (28-14-1) is likely to face a suspension from UFC. He also works as an UFC analyst for Fox Sports.

CBK

A four-year home-and-home series between Georgetown and Syracuse restores one of college basketball's most historic rivalries beginning in 2015.

Syracuse leads the all-time series 49-41. Georgetown hosts Syracuse in 2015-16 and the programs will alternate home games the next three seasons.

---Delaware dismissed potential 2015 Colonial Athletic Association player of the year candidate Jarvis Threatt from the team for a violation of team rules, the university announced Tuesday.

The school declined to provide more specifics and said there would be no further comment.

Threatt, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.5 steals in 25 games last season for the Blue Hens, who reached the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 37 minutes per game.
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