Jameis Winston to enter NFL draft

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 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.”

Maine falls to Vermont in men’s hoops

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ethan O’Day scored 15 points, Dre Wills chipped in 14 and Vermont coasted to a 68-54 victory over Maine on Wednesday night.

O’Day made 7 of 10 shots from the field, and Wills finished on 6-of-8 shooting and with six boards and five assists. Cam Ward added 12 points for Vermont, which shot 26 of 47 for 55.3 percent from the field.

Vermont led 28-26 at the break and opened the second on a 31-10 run, with 13 points by O’Day, to stretch its lead to 59-36 with 6:57 to go.

Vermont (6-8, 2-0 America East Conference) had 40 points in the paint, and Maine finished with 18.

Shaun Lawton and Till Gloger each scored 12 points to lead Maine (1-13, 0-2).



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