January 3, 2014 |
For a while, it was difficult to know whether we would hear more from Jameis Winston via the courtroom or the football field. Now, as sports people like to say in the aftermath of negativity, Winston has put all the bad stuff behind him. No courtroom looms. Ahead is the glamour of playing a leading role in Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. Winston is Florida State's quarterback. His top-ranked team will face Auburn. There are many story lines, but Winston's is the attention-getter.
January 2, 2014 |
Florida State linebacker Telvin Smith will be ready for anything when the Seminoles play Auburn on Monday in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. It's a lesson he learned while watching Auburn play during the season. First, Smith watched Auburn defeat Georgia with a last-minute pass that Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons tipped into the hands of Auburn receiver Ricardo Louis for a 73-yard game-winning touchdown on Nov. 16. Smith said Thursday he felt bad for Harvey-Clemons, a sophomore who also attended Lowndes High in Valdosta, Ga. “We grew up together, we played on Boys Club teams together, so that's like my little cousin,” Smith said.
December 28, 2013 |
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving Saturday morning in Florida after his Mercedes-Benz was clocked traveling 110 mph in a 70-mph zone, police said. The arrest came less than two months after Puig had speeding-related charges dropped in Tennessee. Puig, who makes his off-season home in Miami, was driving westbound on Interstate 75 between Naples and Fort Lauderdale when he was pulled over, said Lt. Greg Bueno of the Florida Highway Patrol.
December 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A bank robbery suspect from South Florida was arrested by FBI agents after a string of approximately 20 heists along the Eastern Seaboard, authorities announced Tuesday. Officials said Luis A. Alomar, 37, was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Long Island suburb of Medford, N.Y. He was being held on state and federal charges in connection with the robberies, which began in August. Agents said Alomar used firearms or threatening notes to carry out the crimes. They also said the short, stocky and bald suspect wore a “heavy puffy jacket” or a large brown cowboy hat to hide his appearance during the robberies. FBI officials in New York said they were still sorting out which jurisdiction would prosecute Alomar, and he was not immediately taken before a judge to enter a plea.
December 18, 2013 |
There were a lot of losers in this month's World Cup draw. The U.S., for example, which was drawn into a Group of Death with Germany, Ghana and Portugal. And England, which was matched with Italy, Chile and Uruguay. But there was also a big winner: South Florida. Once the major European powers got a look at where and when they would be playing in next summer's tournament in Brazil, they began looking for training bases with both world-class facilities as well as the kind of oppressive heat and humidity they're likely to find in South America.
December 17, 2013 |
A Florida high school that was named in the 1950s after a 19th century white supremacist and now has a majority black student enrollment will soon have a new name for its 21st century community. Nathan Bedford Forrest High School in Jacksonville will change its name in time for the new school year in August, school officials decided Monday. Forrest was a famous Confederate general and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, though he later distanced himself from that organization with its history of racial lynching, cross burnings and other violent acts.
December 17, 2013 |
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new water slides coming in 2014 to water parks around the world, but then I realized a number of big attractions have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Best new water slides for 2014 | Best new water parks for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for water park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
December 15, 2013 |
On a fine football Saturday night, Jameis Winston proudly took possession of the most prestigious sculpture in American sports, the Heisman Trophy. In the background of all of these accolades, there is a woman who claims he raped her. The victim stated that she was telling the suspect to stop but he didn't. Winston, Florida State's electrifying freshman quarterback, won college football's top award in a New York theater awash in tales of his greatness. Drowned out were the words in a Tallahassee Police Department incident report from Dec. 7, 2012, words and evidence the state attorney judged were not credible enough to take to trial.
December 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- From the first snap, the season has belonged to Jameis Winston. Now the 2013 Heisman Trophy does as well. Winston, Florida State's redshirt freshman quarterback, has proven to be college football's most consistent and dynamic signal caller this season. From his efficient debut against Pittsburgh to his elite performance on the road against Clemson, Winston never crumbled under pressure. Thanks to his poise, leadership and superior skills, Winston became the third Seminoles player and second redshirt freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.