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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared of sexual assault
allegations. State attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement Thursday
afternoon. Apparently one of the issues which determined the reason why the
prosecutors didn't press charges was that DNA of a second, unknown male was
found on the accuser's clothes. Meggs said it is hard to prosecute when there
is an unknown DNA sample involved. Reports initially surfaced in November that
Winston was under investigation for a sexual assault that occurred in a
Tallahassee apartment in December of 2012. The 19-year-old Winston is a
leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy after setting ACC freshman records
with 3,490 passing yards and 35 touchdowns this season.
The BCS bowl berth for the American Athletic Conference might be determined
tonight when 19th-ranked Louisville visits Cincinnati. The Cardinals are 10-1
overall and 6-1 in the conference, while the Bearcats are also 6-1 in the
league and 9-2 overall. A Louisville win tonight would give UCF the AAC's
automatic BCS berth, while a Cincinnati win would force UCF to beat SMU on
Saturday to secure the BCS bid as an undefeated conference champion.
Duke's David Cutcliffe has been named the Walter Camp 2013 Coach of the Year.
Cutcliffe is the first Duke coach honored with the award, which is selected by
the nation's 125 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information
directors. The Blue Devils will play for the ACC championship on Saturday
against Florida State after posting a record of 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the
Coastal Division of the league. Duke will enter Saturday's contest with an
eight-game winning streak, the longest for the once-moribund program since
Week 14 of the NFL opens tonight with a pair of AFC South squads squaring off,
as the 2-10 Houston Texans travel to Jacksonville to take on the 3-9 Jaguars.
Jacksonville will be looking to secure its third straight win and fourth in
its last five games, while Houston will be hoping to halt its franchise-worst
10-game losing streak. These teams met back in Week 12, with Jacksonville
claiming a 13-6 victory in Houston.
Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is considered day-to-day with a lower
body injury. Malkin left Thursday's morning skate early and was scratched from
tonight's game against San Jose. The 27-year-old veteran ranks second in the
league with 37 points, trailing only teammate Sidney Crosby, and his 30
assists are the most in the NHL this season.
The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from the Milwaukee
Brewers in exchange for pitcher Will Smith on Thursday. Aoki batted .286 with
eight home runs, 37 RBI and 20 stolen bases for Milwaukee in 2013, ranking
second in the majors with 40 infield hits and first in the National League
with 140 singles. Prior to joining the Brewers two years ago, Aoki played
eight seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League.
Smith, a 24-year-old lefty, went 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 19 appearances, all
but one as a reliever, for the Royals last season.
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