Winston hearing over with no decision

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A two-day hearing at Florida State that could determine quarterback Jameis Winston’s future at the university ended with no decision and no definitive timetable on when the case will be resolved.

The hearing, which was held approximately two years after a female student said Winston sexually assaulted her in December 2012, was held to determine whether Winston violated any or all of four sections of the code of conduct ”“ two for sexual misconduct and two for endangerment.

John Clune, an attorney representing the woman at the closed hearing, did predict that the former Florida State Supreme Court justice presiding over the proceedings will announce his decision by the end of the year.

Braves sign Markakis to 4-year deal

ATLANTA (AP) — Moving to fill an outfield void after the trade of Jason Heyward, the Atlanta Braves agreed to a four-year contract with free agent Nick Markakis.

The 31-year-old Markakis spent the first nine years of his career with the Baltimore Orioles. This past season, he batted .276 with 14 homers and 50 RBIs while winning his second Gold Glove. The deal is contingent on Markakis passing a physical. Terms were not announced by the team, but multiple reports indicated it was worth $44 million.

Jays, M’s swap Happ for Saunders

SEATTLE (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays hope they found their starting left fielder in Michael Saunders, while the Seattle Mariners hope J.A. Happ will be another left-hander for their strong starting rotation.

The Mariners sent Saunders to the Blue Jays in exchange for Happ, with the trade filling needs for both clubs. The Mariners were hoping to add another arm for their pitching staff while the Blue Jays got a potential replacement for free agent Melky Cabrera in their outfield.

Also on Wednesday, the Blue Jays and free agent first baseman Justin Smoak agreed to a one-year contract worth $1 million.



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