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Year-old sexual assault allegation connected to Florida State quarterback By Gary Fineout and Kareem Copeland The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — An assistant state attorney says prosecutors in Tallahassee did not receive information about an 11-month-old sexual assault allegation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston until Tuesday. Tallahassee police investigated the Heisman Trophy contender in connection with a sexual assault that was reported nearly a year ago in an off-campus apartment. FSU records show the first report was made to campus police on Dec. 7 by a student at a dormitory. The investigation was handed over to Tallahassee police. The case was not given to prosecutors until this week. Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman says normal procedure for criminal cases in Leon County calls for police to give information to prosecutors if there is evidence for an arrest, or if it is a “close call.” She says police do not tell prosecutors when they have decided against pursuing an arrest. A day after news of the case broke, jolting college football fans and casting uncertainty on second-ranked Florida State’s perfect season, there were mostly questions left unanswered. Tallahassee police, citing the ongoing investigation, aren’t saying much about the case as well, including why investigators waited until this week to hand over information about the case to local prosecutors. The Seminoles went back to work Thursday, preparing for a home game against Syracuse on Saturday. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston took every scheduled practice snap and performed as usual Wednesday and Thursday. He also said nothing has changed Winston’s status as a team leader. “He’s been great,” Fisher said. “He went out and practiced well, played well and eliminated clutter, from what I can
Florida State’s Jameis Winston, shown in this Oct. 5 photo, is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a year ago, the university and Winston’s attorney confirmed Wednesday. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO
understand as far as distractions.” Fisher declined comment when asked directly about the investigation and would not divulge when he found out about the alleged incident. He did confirm that he spoke to the team about recent distractions. “We talk about what’s going on, our task at hand and control what we can control,” Fisher said. “Success brings a lot of clutter from other things. There’s always things that go on and you have to separate on-the-field and off-the-field and what you can control. Our guys are doing a nice job of that.” Fisher tried to avoid the topic, but the rest of the sports world has been focused on the Heisman Trophy candidate. Several questions remain. Why did it take so long for the police to notify the state attorney? How long has the university known and were any actions taken? Did police request an interview with Winston? For his part, Winston is only talking football. He spoke to the media for roughly five minutes on Wednesday night. University officials warned they would cut off the press conference if any-
one asked questions that weren’t strictly related to football. Timothy Jansen, the attorney representing Winston, has said his client did nothing wrong and he thought the investigation was over months ago. He said he has already handed over to prosecutors affidavits from two eyewitnesses. “When I spoke to the detective in February he told me the case was closed,” Jansen said. “I relayed that to my client and to university officials. I hadn’t heard another word until Monday.” Tallahassee police on Wednesday released a heavily-redacted two-page incident report that does not mention Winston by name, but says the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last Dec. 7. It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5-foot-9 and 5-11. Winston is listed by Florida State at 6-4. Jansen said he did not know why local police waited until this week to hand over their investigation to prosecutors. He speculated that media requests for the records may have played a role. The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday it had asked for records last week.
Prove: Taos must avoid previous mistakes Continued from Page B-5 Las Cruces Centennial in Friday night’s opening round while Escalante, the 2-seed in Class A, hosts Capitan on Saturday afternoon in a rematch of last year’s state championship game. This one will be in the semifinals. Like most coaches this time of year, Lopez has a certain degree of tunnel vision regarding his own club’s playoff path. “I’ve been around long enough to know that nothing is surprising in the playoff seeding process,” he said. “Personally I think we could have gone higher, but there’s no sense worrying about it. We all know what we have to do.” For Taos, it means avoiding the same misstep it made in last year’s opening round. After beating Albuquerque Hope Christian in the regular season, the Tigers were sent packing with a lopsided loss to the Huskies at home.
