NEW YORK (AP) _ A person familiar with the situation says free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made.
The agreement was first reported by the New York Post.
The 32-year-old Granderson comes over from the crosstown Yankees, giving the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBIs this year, when injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of the previous two seasons.
The move marks general manager Sandy Alderson’s most expensive free-agent signing _ by far _ after three years of bargain shopping as the Mets were rebuilding.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) _ The United States will play Germany and Ghana inÂ the first round of next year’s World Cup, facing the nations that eliminated the
Americans from the last three tournaments.
Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer’s showcase, the Americans were drawn Friday into Group G and will play Ghana in Natal on June 16, and Portugal on June 22. Â They will close group play against Germany on June 26 at Recife.
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Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach of the Houston Texans.
The change was made Friday morning. The Texans fell to the Jaguars on Thursday night, 27-20, slumping to an NFL-worst 2-11 in 2013.
2013 started out with a pair of victories over San Diego on Monday Night Football and in overtime at home against Tennessee. But the Texans wouldn’t win again, as shakiness at the quarterback position, along with injuries to tight endÂ Owen Daniels, safetyÂ Danieal Manning, linebackerÂ Brian CushingÂ and running backÂ Arian FosterÂ helped to cripple to club’s chances.
Further, Kubiak collapsed on the field as he and the team headed into the locker room at halftime of the Week 9 loss to the Colts. He was taken from Reliant Stadium via ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital, and was diagnosed as having a transient ischemic attack (TIA). He missed the next game at Arizona, and coached the two following contests from the press box at Reliant Stadium.
Kubiak was hired by the Texans on January 26, 2006. His first season saw the team improve from just a pair of wins in 2005 to 6-10. A pair of 8-8 seasons in 2007 and 2008 followed, before the team broke through with a 9-7 record in 2009. In that season finale, the Texans came from behind to beat the Patriots at Reliant Stadium.
A 6-10 record the following season was followed by the franchise’s first playoff berth in 2011. It was, perhaps, Kubiak’s finest coaching performance, as he guided an injury-ravaged squad to an AFC South title. That team went 10-6, beat the Bengals at Reliant Stadium in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, and battled the Ravens on the road in a Divisional round loss.
The 2011 crew, at times, was without running back Arian Foster andÂ Andre Johnson, and saw outside linebacker Mario Williams’ season end due to injury after just five games. Furthermore, starting quarterbackÂ Matt Schaub‘s season was ended in a November win at Tampa Bay when he suffered a lisc franc injury. His backup, Matt Leinart, broke a collarbone in the next start at Jacksonville, and fifth-round rookieT.J. YatesÂ was under center throughout December and the two playoff games.
In 2012, Kubiak signed a contract extension, and the Texans roared to an 11-1 start. But a 2-3 December prevented the team from earning a first round bye and homefield advantage in the AFC. The Texans beat the Bengals again in the first round, before a Divsional round loss at New England ended what had promised to be a special season.
2013 started out with a pair of victories over San Diego on Monday Night Football and in overtime at home against Tennessee. But the Texans wouldn’t win again, as shakiness at the quarterback position, along with injuries to tight end Owen Daniels, safety Danieal Manning, linebacker Brian Cushing and running back Arian Foster helped to cripple to club.
Kubiak’s record is 61-64, with a 2-2 mark in the postseason.
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The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners’ top executives, and the source said the team made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
The source said Cano, 31, will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical Monday to complete what would be the third-largest contract in baseball history, tied with the one thatÂ Albert PujolsÂ signed withÂ Los Angeles AngelsÂ three years ago.
Alex RodriguezÂ has had baseball’s top two contracts. In the winter of 2007, he signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with theÂ New York Yankees. That deal replaced the 10-year, $252 million pact he signed with theÂ Texas RangersÂ in December 2000, when Rodriguez left Seattle after spending his first seven major league seasons with the Mariners.
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Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed in Washington’s news release announcing the hire, but according to ESPN sources the contract will make Petersen one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12.
“Coach Petersen’s success and record are extraordinary, but even more impressive is the man himself,” Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said in the statement. “His integrity, work ethic and character make him an outstanding fit and leader of our student-athletes at UW. We are thrilled and proud to call Coach Petersen a Husky.”
Petersen met Thursday night with Woodward and senior associate AD Jennifer Cohen in Boise and signed an agreement on terms, ESPN sources said.
