Weekend Sportshorts for Dec. 14, 2013
Winston speaks out about investigation
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, spoke out for the first time Friday regarding the sexual assault investigation that was closed last week.
“I knew I did nothing wrong,” he told reporters at a press conference for the Heisman finalists in New York City. “I knew I could respect the process and I’d eventually be vindicated.”
The Florida state attorney ended the investigation without charging Winston, citing a lack of evidence.
But the accuser is not going away quietly, as her lawyer called for a review of the Tallahassee Police Department’s handling of the case in a news conference Friday in Florida. He said there were omissions and contradictions in the investigation that was launched after the incident in December 2012.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott responded in a statement that the investigation would not be reopened.
Cubs name Coomer as radio analyst
Lockport native and former Cub Ron Coomer has been hired as color analyst for the team’s radio broadcasts, the Cubs and WGN-AM 720 announced Friday.
Coomer played in the majors for 9 years, including a 1-year stint with the Cubs in 2001. He will join veteran play-by-play man Pat Hughes, who first suggested to Coomer that he apply for the job.
Coomer and another former Cub, Todd Hollandsworth, were widely considered the favorites among the finalists to replace Keith Moreland, who resigned in November after three seasons. Coomer got the job after Hollandsworth took a full-time job with the MLB radio network this past week.
Cubs add four more players
Chicago claimed pitcher Liam Hendriks off waivers from Minnesota on Friday, and also signed infielder Ryan Roberts, outfielder Ryan Kalish, and catcher John Baker to minor league contracts.
Hendriks, 24, was 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA in 30 games over the past three seasons with the Twins.
Roberts, 33, can play both second and third base, as well as the outfield, and has spent parts of the last eight seasons with four teams; Kalish, 25, missed all of last season with the Red Sox due to neck and shoulder injuries; and Baker, 32, has spent parts of the last six seasons with the Marlins and Padres.
All three will receive invitations to spring training.
Four stabbed after Broncos loss
Four people were stabbed, with one critically wounded, during a melee in the parking lot outside Mile High Stadium late Thursday night after Denver lost 27-20 to the San Diego Chargers.
Three of the men who were stabbed are in custody, conscious and talking, and a fourth possible stabbing victim fled the scene.
It’s the most recent in a rash of violent incidents outside NFL stadiums. Earlier this month, a man died after a struggle outside Arrowhead Stadium following a Kansas City Chiefs game against the Broncos.