- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has decided to enter the NFL draft. He announced his decision on the same day the woman who accused him of sexual assault filed a lawsuit against the school’s board of trustees.

The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner said he will forgo his final two years of eligibility. Winston’s statement was released to ESPN by The Legacy Agency.

Winston was the most successful quarterback in college football during the last two seasons, but also faced lengthy sexual assault investigations. He was not charged by police and was cleared by the university.

In a lawsuit filed against the school’s board of trustees, the woman who accused him of sexual assault claimed the board had an unreasonable response to her accusations and created a hostile educational environment for her. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including reimbursement for tuition, damages for emotional pain and suffering and loss of past and present earning and earning capacity.

Representatives for the woman declined comment.

Florida State president John Thrasher released a statement saying he is disappointed in the lawsuit, but the university looks forward to “addressing these meritless allegations in court.” The university has contended it took all the proper steps in fulfilling its Title IX obligations, and “FSU did everything the plaintiff asked for and that the assertions FSU shirked its Title IX obligations are false.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Vinny Testaverde won a Heisman Trophy at Miami. Now his son wants to be a quarterback for the Hurricanes.

Vincent Testaverde has applied to transfer from Texas Tech to Miami and is expected to be declared immediately eligible, despite appearing in one game this season for the Red Raiders. As a nonrecruited walk-on at Texas Tech, the typical rule decreeing he sits out one season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules wouldn’t apply.

Miami wanted to add another quarterback behind starter Brad Kaaya.


CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers acquired center Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets for two future first-round draft picks.

The Cavs announced their second major trade in three days during their game against Houston. Cleveland sent two protected 2015 first-round picks - one acquired in 2013 from Memphis, the other from Oklahoma City this week - to Denver for the 7-foot-1 Mozgov and a 2015 second-round pick.

Mozgov averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds this season for the Nuggets.

The Cavs targeted Mozgov for months. He played for Cavs coach David Blatt on the Russian national team.

On Monday, the Cavs dealt Waiters to the Thunder and acquired guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Clippers traded guard Jared Cunningham along with the draft rights to Cenk Akyol and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk.

Cunningham appeared in 19 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 0.5 assists in 4.7 minutes.


TORONTO (AP) - Peter Horachek will serve as interim coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, replacing fired coach Randy Carlyle.

General manager Dave Nonis pointed to inconsistency as the biggest reason for Carlyle’s firing on Tuesday. Toronto was in eighth place in the Eastern Conference (21-16-3), with the Maple Leafs coming off a seven-game road trip and just two wins.

Last season, Horachek was the interim coach for the Florida Panthers. He was an assistant coach in Nashville for nine seasons.


CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Steven Gerrard is the next big star in the LA Galaxy.

The Liverpool captain will join the defending Major League Soccer champions in July after completing his illustrious career with his boyhood team, the Galaxy announced.

The 34-year-old midfielder said last week he was leaving Liverpool after the English Premier League season to move stateside. The Galaxy confirmed Gerrard’s move to Southern California on an 18-month deal as a designated player, which means he will be paid above MLS’ salary cap.


FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) - The wife of Jack Nicklaus has been selected to receive the highest honor from the U.S. Golf Association.

Barbara Nicklaus will be presented with the Bob Jones Award at the U.S. Open in June. The award began in 1955 and recognizes someone who has shown the spirit, character and respect for the game of Jones, who was a nine-time USGA champion.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - Former All-Star pitcher Josh Johnson is staying with the San Diego Padres after missing the 2014 season, finalizing a $1 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $6.25 million in bonuses based on starts.

The 30-year-old right-hander agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with the Padres in November 2013 but got hurt during spring training and had elbow ligament-replacement surgery on April 24.

ATLANTA (AP) - The Braves agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract with left-hander Josh Outman and finalized two other free-agent deals: an $8 million, two-year agreement with right-hander Jason Grilli and a $2 million, one-year contract with catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

DETROIT (AP) - The Tigers and left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.

The 32-year-old Gorzelanny had a 0.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 23 appearances for Milwaukee last year. He began the season on the disabled list after offseason left-shoulder surgery.


FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A relative of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was granted immunity to testify in his upcoming murder trial, according to a court clerk.

Bristol Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh granted prosecutors’ petition for immunity for Jennifer Mercado, assistant clerk Mark Ferriera said. Mercado is Hernandez’s cousin. Her sister, Tanya Singleton, is charged in connection with the case.

Hernandez’s fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, also was in court Wednesday for a closed-door hearing on a similar immunity petition. The outcome of Jenkins’ request has not been released.

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