Byron Scott will be the next coach of the New Orleans Hornets.
Scott said yesterday on ESPN, where he works as an analyst, that he has accepted the job, replacing Tim Floyd, who was fired May 7. "They were real interested in me, as I was in them, and I jumped on it," Scott said.
Scott, 44, coached the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2001-02 and '02-03, with losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively. . . .
Reggie Miller was fined $5,000 for kicking the ball into the stands after the Indiana Pacers lost to Detroit in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. . . .
Former Notre Dame basketball player Danielle Green lost her left hand during an attack in Iraq while serving in the Army. "It was just a shock to hear she had been injured because she had said that her job was going to keep her on the sidelines," Irish Coach Muffet McGraw said.
* COURTS: The Michigan attorney general issued an arrest warrant for former NFL wide receiver Andre Rison for failing to pay nearly $95,000 in child support. Charles Tucker, Rison's agent, thinks a mistake was made because Rison reached an agreement to pay off the overdue child support. . . .
A small-claims court judge rejected Utah lawyer Eric Stephenson's claim that CBS owner Viacom should pay him $5,000 for having to see Janet Jackson's bared breast during the Feb. 1 Super Bowl halftime show. . . .
Former Carolina Panthers player Anthony Bright has sued the team and standout wide receiver Steve Smith, claiming his NFL career was ruined after a film-room fight in 2002. . . .
An Albemarle County judge certified a malicious wounding charge against a University of Virginia student accused of shooting former Virginia football player Jamaine Winborne in the leg.
A grand jury will consider Aaron Joshua Robinson's case June 7.
* COLLEGES: Sara Fitzgerald scored on a pair of throwing errors in the bottom of the 13th inning, giving LSU a 3-2 victory over Michigan in the first round of the NCAA softball tournament in Oklahoma City.
LSU will play defending champion UCLA, which got three RBI apiece from Caitlin Benyi and Lisa Dodd to beat Stanford, 8-2. Oklahoma also advanced, beating Washington, 6-2. The Sooners will face California, which defeated Florida State, 4-2.
* GOLF: The World Match Play Championship in England will expand its field to 16 players and has been designated an official event, making its $1.8 million first-place check the richest in golf.
-- From News Services