Most of that Tigers team is back, as are the memories. With five straight wins to its credit, Taos is much better suited for the task at hand. “It’s why we’re in the weight room every morning at 5:30 in the spring, why we’re running track and keeping in shape,” Lopez says. “If [the NMAA] wants to seed us lower than we think we deserve, we’ve got to just go out and show everyone we can do this.” The same mentality exists at Santa Fe High, although for entirely different reasons. The bottom seed after a 4-6 regular season, they know they wouldn’t be here if not for earning the district’s automatic bid to the playoffs. “Fortunately for us, everyone is healthy for the first time almost all season,” says Santa Fe High head coach Ray Holladay. “We’ve been filling in at several spots almost every game. I honestly couldn’t tell you how much of
a difference it’s going to make, but at least our guys have the confidence of being on the field for the first time in what feels like forever.” The Demons will remain on the road with an upset of the Hawks and their vaunted no-huddle offense. They’ll head to No. 4 Los Lunas next week with a win. The winner of the PortalesRobertson game gets a trip to unbeaten top seed St. Michael’s in the AAA quarterfinals while No. 2 Ruidoso will get a visit from the Academy-Pojoaque game. Escalante is hoping for a second straight trip to the small-school title game. The likely opponent would be undefeated Hagerman, a team with seven shutouts and a defense that has allowed only 48 points all season. At this point, Holladay says, the name of the game is defense. So long as his club can line up against a runoriented offense, he feels his
Demons have a realistic shot despite the odds. “It’s all about matchups, he says. “If we are lucky enough to get a team that wants to run we’ll be OK.” Problem is, Centennial throws the ball about 40 percent of the time out of its no-huddle offense, a unit that took St. Michael’s down to the final play of a recent Horsemen victory at the Christian Brothers Athletic Complex. Santa Fe High has struggled against teams who throw the ball, often getting shredded by clubs that otherwise have difficulty generating any offense. Asked about it, Holladay gave the kind of answer most men in his profession give this time of year. “We’re district champs and we’re in the playoffs,” he says. “It’s progress. If we get beat by a team that does what it does better than we do, at least we got here. But we’re not going to give up.”
MVP: McCutchen didn’t expect landslide McCutchen said in Pittsburgh. “But I definitely didn’t expect several games after the break it to be a landslide with those because of a bad back, a sore other guys — Goldschmidt left hip flexor, a strained lower and Molina. They were great abdomen, shin trouble and candidates and I didn’t know a groin tear. He recently had what to expect.” surgery to fix the tear and said McCutchen ranked among he’ll be ready for spring train- the NL leaders by hitting ing. .317 with 21 home runs and Still, Cabrera got 23 of 84 RBIs. He also scored 30 first-place votes from mem- 97 runs, stole 27 bases and had bers of the Baseball Writers’ a .404 on-base percentage. Association of America. He The 27-year-old with the became the first player to win long, flowing dreadlocks consecutive AL MVPs since helped the Pirates stop a Frank Thomas for the Chicago record streak of 20 losing seaWhite Sox in 1993 and 1994. sons and make the playoffs for Pirates center fielder the first time since 1992. Andrew McCutchen took the Cabrera finished with NL MVP by a surprisingly 385 points, while Trout got wide margin after leading a five first-place votes and baseball revival in Pittsburgh. 282 points. The difference was McCutchen drew 28 of the 81 points last season, when 30 first-place votes to finish Trout was AL Rookie of the far ahead of Arizona first base- Year. man Paul Goldschmidt and St. Baltimore first baseman Louis catcher Yadier Molina. Chris Davis, who led the “I’m floating right now,” majors with 53 homers and
