=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Sunday, December 21 ===
=== Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia ===
Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been
hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia, according to several media
The 72-year-old, three-time world heavyweight champion, who has been battling
Parkinson's disease for 30 years, went to an undisclosed hospital Saturday
morning. His prognosis is "good" for recovery, spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a
statement to several media outlets.
Ali, who retired from boxing in 1981, has traveled the globe on humanitarian
missions. He was the final Summer Olympic torchbearer in 1996.
=== Winston cleared of FSU conduct violations ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was found not
to have violated the university's conduct code over allegations that he
sexually assaulted a fellow student in December 2012.
Winston's attorney, David Cornwell, relayed via Twitter the concluding
statement from former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding, who was
presiding over the hearing into whether the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner
committed any infractions of Florida State's student policy.
"In sum, the preponderance of the evidence has not shown that you are
responsible for any of the charge violations of the Code. Namely, I find that
the evidence before me is insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof," read
Winston had previously been cleared of any criminal activity by the Florida
state attorney's office in December of 2013. However, the redshirt sophomore
still faced an investigation from the university due to Title IX policies.
His accuser filed a complaint alleging that Winston raped her in an off-campus
apartment two years ago, which the star quarterback maintained to be a
consensual sexual encounter. The charges were ultimately dropped, in part due
to the discovery of a DNA sample of second, unknown, male on the alleged
Winston's accuser can file an appeal of Harding's ruling within five class
days, which would be until Jan. 13 with Florida State currently on winter
break. Winston also could still face a civil suit from the woman over the
According to USA Today, which received Harding's letter to Winston regarding
his decision, Harding came to his conclusion based on several factors.
He noted that statements from two other Florida State players, Chris Cashner
and Ronald Darby, were consistent with Winston's account of the incident being
consensual. A nurse that examined the woman following the encounter testified
that she found it inconclusive as to whether or not a sexual assault had
Additionally, Harding found no evidence that the woman involuntary got into a
taxi to go to Winston's apartment after meeting him at a Tallahassee bar.
Winston reportedly did not directly answer questions from Harding during the
hearing, instead reading from a prepared statement which gave his account of
Florida State is currently preparing for its College Football Playoff
semifinal game against Oregon in the Rose Bowl, which will take place on New
=== NFL flexes Bengals-Steelers into primetime for Week 17 ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The NFL announced Sunday night that the
AFC North showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers will
be the NBC primetime game for Week 17.
The league leaves the primetime spot open for Week 17 and makes their decision
for the game when most of the Week 16 slate has been complete in order to
schedule the best game.
The winner of the game will win the North. Pittsburgh has already clinched a
playoff spot, while the Bengals can still play themselves out of the
postseason with consecutive losses. Cincinnati, which currently leads the
division, plays the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
=== Nuggets' Gallinari out indefinitely ===
Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari
has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee and is out
The news was unexpected, as Gallinari scored 19 points and helped lead the
Nuggets to a win over the Pacers on Saturday. He had been limited this season
with knee soreness.
Gallinari is expected to undergo surgery.
The sixth-year forward is averaging 7.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.8
minutes per game, the lowest totals since his rookie year.
=== Louisville's Harrell suspended one game ===
Greensboro, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell has
been suspended one game for the flagrant-2 foul he received on Saturday.
The Atlantic Coast Conference issued the suspension.
Harrell was ejected from Louisville's 76-67 win over Western Kentucky late in
the first half for throwing an elbow during a scrum under the basket. He will
miss Tuesday's game against CSU-Northridge.
The junior big man is one of the leading candidates for Player of the Year,
averaging 16.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game for the unbeaten Cardinals.
12/21 23:09:23 ET