Petersen, 49, felt ready to leave because, according to a source, the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit.
Petersen has been connected to various openings over the past few years, including those atÂ USC,Â UCLAÂ andÂ Stanford, but felt this was the best match. The California native has also worked in Idaho and Oregon and recruited those states as well as Washington.
The Huskies zeroed in on Petersen from the outset.
Once Woodward set quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo in place as interim coach, he turned his attention toward Petersen. A representative of Petersen’s said the meeting Thursday night in Boise was “not an interview.”
“Representatives from both sides spent all day Thursday working out the agreement,” the source said.
Petersen pursued the USC job and met with athletic director Pat Haden in Boise on Sunday morning. But Haden decided to hire Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, setting in motion Petersen’s move to Seattle.
Petersen has won 89 percent of his games (92-12) at Boise State over eight years, including five conference titles and two BCS wins.Â He was a candidate for the Huskies job in 2009 before Washington went with Sarkisian, who was then USC’s offensive coordinator.
Boise State slipped to an 8-4 mark this season, including a 38-6 loss to the Huskies in the opener for both teams.
Washington was to interviewÂ AlabamaÂ offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier earlier Thursday, a source said.
Nussmeier was the offensive coordinator at Washington under Sarkisian from 2009 to 2011 before being lured away by Nick Saban. In Nussmeier’s two seasons at Alabama, the Crimson Tide have averaged almost 39 points a game.
On Thursday,Â MissouriÂ coach Gary Pinkel withdrew his name from consideration. The former Washington assistant told “Mike and Mike” on ESPN Radio, “I’m a Missouri Tiger, and I’m going to stay a Missouri Tiger.”
Information from ESPN’s Joe Schad and Brett McMurphy, and ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel and Ted Miller was used in this report.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas âÂ Texas A&M junior midfielder Shea Groom was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-America Third Team the NSCAA announced on Friday.
Earlier in the week, Groom was named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team as a midfielder one year after earning the honor as a forward in 2012. This season, the Liberty, Mo.-product led the Aggies with 35 points on 14 goals and seven assists. She earned All-SEC First Team status and was named to the All-Tournament Team as A&M won its first-ever SEC Tournament title in November. In the Aggiesâ 3-1 win over UMass in September, Groom logged A&Mâs first hat trick since the 2011 season.
For her career, Groom has 68 points on 25 goals and 18 assists. Her freshman season was shortened by injury, limiting her to 10 games, but she posted 16 points on six goals and four assists in her abbreviated campaign. Last year she played in all 25 games, logging 17 points on five goals and seven assists.
Groom became the 13thÂ player in Aggie history to land on an NSCAA All-America squad and it marked the 16thÂ time an A&M player was honored as an NSCAA All-American. The Aggies have had players named to the NSCAA All-America team and the former Soccer Buzz All-America squad on 27 occasions. Last season, Meghan Streight earned NSCAA All-America Third Team status but was overlooked by the NSCAA coaches this year despite repeating as an NSCAA All-South Region First Team player.
The Aggies posted a historic season in 2013, finishing with an 18-5-2 overall record and winning a share of the SEC regular-season for the first time along while capturing their first SEC Tournament crown. A&M earned a berth to their 19thÂ consecutive NCAA Championship, appearing in the second round for the 16thÂ consecutive season and advancing to the Sweet 16 for the 12thÂ time in program history.
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Teddy BridgewaterÂ made several great escapes with the game on the line. Brendon KayÂ hobbled around on a bad ankle and matched him in the fourth-quarter cold. It went down to overtime for the second year in a row.
Some ending for this Ohio River rivalry.
Bridgewater rallied No. 19 Louisville in the fourth quarter, andÂ Dominique BrownÂ ran 2 yards for a touchdown in the first overtime Thursday night for a 31-24 victory over Cincinnati in the Cardinals’ farewell to the American Athletic Conference.
“I told my mom that I wanted to cry, but tears of joy,” Bridgewater said. “I’m so proud of this team. We have a lot of heart.
“Coach tells us all the time to ride the wave. We rode it. Then Cincinnati rode it for a while, but we knew we would ride it again and we did.”
The comeback clinched the first AAC title for Central Florida, which had a one-game lead over Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) heading into the final weekend. UCF qualified for the school’s first BCS bid byÂ locking up the league’s automatic berth.