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Odyssey Sims had four 3-pointers and 23 points without MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Joe playing the final 10 minutes for Jackson had 16 points and seven the Lady Bears (2-0). Sims, a preseason All-America guard, assists as six Memphis playhad five rebounds, five assists ers scored 13 Memphis 95 and one turnover while playing in double figures and 27 minutes. Austin Peay 69 Baylor has scored at least the 13thranked Tigers beat Austin Peay 110 points in both games in its first season after the departure 95-69 on Thursday night. of 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner, the Memphis (1-0) shot 54 pertwo-time AP Player of the Year, cent from the field and its press- and three other senior starting defense forced 22 turnovers ers. The Lady Bears last had by the Governors (1-1). consecutive 100-point games in Michael Dixon Jr. was 5 of December 2006. 7 from the field and scored MICHIgAN STATE 102, 15 points for Memphis, while CANISIUS 54 Nick King had 13 points and In East Lansing, Mich., the Geron Johnson and Chris Craw- freshmen trio of Aerial Powers, ford finished with 11 each. John- Tori Jankoska and Branndais son grabbed 10 rebounds. Agee anchored a running game and full-court press that powNO. 16 WICHITA ST. 79, ered No. 19 Michigan State WILLIAM & MARY 62 In Wichita, Kan., Fred VanVleet to a win over Canisius in the first-ever contest between the had a career-high 18 points and teams. Cleanthony Early added 14 for Powers led the Spartans (1-1) Wichita State. with 19 points and Agee added Ron Baker added 13 points 14 points and eight rebounds. and Kadeem Coleby had 10 for Jankoska turned in an all-around the Shockers (3-0), who have won 20 straight non-conference performance with 17 points, five games at home by an average of rebounds and three assists. Klarissa Bell had nine rebounds. 22 points. Marcus Thornton had 18 NO. 5 LOUISVILLE 88, NO. 14 LSU 67 points to lead the Tribe (1-2), who were just 11 of 22 from the In Louisville, Ky., Asia Taylor free throw line. Tim Rusthoven scored 23 points and No. 5 Louadded 13 points and freshman isville held No. 14 LSU scoreless Omar Prewitt finished with 11. for 5:35 during a 21-0 secondhalf run en route to a rout of NO. 19 CONNECTICUT 101, the Tigers the semifinal of the DETROIT 55 preseason Women’s National In Storrs, Conn., Omar Calhoun led six Connecticut players Invitation Tournament. Leading 40-38 early in the in double figures with 17 points second half, the Cardinals (3-0) in the opening round of the 2K used that run to build an 81-54 Sports Classic. lead in a game that figured to Niels Giffey tied the career be a tough early test for both high he set against Yale on Monday with 15 points, all in the teams. Louisville shot 61 percent in first half, for UConn (3-0). The the second half while holding Huskies used a 21-2 run to take a LSU (2-1) to just 10 of 32 in the 48-26 halftime lead. final 20 minutes and 25 of 67 Ryan Boatright had 12 points (37 percent) overall. and seven assists for UConn and Shabazz Napier added 10 points, NO. 4 TENNESSEE 80, eight rebounds and eight assists, CHATTANOOgA 56 three days after recording the In Knoxville, Tenn., Ariel Massecond triple-double of his career. sengale scored 16 points and No. 4 Tennessee beat ChattaWOMEN’S nooga in the Lady Vols’ home opener. NO. 21 SOUTH CAROLINA 81, After a low-energy first half, COLLEgE Of CHARLESTON 54 Tennessee (3-0) went into In Columbia, S.C., Asia Dozier the paint to start the second scored 16 points as No.21 South and drew three quick fouls by Carolina got past the College of Chattanooga (1-1). Massengale Charleston. opened the half with a quick Dozier was just 6-of-12 from 3-pointer and four free throws the field, but made four of her during a 12-2 run that put the six 3-pointers for the GameLady Vols up 44-34 with 16:59 cocks (3-0). Aleighsa Welch left. scored 12 points and grabbed A minute later, Meighan Sima career-high 17 rebounds. mons wrestled the ball from the South Carolina dominated the hands of Taylor Hall and dished paint, outrebounding Charlesit to Bashaara Graves, whose ton 62-38. The Gamecocks layup pushed the lead to 48-36. attempted 42 free throws, mak- Massengale hit another 3 and ing 22 of them, while Charleston Jasmine Jones made a layup for managed just 18 attempts. Tennessee, and the Lady Mocs NO. 24 gEORgIA 72, MERCER 41 never recovered. NO. 2 DUkE 123, In Athens, Ga., Shacobia Barbee scored 15 points and grabbed S.C.