Jason Miller/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have announced an agreement with Luke Walton to become their new head coach.
Walton spent nine seasons with the Lakers, winning two championship rings and now will return to the team as the 26th coach, according to ESPN.
Lakers' general manager Mitch Kupchak announced the deal on Friday.
"We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he's going to start an outstanding coaching career," said Kupchak. "He's one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he'll be leading the on-court future of our team."
Walton is currently an assistant with the Golden State Warriors and will start with the Lakers when the Warriors' season ends.
"I loved everything about my time at Golden State and learning from Steve [Kerr]," Walton told ESPN. "I'll forever be grateful to him, the organization and the team. But I have always dreamed of being a head coach and the chance to do that for an organization like the Lakers doesn't come around very often."
Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(DAVIE, Fla.) -- Miami Dolphins officials defended their first-round draft pick Laremy Tunsil on Friday after a video surfaced of the football player smoking from a bong, with the team saying "mistakes were made" but adding him to the roster was a "no brainer."
Tunsil, who played for Ole Miss, was expected to be one of the first players selected in the NFL draft, but sank down to the No. 13 pick after the video was posted to his verified Twitter account Thursday.
After Tunsil was selected by the Dolphins, he admitted to taking the video at a press conference Thursday night, but said somebody hacked his account. Also in question is an Instagram picture of a text conversation Tunsil had with an Ole Miss football staff member, in which he asked for money. Tunsil admitted to taking money from a coach after a reporter asked him about it Thursday night, saying his Instagram account had been hacked, too.
On Friday, Dolphin officials told reporters that they had spoken with Tunsil's high school and college coaches and that they were familiar with the video. Because they had researched Tunsil before their pick, they said, "We're very comfortable with Laremy -- the player and the person."
"There have been some bumps in the road,” the officials said, adding “moving forward, we're excited that he's here."
Tunsil did not attend the Dolphin's first news conference due to an allergic reaction, team officials said. He spoke to the press later in the afternoon, but declined to address the scandal.
“I'm here to talk about the Miami Dolphins," Tunsil said. “It’s a blessing just to be here.”
No official records have been presented that support Tunsil’s claim that his Twitter account was hacked, ABC News learned. Police in Oxford, Mississippi, where the video that appears to show him smoking from a bong would most likely have been taken, and in Chicago, Illinois, where the draft took place, say Tunsil did not file a formal complaint after he told reporters his account had been hacked.
The NFL has not commented on Tunsil’s claims and declined to say whether the league has decided to ask law enforcement to get involved. Special Agent Jason Pack of the FBI in Jackson said, “The FBI is not currently involved in the matter and has not heard from anyone involved in the incident.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday morning he wasn’t aware of the Tunsil controversy until later Thursday night -- after the player appeared on stage. “It’s all part of what makes the draft so exciting,” Goodell said on ESPN's Mike & Mike radio show Friday morning, adding, “hopefully he will be a great young player.”
"I made that mistake several years ago. Somehow somebody got into my photos and hacked my Twitter account," Tunsil told reporters Thursday night. "Apparently somebody just hacked my Instagram account so it’s getting crazy."
"I don’t know who did it, I don’t know what happened," he added.
"I made a mistake, you know, things happen. I can’t control things hacking my Twitter, my Instagram," he said. "I'm just happy just to be part of the Miami Dolphins organization."
Miami Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier said Thursday night, "We had known about it. The video is two years old. So, from all the information we had, we were comfortable with it.”
Grier said he didn't think Tunsil would be available at the No. 13. pick.
"He was No. 2 ranked on our board," Grier said. "We did not expect him to be there.”
“He’s a smart kid. He’s very football intelligent,” Grier added. “There’s no doubt that this guy loves football and football is very important to him. So for us, we are very comfortable."
Ole Miss said in a statement: "The University is aware of the reports from the NFL Draft regarding Laremy Tunsil and potential NCAA violations during his time at Ole Miss. Like we do whenever an allegation is brought to our attention or a potential violation is self-discovered, we will aggressively investigate and fully cooperate with the NCAA and the SEC."
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Despite a knee injury, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday, at 34th overall.
According to ESPN, the team chose Smith knowing that he would not play in 2016. One of the Cowboys' doctors, Dr. Daniel Cooper, performed Smith's surgery and is familiar with his recovery process.
Smith has been recovering from a torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee sustained in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State in January, his final college game.
In his three-year starter career with Notre Dame, Smith totaled 293 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
Elsa/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Despite an injury and having to sit out for the NBA playoffs, Stephen Curry is remaining optimistic.
On Friday, the Golden State Warriors star guard said he was "feeling better" since he sprained his MCL, and hoped he could be back on the court before the targeted May 9 return date.
"Feeling better but just got a ways to go," Curry said according to ESPN. "... I always have an optimistic view, no matter what it is. I hope to get back sooner. I haven't talked to the doctors, athletic training staff, all the experts. That two-week timeline was, as [Warriors general manager Bob Myers] says, an educated guess."
Curry slipped on a wet spot during the team's Sunday Game 4 victory against the Houston Rockets. He fell on his knee while guarding Houston's Trevor Ariza at the buzzer of the first half. The reigning MVP had previously sat out for Game 2 and 3 after he suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter of Game 1.
"That could have been 10 times worse," Curry said according to ESPN. "It was just simply a wet spot that put me in a very vulnerable position."
Igor Zhuravlov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A shocking season by Leicester City F.C. could see the club become just the sixth in the history of the Barclays Premier League to claim a league title as soon as this weekend.
