Report: Jameis Winston’s accuser tells her side in documentary

In a documentary movie about reporting sexual assaults on college campuses, the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault reportedly explains her side of the events that transpired on the night of Dec. 6, 2012.

Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and likely first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, was never charged. In December 2013, a Florida state prosecutor said there was a lack of evidence in the case to charge the quarterback.

He was also not charged with a violation of Florida State’s code of conduct. The university hearing was in December, and according to retired Florida Supreme Court justice Major Harding, the man assigned to oversee the case, the evidence provided was insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof.

Per The Daily Beast, in “The Hunting Ground,” the accuser says she became woozy after being bought a shot and after returning to Winston’s apartment, she told him to stop having sex with her.

From The Daily Beast: (The woman’s last name is removed in the quoted paragraphs)

On the night of December 6, 2012, just one week before finals, she was letting off some steam at Potbelly’s, a popular drinking establishment in Tallahassee. She claims in the film that, after having some drinks, a man was creepily following her around the bar—but she was saved when another man put his arm around her and told the guy she was his girlfriend, and to piss off. She says the man then bought her a shot, and after she took it, she started to become very woozy. She faintly remembers being taken in a cab to an apartment, and the next thing she knew, the man was on top of her, engaging in vaginal intercourse with her. She says she begged and pleaded for him to stop, and then saw the man’s roommate enter the bedroom and tell his friend, “Stop… What are you doing?” 

She says that the man ignored the roommate’s pleas, and took her to the bathroom, which could be locked from the inside. There, he pinned her head against the tiled floor with his hand, and continued to rape her. When he finished, the man allegedly said, “You can leave now.”

According to The Daily Beast, the woman said she had Winston drop her off at an intersection on his scooter and then she reported the incident. Winston said he dropped her off in front of a hall on the FSU campus and she walked through the hall’s walkway on the way to her dorm.

The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will air on CNN in 2015. Below is a trailer from the film.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

Through the looking glass: Bill Nye, Science Guy, refutes Bill Belichick’s science

There were more than a few sarcastic nicknames that arrived after the impromptu press conference called by the New England Patriots on Saturday, not the least funny of which was “Bill Belichick The Science Guy.”

But ABC’s “Good Morning America” sought out the real science guy — Bill Nye, a former mechanical engineer at Boeing and now host of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy” — for some answers to Belichick’s firm prove-it rebuttal to the NFL’s investigation of his team’s ball handling.

Put straight: Nye refutes Belichick’s assertions.

“What he said didn’t make any sense,” Nye said.

So there you have it?

“Rubbing the football, I don’t think, can change the pressure. To really change the pressure, you need one of these,” Nye said, holding up a regulation football and a ball pump, “the inflation needle.”

Nye, in a light but perhaps biased and undercutting statement, then declared his allegiance for Sunday’s Super Bowl: “Go Seahawks!”

Perhaps the ABC segment was cut short, or edited, but Nye doesn’t back up his claim of the needle (and the damage done?) being the only way to properly inflate or deflate the ball. He just says it. Because he’s a science guy. Or make that a SCIENCE GUY.

It’s possible that Nye is as much an authority on ball pressure as, say, Dr. Phil is on STDs or Guy Fieri is on the ideal cooking temperature for achieving a velvety bisque — which is to say somewhat questionable at best. On his show, Nye attacks anything under the umbrella of science, from the evolution/creationism debate, to climate change. He’s put up as an expert of all things science, which, short of tapping into the mind of Stephen Hawking, feels a bit flimsy.

And there’s also the fact that ESPN pulled a segment that appeared to offer little, if any tangible difference between a ball falling within the legal parameters of pounds per square inch (12.5 to 13.5) and one that was two PSIs below that, which is where the Patriots’ balls were said to be. In fact, the far more detailed ESPN would-be segment indicates, a deflated ball’s velocity was actually less than that which was more inflated.

Anyone want to talk football? Hearing Belichick talk atmospheric pressure is about as riveting as Nye talking football, which is to say a mind-numbingly not at all.

This isn’t getting ridiculous. We’re already into overtime of that game. Time to take the air out of this ball, for the love of science.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

Palmer didn’t finish off 59, but had record run at Humana Challenge

Through 10 holes of his second round on Friday at the Humana Challenge, Ryan Palmer had to feel like shooting the tournament’s second-ever 59 was a mere formality. After all, Palmer was 10 under to that point in the round, with six birdies and two eagles in an eight-hole run after a pair of opening pars at the Nicklaus Private course in the California desert. 

However, playing back to front, Palmer stumbled with consecutive bogeys on his 11th and 12th holes of the round. Palmer recovered with three birdies in the final six holes, which, without the bogeys, would have gotten him to 59. Instead, he ended up with 11-under-par 61.

“You have that feeling inside you that there’s no way I can miss this,” Palmer said. “You get in that zone. They could put that pin anywhere they wanted and I could have found it.”

