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Rockets' White refuses assignment to D-League

HOUSTON — Rockets first-round pick Royce White refused his assignment to Houston's D-League affiliate on Sunday, yet another setback to his return to the court.

White, the 16th overall pick in the June draft, has spent most of the season on Houston's inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.

White's assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Saturday looked to be a positive step in his return. But on Sunday, White released an almost 500-word statement where he said he wouldn't report to the team.

The Rockets chose White in the first round after a season at Iowa State, where he helped the Cyclones to their first NCAA tournament berth in seven years by leading the team in scoring (13.4 points a game), rebounds (9.3), assists (5.0), steals (1.2) and blocks (0.9).


Southern California beats Dayton 63-61 in overtime

LOS ANGELES — Eric Wise scored a season-high 19 points and Aaron Fuller added 12 points as USC defeated Dayton 63-61 in overtime Sunday night.

Fuller scored the go-ahead points on free throws and put back a miss for a 59-55 lead. Jio Fontan completed a three-point play on a spin move near the free throw line to make it 62-58, and the Trojans (5-8) held on for their second win in nine games.

The Flyers (9-4) had the last shot, but Kevin Dillard's shot was wide left. Dillard led Dayton with 13 points, and Devin Oliver had 11 points, 12 rebounds.


GOLF

Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez breaks leg

MADRID — Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez has broken his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months.

Jimenez said in a statement Sunday that he had surgery on his leg after injuring it while skiing Saturday. Jimenez says "I was playing well, but you have to take life as it comes." Jimenez was a vice captain on Europe's Ryder Cup-winning team in September. In November, the 48-year-old Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner by capturing his third Hong Kong Open title. He has 19 career European Tour titles.


HOCKEY

Canada beats U.S. 2-1 at junior hockey worlds

UFA, Russia — Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored in the first period, and Canada beat the United States 2-1 to advance to the next round at the junior ice hockey world championships.

Jacob Trouba scored for the U.S. The Americans need to beat Slovakia today in Group B to move on.

Canada faces Russia today to determine which team gets a bye into the semifinals.

Compiled from wire reports


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