Winston tossed from Dec. 30 practice
Quarterback Jameis Winston cemented his legacy when he guided Florida State on a game-winning touchdown drive in the last two minutes of Monday’s BCS National Championship Game.
The irony is that Winston was booted out of the Seminoles’ final practice in Tallahassee leading up to the battle with Auburn because of his inattentiveness regarding the two-minute drill.
Jimbo Fisher sent Winston to the locker room on Dec. 30, the coach acknowledged in a Tuesday press conference in Newport Beach, Calif.
Winston experienced no difficulties in the two-minute drill Monday night. The Heisman Trophy-winning redshirt freshman completed six of seven passes for 77 yards on the Seminoles’ 80-yard drive.
FSU T-shirt has Auburn winning
Florida State fans are still celebrating the Seminoles’ national championship victory Monday night, but the manufacturer of a title game T-shirt made an embarrassing gaffe.
The shirt on sale early Tuesday morning on Seminole Shop, which is the “official online store for Florida State athletics,” showed an incorrect final score on the shirt.
Instead of a 34-31 Seminoles victory, the graphic reversed the score, depicting a 34-31 victory by Auburn.
Mattingly, Dodgers agree on deal
The Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have reached an agreement on a contract extension, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday.
According to ESPN.com, which first reported the news, the deal keeps Mattingly with the Dodgers through the 2016 season.
Exact terms of the extension were unknown, but sources told ESPN that it will keep him in place for the next three seasons.
The Dodgers advanced to the NL Championship Series, which kicked in a clause in Mattingly’s contract, guaranteeing his $1.4 million contract for 2014.
The Dodgers’ 92-70 record last season improved Mattingly’s three-year record in Los Angeles to 260-225.
Ex-NFL receiver Caldwell arrested
Former NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was one of eight men arrested and charged with running an illegal gambling operation in Tampa, Fla.
Caldwell, 34, is accused of being one of three operation leaders, all nabbed in the weekend sting by police. Caldwell was released on $4,000 bail on Monday morning.
A second-round draft pick of the Chargers in 2002 (48th overall), Caldwell played with the San Diego Chargers (2002-2005), New England Patriots (2006) and Washington Redskins (2007).
During a six-year career, Caldwell caught 152 passes for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns. His brother Andre Caldwell is a wide receiver with the Denver Broncos.
Hurricanes at Sabres postponed
Tuesday night’s NHL game between the Buffalo Sabres and visiting Carolina Hurricanes was postponed due to blizzard conditions in Western New York.
The Sabres announced the cancellation at mid-afternoon Tuesday, citing “hazardous weather conditions” in Buffalo. The NHL and the Sabres said a makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
Two streaks were on the line entering the contest — Carolina has won four straight overall while Buffalo is riding a five-game home winning streak. It marked the first home cancellation for the Sabres since Dec. 6, 2000, against New Jersey — a game that was played the following night.
Wilder Jr. to enter ’14 draft
Florida State running back James Wilder will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, a source told ESPN.
Despite his limited workload, Wilder is the No. 4-rated junior running back and projected as a mid-round pick.
Wilder, 6-feet-2, 229 pounds, had 81 carries for 563 yards and eight touchdowns this seasons as one of two primary backups to starter Devonta Freeman.
Wilder, a native of Tampa, Fla., is the son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star James Wilder, Sr.
Lakers waive Williams
The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Shawne Williams, the team announced Tuesday.
Williams, originally selected by the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft, signed with the Lakers on Sept. 3, 2013.
In 32 games (11 starts) this season, the 6-foot-9 player out of Memphis University averaged 5.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 20.2 minutes.
The Lakers’ roster now stands at 14 players.
Grizzlies recall Franklin
The Memphis Grizzlies have recalled guard Jamaal Franklin from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the team announced Tuesday.
Franklin (6-5, 191) was assigned to Fort Wayne on Jan. 5 and recorded 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals in 23 minutes in his D-League debut on Jan. 6 against the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Drafted by Memphis in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft, the 22-year-old has averaged 1.9 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.2 minutes in 14 appearances as a rookie for the Grizzlies.