Louisville will play a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
“It was great to see this team finish the way they finished,” coach Charlie Strong said. “You talk about a team with a lot of resiliency and a lot of heart. There were high expectations this season.”
For the second year in a row, the Ohio River rivals went to overtime to decide who gets the Keg of Nails, this time for the foreseeable future with Louisville (11-1, 7-1) leaving for the ACC next season.
The Cardinals won 34-31 in overtime in the rain in Louisville last season. This one went to overtime on a wet, raw night when Cincinnati’sÂ Tony MilianoÂ kicked a 26-yard field goal with 7 seconds left.
An interference penalty in the end zone set up Brown’s 2-yard run to open overtime.
The Bearcats got the ball and wound up with a fourth-and-14 at the 29, and Kay’s pass went off the hands ofÂ Anthony McClungÂ at the 6, ending Cincinnati’s first overtime game at Nippert Stadium since 2003. The Bearcats could be headed to the Belk Bowl.
Bridgewater was 23-of-37 for 255 yards with three touchdowns, two of them in the fourth quarter. He eluded three tacklers for a 14-yard run on fourth-and-12 to keep one touchdown drive going, and finished it by scrambling away from defenders and throwing an off-balance pass for a 22-yard score.
“We’re athletic at defensive end, and we were grabbing air a lot of times,” Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville said. “We had him in our grasp. That fourth-down run, that was obviously the one that took the air out of our defense.”
Bridgewater and Kay kept topping each other in the fourth quarter, but Cincinnati’s sixth-year senior didn’t have one more big play left in him. He was 22-of-40 for 304 yards with two interceptions and two touchdown scrambles, one of which left him woozy.
For Louisville, the game amounted to a farewell.
The Cardinals head off to the ACC next season, leaving Cincinnati behind. Louisville claimed the final Big East football title last season, beat Florida in the Sugar Bowl and was favored to win the first AAC championship.
A loss at home to Central Florida ended the Cardinals’ chances of winning the league’s BCS bowl berth. Cincinnati’s slim hopes were extinguished by the loss Thursday.
Both defenses rank in the top 10 nationally for fewest points and yards allowed. They dug in during a cold rain that made it tougher to throw and catch the ball, until the two quarterbacks lit up in the fourth quarter.
Bridgewater rallied Louisville with two sensational plays. He slipped away from three tackles for his 14-yard run on fourth-and-12, then ran around in the backfield avoiding rushers before throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass toÂ Damian CopelandÂ with 8:08 left, ending up on his back after the off-balance throw.
“The plays Teddy made in that fourth quarter,” Strong said with admiration. “I thought he was sacked. Then he breaks free and gets the ball to Damian Copeland.”
Kay responded with a 57-yard completion that set up Ralph David Abernathy IV’s touchdown run, and Bridgewater matched it with a 4-yard touchdown pass toÂ DeVante ParkerÂ and a 24-21 lead with 2:26 to go — just enough time for Kay to lead the Bearcats in range for a tying field goal.
Kay hurt his left ankle on the opening drive of the second half and played the rest of the game with a pronounced limp. He went for an MRI after the game. He also got dazed on his second touchdown run, getting hit hard by two defenders as he crossed the goal line in the third quarter.
“That’s how tough the kid is,” Tuberville said. “You can’t say enough about him. I’m proud he was my quarterback for the last nine games.”
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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
FinalÂ (24) San Diego St.Â Â 65Â San DiegoÂ Â 64
TOP-25 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL<
FinalÂ ( 1) UConnÂ Â 97Â Â Â Â Â Â UC DavisÂ Â 37
FinalÂ ( 2) DukeÂ Â Â 99Â (16) PurdueÂ Â Â Â 78
FinalÂ (25) IowaÂ Â Â 97Â (22) SyracuseÂ Â 91
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OTÂ TorontoÂ Â Â Â Â Â 3Â DallasÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
FinalÂ Â Â Â N-Y RangersÂ Â 3Â BuffaloÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â PittsburghÂ Â Â 5Â San JoseÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â MontrealÂ Â Â Â Â 2Â BostonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â Tampa BayÂ Â Â Â 3Â OttawaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â 5Â WinnipegÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
FinalÂ Â Â Â CarolinaÂ Â Â Â Â 5Â NashvilleÂ Â Â Â Â Â 2
FinalÂ Â Â Â MinnesotaÂ Â Â Â 4Â ChicagoÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 3
FinalÂ Â Â Â St. LouisÂ Â Â Â 5Â N-Y IslandersÂ Â 1
FinalÂ Â Â Â EdmontonÂ Â Â Â Â 8Â ColoradoÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 2
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Chad Henne (HEH’-nee) threw for two touchdowns and
receiver Ace Sanders supplied the Jaguars’ third scoring strike in a 27-20 win
over the Texans in Jacksonville. The 4-9 Jaguars took the opening kickoff and
drove 80 yards for the team’s fourth opening-drive touchdown in its last five
games. Maurice Jones-Drew had 103 rushing yards on 14 carries as the Jaguars
handed the 2-11 Texans their 11th consecutive loss.
