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Sports news briefs — July 15


Peace returns home to play for Knicks

• Metta World Peace is coming home to play for the New York Knicks. The Knicks said the contract has not been signed but an agreement has been reached. World Peace was waived Thursday by the Los Angeles Lakers, who used the amnesty clause to create salary cap space. The 6-foot-7 forward will still be paid the $7.7 million that was owed to him by the Lakers. Knicks guard J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery and arthroscopy on his left knee that likely will keep him from joining the Knicks 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 and provide veteran leadership in the locker room.

• The Detroit Pistons officially announced the signings of Italian forward Luigi Datome and returning guard Will Bynum.

• The Memphis Grizzlies officially announced the signings of guard Tony Allen and forward Jon Leuer to multiyear contracts.

• The Sacramento Kings officially announced the signing of free-agent power forward Carl Landry.

• The Houston Rockets signed their only pick in this year’s NBA Draft, second-round selection Isaiah Canaan. He was a point guard at Murray State.

• West Virginia forward Aaric Murray has left the Mountaineers after one season. Coach Bob Huggins announced Murray’s departure Monday but didn’t give a reason.


Texas A&M star QB submits guilty plea

• Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel pleaded guilty in College Station, Texas, to a misdemeanor stemming from a 2012 bar fight near campus, closing a case that had dogged his Heisman Trophy-winning season. 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.

• FIU dismissed running back Kedrick Rhodes from the team for a violation of team policy. Rhodes was the Panthers’ leading rusher last season with 714 yards and was slated to start this year.

• Vanderbilt has identified the four players dismissed from the team for an incident last month that is being investigated by police as a possible sex crime. Coach James Franklin released a statement Monday saying defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Cory Batey, receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules.

• Texas-San Antonio indefinitely suspended defensive end Will Ritter from all team activities. Ritter was reportedly arrested over being involved in a fight outside a bar in Austin last weekend.

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NASCAR to change rule book for clarity

• NASCAR plans to automate its rule book and revamp its appeals process in a wide-ranging effort to bring more clarity to race teams and fans. The governing body outlined several initiatives Monday it expects to implement in its three major series before the start of the 2015 racing season. The effort started eight months ago and will be an ongoing process to keep up with technology and fan interests, said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations.

Maria Sharapova withdrew from next week’s Bank of the West Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.

• The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman David Savard to a one-year, two-way contract.

— From wire reports


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