FLORIDA STATE-WINSTON INVESTIGATION
No charges in Jameis Winston sex assault case
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A prosecutor says Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged in a sexual assault case.
State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement Thursday. The 19-year-old Heisman Trophy candidate was accused of raping a female student in December last year, but Meggs says there is not enough evidence for anyone to be charged in the case.
The Tallahassee Police Department turned the case over to Meggs on Nov. 12 after several media inquiries. Meggs interviewed the accuser Nov. 21.
The prosecutor says Winston's DNA matched a sample found in the woman's underwear. But Winston's lawyer, Tim Jansen, has said that was expected and doesn't prove guilt.
The top-ranked and undefeated Seminoles are playing Duke on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. A win would likely put them in the BCS championship game.
Cutcliffe, No. 20 Duke set to take on No. 1 FSU
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - David Cutcliffe learned under Bear Bryant, helped bring a national title to Tennessee and developed the Manning brothers into Super Bowl MVPs.
And his biggest coaching accomplishment might be guiding Duke - yes, Duke - to the ACC championship game.
The 20th-ranked Blue Devils (10-2) play No. 1 Florida State (12-0) on Saturday night in Charlotte with a BCS berth on the line.
Not long ago, that would have seemed preposterous to those outside the program.
But not to Cutcliffe, recently voted the ACC's coach of the year again.
He says his three-year plan from a few years ago had the Blue Devils playing for a league title by now.
Cutcliffe says it "creates a hunger" and "once you like something a lot, you're going to defend it more."
GEORGE MASON-PLAYER SUSPENDED
GMU player suspended after stepping on opponent
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - George Mason has suspended Anali Okoloji after the junior forward stepped on an opposing player during the Patriots' loss to South Florida.
Coach Paul Hewitt said Thursday that Okoloji's actions were "inexcusable and not what we expect from a George Mason student-athlete."
Hewitt did not specify the length of the suspension but says it will include Sunday's game against Oklahoma in the BB&T Classic.
Okoloji was involved in the momentum-shifting sequence in the second half of Wednesday night's 68-66 loss. South Florida's Anthony Collins was tripped from behind by Okoloji near the foul line, then was stepped on by Okoloji as Okoloji's momentum took him down the court. Okoloji was whistled for both a personal and a technical foul.
Okoloji has appeared in eight games this season, averaging 2.4 points.
ESPN-RON BURGUNDY CANCELED
Serious news bumps Ron Burgundy off 'SportsCenter'
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Serious news has bumped fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy off "SportsCenter."
Actor Will Ferrell was scheduled to reprise his role on a Thursday evening edition of the highlights show on ESPN. The network announced Wednesday night that the appearance had been scrapped because of the "potential implications" of the news conference scheduled Thursday afternoon about the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
ESPN says Ferrell's guest spot hasn't been rescheduled. His character has been on a media blitz to promote "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," which included covering Canada's Olympic curling trials and hosting a local newscast in North Dakota.
Petteway scores 14, Nebraska tops Hurricanes 60-49
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Terran Petteway scored all 14 of his points in the second half and Walter Pitchford added 13, and Nebraska posted a grinding 60-49 victory on Wednesday night.
The win allowed the Big Ten to forge a 6-6 tie in the 12-game, two-night Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten, by virtue of the tie, retains the Commissioner's Cup and is 3-10-2 in the 15 Challenges.
Shavon Shields added nine points and seven rebounds for the Huskers (6-2), and Leslee Smith had 10 rebounds to go with seven points. Rion Brown had 23 of his 25 points in the second half for Miami (5-4).
The Huskers, picked to finish last in the Big Ten, went on a 19-9 run to break open the game after Miami pulled to 36-31.
Tulsa clobbers Texas Southern 98-71
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - James Woodard scored a season-high 25 points to lead Tulsa to a 98-71 victory over Texas Southern Wednesday night.
Woodard hit from all over the court, going 7 of 13 from the field, sinking 7 of 8 from the line, and adding 4 of 6 from 3-point territory. Rashad Smith had 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shaquille Harrison added 11 points, and Pat Swilling came off the bench to score 14.
Tulsa got off to a flat start to trail by seven early in the first period. Then Swilling and Woodard hit a flurry of 3-pointers to help tie the score at 17 and set the stage for 44-32 Tulsa lead by the break. The Golden Hurricanes (2-6) continued to dominate as Texas Southern struggled with eight turnovers in the second period, 15 overall.
Aaric Murray carried the Tigers (3-6), scoring 30 points with six rebounds and a steal.
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