September 3, 2013

Sports Digest

COLLEGES

Florida State's freshman quarterback has outstanding debut in 41-13 win

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns in a spectacular debut and No. 11 Florida State dominated host Pittsburgh 41-13 on Monday night.

Winston was nearly flawless, completing 25 of 27 passes and running for 25 yards and a score as the Seminoles gave the Panthers a rude welcome to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

SOCCER

SPAIN: Accustomed to seeing some of the world's top players join their ranks, tens of thousands of Real Madrid fans turned out at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to catch the first glimpse of Gareth Bale, the latest "galactico" to join the Spanish giants.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder from Wales was reportedly signed for a record $132 million, making him the world's most expensive transfer.

U.S. TEAM: Michael Parkhurst was added to the United States roster ahead of two World Cup qualifiers later this month. The defender was brought in from Germany to prepare for Friday night's game at Costa Rica after Brad Evans was hurt playing for the Seattle Sounders.

MLS: The Columbus Crew fired Robert Warzycha after five years as head coach. Technical Director and former Crew defender Brian Bliss will fill in as interim.

Warzycha, a former Crew player and assistant coach, was 70-59-41, tied with Tom Fitzgerald (1996-2001) for the most regular-season wins as head coach.

HOCKEY

NHL: The Blackhawks and goalie Corey Crawford, 28, agreed to a six-year contract extension.

Crawford started every playoff game for Chicago last season, helping the Blackhawks win their second Stanley Cup title in three years. He went 16-7 with an NHL-best 1.84 goals-against average in the postseason.

CYCLING

SPANISH VUELTA: Christopher Horner of the United States won the 10th stage at Alto Hazallanas, Spain, to take the overall lead for a second time.

The 41-year-old RadioShack-Leopard rider also won the third stage, becoming the oldest rider to earn a stage victory in one of cycling's three grand tours.

TRACK AND FIELD

DRUG HEARING: A disciplinary panel in Kingston, Jamaica, started a hearing into a positive drug test by sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown.

Campbell-Brown, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, was suspended in June.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: Erika de Souza scored a season-high 27 points, Jasmine Thomas added 19 and the Atlanta Dream beat the visiting Los Angeles Sparks 92-82 to snap a four-game losing streak.

--From news service reports

 

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