July 31, 2014

Medina
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NFL: Manziel pleads guilty to fight outside bar

Johnny Manziel

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his arrest last year for fighting outside a bar near the College Station, Texas, campus. The Heisman Trophy winner made a brief appearance in court 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.

• University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins changed his original plea and pleaded guilty in Seattle to a charge of driving under the influence stemming from his arrest after crashing his car in March.

• FIU dismissed running back Kedrick Rhodes from the team for a violation of team policy.

• Josh Clemons’ Kentucky career is on hold again after an examination confirmed an Achilles tendon injury for the sophomore running back attempting to return from an October 2011 knee injury. He will likely miss the 2013 season after having surgery.

• Texas-San Antonio indefinitely suspended defensive end Will Ritter.

• Vanderbilt identified the four players dismissed from the team for an incident last month that is being investigated by police. Defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Corey Batey, receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules.

• The Buffalo Bills failed to reach a long-term deal with free-agent safety Jairus Byrd, and it’s unclear whether he’ll sign his one-year franchise tag offer.

• Ryan Clady was one of the NFL’s most dependable players, quickest healers and best risk assessors. A year after rejecting a $50 million offer and playing last season for a bargain price of $3.5 million, Peyton Manning’s blindside protector cashed in on his gamble by signing a five-year deal worth up to $57.5 million over the weekend.

Basketball

World Peace to Knicks

Metta World Peace is coming home to play for the Knicks. The NBA team said a contract has not been signed but an agreement has been reached.

• Knicks guard J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy on his left knee that likely will keep him from joining the NBA team when they open training camp in late September.

• The new-look Atlanta Hawks signed two-time All-Star Elton Brand, picking up a player who can bolster their depth in the frontcourt while providing veteran leadership.

• The Sacramento Kings officially announced the signing of free-agent Carl Landry. He signed a four-year, $26 million deal.

• North Carolina coach Roy Williams said leading scorer P.J. Hairston will face “serious consequences” after being arrested last month on a drug charge during a traffic stop. The Hall of Fame coach hasn’t yet determined a punishment for Hairston, who has also been cited twice by police while driving a rental vehicle linked to a convicted felon.

• West Virginia forward Aaric Murray has departed the Mountaineers after one season. No reason was given.

Baseball

Sex orientation policy set

Major League Baseball will bolster its policies against harassment and discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to a new agreement. The leagues are scheduled to announce the new policy during tonight’s All-Star Game with the players’ union and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who helped draft the agreement. MLB will create a workplace code of conduct and distribute it to every major and minor league player, provide training sessions and create a centralized complaint system to report any harassment and discrimination.

• Artie Gore made his major-league debut as an umpire in 1947 and his fellow umpires autographed a ball used in that game for him. That game on April 15, 1947 also was Jackie Robinson’s first in the majors. Now the ball is being auctioned off for more than $20,000 at New York FanFest in New York as part of the All-Star festivities.

• Phillies center fielder Ben Revere will have surgery today on his broken right foot and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

• The Colorado Rockies traded Tulsa Drillers pitcher Parker Frazier to the Cincinnati Reds for major league veteran Armando Galarraga.

• Matt Batts, who caught Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige in a 10-year career, has died at age 91.

Cycling

Froome unbeatable?

There appears to be little to stop Chris Froome from reaching the Champs-Elysees on Sunday in the yellow jersey and becoming the second straight British cyclist to win the Tour de France. After another brutal attack in the mountains on Sunday, Froome leads Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador by more than four minutes with only six stages left — four of them suited to him. There is a time trial on Wednesday, followed by three straight days of tortuous Alpine climbs.

• Tour of Turkey winner Mustafa Sayar was provisionally suspended and faces being stripped of victory after testing positive for the blood-boosting hormone EPO at an earlier race. The International Cycling Union said Sayar had traces of EPO in a urine sample given at the Tour of Algeria in March.

Soccer

El Salvador prevails

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 in Houston. El Salvador (1-1-1, 4 points) earned a quarterfinal berth. Haiti (1-2, 3 points) could still reach the quarters as one of two best third-place teams.

Poker

WSOP heads to last table

As the sun began to set over the Rio casino in Las Vegas, a weary group of card sharks approached the midway point of the last day in the contest for a place at the World Series of Poker’s final table. Fewer than a dozen eliminations stood between the remaining players in the world’s biggest no-limit Texas Hold ‘em and a ticket to a November finale worth $8.4 million for the winner.