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Police say Winston avoided security

Jameis Winston appeared to avoid a store security guard before leaving a Tallahassee Publix without paying for crab legs and crawfish, according to a Leon County Sheriff's department incident report.

The FSU quarterback and baseball standout ordered the seafood then left the store while the order was being filled, wrote Deputy Michael Crego, who reviewed the store's security video of the April 29 incident.

Winston, 20, returned, collected the seafood then went to pick up a package of butter, according to the report.

As he prepared to leave, Winston paused to avoid off-duty Deputy Marc Graves who was working store security, letting him walk past then leaving behind the deputy and past the cash registers, the report said.

"Mr. Winston paused visibly near a series of sale bins and allowed Deputy Graves to pass in front of him. The pause appeared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of Deputy Graves. Mr. Winston then walked behind Deputy Graves, passed all points of sale, and exited the store without paying for the merchandise," said the report .

Publix employees soon realized Winston hadn't paid and alerted authorities.

Winston was given a civil citation. He was suspended from the baseball team then reinstated after completing 20 hours of community service.

Tuesday night in DeLand, Winston attracted a crowd of 2,883 (capacity is 2,500 at Melching Field at Conrad Park), the fourth largest in Stetson history. Stetson historians don't ever recall scalpers appearing at the ballpark, but at least one was asking $25 for a $10 general-admission ticket.

Appropriately enough, Winston got out of a jam in his first bullpen appearance in 11 days. Although the Seminoles had the 9-4 win in hand, a rusty Winston committed an error covering first to put two runners aboard and gave up a run.

While Winston was off limits to the media, after the game, coach Mike Martin said that Winston has handled the scrutiny because, "He's one of those guys that has 'it.' He's not going to do anything to cut himself short."

Big Ten: With Maryland and Rutgers officially joining the league July 1, the conference is adding Washington to its men's basketball tournament rotation, with the Verizon Center hosting March 8-12, 2017. Chicago and Indianapolis have been the traditional host cities. "I see us returning here," commissioner Jim Delany announced Tuesday in Washington. "I don't know what the precise rotation will be, but I can tell you we'll be here regularly over the coming decades."

Kentucky: The school extended the contract of football coach Mark Stoops through the 2018 season. The university said in a statement Tuesday that the new agreement extends the current term from Dec. 31, 2017, to June 30, 2019. Athletic director Mitch Barnhart says Stoops has brought enthusiasm to the program along with recruiting successes. Kentucky had an average attendance increase of 9,700 per game at Commonwealth Stadium last season, Stoops' first year. Total attendance averaged 59,472. The team struggled, going 2-9 and 0-7 in the SEC.

Miami: Former offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson just can't seem to stay out of trouble. And as a result, his reputation and projected draft status keep plummeting. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported Monday via Twitter that Henderson "tested positive at (the) combine for smoking marijuana, per league sources." Schefter said NFL teams were "notified last week."

Tampa: Senior softball ace Kayla Cox, who led the Spartans to a share of the Sunshine State Conference title, was named the SSC pitcher of the year for the second straight season. A 2010 East Bay graduate who guided the Indians to a state title as a senior, Cox (16-3, 0.78 ERA) enters the NCAA Division II South Region with 193 strikeouts in 144 1/3 innings. Coach Leslie Kanter, a former USF standout whose team was 31-6 in the regular season, was named coach of the year.

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