Sports shorts: UA's Gordon makes roster for U19 team

2013-06-18T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: UA's Gordon makes roster for U19 teamStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

Incoming Arizona Wildcats freshman forward Aaron Gordon made the final cut for USA Basketball's U19 World Championship team Monday night in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gordon will be joined by two UA recruiting targets - Houston wing Justise Winslow and Chicago big man Jahlil Okafor - on a 12-man team that will compete in the World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, starting next week.

"I'm so happy to make the U19 USA team at 17 years old," Gordon said on Twitter. "… #GOLD is the only thing in mind."

Gordon, who won't turn 18 until September, is one of only four players on the U19 team without college basketball experience, along with Winslow, Okafor and incoming Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss. Winslow, one of UA's top recruiting targets in the class of 2014, is the youngest player on the team and will be eligible for the U19 team again in 2015. He turned 17 in March.

Oregon guard Damyean Dotson did not make the roster after surviving the first cut Sunday, when UA's Brandon Ashley and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson were dropped. Before Prague, the team will practice until Wednesday in Colorado, then spend three days in Washington, D.C.

Bruce Pascoe

Miscellaneous

US tries to avenge soccer loss to Honduras

SANDY, Utah - Honduras, the only team to beat the U.S. men's soccer squad in its hexagonal group this year, is expected to give the Americans a stiff challenge in a rematch tonight in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match.

The United States leads the group with 10 points off three wins, a draw and the loss at Honduras. The Hondurans are fourth with seven points.

• In the Netherlands, six youth players and the father of one of them were convicted of manslaughter Monday for kicking a volunteer linesman to death after a game, a brutal attack that shocked the soccer-loving nation.

• The Los Angeles Galaxy acquired six-time MLS All-Star midfielder Pablo Mastroeni in a trade with Colorado.

• About 325 former Penn State players and coaches, including Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, signed a statement supporting the lawsuit filed by the family of former coach Joe Paterno and other ex-players seeking to overturn NCAA sanctions against the football program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

• Ex-Oklahoma State starting QB Wes Lunt is transferring to Illinois, his home state, but must sit out 2013.

• The Green Bay Packers released linebacker Desmond Bishop, 28, as a cost-saving measure after he missed all of last year with a hamstring injury.

• In Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a contrite Chad Johnson apologized for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week. The judge then released Johnson from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.

• Former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli is joining NBC's Sunday night studio show.

• The International Boxing Federation has ordered Bernard Hopkins, 48, to defend his light-heavyweight title against Russian Sergey Kovalev, 30.

• Tennis great Gene Mako, who won four major doubles titles and was ranked in the world top 10 during the 1930s, died in Southern California. He was 97.

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