Sports briefs 5-5-14: Winston reinstated to Florida State baseball team

KAREEM COPELAND Associated Press Published:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Jameis Winston has been reinstated to Florida State's baseball team after being suspended following a shoplifting incident, the school confirmed Sunday. The Heisman Trophy winner was issued a civil citation and entered a program that required 20 hours of community service.

The 20-year-old two-sport star is the closer on the baseball team and missed the three-game series against Minnesota this weekend. He was issued the citation last Tuesday after he walked out of a supermarket without paying for $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish. Baseball coach Mike Martin conferred with football coach Jimbo Fisher and decided to suspend Winston until he completed the community service.

• Basketball

Starting series: The Big Ten and Big East will begin a series of games in 2015 and the multi-day event will be named for the late Dave Gavitt.

The conferences will have a news conference on Monday to announce the deal. The games will take place the first Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the regular season. The games will be played at home sites, four from each conference.

Nets advance: Paul Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry's shot from the lane on the final play of the game, and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 104-103 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The Nets will begin the conference semifinals at Miami on Tuesday night to play the two-time defending NBA champion Heat.

Spurs moving on: Tony Parker scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs led by as many as 31 on their way to rout of the Dallas Mavericks, closing out a tense first-round series in seven games.

Manu Ginobili scored 20 points, Danny Green added 16 points and Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard had 15 points apiece for San Antonio.

• Hockey

Pens win: Kris Letang broke a scoreless tie in the second period, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his seventh playoff shutout to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday night, tying the second-round series one game apiece.

Chicago up 2-0: Bryan Bickell had a goal and two assists, and Chicago beat Minnesota 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Brandon Saad scored his first two goals of the postseason, and Chicago earned its sixth consecutive win despite stretches of lackluster play in the second and third periods. Corey Crawford made 18 saves in another solid performance.

• Elsewhere

Watches Jeter: Peyton Manning wanted to see Derek Jeter play one last time.

The Denver Broncos' star and brother Eli sat in Jeter's suite Sunday watching the New York Yankees' captain and his teammates take on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Peyton Manning was in town not only to see Jeter but to appear today on late-night TV with David Letterman, another star scheduled for retirement.

Baltacha dies: Elena Baltacha, a former top-50 professional tennis player who had been fighting liver cancer since retiring from the game, died Sunday. She was 30.

The former British No. 1 died peacefully surrounded by family and friends, the Women's Tennis Association said on its website.

Lewis takes control: There was no near-miss for Stacy Lewis this time.

After six runner-up finishes in her previous 16 tournaments, Lewis took control in the final round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout, shooting a 7-under 64 for a six-stroke victory over Meena Lee on Sunday.

Killed by toilet bowl: A Brazilian soccer fan was killed when he was struck in the head by a toilet bowl hurled from stadium stands as supporters of rival clubs clashed in the northeastern World Cup host city of Recife, police said Saturday.

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