SierraÂ PatrickÂ had 15 kills and 7 blocks to lead Texas A&M to a 26-24, 25-21, 25-18 sweep of UTSA Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Gregory Gym in Austin.
TheÂ AggiesÂ advance to meet the winner of No. 1 national seed and defending national champion Texas and Texas State in the second round on Friday at 7 p.m.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -Â Texas A&M had two players named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division I All-South Region team, announced earlier this week.
Juniors Shea Groom and Meghan Streight were named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team.
The Aggies were one of four squads to have multiple players named to the 11-player First Team, joining Florida (3), Ole Miss (2) and South Alabama (2). The South Region encompasses all the members of the Southeastern Conference, Sun Belt Conference and Ohio Valley Conference.
Groom was named a first-team midfielder after earning first-team recognition as a forward in 2012. The Liberty, Mo.-product led the Aggies with 35 points on the year with 14 goals and seven assists. She earned All-SEC First Team status and was named to the All-Tournament Team as A&M won its first-ever SEC Tournament title in November.
Streight, who earned NSCAA/Continental Tire All-America Third Team recognition as a midfielder last season along with All-South Region First Team status, was tabbed a first-team defender. The McKinney, Texas product tallied six points on the season, including two goals. She helped the squad post eight shutouts and register a 0.98 goals-against average. This season, Streight repeated as a member of both the All-SEC First Team and the SEC All-Tournament Team.
The Aggies finished the regular-season ranked No. 13 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. A&M posted an 18-5-2 record for the year and claimed their first-ever SEC regular-season title with a 9-2-0 league ledger. The Maroon and White appeared in their 19th consecutive NCAA Division I Championship, advanced to the Second Round for the 16thÂ consecutive year and appeared in the Sweet 16 for the 12th time in program history.
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division I All-South Region First Team
POS.Â Â Â Â Â PLAYERÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â CLASSÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â SCHOOLÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â HOMETOWN
KÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sabrina DâAngeloÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â South CarolinaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Welland, Ontario
DÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Christen WestphalÂ Â Â Â Â Â So.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Brecksville, Ohio
DÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Meghan StreightÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Texas A&MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â McKinney, Texas
DÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jessica OramÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â South AlabamaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Pace, Fla.
MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Shea GroomÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Texas A&MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Liberty, Mo.
MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Havana SolaunÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Gainesville, Fla.
MÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Mandy McCallaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ole MissÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fayetteville, Ga.
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rafaelle SouzaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Ole MissÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Salvador, Brazil
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Savannah JordanÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FloridaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fayetteville, Ga.
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ArinÂ GillilandÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Jr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â KentuckyÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lexington, Ky.
FÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Lauren AllisonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fr.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â South AlabamaÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Bicester Oxfordshire, England
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Nearly one year after Florida State quarterbackÂ Jameis WinstonÂ was accused of rape by a female FSU student, the state attorney has decided not to charge the Heisman Trophy favorite.
Thursday’s decision clears the way for him to finish the season with the No. 1 Seminoles.
Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, formally announced the move during a news conference Thursday at the Leon County Courthouse. Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting the woman at an off-campus apartment on Dec. 7, 2012.
“We’ve carefully examined all the evidence in this case and have concluded that no charges will be brought against anyone in this case,” Meggs said.
Meggs and his office have been investigating the case for the past three weeks, and they interviewed the accuser about two weeks ago. Last month, ESPN.com reported that DNA found in the woman’s underwear matched Winston’s DNA. His attorney, Tim Jansen of Tallahassee, said Winston had consensual sex with the woman. But the woman’s attorney, Patricia Carroll of Tampa, Fla., said the star quarterback raped her 19-year-old client, a former FSU student, who withdrew from classes after the allegations resurfaced in media reports last month.