-UPSTATE 40 In Durham, N.C., Tricia Liston a career-high 15 rebounds. scored 20 points and Haley The teams traded baskets early before a layup from Khaali- Peters had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as dah Miller began a 17-0 run and No. 2 Duke beat South Carolinathe Bulldogs (2-0) built a 33-11 Upstate. lead. Georgia’s defense held Elizabeth Williams had the Bears (1-2) to just four field goals in the first half and 15 total 17 points for Duke (2-0), while Alexis Jones and Chelsea Gray points. added 14 each and Chloe Wells The Bears struggled, shoothad 10 in its home opener. ing 23.1 percent from the field Maddie Herr had 10 points to and committing 22 turnovers compared to 11 for the Bulldogs. lead Upstate (2-2). Georgia held a 56-39 advantage NO. 11 OkLAHOMA 82, on the boards, including 21-10 NO. 25 gONzAgA 78 on the offensive end. In Norman, Okla., Aaryn EllenNO. 9 BAYLOR 111, berg’s jumper with 1:56 left in NICHOLLS ST. 58 the game lifted No. 11 Oklahoma In Waco, Texas, freshman Nina into a lead the Sooners could Davis had 28 points and finally hold onto and turn away 11 rebounds in her first career No. 25 Gonzaga in a semifinalstart and No. 9 Baylor beat Nich- round battle in the preseason olls State for its 59th consecuWomen’s National Invitation tive home victory. Tournament. The Associated Press
138 RBIs, was third. “I think all three guys deserve this trophy,” Cabrera said. Davis and Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson each received a first-place vote. Cabrera took his third AL batting title in a row. He also drew a $1 million bonus for winning a second MVP during his current contract with the Tigers. No AL player has won three straight MVPs. Albert Pujols was the last repeat NL MVP winner in 2008 and 2009; Barry Bonds took four straight from 2001-04. The Tigers have virtually owned the major postseason awards during a three-year run of success. Justin Verlander was the MVP and Cy Young winner in 2011, Cabrera took the MVP last season and Detroit ace Max Scherzer won this year’s Cy Young Award on Wednesday.
“I’m on the right team,” Cabrera said. The 30-year-old third baseman from Venezuela also captured the AL MVP last year when he hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs. Cabrera topped Trout 22-6 in firstplace votes in that balloting. Trout hit .323 with 27 homers and 97 RBIs this year, stole 33 bases and led the AL in runs and walks. Cabrera clearly was baseball’s most dominant hitter for most of the season as the Tigers won their third straight AL Central crown. Voting for the BBWAA awards was done before the playoffs. Cabrera hit .262 with two homers and seven RBIs in 11 postseason games, and made a couple of key outs in Detroit’s six-game loss to Boston in the AL championship series.
Harden, Rockets withstand Anthony’s 45, top Knicks The Associated Press
NEW YORK — James Harden scored 36 points in his return to the lineup and the Houston Rockets withstood Carmelo Anthony’s 45 points to beat the New York Knicks 109106 Thursday night, giving Jeremy Lin another winning night at Madison Square Garden. Anthony had the highestscoring game in the NBA this season and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough
for the Knicks in their fourth straight home loss. Chandler Parsons added 22 points and Lin had 21 for the Rockets, who beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time even on a mostly silent night from Dwight Howard, largely outplayed by Andrea Bargnani. Howard had just seven points with his 15 rebounds, though he did make a pair of free throws with 1:15 left that gave Houston a five-point lead.
Published on Nov 15, 2013