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Florida State’s Winston investigated for sexual assault

FSU quarterback Jameis Winston is being investigated in connection with a sexual assault, a charge the star player’s attorney denied.

Tallahassee police released an incident report to The Orlando Sentinel and other media outlets Wednesday listing a sexual assault occurred Dec. 7 at a Tallahassee apartment. The report was heavily redacted and the physical description did not match Winston.

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However, Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen confirmed he is representing Winston and is perplexed the case he thought was resolved generated national media attention Wednesday night.

Jansen said Winston denied being involved in the assault and was never questioned by police in connection with the incident.

“The matter was resolved and closed since February,” Jansen told The Orlando Sentinel. “We don’t know why it is out now … In February, I talked with police and they informed me the case was closed. Nothing has transpired since February and we were kind of surprised it was re-opened.”

The school and coach Jimbo Fisher wouldn’t comment because the investigation wasn’t closed. The school also said there was no change in Winston’s status for the Seminoles’ home game Saturday against Syracuse.

Northern Illinois routs Ball State

Jordan Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Northern Illinois beat visiting Ball State 48-27.

Lynch threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Da’Ron Brown to break a tie with 5:49 left, and the Huskies (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) ran the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 25.


Mexico smashes New Zealand in first leg of World Cup playoff

Oribe Peralta scored twice and Mexico beat New Zealand 5-1 in Mexico City in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff to close in on a spot in the World Cup next year.

Paul Aguilar put Mexico ahead in the 32nd minute, and Raul Jimenez made it 2-0 before the break. Peralta scored his first goal 3 minutes into the second half, collecting a cross from the left and slotting home a shot from 6 yards. He made it 4-0 with an 80th-minute header, and Rafael Marquez added scored in the 84th. Chris James scored a minute later for New Zealand.

The second leg is Wednesday in Wellington, New Zealand.


Wroten gets first triple-double

Former Husky Tony Wroten had his first career triple-double, James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points and former Husky Spencer Hawes scored 18 and made the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left in overtime to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat visiting Houston 123-117.

Wroten, who starred at Garfield High, had career highs with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and made his first start for injured rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who didn’t play because of a bruised left arch.

Houston’s Jeremy Lin scored 34 points, making a career-best nine three-pointers. Dwight Howard had 23 points and 15 rebounds.

In other games:

• Blake Griffin had 22 points and 12 rebounds after being involved in a first-half scuffle that resulted in two ejections, sparking the Los Angeles Clippers to a 111-103 victory over visiting Oklahoma City.

Serge Ibaka of the Thunder and Matt Barnes of the Clippers were ejected, and Griffin received a technical foul for his part in the altercation with six seconds left in the second quarter.

Kevin Durant had 33 points, making 15 of 17 free throws, and 10 assists to lead the Thunder.

Former Rainier Beach standout Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench for the Clippers.

• Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 24 points after losing his starting spot to rookie Ben McLemore, and Sacramento snapped a five-game losing streak by beating visiting Brooklyn 107-86.

Former Husky Isaiah Thomas had 19 points, six assists and six rebounds to help the Kings blowout Brooklyn.

• Damian Lillard made a layup with 6.5 seconds left to give Portland a 90-89 victory over Phoenix.


Sabres fire GM, coach, bring back LaFontaine, Nolan

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula fired general manager Darcy Regier and rookie coach Ron Rolston. Pegula then leaned on two familiar faces of the Sabres’ past to begin turning around a team that’s off to its worst start in franchise history (4-15-1).

Former captain Pat LaFontaine takes over in the newly created role of president of hockey operations.

LaFontaine’s first move was hiring Ted Nolan to take over as coach for the rest of the season. Nolan began his coaching career in Buffalo 1995.


Alex Rodriguez is tentatively scheduled for an investigatory interview with Major League Baseball on Friday in New York, according to a person familiar with the process, which would enable the New York Yankees third baseman to testify at his grievance next week.

• Baylor coach Art Briles has agreed to 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.

• Ohio State University began planning cultural sensitivity training for then-president Gordon Gee after he made comments jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools last December, according to email records released by the university.

• 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.

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