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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 4:05 AM


Rockets sign 2013 top pick Canaan

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have signed their only pick in this year's NBA draft, second-round selection Isaiah Canaan.

Canaan, who was taken 34th overall, scored more than 2,000 points in a four-year career at Murray State. The point guard led the team last season with 21.8 points a game.

The Rockets also agreed to terms on Monday with rookie free agent forward Robert Covington and guard B.J. Young.

Covington averaged 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 118 games in a four-year career at Tennessee State. Young averaged 15.2 points in 63 games over two seasons at Arkansas.

Also on Monday, Houston waived guard/forward James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht.


Manziel pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his arrest last year for fighting outside a bar near campus.

The Heisman Trophy winner made a brief appearance in court Monday and admitted he failed to identify himself to police following the altercation in June 2012. As part of a plea deal, other charges against the 20-year-old, including disorderly conduct, were dismissed.

Brazos County Attorney Rod Anderson says Manziel was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, about $230 in court costs and was credited with the overnight jail time he served following his arrest.

His court appearance comes after Manziel departed a day early from the prestigious Manning football camp held in Louisiana. Manziel said an illness caused him to miss practice sessions.


UTSA suspends DE Ritter

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas-San Antonio has indefinitely suspended defensive end Will Ritter from all team activities.

The school announced the suspension Monday.

Ritter was reportedly arrested for being involved in a fight outside a bar in Austin last weekend.

Coach Larry Coker said in a statement "we aware of the incident involving Will Ritter."

Ritter had 3½ sacks last year as a junior and was expected to be a regular on the defensive line for the Roadrunners this season, the team's first in Conference USA.


Trinidad advances with 2-0 in over Honduras

HOUSTON (AP) — Kenwyne Jones had a goal and an assist, helping Trinidad and Tobago to a 2-0 victory over Honduras to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jones, who plays for Stoke City of the English Premier League, converted a penalty kick with a deft touch to the left of Honduras goalkeeper Jose Mendoza in the 47th minute. The score came after referee Marco Rodriguez whistled Orlin Peralta for a foul in the penalty area on Cornell Glenn.

Nearly 20 minutes later, Jones served Kevin Molino with a precise ball into the box off a pass by Khaleem Hyland. Molino deposited it into the back of net.

Despite the loss, Honduras (2-1, 6 points) finished atop Group B after wins over Haiti and El Salvador.


El Salvador beats Haiti 1-0 in Gold Cup

HOUSTON (AP) — Rodolfo Zelaya scored off a saved penalty kick in the second half, and El Salvador edged Haiti 1-0 to advance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday night.

The victory earned El Salvador (1-1-1, 4 points) a berth in the quarterfinals of the biennial tournament. Haiti (1-2, 3 points) could still reach the quarterfinals as one of two best third-place teams, pending other results.

Zelaya netted the goal after Haiti goalkeeper Frandy Montrevil stopped his penalty kick in the 76th minute. The goal was not without controversy, as Haiti players adamantly protested linesman Philippe Biere's foul call on Jean Marc Alexandre, which was upheld by referee Javier Santos.


UAPB aiming to ensure respect with SWAC repeat

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Linebacker Jer-ryan Harris isn't convinced Arkansas-Pine Bluff has made believers out of its Southwestern Athletic Conference rivals.

The Golden Lions won their first outright SWAC title last season and are picked to repeat as West Division champions going into this season. Harris said Monday at SWAC media day that the team's mind-set is "for us to actually get the respect we deserve, we will have to repeat."

Arkansas-Pine Bluff received 14 of 24 first-place votes in the West, well ahead of traditional powers Southern (six) and Grambling State (one).

Alabama State is the pick to win the West.

Pine Bluff quarterback Ben Anderson is picked as preseason offensive player of the year while Jackson State defensive back Qua Cox is tabbed as the top defensive player.