Sitting seven points clear of second-place Tottenham with just three matches remaining, Leicester would clinch the top spot with a win over Manchester United Sunday. Leicester has earned 22 wins in 35 matches so far this season, led by a quick attack that's scored the third-most goals in the league. They've also allowed the second-fewest goals.
Since the Premier League began in 1992-1993, only Manchester United (13), Chelsea (4), Arsenal (3), Manchester City (2) and Blackburn Rovers (1) have won league titles.
iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The NCAA on Thursday rescinded a recently introduced rule prohibiting Division I football coaches from holding camps or clinics away from their school.
The rule, introduced earlier this month, came after some major programs held camps in areas rich in recruiting prospects. Supporters of the rule said it would keep coaches on campus with their current student-athletes and steer recruiting towards the academic environment, while critics said the camps would be an opportunity for unrecruited student-athletes to be noticed by big time coaches.
The NCAA Division I Board of Governors asked the Division I Council to conduct a broad assessment of the football recruiting environment, and to consider the entire model, including alterations to camps and clinics.
University of Alabama coach Nick Saban has spoken out against satellite camps prior to the initial ruling.
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conferences had already banned their own coaches from working camps more than 50 miles from their schools. The ban on satellite camps would thus have been considered a win for those conferences, forcing other schools to follow the same rules.
Actual recruiting activities are prohibited at camps and clinics, but they have been considered a chance for coaches to provide instruction to young athletes and generate revenue.
The Council's recommendations are expected by September 1.
Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended for 80 games late Thursday night after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.
The two-time All-Star led the National League in batting average last year, hitting at a .333 clip, while accruing 205 hits, to lead the major leagues. MLB said Gordon tested positive for exogenous testosterone and clostebol.
In a statement released by the MLB Players Association, Gordon said that "the hardest part about this is feeling that I have let down my teammates, the organization, and the fans. I have been careful to avoid products that could contain something banned by MLB and the 20-plus tests that I have taken and passed throughout my career prove this. I make a mistake and I accept the consequences."
The 28-year-old will lose nearly $2 million in salary during his suspension without pay.
The Marlins hitting coach this season is Barry Bonds, a former slugger whose own legacy was tainted by questions about performance enhancing drug use.
Gordon had a key hit in Thursday night's Marlins game, helping them to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Marlins team president David Samson said that Gordon "is a very important part of our team, and we all love him and support him," but that "I don't like or condone what he did."
"He will be back 80 games from now, and he will be welcomed back to this organization. But in the interim period, we expect him and we are positive that he will do everything necessary to make it up to his fans, to his teammates and to this organization."
Gordon will be ineligible to play in the postseason, should the Marlins make it.
Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) -- The NFL Draft followed the script early on. After a pair of trades saw the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles trade up for the first and second overall selections, respectively, each team took the quarterback that most mock drafts had predicted for them.
The Rams took Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the top overall pick, leaving North Dakota State's Carson Wentz to go second to the Eagles. It was the seventh time since 1967, and the second year in a row, where quarterbacks were chosen with each of the top two picks.
A pair of Ohio State Buckeyes followed those two, with defensive end Joey Bosa taken by the San Diego Chargers third overall and running back Ezekiel Elliott chosen fourth by the Dallas Cowboys. Bosa was considered one of the top players in the draft, but had not been expected to be taken in the top three. A third Buckeye, cornerback Eli Apple was taken tenth by the New York Giants.
Offensive lineman Taylor Decker was the fourth Ohio State player chosen, by the Detroit Lions at 16. The New York Jets took a fifth Ohio State player, linebacker Darron Lee, 20th.
For the first time since 2006, no Southeastern Conference player was chosen in the top five.
One of the draft's top talents, Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, slid to the Miami Dolphins at 13 after a video posted online on Thursday showed him smoking a substance from what appeared to be a bong. He had been projected in the top five picks of many mock drafts. After he was chosen, photos posted to Tunsil's Instagram appeared to show the lineman asking an Ole Miss coach for help paying his rent.
See the full results of the draft's first round below:
1) Los Angeles Rams (acquired from Tennessee Titans) - Jared Goff, QB, Cal 2) Philadelphia Eagles (acquired from Cleveland Browns) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State 3) San Diego Chargers - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State 4) Dallas Cowboys - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State 5) Jacksonville Jaguars - Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State 6) Baltimore Ravens - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame 7) San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon 8) Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland Browns via Miami Dolphins via Philadelphia Eagles) - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State 9) Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia 10) New York Giants - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State 11) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago Bears) - Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida 12) New Orleans Saints - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville 13) Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles) - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss 14) Oakland Raiders - Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia 15) Cleveland Browns (from Tennessee Titans via Los Angeles Rams) - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor 16) Detroit Lions - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State 17) Atlanta Falcons - Keanu Neal, S, Florida 18) Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama 19) Buffalo Bills - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson 20) New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State 21) Houston Texans (from Washington Redskins) - Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame 22) Washington Redskins (from Houston Texans) - Josh Doctson, WR, Texas Christian 23) Minnesota Vikings - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss 24) Cincinnati Bengals - William Jackson III, CB, Houston 25) Pittsburgh Steelers - Artie Burns, CB, Miami 26) Denver Broncos (from Seattle Seahawks) - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis 27) Green Bay Packers - Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA 28) San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs) - Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford 29) Arizona Cardinals - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss 30) Carolina Panthers - Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech 31) Denver Broncos - Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M