While Palmer didn’t match David Duval’s final-round 59 from 1999, he did set a PGA Tour record for the longest birdie-eagle stretch. Palmer’s front-nine 27 was a shot shy of Corey Pavin’s PGA Tour mark for the lowest nine-hole total.

Although Palmer didn’t get to the happy side of 60, he did get on the very happy side of the cut line. Palmer’s second round jumped him from 82nd place into a tie for seventh, just three shots back of 36-hole leader Matt Kuchar.


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Best and worst in 2015 NHL All-Star Game merchandise

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As usual, the National Hockey League’s big events are a reason for fans to come together, watch amazing athletes perform and celebrate the game while buying armloads of crap from the merchandise kiosks. Because, you know, that Winter Classic light-up pen will be passed down through the generations, we’re sure …

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game is no exception, and Puck Daddy went to the gear headquarters in the Columbus Fan Fest to find our favorite and least favorite items for sale on site.

Here are yours truly and Josh Cooper, with our favorite gear …

LOVE: Who will draft Zemgus Girgensons? All-humanity center Jonathan Toews? Local superstar Nick Foligno? It doesn’t matter on this gray t-shirt like jersey – remember how the unis are white and black? It’s the ambiguously neutral t-shirt!

Also just seeing the name “Girgensons” on the back makes it the legend real. Like when you go to Los Angeles and see the Hollywood sign for the first time, or New York with the Empire State Building or sneak into the NHL fan fest and also see a giant photo of Alexei Kovalev.  – Josh Cooper (Price: $40)

LOVE: The NHL always has a few cool T-shirt designs, and increasingly the ones they make for woman are looking better than the unisex ones. If I could squeeze into this awesome looking shirt with a throwback logo, on which the colors work really well I totally would. But that would be a skills competition in and of itself.

The shirt’s great, but I have to cheat a little here and admit this is my favorite thing at the merch store …

Customizable NHL bubble hockey game for $2,999, including the chance to get this year’s All-Star jerseys. And who wouldn’t want to see little swirls of green neon inside your rec room? I’ll tell you who: Josh Cooper. Because I kicked his rump-roast in bubble hockey, that’s why. - Greg Wyshynski

HATE: There is just too much going on with this hat design … like so much.

Neon. Red white and blue. The Columbus All-Star logo. Horrid stitching. Also as you can tell by the picture of me, the fit is … not wonderful.

I can’t wait to see one of these hats being worn by the children of an impoverished nation some day, like all those New England Patriots Super Bowl shirts from when they played the Giants twice and lost.  Or just some dude slumming around downtown Columbus in five years. – Josh Cooper (Price: $35)

HATE: I really thought one of the All-Star jerseys would end up here, but truth be told they’re not that fug in person, outside of the NHL logo on the front that looks like someone applied a Photoshop filter and didn’t know how to COMMAND-Z it back to normal.

Instead, I hate this hate. A lot. The logo is oddly placed. The colors are garish – seriously, the pom-pom looks like a Muppet tumor. And whose amazing idea was it to write “Columbus” in green neon script across the hat so it sorta looks like “Cannabis” at first glance? Maybe they can unload the rest of these at Hot Topic or Spencer’s Gifts, next to the black lights. – Greg Wyshynski (Price: $30)

Nets forward Mirza Teletovic will miss the season due to blood clots in his lungs

Nearly midway through Brooklyn’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, after missing all three of his shots from the field and turning the ball over once, Nets forward Mirza Teletovic left the game and Staples Center on his own two feet to venture off to a local hospital. The Bosnian forward was complaining of shortness of breath, but following a battery of tests he assured media …


… and his Twitter followers alike …


… that he was just fine.

Sadly, on Friday, we’ve found out that this is far from the case. Teletovic will miss the rest of Brooklyn’s season as he recovers from blood clots in his lung. The Nets released a statement announcing as much:

Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was taken to a local Los Angeles hospital after experiencing shortness of breath during last night’s game versus the Clippers. Following a series of tests including a CT scan, Teletovic was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus (multiple blood clots in the lungs). He will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles to undergo further diagnostic testing and to begin treatment, which includes blood thinners being administered. Due to the nature of blood thinners, Teletovic will be unable to play for the remainder of the season. Once he is cleared for travel, he will return to Brooklyn. Further updates on his condition will be provided as necessary.

Teletovic is in his third year with the Nets, one of the few that have played for the entirety of the team’s stay in Brooklyn, acting as one of the most beloved players on a franchise routinely marked with storm and stress:


And from the Bergen Record’s Andy Vasquez:

Having covered Teletovic for all three of his seasons in Brooklyn, I can telluou that he’s one of the most accessible, thoughtful and best guys to deal with in the locker room. Thoughts are with him as he recovers from this.

Teletovic is averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 minutes a game for the struggling Nets, who are seven games under .500 after Thursday’s loss and tied with Charlotte for the final playoff spot I the Eastern Conference. What this diagnosis means for Mirza’s NBA career moving forward remains to be seen, but we certainly hope he can recover in time to become a coveted restricted free agent this summer.

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Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don’t Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!