Wednesday's Sports In Brief

Wednesday's Sports In Brief
November 14, 2013, 3:30 am
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago.

The university and Winston's attorney confirmed Wednesday that the Tallahassee Police Department is conducting an investigation.

Winston has been spectacular for the No. 2 Seminoles in his first college season and the redshirt freshman is one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy. He has passed for 2,661 yards and 26 touchdowns to help Florida State win its first nine games and move into position for a spot in the BCS national championship game.

Tallahassee Police Department officials refused to answer any questions, although they did release a heavily redacted two-page incident report. The report does not mention Winston by name, but it 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.

Timothy Jansen, a Tallahassee attorney, said Winston hasn't been interviewed by police. Jansen said that at one point he had believed the matter had been resolved.

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Baylor coach Art Briles has a new 10-year contract with the fourth-ranked Bears, the team he has taken from perennial Big 12 loser to the conference's lone remaining undefeated team.

Briles told The Associated Press that he is really ''humbled and blessed'' by the new deal that goes into effect after this season.

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) - A sports agent's employee and a former college football player are charged with violating North Carolina's agent law, making them the fourth and fifth people facing criminal charges for providing benefits to Tar Heels football players in 2010.

Willie James Barley Jr. and Michael Wayne Johnson Jr. are charged with facilitating Georgia-based agent Terry Watson's efforts to sign Robert Quinn and Greg Little - both now in the NFL - in violation of the law.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida officials are coming to coach Will Muschamp's defense.

President Bernie Machen and athletic director Jeremy Foley voiced strong support for Muschamp, telling the school's website they are fully committed to keeping Muschamp around to fix the team's problems.

The Gators (4-5) have their second four-game losing streak in Muschamp's three seasons and are facing the possibility of missing a bowl game for the first time since 1990. If Florida doesn't upset No. 11 South Carolina or second-ranked Florida State this month, the program will have its first losing record since 1979.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers breezed to baseball's Cy Young Awards.

Kershaw won the prize as the National League's best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after posting a 1.83 ERA - lowest in the majors in 13 years.

The 25-year-old lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot.

Kershaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strikeouts. He also won the Cy Young Award in 2011 and finished second last year to knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Scherzer took the AL honor after leading the majors with 21 wins. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes.

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PRO FOOTBALL

DALLAS (AP) - Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in starting a drug-distribution scheme while playing for the Chicago Bears, completing a steep downfall that ended his football career and left his future in tatters.

Hurd, 28, received the punishment in a federal courtroom in Dallas after pleading guilty in April to one count of trying to buy and distribute large amounts of cocaine and marijuana. The charge carried a minimum 10-year sentence and a maximum of life.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's Gary Kubiak will coach the Texans on Sunday against Oakland after missing the last game recovering from a mini-stroke.

Kubiak, who returned to work on Monday, spoke to reporters on Wednesday for the first time since collapsing on the field at halftime in Houston's loss to Indianapolis on Nov. 2.

He says that doctors have limited his work this week, but that he will lead the team when the Texans try to break a franchise-record seven-game losing streak against the Raiders.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Raiders tight end and five-time Pro Bowl selection Todd Christensen died from complications during liver transplant surgery. He was 57.

Christensen's son, Toby Christensen, said his father died Wednesday morning at Intermountain Medical Center near his home in Alpine, Utah.

After a stellar career at running back for BYU from 1974-77, Christensen was a second-round pick for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1978 NFL draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning was a no-show to start practice Wednesday with the Denver Broncos.

Manning is nursing a sore right ankle after taking a hit from Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget last Sunday.

The Broncos reported no further damage to Manning's ankle after an MRI on Monday. Interim coach Jack Del Rio said the quarterback's status for practice would be determined later in the week but that Manning would definitely play Sunday night against Kansas City.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will start Sunday night's AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos after his arrest for speeding and possession of marijuana over the weekend.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he is bound by terms of the collective-bargaining agreement from disciplining Bowe, who was pulled over for speeding in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside on Sunday. A search of his vehicle revealed what officers believe was marijuana.

Reid said that he intends to let the legal situation run its course, but Bowe will be in the starting lineup when the Chiefs (9-0) take on the Broncos (8-1) with first place on the line.

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PRO HOCKEY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres fired coach Ron Rolston and hired former coach Ted Nolan to replace him.

Sabres owner Terry Pegula also announced Wednesday that he fired general manager Darcy Regier and hired Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations.

The Sabres are off to a 4-15-1 start, the worst in franchise history. Buffalo edged Los Angeles 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday night to avoid tying the worst home start in NHL history.

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CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT

NEW YORK (AP) - Louisville has agreed to pay the American Athletic Conference an $11 million exit fee so the Cardinals can join the Atlantic Coast Conference next year, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

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OLYMPICS

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - IOC President Thomas Bach says it is ''difficult'' to accept that a gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics will go on auction and possibly be bought by a private collector.

Bach says the medal, one of four golds that Owens won at the Berlin Games, is ''a part of world heritage.''

The International Olympic Committee will not intervene in the sale. SCP Auctions says the medal could go for more than $1 million.

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