“We have a duty as prosecutors to determine if each case has a reasonable likelihood of conviction,” Meggs said. “After reviewing the facts in this case, we do not feel that we can reach those burdens.”
While the case could be reopened if new evidence was found, Meggs indicated that “he had no earthly idea what that would be.”
Meggs was asked if Winston received preferential treatment in the case.
“We try to treat everyone fairly and I think we have a track record of doing that,” he said.
Meggs wouldn’t say whether his decision was a vindication for Winston, saying that he would “leave that to you all after you review the facts.”
He revealed that while Winston’s DNA was present in the sexual assault kit, the DNA of another male was also found, complicating the investigation. That person had to be identified, but he was not associated with the complaint, Meggs said.
Meggs said that documents related to the case were being released.
Search warrants in the case were released before Meggs’ announcement and indicate the woman told police she was raped at an apartment after a night of drinking at a bar. In the warrant, the accuser says she and friends had shots at Potbellys and her “memory is very broken from that point forward.”
Meggs said that toxicology reports show the accuser had a blood alcohol level of .04 and that there was no evidence of drugs, including what are commonly referred to as date rape drugs.
According to the warrants, the accuser says she remembers being in a cab with a man and going into an apartment before she was raped.
After that, she remembers the suspect dressing her, putting her on a scooter and dropping her off at an intersection, but she had no idea where the alleged rape occurred.
Carroll and Jansen couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher was expected to address the media after the Seminoles’ practice on Thursday, but the school indicated that Winston likely will not speak.
If Winston, a redshirt freshman from Bessemer, Ala., had been charged with a felony crime by the state attorney’s office, he would have been immediately suspended from the team and ineligible for competition under FSU athletics department policy. Now, Winston can finish the season with the Seminoles, who are heavy favorites to defeat No. 20 Duke in Saturday night’s ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C. With one more victory, the Seminoles (12-0, 8-0 ACC) would punch their tickets to the Jan. 6 VIZIO BCS National Championship at Rose Bowl Stadium.
The accuser initially reported the alleged rape to FSU police on the night of the incident. Since the incident took place away from campus, FSU police immediately referred the case to Tallahassee police. The woman’s attorney has been critical of the way Tallahassee police handled the case from the beginning. In a statement released two weeks ago, Carroll wrote that a TPD police officer told her that Tallahassee is a “big football town, and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against [Winston] because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”
Last week, Tallahassee police issued a timeline of the case and defended their handling of the investigation. According to the timeline, TPD said the woman didn’t identify Winston as her alleged attacker until Jan. 10, more than a month after the incident. Tallahassee police said evidence from the woman’s rape kit was sent to the state crime lab on Jan. 15, and Winston declined to be interviewed by police on Jan. 23.
In February, Tallahassee police put the case in “open/inactive” status because the accuser decided she didn’t wish to prosecute the case. But Carroll has vehemently denied that the woman ever wanted to drop the investigation.
As for the long delay in the case reaching the state attorney’s office, Meggs said: “Obviously it would have been somewhat better if we had all gotten into this case a little bit earlier. Time is important and it’s certainly would have been nice all what we know now in December.”
Winston, who has passed for 3,490 yards with 38 touchdowns and five interceptions in his first season as a starter, might become the second consecutive freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. Last season, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win college football’s most coveted individual honor. Many Heisman Trophy voters were waiting to learn the results of the criminal investigation before casting their ballots. The deadline for ballots to be turned in is Monday.
Information from ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach was used in this report.
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Texas A&M returned to its comfort zone — the Aggies’ home court — in easily defeating Houston 74-57 on Wednesday night before 4,850 fans.
“Being in Reed Arena helped us and our fans really helped us,” said Texas A&M junior forward Jamal Jones, who led all scorers with 21 points. “We got back on the right streak.”
What the 7-2 Aggies hope turns into a streak, anyway. Texas A&M has won all seven of its home games this early season, but Wednesday’s victory came on the heels of consecutive losses in the Corpus Christi (Texas) Classic to Missouri State and SMU.
“We kind of fell apart down in Corpus Christi,” Jones admitted.
