Sports Briefs 4-4-14

KAREEM COPELAND Associated Press Published:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State University is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for possible Title IX violations in its response to sexual violence complaints.

USA Today first reported the investigation by the Office for Civil Rights. It stems from a complaint filed with it by the accuser in quarterback Jameis Winston's sexual assault case.

No charges were filed by State Attorney Willie Meggs against the Heisman trophy winner.

"Our client is particularly gratified by the OCR's decision to investigate and look for discrimination and find remedies to it," the accuser's lawyer Baine Kerr said, "because her primary goal, from the beginning, has been affecting change that will make women at Florida State safer on campus."

Winston was accused of sexual assault from an incident in Dec. 2012. Police decided not to press charges in Dec. 2013. The OCR will investigate all sexual assault complaints at the university during the last three years.

It is unclear if the accuser will pursue a civil case against Winston or the university. Her family accused the Tallahassee Police Department of delaying the investigation and discouraging her from going forward with the case because of the public attention it would receive. Tallahassee police have defended their handling of the case.

• Football

Bengals sign Manning: The Bengals signed strong safety Danieal Manning on Thursday, three days after his release by the Houston Texans.

Manning started the first six games last season before suffering a season-ending injury to his right knee. He became an unrestricted free agent on Monday. Manning was Chicago's second-round draft pick in 2006. He went to Houston as a free agent after five seasons with the Bears.

Carroll extension?: The Seattle Seahawks called a news conference for this morning amid a report they have reached a contract extension with coach Pete Carroll.

NFL Network reported Thursday night, citing a "source," that Carroll and the Seahawks had reached agreement on a contract extension. Carroll's original five-year deal with Seattle was set to expire after the 2014 season.

Daniels to Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Owen Daniels have reached agreement on a 1-year contract, pending a physical.

• Golf

Mickelson among leaders: Phil Mickelson is among the leaders after shooting a bogey-free 4-under par 68 in his opening round of the Houston Open, showing no effects of the muscle pull that forced him to withdraw from last week's Texas Open.

The five-time major winner is three shots back of leaders Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman -- both who shot 7-under 65. Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar lead a group of five golfers at 6 under after Thursday's play.

Feng takes early lead: Shanshan Feng shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the early lead in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major tournament of the year.

Angel Yin, a 15-year-old high school freshman from the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia, shot 68, and Cristie Kerr and Jennifer Rosales were tied for third at 69.

• Elsewhere

Ricketts could sell shares: The owners of the Chicago Cubs could sell minority shares in the team to help finance renovations at century-old Wrigley Field.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green confirmed published reports Thursday that the Ricketts family is considering selling non-controlling shares to pay for a proposed $500 million upgrade of Wrigley and redevelopment of the surrounding area. The Ricketts own 95 percent of the Cubs, with the Tribune Co., which sold the team to the family, owning the rest.

Williams ousted: Venus Williams lost to Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 at the Family Circle Cup.

The 20-year-old Canadian lost her serve to Williams in the final set to fall behind 2-1 Thursday. But Bouchard rallied with a break of her own to get back on track. The loss ends a run of success for the Williams family on the courts of Charleston, S.C.

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