Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson is “leaning” toward taking the position of Knicks president of basketball operations, according to an ESPN report on Saturday. Jackson, 68, who met with Knicks president/general manager Steve Mills two weeks ago, reportedly turned down an offer to become the team’s next coach, but left open the possibility of joining the front office. Citing a league source, ESPN reported that Jackson would have complete control of basketball-related matters should he accept the job . . . Kings forward Carl Landry will miss the rest of the season with a medial meniscus tear in his right knee that will require surgery . . . Veteran forward Drew Gooden, signed by the Wizards Feb. 26 after Nene and Kevin Seraphin suffered knee injuries, signed a second 10-day contract with the club.
Bryant, Jaguars agree to 4-year deal
The Jaguars and free agent Red Bryant reached agreement on a four-year contract Saturday, reuniting the run-stuffing defensive tackle with his former coordinator in Seattle, Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley. Bryant, 30, gives Jacksonville a strong start to free agency. The Jaguars already re-signed quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year, $8 million deal . . . The Jets and tight end Jeff Cumberland agreed to terms on a three-year contract. Cumberland, scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, led the Jets last season with four touchdown receptions . . . Darrell Stuckey and the Chargers agreed to a contract that keeps the safety and special teams standout from hitting free agency. Stuckey tweeted that it was a four-year deal . . . The Buccaneers released guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line the past eight seasons. Joseph, 30, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, was due to earn $6 million next season.
Red-hot Shiffrin captures slalom title
American Mikaela Shiffrin retained her World Cup slalom title in Are, Sweden, adding to her Sochi Olympics gold medal in the discipline five days before her 19th birthday. Shiffrin led from start to finish, as she did at the Sochi Games. Shiffrin now has Olympic and world championship gold medals and two World Cup titles in her specialty event . . . Olympic champion Ted Ligety overcame a challenge by Austrian veteran Benjamin Raich to win a men’s World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Henrik Kristoffersen, 19, of Norway was third for his first career GS podium, four days after winning the junior world title in GS . . . American Heather Richardson claimed her second speedskating World Cup win over 500 meters a day after her first in Inzell, Germany. Shani Davis won and Brian Hansen was third in the men’s 1,000 as American speedskaters eased some of the disappointment of their Sochi medal shutout.
Blue Jackets’ Murray out 4-6 weeks
Blue Jackets standout rookie defenseman Ryan Murray, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft, will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee . . . The Sabres recalled former UMass-Lowell defenseman Chad Ruhwedel from their AHL Rochester affiliate . . . Former Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni will take over as the Major League Soccer team’s coach, replacing Oscar Pareja, who left in January to take the same job with FC Dallas . . . Ashton Eaton successfully defended his heptathlon world indoor championship title in Sopot, Poland, but a world record escaped the American by just 1.18 seconds over the closing 1,000 meters . . . Alexander Gustafsson handed Jimi Manuwa his first MMA defeat in the main event of UFC Fight Night in London. In the co-main event, Michael Johnson unanimously outpointed Melvin Guillard . . . Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome romped to victory by 7¼ lengths in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., inserting the colt into the Kentucky Derby picture . . . Ridden by Daniel Centeno, Ring Weekend held off favorite Vinceremos by 3 lengths in the Grade II $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-olds.