They did anything but that back on their familiar hardwood, however, and Jones made 7 of 10 3-pointers, one shy of the all-time school record held by three others.
“When I’m in that type of zone I’ll keep shooting, and my teammates do a great job of finding me,” Jones said.
Fellow junior forward Kourtney Roberson followed with 14 points, and J-Mychal Reese and Davonte Fitzgerald each chipped in 10 in another well-rounded scoring effort for the balanced Aggies.
“I knew how they were going to be feeling after what happened in Corpus,” Houston coach James Dickey said. “I knew they were going to be ready to play. And they’re just a terrific passing team.”
TaShawn Thomas led the 6-3 Cougars, who’ve lost three of their last four games, with 16 points, and J.J. Richardson followed with 11.
“You can’t shoot 34 percent and expect to have an opportunity to win on the road,” said Dickey of the Cougars’ 21 of 62 showing. “Defensively, Texas A&M really challenges shots — and that’s a credit to them.”
Reese’s off-balance 3-pointer from left of the key lifted Texas A&M to a 57-45 lead a little more than midway through the second half, and the Aggies owned a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Texas A&M, which led 38-32 at halftime, made 10 of 23 3-pointers (43.5 percent), while Houston was 3 of 15 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.
“That’s how they played us,” Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy said of the Aggies offering up 23 shots from long range courtesy of the Cougars defense. “They were going under ball screens, and we could have gotten as many open threes as we wanted. We have to establish that we can score beyond the arc on a regular basis.”
Texas A&M entered the game having made 36 of 119 (30.3 percent) from the 3-point line. Jones, who had made 5 of 7 3-pointers in the Aggies’ previous home game (an 88-55 romp over Arkansas-Pine Bluff), earned his first start of the season over Antwan Space.
“I inserted him into the lineup because we needed more offense, and that’s what we recruited him to do,” said Kennedy, who earned his 250th career victory. “He made his shots, and that opened the floor for everyone else.”
Aggies freshman guard Shawn Smith, who’d earned seven starts this season, didn’t play because of what Kennedy labeled a “coach’s decision.”
Texas A&M and Houston played each other as Southwest Conference rivals from 1975-96 and have met four times since, with the Aggies winning three of those, including 70-58 last December at Houston. The Cougars still own a 53-32 all-time series advantage.
“This was a game that was very important to us,” a relieved Kennedy said of Texas A&M trying to get back on the right track. “I thought this game, too, was going to go down to the last five minutes. I’ve got a lot of respect for Houston.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The 2014 racing calendar will have Formula One and NASCAR
racing in Texas on the same day. The FIA, international motorsports’ governing
body, released its 2014 calendar Wednesday, placing the U.S. Grand Prix in
Austin on Nov. 2. That’s the same day as the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas
Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Eddie Gossage, president of Texas Motor Speedway,
called it a “foolish move.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth
quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 100-97 Wednesday
night. Nowitzki gave Dallas the lead with a free throw to make the score 98-97
with 32.3 seconds left. He then got a piece of Eric Gordon’s driving floater,
grabbed the rebound and hit two more free throws with 8 seconds left.
HOUSTON (AP) _ Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists to lead Phoenix to
a 97-88 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. The win snapped the
Suns’ two-game losing streak. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 18 rebounds for
the Rockets, who lost their second straight game.
MEXICO CITY (AP) _ The NBA says the game between the San Antonio Spurs and
Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed because of smoky conditions inside the
Mexico City arena. The game scheduled for Wednesday night will be made up in
Minnesota later. The arena was evacuated before tipoff when a generator
malfunction sent smoke pouring into the building.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
FinalÂ ClevelandÂ Â 98Â DenverÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 88
FinalÂ AtlantaÂ Â Â 107Â L-A ClippersÂ Â Â 97
FinalÂ DallasÂ Â Â Â 100Â New OrleansÂ Â Â Â 97
FinalÂ DetroitÂ Â Â 105Â MilwaukeeÂ Â Â Â Â Â 98
FinalÂ PhoenixÂ Â Â Â 97Â HoustonÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 88
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FinalÂ PortlandÂ Â 111Â Oklahoma CityÂ 104
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says it is completed. State Attorney Willie Meggs has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow afternoon to announce his findings in the December 2012 incident. A lawyer for Winston has suggested that the star quarterback and the accuser had consensual sex, but the victim’s family has accused the 19-year-old of rape.