Guilty 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 in College Station, Texas. 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.
Signed The Atlanta Hawks signed two-time All-Star Elton Brand. The 34-year-old Brand averaged 7.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season with the Dallas Mavericks. He played in 72 games, with 18 starts. Contract terms weren’t disclosed.
• The Sacramento Kings officially announced the signing of free agent Carl Landry to a $26 million deal. The 29-year-old power forward averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds in 23.2 minutes off the bench to help Golden State reach the second round of the playoffs last season. He opted out of the final year of his two-year, $8 million deal with Golden State last month to become a free agent.
• The Memphis Grizzlies officially announced the signings of guard Tony Allen and forward Jon Leuer. Allen agreed on July 3 to a four-year contract worth $20 million, keeping the nine-year veteran with Memphis.
• The Detroit Pistons officially announced the signings of Italian forward Luigi Datome and guard Will Bynum. The Pistons agreed about a week ago to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with Datome, who has played professionally in Italy since 2003. Bynum appeared in a career-high 65 games for Detroit last season.
Hired The Philadelphia Flyers have hired a familiar face, Ron Hextall, as assistant general manager and director of hockey operations. Hextall, 49, played 11 seasons for the Flyers, appearing in 489 regular-season games across three different stints with the team (1986-92, 1994-95, and 1998-99). Hextall spent the last seven seasons with the Los Angeles Kings as vice president and assistant general manager.
Retired Montreal forward Blake Geoffrion is retiring from the NHL at age 25. The young forward had been considering stepping away from hockey due to lingering effects of a skull fracture and concussion sustained during an American Hockey League game. The 6-foot-1 center was skating for Hamilton when he sustained a depressed skull fracture from a hit by Syracuse defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote.
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