A former Virginia Tech football player was convicted of assaulting two people after an argument at a McDonald's restaurant in Blacksburg, Va., last month.

Michael Hinton, 20, was convicted Thursday of misdemeanor assault and battery and destruction of property and was sentenced to four months in jail, a $600 fine and a maximum $2,372 in restitution. His attorney said he planned to appeal.

According to testimony, four friends were in line at a McDonald's restaurant near campus early in the morning on April 11 when a man they later identified as Hinton cut in front of them. Hinton argued with the group, then punched Ahmed Al-Nahawi, knocking him unconscious.

Kenan Al-Husseini said he chased Hinton as he fled and ran onto campus. When he caught up to Hinton, Al-Husseini testified he was struck hard enough to chip his tooth.

Hinton maintained he was in his dormitory room with his girlfriend at the time of the assault. He provided prosecutors with a list of people who could verify his story.

Hinton was dismissed from the football team several days after his arrest. The backup rover from Burlington, N.C., had been one of the most highly regarded players in Tech's 2003 recruiting class. . . .

A federal judge in East St. Louis, Ill., denied bond for St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton, ordering him to remain jailed until his trial on charges he tried to arrange to have his agent slain.

U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan, siding with prosecutors, ruled Danton was a potential flight risk and a possible danger to the community if freed on bond.

The ruling followed about four hours of testimony about Danton's alleged murder-for-hire plot that authorities say targeted agent David Frost before it unraveled last month. . . .

A housekeeper was stabbed to death at a suburban Houston home owned by Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal.

The woman's 18-year-old son, Tristan Williams, was taken into custody by police a few blocks away. He was charged with murder.

Alice Williams, 37, and her son were cleaning the interior of the home in the Sweetwater Subdivision when they started fighting around 12:45 p.m., said Sugar Land police. Investigators allege Tristan Williams stabbed his mother several times with kitchen knives.

* TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport routed defending champion Silvia Farina Elia, 6-2, 6-0, to reach the Strasbourg Open final in France.

The top-seeded Davenport will play Luxembourg's Claudine Schaul for the title today in the clay-court tuneup for the French Open. Schaul eliminated fourth-seeded Emilie Loit of France, 6-4, 6-1, in the other semifinal. . . .

Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi of Israel and Alicia Molik of Australia won semifinal matches in straight sets and will meet in the final of the Vienna Grand Prix in Austria.

* COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Cristin Vitek set an NCAA record for strikeouts in a game with 28 in 16 innings to lead Baylor to a 1-0 victory over visiting North Carolina in an NCAA tournament game Thursday night.

Vitek threw 185 pitches, 139 for strikes, and had a no-hitter going through 101/3 innings.

She set an NCAA record when she recorded her 27th strikeout in the top of the 15th and added one more in the top of the 16th.

-- From News Services

Lindsay Davenport, above, advances to the final of Strasbourg Open with 6-2, 6-0 victory over defending champion Silvia Farina Elia.